One of my greatest joys is learning something surprising about a colleague or friend. My colleague Maria Mafi of 123 Declutter offered me something unique. Maria’s given me the first chance to say “I’ve met the founder of an international non-profit.” Maria’s husband Cyrus is Chairman of Impact A Life, a Christian community-services agency providing…

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I almost didn’t go out on the Casual Uncluttering LLC donation run this morning. I was unequivocally unambitious. I’d spent the morning bored, finally ending a project I started in March – blog posts cataloging the RealChangeNews Emerald City Resource Guide non-profits which take gifts-in-kind. It’s the holidays and I wanted to goof off a…

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Muslim Housing Services:   “Since 1999, Muslim Housing Services (MHS) has served low-income and homeless families in Seattle and throughout King County. We were founded due to the urgent need of culturally and linguistically competent programs and staff, after noticing that many families were not able to access mainstream services. Many of our clients are…

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Lifelong is a juggernaut. I mean that as a compliment. Lifelong was once three different agencies, Northwest AIDS Foundation, Chicken Soup Brigade and Evergreen Wellness Advocates, each providing critical support to people living with HIV/AIDS. The three are now combined in Lifelong (formerly Lifelong AIDS Alliance) and it provides high-quality individualized care to its clients.…

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Still life with lemons

HopeLink has a brilliant new facet of operations – Mobile Markets – food bank trucks coming into communities to provide service to “homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities in King and Snohomish counties; providing stability and helping people gain the skills and knowledge they need to exit poverty for good.” Truck…

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Here be dragons – trade shows and the like that I attend having NO idea what I’ll find. Because, after averaging four networking meetings a month for a loooong time, I now only go to events where: (1) I’ll have fun and (2) I’m likely to meet new people. I only set sail, give or…

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“The Salvation Army exists to meet human need wherever, whenever, and however we can. Assess the Need FIRST, we assess the needs of each community in which we serve. We work to understand the obstacles, hardships, and challenges native to the area’s particular population. Build the Programs NEXT, we build local programs designed to offer…

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My Seattle Area Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) holds an annual Day of Service in celebration of January, GO (Get Organized) Month. Five – ten Organizers come into a registered King County 501(c)3 non-profit and clear up and structure some trouble spot – a jumbled storeroom, the back office,…

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