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  • Community of Focus: White River

    Help share White River’s story.

    You are the experts on your community. What matters to you may make a difference in your community’s health.  

    It’s the ancestral homeland of many indigenous tribes. 

    Growth over the years came at the cost of these first people losing this land.

    About 20,000 people live in White River.

    It includes Buckley, Wilkeson, South Prairie, Carbonado, and parts of Prairie Ridge and Bonney Lake. Community matters to residents, who value traditions, good schools, and neighbors.

    White River Partnership and White River Families First Coalition are examples of the community working together.

    Since becoming a Community of Focus, White River has:

    • Installed the Wilkeson Community Garden and supported 2 community gardens for residents.
    • Raised more than $130,000 to upgrade 3rd St. Park in South Prairie, install water bottle stations at White River High School, and buy a cooler to improve access to fresh foods.
    • Built the Northeast Pierce County Resource Guide webpage and did Census counts to support food security.
    • Formed the White River Hometowns Fund organizing body which has provided funding since 2019.

    Strengths and assets

    White River is a beautiful corner of Pierce County. You’ll find museums, businesses, churches, and Rainier State School—for people living with disabilities.

    What do the data say?

    Residents have limited access to transportation and mental health services, fewer opportunities to purchase healthy foods and lack places to be physically active.

    • Some residents have higher rates of heart disease, poverty, opioid deaths, and disabilities.
    • Buckley, Wilkeson, Carbonado, and South Prairie don’t have grocery stores.
    • In Buckley, life expectancy is 4 years lower than the county.

    Residents make their community a great place to live, work and play.

    Community priorities:

    • Access to resources.
    • Public transit.
    • Grocery store and food access.
    • Social connections.
    • Mental health services.
    • Youth opportunities.

     Join our monthly collaboration meeting!

    Every second Monday, 10-11:30 a.m.

    We explore:

    • What makes White River a good place to live?
    • How can White River improve? 

    For more info or to get involved email