GiveBig event has plenty of local options; Donors could win a golden ticket

The GiveBIG event today, May 15, has a number of West Seattle and White Center based non-profit organizations who hope to get some financial assistance from donors. All credit card donations made through their website until midnight will be "stretched" thanks to $850,000 in support for GiveBIG from the Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG sponsors.

Donors will be chosen at random throughout the day to have additional funds given to the charity that they chose. These are worth $1,000 with additional prizes awarded for both the organization and the donor. The organizations can win roundtrip airline tickets courtesy of Alaska Airlines and donors can win $100 Starbucks gift cards.

You can dine out tonight and help too. White Center 2013 Dine Out participants include: Zippy's Giant Burgers, Proletariat Pizza, Meanders and Company. These establishments will be donating a portion of their proceeds to the White Center Foodbank via GiveBIG.

Café Delia (inside Proletariat) and DubSea Coffee (in Greenbridge) will be hosting donation stations so you can donate easily.

Here's a list of locally based non profit organizations that are part of GiveBIG:

West Seattle Helpline
The West Seattle Helpline’s primary focus is assisting the working poor of our community. The West Seattle Helpline assists these families and individuals by providing financial aid, a referral system designed to align demonstrated and verified needs with available resources, clothing, school supplies for children, and bus passes. The goal is to minimize the negative impact of unexpected circumstances on families and help them meet basic needs. Our office is located in the Highpoint area of West Seattle, one of the highest need neighborhoods in King County.

Mission Statement
The West Seattle Helpline is a non-profit social service agency dedicated to helping members of the West Seattle community. We provide information, referrals, and limited financial assistance to help working families in need. We strive toward a strong community of "neighbors helping neighbors."

Learn more from the Seattle Foundation page with details about them.

Make a credit card donation right now.

West Seattle Food Bank
The West Seattle Food Bank has been serving this community since 1981 when local volunteers started distributing food to families in need. In 1989 the agency was incorporated and in 1999 changed its name to the West Seattle Food Bank. The agency works to eliminate the root causes of hunger by partnering with a range of community members. In addition to providing quality food, we invite other agencies to provide services and information to our clients to improve their access to the Basic Food Program, local health clinics, other basic social services, employment opportunities and more.

Mission Statement
The 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 fo living.

Learn more from the Seattle Foundation page about them.

Make a credit card donation right now.

West Seattle Junction Association
The Junction Association is an organization of Junction businesses that aims to develop, promote and participate in activities that enhance a healthy social, economic and environmental climate for the West Seattle Junction community.

Mission Statement
The Junction Association is an organization of Junction businesses that aims to develop, promote and participate in activities that enhance a healthy social, economic and environmental climate for the West Seattle Junction community.

Learn more from the Seattle Foundation page about them.

Make a credit card donation right now.

Twelfth Night Productions
Twelfth Night Productions (TNP) has been providing performing arts experiences to the Seattle area for more than 20 years. Each year, TNP offers volunteer opportunities for over 200 community members, both on stage and off. We encourage artists, professional educators and other nonprofit organizations to collaborate with us on our high-quality productions, bringing people of diverse backgrounds together (including those not typically exposed to the performing arts) and providing much needed artistic and cultural experiences for our West Seattle and White Center communities.

Mission Statement
Twelfth Night Productions (TNP) is dedicated to building an inclusive, strong, artistically sound West Seattle community through the performing arts. The TNP ensemble provides a home for local artists to develop and practice their craft, an environment for students of all ages to learn about the performing arts, and a place for community members to participate in the arts in a variety of ways.

Learn more from the Seattle Foundation page about them.

Make a credit card donation right now

Southwest Seattle Historical Society
The Southwest Seattle Historical Society, founded in 1984, is dedicated to education, preservation and advocacy for the Duwamish peninsula, including West Seattle and White Center. In 1995, a 1904 log building built as a carriage house was purchased by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, restored and converted into its storefront, the Birthplace of Seattle Log House Museum. The museum has been open since November 13, 1997, the 146th anniversary of the landing of the Alki party on AIki’s beach. The landscaping is all done with native planting. A granite and marble donor circle adorns the courtyard in tribute to the many people and organizations helping to make this heritage project an award-winning facility and community treasure.

Mission Statement
To promote heritage within our local community through education, preservation and advocacy.

Learn more from the Seattle Foundation page about them.

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ArtsWest
ArtsWest is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary arts organization with programs in theater, visual art, and education. Since November 1988, ArtsWest has presented over 1,100 theater productions and art exhibitions. ArtsWest’s mission is outward-facing, one that measures success by response and not by the simple production of art. Requiring conversation from the production of art constructs a perfect confluence of tolerance, understanding, and intellectual growth.

Mission Statement
ArtsWest produces artistic events that are so fiercely compelling that they require conversation, improve the imagination, and promote cultural vibrancy as a core value for the communities of Seattle.

Learn more from the Seattle Foundation page about them here.

Make a credit card donation right now

Seattle Chinese Garden Society
SCG is a cultural and horticultural education center that enhances the environment and expands the city's open park spaces. Perched on the ridge of the Delridge Neighborhood in West Seattle, the Garden and its mission complement the goals of the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association: inclusiveness, access to art, providing a gathering place, and expanding and preserving open space for its diverse population, including low and moderate income residents. The Garden draws visitors from all over Seattle and the region, plus visitors from abroad.

Mission Statement
The Seattle Chinese Garden Society (SCG) is creating a traditional Chinese garden as a "coming together space" for all people and organizations interested in China or in horticulture and the integration of nature and culture. The Garden also enhances appreciation for the contributions to our region by our citizens of Chinese and Asian heritage.

Learn more from the Seattle Foundation page about them.

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Museum of Flight
The independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, attracting 513,391 visitors in 2012 to experience exhibits, participate in educational and public programs. In 2012, 151,423 K-12 students and teachers were impacted through 1,909 educational programs making it one of the largest educational institutions in the state and delivering on the heart of its mission. Through support of numeroous corporate and community foundations the Museum aggressively pursues opportunities to provide financial assistance to underserved individuals and schools to create learning opportunities for all young people regardless of their resources.

Mission Statement
The Museum's mission is to acquire, preserve, and exhibit historically significant air and space artifacts, which provide a foundation for scholarly research, and lifelong learning programs that inspire an interest in and understanding of science, technology, and the humanities with the vision of being the foremost educational air and space museum in the world.

Learn more from the Seattle Foundation page about them.

Make a credit card donation right now.

Southwest Youth and Family Services
SWYFS makes a difference in the lives of children, youth, and families, individually and communitywide. Youth and families increase their self efficacy and self-sufficiency, and improve healthy relationships among their family members, their peers and friends, and among communities. As a result, community violence is reduced, more children are ready for school, immigrants and refugees get the practical help they need, and youth and families improve their mental health and general well-being.

Mission Statement
Southwest Youth and Family Services works to create communities in SW Seattle and King County in which culturally and economically diverse families, youth and children thrive and prosper. We promote healthy family functioning, early childhood learning, student academic success; and youth development.

Learn more from the Seattle Foundation page about them.

Make a credit card donation right now.

Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association
DNDA takes a holistic approach to community development, tailored to meet the current challenges of our community, while honoring and celebrating our rich environment and collective cultures. Like many Community Development organizations, the preservation and development of affordable housing and community facilities has been a core strategy. Increasingly, DNDA has invested in emerging strategies focused on building community through arts and culture, and on organizing the community to address health disparities.

Mission Statement
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association is an integrated community agency whose mission is to engage residents, businesses, and institutions in building a thriving Delridge.

Learn more from the Seattle Foundation page about them.

Make a credit card donation right now.

The Whale Trail
The Whale Trail is a series of sites around the northwest to view orcas and other marine mammals from shore.

Our goals are to increase awareness that our marine waters are home to orcas and other species; connect visitors to orcas, other marine wildlife and their habitat; inspire stewardship and build community; and promote land-based whale watching.

Our signs and programs reach a broad and diverse public. By connecting human impacts to orca survival, we motivate people to become engaged.

Mission Statement
Our mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of whales and our marine environment by establishing a network of viewing sites along the whales’ trails through Puget Sound and the coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest.

Learn more from the Seattle Foundation page about them.

Make a credit card donation right now.

White Center Food Bank
White Center Emergency Food Association, dba White Center Food Bank (WCFB) provides emergency food assistance in West Seattle, White Center and Burien. In 2012 WCFB served 64,148 individuals / 20,476 families;95% of our families qualify as very-low income (less than 30% of median income for King County, WA). White Center Food Bank serves a highly diverse client base: 28% Caucasian, 25.3% Hispanic, 16.8% Asian, 3% American Indian, 1% Pacific Islander, 10.7% African American, 15.2% Multi-Racial. Over 36% of our clients are under age 18 while 14.6% are over age 55. Last year we saw a steep increase in seniors and children in need of food.

Mission Statement
The mission of the White Center Food Bank is to minimize hunger, while nourishing community, nurturing self-reliance and embracing our rich cultural diversity.

Learn more from the Seattle Foundation page about them.

Make a credit card donation right now.

Navos
Navos ensures that vulnerable people in our community have access to quality health care. Every year Navos, and our 18 Navos Consortium partners, help 9000 children and adults with mental illness. Services are targeted to those in poverty. Navos is expanding facilities and investing in innovative programs so we can provide people with the best opportunity for success. In 2010 Navos merged with Ruth Dykeman Children's Center and July, 2012, Navos merged with Seattle Children's Home. Pooling our resources together enabled us to become stronger and more effective in extending our services to children and families in King County.

With Navos’ help, people draw upon their own strengths and work to recover from the challenges of their psychiatric symptoms.

Mission Statement
The mission of Navos is to improve the quality of life of people vulnerable to mental illness by providing a broad continuum of care.

Learn more from the Seattle Foundation page about them.

Make a credit card donation right now.

WestSide Baby
hrough partnerships with more than 100 established social service agencies in King County, WestSide Baby provides the material items many families desperately need.

Mission Statement
WestSide Baby, in partnership with our community, provides essentials to local children in need by collecting and distributing diapers, clothes, toys, books and equipment.

Learn more from the Seattle Foundation page about them.

Make a credit card donation right now.

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