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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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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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2021 Janet G. Newell Award Goes to Rev. Dr. Tim Phillips

2021 Janet G. Newell Award Goes to Rev. Dr. Tim Phillips

A former Companis Worker and veteran leader of the Companis model for volunteer support in Seattle and Chicago is the 2021 winner of the Janet G. Newell Award for Community Service. Rev. Dr. Tim Phillips, lead pastor at Seattle First Baptist Church (SFBC), is the...

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Mentoring the Helpers

Mentoring the Helpers

Viewing refugees through the lens of abundance isn’t what most of us are accustomed to. But Allison Taylor, Clinical Director of Lutheran Community Services Northwest for North Puget Sound, speaks with a sense of awe when describing the strength of those who make this...

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Year End Thoughts from Gary: The Enduring Power of Community

Year End Thoughts from Gary: The Enduring Power of Community

My grandmother became severely ill during the influenza pandemic a century ago when the family lived in rural Montana. She was so sick, her doctor told my grandfather she would not likely make it, and that he needed to quickly find another family to raise their infant...

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Jumping In and Finding Joy

Jumping In and Finding Joy

My name is Jensen Nida and I’m a sophomore at Bates College in Maine. This fall, I took a leave of absence and found myself back in my hometown of Seattle itching for purpose. I showed up at the Companis office one day to help prepare newsletters for mailing. I heard...

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Catching the Light

Catching the Light

Where do we go to catch the light during these dark, winter months?  We asked Companis Workers and staff to send in photos that document a moment in time when light caught their eye and raised their spirits. From giant bubbles to meditation, we received an array...

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