In this season of giving, here are some of the Eastside-based charities we think you should know about that are out there fighting the good fight.


Where it is: Kirkland
What it does: With partners in eight countries, Rescue:Freedom works with women and children who have been victims of sex trafficking.

Bellevue LifeSpring

Where it is: Bellevue
What it does: For more than 100 years, this nonprofit has been helping feed, clothe, and educate Bellevue residents. Some of the programs LifeSpring runs include Clothes-4-Kids, which gives children the chance to shop for back-to-school clothes, and during the holiday season, LifeSpring runs an Adopt-A-Family program.

Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center

Where it is: Woodinville
What it does: Little Bit helps children and adults with disabilities via equine therapy and activity. It was founded in 1976 by Margaret Dunlap, who found that being on horseback helped with her multiple sclerosis and slowed the advance of her disease. These days, the nonprofit serves 230 riders and patients with 22 horses and more than 350 volunteers.

Photos courtesy the respective organizations

Photos courtesy the respective organizations


Where it is: Redmond
What it does: The nonprofit serves homeless and low-income individuals, including families, children, and seniors. The charity has five service centers, which include food banks and trained staff, and five housing sites in east King County.

Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue

Where it is: Bellevue
What it does: The national nonprofit provides a safe place to learn, build relationships with adults, participate in programs, and above all, give hope to young people in the community.

Vision House

Where it is: Renton
What it does: Founded in 1990, Vision House helps homeless children and families through transitional housing and other support services.

The Hope Heart Institute

Where it is: Bellevue
What it does:
Risk-reduction through research and community education about heart disease.

Youth Eastside Services

Where it is: Bellevue
What it does: Helps youth coping with substance abuse, violence, and emotional issues. Donations help families in need pay for services such as counseling, substance abuse education, violence prevention, and training future therapists that will work with youth. The main office is in the Crossroads area of Bellevue, but there also are satellite offices in Kirkland and Redmond.

footballcamp-22Jubilee REACH

Where it is: Bellevue
What it does: Jubilee REACH provides assistance programs and services aimed at youth. The nonprofit offers more than 20 sports and clubs in Bellevue schools.

The Sophia Way

Where it is: Bellevue
What it does: The Sophia Way helps homeless women in King County. It has shelters that provide a safe place to sleep and stay warm. The Sophia Way also has other programs, case management, and housing services.

Eastside Baby Corner

Where it is: Issaquah
What it does: Eastside Baby Corner helps low-income and homeless pregnant women and kids up to age 12. The nonprofit distributes clothing and food, as well as child-related staples like strollers, diapers, and beds.

Kindering Center

Where it is: Bellevue and Bothell
What it does: Founded in 1962 by a group of mothers of children with disabilities, Kindering offers services and programs that help children who are disabled. Kindering reaches more than 4,000 infants, children, and families. The organization estimates that 46 percent of its graduates do not require future special education services, thus saving about $11 million for local schools.

Assistance League of the Eastside

Where it is: Redmond
What it does: The Assistance League is an all-volunteer nonprofit that helps children and adults who have experienced violence and hardship. To raise money, the organization runs fundraising events, one of which is the Holiday Home Tour.

Encompass NW

Where it is: North Bend
What it does: Encompass NW serves the greater Eastside, Issaquah, and the Snoqualmie Valley. It provides education and pediatric programs for children with delays and/or disabilities and typically-developing children. The nonprofit began in 1966 and has grown to include clinics, learning centers, and a preschool.


Where it is: Bellevue
What it does: LifeWire is on a mission to end domestic violence by advocating for survivors, bring about social change, and preventing family homelessness.

Homeward Pet Adoption Center

Where it is: Woodinville
What it does: Homeward is a no-kill animal shelter that works with dogs and cats. It also provides a pet food bank for those who can’t afford pet food.

Way Back Inn

Where it is: Renton
What it does: Provides employment assistance and transitional housing for homeless families.

KidsQuest Children’s Museum

Where it is: Bellevue
What it does: KidsQuest Children’s Museum provides Eastside-area youth with a hands-on, interactive approach to education through play, emphasizing subjects like science, technology, engineering, art, and math.