Community Involvement
Mayor Foster, the City Council members, and city staff, are all actively involved with the community beyond the core functions of City  Government.

The community of Yelm is full of citizens and businesses that care about one another and we enjoy several events every year that bring the community together to enjoy our beautiful city.

Community-wide Events

Nisqually Valley Home & Garden Show.  The City is a sponsor of the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Home & Garden Show, held near the end of April.  In addition, the City has a booth at the show that highlights the community and the efforts of the City to make Yelm a place to live, work, and play.

Prairie Days. This annual community event sponsored by the Yelm Lions Club includes a parade and carnival at Yelm City Park.  The Police and Public Works Departments both work hard to make sure the parade goes off without a hitch, and Public Works sets up the park, makes sure it is safe and clean during the carnival, and cleans up afterwards.  In addition, the Mayor and City Council participate in various events during Prairie Days, and many City staff volunteer to help during this community celebration.

Christmas in the Park. Everything part of this event is for the kids, and free.  Every year, area businesses, organizations, and the City get together to celebrate the holiday and family.  The parade culminates with Santa arriving on a fire engine from SE Thurston Regional Fire Authority.  In City Park there is free hot dogs, apple cider, a gift book exchange sponsored by the Yelm Timberland Library, and free photos with Santa sponsored by the City and coordinated by the City's Community Development Department. 

City Sponsored Events

Arbor Day. The City of Yelm has been recognized by the Washington Department of Natural Resources and the National Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City since 1997.  To achieve the recognition, four standards must be met each year, one of which is a proclamation and observation of Arbor Day.  Yelm's Arbor Day is organized by the Tree Advisory Board, representing civic leaders, educators, and private citizens.  The Arbor Day celebration is an event involves presenting Yelm's sister city, Lacey, a tree, recognizing local students talents, and local school bands and choirs.  Yelm's Arbor day is one of the largest in the State and is held the last friday in April at Yelm City Park.

Spring Clean-up.  Every year, the City partners with LeMay, Inc. to help our residents get ready for the summer by issuing permits to all residents to bring a load of residential waste for free disposal. LeMay donates the dumpsters and the Administrative & Financial Services Department coordinates the event. Public Works provide the muscle to toss garbage during the day long event.

Survivor Summer Camp.  The Yelm Police Department started the Survivor Summer Camp in 2000 and has seen over 800 area youth attend.  The camp is held the first week of August and is free for the first 75 participants.  The camp is open to all area youth entering the 6th through 12th grade.  The camp runs from 9:00 AM to Noon Monday through Friday and involves games that also serve as excercise to get kids off the couch and see friends.  The camp is run by Chief Todd Stancil.  Application forms are provided to local schools and are available at the Police Department beginning in June of every year.  Camp participants are treated to a BBQ lunch on the last day and a camp t-shirt.

Fallen Soldiers Charity Golf Tournament.   The Police Department first held a charity golf event in 2009 in honor of Justin Norton, a local soldier killed while serving our country in 2006. In 2013, the tournament was renamed to "Fallen Soldiers Charity Golf Tournament to honor other local soldiers who paid the ultimate price for our country and to raise money for additional scholarships created in their honor. The event is held at the Tahoma Valley Golf and Country Club in Yelm. The date of the tournament varies every year however is normally the second or third Sunday in August. 

Officer Bill DeVore of the Yelm Police Department has been the coordinator of the event since it began. The tournament has raised over $15,000 in scholarship money given to local high school seniors.  

National Night Out against Crime.  An opportunity for communities to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood cameraderie.  While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs, and violence, National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy, and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round.

In the Community

Police Department employees annually participate in the Adopt a Family program.

Many City Departments join together for Holiday Food & Toy Drives.

The Police Department helps with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Public Works staff, Police Officers, and the Mayor and Council members have helped with Chores for the Elderly/Disabled.

Many City employees participate in the Dollars for Scholars auction and Mayor Ron Harding contributes a Mayor's scholarship.

United Way Day of Caring

The CIty is a member of the Yelm Chamber of Commerce and contracts with the Chamber for outreach services.

Employees from city hall, the Police and Public Works Departments are members of the Yelm Lion’s Club.





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