We value community involvement at Substantial. We try to be active members of our community, whether that's through sponsoring or hosting industry events or joining in the neighborhood cleanup. In order to help our folks volunteer in their own time, we have been on the lookout for worthy causes, since for many the biggest barrier is knowing where to go.

Earlier this year we went to Generocity and were introduced to some great groups at the event. We recently invited representatives from two different organizations to come to our office for a community service brown bag. Here's a summary of those organizations. If you're looking for a volunteer opportunity, both of these are making a positive community impact.

Community for Youth

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In their own words:

Community for Youth (CfY) is a life-skills curriculum, and community supported, one-on-one mentoring program pairing students from South Seattle high schools with adult mentors. We build a family-like community of students and mentors who support each other academically, socially and emotionally. CfY builds lasting relationships that positively influence both the student and mentor.

Peter Retzlaff, CfY's Executive Director, joined us to tell us a little more about their organization. What impressed us was the opportunity to be actively involved with one student but in a community supported environment, making the entire experience less intimidating. Mentoring requires a bit of a time commitment, but CfY does offer ample opportunity to be involved in other ways.

Ways to help:

  • become a mentor
  • hosting mentor recruitment
  • office support
  • workshop presenters

Washington C.A.S.H.

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In their own words:

Washington Community Alliance for Self-Help (C.A.S.H.) is a non-profit organization based in Seattle, Washington. We provide the hands-on education, in-depth support, and access to capital needed to launch and grow successful small enterprises.

We serve those in our community for whom traditional business development services are out of reach, with a focus on low-income, women, and minority populations. Working together, we are committed to the growth of small businesses, stronger communities, and brighter futures throughout the Puget Sound region and beyond.

Anjali Englund, resource development manager, and Jen Chantrill, volunteer coordinator, joined us to tell us a little about Washington C.A.S.H.

This organization offers great opportunities and resources for people with limited funding or education to succeed with their small business ventures. It was inspiring to hear their past success stories and to hear that their supported businesses are already part of our community.

Ways to help:

  • coach & mentor an entrepreneur
  • facilitate an industry night
  • serve as a financial advisor
  • teach a workshop
  • be an ambassador