United Way receives a $270,000 Gates grant

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Some good news in our community. More families in need may get help through the United Way, thanks to a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

$270,000 will come to the Benton and Franklin Chapter over the next 4 years. The charity already got the first installment of about 60,000 last week. The money will help prepare toddlers for kindergarten and keep middle schoolers out of gangs.

"People with a good education are more likely to live in a safe environment and more likely to have access to health care and be better members of our communities," Beverly Weber, President and CEO of United Way explains.

Our area was one of seven communities throughout the state to get money from the foundation.