We are always on the lookout for opportunities to give back to our community, individually or as a group, and there is no better way to discover some of the great nonprofits in our city than Generocity. Now in it’s second year, this Seattle Met hosted event is an amazing celebration of both local and national nonprofits, not to mention a night filled with delicious food, drink, and live entertainment.
With close to forty nonprofits set up throughout the Living Computer Museum, we had the opportunity to speak directly with organizations and hear about their mission as well as how to get involved. Some of the amazing organizations we met are summarized below. If you’re looking for community opportunities, here’s a good start.
(Descriptions about the programs come directly from their websites, ways to help are potential ideas.)
First Aid Arts
First Aid Arts is exactly what it sounds like: we use art-based interventions to help survivors of trauma begin the process of recovering from experiences like abuse, violence, or natural disaster. Our trainings and toolkit are informed by neurological and psychological research that supports the use of art-based therapies to reduce post-traumatic symptoms. Healing from harm is possible, and the process starts with you.
Ways to help
* Internships in Marketing, Graphic Design, Research and Evaluation
* Local artists from multiple disciplines can sign up to volunteer through partnerships with New Horizons, and YouthCare’s Orion Center youth drop-in sites
* Administrative assistance with training program
* Event Planning volunteers to assist with creative outreach to donors
Childhaven’s mission is to end the cycle of child abuse and neglect forever by healing its youngest victims with scientifically proven therapeutic care, preparing them to be successful learners, supporting their families and laying the foundation for lifelong loving relationships.
Ways to help
* Be a classroom volunteer
* Participate in their Brighter Birthday and Giving Tree group programs
* Volunteer behind the scenes at any of Childhaven’s yearly events
Seattle Works connects volunteers, develops emerging leaders and inspires dialogue. We are best known for delivering accessible volunteer opportunities, pairing those points of entry with a clear path for increased involvement and preparing people to join nonprofit boards and public commissions.
Ways to help
* Individual volunteer opportunities
* Board service training
* Team based volunteer projects for local companies of any size
King County Sexual Assault Resource Center
King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) provides sexual assault-related services for people of all ages in King County, WA, while working toward the ultimate goal of eliminating sexual violence and abuse from our communities. We’re on the frontline with victims and their families, ensuring that all people affected by sexual assault get the treatment they need and advocacy they deserve. We’re also at the forefront of change, guiding public policy development and delivering best practice education to create safer environments for everyone.
KCSARC’s overall purpose is to alleviate, as much as possible, the trauma of sexual assault for victims and their families. Our mission is to give voice to victims, their families, and the community; create change in beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors about violence; and instill courage for people to speak out about sexual assault.
Ways to help
* Invite KSCARC to your workplace for a training or presentation
* Host a book club or conversation party with KCSARC provided resources perfect for young children and teens.
* Sponsor a BE LOUD breakfast
* Become a CourtWatch volunteer
Futurewise is a statewide public interest group working to promote healthy communities and cities while protecting farmland, forests and shorelines today and for future generations.
We are the only statewide group in Washington working to ensure that local governments manage growth responsibly. Founded in 1990, Futurewise has established an impressive track record on growth management issues as the state’s primary advocate for smart growth policies.
Ways to help
* Office work
* Development Assistance
* Legal Assistance
Cascade Harvest Coalition
Cascade Harvest Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to “re-localizing” the food system in Washington State by more directly connecting consumers and producers. Through our programs and activities, we accomplish this by:
* Supporting farmers. A healthy food system requires healthy farmers. That means providing farmers with access to land, information, training, markets and the resources they need to help them be sustainable.
* Educating consumers. Everyone eats. But what we eat has a profound impact on the world around us. Providing consumers with information on the many economic and environmental benefits of local agriculture, and helping them identify where and how to buy locally, gives consumers the tools they need to make informed choices.
* Building healthy communities. Re-localizing the food system requires a community. Developing partnerships with a broad diversity of food system constituents, sharing information and resources, and collaborative action provide increased opportunities for creating effective change that benefits all of us.