2017 Blanket & Warm Clothing Drive

Brrr… it’s cold out there! The leaves are turning and there is a chill in the air - clear signs that it’s time for Helpline’s annual blanket and warm clothing drive. The approaching colder fall and winter months are an especially challenging time for homeless and indigent individuals and families in our community.  

You can help those most in need stay warm during the cold months ahead by donating, blankets, sleeping bags, coats, hats, gloves and other cold weather clothing, in clean and reasonable condition to our Helpline office at 1520 Kelly Place, Suite 180 in the WWC Community Services Building across from the Hampton Inn on Dallas Military Road.

We are in particularly great need of FULL size blankets and warm coats! 

Thank you!

Hands of Kindness Helpline Benefit

Hands of Kindness Helpline Benefit: November 11, 2017  

Please Join Us

Helpline and our founding sponsors, Koncrete Industries and Banner Bank, invite you to come celebrate Veterans Day with us at our first annual "Hands of Kindness" benefit. Join us on November 11 at the Walla Walla Country Club for dinner along with a silent and live auction.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the Helpline office. Proceeds will be used to provide assistance and direction to the less fortunate in our community struggling to meet their basic needs.

For more information please contact Wendy Cheng at: 509-529-3377 ext. 7755 or wendyc@helplineww.org


  • Date Night for Two - chauffeured in a 1960 Chrysler 300F to local wineries for wine tasting followed by an elegant dinner 
  • Thai Dinner for Six - catered at your home 
  • Tapas for Six - with guitar entertainment at a beautiful backyard in a gated community
  • Painting by Todd Telander
  • Much, much more...

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.