Training can prove to be the difference between life and death—success or failure—when it comes to animal rescue. Washington State Animal Response Team's all-volunteer crew has countless hours of training in everything from rope tying to animal care. When horses, cattle, dogs, cats, or even llamas are stranded or injured, the volunteers suit up and head out for a rescue. There, with the support of backboards, pulleys, and fire hoses tied into harnesses, the crew does what untrained people often cannot: rescue the endangered animal without hurting it or themselves.
Washington State Animal Response Team not only responds to isolated emergency situations, it also rescues animals from abusive situations and works with government agencies such as FEMA during natural disasters. During a recent response, Pierce County Animal Control rescued 39 neglected horses from a home in Graham, Washington, according to an article from MYNorthwest.com. There, the horses lived in barns with little to no light, in pens with standing urine and feces. The Washington State Animal Response Team coordinated more than 100 volunteers to pull the horses out of the situation and help care for the them afterward.
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Communities In Schools, a nationwide organization, supports students in more than 200 communities across 27 states. Within Auburn, the organization reaches youth at all 22 area schools. Giving more than 5,000 hours of their time per year, the Auburn branch’s 118 volunteers organize donation drives for school supplies, join with local food banks to distribute nutritious foods, and run high-quality tutoring programs for students from low-income families. Last year the team tutored 247 students and provided 5,983 Auburn students with school supplies, clothing, shoes, and hygiene products. Driven by these passionate volunteers, the organization proves the strength of its services with a slew of measureable results, such as the fact that of the 247 students that it tutored last year, 87% improved their test scores.
As part of its mission to empower students to stay in school and achieve in life, Communities In Schools works with schools, social-service providers, and businesses in more than 200 communities across 27 states, including Federal Way, Washington. Its volunteers and outreach coordinators work to equip each young person they serve with the specific tools they require to learn, grow, and succeed, whether they need a pair of eyeglasses or afterschool tutoring. Programs such as Communities In Schools' mentoring program have experienced proven success and resulted in higher graduation rates, according to recent third-party findings.
Rebuilding Together South Sound works to improve the lives of low-income homeowners—particularly those who are elderly, disabled, or have children—by repairing and rebuilding their homes at no cost. Along with year-round home modification and emergency repairs, the organization also hosts an annual event, Rebuilding Day, where a skilled volunteer crew helps transform a home with repairs that might include plumbing, electrical work, and carpentry, along with fixing roofs, windows, and flooring.
Boys & Girls Clubs give Kids a place to call their own, where they can have fun, be creative, be a part of a team, get help with homework...or just hang out with friends. We offer safe, fun inclusive, and inspiring places that Kids and their families count on--every day. Great Futures Start Here.
Birthday Dreams’ volunteers devote themselves to one simple principle: all children deserve a birthday, regardless of economic circumstance. By working with homeless shelters and transitional-housing agencies throughout the community, they’re able to help children in need enjoy one special day of celebration. Their meticulous party planning leaves no detail unaccounted for—everything from eating utensils and personalized gifts to decorations and a fresh-baked cake ensures the child's day will be full of smiles. They encourage community involvement by soliciting handmade gifts from local crafters and inviting volunteers to bring their own children to help out at the party. Since its founding, Birthday Dreams has curated more than 1,100 birthday parties across the greater Puget Sound area, averaging about 60 celebrations each month.
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