Making a difference in the Northwest

Contributing to our communities in 2023

From day one, we have sought ways to invest richly in our employees, communities, and the industry we serve.

For A&R Solar, that means transforming corporate earnings into community benefits.

With guidance from our 60 employee-owners and nominations from our valued customers, A&R Solar contributed $32,000 to 74 non-profit organizations in Washington and Oregon in 2023.

Last year’s contributions went to a variety of organizations from all over Washington and Oregon. Those are in addition to the climate change-related initiatives and green-focused groups that we regularly sponsor. Making-A-Difference-In-The-Northwest

From humane societies to community programs that seek to foster stronger relationships between members of our community, these contributions align with our goals as a B Corporation and Social Purpose Corporation.

Below you’ll find a list of our 2023 donations and a brief synopsis of the work each non-profit is doing to support our communities.

Oregon Non-Profits

Cat Adoption Team (Sherwood, OR): Cat Adoption Team works to connect homeless cats with loving new families and to support those relationships over time. Life is better with a cat, so we want to make life better for them!

Columbia Pacific Food Bank (St. Helens, OR): Columbia Pacific Food Bank is Columbia County’s regional food bank. Donation distribution of food and resources through local community food pantries and programs. Serving the needs of 1 in 4 of the population.

Oregon Food Bank (Portland, OR): Provide access to nutritious food for all. Build community power to eliminate hunger and its root causes for good. Work across systems and within our network.

Sweet Home Emergency Ministries (Sweet Home, OR): To compassionately serve the needs of the hungry in Sweet Home by providing food, information and supportive services in an efficient manner through caring community partnerships.

Ella Curran Food Bank (Independence, OR): The Ella Curran Food Bank is a food pantry dedicated to providing food for people in need living in or near Independence and Monmouth Oregon.

Just Compassion (Tigard, OR): Just Compassion seeks to identify avenues to effectively share information and to develop opportunities for discussion and action to meet the challenges faced by all.

MountainStar Family Relief Nursery (Bend, OR): MountainStar works to prevent child abuse and neglect by assisting vulnerable families and promoting the health and safety of children in Oregon’s Deschutes, Jefferson, and Crook counties.

North Coast Land Conservancy (Seaside, OR): North Coast Land Conservancy has been working since 1986 to conserve and connect the landscape of the Oregon Coast, from the Columbia River to northern Lincoln County, by acquiring or otherwise managing lands for their habitat value.

Carlton Observatory (McMinnville, OR): Our goal is to create a unique community resource featuring interactive experiences including an observatory and planetarium inside a multi-use facility.

Community Transitional School (Portland, OR): Since we began in 1990, we have aimed to create traditions that our students look forward to and that allow them to feel that they are part of a bigger community.

Children’s Healing Art Project (Portland, OR): Our mission is to bring the Healing Power of Art to children and families facing medical challenges.

Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay (Nehalem, OR): The Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay (EVCNB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to building personal, community and regional resilience, developing programs to ensure readiness and promoting a culture of emergency preparedness.

Fish Food Bank (Hood River, OR): FISH (Friendly, Instant, Sympathetic Help) serves people in need of food assistance in Hood River County and Mosier. We are a partner agency of the Oregon Food Bank.

Girls Build (Portland, OR): Girls Build™ is a non-profit organization based in Portland, OR, inspiring curiosity and confidence in girls through the world of building. We currently empower girls in Southern Oregon, Portland, the Oregon coast.

Happy Valley Parks and Recreation Foundation (Happy Valley, OR): The Mission of the Happy Valley Parks and Recreation Foundation (HVPRF) is to provide accessibility, inclusiveness and sustainability of our parks, nature areas and recreation facilities and programs.

Neighborhood House (Portland, OR): We strive to support individual family growth and independence. We focus on parents as teachers, helping families to be successful in supporting their children’s overall development.

Raphael House (Portland, OR): For more than 45 years Raphael House of Portland has helped domestic violence survivors and their families find safety, hope, and independence.
Rose Haven (Portland, OR): To provide day shelter, resources, emotional support, and community connections to women, children, and marginalized genders experiencing homelessness and poverty.

Tualatin Riverkeepers (Tualatin, OR): Tualatin Riverkeepers is a community-based organization that protects and restores the Tualatin River watershed. We build watershed stewardship through engagement, advocacy, restoration, access, and education.

Dental Foundation of Oregon (Wilsonville, OR): The DFO is dedicated to advancing oral health education, providing charitable care, and coordinating resources for Oregon’s children and vulnerable communities.

Friends of the Columbia Gorge (Portland, OR): Friends of the Columbia Gorge works to protect, preserve, and steward the Columbia Gorge.

Meals on Wheels (Eugene, OR): Meals on Wheels of Lane County, Oregon, provides nourishing meals, friendly smiles and regular safety checks to homebound seniors in eight Lane County communities.

Medical Teams International (Tigard, OR): We work to restore health as the first step to restoring hope. Because every person deserves the chance for a better life.

Health Care for All Oregon (Portland, OR): HCAO educates about and advocates for an equitable, affordable, comprehensive, high-quality publicly funded universal healthcare system that will improve the lives of individuals, families and communities across Oregon and throughout the United States.

Washington non-profits

Seattle Area Feline Rescue (Shoreline, WA): Seattle Area Feline Rescue takes in homeless cats and kittens, gives them the care they need to recover, and finds them loving homes.

ARK Institute of Learning (Tacoma, WA): ARK Institute of Learning is a non-profit committed to supporting determined learners in their desire to overcome learning challenges.

Helping Hands Food Bank (Sedro-Woolley, WA): We obtain food six days a week from local grocery stores throughout Skagit County, clean it up, and redistribute it to participants in need.

Clallam Mosaic (Port Angeles, WA): We empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Raindancer Wild Bird Rescue (Olympia, WA): We specialize in the rehabilitation of orphaned or injured birds of prey, including eagles, osprey, hawks, falcons, kites, owls, and vultures.

Spark NW (Seattle, WA): For twenty years Spark Northwest has worked at the local level to build equitable, affordable clean energy through community energy programs and policy reform.

EarthCorps (Seattle, WA): EarthCorps cultivates leaders and community partnerships to advance environmental justice.

Ranier Audubon (Auburn, WA): Our mission is to conserve and protect natural ecosystems, birds, and other wildlife.

Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank (Seattle, WA): The Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank offers senior center programming to elders who are homeless.

Consejo Counseling (Renton, WA): Consejo is a licensed, award-winning treatment center offering outpatient behavioral health care, trauma-informed care, and supportive transitional housing.

Take the Next Step (Monroe, WA): Take the Next Step was created to provide a reliable list of available resources for our neighbors in need.

St. Francis House (Seattle, WA): St. Francis House was established in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi to be a presence in Seattle to serve those in need and to inspire simplicity and charity in its volunteers and those they serve.

Blue Mountain Land Trust (Walla Walla, WA): We protect the scenic, natural, and working lands of the Blue Mountain region and connect communities to nature.

Kitsap Environmental Coalition (Ollala, WA): KEC educates and advocates for safe and clean water, air, and soil to support the health of all life.

The Pit Bull Pen (Benton City, WA): Our mission is to rescue dogs at risk, advocate for the breed, and educate the public about the true nature of a pit bull that is properly raised in a loving home.

Tenino Community Service Center/Tenino Food Bank Plus (Tenino, WA): TCSC provides food to a growing number of families throughout the Tenino-Bucoda area.

Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center (Bremerton, WA): Recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all people, KIAC works for the well-being and empowerment of immigrants through education, advocacy and social justice.

Homeward Pet Adoption Center (Woodinville, WA): Our primary goal is to find new, permanent homes for every homeless dog and cat we take in.

Rhapsody Project (Seattle, WA): We are a multi-generational community that celebrates music and heritage through an anti-racist lens. We provide music instruction, cultural events, virtual classes, and cultural workforce development to establish racial and cultural equity.

Steven’s Animal Sanctuary (Black Diamond, WA): Our mission is to provide a safe and loving retirement home for displaced animals that come to us for many reasons, including medical issues or age. We focus on senior and special needs animals.

Recovery Cafe (Seattle, WA): To support recovery by empowering people through an ever-growing community of resources, real-time encouragement, and loving, compassion-driven accountability.

SnoValley Tilth (Carnation, WA): SnoValley Tilth supports organic and sustainable food and fiber production throughout the Snoqualmie and Snohomish watersheds. We bring together farmers and the community to build a thriving local food system.

Operation NightWatch (Seattle, WA): Operation Nightwatch reduces the impact of poverty and homelessness, in keeping with Jesus’ teaching to love our neighbors.

Spotlight Repertory NW (Sammamish, WA): Spotlight Repertory NW creates and deepens community connections and elevates spirits through premier live music and performing arts programs.

One Call for All (Bainbridge Island, WA): To enrich and improve the lives of our neighbors by coordinating an annual campaign that supports non-profit organizations serving Bainbridge Island.

Arc of Tri-Cities (Richland, WA): The Arc of Tri-Cities promotes the rights of all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by actively supporting full inclusion and participation in all aspects of the community throughout their lives.

Sunny Sky’s Animal Rescue (Puyallup, WA): We are a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Animal Rescue in Northwest Washington. Our focus is helping animals who need us most, with an emphasis in helping senior pets and animals in need of medical attention.
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Nick of Time Foundation (Mill Creek, WA): We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that relies solely on donations to continue our mission to screen every student in Washington State.

Washington Trails Association (Seattle, WA): Washington Trails Association mobilizes hikers and everyone who loves the outdoors to explore, steward and champion trails and public lands.

Harbor Wildwatch (Gig Harbor, WA): We offer a variety of activities for kids, adults, and families to learn about the Salish Sea. From guided beach walks to classroom STEM workshops – we educate over 30,000 people each year about the local marine environment and how they can help protect it.

Blue Mountain Humane Society (Walla Walla, WA): Blue Mountain Humane Society’s mission is to prevent cruelty, promote kindness and foster the human-animal bond.

Hunger Intervention Project (Seattle, WA): The mission of the Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) is to increase food security for underserved populations in North King County through nutritious meals, educational programs, and advocacy.

King County Search and Rescue Association (Bellevue, WA): The King County Search and Rescue Association (KCSARA) exists to promote cooperation between its Member Units, to represent and be their unified voice and to advocate for matters that affect or require the support of multiple Units.

Wild Grief (Olympia, WA): By offering free, outdoor experiences for teens, young adults, families, and all-ages groups, we help more people find a place where they can remember, process, and discover a path to healing.

Coltura (Seattle, WA): To improve climate, health and equity by accelerating the switch from gasoline and diesel to cleaner alternatives.

Burien Actors Theatre (Burien, WA): We welcome and embrace our shared humanity through live theater. We question norms and thrive because of our diversity and energetic commitment to excellence.

Lutheran Community Service Northwest (SeaTac, WA): Lutheran Community Services Northwest partners with individuals, families and communities for health, justice and hope.

Sound Foundations NW (Seattle, WA): The idea behind building transitional tiny homes is to get homeless folks off the ground, out of the rain and into a space that is warm, safe and dry.

Boys and Girls Club (Sequim, WA): The Boys & Girls Club provides a safe, affordable place for kids and teens during critical out-of-school time.

Hanford Challenge (Seattle, WA): To create a future for the Hanford Nuclear Site that secures human health and safety, advances accountability, and promotes a sustainable environmental legacy.

Backpack Brigade (Seattle, WA): Backpack Brigade partners with local communities to provide weekend hunger bags to school kids in need. We ensure every child is fed all weekend long.

The Feels Foundation (Seattle, WA): With a focus on racial equity, we fund, support, and advocate for arts and culture through creative expression and education.

Bainbridge Prepares (Bainbridge, WA): Bainbridge Prepares fosters collaboration among individuals, organizations, and local government, proactively enhancing the resilience of our island community through mutual aid.

Washington Farmland Trust (Seattle, WA): Washington Farmland Trust protects and stewards threatened farmland across the state. We keep land in production by making it accessible to a new generation of farmers.

Food Lifeline (Seattle, WA): Feeding people facing hunger today and working to end hunger for tomorrow.

Vision House (Renton, WA): As a non-profit service provider, Vision House is a program with transitional housing that helps break the cycle of homelessness for families with children.