The team at Earthwise strives to be responsible, contributing members of our community. We are committed to working within our community to reduce waste while preserving architectural heritage and reclaiming materials that would otherwise be headed to the landfill.
When you choose to donate materials through Earthwise, you are helping to fund local preservation and restoration efforts throughout our region through Historic Seattle, Historic Tacoma, EarthCorps, Rebuilding Together South Sound, and New World Villages.
How does that work? When you elect to receive a tax donation receipt for your salvaged materials, the process is very simple. Just let our salvage specialists know! Once approved, Earthwise salvages the reusable materials from your project, the items are then sold in our store benefiting you, our community, and the selected non-profit of your choice.
Have a project coming up? Just contact your nearest Earthwise location and we can step you through the process to find the best way to meet your project’s needs and expectations, while also reusing the materials in our community.
Historic Seattle: educate, advocate and preserve
Historic Seattle believes that buildings provide an essential link to the past, reminding us of who we are and where we came from. Founded in 1974, Historic Seattle is the only non-profit membership organization dedicated to preserving Seattle and King County’s architectural legacy. Our mission is to educate, advocate and preserve.
As both a public development authority and charitable foundation, Historic Seattle is a major advocate for, and participant in, the thoughtful and meaningful preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings. We have helped protect and preserve dozens of irreplaceable buildings. We own and manage two major historic buildings which house rich public programming and events: the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford, and Washington Hall in the Central District.
We also advocate for preservation by urging policy makers, developers and citizens to consider the value of historic buildings. Finally, Historic Seattle offers a year-round program of educational lectures and tours to increase public awareness of our vibrant architectural heritage.
Historic Tacoma: preserving our architectural heritage
Historic Tacoma’s mission is to “promote, conserve and enhance Tacoma’s architectural character.” We use three strategies to accomplish that mission: education, advocacy and preservation.
Historic Tacoma provides walking tours, a guide to historic preservation and more on their website.
EarthCorps: local restoration and global leadership
EarthCorps is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 with a mission to build a global community of leaders through local environmental service. EarthCorps provides a year-long intensive program for young adults from the US and 80 other countries to learn best practices in community-based environmental restoration and develop their leadership skills as they supervise more than 10,000 volunteers each year.
EarthCorps’ core expertise is community-based environmental restoration. We regard restoration as a process of reestablishing healthy habitat: returning a polluted or degraded environment as closely as possible to a thriving, self-sustaining ecosystem. As restoration practitioners, our goal is to expedite natural processes in rebuilding a functioning natural ecosystem.
Based in Seattle, Washington, EarthCorps brings together emerging environmental leaders from 80 countries to work on projects in the Puget Sound region and Cascade mountains. As part of EarthCorps’ intensive hands-on curriculum, they learn multiple restoration techniques, try out project design and management, develop leadership and team-building skills, and help manage thousands of local volunteers on projects.
Rebuilding Together South Sound: improving the homes and lives of low-income homeowners
Rebuilding Together South Sound has been bringing volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners since 2001.
“Rebuilding Together South Sound was established in 2001 and is part of the national Rebuilding Together organization. We are a volunteer, charitable group and repair or rebuild homes at no cost to low-income homeowners, particularly those who are elderly, disabled or families with children.
Rebuilding Together South Sound is governed by a 16-member volunteer board of directors and is staffed by an executive director, a full-time program director, and 2 AmeriCorps members. Our affiliate is part of the national Rebuilding Together organization which has nearly 200 affiliates across the United States and annually completes home modifications and rehab to over 10,000 house and nonprofits with the help of over 200,000 volunteers.”
New World Villages
The mission of New World Villages is to work to increase the health, educational level, and human dignity of impoverished people living in the Americas. We accomplish our mission by enhancing health and nutrition programs for the poor in the countries we serve. We also strive to improve the quality of education and increase the number of students attending and completing both primary and secondary schooling. This is accomplished through teacher training, enhancement of school infrastructure, expansion of the availability of information technology, and involvement of the community.