Who We Support
Groups and Projects we Support
Transform Burien currently serves approximately 1400 hot meals each month as well as giving out non-perishable food items to more than 300 Burien area families in need. Gently used clothing and household items are distributed to over 400 families each month. In addition, a partnership with King County brings a mobile medical van and a mobile dental van to the Burien area to provide free care to those in need.
Para Los Ninos
Para Los Niños is transforming lives by closing the achievement gap for children in poverty. Their mission is to ensure those children and families have the tools and supports they need to succeed in school and in life. Para Los Niños serves more than 7,000 children and their families each year. Para Los Niños is a small grassroots community organization committed to its mission of fostering academic success for every Latino student through parent and community involvement.
Angle Lake Family Resource Center
The Family Resource Center is a community based program supporting the health and well-being of families and individuals through community partnerships. The Center provides a place where individuals, children and families can learn and grow, can share information, connect and build friendships, have access to formal and informal resources and can create a sense of community.
White Center Food Bank
Minimizing hunger in Seattle’s White Center Neighborhood, while nourishing community, nurturing self-reliance, and embracing our rich cultural diversity.
Westside Baby is the only social service agency in the West King County area that collects, inspects and distributes free diapers, clothing, cribs and safety gear for babies and children. More than 120 local social service agencies, including shelters and food banks, rely on Westside Baby to provide critical necessities for low-income families.
Tape Ministries Northwest
Our mission is to provide wholesome, inspirational recorded material for people who cannot read due to blindness, visual impairment or other disabilities. We aim to share the pure joy of reading through books that inspire, entertain and provide encouragement, comfort and hope.
Hospitality House provides shelter and evening meals for homeless women in the Highline Area.
Crisis Clinic – Teen Link
Is a safe place for any young person to connect with other youth for resources and emotional support for whatever comes up in their lives. Today, Teen Link answers calls and online chats from teens needing support and also makes youth suicide prevention presentations at schools throughout King County.
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
AVID is a philosophy based on the premise that if you hold students accountable to the highest standards and provide them academic and social support, they will rise to the challenge. AVID trains educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
Disabled Americans Have Rights Too (DAHRT)
An advocacy group for people with disabilities. DAHRT offers assistance with public and special needs transportation for the elderly and disabled. The group also offers housing assistance, support groups and Memorial Services.
Des Moines Food Bank
Each month the Des Moines Area Food Bank receives more than 1,000 visits and responds by handing out over 110,000 pounds of food. Families can visit once a month for as long as they need assistance, receiving a mix of canned, fresh, and frozen food.
Eli Creekmore – Childhaven
From their earliest days as one of Seattle’s first child care centers for working mothers to their position today as a national leader in caring for abused and neglected children, Childhaven has healed old hurts, nurtured young lives and empowered families to break the cycle of abuse and neglect and create lifelong loving relationships. Opened in 1987, the Eli Creekmore Memorial Branch is located in the south part of Seattle near the city of Burien. It is named in remembrance of 4-year-old Matthew Eli Creekmore of Everett. The furor over the little boy’s death by horrific abuse at the hands of his father helped spur broad improvements in the state’s oversight of child abuse cases.
Exchange Club of Highline also earmarks funds to provide birthday gifts for the kids at Childhaven.
Highline Area Food Bank
Dedicated to the gathering and distribution of food to those in need who reside in the south end of Highline. Working from a local Community Center, grocery items from canned vegetables to meat and bread are distributed from this location.
Highline Botanical Garden
The Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden covers 10.5 acres of display gardens, woodlands, and trails reclaimed from a suburban brownfield.
Highline Schools Foundation for Excellence
Since 1999, the Highline Schools Foundation has been supporting innovation and excellence in Highline Public Schools. Their funding priorities focus on scholarships for college and careers, grants to teachers for engaging classroom projects, programs to improve academic achievement, the arts, and programs that keep students in school and productive.
New Futures (Southwest Youth and Family Services)
Our mission is to strengthen communities in southwest Seattle and King County in which culturally and economically diverse families, youth, and children thrive and prosper. In partnership with families, schools, and communities, we promote healthy family functioning, early childhood learning, student academic success, and youth development.
Matt Griffin YMCA
Serving the Highline Community with a goal of a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body. This goal is lived daily, one person, one child and one relationship at a time.
Funds from Exchange Club of Highline are earmarked for the Charlie LaBenz Youth Development program, summer programs and membership scholarships for low income families.
Southwest Boys & Girls Club
Working to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
In addition, we fund our own Projects
Backpacks for Elementary age kids
Using an allocation in our annual budget, plus funds raised at the annual dinner auction earmarked for this back-to-school project, Exchange Club of Highline assembles over 600 backpacks for each new school year. These backpacks are loaded with the paper, pencils, crayons, markers, scissors and other school supplies needed to start the school year. They are then distributed by the staffs at elementary schools in the Highline area to students in their school from low income and other disadvantaged families.
Toilet Paper Drive
Understanding that low income families cannot purchase toilet paper with food stamps and understanding that the product is a necessity, Exchange Club of Highline sets aside a day each year for this project. A truck is located at the 5 Corners parking lot and both Trader Joe’s and Albertsons bring in extra stock for purchase by their customers. As a result of this partnership, we have traditionally collected enough TP, (average is more than 11,000 rolls) to provide area banks with a 3 month supply.
Uniform funds for elementary schools
Exchange Club of Highline provides funds to Madronna and Midway Elementary Schools them to procure school uniforms. The uniforms are distributed to children within their student body whose families cannot afford them.
It’s a wonderful way to spend an evening, at Safeco Field for a Mariners game with good friends. Each year, Exchange Club of Highline takes a group of seniors from the Highline area to a Mariners’ game. Everything is provided for the participants – a ticket to the game, transportation and a goody bag full of treats.
Funds are allocated to the Burien Fire Department for the purchase of Smoke Detectors. These are then distributed to local families as needed for their protection.
Support Our Troops
Care packages for military overseas and donations to groups at local military installations for special projects – such as Santa’s Castle at JBLM that allows parents to make certain their kids do have a Christmas.
And, we support Scholarship programs
Andy MacDonald Fire Service
The Andy MacDonald Fire Services Scholarship is created in loving memory of Andy MacDonald. We honor his devoted aspirations of becoming a firefighter and his commitment to helping those around him by encouraging continued education in the fire service.
A.C.E High School Scholarship
Awarded locally as part of the National Exchange Club program designed to acknowledge students who have Accepted the Challenge of Excellence (A.C.E.) . The A.C.E. Scholarship nominees have made dramatic changes in their attitudes and performances throughout high school, often overcoming educational, social and personal obstacles.
Frank Vandenberg, Les and Eleanor Rowley Memorial Scholarships
These $1000.00 scholarships are given to students at Highline Community College.
Puget Sound Occupational Skills Center Scholarship
A scholarship for a student at an alternative school in the Highline District for use to further their education – be that at a trade school or a traditional college.