GIVEback Spotlight: Seattle

Words by Wayward

Because we’re so grateful for the support you’ve shown us over the last year of business, we wanted to take the time to highlight some local organizations we admire, who are doing an outstanding job supporting our local community. We realize it’s an immense privilege to run our business in the Pacific Northwest, and we’re very proud to support not only larger brands we all love, but smaller, artisanal brands as well — many of whom have GIVEback stories of their own.

Looking to volunteer or make a donation? Here are some of our favorite organizations in Seattle and Bellevue making a difference to help those find new paths towards exploration.

Vera Project

A Seattle-based organization, The Vera Project, fuels personal and community transformation through collaborative, youth-driven engagement in the arts. A music and arts venue located at the Seattle Center in Queen Anne, Vera’s shows are completely volunteer-driven and support participants of all levels. Through Vera, youth are given hands on knowledge and experience to fuel their creative passions and directly contribute to Seattle’s vibrant arts and music culture.

The easiest way to support The Vera Project is by attending an upcoming show (full calendar available online here). Among Vera’s many endeavors, they also offer popular classes — subjects range from printmaking to audio engineering. If you’d like to donate your time this holiday season, The Vera Project is always looking for volunteers! More info about the orientation process is available online here.

Washington Wild

In case you missed that climate change report update our government surreptitiously released on Black Friday, the bad news is that our wild places are in dire need of our support. The good news? Organizations like Washington Wild (formerly Washington Wilderness Coalition) are doing something about it. Their mission is to defend, protect and restore wild lands and waters in Washington State through advocacy, education and civic engagement.

Since their inception in 1979, Washington Wild has played an invaluable role in permanently protecting nearly three million acres throughout the Evergreen state. The easiest way to get involved is to become a member with a financial contribution, although they also have a helpful list on their website of public lands-focused political actions you can do immediately, including several petitions you can sign in mere minutes — more info available here.

FareStart

Okay, FareStart is rad. Overseen by CEO Angela Stowell (wife and business partner to local restaurateur Ethan Stowell), FareStart provides real solutions to help the homeless transform their lives by providing restaurant and barista job experience so individuals can enter the workforce one step ahead. Founded in Seattle over 25 years ago, FareStart works closely with local restaurants to develop programs that provide the skills most needed in the industry. By investing into people and building community, they are truly transforming homelessness, hunger and poverty into human potential.

Consider volunteering this holiday season, or dine at a FareStart restaurant or cafe (full list available here). If you donate online, partners will match all donations, and dining at FareStart, up to $1 million through the end of the year!

Outdoors For All

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you love outdoor recreation, plain and simple. Have you ever stopped to consider how those with disabilities participate in the great outdoors or enjoy this with their family and friends? The Outdoors For All Foundation makes the outdoors accessible for those with challenges and disabilities.

Founded in Seattle in 1979, Outdoors For All is a national leader in delivering adaptive and therapeutic activities for kids and adults with disabilities. They partner with 700 volunteers each year (want to be the 701st?) to support over 2,400 individuals as they learn how to ski, mountain bike, kayak, go rock climbing, and so much more. Have a pass at Stevens Pass? Spend a day on-hill this winter with Outdoors For All — check out their upcoming volunteer opportunities here.

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