Three Federal Way not-for-profit organizations recently received grants from Waste Management (WM) and the City of Federal Way for their commitment to public service and sustainability.
The Federal Way Multi-Service Center, Goodwill, and the South King Tool Library are recipients of more than $ 15,000 total grants for each organization.
According to the company, the joint grants from WM Green4Good are provided by the federal program for alternative fuels and the investments of Waste Management in green technologies.
“These three organizations are committed to delivering critical goods and services to Federal Way residents while pursuing ambitious sustainability goals,” said Han Kirkland, WM public sector manager at Federal Way. “Each of them ensures every day that community and sustainability goals are compatible and can work together to improve the quality of life in Federal Way.”
On September 17th, the three nonprofits were presented with the sponsorship check at Federal Way City Hall.
The grants are used to continue the sustainability practices that each organization has developed.
Amanda Santos, director of operations and affordable housing at MSC, said the organization’s food bank (1200 S. 336 St.) is committed to reducing waste in the community. The Food Bank’s Grocery Rescue program helps reduce grocery store waste and alleviate hunger on the Federal Way.
The South King Tool Library (1700 S. 340th Place) is a tool and knowledge exchange center to help community members make changes they want to see, said Executive Director Amanda Miller.
LeighAnn Myhre, Director of Retail Operations and Donor Services for Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region, said that sustainability is practiced in the organization in three ways.
“We collect all of this reusable merchandise and if you live and work in Federal Way you can see how busy our little little shop is,” she said with a laugh.
Federal Way’s goodwill business (32521 Pacific Highway S.) ranks sixth in fundraising out of 32 businesses in a 15-county region, she said.
In addition, Goodwill will save about £ 75 million on reusable housewares from landfill, she added.
Next year Goodwill will celebrate its 100th anniversary and during that time they have also created a sustainable path for families and individuals with their professional skills training programs.
According to the company, WM receives federal alternative fuel tax credits for operating the largest and cleanest natural gas fleet in the industry. The program allows WM to reinvest the loans and return them to the Federal Way Community.
(LR) Amanda Miller, Amanda Santos, LeighAnn Myhre, and Waste Public Sector Director Han Kirkland. Olivia Sullivan / The Mirror