Our greatest needs right now are financial contributions, volunteers, and board members.

Financial Contributions: Patacara Community Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; our EIN number is 46-3744862. Checks can be mailed to 5623 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118. Or you can donate online here:
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Here’s a wish list of things Patacara needs right now in case anyone has some to donate!
old school bus, van, camper or trailer
tiny houses
pallets, plywood, and other materials we can use to make tent platforms and tiny houses
very large restaurant sized rice cooker
duct tape
sleeping mats
hygiene supplies
gardening supplies
surge protectors
long outdoor wet/dry extension cords
tent stakes
Batteries (AAA, AA, D)
Camping lanterns
garbage cans
large waterproof plastic tote bins
picnic supplies (paper plates, etc.)
hand sanitizer
cleaning supplies
easy to prepare camping food and snacks
 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Cooking
Gardening
Advocacy
Housing Research
Construction
Super Shopper who can research where to find the best deals for the things we need
Finding new sites that can be donated or leased
Fundraising

Board of Directors: The primary responsibility of the Board of Directors is nonprofit governance; a secondary responsibility is to assist the Development Committee with fundraising. A nonprofit board leads the nonprofit, holds its resources in trust for the community, and is responsible for the integrity and quality of the programming. The Board is responsible for fiscal oversight and supervises the Executive Director, who in turn manages the day to day operations of the organization. Serving on the Board of Directors is a vital role. Board members make these commitments:

  • To attend meetings regularly
  • To work together to govern the organization
  • To learn about nonprofit governance best practices
  • To be familiar with the organization’s mission, values, programs,  and bylaws
  • To provide an annual performance review for the Executive Director
  • To approve the budget and monitor the organization’s finances
  • To assist the Development Committee with fundraising
  • To make a personal financial contribution annually in an amount that is both affordable and meaningful
  • To commit to ending racism, classism, sexism, and homophobia, and protecting the organization from these causes of suffering
  • Board members should expect to volunteer 5-10 hours per month

Advisory Board: In order for Patacara Community Services to thrive, it is important that respected and established members of the community publicly support our work. The purpose of the Advisory Board is to allow important and beloved dignitaries to show support for our work, even though they do not personally have very much time to volunteer on a regular and ongoing basis. By joining our Advisory Board, you affirm: “I believe in the mission, values, and programs of Patacara Community Services. It is important to me that projects like this succeed in our community.” Committee members make these commitments:

  • To attend one meeting annually, if able
  • To encourage others to make donations to Patacara Community Services
  • To make a personal financial contribution annually in an amount that is both affordable and meaningful
  • Advisory Board members are welcome to volunteer time as they are able, but are not obligated to do so

Circle of Generosity Development Committee: The Circle of Generosity oversees fundraising for Patacara Community Services. The committee is chaired by a member of the Board of Directors, and works with the Executive Director to ensure that we have the resources we need to support our programs. Committee members make these commitments:

  • To attend meetings regularly
  • To encourage others to make donations to Patacara Community Services
  • To engage in volunteer projects, such as special events, that will raise money for our programs
  • To make a personal financial contribution annually in an amount that is both affordable and meaningful
  • Committee members should expect to volunteer 5-10 hours per month.

Program Governance Committees: It is our belief, based on experience, that services work best when governed by the people who access those same services. To this end, for each individual program within Patacara Community Services, we will create a Governance Committee made up entirely of constituents from the community that the program intends to serve. For example, the Governance Committee of a domestic violence shelter will be made up entirely of people whose lives have been profoundly impacted by domestic violence; the Governance Committee for our Cafe and Wellness Center will be made up of people who have experienced poverty. Each Program Governance Committee will work with the staff and manager of that program to ensure program quality from the point of view of those who use the services. Program Governance Committee Members make these commitments:

  • To volunteer in a practical, hands-on way within the program, so they have an opportunity to see first hand how it operates
  • To provide regular opportunities for the program clients to evaluate the program and participate in program leadership and design
  • To supervise an annual performance review of the Program Director
  • To report to the Board of Directors about the progress and quality of the program

Additional Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Nonprofit Administration
  • Website Development and Maintenance
  • Data management
  • Gardening
  • Cooking
  • Street Outreach