So many nonprofits and many upcoming family activities – learn and prosper


By Mary Beth Harrington

This time of year, unsurprisingly, there are reminders of the importance of family everywhere; even pet food commercials remind you not to forget your furry friend this time of year (we already have turkey treat boxes for everyone).

And while I think it is indeed good to remember the importance of individuals that we often take for granted (I love you honey), I am also fully aware that not everyone has a loving family. to enjoy. So while this column focuses on family, keep in mind that family comes in many forms and may or may not include the family you were born into, but it can always include any family you choose. .

Family volunteering

Family Volunteer Day, also the Saturday before Thanksgiving, is a global day of service celebrating the power of families working together to support their communities and neighborhoods. In 1990, the Points of Light Foundation (POLF) launched Family Volunteer Day to celebrate this effort. Since then, POLF has partnered with Disney’s Friend for Change for sponsorship and generationON, POLF’s youth and family services division, to manage the event. Take time with your family this season to help others and leave a positive mark on the world. Click here for more information.

Learn how to prepare your family

When we moved to this area from Texas, we thought we had left the natural disasters behind, only to discover the imminent threat of a massive earthquake.

Now we understand that this threat starts in Yellowstone (the park, not the TV show!) How could there be a connection when Yellowstone is in Wyoming, 800 miles away? Good question. Hear Dr. Gary Ritchie tell us the story at the History Pub at Heritage Distillery this Thursday, November 17. For more information, click here. Details here.

The program is sponsored by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that “honors the philanthropic legacy of the Schmidt family and Olympia Brewing Company through a wide range of community projects, including awarding annual scholarships, preserving the historic Schmidt House and Archives, supporting Tumwater’s historic district, and providing the Brewery Park in Tumwater Falls for public use and enjoyment,” according to its website. .

Upcoming family events this weekend

Admission to Puget Sound Estuary (PES) will be free all day this Sunday, November 20! Forthcoming learn all about the killer whales that share the waters of Puget Sound. The exhibit consists of photos and information about the Southern Resident orcas and there will even be mammal-themed games and prizes! PSE, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization was founded by the South Sound Estuary Association (SSEA) to create opportunities for the public to learn about estuaries, geology, natural history and culture, marine life, and human impact on Puget Sound. (the largest estuary in the United States by volume and the second largest in the United States by coastline). Their mission is to foster learning opportunities that inspire people of all ages to connect, protect, and enjoy the unique environment of the Puget Sound Estuary. For more information, click here.

November 18 and 19 the Lewis-McChord Spouses Club will host the 2n/a annual Kris Kringle Market. The event is inspired by European Christmas markets and will feature an indoor beer garden, 60 craft vendors, more than 15 food trucks, photos with Santa, plus a North Pole kids’ zone with a obstacle course house, letters to Santa, holiday crafts, games, and more. For more information, click here.

November 18 and 19 the community is invited to attend the 8th edition Swedish Room Bazaar. The event will feature 34 vendor spaces filled with handcrafted items along with a few direct sales reps. For more information, click here.

November 19 and 20 the Arbutus popular school will host a craft market featuring objects created by its instructors from clay, wood, wool, and more. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Arbutus Folk School, an Olympia-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers classes, workshops, events, artist residencies throughout the year with an emphasis on ceramics, woodworking, blacksmithing, fiber arts and folk. and traditional arts. For more information, click here.

Saturday, November 19 VFW Ext. 318 will host its annual meeting holiday bazaar. Entrants are encouraged to find perfectly unique and one-of-a-kind gifts for that special someone or that hard-to-buy friend. For more information, click here.

Saturday November 19, St. Benedict Episcopal Church will host a traditional Christmas Fair. The community is invited to attend and enjoy the live music as you navigate this happy holiday environment. For more information, click here.

Additional Community Events

Join the Washington Center November 17 as they pay tribute to the Aunties of the indigenous communities. “Aunts – Women of the Salish Seafeatures stories of Native American and First Nations matriarchs, told live from the stage to be immortalized in a series of online shorts. The term Aunties is an honorary title that signifies a woman or non-binary person who holds an important and respected place in their communities. This original Indigenous performance production features non-binary women and aunties who have dedicated their lives to serving their communities by creating hope, opportunity and connection. For more details, click here.

Join Olympia World Affairs Council (OWAC) on Thursday, November 17 for a free conference on israel, the only state in the world with a Jewish majority. Guest speaker Nancy Koppelman will explore 12 features of Israel’s history, various ethnic and religious ways of life, governance and justice structures, and the education system. Those interested can come in person to participate virtually. The Olympia World Affairs Council, which began in 1984, is affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America. According to the OPAC website, the impetus for the organization came from Washington Secretary of State Ralph Munro, who encouraged a group of people interested in international issues to form an organization with the dual purpose of to help state officials visit foreign officials and foster local appreciation. of foreign cultures. For more details, click here.

On Saturday November 19, TCMedia Studio A will be transformed into an intimate club environment for showcase popular local musicians and their music as good as raise funds to support community media programming and services. The featured performer will be Olympia-based pianist, composer, recording artist, radio host and film composer Scott Cossu. Cossu has been performing around the world since 1980 and was one of the first artists to join the Windham Hill Record Label. Cellist Holly Reeves will accompany Cossu. TCMedia is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide communication resources that strengthen communities. For more details, click here.

Friday, November 18, 2022Join Window Seat Media and Evergreen’s Center for Community learning and action for a conversation with local historians and organizers working at the intersection of oral history, community organizing and social change. Learn about Window Seat’s 2023 Oral History and Community Storytelling cohorts, hear from past participants, and learn how to earn college credit by becoming a Community Oral Historian. Window Seat Media is a grassroots nonprofit whose mission is to use oral history and storytelling to spark conversation, connection, and social change in South Sound and beyond. For more details, click here.

Window Seat Media will also partner with CIELO to co-host a community storytelling circle Next Monday, November 21 titled: Asking for help: how to access community resources without shame” (Maneras de acceder a los recursos de la comunidad sin Vergüenza). Founded in 1996, by a group of 8 dedicated Latinas, CIELO’s mission is to promote community, self-sufficiency, and leadership among Latinos in South Puget Sound. For more details, Click here.

Solicit your ideas

If you know of a nonprofit that’s doing something great, celebrating a success, needs amazing volunteers, or hosting an event, let me know! This column (aside from a little education) celebrates nonprofits!

Mary Beth Harrington, CVA (Certified Volunteer Administrator) lives in Tumwater. She travels the country speaking at conferences and for individual organizations articulating issues facing nonprofits. Send your ideas to [email protected]


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