The sandwich game remains strong at FareStart. 

ACLU of Washington
Has there been a recent year in which the ACLU felt more vital? This year Washington’s affiliate fought for changes in policing (working with Black Lives Matter Seattle–King County, which also needs sustained support), for the rights of protesters (to speech, to not have chemical weapons turned on them), and for the release of ICE detainees vulnerable to Covid-19. And it’s continued to push conversations and change on myriad fronts: health care, voting rights, facial recognition AI. How to support right now: Join, donate, or volunteer. –Stefan Milne

Bureau of Fearless Ideas
This pair of writing centers is closed for in-person help through this school year, but offering workshops online. Either way, its free after-school tutoring, in writing and other subjects, along with creative writing instruction. However BFI reaches kids it forefronts the idea that learning needn’t be dull. How to support right now: Donate. –SM

Creative Justice
By now we’re all well aware of how the criminal justice system disproportionately targets people of color. But did you know just how staggering the problem is among youth? In 2015, 35 Black youth were in secure detention in King County each day, per county data. By 2020 that number dropped to 10, thanks to efforts by community organizers to eliminate youth detention, but disparities remain. Creative Justice aims to address them by giving youth who face nonviolent charges the chance to participate in an art program to decrease or eliminate time spent in detention—restorative, not retributive, justice. How to support right now: Donate. –Zoe Sayler

This Denny Triangle–based nonprofit is working on some of the most pressing problems we have as a city both during Covid and before—homelessness, hunger, poverty—and it’s doing so smartly. FareStart teaches people experiencing homelessness to cook professionally and in doing so delivers millions of meals to those in need. This year, it’s provided 1.7 million emergency meals in the region, and has put nearly 100 students and graduates in jobs since the pandemic began. How to support right now: donate (either money or other needed items). –SM

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project 
Trump’s four years in office were rife with anti-immigrant policies: from the Muslim Ban, to family separation, to an attempt to kill the DACA program. Through it all, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project worked to support local immigrants through big picture litigation and individual legal support for those held at the ICE Processing Center in Tacoma or for individuals seeking asylum, green cards, and citizenship. Trump may be exiting the White House, but NWIRP still has plenty to do. How to support: Donate, volunteer. –Christy Carley

Real Rent Duwamish 
The Duwamish Tribe—on whose ancestral land Seattle now sits—has been fighting for federal recognition since the 1970s. The US government doesn’t honor the tribe, but Seattleites still can by paying monthly rent to the Duwamish for the tribe’s stewardship of this land before white settlement. One hundred percent of contributions support Duwamish Tribal Services, funding the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center along with educational and health services. How to support right now: Donate. –Christy Carley

Seattle Foundation
This philanthropic juggernaut doles out more than $100 million annually to local nonprofits, and its latest fundraising mission couldn’t be more vital. The Covid-19 Response Fund provides resources to organizations that serve locals most affected by the health and economic crisis. How to support right now: Donate. –Benjamin Cassidy 

Solid Ground
This Wallingford nonprofit’s goal is simple—end poverty. Yet its approach is admirably complex (i.e., not solely monetary). Solid Ground works to secure stable housing, offers transportation, and provides nutritious food (and education for how to prepare it), while fighting problems, like racism, that are at the root of inequity. It’s continued this work this year, taking workshops online and pivoting its Access buses to food delivery as needed. How to support right now: Donate, volunteer, or join the Poverty Action network (its partner). –SM

Town Hall Seattle 
Its home on First Hill—a historic 1916-era converted church—safeguards Seattle’s past, but inside, Town Hall nurtures the exchange of ideas that guarantees our future. This civic forum means any of us can sit in a wooden pew as The New Yorker’s television critic expands our view of the medium, or witness robust exchanges on anything from Indigenous history to parenting (or musical performances, or a 24-hour live reading of the Mueller report). The building’s relatively modest size and commitment to affordable tickets guarantees a platform for people and ideas who can’t yet pack Benaroya Hall. This year, the nonprofit pivoted admirably to livestreams, but nothing replaces that live audience energy. How to support right now: Donate or become a member. –Allecia Vermillion

Westside Baby
Parenting in infant presents enough challenges without worry about where your next package of diapers will come from. Last year, this nonprofit dispatched more than 1.5 million diapers (some purchased, many others donated by parents whose kid moved on to the next size) to families in need. Keeping kids in diapers might be Westside Baby’s most visible program, but they also distribute clothing, toys, strollers, and a host of other baby gear that’s wildly essential, if only for a limited stage of a kid’s development. The org works with various agencies around western King County to ensure these goods get put to the most efficient use to keep local children safe, warm, and dry. How to support right now: Drop off diapers (unopened boxes only during the pandemic), hit up Westside’s Amazon wishlist of diapers, or good old-fashioned monetary contributions. –AV

Northwest Avalanche Center
Playing in the snow is an unserious activity, but the danger of avalanche in our local mountains is very real. The forecasting arm of NWAC, which helps determine where and when an avalanche might occur, is run by the forest service, but its nonprofit wing is funded by private donations and is crucial to the center's mission of educating Northwest users about tricky snow safety. During a dangerous La Niña year in the mountains, they'll fund workshops and outreach that keep people safe. How to support right now: Purchase a membership and get a bonus hat to wear or gift. –Allison Williams