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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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Writing To Help Others: A Companis Worker Gets the Word Out

Writing To Help Others: A Companis Worker Gets the Word Out

“You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.” That statement stems from the 6th Amendment in the Bill of Rights which codifies the right to a public trial, the right to a lawyer, and the right to an impartial...

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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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