03 Jan Giving back to our communities in 2019
At the end of each year we ask our employee owners and customers to name nonprofit organizations that make a difference in their neighborhoods and cities. Then we write some checks. A lot of them.
These donations are on top of the sponsorships to solar and clean energy organizations that we work shoulder to shoulder with during the year.
We always receive the best recommendations and stories! One of our employee owners donated to the small pet rescue where he adopted his dog earlier this year. A customer who has a stall at Pike Place Market asked us to donate to the market’s foundation. Another customer nominated their small town’s senior center.
We are happy to make these donations to 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.
Here is the list for 2019. Most organizations will receive a donation of between $100 – $600, and others will get a bit more.
Adams County Pet Rescue
Adopt Shelter Animal Pets
Every kid needs a chance, and the children in our foster community need to the most support. Amara is an organization we’ve supported for almost 10 years, and they continue to make a bigger and bigger difference in the community. They are doing what’s right for the children.
Babies of Homelessness
Bainbridge Island Youth Services
Beacon Hill Food Forest
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula
Sequim Boys and Girls Club is an amazing group of people taking care of the young members of our community. Without the loving care they dole out, many young members of our community would not have regular meals, a place to study, a safe place to be, or a chance to get help with homework. We highly recommend them.
Camp Stand By Me (Easter Seals)
My daughter who is significantly handicapped goes to the camp for a week each summer and two weekends a year for respite.
Citizens for a Healthy Bay
For nearly thirty years, CHB has brought together the Tacoma community, businesses, and governmental agencies to work for a clean Commencement Bay and surrounding ecosystems.
Climate Action Families
Coastal Conservation Association Washington
The Coffee Oasis in Kitsap County is doing great work in helping people overcome addictions and get back to a healthy life vision.
Coral Reef Alliance
Dress for Success Seattle
Free Clinic of Southwest Washington
Located in Vancouver, the clinic provides medical support for people unable to pay. Given the high cost of medical care, it seems a very worthy cause to us to help those who simply can’t afford to see a doctor.
Friends for Life
Friends of CASA
This organization provides money to help cover childcare expenses for low-income families while one parent (generally only a single parent) goes to college to attain a 2-year or 4-year degree. The goal is for the family to qualify for higher paying jobs. Hopefully, this will provide families with more money which will help their child (children) perform better in school and lead to more success for future generations.
This is a free clinic in our community that provides medical, dental and mental health services. It is staffed primarily by volunteers and will provide 8,000 patient visits this year.
Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County
Hamomi Childrens Center
Highline Schools Foundation
Homestead Community Land Trust
Kitsap Rescue Mission
KLOZ 4 KIDZ
I have two young children of my own, and I can’t imagine what it would be like to end up homeless, still trying to take care of them. Mary’s Place provides families with shelter, food, and services to help them get back into more stable housing situations. They do really wonderful work.
Metropolitan Family Service
Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group
Mountains to Sound Greenway
North Beach Medical Equipment
This nonprofit helps area people to live a longer, safer, and more enjoyable life. They provide much needed medical equipment and supplies to people for as long as they need it – absolutely free.
North Counties Family Services
We would like to suggest North County Family Services in Darrington, Washington, because they have helped the community and kids by providing assistance when needed. They were the organization that helped our community when the Oso landslide happened in 2014 by providing gas cards to those who had to drive around to still get to work. They also engage the kids in the area with outdoor activities through the Glacier Peak Institute. They sponsor National Night Out, senior trips for graduates, and so much more.
North Snohomish County Outreach
Oroville Senior Center
While the food portion is paid for by a government grant, they are solely supported by donations from seniors and other interested citizens. Keeping the power on, buying real butter (it is not covered under the grant program, only margarine), and building maintenance all falls on the generation that has already given our community so much.
Pacific Foundation for Blind Children
We have a 13-year-old grandson who is visually impaired who attends the Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver. This is his third year there, and we have seen the great progress he has made due in large part to the programs provided by the Pacific Foundation.
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
Pasado’s Safe Haven
Pasado’s rescues animals of all sorts, from dogs to pigs to cows to chickens, sheep, goats, alpacas, donkeys, etc., who would otherwise die of abuse or neglect. Many were headed for the slaughterhouse when Pasado’s intervened.
Peoria House helps women escape prostitution and sex trafficking. The organization provides housing free of charge for up to two years along with a structured recovery program including treatment for addiction, mental health counseling, medical and dental care, and other services specifically designed for these severely traumatized women. It is the only program of its kind in Snohomish County.
Pets for Vets
Pike Place Market Foundation
Portland Homeless Family Solutions
Rainier Valley Food Bank
Seattle Dogs Homeless Program
Restoration of the Burke-Gilman Trail
Seattle Rep’s Public Works
Seattle Rep works deeply with community-based organizations to invite folks from all walks of life to take classes, attend performances and events, and join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theater. Through this process strangers become neighbors – creating a region that is welcoming for all.
Senior Life Resources Northwest
SLR is an award-winning supplier of Meals on Wheels and essential chore services which keep South East Washington seniors in their homes and apartments and out of assisted care living facilities and nursing homes.
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Snoqualmie Food Bank
Snoqualmie Valley Shelter
Swedish Medical Center Foundation
Tacoma Boat Builders
Union Gospel Mission
Experimental Education Unit at The Haring Center
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Washington Trails Association (WTA)
Hiking trails have been a key to my physical and emotional health for a long time. With government funding for trail maintenance drying up the WTA and taken on the task of keeping our trail system in shape. I have volunteered on their trail crews and can attest to the great organization they are.
West Seattle Food Bank
Western States Center
Wild Fish Conservancy Northwest
Yoga Behind Bars