Community Jobs - WorkFirst Programs

The WorkFirst Program is Washington State's welfare-to-work strategy. It is based on the belief that everyone has abilities needed in today's workforce with work as the foundation building block to assist families to get off welfare. Washington initiated the WorkFirst Program in August 1997 to help low-income families become self-sufficient by providing employment services, training, child care, and other support services necessary for parents to get a job, keep a job and move up a career ladder.

The South Central Workforce Council and its subcontractors (People for People, Yakima Valley Farm Worker Clinic/Northwest Community Action Center and Employment Security Columbia Gorge) provide WorkFirst parents opportunities to gain job skills and experience through a variety of work readiness programs.

To be eligible for the WorkFirst Program you must be receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) from the State of Washington and reside in Kittitas, Yakima, Klickitat or Skamania counties.


WorkFirst participants will be placed on a work experience job site for up to 20 hours a week in a career of their interest. The participant will also be required to attend educational and barrier reduction activities for an additional 20 hours a week.

Additional Information

For additional information on the WorkFirst programs contact:
  • People For People - Kittitas and Yakima Counties
    • Ellensburg 509-925-5311
    • Sunnyside 509-836-1156
    • Toppenish 509-865-5221
    • Yakima 509-248-6726
  • Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic/Northwest Community Action Council-Yakima County
    • Sunnyside 509-836-1106
    • Toppenish 509-865-7630
    • Yakima 509-574-0152
  • WorkSource Yakima County
    • Sunnyside 509-836-1106
    • Yakima 509-574-0181
  • People for People - Klickitat and Skamania Counties
    • Goldendale 509-773-5503
    • Stevenson 509-427-4464
    • White Salmon 509-493-1210
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