The ACLU is the nation’s premier civil rights and civil liberties organization. It is an unwavering voice of freedom, fairness and equality for all people in America. We work in the courts, the legislatures, and in our communities to protect and extend basic rights for everyone. The ACLU is fueled by more than a million members and supporters as well as thousands of volunteers. The ACLU takes no government funds – we are people-powered!
BIDA’s mission is to build and sustain community through a vibrant downtown economy. Since 1988, Bainbridge has been recognized as one of only 12 nationally accredited Washington Main Streets through the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The Bainbridge Island Friends of the Library supports Bainbridge Public Library by raising money by selling books. This year, all our fundraising is going toward Refresh, Revitalize and Renovate, remodeling the library to enhance service to the community for the foreseeable future. The project includes expanding the meeting room so that more programs for children, teens and adults can be held at the Library instead of other facilities.
BIJAEMA’s vision is to honor the exiled Bainbridge Islanders of Japanese descent and their friends and neighbors who stood by them and welcomed them home by creating a place of healing and learning, by sharing the lessons of human rights, and promoting the spirit of Nidoto Nai Yoni, “Let It Not Happen Again”. Our mission is to create and oversee a permanent memorial at the site where the Japanese and Japanese Americans of Bainbridge Island were forcibly exiled under Executive Order 9066 and Civilian Exclusion Order No. 1 during World War II.
The Club provides after school and break programs for youth in grades K-12. We provide safe, positive, and fun after-school programs; summer and holiday day camps, including late night activities; and leadership and service opportunities for teens through club volunteerism.
The Compassionate Listening Project empowers individuals and communities to transform conflict and create cultures of peace and healing through our training and mentoring programs. Compassionate Listening accesses our deepest wisdom to transform separation and conflict into an opportunity for connection, healing and peace. It is:
- A personal practice – to cultivate self awareness, self regulation and wisdom
- A skill set – to enhance interpersonal relations and navigate challenging conversations
- A process – to help people and groups to bridge their differences and transform conflict
- A healing gift – to people who feel marginalized or in pain
EduCulture serves our schools and community through locally grown educational experiences that honor Bainbridge Island’s unique heritage and living culture. Our edible education programs bridge local farms, gardens, classrooms, and lunchrooms. We utilize our community as curriculum to foster farm stewardship and food citizenship, scholarship and sustainability. Our programs connect place and taste with where we eat, live and learn. EduCulture serves as edible education liaison for Bainbridge School District. Our Only What We Can Carry project leads heritage education programs that bear witness to our Island’s unique history with exclusion, inclusion, citizenship and community.
Friends of Fort Ward is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization committed to historical preservation in the Fort Ward neighborhood on Bainbridge Island. We are raising funds to restore the fort’s historic bakery building for use as an island-wide community hall. The project is a partnership with the Bainbridge Island Park District, which will manage the community hall for the benefit of all Bainbridge residents.
Friends of the Farms is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation founded in 2001 with the mission to preserve and enhance local agriculture, increase farmland, and support the farming community. We create an environment where local agriculture can flourish by managing 60 acres of publicly-owned farmland, providing affordable housing for farm interns, connecting farmers with landowners, and advocating the community-wide social and economic value of local farms and food. We envision a robust agricultural scene, with a minimum of 180 acres on Bainbridge Island permanently protected for agriculture, an ever-increasing base for locally grown food, and opportunities that attract and retain future generations of farmers.
15% of Kitsap County’s population is “rent overburdened” and struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Habitat provides these families a pathway to a secure home of their own. They build their homes alongside volunteers and pay a mortgage they can actually afford. The pick-up service offered to Bainbridge Islanders keeps about 150 tons out of the landfill each year. Your household donations help the Habitat Store support our vision of everyone living in a decent home. With each house that becomes a home, a family builds a foundation. With each foundation supporting the next generation, Habitat builds community.
Bi Village’s mission is to enhance the strength of our community to be a great place to grow up and grow older. We work with neighbors, service providers and volunteers of all ages to continually seek out and offer practical solutions to empower our members to age in place with confidence and dignity.
ITA empowers people with intellectual disabilities to lead lives of meaning and self-determination. Our daily individualized social club programming brings peer friendship, community involvement, personal development, and the pursuit of individual goals to our members while providing respite for their caregivers. Together we are building a more inclusive culture that benefits all of us.
We enable life-enriching connections between caring people and the elderly and persons with disabilities to enable their independence, dignity, health and well-being. Volunteers provide transportation for medical and therapy appointments as well as to social and recreational activities. Other services are companionship, errands, respite care, in-home help such as light housekeeping or yard care, assistance with pet care and more. We offer a Caregiver’s Support Group and a Grief Support Group which are open to the community.
An el Sistema-inspired program dedicated to building community and relationships and making beautiful music. Kids in Concert is an after-school program for ages 6-18 that ignites creativity though choir and string ensembles at absolutely no cost to families.
Kitsap Foster Care Association strives to support and inspire foster, kinship and adoptive caregivers through educational opportunities, enrichment activities and by advocating for foster children in our community. Monthly support groups allow families a chance to learn and grow together, ensuring safe and stable placements for the vulnerable kids in our community. Other benefits offered include backpacks full of school supplies, holiday gifts, and participation in Seattle Mariners “We Are Family” day. Our board is comprised solely of volunteers who are also foster parents.
Kitsap Regional Library Foundation supports the Library’s mission to inspire our community to dream more, learn more, do more and be more. We raise money from individuals, foundations, businesses and community organizations to ensure continued support for essential library programs and services not covered by public funds, including Summer Learning, One Book One Community, and Third Graders to the Library. We are the Library because of public finding; we are the Library you want because of donors like you.
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation of citizens in government. LWVEF distributes voter registration materials, our yearly update of They Represent You and conducts candidate and ballot issue forums.
The Marge Williams Center provides affordable administrative offices and meeting space to non-profit organizations serving our Bainbridge Island community. Our red house on Winslow Way has been nurturing nonprofits since 2001 and is currently home to Arts & Humanities Bainbridge, Bainbridge Chinese Culture & Arts, Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation, Bainbridge Rowing, Friends of the Farms, Bainbridge Youth Soccer, Smile Partners, Sustainable Bainbridge, and One Call For All. Donations help fund the cost of utilities, building maintenance and capital improvements.
Mom’s Morning Retreat is a trusted place for mothers of all-age children and all backgrounds to connect and replenish. Moms explore mindfulness and personal growth in a supportive community. Meetings are held at Grace Church during the school year, and childcare is provided.
Olympic Performance Group provides dancers and performers of all ages with the opportunity to be involved in professional level productions. We strive to enrich the community by increasing dance appreciation through our stage productions and workshops as well as to develop life skills in local youth who join OPG. Skills such as dedication, work ethic, team work and professionalism are learned through participation in the caliber of performance we achieve all while spreading the spirit of dance as a dynamic art form. With a twelve year history, OPG has touched the lives of thousands in our local community and is continually looking for ways to partner with other organizations to bring even more, the joy of dance.
For over 40 years PAWS has helped thousands of Island pets and their families live richer, healthier lives. PAWS is 100% funded with private support and receives no government funding. Not only does PAWS offer pet adoptions but we also provide these vital community services: emergency veterinary assistance, spay/neuter, a lost & found registry, a pet food bank, humane education programs, animal assisted therapy as well as emergency boarding care called SafeHarbor for pets whose family is experiencing an emergency situation. PAWS also provides a senior companion permanent foster program called PALS (Pets and Loving Seniors).
Founded in 2003, Raising Resilience supports the Bainbridge Island community with parenting education, resources, and connections to help families thrive. We bring parents together at speaker events, small group classes, and other programs where they can learn both from experts and each other. Our vision is an empowered, vibrant community where all youth and families flourish.
Our program is to provide a wide spectrum of employment support services to low-income and homeless individuals such as:
- Providing labor market information and job listings, job placement assistance, career counseling and individual mentoring.
- Access to high speed internet for job searches. Preparing and writing professional civilian and government resumes and cover letters. Providing computer and interview training.
- Providing Access to additional information and contacts for additional health, food, youth or community services through other non-profit agencies throughout Kitsap County.
- Provide employment assistance to Kitsap County TANF clients.
Our purposes are both immediate and far ranging. Our immediate goal is to provide every unemployed worker the compassion, encouragement and tools he or she needs during their job search. Our long-range goal is to promote community strength through individual job search success. Our clients and their families develop stability and dignity through consistent support services and ultimately, a living wage job.
Sustainable Bainbridge promotes actions that increase social, economic and environmental sustainability of our community. Our programs include Sound Food, Zero Waste, Beach Naturalists, Watershed Council, Let’s Pull Together, Weed Warriors and more. We function as an incubator to support the development of new sustainability-related initiatives in the community. We also take on special projects, such as organizing the Bainbridge Island Beach Cleanup.
TCC nurtures healthy choices in young people by providing peer/mentor talking circles and workshops based in the practice of Compassionate Listening and Non-Violent Communication. In Circle, teens feel safe to share their truth and listen deeply to their own inner wisdom and intuition. Founded on BI in 1993, TTC focuses on training adult counselors, educators, social workers, holistic health practitioners, and parents in the art of Compassionate Listening and Circle Facilitation and provides ongoing educational youth and facilitator development resources. TTC strives to educate, inspire, and empower young people; foster relationships between the genders, generations, and cultures; and, supports positive self-expression and social action for a just, compassionate and sustainable world.