Yakima, WASH.-- A project studying the economic needs of the Yakima area is getting a $25,000 grant from the Yakima Valley Community Foundation.
YC-LIFE (Yakima County Local Indicators for Excellence) is a collaborative project started by citizens and several community organizations, including United Way and the Memorial Foundation.
The Chairman of YC-LIFE and President of United Way of Central Washington, Mark Todd, said more than 100 volunteers work to gather information about the socioeconomic needs within the county.
"It's going to help everybody get on board with doing things like increasing high school graduation rates, lowering poverty rates, helping families really move more effectively to really becoming more self sufficient," said Todd.
The money will be used to pay for technology that makes data collection easier and more efficient.
Todd said they hope to publish reports every year, which will help secure more donations.