Have you recently left your job? You are not alone. With changes brought on by the pandemic, thousands of people are walking away from their work. The numbers are staggering. It’s a trend that is making headlines and being analyzed by many. According to the Bureau of...
We are excited to welcome Jennifer Wing as Companis’s Associate Executive Director – Programs. She is taking over Karen’s duties in connecting skilled Companis volunteer professionals with partner nonprofits. Jennifer had a long and successful career in public...
At a recent Companis Worker retreat, Karen Hundrieser spoke about the spirit of Companis and used bread from our partner nonprofit Community Loaves as a symbol for sharing. “We all know that Companis, loosely translated, means to share bread. That makes Companis an...
As we mark 27 years and more than 1100 placements of talented Companis Workers since 1994, we invite you to watch our very brief video, by Companis’ own Tess Selim, and to contemplate this question: are you ready to serve your community with a Companis...
Thanks to a major grant from the Community Foundation of Snohomish County, Companis is expanding our awareness and reach, introducing our work to the people one of the Washington State’s most beautiful and dynamic areas, a county growing in population and social...
Though Gretchen Frankenstein is happily employed full-time, she asked us if we thought there might be a way for her to share her skills as a grant researcher and writer with a Companis partner agency. Indeed, we quickly said, “yes!” Gretchen’s day...
What happens now that I’ve submitted my application?
After an initial meeting to get to know you, Companis staff will carefully match the talents and skills that you would like to bring to your volunteer experience with the current needs of our partner organizations. When we believe we have a placement that is a good mutual fit, we will contact you and decide together if we should move forward to introduce you to the agency. This can take anywhere from a few days to a few months. It all depends on what organizations need, and what volunteers want to offer, and the timing of both!
How is Companis different from a temp agency, job placement firm, or websites like VolunteerMatch?
Our first priority is placing compassionate, caring individuals in volunteer or stipend-supported, time-limited positions. Our mission is to make our community healthier, safer, and more just by fostering skilled volunteer service. We build nonprofits’ capacity -- sometimes that’s helping nonprofits get through a staff transition, and sometimes that’s a specific project like board orientation or strategic planning. We build relationships and bridge the gap so that nonprofits can succeed in delivering vital services.
Do I get to choose the agency where I’m recommended for placement? How does Companis make the match?
We will ask you what your areas of interest are -- what makes your heart sing -- and where you would most like to make a difference. We then work with the partner agency requests we have, and when we see a possible match, we’ll ask if that possible placement fits your interest before introducing you to that agency. You will never be randomly assigned to a placement, because people and relationships come first.
Could I serve as a Companis Worker from my home/remotely?
Each agency has different needs, and we customize placements for both the volunteer and the organization. Some placements can be done remotely, and some roles need an in-person presence. This is something that would be discussed before making a placement, so everyone’s needs are met.
What region does Companis serve?
Companis primarily serves the Seattle – King County area, but we are expanding our footprint throughout the greater Puget Sound region.
What does ‘Companis’ mean, and why is that your name?
From Latin: Com (with) + pan (bread) means to break bread together. Beautiful things happen when friends share a meal together. Our Worker Support Program is centered around meals together (when we are not navigating a pandemic, that is). Companis is in the business of creating service matches between volunteers with big hearts and the agencies that need them, done in the spirit of mutuality.
I work full-time. Is it possible for me to have a meaningful service commitment?
Every agency has different needs. It is possible to have a meaningful placement that will not interfere with your work schedule -- and that’s why we meet individually with every volunteer and every agency, so we can find the right match.