Allied Arts of Renton
The purpose of AAR is to cultivate a community that values all forms of art in order to enrich lives, make arts accessible to all, celebrate the diversity of arts and encourage maximum participation in the arts. AAR’s mission is to encourage the community’s understanding of, appreciation of and participation in the arts, by helping to introduce and support a broad variety of the arts to people of all ages and incomes.

Community in Schools of Renton
“Driven by a belief that all students, regardless of circumstance, deserve the same opportunities for success, we work directly inside K-12 schools connecting the power of local community resources to the students who need them most.”

1055 S. Grady Wy., Renton 98057

REACH is a community of local churches and partner agencies that collaborate to help all members of the Renton community have what they need to be safe and well. It began about 40 years ago when a group of churches in the community came together to advocate and work for those in need. Over the years, the organization has developed important and valued relationships with many community partners, and REACH is now recognized for its collaboration and compassionate work on behalf of the greater Renton area.

A core REACH value is that all people have incredible gifts, and there is a better chance at wholeness when these diverse gifts are nurtured and offered for the good of the world. REACH celebrates and nurtures these gifts, paying attention and respond to the needs of the community.

All are welcome. This organization is for anyone who wants to find meaning and wholeness by living in a compassionate and sustainable community.

REACH’s work revolves around two programs: the Reach Center of Hope, a day center and night shelter for homeless women and families, and the Renton Meal Coalition, which provides breakfasts weekday mornings and community dinner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Find out more at, call (425) 209-0594 or email

Renton Schools Foundation
The Renton Schools Foundation (formerly known as Friends of Renton Schools) was established in 2009 to provide supplemental funding to support the Renton School District so that EVERY STUDENT in EVERY SCHOOL has the opportunity to obtain an exceptional education. Our current focus is STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) education, support for music and the arts, literacy, and providing teacher grants. To date, the foundation has granted over $1.5M to support and enhance the work of the school district.

Each year, we review the most urgent needs of the district, prioritize which initiatives we are going to support, and ensure that the funds are spent equitably throughout the district. Our board is all volunteer, and we make every effort to keep operating and administrative costs as low as possible. We nurture an ongoing collaboration with the RSD administration, teachers and principals, parent groups, businesses and civic leaders, and other education service organizations. As relationships have developed, we have become able to be increasingly strategic about meeting students’ needs and providing opportunities that would not otherwise exist.

Our primary fund raiser is the Benefit Breakfast held at the end of April, at which we seek to increase public awareness about the funding challenges facing our schools, and more importantly, inspire our community to invest in education, and together, support a thriving school district that produces educated, engaged, and productive citizens. Join us as we do our part to keep the Renton School District … Ahead of the Curve!

Vision House
Vision House’s mission is to work with poor and homeless families to promote positive transformation in the lives of each family member. Programs are designed to help families experiencing homelessness move from crisis to stability and self-sufficiency.

Transitional housing provides safe, temporary housing for families as they begin rebuilding their lives.

Housing stability support provides each family with a program designed to promote and build housing sustainability skills.

Youth and family advocacy provides tailored services that strengthen the parent-child relationship and equip children and youth to advocate for themselves within the family system.

Children’s Village, a child care center is available to Vision House families and community members in both Renton and Shoreline. Child care is a necessary piece in helping parents out of homelessness by allowing them to maintain a job, participate in job training, school and other programs.

Volunteer opportunities at Vision House include Community Center and Homework Lab activities for children and mentoring in life skills classes for parents, such as Financial Literacy and Cooking Matters. Other activities include apartment setups, ground maintenance and estate sale cleanouts.

Vision House sponsorships provide critical support to local families. Sponsorship benefits include opportunities for prominent logo placement, such as in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

For more information on programming, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, call (425) 228-6356 or email

High 5 House

High 5 House is a family-run nonprofit program created to help parents with disabled adult children age 21 and older who have aged out of the school system. This adult daycare-like setting offers a safe place for continued education and growth. Activities help foster independent living skills and community involvement. All outings are wheelchair friendly.

High 5 House uses alternative communication, such as sign langue, augmentative communication and gesturing to communicate with clients, and all staff and volunteers are required to know American Sign Language. This approach reduces clients’ stress by using their native language and also helps them to be involved in the community.

Transportation is not provided; clients meet at the event’s location. Additionally, High 5 House offers craft days for the clients that are set up to allow for needed modification depending on the client’s abilities. Family involvement is encouraged.

For more information, visit and the Facebook at for a calendar of events, which is updated every month Email or follow them on Twitter at

Carco Theatre
Carco Theatre is owned by the City of Renton, and managed by the nonprofit Puget Sound Access. The venue features a 300-seat auditorium, 40×40-foot modified thrust stage with dance floor, theatrical lighting and sound systems, Steinway piano, digital laser projector and 20×20-foot film screen, full concessions stand with beer and wine, listening assistance, full backstage amenities and a great visual art exhibit space in the lobby, all in an actual park setting (Cedar River Park) with free parking and easy access off I-405.

What really sets Carco Theatre apart is its recording capabilities and public access broadcast television channel. The theater has the tools to affordably create a three-camera high definition recording of anything onstage, professionally edit with graphics and provide it to the client via electronic link, DVD or hard drive, online streaming or broadcast on Comcast channel 77.

Carco Theatre’s mission is to nurture a rich, inclusive cultural venue that celebrates diversity while engaging and uniting communities on stage and screen. Its purpose is to expand services to performers from new communities, underfunded or fledgling organizations, enabling them to showcase their talents with the highest level of professionalism, both onstage and onscreen.

Discounted rates are available for nonprofits and Renton residents, and staff and volunteers will work with you to make your event affordable and successful. Call (206) 775-8600 or email for a tour or stop by during business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

New Horizon School

New Horizon School is a nonprofit organization founded 24 years ago to educate children with neurological differences – ADD, ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s, Epilepsy and more. It serves students in 4th through 12th grades, and offers a two-year post-graduation transition program. Half of New Horizon students are “contracted” by public school districts; the other half pay private tuition.

New Horizon has a 100 percent high school graduation rate; 75 percent of its students go on to higher education programs; and 25 percent go into the workforce upon graduation.

The school is at 1111 S. Carr Road, halfway between Fred Meyer at North Benson Plaza and Valley Medical Center. Call (425) 226-3717 to arrange a campus visit, have a student-led tour and meet CEO/Founder And School Administrator Marla Veliz.