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In the Spirit of Thanksgiving

Strong Community = Strong Schools

There are numerous individuals and groups who are passionate about giving back to our community and we value the vital role they play in the overall well-being of the larger KSD community.

In the spirit of the season, we express sincere gratitude for our community service clubs, non-profit organizations, and foundations that provide ongoing support to our students, staff, families, and community. We know when our schools are strong, our community thrives.

The service clubs, organizations, and foundations listed below are but a few of the many that support our students and our schools every day, all year long. They provide services such as mentoring, arts and music, vision screenings and eyeglasses to grants, scholarships, student and staff recognitions. They also provide basic needs like food, clothing, and school supplies.

We are thankful these groups partner with Kent School District doing whatever it takes to ensure all children have what they need to be successful, regardless of their challenges. Our partners exemplify our core values of equity, excellence, and community and with heartfelt appreciation, we honor and recognize these groups.

Community Service Clubs, Non-Profit Organizations & Foundations

The intent of this list is to express our gratitude for services provided to our students and families. If you know of a non-profit organization that should be added, please email Communications@kent.k12.wa.us.

Centro Rendu

  • Education 
  • Latino services 
  • Leadership development 
  • Legal advocacy 
  • Social services 

Coalition for Refugees from Burma

  • Provide culturally and linguistically appropriate humanitarian and social support services conditions and quality of life of resettled refugees 
  • Fundraise 

Communities in Schools of Kent 

  • Academic help 
  • After-school enrichment programs 
  • Bullying prevention assemblies 
  • College or career preparation 
  • Food, clothing and school supplies 
  • Mentoring 
  • Physical and mental health care 
  • School site coordinators 

Covington Kiwanis Club

  • Bicycle Safety & Helmets program 
  • Community events 
  • Covington Youth Athletics 
  • Kentlake High School Key Club 
  • Kiwanis Children’s Cancer Program 
  • Support Maple Valley Food Bank and Covington Storehouse 
  • The Eliminate Project 

Covington Rotary Club

  • Avivara - education 
  • Backpack Buddies 
  • Guatemala - school 
  • Roatan Home Build 
  • Fundraise

Community Network Council

  • After school tutoring program 
  • Education advocacy 
  • Mentoring 
  • Student academic coaching 

Glover Empowering Mentoring – GEM

  • Behavioral intervention and restorative practices 
  • Diamond Workforce Development 
  • G.A.P. after school program 
  • Girls Empowerment Movement 
  • Men on the Move 
  • Mentoring 
  • R.A.W. (Ready and Willing) Gemstones 
  • R.O.O.T.S Removing Obstacles to Overcoming Trauma in Schools 
  • Summer programs and youth development 
  • Youth sports 

Iraqi Community Center of Washington

  • After school homework help  
  • Arabic & ESL classes 
  • Early learning 
  • Housing 
  • Senior program 
  • Women’s support group 

Kent AM Kiwanis

  • Feeding the homeless 
  • Fundraise 
  • Parks Cleanup for City of Kent 
  • Support Kent Art Walk 
  • Support Meridian Elementary School

Kent Area Council PTA

  • Cinderella Project 
  • Clothing Bank 
  • Fundraise 
  • Reflections Program 
  • Support school PTA/PTSA groups 
  • Support schools and staff 

Kent Black Action Commission

  • Advocacy and awareness 
  • Community partnership and collaboration 
  • Education 
  • Parent engagement 

Kent Community Foundation

  • Administer 10 student scholarships for post-secondary education 
  • Attends Beyond High School Event 
  • Awards grants for cultural arts and education program 
  • Fundraise 
  • Partners with Green River College for art docent training for teachers and volunteers 

Kent Food Bank

  • Emergency services 
  • Food assistance 

Kent Kiwanis Club 

  • Clothing Bank 
  • Fundraisers to support children 
  • Student essay contest 

Kent Lions Club

  • Community events 
  • Grant program 
  • Sponsor local youth sports  
  • Support Kent Parks and Recreation 
  • Support local charities 
  • Vision and hearing support

Kent Youth & Family Services

  • Best Starts for Kids program 
  • Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) advocate 
  • Education – after school programs 
  • OKAY! program 
  • Professional counseling 
  • Support services – early learning and adult 
  • Transitional housing for teen and young adult moms and children 

Kent Rotary Club

  • Backpack Buddies (food) 
  • Fishing Experience 
  • Fundraise 
  • Leadership development 
  • Scholarships and grants 
  • School Supply Drive 
  • Student of the Month

Kent Schools Foundation

  • Classroom enrichment grants 
  • Fundraise 
  • STAR Laptop Grants 
  • Stem Development Opportunity Grant 
  • Support arts, STEM, reading, field trips 
  • Support experiences that enrich student learning 

Kent Sunrise Rotary Club

  • Backpack Buddies (food) 
  • Scholarships 
  • School Supply Drive 
  • Student and Staff of the Month 

Knights of Columbus

  • Coats for Kids 
  • Community events 
  • Support local charities 

Meridian-Kent Kiwanis Club

  • City of Kent community service projects 
  • Fundraise 
  • Holiday baskets 
  • Holiday party for select Kent School District students 
  • Kentridge High School Key Club 
  • Kentwood High School Key Club 
  • Mattson Middle School Builders Club 
  • Support Boy Scout Troop 406 
  • Support Communities in Schools 
  • Support Kent Food Bank 
  • Support Seattle Adaptive Sports

Open Doors for Multicultural Families

  • Advocacy services 
  • Community partnership and collaboration 
  • Cultural Competence Training 
  • Family services 
  • Parent information and education support group 
  • Parent Leadership and Involvement Development 
  • Senior parents support 

Seattle Thunderbirds Sports Foundation

  • Foster youth participation  
  • Fundraise 
  • Grants 
  • Promote community involvement in youth 
  • Scholarships for sports-related fields of study 
  • Youth sports development 

Somali-American Parents Association

  • Support students and parents 

Somali Youth & Family Club

  • Advocacy 
  • Community engagement 
  • Enrichment and leadership education 
  • Housing 
  • Interpretation services 

The Storehouse – Covington Foodbank

  • Food assistance

Valley Cities Counseling

  • Employment services
  • Homeless outreach services
  • Housing program
  • Mental health treatment and support services
  • Social services for veterans and families
  • Substance use disorder treatment and support services

YMCA Kent

  • Childcare
  • Health and fitness
  • Kids and family activities
  • Swimming
  • Youth programs

To learn more about how each group supports our community, please contact the organization directly, visit their website, or follow them on social media. Also visit the city of Covington Human Resources Contacts, city of Kent Resource Guide to Human Services Agencies, and King County Department of Community and Human Services for additional resources and contact information.