Charity Spotlight: 6 Local Organizations Worth Supporting
“Paying forward” is a term people often use when on a mission to pay back a person, a community, or an organization that has supported them when they needed it. Being involved with a charity by providing your time or through donations is your way of paying forward and doing good deeds for those in need, the organization, and the staff and volunteers that keep each charity up and running.
- Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Snohomish County — As a dedicated organization, it relies on corporate sponsors, individual donors, and volunteers to give services to children in the county. Annual events, such as the Donate Your Car for Kids program, Bowling for Kids’ Sake, Dream Builders Auction, and other fundraising activities are ongoing. Volunteer to work in the office, at a fundraiser, or as a Big Brother or Big Sister mentoring children.
- Snohomish Food Bank — The food bank operates with a dedicated group of volunteers who work tirelessly to feed the hungry. If you have the time, there is a volunteer position available such as sorting and stocking food items, helping at fundraisers and food drives, clerical assistance, and food truck drivers to pick up donations from grocery stores.
- Disabled American Veterans — Since 1920, Disabled American Veterans has helped millions of veterans and their families. Volunteers are needed to do various tasks such as driving veterans to hospital appointments, working in the hospital with patients, assisting veterans with yard work, running errands, or going to the grocery store.
- Sky Valley Food Bank — The Sky Valley Food Bank provides about 5,000 meals each month to those in need, which includes senior citizens, children, and adults. The food bank is always in need of cash donations, food donations, and your valuable time as a volunteer. There are several positions that need volunteers, including in the front office, stocking the warehouse, and food distribution.
- East County Senior Center — The nonprofit East County Senior Center focuses on keeping senior citizens involved and a part of the community through events, programs, and fun activities. Volunteers are always welcome to help with scheduled events, work at the front desk, help prepare and serve food, and sort, price, and sell items in the thrift store.
- Kiwanis International Inc. — This organization has provided its service to the community since 1928. Their calendar of events includes dinner, raffles, fundraising projects, an annual parade, and golf tournaments, to name a few. All events focus on the community, its children, and citizens. Join the club and volunteer your time and energy to “Serving the Children of the World.”
Being involved with a charity not only helps the community and its citizens, it also provides a sense of worth and pride to those who take the time to be a part of the organization. Whether it’s volunteering in the office or serving food at a soup kitchen, there is no dollar amount that can be put on the satisfaction of helping others.
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