Equity Organizations Library Links
King County Government
King County Equity and Social Justice Initiative: King County is prioritizing racial justice as integral to the work of good government overall and specifically by implementing an Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan. King County is intentionally leading with racial justice to confront the historical and racial inequities that continue to exist in our community and our organization. These racial inequities affect all of us and our ability to live well and thrive.
King County Communities of Opportunity: COO is driven by community-led strategies and solutions. Community members and leaders, organizations, and institutions share power, voice, and resources. COO works to achieve more equitable community conditions through community partnerships in geographic and cultural communities, systems and policy change, and shared learning. Through an extensive community-led planning process, Coo is building collective capacity around four outcomes. (1) Quality affordable housing for all—Preservation and development of affordable housing that is in close proximity to transit, jobs, and education. (2) The right to be healthy—Access to healthy, affordable food and safe places outside to be physically active, especially for our youth. (3) Increased economic opportunity—Workforce development that includes local hires, support of new local businesses, and inclusion of our youth. (4) Strengthened connections to the community—Increased civic participation and engagement, cultural preservation, and access to safe public spaces.
Seattle City Government
Seattle Environmental Justice and Service Equity Division: This division supports Seattle Public Utilities and other city departments to carry out the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative. Their aim is to deliver inclusive and equitable service to customers across the city whenever planning a project, program or policy.
Seattle Equity and Environment Action Agenda: A blueprint to advance racial equity in Seattle's environmental work. The Agenda lays out four key goal areas and recommended strategies in each area including (1) Healthy environments for all, (2) Jobs, local economies & youth pathways, (3) Equity in city environmental programs, and (4) Environmental narrative & community leadership.
People's Academy for Community Engagement: This civic leadership development program is dedicated to teaching hands-on engagement and empowerment skills to emerging leaders in a multicultural environment. Hosted by City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, each course is designed for 25-30 emerging leaders who are newly engaged in the community and want to acquire additional skills to be more effective in civic leadership.
Front and Centered: Front and Centered is a statewide coalition of organizations and groups rooted in communities of color and people with lower incomes; they are on the frontlines of economic and environmental change. Front and Centered builds and amplifies a more powerful movement by engaging and bringing leaders together, building capacity, and providing coordination and technical support.
Got Green: Got Green organizes for environmental, racial, and economic justice as a South Seattle-based grassroots organization led by people of color and low income people. They cultivate multi-generational community leaders to be central voices in the Green Movement in order to ensure that the benefits of the green movement and green economy reach low income communities and communities of color.
Puget Sound SAGE: Puget Sound Sage is an organization led by majority women of color that is accountable to and serves the interests of low-income people, communities of color as well as immigrants and refugees in the Puget Sound region. In particular, they focus on Seattle, South King County, and North Pierce County. They advocate for policy change at the local and regional level, where they believe community voice can have the most impact.
Rainier Valley Corps: Rainier Valley Corps promotes social justice by cultivating leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by people of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities. Their Community Alliance Program provides advocacy and collaboration, coaching, fellowships and operations support to free up their partners’ time so they can focus on serving communities of color.
Center for Diversity and Environmental Professionals of Color - Seattle Chapter: EPOC is a network by and for people of color and includes over 1,000 leaders nationwide. The purpose of this network is to provide a safe space for connecting people of color across the U.S. to catalyze change by surviving, thriving, innovating, and leading in environmentalism. EPOC provides support, opportunities to grow and develop as leaders, and tools to be effective change agents. Learn more about the EPOC Seattle Chapter.
El Centro de La Rasa: As an organization grounded in the Latino community, their mission is to build unity across all racial and economic sectors in order to organize, empower, and defend vulnerable and marginalized populations. They provide a unique blend of services and advocacy to better serve and raise awareness of the needs of the Chicano/Latino community. Services include Child and Youth Programs, Human and Emergency Services, Education and Asset Building Programs and Community Building and Development
Latino Community Fund of Washington: LCF programs create a vibrant community through civic engagement, healthy families, arts and culture. They identify, share and advocate for what is working in the Latino community. LCF cultivates new leaders, supports cultural and community based non-profit organizations, and improves the quality of life for all Washingtonians.
DIRT Corps: In 2015, the Duwamish Infrastructure Restoration Training Corps (DIRT Corps) was established in South Seattle as a community partnership program to provide on-the-job training for adult workers, specifically encouraging women, people of color, LGBT, and veterans to enroll. The program provides hands-on training with a focus on rain garden and cistern design/build, operations and maintenance, vegetation management, and ecological restoration.
ECOSS: Educates and empowers businesses and diverse communities to implement environmentally sustainable practices. With an international staff that speaks over a dozen languages, ECOSS delivers environmental education, resources and technical assistance in the areas of stormwater permit compliance, recycling and food waste, energy efficiency, Brownfields, Green Stormwater Infrastructure, and outreach to multicultural communities and businesses.
Ethiopian Community in Seattle: Creates opportunities for economic, cultural development, educational enhancement, and recreation for Ethiopians and the broader East African Community in the Puget Sound area. This includes new arrivals needing culturally relevant support and assistance; adopted Ethiopian children and their families who seek connection with the local Ethiopian community; and other East African communities in our area.
Food Innovation Network: FIN’s mission is to enhance the local food system, increase access to healthy food, create pathways for success, and support resource and idea-sharing that engages the diverse communities of SeaTac/Tukwila and South King County. They use a collective impact model to build a network that includes organizations, educational institutions, local government, and community members.
Food Lifeline: Ending hunger in Western Washington, by mobilizing resources and engaging communities. Food Lifeline rescues millions of pounds of surplus food from farmers, manufacturers, grocery stores, and restaurants. Then distribute it to more than 300 food banks, shelters, and meal programs throughout Western Washington. At the same time, they are working to activate allies and advocates to help shape policy, while partnering with organizations that are addressing the needs of low-income families.
Just Health Action: Just Health Action is a non-profit organization based in Seattle advocating to reduce health inequities that result from social, political, environmental, and economic conditions. JHA has been working since 2004 to develop and teach a critical health literacy curriculum allying with communities to conduct research and document inequities that have been prioritized for community action.
Institute for Community Learning: Empowers individuals and organizations to create a vision of a more just nation and world. They engage and empower youth towards academic, social, and professional achievement. Throughout the west coast region, ICL hosts community leadership events, seminars and professional development classes for educators, paraprofessionals, administrators, public servants, and elected officials.
Living Well Kent: Living Well Kent is a community-driven collaborative dedicated to creating a healthier, more equitable and more sustainable city. LWK’s specific goals include creating community in which all residents have widespread access to healthy and affordable food, safer streets and public spaces that encourage physical activity, greater equity and a strong sense of community inclusion.
Neighborhood House: Neighborhood House partners with diverse individuals and families to build community and achieve their goals for health, education and self-sufficiency. With a focus on low-income community members, public housing residents, immigrants and refugees, they serve over 12,000 people annually through their major program areas of early learning, youth education, family and social services, employment and adult education, health, and housing stability.
Seattle Goodwill Industries: Founded in 1923, Seattle Goodwill provides quality, effective employment training, and basic education to individuals experiencing significant barriers to economic opportunity. They operate Job Training Centers, retail stores, and donation sites in King, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, and Kitsap counties.
World Relief Seattle: World Relief Seattle has worked since 1979 to empower the local Church to serve and help refugees and immigrants in the Greater Seattle Area. They provide support and care for refugees and immigrants through the first months and years of transition as an investment in future generations. World Relief Seattle strives to be a sustainable, holistic ministry of compassion and practical support.
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation: United Indians provides educational, cultural and social services that reconnect indigenous people in the Puget Sound region to their heritage by strengthening their sense of belonging and significance as Native people. This includes Daybreak Star Center, a Native American cultural center located in Seattle."
YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish: One of the oldest and largest nonprofits in the region focused on the needs of women, girls, and families in the community. They are a multi-issue and multiracial organization, with programs that address both immediate needs and the root causes of housing stability, economic advancement, and health & safety.
Youth Empowerment Programs
Duwamish Valley Youth Corps: Established in 2014, this Program supports restoration and revitalization of the Duwamish Valley neighborhoods of South Park, Georgetown and surrounding areas. The program is a paid environmentally-based job skills program for teens and is equal parts environmental science, job skills training, stewardship, and outdoor hands-on community service.
Educurious - 100,000 Opportunities Initiative: Connecting opportunity youth with education-friendly employment as they work towards building skills and earning educational credentials in five demonstration cities nationwide. In the Seattle/King County region, Educurious, in partnership with the Community Center for Education Results, is serving as the backbone organization for the initiative.
FEEST - Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team: Setting the table for young people to transform the health and equity of their community by gathering around food & working towards systems change. FEEST empowers low income youth and youth of color in White Center and Delridge to become leaders for healthy food access, food justice and health equity.
Nexus: Non-profit supporting the behavioral health of at-risk and in-crisis youth across the greater South King County area. Nexus takes an integrated, holistic approach to assisting youth and their families, connecting them with a wider network of services to best fit their needs. Nexus applies its expertise to address behavioral health, housing and other needs.
Rainier Scholars: Rainier Scholars offers pathways to college graduation for hard-working, low-income students of color by providing access to transformative educational opportunities. Scholars engage in a proven, 12-year model that brings together the academic preparation, leadership development and personalized support they need to graduate from a four-year college and become career professionals and leaders.
School’s Out Washington: SOWA provides services and guidance for organizations to ensure all young people have safe places to learn and grow when not in school. SOWA is dedicated to building community systems to support quality afterschool, youth development and summer programs for Washington’s children and youth ages 5 through young adulthood.
Seattle Youth Climate Action Network (CAN): Empowers Seattle area teens to address climate change in their communities through education, leadership, and action. Seattle Youth CAN was launched in January 2015 with initial funding from The Ocean Project. Since 2015, more than 500 teens participated in monthly events, trainings, action campaigns, and an annual Youth Climate Action Summit.
Southwest Youth and Family Services - New Futures Program: New Futures programs offer a wide range of educational support and family advocacy services at sites in White Center, Burien, and SeaTac. They offer programs geared toward children and youth from early learning up through middle and high school. They also provide resources for family support and community development.
Technology Access Foundation (TAF): A nonprofit leader applying Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education as a tool for realizing social change and educational equality in communities of color and those with low income. Offering technology-based programs since 1996, TAF creates opportunities for students of color to engage with STEM disciplines and to prepare them for college-level study and professional roles in those fields.
Unleash The Brilliance: Founded by Terrell Dorsey to help close the achievement gap for students at risk of academic failure and to keep them out of the school to prison pipeline. Their youth leadership training program, school assemblies and interactive curriculum titled “Think. Plan. Fly.” help youth learn skills to successfully navigate pitfalls associated with negative peer pressure, bullying, substance abuse, and a host of other at-risk factors and behaviors.
Wilderness Inner-city Leadership Development (WILD): WILD is a youth leadership program that provides opportunities for wilderness and inner city environmental education and leadership skills development. WILD primarily serves high-school aged youth between the ages 14-19 and who are of Asian Pacific Islander descent. WILD provides youth with hands-on wilderness service learning projects including camping trips to perform trail work, eagle watching with elders, urban community gardening and various hiking trips.
YMCA Seattle - Earth Service Corps: YESC is an innovative youth-led program that empowers students to take a hands-on role in creating a healthier environment in their schools, communities and region while nurturing a respect for diversity within the natural world. Through service projects, field trips, and outdoor adventures, students become strong, confident, and responsible environmental leaders.
Young Women Empowered: Y-WE empowers young women in the greater Seattle area from diverse backgrounds to step up as leaders in their schools, communities and the world. They do this through intergenerational mentorship, intercultural collaboration, and creative programs that equip girls with the confidence, resiliency, and leadership skills needed to achieve their goals and improve their communities.