YMCA Of The Palouse Closing After 130 Years Due To Increasing Costs Driven By Washington’s High Minimum Wage

One of the Palouse’s oldest community organizations is being forced to shut down due to rising operating costs driven by Washington’s high minimum wage.

The YMCA of the Palouse based in Pullman will close on August 31st after nearly 130 years.  A press release from the organization says that the “Y” board made an extensive effort to try to keep the chapter open.  The board was unable to find community and strategic partners to continue operating.  The release states that the YMCA of the Palouse’s finances have been strained for years due to the increasing minimum wage and operating costs.

The organization will continue with its summer camp until the late August closure.  The shutdown also ends the group’s after school care and their spring break day camp.  The local chapter is a non-facility YMCA as the organization operates completely in the community.

The YMCA of the Palouse was chartered in November of 1894 at Washington State University.  The organization will continue to work in the community for affordable and accessible child care.