Donations

Donations to the Seattle Seafarers Center support the Center’s vision of elevating the happiness, spirituality and dignity of seafarers who visit major ports in Puget Sound. Welcoming and caring are at the heart of the Center’s mission. Often, advocates from the Center are the only ones who offer hospitality to these “invisible” essential workers. Your donation makes this vital ministry possible!

 

Your donation makes it possible to:

  • Visit more than 450 crews annually with a team of staff, interns, volunteers and pastoral partners.

  • Offer spiritual care to thousands of seafarers each year, including offering onboard Eucharist, ship blessings, and funeral services for those who have died at sea.

  • Transport seafarers when they have shore leave. (The Center can transport up to 10,000 seafarers during a normal    “pandemic-free” year.)

  • Provide up to 2,500 crew care packages (aka, ditty bags) throughout the year. 

 

  • Connect seafarers with medical care, including dispensing COVID vaccines to more than 8,000 seafarers since the start of      the pandemic.

 

  • Provide low cost SIM cards, enabling up to 12,000 seafarers a year to reach loved ones while in port or at anchor in local waters.

 

  • Deliver packages to seafarers or when necessary, offer limited personal shopping to ensure that crews have the basic necessities they would normally purchase during shore leave.

 

  • Advise and collaborate with crew, agents, and the International Transport Workers’ Federation in emergency situations.

  • Operate  a small hospitality center for seafarers where they can relax, worship, and access Wi-Fi in a safe environment.

  • Cover the basic operating costs necessary to maintain the Center, including salaries, rent, and other expenses. 

 

 

All this conveys the love, concern, and compassion our organization and the community feel for seafarers.

Thank you for making this possible!

 

We are very grateful for your support!

Gifts can be made online, using the PayPal link below, or by check sent to our office.

 

Seattle Seafarers Center

1011 SW Klickitat Way, Suite 209, Seattle, WA 98134

Other Ways to Donate

 

Sign up for AmazonSmile

 

The AmazonSmile program offers Amazon customers the opportunity to support their favorite charities every time they make an online purchase. When people use smile.amazon.com for purchases, Amazon donates a portion of the sale to the Seattle Seafarers Center. To participate, please sign up for the program.

To enroll, visit smile.amazon.com and sign in with your Amazon.com credentials. Then choose "Mission to Seafarers" to receive donations. After that, shop as usual and Amazon will send a contribution to the Center automatically on a regular basis. 

 

Corporate Matching Gifts Program

 

If your employer participates in corporate matching (e.g., Google, Microsoft, Boeing and others), be sure to ask for a match from your employer. We are grateful to the generous companies that match their employee’s contributions.

 

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Cristi Chapman. ​

Donations of stock

 

For extra tax savings, we encourage you to donate stock rather than cash. Stock donations may be up to 37% more tax-efficient, helping you avoid capital gains tax on any appreciated stock. These donations are fully deductible if you have owned the stock for more than one year. Please consider donating your appreciated stock for a win-win. Seattle Seafarers Center receives the full value of your donation and you’ll save on your taxes! 

To learn more about donating stock, visit Cocatalyst.org.

Year-Round Donations of Ditty Bags and Knit Caps

Some of you know us for our ditty bag program! For others, we accept donations of hand-made ditty bags, which include hand knit stocking caps, personal care products, and treats throughout the year. You can drop off or mail donations directly to the Seattle Seafarers' Center: 1011 SW Klickitat Way, Suite 209; Seattle, WA 98134.

 

Click here to learn more about all the items you can donate!

 

In-Kind Donations

Please contact us at 206.935.3539 or office@mts-seattle.org if you would like to donate some of the other items seafarers enjoy:

  • National Geographic Magazines (no more than 10 years old)

  • Calendars

  • Seattle stickers

  • Seattle souvenirs

  • Seattle magnets

 

The Seattle Seafarers' Center -- Mission to Seafarers is an independent non-profit corporation recognized by the IRS as an exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are deductible in accordance with law.

Our tax ID # is 40-0000490.