24 Jul Org Focus Friday: Grassroot Projects
“Small Projects, Big Dreams”
Grassroot Projects is a small grassroots organization based out of both the Greater Seattle and Indianapolis areas. Led by Nimisha Goyal in Seattle and a dedicated team of local volunteers, Grassroot empowers underprivileged and immigrant children in the community and support families experiencing homelessness. The projects that they offer focus on funding and/or providing resources and guidance for their overall health, nutritional needs, educational needs and cultural competence that will assist them with successful integration into the community. For immigrant, refugee, and undocumented families in the U.S., parents are most concerned with meeting their children’s needs for food and clothing. Children are affected the most as they learn to live away from the place they called home.
Nimisha and her team of dedicated volunteers partner with several local grassroots organizations to deliver resources to low-income refugees and those who are experiencing homelessness. One of their primary programs in the creation of custom care packages that are tailored to families’ basic needs, whether they’ve recently arrived or have been here for years. These packages, consisting of basic needs like diapers, wipes, clothes, and more, provide a foundation for their life in the U.S. Refugees living in the United States often face extreme difficulties accessing employment opportunities or social services, so the care packages provided not only support the parents who often struggle in the transition to living in a new country, but bring a smile to their children.
Grassroot also supports the children of refugee families by hosting a ‘Back to School Drive’ which includes backpacks filled with school essentials for refugee and children experiencing homelessness. They have worked with the Everett Gospel Mission, Sacred Heart Shelter Seattle, Salt House Kirkland, Mary’s Place Seattle, and REACH Center for Hope in Renton to achieve this, helping hundreds of kids start a new school year confidently with the supplies they need.
Grassroot Projects is based in Sammamish, Washington, but provides services to low-income refugees and families experiencing homelessness all over the region. They could not do the work that they do without the support of amazing community volunteers who support them in securing donations and creating and delivering care packages. If you are interested in supporting refugee and homeless families in our region, please follow the link to sign up to volunteer: https://www.grassrootprojects.org/volunteer.html
To donate to Grassroot Projects: https://www.grassrootprojects.org/donate.html