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!
The Alliance for Youth is a collaborative partnership of community leaders, teens, parents, teachers, and individuals working together for positive youth development. Our vision is an island where all young people successfully navigate meaningful and fulfilling lives. With a common mission, our collaborative partnership improves the quantity and quality of relationships and opportunities that help every child: Thrive – Socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically Connect – Through supportive peer and adult relationships Contribute – As valued members of our community. Learn – Through experiences that span home, school and out-of-school activities Prepare – Prepare for fulfilling careers and adulthood.
BIDA’s mission is to build and sustain community through a vibrant downtown economy. Since 1992, 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 through book sales. Last year, all our fundraising went toward our Refresh, Revitalize and Renovate project which remodeled the library to enhance service to the community for the foreseeable future. The project included expanding the meeting room so that more programs for children, teens and adults can be held at the Library. This year, the Friends will focus on increasing our Endowment Fund which will provide a future steady stream of income for the Bainbridge Public Library.
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 establish long-term partnerships for preservation and oversight of the permanent memorial 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.
CHiPTalks* is a community talk series to model and foster more open, public conversation about our emotional health and the thoughts and feelings we all share, to extol our biological need for regular face-to-face connection, our natural gifts and to encourage personal reflection toward deeper self-understanding and greater empathy for others. Our Talks are a quarterly event where community members share their beliefs and stories of adversity, triumph, epiphany and reconciliation. We explore the big questions of our human experience: Why are we here? What is our purpose? We believe wholeheartedly that by opening our hearts and freeing our minds to engage and accept ourselves, we open the door to loving and understanding others. *Connection Health intelligence Purpose
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 cultural heritage. Our edible education programs bridge local farms, gardens, classrooms, school kitchens, and food community. We situate our community as curriculum to foster scholarship, farm stewardship, food citizenship, and education for sustainability. Contributions support EduCulture’s role delivering and managing Bainbridge School District’s Edible Education Initiative. The Only What We Can Carry project produces heritage education programs that bear witness to our Island’s unique history with exclusion, inclusion, citizenship and community. EduCulture is connecting place and taste with where we eat, live and learn.
Friends of Fort Ward is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization committed to heritage preservation in the Fort Ward neighborhood on Bainbridge Island. We are raising funds to restore the fort’s historic bakery building for use as a community hall for all islanders. 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.
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. Our special Flowers From the Heart Program delivers hundreds of bouquets of donated flowers to homebound every summer.
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 children, teens and adults alike to dream more, learn more, do more and be more. We partner with the community to support programs and services not covered by public funds, including Summer Learning, One Book One Community, and Third Graders to the Library. Kitsap Regional Library serves the community as a center for lifelong learning and a steward of access to stories, information and knowledge. 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.
Marge Williams Center provides affordable administrative offices and meeting space to nonprofit 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 Island Rowing, BI Football Club (Youth Soccer), Island Neighbors/BI Village, PAWS of Bainbridge & NK, Sustainable Bainbridge, One Call For All and YWCA of Kitsap County. We also provide meeting space and mailbox services to other nonprofits. 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.
One Call for All runs an annual campaign to raise vital unrestricted operating support for nonprofits serving Bainbridge Island. We do so at no cost to the donor or the causes the donor cares about. We even pay the credit card fees so that the participating organizations can spend more time and resources doing what they do best – serving our community.
Founded by volunteers 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.
Sustainable Bainbridge promotes actions that increase social, economic and environmental sustainability of our community. Our programs include Zero Waste, Bainbridge 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.