South King Tool Library Executive Director Amanda Miller stands in front of the tool library located at 1700 S. 340th Street in Federal Way. Courtesy photo

South King Tool Library Executive Director Amanda Miller stands in front of the tool library located at 1700 S. 340th Street in Federal Way. Courtesy photo

Local Federal Way organizations to support on Giving Tuesday

The first Tuesday after Thanksgiving is GivingTuesday, and provides a chance for you to support your local community — from tools to performing arts to bonsai.

If you’re looking for ways to support in Federal Way, choose one (or more!) of the local non-profits below. GivingTuesday 2020 is Dec. 1.

Community organizations

Centerstage Theatre: Federal Way’s award-winning local community theatre has just kicked off their 2020-2021 season and tickets are now available for virtual shows through spring. This GivingTuesday, help Centerstage Theatre raise $10,000 and support local arts. The pandemic forced the theatre company to cancel half of last season and scale back on operations with only essential staff and functions remaining. To donate, visit centerstagetheatre.com/support-us/

Federal Way Chorale: Founded in 1993, Federal Way’s 36-member has become a premier regional choir in the Puget Sound. The groups live, virtual variety show “We Need a Little Christmas” will be available for viewing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. To support the choir or donate, visit fwchorale.com/donate-follow

Federal Way Performing Arts Foundation: In the three years since its inception, the foundation has helped more than 5,000 young people experience live, core curriculum performances in the Arts 4 Youth program. Donations provided will help continue the expansion of performing arts experiences to both students and the community at large. To donate, visit fwpaf.org/give.html

Federal Way Senior Center Food Bank: While the senior center is still closed, the Federal Way Senior Center Food Bank is open from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and Thursdays each week. Throughout the pandemic, the food bank has provided weekly resources for hundreds of families. The food bank is located at 4016 South 352nd Street in Auburn. To donate, visit federalwayseniorcenter.org/support-the-center

FUSION: Local nonprofit FUSION helps families and individuals transition out of homelessness into a life of stability and security. The nonprofit recently opened Federal Way’s first emergency short-term family shelter, the Pete Andersen FUSION Family Center. “The Pete” will serve 115 families or 400 individuals annually. Donations to FUSION will help provide linens, books, crafts, comfort items for children, and much more. To donate, visit fusionfederalway.org/fusion-family-center-how-to-help.php

Historical Society of Federal Way: Founded in 1988, the Historical Society of Federal Way strives serve the public through researching, preserving, educating, and displaying the history of greater Federal Way to build a sense of community identity and heritage. Contributed donations will help the historical society document the city’s history for years to come. To donate, visit federalwayhistory.org

Multi-Service Center: Federal Way’s MSC nonprofit provides resources for housing, food, employment, clothing, education and more. To donate, visit mschelps.org/getinvolved/donations/

Pacific Bonsai Museum: The one-of-a-kind museum in Federal Way features dozens of contemporary and traditional Bonsai exhibitions to connect you with nature. As an outdoor venue with space for social distancing, the museum remains open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and face masks are required. To donate and learn more, visit pacificbonsaimuseum.org

South King Tool Library: The Federal Way tool rental organization opened in June for drive-thru tool checkouts. So far, the tool library has had more than 500 tool checkouts in the community, along with free virtual classes, repair cafes, a clothing swap and more. This GivingTuesday, the SKTL is launching a year-end fundraising campaign “Hammer-ommeter 5000,” with the goal of raising $5,000 by Dec. 31. To donate, visit southkingtools.org/givingtuesday

Valley Cities Behavioral Health: The Kent-based center offers inpatient and outpatient mental health, substance use disorder treatment, and family support services. Donations on GivingTuesday help provide COVID-19 relief, homeless and housing programs veterans services, outreach and more. To donate, visit give.valleycities.org


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