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Companis Workers are doctors, nurses, teachers, journalists, bookkeepers, lawyers, social workers, therapists, job coaches, business mentors, chefs, human resource officers, technology specialists and more. They are people who have stepped up to serve their neighbors, providing vital nonprofit agencies with expertise and talent. As a prospective Companis volunteer, you will work with staff members to match your skill and passion with an area of service. As a Companis Worker, you will have access to group meetings, training and professional and personal networking opportunities that help keep our volunteers engaged and committed.

Companis welcomes applicants from all walks of life. Though there is a minimum age requirement of 18 years, there is no upper limit.  Companis needs every variety of skill and talent, and has no specific educational requirements.  Companis does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of age, race, nationality, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender orientation, religious belief or physical ability.

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Companis Worker Stories

Sumeet Pamma

Placed with Byrd Barr Place

Companis Worker Sumeet Pamma laughs as he shares that the area in the building where he is volunteering for Byrd Barr Place used to be a disco.  Now it serves as a food bank and Sumeet serves as an Administrative Coordinator, whose work includes overseeing the food bank.

In this changing Central District neighborhood, Byrd Barr Place not only supports people in need, but they have offered Sumeet a place to apply his learning.  Sumeet is a student in the Non-Profit Leadership program at SU and wanted the opportunity to not just understand theory, but to see it applied.

“Companis is my gateway to having a opportunity to serve and care for the community, which is a trait instilled in me by my grandparents.”

Nekya Jenise Johnson

Recently placed with Northwest African American Museum

Companis Worker Nekya Jenise Johnson, along with her family, were sudden transplants to Seattle after Hurricane Harvey destroyed their home in Texas.  Nekya was in the middle of working on her PhD and needed time to finish – but also wanted to contribute to the family income, along with having an opportunity to network.

Through social connections, she was steered towards Companis.  Her placement as Executive Assistant at the Northwest African American Museum has allowed her to have all of that.  Companis is honored to have Nekya, her joy, her faithfulness and her professionalism, as part of our community.

Viola Eldred

Placed with Gay City Health Project

Companis Worker Viola Eldred greets everyone with a bright smile that makes anyone feel like they have “come home.”

After retiring from a long career in human services, working with the most vulnerable populations in Seattle, Viola wanted to be part of the solution for agencies doing this important work that could not hire full time staff.  In her role as Office Assistant, welcoming people as they arrive at Gay City, and helping to keep everything running smoothly, Viola feels as if she has “come back home.”

Kevin O'Brien

Placed with Real Change

Companis Worker Kevin O’Brien finds joy in supporting people in the homeless community craft current events into ideas for newspaper stories.

As a volunteer with Real Change, Kevin serves as the Editorial Committee Assistant, working weekly with people to identify what makes a good and relevant story for the Real Change newspaper.  Kevin lives and works with the belief that everyone should be treated with dignity and given an opportunity to have their voice heard.

Martha Hopler

Placed with Shared Breakfast Program at First United Methodist

Every Sunday morning, Companis Worker Martha Hopler sits down to breakfast in a Queen Anne church with men and women living in homeless shelters or sleeping rough, and fields questions from those seeking shelter, food, clothing, and other basic necessities.

As resource coordinator for the Shared Breakfast program of First United Methodist, she draws upon her long experience as a social worker and medical care case manager.

“In a city where I see many things occurring that are making more people homeless, this is a place where I can do my part and be part of the solution. I also get the great privilege of hearing some amazing stories and journeys each Sunday.”

Merry Nye

Placed with Real Change

Retired newspaper editor Merry Nye contributes her expertise to Real Change, the newspaper by and for those struggling with access to shelter. A longtime volunteer, Merry feels a special affinity to people who lack stable homes.

“There have been a couple of points in my life where that could have been me,” she says. “I think about how fortunate I’ve been.”

Real Change volunteer coordinator Jenn Romo appreciates Merry’s keen editing skills.

“A well-edited paper with a skilled proofreader like Merry means that our newspaper is seen as a credible news source in our community.”

Lee Campbell

Placed with University District Children’s Center and Coalition for Refugees from Burma

Companis Worker Lee Campbell finds her joy in reading to preschoolers at a childcare center that draws children from China, Japan, Mexico, India, France, Germany and Iraq, as well as the U.S. Some of the children are Hindus, others Buddhists, Muslims and Christians.

Because of the diversity of these children’s backgrounds, I have found it very important to relate to each child with as few preconceived notions a possible, to be fully present in each moment with them.”

A bookkeeper by trade, Lee also volunteers at the Coalition for Refugees from Burma. She loves both her placements, and is valued immensely by the staff of both organizations.

Dr. Muriel Jones

Placed with Mary’s Place

Companis Worker Dr. Muriel Jones spends every Monday with the women of Mary’s Place, treating aches and pains and minor illnesses, and sometimes just being a caring friend.

“I think it is so important to be aware that homeless folks are persons and I might be among them if not for the grace of God. I come from a stable family who valued education and many of those I see have not been so fortunate.”

Muriel volunteered at two community clinics treating low-income patients before beginning her current placement, often using her Chinese language skills to communicate with patients. She believes respect and friendship are sometimes the most healing medicine she dispenses.

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