Founded in 1973, Helpline has served the communities of Walla Walla County with emergency social services for over forty years.

Helpline assists indigent and working-poor individuals and families on an emergency basis with food, clothing, prescriptions, transportation, utilities, infant-care needs, personal hygiene care and referrals for dental, crisis advocacy, counseling and other community programs and resources.

In addition to serving as an emergency food bank for needy families, Helpline provides screening and voucher referral for food services at three other area food banks. Helpline coordinates with a wide varieties of social services to ensure needs are met without duplication of services.

Helpline services are available to any resident of Walla Walla County in need of emergency social services. While some resources are available only for those living within specific poverty guidelines, resource counseling and information are provided for anyone, regardless of income.

There is no fee for Helpline services. Helpline does not discriminate in the provision of services, hiring of employees, or placement of volunteers on the basis of race, creed, age, color, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, political ideology or disability.

Helpline enjoys broad-based community support, including the United Way of Walla Walla County, Blue Mountain Community Foundation,  dozens of  area churches, many clubs and organizations, schools, individual and corporate donors, private foundations,  and contracts with government and private agencies.