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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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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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Remembering Dayal Sarker

Remembering Dayal Sarker

Our friend and former Companis Worker Dayal Sarker died this month at his home in Seattle, after facing renal health challenges. He leaves his daughters Moushumi and Neha (in Seattle) and wife Debi (in India) to mourn him, along with friends and family in Bengal,...

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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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How Companis Supports Our Volunteers

How Companis Supports Our Volunteers

Having a worker support group makes a big difference for Companis placements. It creates community and holds space for reflection. Volunteers support each other by sharing their experiences through Companis’ monthly worker support meetings (in-person, when possible,...

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