20 Dec Giving back to our communities in 2018
We have a fun tradition at A&R Solar of allowing our employees to decide what organizations the company should donate to at the end of the year. During the past two years, we’ve extended that to our solar customers, allowing them to nominate nonprofits in their communities.
We received amazing recommendations! We were happy to see groups that care for the elderly, help veterans, maintain hiking trails, stock the shelves of food banks, take care of pets, and provide activities and friendship to those who need it. They help people in small towns and big cities across Washington and Oregon. These donations are in addition to the various solar and clean energy organizations that the company supports through sponsorships during the year.
Here is the list for 2018. Most organizations will receive a donation of between $100 – $800, and others will get a bit more.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)- WA Chapter
Babies of Homelessness
Battle Ground Adventist Community Services
The food bank welcomes families to self-select a three-to-five day supply of food once a month. It also serves as part of a community consortium for North County School Readiness Day providing basic school supplies to families whose children qualify for free/reduced cost lunches.
Bellingham Threshold Singers
I nominate Bellingham Threshold Singers, a nonprofit group of women, who sing at the bedside for people who are at the end of their lives. We charge no fee and sing for anyone who asks, no exceptions. We average over 50 sings per month. I’ve sung at six bedsides in the last three days.
Boys and Girls Club of Benton and Franklin Counties
Boys and Girls Club of South Puget Sound
California Fire Survivors
Urban fruit trees are a valuable community resource, yet often fruit goes unused because people are not sure when to harvest it, how to best use it, or they are put off by damage caused by preventable disease and pests. We are reclaiming the urban orchard, showing people how to harvest what they need, and to share the rest with others.
Coral Reef Alliance
Crisis Response International
Door to Grace
Duwamish Valley Youth Corps
Involved in all aspects of the cleanup of the Duwamish River, working to ensure the cleanup meets community standards by restoring environmental health and protecting the fishers and families who use the river
Elizabeth Gregory Home
Emmaus Counseling Center
Friends of Manito
Friends of the Roslyn Library
In a part of the state with high poverty levels, low taxes, and a high rate of home schooling, this library offers reading programs and other educational and community-building activities in ways that have made a big difference in people’s lives.
Friends of the Spokane Centennial Trail
Gary Sinise Foundation
Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH
Provides girls 8 – 14 years old the opportunity in summer camps to learn the basics of many trades from skilled female instructors
Glacier Peak Institute
Offers free healthcare services to those in need in Benton and Franklin Counties
Hamomi Childrens Center
Hearing Speech and Deaf Center
Highline Schools Foundation
Raises funds to help students pay for things like classroom supplies, sports equipment, field trips, and scholarships
Homestead Community Land Trust
Hunters Food Bank and Thrift Store
Interfaith Task Force on Homelessness
The Interfaith Task Force on Homelessness (ITFH) is composed of individuals representing religious congregations, religious and secular organizations which work toward preventing and ending homelessness. Most of our membership spans much of the religious community, including Christian, Unitarian, Jewish, and Muslim.
International Rescue Committee
Kitsap Rescue Mission
March of Dimes
Mary’s Place provides safe, inclusive shelter and services that support women, children and families on their journey out of homelessness.
Matsiko Children’s Choir
Na’ah Illahee Fund
National Indian Child Welfare Association
NW Immigrant Rights Project
Old Dog Haven
Oregon Adaptive Sports
Twenty years ago, some passionate local members of the ski community, came together to provide snow opportunities to members of the community with disabilities. Today, Oregon Adaptive Sports is the premiere adaptive sports organization in the Pacific Northwest providing a range of year-round programs.
Pacific Foundation For Blind Children
Parkinsons Resources of Oregon
My late husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Over the next 18 years, PRO was the epitome of its name, a resource for us as we dealt with a chronic progressive disease.
Portland Audubon Society
Prevent Homeless Pets
Pure Food Kids/Beecher’s Foundation
For more than 40 years Raphael House of Portland has helped domestic violence survivors and their families find safety, hope, and independence.
Rainier Valley Food Bank
Ronald McDonald House
Supports seriously ill children and their families
We partner with the owners of beautiful boats to give patients and their caregivers a spirit-lifting day at sea.
Saint Vincent de Paul, St Theresa’s Catholic Parish
Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation
Second Chance Companions
Senior Life Resources NW
Provides critical nutrition services like Meals on Wheels and home care services that enable people to remain living in their homes for as long as possible
Sequim Wheelers is a small group of bicyclists who have purchased special wheelchair bikes in order to give rides to the elderly or handicapped. For some, this is the only outing they get.
Sisters of the Road
Nonprofit cafe working to create systemic change that will end poverty and homelessness by providing nourishing meals in a safe, dignified space
Snoqualmie Food Bank
Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra
Sunshine Division provides food and clothing relief to Portland families and individuals in need.
Sustainable Living Center
The Sophia Way
Thurston Climate Action Team
Provides support and resources to youth in foster care to graduate from high school
Union Gospel Mission of Grays Harbor
Here in Grays Harbor we have quite a homeless situation, combined with limited employment opportunities and a pervasive drug culture. On the front lines is the Union Gospel Mission of Grays Harbor. It provides meals, clothing, and as much comfort as possible.
University Beyond Bars
University of Washington Foundation
Experimental Education Unit at The Haring Center offers a comprehensive early childhood school community that provides inclusive education to children with and without disabilities
Vine Maple Place
Washington Alaskan Malamute Adoption League
Washington Trails Association (WTA)
Washington Trails Association mobilizes hikers and everyone who loves the outdoors to explore, steward, and champion trails and public lands.
Wishing Well Foundation
World Relief Seattle
Young Entrepreneurs Business Week
Yoga Behind Bars
I’ve started to teach yoga with Yoga Behind Bars, and I know personally how far a donation will go to ensure they can offer more trainings to incarcerated populations. This year they were able to bring a pre-natal program to a women’s prison. To say that is it making a difference in the outlook of these mothers-to-be is an understatement.