“To improve the quality of life for the residents of West Richland, Washington, by providing a source of funds for the West Richland Police Department to address critical material or service needs identified through its interactions with the community.
In their interactions with citizens in West Richland, police officers become aware of critical material or service needs. Responding to those needs officers means that the officers typically provided assistance with their own money. During the summer of 2017, several West Richland residents met with the West Richland Police Department Chief of Police to discuss the formation of an independent, non-profit organization to provide the West Richland Police Department with on-going financial resources to assist those individuals who would otherwise not be able to afford critical materials and services.In the autumn of 2017, the West Richland Community Care Foundation formed with the election of officers, approval of bylaws and the filing with the Washington Secretary of State as a non-profit corporation. In the summer of 2018, the Foundation received notification of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity status from the Internal Revenue Service.Funding to support the mission of the Foundation is provided through donations from philanthropic individuals and organizations. In addition to providing West Richland Police Department officers financial resources to assist individuals, the Foundation expanded the mission to include possible funding of materials or services that benefit the residents of West Richland as a whole.