Biennial ’21 – Behind the Scenes

Nov 10, 2021

Producing our first online Biennial was an adventure, to say the least! But we felt supported every step of the way by the Companis board, our ambassadors, our Workers, and our partner agencies. Thank you! 

Here are a few images from the days leading up to the event and some “night of” snapshots! 

Here’s the “hub and spoke” design we came up with for the program. The idea was to build a show around the concept “Where Compassion Meets Action.” We wanted folks to hear from a variety of our nonprofit partners about how Companis volunteers are making a difference in their organizations. We also wanted to introduce our relatively new staff. And since we didn’t have someone hosting the show per se, we asked the staff to introduce our featured nonprofits. 

We had a number of video shoots over the summer and fall, including a photo shoot in a studio in Seattle’s Pioneer Square where we filmed Val Thomas-Matson’s Look, Listen and Learn segment, as well as her interview with Dr Ben Danielson about cherishing Black and Brown children. 

A drone was used during our video shoot at ChildStrive in Everett to capture ChildStrive CEO Mary Cline-Stively and Companis placements Mary “Mo” Zwerling and David Johnson walking through their office courtyard.

Companis put together goody baskets for our wonderful Biennial ‘21 ambassadors who stepped up to host “viewing parties” on the night of the event. 

Companis board member Rita Hibbard and husband Roger Neale were happy to receive the special delivery! 

Here’s Rita and Roger’s viewing party enjoying the evening! 

Companis Outreach Specialist, Cynthia Hunter, also served as a Biennial ‘21 ambassador and hosted a festive viewing party! 

Companis Worker and Development Specialist, Donna Whitford, spearheaded the goody baskets and later tucked into the goodies with friends at her viewing party. She’s one of many generous ambassadors who brought new people to our fundraising event so they could learn about Companis and how our volunteers work with nonprofit partners. 

Your participation in Biennial ‘21 makes it possible for Companis Workers to serve our community. Our volunteer professionals are the heart and soul of our reason for being, and we are grateful for their service. 

As we get closer to Thanksgiving, we want to thank all of you, once again, for making Biennial ‘21 a big success. It was possible because of your giving and kindness. And we hope it makes you feel good, too. 

“When you give and carry out acts of kindness, it’s as though something inside your body responds and says, ‘Yes, this is how I ought to feel.’ “ 

  • Rabbi Harold Kushner