8 Organizations to Support Right Now
How you can help.
Our world is rapidly changing. With uncertain budgets and loss of funding, many nonprofits need additional support. Forterra compiled a list of some of the organizations we work with that could use your support right now.
1. TACOMA COMMUNITY HOUSE
Tacoma Community House is a nationally respected, community-based service center for immigrants, refugees, and long-time South Sound residents seeking enrichment and pathways to self-sufficiency. For over 110 years they have helped countless individuals gain the skills they need to transition out of poverty, navigate a new culture, and find personal and professional success.
2. HILLTOP ACTION COALITION
Hilltop Action Coalition a community-based coalition that works to mobilize and empower diverse individuals, families, businesses, and other public and community organizations to build a safe, clean, healthy, resilient, and united community. The organization is raising money for emergency funds in response to COVID-19. The fund will support meals for families and supplies for households that cannot afford them at this time.
3. FOOD INNOVATION NETWORK
Food Innovation Network includes organizations, educational institutions, local government, and communities working together to create pathways for health, wealth, and success through food system revitalization in South King County. The organization is working with their food business entrepreneurs to cook 400-450 meals a week for seniors and families. This means that trusted volunteers are cooking, packaging meals, and cleaning the kitchen from about 10 am until 4 pm.
4. FARMER FROG
Farmer Frog started with a food garden at a school in South Everett in 2009. Today they support over a dozen school gardens throughout the state, work with several sites in urban and rural communities, and are developing several farms. Farmer Frog cultivates programs, school gardens, and hands-on learning to nurture communities. In addition to cash donations, Farmer Frog accepts vegetable seeds, high-quality compost/soil mix, and disinfecting wipes and solutions.
5. SEATTLE CHINATOWN INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT PRESERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority is a leading force for the economic health of Seattle’s Chinatown International District, implementing strategies that range from support for individual businesses to marketing the entire neighborhood’s lively retail and cultural environment. The organization is an effective and informed advocate for our neighborhood’s residents and businesses. They promote community improvements, public safety, and protection of the community from negative impacts. The organization focuses its development efforts in a way that honors the rich character and history of the Chinatown International District.
6. WA NA WARI
Wa Na Wari creates space for Black ownership, possibility, and belonging through art, historic preservation, and connection. Wa Na Wari is a center for Black art and culture in Seattle’s historically redlined Central District neighborhood. Sited in a 5th-generation Black-owned home, Wa Na Wari:
- hosts rotating exhibits by local and regional Black artists;
- provides a space for workshops, performances, and lectures;
- convenes changemakers, elders, youth, neighbors, and artists for collaboration, innovation, and community organizing; and
- operates an oral history studio for gathering and sharing the stories of Seattle’s historically Black Central District.
7. ACCESS TO OUR COMMUNITY
Access to Our Community is a new organization led by Mohammed Jama, a board member of Abu Bakr Islamic Center. The organization helps low-income renters with short-term assistance to prevent them from becoming homeless. Access to Our Community offers services, provides programs, and engages in other community activities that promote and support community development. The organization is dedicated to building the human, social, and physical capital in local community.
8. RAINIER BEACH ACTION COALITION
Rainier Beach Action Coalition implements the Rainier Beach Neighborhood Plan; promotes a safe place, quality education, living wage jobs, affordable transportation and housing for all; and builds neighborhood capacity to enhance the quality of life in Rainier Beach as well as to address critical issues threatening the welfare of Rainier Beach residents.