Community

Partnering With The Community

WRPS support of community initiatives, focusing on education, improving the quality of life and economic development, is strengthening the community.

Since 2008, WRPS has contributed more than $6.5 million to dozens of community organizations.  In many instances, the support has been for the construction of new facilities or the creation of new services or events that provide long-term benefits for the region’s residents.  Some of the major contributions are highlighted below.

WRPS has contributed more than $6.5 million to community events and initiatives.

Education

Higher Education

WRPS has contributed more than $1.3 million to WSU Tri-Cities and Columbia Basin College since 2009. Monies have supported:

  • Hiring of engineering faculty
  • Establishing and continuing a Nuclear Technology Program
  • Financing a range of student scholarships
  • Equipping engineering and chemistry laboratories
  • Promoting projects with local small businesses and non-profits that provided students with credits or stipends.

Hanford Reach Interpretive Center

WRPS contributed $600,000 towards construction of the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, a facility that serves as a museum, performing arts center and interpretive center for the Hanford Reach National Monument. It also provided funds to help develop an environmental natural resources educational program and artistic sculptures created by area high school students to adorn the facility.

Delta High School

WRPS donated $150,000 to the Washington State STEM Education Foundation to help fund construction of Delta High School, a specialized school serving Mid-Columbia students that emphasizes STEM subjects in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Washington State STEM Education Foundation

Since 2015, WRPS has provided continuing support for the STEM Foundation’s efforts, focusing on the development and expansion of the award-winning STEM Like Me! program that brings working STEM professionals into the classroom.

Junior Achievement

WRPS sponsors the annual Titan Business Challenge where local high school student teams compete in the management and operation of virtual businesses.  The teams are challenged to outperform the competition in profit, sales and market share.  WRPS employees also teach JA’s financial education curriculum in local schools and help raise funds by participating in the annual Bowl-a-Thon.

Leadership Tri-Cities

WRPS has been the corporate sponsor for this community organization since 2008.  Its annual 10-month program provides a forum to learn about and discuss issues affecting the region.

Improving The Quality Of Life

United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties

WRPS is one of the Tri-Cities’ largest corporate contributors to the United Way, paying its contribution to the Cornerstone Program which goes to offset the overhead costs of the organization, allowing employees to maximize the impact of their contribution.

The ARC of Tri-Cities

WRPS donated $100,000 to help build a new service facility and has provided continuing support for the organization’s programs.

Second Harvest

WRPS contributed $75,000 toward the construction of a new Second Harvest food distribution center in Pasco that almost doubled the non-profit’s capacity to provide food to needy Mid-Columbians.  WRPS has also contributed to the organization’s Bite2Go program, which provides elementary school kids with weekend food kits.

Kadlec Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

WRPS donated $75,000 toward the modernization and expansion of Kadlec Regional Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit which treats babies delivered at less than 28 weeks, some as small as a pound or in need of special assistance such as mechanical ventilation, surgery or other care.

Chaplaincy Health Care

With other AECOM affiliates, WRPS has been the lead sponsor of the Chaplaincy’s annual “Lighting the Path” fundraising event which typically draws approximately 1,000 people.

Safe Kids Benton Franklin Coalition

 WRPS’ support of this group enabled the expansion of a number of community safety efforts, ranging from water safety to bike safety to home safety.

WRPSpeed

This employee group supports the community with fundraising and outreach activities throughout the year, often performing community service projects.

Economic Development

Small Business Incentive Program

Since 2011, WRPS has provided the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce with a $30,000 annual donation to fund grants to local small businesses. The grants provide companies with up to $2,000 each to help them obtain essential software or equipment, train workers or build a website.

Women in Business Conference

Working with the chamber, WRPS established the annual Women in Business Conference that has become the largest one-day event of its kind in eastern Washington.  It brings together female leaders, corporate executives, business owners and young professionals to share insights, exchange ideas and empower their careers.

Meet the Buyer Program

WRPS sponsors the Meet the Buyer program that connects businesses with government agencies and prime contractors. The quarterly events educate businesses about what the agencies buy, how they buy, upcoming projects and more.

Visit Tri-Cities

To showcase the region’s tourist attractions, WRPS joined with the Port of Pasco to co-fund an interactive visitors welcome kiosk in the expanded Pasco airport.  WRPS has also funded the installation of two satellite visitor centers in Richland and Pasco.