Companis Connects

Gary Davis named new Companis Executive Director

It’s a new role for Gary, but Gary is far from a newcomer to Companis. He began working with Companis 10 years ago, first as a Companis Worker, serving with two agencies addressing the needs of homeless families. He then took on a part-time role as an assistant to Executive Director Craig Darling – this during the years when Gary also was the Online News Manager and a news host for KPLU – NPR.  After obtaining his Master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University, Gary was hired as the Associate Executive Director to work shoulder to shoulder with Craig and our board. 

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What kind of world do you want?

In this video, commemorating Companis’ 20th year of service in our community, you will hear how Companis Workers, executive leadership, donors, and placement agency leaders answer that question. Over the past 20 years, Companis has played an integral part in making our community a better place with more than 600 placements at more than 100 nonprofit agencies.

Eleanor & Charles Z. Smith are the 2013 Newell Award honorees

The Companis Board of Directors is pleased to announce that retired Supreme Court Justice Charles Z. Smith and his wife, Eleanor, are this year’s recipients of the Janet G. Newell Award for Community Service sponsored by the University of Washington School of Law.

Filling Nonprofit Agency Staffing Gaps: Companis Professionals Connect

Inside these walls, they are safe.

At Elizabeth Gregory Home’s day center, homeless women can cook a meal, clothe themselves, take a nap or clean up. They can use the computers for job and housing searches. They have an address for mail. As afternoon turns to night, they are only steps away from a shelter offering overnight lodging.

Companis Workers Offer "Life-Saving Support" to Women and Families


“Life-saving support, literally,” is how Mary’s Place executive director Marty Hartman describes her agency’s partnership with Companis.  

Hartman called on Companis in May 2012, just as Mary’s Place began to expand its services as day shelter for women and children to include safe and warm overnight facilities for families.  A hoped-for grant did not come through.  Companis responded quickly with the placements of workers Alyson Moon, MSW, and Betty Reid. 

Companis Board Honors Dr. Neil Elgee with 2012 Newell Award

Dr. Neil Elgee is passionate about helping people understand how the contemplation of death can help us break through societal and cultural barriers to a more fully realized life, one that strengthens communities. Indeed, Dr. Elgee is an example of tireless leadership, superior scholarship, loving friendship and a spirited commitment to serving his neighbors on so many fronts that the Companis Board bestowed the 2012 Janet G. Newell Award for Community Service to him with its deep gratitude and appreciation. 

Companis Workers Help Build a Better Health Care System

Sometimes the World Wide Web leads us home.

 In Jennifer Chin’s case it led her all the way back to Companis, the community service provider based in her hometown and housed in the church she grew up in.

 The 22-year-old University of California graduate wanted to take a breather between college and medical school. Called her whole life to public service, she sat down at her computer and Googled health care and nonprofits, and up popped Companis.

Companis is the ‘Magic’ Ingredient in Meeting Community Needs

There’s Companis magic at work in the world.

This is a story about how Companis’ commitment to Diverse Harmony, the nation’s first gay-straight alliance youth chorus, has brought a high level of professional expertise and thousands of volunteer hours to a developing organization . . .

And in the process, kids are finding their place in the world.

Companis ‘Anchors’ Recent Immigrant Serving Our Elder Neighbors

Companis Worker Dayal Sarkar’s father and mother worked long and hard in the fields of rural India. His father, he recalls, would rise early with a cloth bag of rice knotted around his waist, grab the plow, and head to the fields. He was stooped from constant labor. As a child, Dayal, now engaged in care of aging adults through Companis, would bring lunch to his father in the field.