Honoring the Legacy of Dr. King

By Ray Oen, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

On Monday, Treehouse staff across the state of Washington gathered together to participate in our second annual Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Building upon our core values of community service and collaboration, our staff made the conscious decision to forgo the typical “day off” of work, and instead participated in 10 community-based service projects and MLK Day celebrations:

Coalition for Refugees from Burma: Kent, WA

Prepared and assembled welcome packages for refugee families resettled in Washington State.

Earth Corps: Seattle, WA 

Removed invasive species (i.e. digging up blackberry bushes and/or pulling up ivy vines), as well as helped with weeding and mulching from the Cheasty Greenspace in Central Seattle.

29th Annual MLK Tacoma March and Rally: Tacoma, WA

Passed out programs and participated in seminars at the Tacoma rally and celebration.

Seattle Union Gospel Mission: Seattle, WA

Prepared and served a meal at the men’s shelter in Pioneer Square.

35th Annual MLK Seattle March and Rally: Seattle, WA

Participated in seminars, rally and march in downtown Seattle. 

Reconstructing a Playground at Amara: Seattle, WA

Repaired, cleaned and painted Amara’s outdoor play structure.

MEOW Cat Rescue: Kirkland, WA

Helped disassemble, deep-clean, and then reassemble cage towers while handing out cheek scratches and accepting head bumps from furry friends.

Mountains to Sound Greenway: Issaquah, WA

Potted about 1,000 seedlings at native plant nursery at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Spokane MLK Unity March and Rally: Spokane, WA

Participated in seminars, rally and march in downtown Spokane.

Treehouse Wearhouse: Seattle, WA

Sorted, tagged and folded clothing donations to support our Wearhouse store. 

It was an honor and privilege for our staff to take the time to gather together, get our hands dirty, and demonstrate the lessons of service, justice, and community that Dr. King so bravely championed throughout his lifetime.

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About the Author

As CFAO, Ray Oen leads financial management, human resources, and technology integration so Treehouse can more effectively and efficiently serve youth in foster care.

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