Ways to Give Back in the Pacific Northwest

Lifestyle | Nov 18, 2019


Group photo of Griffis Residential Associates volunteering.
Group photo of Griffis Residential Associates volunteering.

Griffis Residential is all about community. That means we offer residents a welcoming, beautiful place to live, but it’s bigger than that. We also want to foster a kind, healthy, compassionate environment in the cities we call home; we want to give back. That’s what our volunteer initiative, GR Gives, is all about. As part of that mission, we want to help you better the community as well. With that in mind, here are a few volunteer work opportunities in the Pacific Northwest.

Birthday Dreams – Renton, WA

Birthday Dreams is a non-profit organization that gives homeless children the affirming, joyous experience of a birthday party. These kids carry a huge weight on their shoulders, a weight that Birthday Dreams want to relieve, even if just for a day. Volunteers can bake cakes, attend parties, help with fundraising, and more. Go to birthdaydreams.org for volunteer information.

Fare Start – Seattle, WA

Fare Start’s restaurants, cafes, and catering programs distribute food to social services, shelters, and schools in the Seattle area. They also help people overcome the barriers of poverty by providing job training to help program participants succeed in the foodservice industry. Get involved at farestart.org.

Children’s Home Society – Auburn, WA

For 120 years, Children’s Home Society has been helping kids in need. That mission continues today with comprehensive services aimed at nurturing families, facilitating foster care and adoption, education, and keeping kids mentally and physically safe. Go to childrenshomesociety.org to see volunteer opportunities for everything from grant writing to on-site support

Brightwater Center – Bothell, WA

A division of King County, the Brightwater Center is committed to educating and enhancing the public’s awareness of water resources, so we can all act as good stewards of our natural resources. You can find volunteer and donation information at kingcounty.gov.

Sisters of the Road – Portland, OR

Located in Portland’s Old Town, Sisters of the Road is a café dedicated to providing nutritious meals for the area’s impoverished population in exchange for a low sum or work. They’re not only trying to alleviate hunger but doing it in a dignified environment, an “atmosphere of nonviolence and gentle personalism that nurtures the whole individual.” You can help; visit sistersoftheroad.org to find out how.

Find out more about the GR Gives program and how Griffis Residential is helping to prevent homelessness in our community.