Auburn Food Bank


In 1930 a family was burned out of their home and neighbors helped gathered what they would need to restart. At the end of that "project", there was enough left over to help more families, and the Auburn Community Chest was formed. Over the years and with new partnerships the Auburn Food Bank has become a staple in the community, assisting nearly 140 families every day by providing food, referrals, and emergency assistance to those in need.


Nexus (AYR)


In 1973 a concerned group of parents, educators, and local civic leaders joined together to address the growing problem of drug abuse among South King County youth, this group founded what was known at the time as Auburn Youth Resources. What began in 1973 as a four-person organization with a budget of $35,000 has become a regional provider of mental health counseling, homeless and emergency shelter, residential, youth outreach and substance abuse services with over 90 employees.


See Ya Later Foundation


Nearly everyone has been affected by a medical crisis of some sort. Typically, disappointment, fear and discouragement settle on family and friends. Support from others is extremely important when dealing with a family member’s medical issues. Regular activities and schedules and even jobs are sometimes set aside to take care of their unique needs. We’ve been there.

When 10 year-old Scott Banke was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer on his mother’s birthday in July of 1999, family and friends supported them in a variety of ways.  They provided meals, spent time with their daughter, visited them at the hospital, sent cards, wishes and prayers, decorated their house with Christmas lights, and brought snow and built a snowman in their front yard even when there was no snow in town and much more.

After the two-year battle, and in memory of Scott Banke, the mission began. Scott had an unexplainable impact on many people. That’s the reason why his closest adult friends had such a passion to make something good out of something bad. Almost immediately, the idea and vision of a huge indoor play structure, free and open to the community was brought to the Banke family for approval. This was one way to honor the boy who made everyone smile. The family’s consent launched a series of opportunities for Scotty’s friends, the community and beyond

Today See Ya Later provides camps for kids, scholarships to help students continue their education, resources to families, and much more.




Friends United to Shelter the Indigent, Oppressed and Needy was founded in 1993 by Peggy LaPorte together with a small group of women. After raising money for two years they were able to purchase the first one-bedroom condominium. Providing housing was their mission so that women and children could have a safe, secure environment as they work toward self-sufficiency. They now operate 10 condos, three single-family homes, a duplex and a fourplex all as part of this mission to serve homeless families. In total, they have helped move nearly 200 families out of homelessness and into a self-sufficient and productive life. 


Communities in Schools of Kent


Communities In Schools of Kent was originally started in 1991 as the Kent Community Council for At-Risk Children and Youth. From its inception, the organization has acted as a forum to bring together a variety of service providers, school district and local government personnel to work on behalf of the birth through 19 population in the Kent School District.


Jennifer Beach Foundation

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The Jennifer Beach Foundation was founded in 2001 to help survivors of child abuse and domestic violence. Jennifer Beach attended Redmond High School in 1991 when she died in an auto accident at the age of 17. Jennifer planned to be a lawyer and hoped to be a voice for those in social situations that needed help from someone who cared. As part of her High school English assignment, Jennifer wrote a poem about a situation of child abuse she had witnessed that the law enforcement authorities could not act upon. She was forced to live with the frustration of not being able to help beyond watching and wondering what else might be going on behind closed doors.

The Jennifer Beach Foundation also has a program called "Jeff's Sports Bag" which helps provide kids equipment and other resources to participate in extracurricular activites. Jeff Beach graduated from Auburn Riverside High School in 1996 and went on to be a leader wherever he went. With a passion for softball, Jeff went to a tournament in Long Beach in 2015. Jeff was attacked and killed in a senseless act of unprovoked violence while lending help to a friend. The "Jeff's Sports Bag" program is offered in his name as a tribute to his dedication and compassion for the community.