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Gary’s End-of-Year Letter

Gary’s End-of-Year Letter

A few days ago my dad asked me to bring my clippers along for a visit to the assisted living home where he lives with my mom. He told me they both needed haircuts, as their on-site barber had retired.  I have the very good fortune, along with my siblings, to be a...

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Thank You for Showing Up!

Thank You for Showing Up!

Our inaugural annual fundraiser, Companis Showcase 2022, was brimming with personal stories from a variety of people who show up for their community. We welcomed Companis Workers on stage to reflect on their volunteer journey with Companis and to hear about the impact...

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Translating with Tenderness

Translating with Tenderness

by Jennifer Wing, Associate Executive Director - Programs We've fielded lots of requests these past few months from nonprofits looking for people who are fluent in Russian and Ukrainian. These are organizations that are resettling Ukrainian refugees. Let me tell you,...

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What Does it Mean to Show Up?

What Does it Mean to Show Up?

Companis Worker Chad Kinzel gives a toy to a toddler at Familias Unidas, Latino Community Resource Center in Everett (A program of Lutheran Community Services Northwest).

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Celebrating New Partner Agency SLSCA

Celebrating New Partner Agency SLSCA

The hat is the first thing that catches your eye. Alfreda Lanier, co-president of Seattle-Limbe Sister City Association, is wearing a Bamileke hat from the Bamileke region in Cameroon. As seen in the screenshot from our Zoom interview, it’s a crocheted hat with...

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Spotlight on Health and Shelter

Spotlight on Health and Shelter

Every year we celebrate our donors and advocates with a program we call Spotlight, a place to share nourishment of the body and mind. And this year’s event saw more than  a hundred people turn out for Companis Spotlight at Ivar’s Salmon House in Seattle. Our...

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Baby Quinn is Here!

Baby Quinn is Here!

We’re excited to share the happy news that Tia Lawson, our Program Manager for Snohomish, gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Quinn Markus, on August 25th. Both baby and Tia are doing great! Here are some thoughts from Tia, as well as photos of Quinn, Tia and the rest...

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Open for Business in Everett

Open for Business in Everett

We’re still celebrating the official opening of our new Snohomish County office in Everett at The Village on Casino Road. It was great to gather with the many nonprofit partners and longtime supporters who welcomed our newest staff member, Tia Lawson (far right in...

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