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This year, Seattle Met hosted its first (annual) Generocity. It was a fantastic night of food and fun to celebrate some of our local nonprofits.

There were over 35 nonprofits with booths set up throughout the Living Computer Museum. It was a great opportunity to interact with those groups and find out more about them.

We've been on a quest to find projects that we can participate in as a group as well as individually, and with that in mind, these were some of the organizations that we found most intriguing.

(Descriptions about the programs come directly from their websites, ways to help are potential ideas.)

Year Up

Year Up seeks to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.

We achieve this mission through a one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, and corporate internships.

Ways to help

  • Mentor - support during the process, 9 months, starts October & May

  • Corporate volunteer days - mock interviews, resume workshops & networking events

  • Clothing donation - gently used professional clothing

  • Guest speakers - share personal stories and lend advice

  • Internships

Rainier Scholars

Students of color account for two-thirds of all students in Seattle Public Schools. Yet, by high school they make up just 10 percent of the students in the district's advanced learning programs, the most rigorous academic preparation for college success. Similarly, students of color are not proportionally represented in local independent schools. When layering an income factor into the equation, the disconnect from educational advancement opportunities is most clearly defined.

Whatever the cause of that disparity, the outcome is clear; fewer of Seattle's students of color get the education and mentoring they need to gain admission to college and become leaders as adults. The disproportionately low numbers of students of color on college campuses, as well as the lack of men and women of color in positions of leadership nationwide, point back to a lack of equitable opportunities at a foundational level.

Education and opportunity for all committed and capable students is essential for a strong, just society.

Ways to help

  • College Career Connections - share personal stories with college scholars, network, possibly mentor

  • Workplace Receptions - Host gathering to learn about program, meet some of the scholars

  • Internships

Food Lifeline

Working with the food industry and its surpluses, we come up with creative solutions to stopping hunger, including redirecting good food from manufacturers, farmers, grocery stores and restaurants that might otherwise go to waste. We provide 82,000 meals a day to local food assistance programs, and that, combined with our policy work, creates a sustainable approach to hunger.

Ways to help

  • Volunteer day at food bank

  • Food Frenzy - July 11-25, corporate competition

Washington CASH

Washington Community Alliance for Self-Help (C.A.S.H.) is a non-profit organization based in Seattle, Washington. We provide the hands-on education, in-depth support, and access to capital needed to launch and grow successful small enterprises.

We serve those in our community for whom traditional business development services are out of reach, with a focus on low-income, women, and minority populations. Working together, we are committed to the growth of small businesses, stronger communities, and brighter futures throughout the Puget Sound region and beyond.

Ways to help

  • Assist small businesses with technology, marketing, websites, social media etc.

Youth Care

YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training.

Ways to help

  • Serve a meal at the Orion center

  • Host a drive for needed supplies

Mary's Place

Empowering homeless women and children to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community.

Ways to help

  • Team days of service

Seattle Music Partners

Seattle Music Partners' free after-school program is an innovative combination of weekly music instruction and mentoring. For 13 years, SMP has worked with underserved elementary school students in Seattle's Central District. We also provide a unique opportunity for skilled musicians to give back.

Our mission is to help underserved children learn to play instruments and read music.

To attain this goal, we recruit, train and support skilled high school, college-aged and community musicians as volunteer music tutors and mentors who lead one-on-one music lessons each week. These lessons are supplemented with a second afternoon of group instruction and ensemble work. We also provide instruments to participants and transportation where needed.

Ways to help

  • Donate instruments or funds

  • Volunteer - more of an individual ongoing project