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Supporting our Local Heroes

With every swipe of a Local Heroes co-branded Gesa Visa® Debit Card, Gesa members earn funds designated for grants in that card’s Local Heroes category (Firefighters, Healthcare Workers, Law Enforcement, Teachers, and Veterans).

The Local Heroes Grants Program awards these funds to eligible organizations that support Local Heroes in regions where Gesa is active.

The funding amounts each year are dependent on the number of funds raised the prior year through the Local Heroes co-branded Gesa Visa® Debit Cards. Grants are awarded in September.

We are pleased to announce the 2023 recipients of the Gesa Local Heroes Grant Program! In total, we have awarded $410,000 to 42 different organizations representing local heroes in each of our Gesa market areas.

Grant Recipients

  • Anderson Island Elementary Booster Club
  • Basin City Elementary Library
  • Glover Middle School
  • Highland Middle School
  • Highland School District
  • Kent School District Pine Tree Elementary
  • Kenroy Elementary School
  • Kingspoint Christian School
  • Riverside Independent Scholar Program
  • Riverside School District
  • Selah School District
  • Shoreline Public Schools Foundation
  • Soap Lake School District
  • Union Gap School
  • Walla Walla Public Schools – Juvenile Justice Center
  • Washington State University Tri-Cities
  • Whitman Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association


  • Columbia Basin College Foundation
  • Neighborhood Clinic
  • St. Anne Hospital Foundation
  • Trios Health – Education Department


  • Benton County Fire Protection District #12
  • City of Walla Walla Fire Department
  • Columbia Walla Walla Fire District #2
  • Grant County Fire District 13
  • Medic One Foundation
  • United We Rescue
  • Covington Police
  • Law Enforcement Against Drugs Task Force
  • Port of Pasco Police Department
  • Sunnyside Police Department
  • West Richland Police Department
  • Yakima Valley Local Crime Lab


  • Alatheia Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Blue Mountain Action Council
  • Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter 11-6A
  • Dress for Success Seattle
  • Memorial Foundation
  • Service Peace Warriors

  • The American Legion Cathay Post #186
  • Whitworth University

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