Thurston Community Media Looks Back with the Mission Nonprofit Best of 2018

What could be better than a year full of helping local nonprofits bring awareness to the wonderful work they do right here in Thurston County? We are pretty sure there is nothing better, and that is exactly what Thurston Community Media (TCMedia)’s Mission Nonprofit series did throughout this past year. As we all head out to celebrate 2019, take a moment to look at all the good things that were happening thanks to these amazing nonprofits with the Mission Nonprofit Best of 2018. Maybe one of these groups will inspire a resolution of giving back in each of us.

The tireless efforts of the Mission nonprofit team have helped each of these nonprofits spread their messages. They are unable to do that, without the help of their own community partners. “Thanks to the generous support of ThurstonTalk, TCMedia has been able to partner in programming about our local organizations that are making a positive impact in our communities,” shares TCMedia Mission Nonprofit host Andrea Capere. “Service is a shared value of TCMedia and ThurstonTalk and we are committed to fulfilling our mission of providing communication resources to build stronger communities by amplifying the important work of local organizations.”

Mission Nonprofit connects monthly with local organizations and agencies that are making positive impacts in our communities. Their videos help members of our community learn about services that they may need, charities to get involved with, and programs to take part in that are bettering our community. “From environmental causes to social services, caring community members have helped make Thurston County a more vibrant, safe and healthy area in 2018,” shares Capere.

Below, Capere and her team share the highlights from Mission Nonprofit 2018.

Washington Service Corps

This March, we had the opportunity to chat with members of the Washington Service Corps to discuss their role in placing volunteers in local organizations. We welcomed WSC members Mary Birchem and Shelby Meyenburg, as well as Program Coordinator Dave Reid.

Olympia Beekeepers Association

The Olympia Beekeepers Association is a nonprofit organization that provides education, training and support for beekeepers in Thurston County. They promote the management of and interest in honeybees and other insects for production and pollination.

2018 was an exciting time for the Association, as they geared up to begin planning and construction on a new pollinator garden at the Port of Olympia. In September, we caught up with former presidents Frank Scolaro and Laurie Pyne to learn how they promote the management of and interest in honeybees and other insects for production and pollination.

United Way of Thurston County

Thurston County residents regularly cite homelessness as a major problem facing our community today. In November, We invited Chris Wells, the Executive Director of United Way of Thurston County, to discuss the root causes and potential solutions.

The Bridge Music Project

The Bridge Music Project is a Thurston County-based nonprofit organization which teaches at-risk youth how music can be used as tools to deal with life’s challenges. The Bridge promotes the values of teamwork, accountability, leadership, collaboration, empathy, and self-understanding through songwriting workshops. In April, we sat down with Bobby Williams from the Bridge Music Project.

To demonstrate the value and power of their work, young musician Jio the Poet shared his talent for words and performance in the studio.


You can see Mission Nonprofit on channel 77 on Sundays at 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m., Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. You can also watch on, Video On-Demand or our Roku channel. To learn more about what TCMedia does, visit the Thuston Community Media YouTube channel or the TC Media website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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