2017 A Year of Kindness

Helpline is excited to join a growing “kindness movement” taking place across the country and around the world. We join other organizations, schools, cities and individuals committed to this simple but profound act.  We have embraced 2017 as a year of kindness and will devote our efforts to celebrating, honoring and championing all things KIND.  Please join us!

 Why kindness?

  • Kindness is healing. Quite simply it feels good! And not just for the person receiving the kind act. Even doing a small act of kindness can make us feel great. Seems our brains are hardwired to reward us when we’re helpful and compassionate. Thank you brain.

  • Kindness is unifying. So many things seem to divide us these days, politics, religion, race. But, kindness is universal. It crosses all of these lines, and in fact is the best chance of bridging the divides.  Imagine if we really listened with an open mind? If we tried to look at things from a different perspective? If we tried to find common ground?

  • Kindness is free. It isn’t an expensive “program to administer.” It is simply part of our bigger work and a way to recognize the wonderful acts of kindness we see every day at Helpline. The act itself is very often free – a smile, a kind word.

  • Kindness is action. Unlike sympathy or even empathy, you can’t simply sit alone on the couch and be kind. You must act. Again, that might be as small as smiling at someone, but it is an action. Action creates change. And a kind act creates positive change.

  • Kindness is contagious. Often when we are on the receiving side of an act of kindness, or even just a witness to one, we are motivated to pay it forward. One act becomes many -becomes a movement - becomes real and meaningful change.

  • Kindness is the foundation of our work.  Last, but certainly not least, Helpline would not exist without kindness.  The kindness our staff and volunteers show our clients every day. The kindness of the community in supporting our efforts through both monetary and in-kind donations. And, the amazing kindness of our volunteers in devoting thousands of hours of service that makes our work possible.

Bottom line, we’re excited to embrace kindness in all that we do over the coming year and hope you will join us in our journey.  Hint: The best way to get started is to like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/helplineww  ! We will be sharing stories of kindness, offering ideas and inviting you, the community, to share your stories and BE KIND to one another.  Help us outshine all the negativity happening around us with a wave of kindness.

Be kind. Be the change!

Liz McDevitt
Executive Director

SoupPort 2016 a Great Success

Thanks for your "SoupPort"!

The great success of our annual fundraiser was due to an outpouring of community support - on multiple levels. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, silent auction donors, volunteers, bowl painters and attendees, we raised nearly $30,000!  These funds will enable Helpline to continue to assist with meeting the essential needs of the poor and indigent in Walla Walla County.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Premier Level

  • Sue & Mike Gillespie

Community Level

  • Nelson Irrigation
  • The Wells Charitable Trust

Village Level

  • Coffey Communications
  • Edward Jones Investments
  • Isaacs & Associates
  • McDonald Zaring Insurance
  • Northwest Collision
  • Providence St. Mary Medical Center
  • Windermere Foundation

Neighborhood Level

  • Key Technology

Family Level

  • Baker Boyer Bank
  • Columbia REA
  • Martin's Jewelers
  • Tompkins Vargas & Associates
  • Walla Walla General Hospital
  • Whitehouse Crawford

Silent Auction Donors
Leonetti Cellar. Tamarack Cellars. Shop Eleven. Graze. Dunham Cellars. Woodland Park. Bergevin Lane. Big Cheese Pizza. Inland Octopus. Dairy Queen. Thai Bon Appetit. Yans. Quiznos. La Ramada. Wingman. Pepper Bridge Winery. Red Monkey. Stone Hut. Maple Counter. Capital Barber Shop. Ellen's Cutting Edge. Mani Pedi Nail & Foot Spa. Walker's Furniture. L'Ecole. Amavi. Klickers. Julie Mathews Pottery. College Cellars. Basel Cellars. World Wide Travel. The 5th Element. Sea Hawks. WSU. University of Washington. YMCA. Mill Creek Brew Pub. Hot Poop. Patit Creek Cellars. Kingfisher Gallery. Wags to Whiskers. Marcus Whitman Hotel. Dickey's Barbecue Pit. WWCC Foundation. T. Maccarone's. Book & Game. Well Face & Body. Stardust Family Fun Center. Farmers Co-op. Dayl Graves. Blue Palm Frozen Yogurt. Sour Grape Frozen Yogurt. Arbys. Reininger Winery. Andy's Market. Bright's Candies.  The Pottery Painting Studio. Coca Cola. Sue Gillespie. Jan Alexander. Anne &Ken Moore.

Bowl Painters
Patrice Townsend. Debbie Sherry. Sandra Wemhoener, Dan Froom, Liz McCracken. Employees from Pioneer Methodist Church. Key Technology. Corp of Engineers, Baker Boyer Bank. & other anonymous artists.


Artists and Non-Artists Needed to "SoupPort" Helpline

Helpline’s annual signature fundraising event, SoupPort, is coming up Wednesday, April 13th and we need your help in creating beautiful bowls for event goers to select and take home as a “keepsake” – after they’ve enjoyed a delicious serving of soup.

 Do you have an artistic flair or a desire to tap into your potential? How about sharing your talent by painting bowls? Or if art just isn’t your thing, you can still help by “sponsoring” a bowl for a local artist to paint. You might also think about gathering a group of friends or co-workers for a fun painting party – all for a great cause!

 Helpline is pleased to partner with the Pottery Painting Studio at Carnegie in this fun and creative effort. The cost to participate is $10.89 per bowl.  You can stop by the studio any time during their regular hours, or contact Patrice Townsend at the Pottery Painting Studio at301.9640 or patrice.e.townsend@gmail.com to set up a time for a private group studio session. (min. 8 people)

 While you’re there be sure to pick up your discounted $25 ticket to SoupPort. Tickets at the door will be $30.

 For more information call Helpline at 529-3377 or contact Liz at liz@helplineww.org