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Sample Forms for Volunteers and Clients during COVID-19

Many nonprofits are continuing to operate and provide vital services in their communities during the COVID crisis. Here are sample liability waivers that can be used with volunteers and clients during the pandemic.We are grateful to our partner NPIP (Non Profit Insurance Program) for sharing these model forms to help nonprofits adjust and continue to serve at this time. Download an editable version of the Sample Waiver or Notification for Shelters and the Sample Waiver of Liability for Providing Volunteer Services.

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Member Spotlight: Port Townsend Marine Science Center – How sea stars and abalone create community engagement

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC) protects endangered species, advocates for marine life, provides education through school programs and events, connects the community to the local environment—and they continually inspire conservation of the Salish Sea with an attitude of hope. What fuels them? Two key strengths: volunteers and partnerships. Janine Boire, Executive Director, talks about how these two strengths work in tandem to fulfill their mission. She named two successful partnerships that have been powered by volunteers in their Citizen Science Program. The first is the Pinto Abalone Recovery project, led by the Puget Sound Restoration Fund. The pinto […]

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KING5 News Features Washington Nonprofits

On September 16, 2019, Washington Nonprofits’ Associate Director Nancy Bacon spoke on New Day Northwest about strategies for starting, running, and supporting nonprofits. Over four minutes, the interview covers what to think about in starting a nonprofit, what to consider when donating to a nonprofit, and how to consider nonprofits through the upcoming election season. Click on the image to watch the interview.    

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Member Spotlight: Ocean Shores Food Bank – Listening to volunteers, a nonprofit’s secret strength

Like many nonprofits, the Ocean Shores Food Bank (OSFB) is an all volunteer run organization. Volunteers handle every task, from stocking shelves to assisting clients to raising money and awareness. It wasn’t on their list of tasks to create a literacy program, but when volunteers found books at the bottom of a food collection bin a year and a half ago, that’s exactly what they did. The Books for Kids program is one example of how an idea from volunteers turned into an innovative way for the food bank to operate. That program has now expanded to providing books for […]

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Member Spotlight: Happy Pastures and The Council On Aging & Human Services

This is a story of Skeeter, Hammie, and a place called Happy Pastures. It is also a story about community and how nonprofits weave together services for people in need. Paige Collins serves as the Executive Director of The Council on Aging & Human Services and as the founder of Happy Pastures, a nonprofit livestock rescue based in LaCrosse, WA. As in other places, it’s not unusual for people in Whitman County to serve their community in many ways. Nonprofit volunteers and employees offer a variety of skills that contribute to a thriving community that, though may be spread out […]

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Member Spotlight: West Seattle Timebank – Going Beyond Volunteering

Would you be willing to drive a neighbor to the airport? What if you could exchange that hour of driving with an hour of guitar lessons, or help fixing up your bicycle, or for a neighbor to feed your chickens while you’re out of town? Nonprofits depend on volunteers to provide services and promote their mission. But it can be difficult to recruit potential volunteers who feel like they don’t have enough time to contribute to the cause. In West Seattle, a nonprofit organization is re-writing this dynamic, honoring the value of volunteer time in a community culture that exchanges […]