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Rain or Shine, It’s Reading Time

Rain or Shine, It’s Reading Time

Reading to children outside, sometimes with a golf umbrella, has its challenges. But Companis Worker Lee Campbell hasn’t let that stop her. She’s been reading to young children at Seattle’s University District Children’s Center since 2009. Lee has also been...

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New Board Leadership for Companis

New Board Leadership for Companis

When Anne Spangler first joined the Companis Board of Directors in 2018, she wondered how her voice, as someone who lives and works in Snohomish County, might be most helpful and useful to the Companis mission. After two years of serving as Board Secretary, it was...

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Redesigning the Blog for More of Our Stories

Redesigning the Blog for More of Our Stories

It began with a suggestion from Cynthia Hunter, our Outreach Specialist, who asked for better access to stories about Companis. So we spent a few months going through mountains of stories over the past 10 years and then categorized them so they could be easily found...

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Community Building

Community Building

What does it mean to guide leaders and staff through major transitions? “A leader’s role is primarily to support the work of their teams. My role as a consultant and coach is to help them be successful,” says Debra Gumbardo. Debra is the latest in a long line of...

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How to Support a Leader

How to Support a Leader

Mary Hsu is a retired legislative aide and executive assistant who has worked in local and state government, including for former King County Executive Ron Sims and Washington Governor Gary Locke. She’s always been engaged in her community, so volunteering comes...

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Stories That Make Values Tangible

Stories That Make Values Tangible

Sharon Salyer is our latest placement at North Helpline, a nonprofit that provides basic needs including food, housing and utility assistance. Sharon, a retired award-winning journalist who spent more than three decades at The Herald of Everett, is helping the agency...

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The Reverend Tim Phillips Says Goodbye

The Reverend Tim Phillips Says Goodbye

Reverend Dr. Tim Phillips gave his final sermon at Seattle First Baptist Church last month. Tim is a former Worker, staffer and longtime supporter of Companis. He is now officially retired. Here is an excerpt from his sermon, as well as a link to a photo tribute from...

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Celebrating 28 Years!

Celebrating 28 Years!

Companis turns 28 this March and what a journey it's been! Companis Workers, nonprofit partners, donors and neighbors have all made our services possible. Check out Executive Director Gary Davis's video, and thank you for being a part of it all!...

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Ready, Set, Make Another Plan

Ready, Set, Make Another Plan

by Gary Davis, Companis Executive Director “I’ve heard that we may have to close down for two months!” Those were the words of a fellow nonprofit director in the early days of the pandemic in 2020. Upon hearing those words, my heart sank. How could Companis, an agency...

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