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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The team at Burien C.A.R.E.S. has a huge responsibility. The non-profit organization is responsible for Burien's animal control, which means?among a slew of other tasks?they rescue cats and dogs, help them get care, and ultimately find homes. A glance over the organization's Facebook page reveals that this is a never-ending effort, though there are plenty of stories with happy endings. The staff of animal lovers often share information about dogs returned to their owners or cats that have found new homes.
While they mostly cater to furry clients, Burien C.A.R.E.S. also works with the occasional human, mostly through educating the community about pet care, responsible pet ownership, and what to do once a dog learns it can order pizza online. To support these efforts, the organization hosts occasional fundraising events.
Northwest Harvest took root more than four decades ago when a group of community leaders got together to empower underserved people. The group learned that hunger was one of the largest causes for concern in Seattle and beyond. As the years passed, Northwest Harvest's leaders found that it was more than the underserved populations who experienced food insecurity, and in fact many out-of-work middle-class families were in the same situation. So they worked to establish a partnership network of more than 325 food banks and meal programs to help extend their reach and supply nutritious food to people across the state.
Today Northwest Harvest focuses on delivering healthful meals and teaching families about nutrition while reducing overall hunger in a way that respects individual dignity. With the organization's partnership network, thousands of volunteers prepare more than 1.6 million healthful meals every month with adequate servings of fruit and vegetables. Furthermore, the distribution centers are spaced across the region to ensure rural and urban communities have an equal access to food.
Tucked into a two-story loft space, Mind Unwind is both an art gallery and a happening events space. Visitors can peruse the rotating art that cascades across the long stretch of walls or join classes such as cartooning, painting, or Paint It Up, which is hosted at local bars. Though only recently established, Mind Unwind holds fast to its vision of becoming a collective for local artists, a community outreach organization, and a space for all types of performances. A portion of all Mind Unwind event proceeds go to a non-profit that aims to reinstate art-education in schools.
While it?s impossible to know what Seattle?s skyline will look like in the future, the Seattle Architecture Foundation hopes that citizens at least have some input and interest in the developments. To do this, the organization arranges a slew of architecture- and design-related walking tours, lectures, youth workshops, and volunteer opportunities throughout the city. Ideally, the activities help people become more informed and enthusiastic about great design and more willing to become involved when the city finally launches into space.
Chess Mates currently runs structured chess clubs in 29 elementary and middle schools in the region, offering free admittance to students in free- and reduced-lunch program. During October–April, chess clubs meet after class once a week with a trained instructor, using the provided chess workbooks and equipment for one hour of play. Students can pair up and outthink their opponents in riveting games that build memory and strategic-thinking skills. With this campaign, Chess Mates can fund chess-club memberships, which include an instructor and chess workbook, for students in primarily underprivileged schools.