10 Small Organizations Doing Big Things in South Seattle (Part 2)

10 Small Organizations Doing Big Things in South Seattle (Part 2)

There are so many dedicated groups doing important work in South Seattle that we’ve brought them to you in two parts. Find Part 1 here. 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). Please consider these groups in your year-end giving budget. Happy New Year!

1. HomeSight
HomeSight promotes social and economic equity to preserve and enhance economically and culturally diverse communities through affordable homeownership, business development, and community advocacy. Founded in 1990; Executive Director Tony To; 14 FTE; 1,000 individuals served. (5117 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, WA; 98118-1928; 206-723-4355)

2. Rainier Health & Fitness
Rainier Health and Fitness addresses health disparities that directly effect our population such as heart disease and type-II diabetes. It offers low membership fees, need-based scholarships, weight loss accountability groups and free childcare. Founded in 2005; Director Rebecca Jonassen; 7 FTE; 1,600 individuals served. (7722 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118; 206-725-0279)

3. Rainier Scholars
Rainier Scholars is a rigorous and comprehensive educational program serving promising students of color over an 11-year journey from 6th grade to college graduation helping them become the first in their family to earn a four-year college degree. Founded in 2000; Executive Director Sarah Smith; 29 FTE; 550 individuals served. (2100  24th Ave. S. Ste. 360, Seattle, WA 98144-4646; 206-407-2111)

4. Southeast Seattle Tool Library
The Southeast Seattle Tool Library provides community access to a wide variety of tools, training, and other resources while also pursuing sustainability. Beyond being a library, it serves as a community hub where neighbors can participate in both personal and neighborhood projects while building a more trusting and vibrant community. Founded in 2015; Executive Director Sally Bailey (4425 MLK Jr. Way S., Seattle, WA 98108)

5. Southeast Youth & Family Services
SEYFS is a private nonprofit youth and family services agency. Its mission is to assist children, youth and families in achieving safe, self-sufficient and stable lives by providing counseling, educational, social and life skills programs for children, youth and their families. Founded in 1974; Executive Director Jeri R. White; 13 FTE; 210 individuals served (3722 S. Hudson St., Seattle, WA 98118; 206-721-5542)

6. The Mockingbird Society
The Mockingbird Society is dedicated to improving the current and future lives of the children, youth and families involved in the foster care system. Its youth programs train foster and homeless youth to become their own best advocates. Founded in 2001; Executive Director James R. Theofelis; 21 FTE; 700 individuals served (2100 24th Ave. S. Ste. 240; Seattle, WA 98144-4643; 206-323-5437)

7. Tiny Tots Development Center
Since 1969 Tiny Tots Development Center (TTDC) has provided licensed, accredited childcare, after school care and Early Learning Education services for low-to-middle income children from birth to age 12. It serves a diverse population of students mainly families of color. Founded in 1969; Executive Director Angelia Maxie; 27 FTE;  350 individuals served (8318 Renton Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118; 206-723-7268)

8. Ventures (formerly Washington CASH)
Ventures empowers aspiring entrepreneurs with limited resources and unlimited potential by providing access to business training, capital, coaching and hands-on learning opportunities for entrepreneurs, with a focus on women, people of color, immigrants, and individuals with low income. Founded in 1995; Executive Director Beto Yarce; 14 FTE; 808 individuals served (2100 24th Ave. S. Ste. 380; Seattle, WA 98144-4646; 206-352-1945)

9. Vietnemese Friendship Association
VFA offers mentoring, parent advocacy services, tutoring, and summer and after-school programs, as well as cultural enrichment and bridging programs. Its mission is to advance equity in education, foster civic engagement and advocate for Vietnamese and other refugee and immigrant communities. Founded in 1978; Executive Director James Hong; 8 FTE; 1,000 individuals served (3829B S. Edmunds St., Seattle, WA 98118; 206-760-1573)

10. Youth in Focus
The Youth in Focus mission is to empower urban youth, through photography, to experience their world in new ways and to make positive choices for their lives by putting cameras in the hands of low-income, at-risk youth and place them in a challenging environment surrounded by high quality talented teachers, nurturing adult volunteer mentors, and create a strong community of support. Founded in 1994; Executive Director Trina Gadsden; 3 FTE; 300 individuals served (2100 24th Ave. S., Suite 310; Seattle, WA 98144-4645; 206-723-1479)

Photo/Youth in Focus students


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