Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation 


The Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation (RFWF)  focus is on the challenges across the plateau. Since 1982, through innovation, advocacy, hard work and dedication, RFWF has been striving to make our region the healthiest in Washington State.

When it comes to caring about the people in our community, no one does it better than the leaders and donors of Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation. Since 1982, with a volunteer board of 16 community members who work in partnership with caring individuals, community groups, business leaders and generous donors, the Foundation has raised more than $4 million to support the programs that make our Washington state foothills communities healthy and safe havens to raise families and grow old.

The Foundation oversees four Initiatives in the community: Neighbors Feeding Neighbors, which addresses hunger; Foothills Healthy Community Coalition, which looks at drug and alcohol issues to find solutions that keep residents safe; LINCCK, which focuses on domestic violence and building a kinder, more caring community; and Mental Health, which is examining those issues and their impact on our society. 

Through our innovative programs like the Care Van, Dental Van and our hot, home-delivery meal system for seniors, Weekend Backpack Program for elementary school kids, we are filling the healthcare gaps in our area and forging the way toward creating a healthier community for everyone. RFWF is a designated Internal Revenue Service 501c3, nonprofit organization that offers a tax-free avenue for donors to contribute in many forms, such as gifts, bequests, memorials, and legacies. It is with the critical help of generous supporters that the Foundation can carry out its mission of providing quality healthcare awareness programs in the communities it serves.

Mission Statement
Supporting a Healthy Community.
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Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation
PO Box 905 
(360) 802-3206 

Rene' Popke 
Executive Director 


Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation Programs

Care Van- More than ever, the need for reliable transportation for medical services is growing. Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation (RFWF) has achieved resolution to this need by reinstating the Care Van transportation program on the Plateau. The Care Van has a reputation for prompt and reliable service that has served many individuals over the years on the plateau. On the average, our Care Van transports over 250 rides per month among the communities we serve (Enumclaw, Buckley, Black Diamond, Bonney Lake, Wilkeson, Carbonado).

Neighbors Feeding Neighbors, which includes a daily, hot-meal, home-delivery program for senior citizens; a weekend meal program for low-income students in our school district, plus a daily meal program at our youth center; and a weekly dinner for homeless and low-income families in our community. 

Dental Van, a monthly dental van that provides free or low-cost dental work for those in need.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

At a time of record gas prices and strained economics, Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation brought the area's Care Van back into service in March 2012. Since 1987, RFWF provided support for the Care Van, which was run through the Enumclaw Hospital. When the hospital changed ownership in 2010, the Care Van was taken out of service. Working with hospital leadership, the Foundation was able to retain ownership of the Care Van and put it back on the road. The Care Van provides transportation to and from health-related appointments for anyone in the area who shows a need for transportation. Health-related appointments include physical therapy, eye exams, dental appointments, doctor visits and lab work.

We knew it was a welcome service to our community. With limited service, five-seven hours a day, five days a week, we are averaging 19-21 trips a day and utilizing our hydraulic lift on the van 9-12 times a day.

The Care Van's success is also our current need. To continue service is estimated at $51,000 a year. That projection includes employee wages, gas, insurance and maintenance costs. .

Increases in ridership could bump up service and may involve extended hours or even an additional driver or van, which would stretch current resources.


Enumclaw Regional Healthcare Foundation (ERHF) supports the health of Plateau communities in south King and east Pierce counties.

Proven Success
Communities served by the ERHF have identified the significant lack of transportation. The Enumclaw Regional Healthcare Foundation Care Van was established in 1987 and provided free rides to anyone needing transportation to the local hospital, pharmacies, local medical offices. This program ceased operations in 2010. In 2011 ERHF regained ownership of the Care Van along with $15,000 to restart the Care Van service.

Use of Best Practices
ERHF supports five taskforce groups (domestic violence, access to healthcare, mental health, drugs/Alcohol, and hunger). The Drug and Alcohol Task force is working towards a Federal Drug Free Community Grant. Franciscan Health Services allocated a $45,000 grant ERHF to hire a Youth Substance Abuse Coordinator/DFC grant writer. They are submitting a proposal for $250K grant per year for five years. If awarded the Mental Health Task Force and Violence Prevention Task Force will be able to implement their plan and improve the community.

Financial Health
Board members are committed to fundraising. They are asking friends, family and co-workers to support the Foundation by making monthly automatic donations. The Board and Staff are working together to find new fundraising events that will generate interest in the community, not only for the event, but also bring attention to the Foundation and its work. They have also been submitting grant proposals. They hold two annual fundraising events.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

12/10/2012 $10,000.00provide general operating support.


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