2022 Community Learning Grantees offer different narratives about Washington

2022 Community Learning Grantees offer different narratives about Washington

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Join us in celebrating these 79 organizations

“We want to be our own healers.”
— Toppenish Community Chest, Yakima County

We are thrilled to announce $17 million in new commitments to this year’s Community Learning Grant recipients, 79 organizations from across Washington that will each receive up to $225,000 in core funding over the next three years. These organizations, which are from 23 counties and three Tribal Nations, have the flexibility to decide how to use the funding to best serve their communities.

When we began making Community Learning Grants, we did so with a goal to learn from and build relationships with organizations that are deeply rooted in and reflective of communities throughout the state. Since we started, we’ve been fortunate to get to know nearly 300 such organizations.

To remain accountable to the people we serve, we must continually check in on both our progress and on our growth areas. Doing so clarifies the way forward in supporting organizations, communities, and regions that have been overlooked and underfunded. This year, for example, we were able to make gains in counties such as Adams, Grant, Lewis, and Mason — where we were supporting very few organizations previously.

Each open call application process provides fresh opportunities to receive insights about and from the people leading local, regional, and statewide equity and racial justice work. And with each round of proposals, new themes emerge that—taken together— challenge many of the dominant narratives about where and how this work is taking place and who is leading the way.

“We have been here before, since the days of our ancestors, and we will be here long after.”
— The Black Healing Fund, Snohomish County

One such narrative that organizations unraveled is that BIPOC-led organizations exist only in the Puget Sound region or in other city centers. This is simply untrue. People working toward equity and racial justice are everywhere.

Seventy-five percent of this year’s grants support culturally specific, multiracial, and cross-racial organizations. Nearly 20 percent of organizations identify as immigrant-led, and several identify as being led by people with disabilities or people who are queer or transgender.

Many grantees are specifically working to rewrite the stories being told about their areas or their people. For instance, the Lewis County Dignity Guild is a multiracial, multicultural social justice organization supporting its community through camaraderie, solidarity, and power building. Their goals are to provide mutual aid and change the narrative about who lives in and shapes Lewis County.

Similarly, the Black Healing Fund in Snohomish County shared this with us, “Black Snohomians exist…We may be invisible in many mainstream narratives, but we are still and will be here.”

The Indigenous Roots & Reparation Foundation, a native-led organization in Chelan County, views storytelling as a powerful means to preserve Native culture and educate the public with real stories about Native people.

We have always believed that supporting organizations working toward racial justice and equity and supporting organizations in all parts of the state were mutually inclusive. This year’s recipients reaffirmed our belief.

“Centering the needs and aspirations of BIPOC is systems change.”
— Center for Rest and Restoration, Island County

Nurturing vibrant ecosystems of organizing and leadership in overlooked and underfunded places will transform the balance of power in Washington state. Yet, one of the common ways of thinking in philanthropy is of groups either as direct service providers or as systems change organizations. We, too, have made these categorical distinctions.

However, this year’s Community Learning Grant recipients reframed the connection between direct services and systems change as a “both/and” proposition, not an “either/or” alternative. Baseline supports, as we’ve seen throughout the pandemic, are sometimes exactly what communities need. For the organizations we are supporting, meeting those needs in the short-term creates the conditions in which long-term advocacy, organizing, and systems change leadership can flourish.

In Cowlitz County, the Emergency Support Shelter provides services to domestic violence survivors and works to identify and dismantle barriers in the legal system that would prevent the people they serve from accessing safety and justice.

In Benton County, the Washington African American Chamber of Commerce-Tri-Cities (WAACOC-Tri-Cities) offers Black, African American, and other new entrepreneurs of color with training on financial literacy, professional development, and business development and increases racial equity in their region through economic development and capital access.

Many organizations join the Emergency Support Shelter and WAACOC-Tri-Cities in this “both/and” model to meet the immediate needs of their people and to build, re-build, and/or dismantle the necessary systems for future change.

“The youth are the truth!”
— WA BLOC, King County

Speaking of the future, a final theme to emerge from the stories of this year’s Community Learning Grant recipients is the power of young people. Organizations across Washington are fostering the leadership of youth and young people — connecting, providing space for, and resourcing programs in which youth leadership can co-create solutions to systemic issues.

These projects and programs centering youth leadership go far beyond mentoring, one-to-one interventions, skills-building, and competency training. Gods Broken Home University in Kitsap County, a Pacific Islander-led group serving youth, have young people as a part of their staff and board of directors.

Super Familia in King County is a youth-founded-and-led mutual aid organization working to end migrant detention and family separation and respond to the systemic barriers they and their community face. Mari’s Place for the Arts, a youth empowerment organization in Snohomish County, trains young organizers and plans to use a portion of their Community Learning Grant to create a youth advisory board.

Organizers at WA BLOC in King County, a Black-led grassroots organization in southeast Seattle serving youth, said it best: “Youth are so powerful, and they have solutions to the issues that they are most impacted by. Their power manifests in significant systems changes and ensures a better future for everyone.


2022 Community Learning Grant Recipients

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Organization Description Service area
ALA Garifuna Women ALA Garifuna Women is a culturally specific organization focused on serving the Garifuna community in King County. The organization plays a critical role in bringing women together, sharing resources, and mobilizing for policy action. King County
Alphabet Alliance of Color AAoC is an organizing alliance of queer and trans Black, Indigenous, and people of color (QTBIPOC) working on every level of change, from individual to institutional in the Puget Sound region. Their pupose is to strengthen interconnectedness through skill sharing, leadership development, and power building by learning about local political landscapes and policy change opportunities. Puget Sound region
Autism Empowerment Autism Empowerment is a small but powerful autism empowerment organization in Clark County. They are reflective of their community and serving youth, teens, and adults while changing narratives about their community. They are poised for significant impact with their print and online presence. Clark County and worldwide with magazines
Blue Mountain Heart to Heart Blue Mountain Heart to Heart, based in Walla Walla, supports people living with HIV/AIDS and the intersection of substance use disorder in rural Souteast Washington. They strive to build trust and meet clients where they are and work along a shared decision-making model to identify which supports would best help individuals facing stigmatization by their substance use and the various intersections of systemic racism, sexism, and anti-LGBTQ sentiment. Based in Walla Walla and supporting rural Southeast Washington
Center for Rest & Restoration The Center for Rest & Restoration is a newly formed organization of BIPOC leaders in South Whidbey. They are working to bring the community together to educate and train on anti-racism, to center the joy, safety, and liberation of BIPOC, and to continue mobilizing and building social capital over the long term. South Whidbey community of Island County
Chardi Kala Project The Chardi Kala Project (CKP) bridges Whatcom County Sikhs with non-Sikhs to end hate crimes through education. CKP staff and volunteers have a handful of outreach programs they use, such as Interfaith Galas, homeless programs, and school presentations, among other events held throughout the year. Whatcom County
Chelan Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services Led by a diverse group of attorneys and community leaders, CDCVAS is a group of volunteer attorneys who work to bridge the justice gap by facilitating high-quality, equitable, civil legal services on a pro bono basis to low-income and Latinx people in rural Central Washington. Chelan and Douglas counties
Chimacum Center The Chimacum Center collaborates with partners and people to create more communities that thrive in Jefferson County. They want people to be able to live sustainably, with food, housing, art, and wellness. They particularly focus on serving Black and brown people in the community. Jefferson County
Color Our Community on Awareness COCOA seeks to amplify melanated voices through joy, art, and literature in the Walla Walla Valley. They hope to build awareness in their community of the diversity that already exists. They are working to build a community that welcomes diversity as part of the intricate and beautiful design of Southeast Washington. Walla Walla Valley
Columbia Basin Health Association CBHA is a Federally Qualified Health Center comprised of three clinics located in Central Washington state. Led by and serving the Latinx community, they work to improve the health and wellness of rural communities by promoting health equity to underserved populations and expanding access to healthcare. Adams, Franklin, and Grant counties
Community Equity Initiative The Community Equity Initiative works for racial justice for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, especially youth and families, in a predominantly white, rural community. They draw on their intersectional wisdom to promote the systematic eradication of inequities and create a culture of belonging. Jefferson County
Comunidades sin Fronteras Washington Comunidades Sin Fronteras Washington promotes holistic health, including media and linguistically or culturally specific communication campaigns for people living in rural areas. The organization serves migrants, indigenous, and people of color living in rural areas marginalized without transportation service. Central and South Central Washington
Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation Yakama Nation is a federally recognized tribe in Central Washington state. They serve their community of more than 10,000 enrolled members. Yakama Reservation
Deaf Spotlight Deaf Spotlight is a Seattle disability-led organization that wants to bring voice and support to deaf, deaf-blind, deaf disabled, and hard of hearing artists (DDBDDHH). They support, engage, and showcase artists and audiences in cinema, theatre, art, and design inspired by Deaf Culture and the expressive power of Sign Languages through the arts. Seattle
Dispute Resolution Center of Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties Reflective, smaller, and continuing to evolve, the Dispute Resolution Center maintains powerful leadership and a broad focus on peacemaking, tenant-landlord assistance, restorative justice, and other important work. They have a strong community base and are founding members of the Grays Harbor RISE coalition that brings together the local Latinx community. Grays Harbor, Pacific and Wahkiakum Counties
Ellensburg Bail Fund Ellensburg Bail Fund provides individuals with the opportunity to have equal justice and due process. They view the role of providing bail to individuals as an equal opportunity for legal representation, allowing them to address their charges from a place of freedom and security, rather than pleading guilty simply to avoid further incarceration and homelessness. Kittitas County
Emergency Support Shelter Emergency Support Shelter provides domestic violence services and support in Cowlitz County. Their services are available whether or not the crime has been reported to law enforcement. They identify barriers in the legal system in regard to access to safety and justice and articulate their involvement with state coalitions for advocacy. Cowlitz County
Empower Family Focused Services Empower Family Focused Services is a small, reflective, and new immigrant-family and youth empowerment organization. Led by a community elder, they are primarily supporting Ethiopian youth living in Clark County and neighboring Portland. Clark and neighboring counties in Oregon
Ethnic Support Council Ehtnic Support Council is a small, reflective, and engaged organization supporting marginalized languages and providing navigation assistance for immigrants and refugees. They undertake an important analysis of community needs and are helping build power in Cowlitz and neighboring communities in both Oregon and Washington. Cowlitz and neighboring counties in Washington and Oregon
Feast Collective Feast Collective is founded, led, and operated by immigrants and former refugees, and addresses the barriers they face in Spokane. Feast provides resources for self-identified needs including job-training, start-up tools, and a place to sell food and represent their cultures. They are from 35 countries and counting! Spokane County
First Step Family Support Center First Step works to promote the healthy development of families on the North Olympic Peninsula. Committed to centering diversity, equity, and inclusion in their work, and lifting the voices of disadvantaged families, they provide a suite of strengths-based and trauma-informed programs to build protective factors into the lives of children and families in their community. Clallam and Jefferson counties
FlyStart Foundation FlyStart is an intervention and prevention organization that steers individuals away from institutionalized models. They work in Pierce County and are expanding throughout the state, connecting with juvenile and adult prisons, youth and families, and communities of color. Pierce County and counties where prisons are located
FOFO’ANGA SEATTLE COMMUNITY FOFO’ANGA is a small 501 (c)3 organization serving young U.S. Tongans with language, culture, and dance to combat mental health conditions and reduce the suicide rates among its youth in King, Pierce, and Thurston counties. They use Tongan traditional teaching approaches to reverse the trend. King, Pierce, and Thurston counties
Foundation for Academic Endeavors Foundation for Academic Endeavors is a Latinx-formed and led organization focused on education and academic justice for Skagit County Latinx youth with deep ties to community and families. Skagit County
God’s Broken Home University Gods Broken Home University is a Pacific Islander-led group in Bremerton who are supporting youth in their community by providing mentorship and re-entry support among other services. They articulate many needs for youth that they seek to address to continue to uplift and empower their communities. Kitsap County
Hand in Hand Immigration Services Hand in Hand Immigration Services provides citizenship support in the Wenatchee community. Hand in Hand seeks to understand and assist in overcoming the barriers for each individual on their journey to U.S. citizenship. Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan counties
Helping Link Helping Link is a small social change and support-focused organization serving the immigrant and refugee Vietnamese community in Seattle with reach to Snohomish and Pierce counties. Compelled by their analysis of community sensibilities and needs, they are well positioned for growth and influence in the state and the Vietnamese community. Snohomish, King, and Pierce counties
Hilltop Action Coalition HAC is a Black-led, community-based coalition serving the racially diverse Hilltop District of Tacoma. Through community conversations, political education, and advocacy, they mobilize and empower diverse individuals, families, businesses, and other public and community organizations to create vibrant social capital and build a safe, clean, healthy, resilient, and united community. Pierce County
Hope Street Hope Street is a women-led recovery residence in Walla Walla that serves women recovering from substance use disorder. Their low barrier services support people in active addiction as well as medically assisted treatment. Walla Walla County and Southeast Washington
Immigrant Resources & Immediate Support Immigrant Resources and Immediate Support (IRIS) provides low-barrier help for urgent basic needs of recently immigrated community members in Whatcom County. IRIS serves members of their community who often fall through the cracks of existing social service structures and support networks. Whatcom, Skagit, and Snohomish counties
Indigenous Performance Productions, a nonprofit corporation Indigenous Performance Production (IPP) is an Indigenous-led arts and culture organization based in Olympia, WA. They work to decolonize the prevailing narrative about Indigenous people by creating opportunities for Indigenous artists to share their stories through the performing arts. Thurston County
Indigenous Roots & Reparation Foundation The Indigenous Roots & Reparation Foundation is an Indigenous-led nonprofit formed in 2021 on the homeland of the P’Squosa (Wenatchi) People to preserve indigenous history, culture, traditions, and language through education and advocacy. They aim to provide a welcoming space to people returning to their ancestral lands in present-day Wenatchee. Chelan County
Instituto de Cultura y Arte In Xochitl In Cuicatl Instituto de Cultura y Arte In Xochitl In Cuicatl serves indigenous Latinos and Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest. They serve this community by conserving, teaching, and promoting Indigenous Mexica ceremonies, dance, and art. The vast majority of the work happens in Battle Ground and Olympia, Washington. Clark and Thurston counties
Jefferson County Immigrant Rights Advocates JCIRA is a smaller and newer immigrant rights organization doing important work primarily in Jefferson County. Although historically white-led, with the clear founding goals of not asking undocumented folks to be on the front lines of actions, they are building the necessary infrastructure to achieve more reflective leadership. Jefferson, Clallam, and Pierce counties
Just & Healthy Food System Community of Interest JHFS is a BIPOC-led and serving organization that works to increase racial equity and address anti-racism within and beyond the food system in Tacoma and the Puyallup Watershed. JHFS focuses on addressing hunger in communities of color and low-income areas through projects and people working on environmental injustice, land and housing, access to critical services, and group sustainability support. Pierce County
Khmer Community of Seattle King County KCSKC is a Khmer-led community-based organization focused on direct service and wellness-centered programming, with an emphasis on cultural arts and youth and elder empowerment in King County. King County
Kittitas County Recovery Community Organization The Kittitas County Recovery Community Organization is a support for people in recovery from substance use disorders in the county. They are looking to expand recovery resources in their rural county. Kittitas County
Lewis County Dignity Guild Lewis County Dignity Guild is a one-of-a-kind and brand new C4 social justice organization that is supporting marginalized communities through camaraderie, solidarity, and power building in Lewis County. They are doing true narrative change work and have mutual aid goals as well. Lewis County
Lewis County Seniors Lewis County Seniors is a power building and service providing organization in Lewis County that is working to cultivate inclusion for all seniors. They also address systemic and geographic disparities for seniors living remotely in a larger rural county. Lewis County
Manzanita House Manzanita House is devoted to creating space where all immigrants have a place at the table to freely and fully participate in community and to embrace, equip, and empower immigrants through access to culturally informed essential services, and facilitate connections to grow deeper roots and thrive in Spokane. Spokane County
Mari’s Place for the Arts Mari’s Place for the Arts is a smaller, reflective, low-income BIPOC youth empowerment organization building power and joy through the arts in Snohomish County. Well beyond arts focus, their system change analysis and practical work have them developing young organizers as well directly improving the health and well-being of their participants. Snohomish County
Mason County Climate Justice Mason County Climate Justice is a small and new BIPOC-led environmental justice organization that is accountable to communities across rural Mason County. They are working with specific micro-goals for systemic changes that need to happen in the region for their mission to be fulfilled, but with broader alignment with national and international organizations. rural Mason County
Media Island International Media Island International is a cultural, educational, and networking center, whose focus is to support women of color in their leadership while working with other like-minded individuals and groups who do conscious social justice activism. Thurston County
Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center is a Black-led and BIPOC serving organization that offers a wide array of programs and support services for children and families in Tacoma’s Hilltop community. They provide affordable housing, resource navigation assistance, food distribution, and early learning/childhood education programs. King, Pierce, and Thurston counties
Muslimahs Against Abuse Center Muslimahs Against Abuse Center (MAAC) is a by and for East African women and girls organization focused on addressing the abuse and shame culture perpetuated within their community. MAAC is working to shift cultural norms around abuse and violence. King County
NAMI Thurston-Mason NAMI Thurston-Mason is a small, reflective, affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in a priority GHF county. They focus on reducing the stigma of mental health struggles and provide highly important (and often otherwise unavailable) services to rural individuals, and their family members, who are experiencing mental illness. Thurston and Mason counties
Northwest Youth Services Northwest Youth Services provides services for at-risk, runaway, and homeless youth and young adults in Whatcom County. They seek to affirm youth experience and autonomy, as they work together to foster collective healing and justice. Whatcom County
Odyssey Youth Center Odyssey Youth Center is a small, safety and power building organization for LGBTQ youth in Spokane and the broader Inland NW. They offer an important system change analysis and are meeting and validating youth where they are in their own lives with the goal of getting more youth at decision-making tables. Spokane County and Inland Northwest
Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Inc. PFLAG is an all-volunteer, queer-led and serving organization who works to unite LGBTQ people with families, friends, and allies through youth and family support nights, safe social gatherings, and parent/child play dates. Serving Benton and Franklin counties, they are committed to advancing equity and equality through support, education, and advocacy. Benton and Franklin counties
Participatory Justice Participatory Justice is a small and newer restorative and transformative justice organization with important representation among leadership working in Snohomish County and beyond. They have created a record of successes, a strong analysis of process, and have goals of expanding their capacity and reach to reform the carceral system. Snohomish County and surrounding areas
Pizza Klatch Pizza Klatch is a LGBTQ-led and serving organization in Thurston County. They have been operating more than four years and share that they are engaging in providing a safe space for LGBTQ youth in 14 high schools and one middle school during lunchtime as a response to suicides of youth holding these identities that occurred in the area previously. They seek to foster resilience in LGBTQ youth and create a safe and positive school experience through support, education, and empowerment. Thurston County
Pueblo Unido PDX Pueblo Unido is a Latinx-led and serving organization that creates hope for and amplifies the voices of individuals with vulnerable immigration status in the Pacific Northwest, and who have experienced long-standing inequities and lack of access to essential human rights. Serving immigrants in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, they connect individuals and families to legal, social, and Indigenous language interpretation resources. Pierce County and neighboring communities in Idaho and Oregon
Rainbow Center Rainbow Center is a queer-led and serving organization that encourages queer and trans people of color to find their voices, discover shared history, heal, celebrate with one another, and connect in innovative and engaging ways. They also advocate for policy and legislation meant to materially improve the wellbeing of every LGBTQ individual and family. King, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pierce, and Thurston counties
Running Waters Equity Fund RWEF is a newly established, BIPOC-led and serving fund that provides support to people of color affected by systemic inequities in marginalized communities. They work collaboratively with community-based organizations across Eastern Washington to identify and develop action plans to address community needs and gaps in critical services. Columbia, Garfield, and Walla Walla counties
Salsa De La Vida Salsa De La Vida is a Latinx Promotora-led and serving farming and economic development project at Marra Farm in Seattle’s South Park area. The project is a social enterprise food cooperative for growing vegetables and herbs. With access to low-cost, organic produce, members operate cooperative food businesses while increasing their knowledge of the local food system, organic growing practices, and nutrition. South King County
Second Chance Outreach Second Chance Outreach supports youth and families who are, have formerly been, or at risk of gang-affiliation in Snohomish County. They provide access to affordable child care and reliable transportation. They also provide mentoring and support for incarcerated and recently released youth. Snohomish County
Southwest Washington LULAC Foundation LULAC is a Latinx-led and serving organization that seeks to empower a new generation of land stewards and disrupt cycles of intergenerational poverty. They work with and among immigrant communities on land access, food sovereignty, and agricultural education in mostly rural areas of Southwest Washington. Clark County and Southwest Washington
Whidbey Homeless Coalition Whidbey Homeless Coalition is a smaller homeless-focused organization meeting needs across Whidbey Island where services require significant additional work and consideration. They have an analysis of systems that is beyond a typical service-only organization and are building a system to eliminate the significant barriers experienced by homeless folks in rural areas. Whidbey Island
Spokane Eastside Reunion Association Spokane Eastside Reunion Association supports the East Central Spokane Community by centering and celebrating Black joy. They operate Fresh Soul, a soul food restaurant doubling as a youth job training program; a summer basketball camp; and an annual reunion celebration. Spokane County
Spokane Independent Metro Business Alliance SIMBA is a small, BIPOC-led project serving consumers and businesses in the Inland Northwest area of Eastern Washington and the central Idaho Panhandle for the purpose of developing a more just and equitable economy. Inland Northwest and central Idaho Panhandle
Squaxin Island Museum Library and Research Center The Museum Library and Research Center serves the Squaxin Island tribe and the broader community in the South Puget Sound to honor and preserve the tribe’s unique culture. They function as the cultural hub for their community, leading education on language, art, history, music, and community health. The Squaxin Island Reservation between Shelton and Olympia
Super Familia Super Familia seeks to organize and build collective power through a web of support through mutual aid, healing, skill-building, skill-sharing, and relationship building in response to systems of oppression and policing. Based in King County, they are a mutual aid group founded by unaccompanied youth to help each other. King County
Tacoma City Association of Colored Women’s Clubs The Tacoma CWC is a Colored Woman’s voluntary organization serving Tacoma’s community by promoting and improving health, education, economic, and cultural awareness. They are leading efforts to redevelop the historic homesite of civil rights pioneer, Nettie Asberry, in Tacoma’s Hilltop community which will become an epicenter for black history and culture. Pierce County and South Puget Sound region
Tahoma Indian Center Tahoma Indian Center is a day shelter serving Tacoma’s Urban Native population by providing for their physical, mental, spiritual, and cultural well-being through social and cultural activities and programming. They embrace Indigenous methodologies to dismantle systems that create harm and provide community space for youth and families to heal. Pierce County
The Black Healing Fund The Black Healing Fund is a Black-founded and Black-led organization based in Lake Stevens, Washington. They provide human services to build and support community members in need who identify as Black, African, and African American, and who are residents of Snohomish County. Snohomish County
The Way to Justice The Way to Justice provides direct legal representation and advocates for policy changes. Located in Spokane’s East Central neighborhood, their target population is local, regional, and statewide low-income justice-involved individuals with a focus on reaching the BIPOC community. Spokane County and statewide
Toledo Neighbors Program Toledo Neighbors Club supports their rural community by gathering and redistributing resources such as food and basic necessities, as well as education and information. They want to fill a gap in their community that does not have a working food bank or resource center. Lewis County
Toppenish Community Chest Toppenish Community Chest combats food insecurity and empowers BIPOC women on the rural lands of the Yakama Nation by reconnecting to food as medicine through culturally appropriate healthy recipes. They provide a wide range of necessary and valued services including food distribution, a clothing bank, COVID-19 testing, and health-related events. Yakama Nation and Yakima County
Tri-Cities WA Chapter of The Links, Incorporated Tri-cities LINKS is part of national organization established in 1946. The Links, Incorporated is an international nonprofit of more than 16,000 African American professional women committed to ensuring the culture and economic survival of the African American community. Benton and Franklin counties
Tulalip Tribes TERO Vocational Training Center TVTC is an enterprise of the federally recognized Tulalip Tribe. Led by and serving American Indian/Alaska Native peoples, they work to build a vibrant community by providing a pre-apprenticeship training program that assists Native Americans in overcoming barriers to entering construction trades and gaining employment in family wage careers. Tulalip Indian Reservation
UNIDOS, Uniting Law Enforcement & Communities UNIDOS is a small and strongly reflective organization working to build trust between law enforcement and BIPOC folks in Snohomish County. They have experience and a strong analysis of what needs to change systemically to lead to stronger police accountability and safer communities. Snohomish County
Urban Native Youth Organization Urban Native Youth is determined to create a space for Indigenous joy and well-being for Spokane Indigenous youth and families. They provide leadership workshops, sports programs, horsemanship courses, and sharing ceremonies. Spokane County
WA-BLOC WA-BLOC is a majority Black-led grassroots organization in Southeast Seattle that primarily serves youth (K-24 years) from across the African Diaspora, Black and Black-mixed. Their work is to create spaces of healing and joy for Black youth while undoing systems that perpetuate trauma and harm. Southeast King County
Walla Walla Immigrant Rights Coalition WWIRC connects Walla Walla Valley community members with culturally appropriate resources such as legal counsel, health services, food aid, emergency aid, and state programs that can offer them support regardless of their immigration status. Walla Walla Valley
Washington African American Chamber of Commerce Tri-Cities WAACOC Tri-Cities promotes equity and educates Black, BIPOC, and African American business owners and new entrepreneurs about sustainable growth, expansion through financial literacy, professional development training, business development resources, and technical assistance. Benton and Franklin counties
Washington Ethnic Studies Now Washington Ethnic Studies Now is a nonprofit formed in 2019 to support the implementation of Ethnic Studies statewide. They hope to ensure that the tenets of ethnic studies are taught in every classroom in Washington by antiracist educators centering the experiences of BIPOC individuals. King County
Washington State Native American Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault As an officially recognized Tribal Coalition funded by the Office on Violence against Women (OVW) and Department of Justice the OVW Tribal Coalition is one of 18 tribal coalitions across the U.S. and Alaska, and has been operating since 2006. They serve the 29 federally recognized tribes in Washington through technical assistance, consultation, and by raising awareness on issues related to domestic violence and sexual assault. Clallam County
Whatcom Coalition for Anti-Racist Education The Whatcom Coalition for Anti-Racist Education advocates and implements support for anti-racist school practices, policies, and culture in Whatcom County K-12 schools. They work to establish student-centered needs in schools by advocating for culturally relevant and trauma-informed practices that are based in opportunities for reflection and innovation toward liberatory and abolitionist educational experiences. Whatcom County
Youth and Family Link Youth and Family Link primarily serves families in Cowiitz County, Washington. They support families in accessing the services and supports needed to thrive and promote positive change in a child and family’s life by engaging with them and connecting them to programs and services. Cowlitz County