Partnering with the community
WRPS and its employees’ support of community initiatives is broad, focusing on education, business support and quality of life. Since 2008, WRPS has contributed more than $4 million to community events and initiatives.
Hanford Reach Interpretive Center
Washington River Protection Solutions contributed $600,000 towards construction of the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, a facility that serves as a combination museum, performing arts center and interpretive center for the Hanford Reach National Monument. An additional $54,000 was given to help develop an environmental natural resources educational program and artistic sculptures created by area high school students to adorn the facility.
Located at the west end of Columbia Park, the Reach is a 24,000-square-foot facility dedicated to telling the stories of the region’s land, history and people, from the Ice Age Floods to the Manhattan Project and beyond. It features educational exhibits and galleries, community outreach programming, special events and live performances. The center opened in July 2014. For more information on the Reach, visit www.visitthereach.org.
Delta High School
In 2013, Washington River Protection Solutions donated $150,000 to the Washington State STEM Education Foundation to help fund the building of a new area high school that aims to better prepare students in areas of education critical to the future of Hanford cleanup.
Delta High School is a specialized learning institution serving Mid-Columbia students that emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math—or STEM subjects. Local leaders broke ground on the facility in June 2014. The project is expected to be complete in time for students to start school in the fall of 2015.
Since 2011, Washington River Protection Solutions has provided the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce with a $30,000 annual donation to offer grants to local small businesses. The grants provide companies with up to $1,000 each to help them obtain essential software or equipment, train workers or build a website. WRPS approached the Chamber with the donation and the idea of helping area small businesses, and Chamber staff created the nuts and bolts of the program.
For more information visit www.tricityregionalchamber.com.