Mission Nonprofit Best of 2020

Each month, Thurston Community Media (TCMedia)’s Mission Nonprofit connects with local organizations and agencies that are making positive impacts in our communities. Take a look back at the 10 nonprofits they highlighted in 2020.

Thurston County Food Project

The Thurston County Food Project has three goals: to provide a regular supply of food to hungry neighbors; to create new neighborhood connections and strengthen the community; and to serve as a model for other communities. Watch the full interview with Mary Beth Cline, Heather Kapust and Bethany Sano of the Thurston County Food Project here.

Washington State Community Action Partnership

The Washington State Community Action Partnership helps low-income individuals and families exit poverty. They are part of a larger national agency, the Community Action Partnership. Watch the full interview with Jeff DeLuca of the Washington State Community Action Partnership here.

Lacey MakerSpace

The Lacey MakerSpace is a fun nonprofit located on the Saint Martin’s University campus that fosters innovation, entrepreneurship and skill building. They provide the community with access to all kinds of design and fabrications tools, including 3D printers. Watch the full interview with Joseph Anderson of Lacey MakerSpace here.

Olympia Community Solar

Olympia Community Solar is working hard to increase the use of solar power in homes, businesses and other organizations throughout Thurston County. Watch the full interview with Mason Rolph and Ari Simmons of Olympia Community Solar here.

Senior Services for South Sound

Senior Services for South Sound works to improve the quality of life of people as they age. They want those in their senior years to be able to keep doing all the things they love. They have many programs from in-home caregiver placement to leisure travel. Watch the full interview with Brian Windrope of Senior Services for South Sound here.

YWCA Olympia

The YWCA Olympia is a nonprofit that services girls, womxn and families. Their work focuses on “eliminating racism and sexism to advance the social, political, and economic status of all womxn and girls.” Watch the full interview with Hillary Detamore of YWCA of Olympia here.

Concern for Animals

Concern for Animals helps those who are struggling financially to care for their pets. They can help with food, medical care, spay/neuter procedures and more. Watch the full interview with Cella Hyde for Concern for Animals here.

Media Island International

Media Island International focuses on supporting women of color in leadership and empowerment roles. They do this by providing tools and educational opportunities. Watch the full interview with Shawna Hawk, director of Media Island International here.

Build a Bus Home

Build a Bus Home provides struggling Thurston County residents with basic needs, including housing and hygiene solutions such as showers. Watch the full interview with Lisa Gillotti, Peter Cook and Larry Pederson of Build A Bus Home here.

You can watch 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 TCMedia.org, 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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