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Evictions and Why They Matter

Evictions and Why They Matter

With the pandemic eviction bans lifted, thousands of renters in Washington state are at risk of losing their homes. We offered a "Companis Connects" webinar on the subject and invited a legal expert on housing and tenants rights to talk about what's at stake and how...

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Something to Chew On: Bringing Dental Care to Schools

Something to Chew On: Bringing Dental Care to Schools

Dental care for underserved communities was Dr. Bill Leicht’s passion for his 30-year career, most of which was spent at a community health center in New York. After retiring as the center’s Dental Director, he moved to Seattle to start his next chapter which, lucky...

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Education + Companis = Healthy Futures

Education + Companis = Healthy Futures

Companis Workers are helping the very young and the college bound, thanks to their volunteer service with our nonprofit partners University District Children’s Center and Minds Matter Seattle.  When it comes to the older kids, Companis Worker Rob Tyrrell has that...

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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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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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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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