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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!

How to Donate

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GiveBIG 2024: The Seattle Seafarers Center is currently participating in the state's annual fundraising campaign for nonprofits. Early giving is open now! Our goal is to raise $6,000 towards our ship visiting program, and the first $3,000 of donations are fully matched. Consider donating to our campaign this month!

Donate Online: You can make a one-time or recurring donation via PayPal.

Donate by Mail: Donations can also be made via check to our Center.

Seattle Seafarers Center

1011 SW Klickitat Way, Suite 209

Seattle, WA 98134

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.

Other Ways to Give

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 Rich Shively

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!

Other In-Kind Donations

Please contact us at 206 935 3439 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)

  • Playing cards and board games

  • Calendars

  • Seattle stickers

  • Seattle souvenirs

  • Seattle magnets

  • New or like-new warm apparel (sweatshirts, sweatpants, coats, socks, etc)

Your Impact

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 services, 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 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!

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