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10 Small Organizations Doing Big Things in South Seattle (Part 1)

There are so many dedicated groups doing important work in South Seattle that we’re bringing them to you in two parts! What qualifies as a small outfit? For our purposes, we used information from The Seattle Foundation to select organizations with less than 30 full-time employees (FTE). Look for Part 2 to be posted soon. Please consider these groups in your year-end giving budget. Happy holidays!

1. Anything is Possible Theatre Company
Anything is Possible is a small theater company dedicated to creating and producing original children’s theater productions to under-served communities in the Rainier Valley. Its mission is to inspire lifelong interest in theater by engaging new audiences through dynamic and original productions. Founded in 2005; Executive Director Ellen Cooper; 1 FTE; 5,000 individuals served. (5030 45th Ave S., Seattle, WA, 98118-2310; 206-760-1336)

2. Bike Works
Bike Works is dedicated to building sustainable communities by educating youth and promoting bicycling. They offer collaborative youth programming designed to develop creativity, community and leadership, by repurposing and recycling bicycles and by keeping cycling accessible and affordable. Founded in 1996; Executive Director Deb Salls; 17 FTE; 7,000 individuals served. (3715 S. Hudson St., Seattle, WA 98118; 206-695-2522)

3. Community Arts Create
Community Arts Create believes that every community needs to experience and have access to art education and art opportunities that highlight the culture, traditions, ideas, and progress of those who make up the community itself. Its mission is to build community through self-discovery and shared experiences. Founded in 2011; Executive Director Benjamin Hunter; 0 FTE; 2,500 individuals served (5623 Rainier Ave S., Seattle, WA 98118; 206-669-8106)

GOT GREEN is a Southeast Seattle-based grassroots organizing group led by people of color and low-income people dedicated to cultivating multi-generational community leaders of the Green Movement. Their goal is to turn the promise of the new, green economy into tangible benefits for our communities. Founded in 2008; Executive Director Jill Mangaliman; 4 FTE; 3,458 individuals served. (3518 S. Edmonds St.; Seattle, WA 98118; 206-290-5136)

5. Northwest African American Museum
The only African American museum in the region, NAAM presents the often overlooked stories and achievements of African Americans in the Pacific Northwest through unique exhibitions, tours, public events and educational resources. Its public programs reach a wide and diverse audience. Founded in 2006; Executive Director Rosanna Sharpe; 10 FTE; 15,000 individuals served (2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle, WA 98144-3818; 206-518-6000)

6. Rainier Valley Food Bank
Serving one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the nation, the Rainier Valley Food Bank provides healthy, well-balanced groceries to anyone in need of food. With more 1,500 hours of community volunteer hours each month, RVFB is a model for neighbors feeding neighbors. Founded in 1991; Executive Director Sam Osborne; 3 FTE; 14,000 individuals served. (4205 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118; 206-723-4105)

7. Rainier Valley Historical Society
The Rainier Valley Historical Society’s mission is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret the history and heritage of the Rainier Valley and its people, and to promote public involvement in and appreciation of its history and culture. Its roots date back to 1891, and its collection includes more than 2,500 photographs, thousands of documents, 100-plus artifacts, and more than 40 oral history recordings. Founded in 1993; Executive Director Virginia H. Wright; 1 FTE; 1,000 individuals served (3710 S. Ferdinand St., Seattle, WA 98118; 206-723-1663)

8. Seattle Children’s PlayGarden
The Seattle Children’s PlayGarden improves the lives of children with physical or mental disabilities by providing full access to a safe indoor/outdoor recreation space and offering inclusive programs that encourage their potential. The public park is situated at the south-end of Colman Playfield in Seattle’s south-central neighborhood. Founded in 2002; Executive Director Elizabeth Bullard; 1 FTE; 1,500 individuals served (1745 24th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98144; 206-325-5576

9. Seward Park Audubon Center
The Seward Park Audubon Center is part of national Audubon’s vision to make conservation the path to a better future by building a constituency as diverse as nature to help protect nature. The Center’s mission is to inspire people of all backgrounds to conserve natural ecosystems and build healthy communities for people, birds and other wildlife. Founded in 2008; Center Director Joseph Manson; 5 FTE; 23,000 individuals served (5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle, WA 98118-3008; 206-652-2444)

10. Southeast Seattle Education Coalition
A group of 60 organizations and more than 100 individuals working to improve education for all children, especially those in Southeast Seattle and those farthest away from opportunities. Dedicated to rallying communities of color and allies to improve Southeast Seattle Schools so that all students succeed and all families are empowered. Founded in 2011; Executive Director Erin Okuno; 1.8 FTE + 1 Rainier Valley Corps Fellow; 1,000 individuals served (3829B S. Edmunds St., Seattle, WA 98118; 425-243-7079)

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One Comment

  1. Thank -You for this recognition! We are proud to be on a list with such wonderful organizations doing great work in our community.