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Cantare Vocal Ensemble Logo Cantaré Vocal Ensemble is a mixed-voice ensemble with singers drawn from all around the Seattle area. Dedicated to presenting concerts of fine choral repertoire by exploring a wide range of choral literature, Cantaré offers singers the opportunity to learn and perform a variety of serious repertoire including 19th-century spirituals, psalms, and plainchant, as well as works by 20th and 21st century composers. Much of this repertoire is a cappella, drawing from the traditional choral library as well as serious literature from lesser-known choral composers.

Conducted by Mark Adrian, the ensemble numbers between 40-50 singers from all walks of life. Concerts are typically performed at various locations throughout the greater Seattle area including St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral on Capitol Hill, Lakeside School in north Seattle, Town Hall on Seattle’s First Hill, and at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle.
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Crisis Clinic LogoCrisis Clinic is at the heart of the Seattle-King County safety net providing a broad array of telephone-based crisis intervention and information and referral services. For many people in emotional distress or needing community services assistance, we are their “first call for help.” Each year, we improve the lives of thousands of people by listening, caring and linking to services. “When you need us, we’re here!”

Crisis Clinic is state licensed by DSHS/DBHR as a crisis telephone service provider and as a certified chemical dependency treatment service—crisis intervention. We are also nationally accredited by CONTACT USA and the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems. As one of the oldest crisis lines in the nation, we continue to be committed to providing excellent service to all who contact us.

Our passion is caring and listening; empowering people to make positive life changes. We do this through connections between people and critical resources.
Crisis Clinic connects people in physical, emotional and financial crisis to services that will be of help.
We do this to reduce immediate emotional distress and defuse crises for individuals, families and the community; to reduce the immediate risk of violence to one’s self and others; and to increase the ability of people to access the safety net, particularly for mental and emotional support services.
Crisis Clinic serves all people (in physical, emotional and financial crisis) with an emphasis on serving King County residents.

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Colorado Community Land Trust logoThe Colorado Community Land Trust (CCLT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2002 with the mission of creating, and preserving in perpetuity, affordable home ownership opportunities for moderate income individuals and families. Originally called the Lowry Community Land Trust, CCLT initially focused on the redevelopment of the former Lowry Air Force Base. In 2006, we expanded our service area to include the entire Denver metro area.

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Purchasing a home may be daunting, especially for people with modest-incomes, who are often first-time home buyers. Colorado Community Land Trust makes the process easier by working with interested buyers to educate and position them to succeed in home ownership.
CCLT’s home buyer services include buyer orientation, first-time home buyer classes, mortgage pre-qualification (with one of our participating lenders) and income verification. Through this process, potential buyers learn about the benefits and obligations of home ownership, as well as about the specific requirements of the land trust model.

Center for Climate Protection logoThe Center for Climate Protection seeks solutions commensurate with the magnitude of the problem. As important as it is for individuals to take action, we especially need solutions at the policy level that can address the problem at the speed and scale required by science.
We create model programs for communities everywhere to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We make it easier for people to address climate change and ensure that future generations can continue to live, work, play, and thrive on this extraordinary planet.
Our mission is to inspire, align, and mobilize action in response to the climate crisis.
We work with business, government, youth and the broader community to advance practical, science-based solutions for significant greenhouse gas emission reductions.
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Center for Healing by Design logoCenter for Healing By Design, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded by Lisa K.Y. Wong, L. Ac in 2015, raises public awareness of the intrinsic self-healing technology in the human body, revolutionizes people’s way of seeing their bodies, and teaches them to use the highly sophisticated, yet simple, “mind-body” healing techniques to enable them prevent and overcome common health challenges. The company’s mission is to engage, educate, and empower people all over the world with effective self-care skills so they can “climb the mountains” in their lives.

Lisa climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa, in July 2015 as a way to launch her global Climb Every Mountain Self-Care Movement. She is leading the way in helping people worldwide discover their inner healing tools, as people hunger for non-conventional healing alternatives. Since July 2015, over 1000 people worldwide, from 4-year-old orphans to 80-year-old world record holders, have benefited from this movement. The movement aims to reach at least one million people, kids and adults, in 20 countries by 2020.

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CAPA logoCompanion Animal Placement Assistance (CAPA) is an all volunteer non-profit organization that has been partnering to save lives with Santa Barbara County at La PAWS in Lompoc since 1987. Our mission is to provide the best care for the animals at the Santa Barbara County Animal Services La PAWS shelter in Lompoc.
To become a La PAWS volunteer, complete a volunteer application, drop by the County volunteer orientation on the first Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at the La PAWS shelter, and then attend dog, cat, or rabbit training with your trainer.

CM small logoThe Charlotte Maxwell Clinic is named in honor of Charlotte Maxwell, who died of ovarian cancer in 1988.

Charlotte Maxwell was born in Buffalo, NY on April 21, 1932.

She graduated from Mary Washington College in Virginia. Her first post college job was with the Virginia Welfare Department. She retuned to Buffalo as a social worker with the Catholic Charities, serving children in foster care and adolescents in group homes. Next, she completed a graduate program at the University of Buffalo and received a Master of Social Work degree.

At the time of her graduation, President Lyndon Johnson was unfolding his War on Poverty program. Along with the introduction of Medicaid and Medicare, the mid 1960’s reforms included a new outreach program by the Federal Bureau of Maternal and Child Health to reduce the nation’s premature birth rate. Donate to Charlotte Maxwell Clinic, Click Here!
Charlotte joined the Erie County Department of Health as a member of an interdisciplinary team of nurses, social workers and a gynecologist, nutritionist and health educator. The team brought pre-natal care to community sites, including a housing project and a school for pregnant teens. During this time, her volunteer efforts centered on welfare reform and fair housing issues.

In 1971, influenced by the emphasis public health personnel and social workers put on community organization, outreach and prevention, Charlotte moved to California to pursue a second graduate program, this time in public health. Once she earned her Master of Public Health degree from UC Berkeley, Charlotte became Service Director for the American Cancer Society in San Francisco, and later the Director of Community Unlimited, a new program for adult disabled persons living independently in group homes or with their families.

Charlotte possessed a zest and enthusiasm for life. She had strong ties with her family – a brother, sister, nieces and nephews – and with a network of friends and colleagues. She was a spiritual person whose faith guided her.

Many would recall Charlotte’s gift of humor, which brought them laughter and raised their spirits. Others would remember her as a good listener who somehow helped them view their problems and solutions in a new light. Still others would describe Charlotte as a forward thinker, able to envision better strategies for improving programs and services. It is fair to say all valued their time with her.

Charlotte received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer in the spring of 1987. She passed away at he age of 56 in Oakland, CA on December 6, 1988. She lived that year and a half with the same spirit and determination as she had throughout her life.

Having participated on many health care teams, Charlotte knew the value of team care. Facing cancer and unable to find a support group that met her needs, Charlotte put together her own health team, consisting of wonderful women practitioners who specialized in Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, guided imagery, homeopathy and eventually hospice care. This team gave her loving support, visited her in the hospital, and when she could no longer travel, brought their services to her home.

This compassionate group of women who cared for Charlotte knew there were many underserved women with cancer who could benefit from integrative cancer care but would not have access to such treatments. Out of their experience, foresight and passionate belief in complementary integrative medicine the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic was born. To this day, the Clinic provides integrative cancer care, safety-net social services and health education to low-income women with cancer.
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childrenswish_logo_v2We are Children’s Wish Foundation International. And we measure our success in smiles.

Many people are surprised to learn that our Founder and Executive Director was one of the few who pioneered the idea of wish fulfillment for seriously and terminally ill children. After losing her eldest daughter, Susan, to bone cancer, Linda Dozoretz became an active fundraiser supporting causes that searched for a cure for cancer. For her efforts, she was awarded a trip to Disneyland, which she gave to four-year old Theresa, who was also losing her battle with leukemia.

“If I could do this for one child, I could do it for many.” ~ Linda Dozoretz

Wishes for more children followed and her community showed support by becoming actively involved in these efforts. With a determination to bring happiness to seriously ill children around the world, Linda formed Children’s Wish Foundation International and continues to serve as the organization’s Executive Director.

Since its inception, Children’s Wish Foundation International has continued to expand its programs to enhance the lives of children with life threatening illnesses. Recognizing our families’ needs outside the scope of wish fulfillment, we stepped up our commitment to the children through the development of additional programs. At this stressful time of their lives, the Family Focus program offers a respite from the treatment schedules, doctors, and the hospitals. To help brighten each day while in the hospital, toys, games and crafts supplies are given to the children through the Hospital Enrichment program.

Children’s Wish Foundation International is dedicated to bringing joy to children with life-threatening illnesses around the world. We have created memorable experiences for children and families in more than 53 countries. Last year, your support allowed us to touch the lives of over 300,000 children.


creativeactionlogo“Creativity is the spark of life, the vitality that stirs desires to improve and change the status quo – meaningfully, responsibly, wisely, and with impact.”  -Marci Segal

Creative Action Institute works at the intersection of creativity and social change. We build the capacity of leaders and organizations for innovation, collaboration and resilience to advance conservation, health and human rights globally.
Creativity powers people, and people working together power change. We seek to build an inclusive and just world where individuals, communities and ecosystems flourish.
An unlimited resource.
Creativity is often thought of as a talent that a few special people are born with. In reality, the ability to create is an unlimited wellspring of innovation within us all and the key to meeting increasingly complex challenges. In the face of climate change, dwindling resources and social instability, our world needs more innovative collaboration and people-powered solutions. Here at Creative Action Institute, our education, training and outreach programs are designed to ignite and equip this process.
Our Values

  • We believe every person is inherently creative.
  • We believe expanding creative capacity is essential to spark innovation.
  • We believe art has the power to break down barriers and unite across differences.
  • We believe effective communication is critical for a peaceful world.
  • We believe in the power of human beings to overcome challenges through collaboration.

Colectiva Legal logoHistory

Colectiva Legal del Pueblo (CLP) was founded in November 2012 by a group of undocumented community organizers, activists and immigration attorneys. From it’s inception CLP envisioned a world in which migrant justice work is rooted in the right of free movement for all people regardless of borders. Towards this end, the legal collective dedicates itself to the abolition of migrant imprisonment and shutting down detention centers that profit off the separation of families and exploited labor.


Colectiva Legal del Pueblo (CLP) fue fundada en Noviembre del 2012 por un grupo de organizadoras indocumentadas de la comunidad, activistas y abogadas de inmigración. Desde su inicio, CLP visualizo un mundo en cual el trabajo de la justicia migrante tuviera raíces con el derecho de la libertad del movimiento libre para toda la gente sin importar fronteras. Con ese fin, Colectiva Legal se dedica en terminar/abolir con la encarcelación migrante y el cierre de los centros de detención que se lucran con la separación familiar y la explotación de su trabajo.