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Giving Local: Washington Charities (2014)

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Business & Industry

SEE ALSO: Pet-related charities.

Two years ago, WA-List researched and published a list of 14 local charities in Washington that focused on feeding, sheltering, and assisting the poor, abused, and homeless among us. We’re pleased that it has been among the most frequently used lists on our site. Today we update and slightly expand that list for 2014-2015.

You will find the names, locations, website links, and Facebook pages of 19 large local charitable organizations that serve human needs (food, clothes, rest, and help battling addiction, abuse, mental illness, etc.). In the wordy “Notes” section for each, you will find the organization’s own words — often from a mission statement on their website. If the group has a slogan, you’ll see that first in quotes and italics.

On the last line of each entry are some numbers from the Secretary of State’s office — fiscal year 2013 when available at press time, 2012 if not. The first number is the dollar amount of services provided; the second is the group’s total expenses; and the third is the ratio of the two — an efficiency rating of your donated dollar, in a way. Finally, we intentionally omitted phone numbers and addresses. It is much more efficient (and accurate) to let the websites themselves steer you to the right contact for donations.



Catholic Charities of Spokane
Website / Facebook

Catholic Charities Spokane is a network of agencies, institutions, parishes, and individuals, united in Gospel spirit, who are servants to the poor, supporters for families and aides to parishes and communities in meeting the social services needs of people in eastern Washington.
$9,601,271 / $10,927,376 = 88%

Website / Facebook

Healing children today – Breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect forever. ” Our mission is to end the cycle of child abuse and neglect forever by healing its youngest victims with scientifically proven therapeutic care, preparing them to be successful learners, supporting their families and laying the foundation for lifelong loving relationships. Our vision is a community where child abuse and neglect no longer exist.
$6,713,168 / $8,271,998 = 81%

Clark County Food Bank
Website / Facebook

Our mission is to “Alleviate Hunger and Its Root Causes.” This two-part mission statement includes both the providing of emergency food to hungry individuals and families, and also the preventive element of doing everything we can to help people not be in a long-term place of needing food assistance.
$5,445,802 / $5,719,754 = 95%

Cocoon House
Website / Facebook

Because every child needs a home.” Established in 1991, Cocoon House has been Snohomish County’s only resource exclusively serving homeless and at-risk youth ages 12-24. We believe that every child deserves a home and the opportunity to achieve his or her fullest potential. Cocoon House provides youth housing and other critical community -based services to caregivers, families and the community.
$2,798,028 / $2,948,434 = 95%

Emergency Food Network
Website / Facebook

…so that no person goes hungry.” The mission of the Emergency Food Network (EFN) is “to provide a reliable food supply so that no person in Pierce County goes hungry.” Emergency Food Network provides more than 13 million pounds of healthy, nutritious food annually at no cost to over 65 food banks, hot meal sites and shelters for distribution to low-income families and individuals. With its combination of working farm, Repack Project, orchard, distribution warehouse, and Gleaning Project, the Emergency Food Network is unique. It is one of the only non-profit emergency food distribution centers in the country capable of growing, gleaning, purchasing, storing and distributing food—taking food straight from the land to the tables of those in need.
$21,830,707 / $22,382,311 = 98%

Everett Gospel Mission
Website / Facebook

Feeding Hope in Snohomish County since 1961. Everett Gospel Mission first opened its doors in 1961 to care for the rising number of homeless people in Everett. Today, the Mission is the largest homeless services center in Snohomish, Skagit, and Island Counties. In addition to our comprehensive life recovery programs, Everett Gospel Mission provides meals and shelter for 174 men, and 75 women and children. We provide all services without regard to age, gender, race or religion while sharing the love of Christ to those who wish to hear.
$1,777,363 / $2,644,231 = 67%

Website / Facebook

With a combination of a food bank and a family resource center, FamilyWorks offers people in the neighborhood a unique opportunity to truly nourish and strengthen their bodies, minds and spirit in a positive, supportive environment..
$1,394,934 / $1,505,428 = 93%

Website / Facebook

Great food. Better lives.” FareStart is a culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals. Since 1992, FareStart has provided opportunities for nearly 7,000 people to transform their lives, while also serving over 6 million meals to disadvantaged men, women, and children.
$6,234,034 / $8,402,255 = 74%

Food Lifeline
Website / Facebook

Feeding hope. Feeding western Washington.” Food Lifeline is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger in Western Washington. Working with the food industry and its surpluses, we come up with creative solutions to stopping hunger, including redirecting good food from manufacturers, farmers, grocery stores and restaurants that might otherwise go to waste. We provide 82,000 meals a day to local food assistance programs, and that, combined with our policy work, creates a sustainable approach to hunger.
$62,903,305 / $65,148,938 = 97%

Jewish Family Service
Website / Facebook

Jewish Family Service helps vulnerable individuals and families in the Puget Sound region achieve well-being, health and stability. Jewish history and values guide our work; therefore, we provide effective services to people of all backgrounds and also have a responsibility to meet the particular needs of Jewish individuals and families in the region.
$7,062,549 / $9,238,042 = 76%

North Helpline
Website / Facebook

North Helpline is dedicated to combating hunger and homelessness in Greater North Seattle, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Bothell, and Shoreline. It was started in 1989 by a small group of volunteers who noticed that many of their neighbors were not able to pay their rent, cover their utility bills and put food on the table because their paychecks didn’t stretch that far. These friends began collecting food and financial support to distribute to those most in need in their community. The initial group grew to 600+ volunteers who contribute over 2000 hours of work monthly. North Helpline now provides critical human services to over 1700 clients each week in an effort to reduce the impact of hunger and poverty in the Greater North Seattle Area.
$2,033,560 / $2,123,568 = 96%

Northwest Harvest
Website / Facebook

Hunger stops here.” Northwest Harvest is Washington’s own statewide hunger relief agency. Our mission is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger. Our vision is that ample nutritious food is available to everyone in Washington State.
$39,899,018 / $42,385,367 = 94%

The Rescue Mission
Website / Facebook

Help. Hope. Healing.” The Rescue Mission provides help and hope to men, women and children who need shelter, food and assistance with life changes that lead to self-sufficiency. The Rescue Mission works with people at all stages of addiction, homelessness or other life challenges, offering proven services, support and facilities. Originally founded over 100 years ago to serve homeless men in Tacoma, the Rescue Mission has grown to serve women and children in all parts of Pierce County.
$5,196,225 / $5,910,994 = 88%

Second Harvest Inland Northwest
Website / Facebook

Fighting hunger, feeding hope: Second Harvest brings community resources together to feed people in need through empowerment, education and partnerships. It has been leading the hunger-relief network in the region since 1971. Second Harvest distributes over 2 million pounds of free food each month to help people in need in 26 counties in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Partnerships with more than 250 neighborhood food banks and meal centers make it possible to feed 55,000 people each week.
$49,521,946 / $50,278,804 = 98%

Website / Facebook

“Giving foster kids a childhood and a future.” With fierce optimism, Treehouse invests in the lives of young people who have faced the deep wounds from a crisis of parenting. In helping them to secure the essential education, basic material needs, and social experiences they equally deserve, we help kids in foster care discover their own resilience and strength. Treehouse is committed to leveling the playing field for youth in foster care, so that each is included, may prosper in, and contribute to society.
$6,071,436 / $7,698,859 = 79%

Tri-City Union Gospel Mission
Website / Facebook

The Tri-City Union Gospel Mission is a Christ-centered organization desiring to see homeless, hopeless and hurting people in our community become transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We serve all whom God brings our way and do so with love, compassion and urgency as we see them experience lasting change through our Rescue, Recovery and Restoration programs.
$2,379,292 / $2,845,722 = 84%

Vision House
Website / Facebook

“Building hope. Restoring lives.” Vision House is a Christian social service agency based near Seattle, Washington. Since 1990, Vision House has provided transitional housing, support services and child care for homeless mothers and their children and separately to homeless men recovering from substance abuse.
$1,973,686 / $2,536,120 = 78%

Wellspring Family Services
Website / Facebook

For more than 120 years, Wellspring has been a source of opportunity for children and families to win their resilience, triumph over trauma, and reach their full potential. Our mission is to build emotionally healthy, self-sufficient families and a nonviolent community in which they can thrive. We achieve our mission through the effective provision of social and mental health services that help strengthen families, addressing a broad range of issues that can negatively affect their lives.
$9,844,023 / $11,982,280 = 82%

West Seattle Food Bank
Website / Facebook

It has always been about neighbors caring for neighbors. A group of concerned people started the Food Bank in 1981, to make sure that neighbors in need did not go hungry. West Seattle Food Bank is committed to providing food security and community connections to our neighbors in need. We envision a strong and connected community in which all people have access to safe and nutritious food and the essential necessities of living.
$2,518,749 / $2,687,833 = 94%

We’ll say again that this is far from a complete list or a “best” list. We regret we don’t have more wonderful organizations to share but we had to set a threshold of some kind to keep the list manageable.

SOURCES: The websites themselves were our primary sources for the text in the Notes columns. We did not alter the sentences, but in a few cases we adjoined sentences from different places on the website to suit the clarity of a short description. We were careful not to change the context or meaning. As described above, we also relied on Secretary of State’s charities database to verify licenses, tax exempt status, and the financial information shown here. Among the other relevant databases consulted, we found Charity Navigator the most helpful.

PHOTO of food bank volunteers checking expiration dates in the public domain.


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