10 Small Organizations Doing Big Things in South Seattle

10 Small Organizations Doing Big Things in South Seattle

There are so many dedicated groups doing important work in South Seattle. These are just a few of our faves. Find last year’s lists here, and please consider them in your year-end giving budget. Happy New Year!

1. Amara
Amara works to ensure that every child in foster care has the love and support of a committed family – as quickly as possible, and for as long as each child needs. Founded in 1921, Amara was one of the first agencies in the US to coordinate trans-racial adoptions, adoptions by single parents, and adoptions by lesbian and gay parents. Aside from the State of Washington itself, Amara prepares the greatest number of licensed foster families in King County. (5907 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S., Seattle, WA 98118; 206-260-1700)

2. Beacon Arts
An all volunteer organization dedicated to enhancing Beacon Hill community through local arts and cultural activities. Creating opportunity for artists and audiences on Beacon Hill by activating under utilized space. (2336 15th Ave S., Seattle, WA 98144; 206-323-7733)

3. El Centro de la Raza
A voice and a hub for Seattle and Martin Luther King, Jr. County’s Latino community advocating on behalf of Latino people and working to achieve social justice. Offers comprehensive programs and services to empower members of the Latino community. Also works to raise awareness with the general public, and government, business and civic leaders about the needs of the Chicano/Latino community in the United States. (2524 16th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98144; 206-957-4605)

4. FareStart Cafe @ 2100
FareStart prepares homeless and disadvantaged individuals for jobs in the foodservice industry and helps them retain those jobs. Our training programs balance compassion and support with expectations for professional behavior that meet the demands of the workplace. In a highly structured environment, students learn and practice professional work skills and attitudes that will serve them a lifetime. The Cafe @ 2100 features a variety of delicious pastries, sandwiches, soups, salads, and espresso drinks. (2100 24th Ave S., Seattle, WA 98144; 206-407-2195)

5. Horn of Africa Services
A multi-lingual, multicultural nonprofit organization offering individual and family counseling and referral services. HOAS responds to the health, employment, housing and educational needs within communities from Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, and neighboring countries who are living in the Greater Seattle area with bilingual staff speaking in Amharic, Oromo, Tigrigna, and Somali. (4714 Rainier Ave S Ste 105; Seattle, WA 98118; 206-760-5071)

6. Kubota Garden Foundation
Established to support, enhance, and perpetuate the Kubota Garden within the spirit and vision of Fujitaro Kubota and his son Tom Kubota, the Kubota Garden Foundation raises funds, organizes volunteers, sponsors programs and projects at the Kubota Garden in partnership with Seattle Parks, who owns and maintains the garden. (10915 – 51st Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98178; 206-725-5060)

7. Rainier Valley Community Development Fund
A self-sustaining, community-controlled financial institution that preserves and strengthens cultural diversity, long-term livability, and economic opportunity for Rainier Valley residents, businesses and institutions. (6951 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. #225, Seattle, WA 98118; 206-722-5280)

8. Rainier Valley Corps
Rainier Valley Corps cultivates leaders within communities of color to strengthen the capacity of communities-of-color-led nonprofits. We create space for collaboration between diverse communities of color to affect systemic change. (3700 S. Hudson St. Ste C., Seattle, WA 98118; 206-436-9536)

9. Refugee Women’s Alliance
One of the largest refugee and immigrant service providers in the region, delivering a continuum of culturally competent services to help refugees and immigrants thrive in their new home country. Programs and services include: Case Management, Job Training and Assistance, ESL classes, Naturalization and Legal Services, Anti-Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, accredited Early Childhood Education, Youth Program, Senior Meals, Licensed Behavioral Health, and Housing Services. (4008 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S., Seattle, WA 98108; 206-721-0243)

10. Southeast Seattle Senior Center
Serving more than 1,200 seniors annually, Southeast Seattle Senior center offers a variety of programs and services at affordable cost to seniors young and old. The B&B Diner, SESSC’s in-house eatery, serves hot meals five days a week, including special meals like our monthly Birthday Lunches. (4655 S. Holly St., Seattle, WA 98118; 206-722-0317)

Featured photo: Kubota Garden by Diana Vergis Vinh

 

 

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