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Friends of Mine

Friends Of Mine

The "Friends Of Mine" program was launched in 2014 as a way to give back to the local community through philanthropy programs and projects that range from singular opportunities with local charities to long-term partnerships with well-established organizations like Habitat for Humanity.

As a homegrown local business in the Seattle area, the company and employees have a tremendous desire and energy to support the efforts of organizations that are helping to make our community vibrant and successful.

Read about our efforts, and if you have an idea about other ways we can help - please email us at press@themine.com!

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July 2017

Hopelink Volunteer Event

Hopelink is a social services nonprofit agency that works to end poverty in King County, Washington through a variety of programs including food banks, housing, family development programs, transportation and adult education. Each year Hopelink helps more than 64,000 people through programs that provide the skills and knowledge needed to exit poverty.

Through the Friends of Mine program, 15 volunteers from The Mine focused their efforts on filling 100 backpacks with school supplies such as notebooks, pens, pencils, paper, rulers, protractors and calculators to help students get the education they deserve.

The Mine appreciates all the hard work its volunteers do, and special thanks to Hopelink for supporting continuous community improvement.

June 2017

Northwest Harvest Volunteer Event

Northwest Harvest leads the fight for hungry people across Washington State by providing more than 2 million meals every month. Their goal is to end hunger in Washington with a network of 375 food banks and meal programs.

Food is donated to Northwest Harvest every day-volunteers help to make sure that food gets to the right places to feed hungry families. 20 volunteers from The Mine stepped in to help sort and pack 4,150 pounds of rice which provided approximately 3,192 meals for families throughout the state.

Thanks to all of our volunteers for taking time to help those in need, and thanks to Northwest Harvest for their tireless dedication to feeding families.

January 2017

Homestead Community Transitional Housing Project

The Mine volunteers played a key role in refurbishing and furnishing a new transitional foster home in Tacoma, Wash., called JJ House, a project founded and supported by area nonprofit Homestead Community.

The project culminated in an all-day event on Jan. 18, 2017, when The Mine team members met at the residence to assemble furniture and prep the home for its new residents. The furniture, a donation valued at more than $33,000, was selected specifically for the property to make it as comfortable as possible for youth transitioning through the Tacoma foster system.

Thanks to all of our volunteers for making JJ House a success, and thanks to Homestead Community for their tireless efforts in supporting Tacoma youth in need.

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December 2016

7th Annual Holiday Giving Tree

The Mine employees donated generously this year to make the 7th annual The Mine Giving Tree a very special event.

Donations, which included everything from LEGOs and Seahawks gear to gift cards and remote control cars, were wrapped and delivered to four families of Sibling House, an area nonprofit with a mission aimed at keeping foster siblings together and helping provide shelter to those in need.

The Giving Tree, which is one of The Mine's most popular philanthropic traditions, would not be possible without the support of such a thoughtful and caring team. Thanks to all of those who gave so much in 2016.

Nov. 2016

Sibling House Thanksgiving

The Mine employees celebrated the season of giving this year by making food donations to Sibling House, an area nonprofit that supports a network of homes dedicated to keeping foster siblings together. Items provided included turkey, stuffing, potatoes, veggies and pies of all kinds.

The food was delivered to Sibling House homes in person by The Mine volunteers, including the company president, and extra food was donated to Hopelink, a nonprofit that serves more than 64,000 homeless and low-income families across King County.

Thanks to all of those who made donations – your generosity helped bring Thanksgiving to many children and families in the Seattle area!

Oct. 2016

Rain Garden Giveaway

Rain gardens are eco-conscious landscape features that help filter stormwater runoff before it reaches Puget Sound, and The Mine joined Stewardship Partners in its 12,000 Rain Gardens program to donate a rain garden to one lucky winner in Kirkland, Wash.

Volunteers from The Mine, news channel KING 5, The Nature Conservancy and Lowe's all helped to evaluate the site and build the rain garden landscape feature. The Mine also donated $1,000 in outdoor furniture to help beautify the space, which was assembled and arranged by volunteers.

The Mine thanks its volunteers and partners for their help in preserving Puget Sound!

Sept. 2016

Mary's Place Shelter Expansion

The Mine has once again partnered with Lowe's for a Lowe's Heroes volunteer event, this time to assist in the expansion of Mary's Place, a Seattle nonprofit with a mission to provide transitional housing to homeless families.

The organization recently acquired an old hotel in downtown Seattle suitable for new housing, and more than 125 volunteers from The Mine and Lowe's joined forces to repaint 72 rooms, install new doors and frames, install a new chalkboard wall and improve other amenities. The Mine also donated new furniture for the facility that included floor lamps, shelving and other items.

These guest rooms now provide shelter for more than 200 family members, and we're very proud of all our volunteers for contributing so much to the community.

Sept. 2016

Annual Back-2-School Drive

The annual The Mine Back-2-School Drive was another big success, as many employees stepped up to the plate to pitch in so area kids could start the school year with much-needed supplies.

Backpacks, paper, pencils, markers, folders, glue, rulers, erasers – the The Mine team went the extra mile to make this drive a standout, with people dropping off items at donation bins all through the month of August.

This year's donations were sent to the kids at Sibling House, a nonprofit network of homes that makes it possible for siblings in foster care to live together as a family. Sibling House is based in Kirkland, Washington, and supports family foster living throughout the region.

The Mine would like to thank all of those people who donated items for youth in the Sibling House family.

Aug. 2016

Jubilee REACH Volunteer Event

The Mine partnered with MOD Pizza to repair and landscape Ringdall Middle School in Bellevue, Washington, in support of Jubilee REACH.

Jubilee REACH is a local nonprofit that builds community and empowers youth by supporting the social and emotional needs of children and their families through mentoring, tutoring and after-school activities.

Some 20 volunteers provided much-needed repairs and landscaping to the school, which included power washing, painting, planting and grounds maintenance.

Thank you to our volunteers for beautifying the building and grounds for transitional students, and many thanks to Jubilee REACH for everything you do for our community!

July 2016

Seattle Children's Hospital

We're always looking for new ways to serve both our customers and our community, and no one was surprised when the innovative minds in our Pro Services department found a way to do both at the same time, and with Friends of Mine flair.

The Pro Services teams wanted to do something extra for clients who had less than a flawless experience, and so they sent them all baskets filled with Washington-sourced goodies.

But, there was something more: included with each gift was an announcement that toys had been donated in the customers' names to Seattle Children's Hospital, which were then hand-delivered by Pro Services staff.

Thank you, Pro Services, and thanks to Seattle Children's Hospital for going above and beyond in everything you do. You are truly all that's good.

May 2016

Red Day Volunteer Event

The Mine partnered with Keller Williams to support its Red Day Event this May, which invites companies around the world to participate in organized community improvement projects.

This year, 32 volunteers donated their time to Sibling House, a nonprofit network of homes that makes it possible for siblings in foster care to live together as a family. Sibling House is based in Kirkland, Washington, and supports family foster living throughout the region.

Volunteers focused their efforts on three Sibling House homes, providing landscaping and painting updates. The Mine and Lowe's provided mulch, paint and trash removal service, and donated additional supplies where needed.

The Mine appreciates all the hard work its volunteers do, and for helping the Friends of Mine program move toward achieving its goals for community improvement.

Apr. 2016

O.O. Denny Park Earth Day Event

The Mine and local nonprofit EarthCorps remain allies in the community's environmental stewardship, and Earth Day 2016 presented the team with a new opportunity to help preserve the area's natural beauty.

O.O. Denny Park (that's two O's, after Orion Orvil Denny, whose private estate once occupied the land) is a popular lakeside retreat for both residents and visitors in Kirkland, Washington. At 46 acres, it contains several trails that allow birders, hikers and beachgoers to explore the native woodlands, Denny Creek Ravine and the beachfront.

Over Earth Day weekend, The Mine and EarthCorps volunteers joined forces to rid the park of aggressive invasive plants that threaten the health of the native flora that support the area's wildlife habitat. They also helped clear debris in the park, and so many people arrived to pitch in (nearly 30 from The Mine alone!) that the area was thoroughly cleaned within hours.

The Mine thanks its volunteers for all of their effort in making the community a greener, greater place to live.

Mar. 2016

Rebuild-a-Block

The Mine began its third year of the "Friends of Mine" philanthropy program with a bang by partnering with Lowe's, Rebuilding Together Seattle and Porch.com for the Lowe's Rebuild-a-Block event.

The two-day volunteer effort took place in Seattle's Othello neighborhood, which welcomed more than 150 volunteers (46 from The Mine alone!) to help with several building and home improvement projects in the community.

In a matter of hours, volunteers constructed four tiny homes for Othello's Tiny Village, and provided critical maintenance to four homes in the community. Just a few tasks completed included window and door repair, painting, fence mending and accessibility modifications.

Click on the video above to learn more about the Rebuild-a-Block project, and don't forget to share your ideas with us on how the Friends of Mine program can improve our community in future projects.

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Dec. 2015

6th Annual Holiday Giving Tree

The Mine and the Friends of Mine program volunteers were excited to wrap up 2015 with the 6th annual Giving Tree. The Giving Tree is a company tradition that invites employees to don their Santa hats and donate gifts for children in need during the holidays.

This year, employees donated gifts to kids at Acres of Diamonds, a nonprofit that provides transitional housing for homeless women and their children. Others helped sort, wrap and deliver the presents – a big job in itself as there were a lot of presents for the group!

The Giving Tree is one of the company's most popular Friends of Mine projects, and something all of us are already looking forward to next year.

Oct. 2015

Arbor Day

The Pacific Northwest offers us many opportunities to celebrate our environment with eco-friendly activities, and The Mine has once again partnered with EarthCorps for another chance to give a little back to our beautiful community.

EarthCorps and The Mine tackled invasive species at Juanita Bay Park for Earth Day 2015, and now the two have teamed up along with the Green Kirkland Partnership - this time for an "Friends of Mine" project at Watershed Park in Kirkland, Washington.

Watershed Park is located near Northwest University and provides more than 73 acres of park land for jogging, hiking and birdwatching. It's also home to several native animal species that nest in the upland forest foliage around Cochran Springs Creek.

To help keep this area and its inhabitants healthy, The Mine volunteers spent the day removing invasive species and replacing them with native trees and shrubs. The work will help support local flora and fauna, and protect a vibrant nature area enjoyed by many.

The Mine appreciates its volunteers and organizations like EarthCorps and the Green Kirkland Partnership, that place an emphasis on local environmental stewardship.

Sept. 2015

Acres of Diamonds Renovations

Acres of Diamonds, a nonprofit organization that provides transitional housing to homeless women and children, serves a vital need in our community, and The Mine volunteers were happy to lend a hand in adding needed improvements to their facility in Duvall, Washington.

The staff and residents at Acres of Diamonds were very welcoming as volunteers worked over several days to refurbish the facility's community dining area, adding fresh paint, glass tile and furniture to the space to give it a new, clean look. The Mine also installed lighting and faucets to give one of the facility bathrooms a needed update.

Our contribution was small in comparison to what Acres of Diamonds provides to families every day, but everyone at The Mine is proud to have given a little something back to such a respected community organization.

Aug. 2015

Back-2-School Drive

The Mine Back-2-School Drive is an annual event that asks company employees to donate school supplies or cash to go toward buying supplies, and this year was one of our most successful ever!

Once collected, donations are offered to area children in need as they prepare to go back to school, and this year the bulk of donations were given to children at Acres of Diamonds, a local nonprofit organization that provides transitional housing to homeless women and children.

Happily, this donation dovetailed with another Friends of Mine effort that sent volunteers to Acres of Diamonds to make needed upgrades to their facility.

We'd like to thank all of our employees who provided donations, as well as everyone at Acres of Diamonds for their warmth and hospitality, and look forward to even more participation in the coming years.

July 2015

Teen Feed BBQ

For The Mine, philanthropy is just a fancy word for sharing, so when the company threw a BBQ for its employees it made sure there was plenty to go around - which also included a local food bank for homeless youth.

Teen Feed is a Seattle nonprofit with numerous programs that assist the city's at-risk children. They provide access to medical care, job training and outreach to hundreds of kids, but one of their driving goals is to make sure homeless youth have a safe place where they can get a steady meal.

So, when The Mine heard they could use a picnic, too, everyone was happy to make sure they got the hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, chips and cake they needed to enjoy a sunny Seattle day. The Mine hopes to continue to partner with Teen Feed in the future for ongoing donations.

June 2015

Seattle Humane Pet Food Drive

Pets need love, too, and when The Mine employees heard there was going to be a Pet Drive for an area animal shelter they were thrilled to provide mountains of pet food for the organization's furry guests.

Seattle Humane is a nonprofit humane facility that shelters homeless pets until they can be adopted, while also providing training services and spay/neuter services to low-income pet owners. To care for their animals, they do welcome food donations for their Pet Food Bank.

That's when countless employees stepped up to donate food for the animals there, piling it in The Mine lobby until there was hardly room to move. The Pet Drive lasted through May and the amount of dog and cat food collected was a great help to Seattle Humane.

May 2015

"Swing for Spring" Golf Benefit

The Mine employees are a talented lot, and many boast skills that range far beyond what they bring to the office every day. And, it's not uncommon that these team members volunteer their skills for a good cause.

The PwC Challenge @ Chambers Bay is an annual golf tournament that invites area businesses to participate in support of The First Tee of Greater Seattle, a nonprofit that provides local youth opportunities for character-building through golf. The organization makes membership available to all kids and its mentors teach young golfers core values and healthy habits in addition to their athletic training.

Joe Eng, an The Mine team member and golf expert, volunteered his time at this year's tournament at a "Spring for a Swing" event on the course's 15th hole. The donations Joe collected were then matched 100% with a furniture donation to The First Tee clubhouse from The Mine.

The Mine - and Joe - are already looking forward to next year's benefit.

Apr. 2015

Juanita Bay Park Earth Day Event

The Mine is excited to introduce recurring environmental projects as part of its Friends of Mine philanthropy program, and the Juanita Bay Park Earth Day Event is the first in what the company hopes will be many environmental success stories.

The project, which involved replacing invasive plants with native species to help restore salmon creeks in Juanita Bay Park, was an opportunity for company volunteers to partner with environmental organizations in revitalizing an important natural space in the local community.

Juanita Bay Park in Kirkland, Washington, is located just around the corner from the The Mine headquarters, and boasts more than 100 acres of preserved wetlands that support native flora and fauna. The park is accessible to the public and is a favorite among families, joggers and visitors to the area.

Dozens of employee volunteers gathered at the park and helped to remove large swaths of invasive plants, which will make it easier for animals to forage and help restore the native growth that will breathe fresh life into the park's ecosystem.

This 2015 Earth Day event is a first of many for The Mine as it works to organize its next project with input from employees, local leaders and community members who have an interest in environmental stewardship. All are welcome to submit ideas for consideration as we continue to pursue our goals for even more eco-friendly involvement.

Jan. 2015

Helping the Homeless

The Camp Unity Eastside (CUE) mobile encampment is a self-managed outside community that works to empower area homeless, and many of its efforts are made possible through local partnership.

Forging stronger community bonds is a priority for The Mine through the Friends of Mine program and so lending a hand to the CUE was an easy decision. In an inaugural effort led by the company's Spirit Committee, 120 bags filled with essential items were donated to individual CUE members.

Each bag contained warm socks, soap, a toothbrush, toothpaste and other essential items donated by The Mine employees. Although this was a first for the Friends of Mine program, Spirit Committee members are intent on finding ways to expand the effort.

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Dec. 2014

5th Annual Holiday Giving Tree

The Mine annual Giving Tree continues to grow, so to speak, and its fifth year was one of the best yet as company employees banded together to make holiday magic for area youth in need. The Giving Tree is a tradition wherein kids request gifts they'd like to have for Christmas, and big-hearted secret Santas make wishes come true.

In the space of a single month, nearly 100 team members donated more than 250 gifts to children in Seattle's YMCA Head Start program and local elementary schools. The gifts were sorted, wrapped and delivered by employee volunteers and included toys, games and other generous contributions.

As a cornerstone of the The Mine Friends of Mine program, the Giving Tree is a holiday tradition that makes everyone's holiday a little bit brighter - and a whole lot happier.

Dec. 2014

Area Family Receives Holiday Surprise Dec. 2014

The Friends of Mine program is not limited to corporate partnership and The Mine is as committed to individual families as it is to its many communitywide projects. And, so it was when the when 18-member Pedro family, who recently moved together from American Samoa to the Pacific Northwest, lost everything they owned in a house fire mere weeks before Christmas.

Their story quickly became news as friends, neighbors and local businesses in the Seattle area quickly banded together to provide what it could for the family. Along with the Red Cross, Safeway, military members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord and others, The Mine stepped in to help by providing new pillows, blankets and games for the family, as well as gifts for each of the Pedro's children, just in time for Christmas.

The holidays are a time of giving, but our goal is to do more and give more throughout the new year and beyond as the Friends of Mine continues to grow.

Nov. 2014

YMCA / Kirkland Teen Union Building Donation

The “One Song, One Chance” program is an annual YMCA event that welcomes youth musicians to compete in a battle of the bands with the purpose of encouraging personal and cultural growth – the kinds of things that make our kids and our community here in the Seattle area all that's good. This year's competition featured 21 contestants and yielded six winners, all of whom will enjoy free recording lessons and recording time in the Kirkland Teen Union Building (KTUB) Voyager Studio.

The Mine welcomed the opportunity to donate funds needed for new instruments at KTUB as well as new furnishings and signage for the battle of the bands event, which drew more than 500 attendees. It's always rewarding to watch kids do what they love most and The Mine is already looking forward to the next chance to partner with the YMCA of Greater Seattle.

Sept. 2014

Cocoon House Youth Center Remodel

The Cocoon House is a unique fixture in Snohomish County, Washington, that provides much-needed services to homeless youth in the form of street outreach, shelter, education and case management. The facility houses up to 230 Seattle-area kids and serves thousands more each year.

Upon hearing of a need for furnishings and remodeling, The Mine responded to the call by delivering all that's good to the youth emergency shelter. The company donated lighting, furniture and other supplies while dozens of employee volunteers tackled painting, wiring and landscaping. Working side by side, volunteers from every department came together to make Cocoon House a better place for area youth.

Aug. 2014

Habitat for Humanity Product Donation

Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County is committed to providing affordable homes to our area's low-income families and its homeownership program is a proven strategy for accomplishing that mission. With many current projects dotting the county and thousands of underserved community members without homes, the non-profit organization is always looking for new ways to meet its housing goals.

The Mine made a $65,000 product donation in an effort to aid the cause and hopes to continue making donations in the future. By working together, Habitat for Humanity and The Mine can bring more of all that's good to Seattle-area communities.

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