At first glance, the Greenwood Space Supply Company just looks like a lowly purveyor of space travel-related goods. But it has a little secret: it’s part of 826 Seattle. All their proceeds go to their programs, which include drop-in after school tutoring, field trips, in-school programs and writing workshops for youth ages six to 18, all free to public school students. They’ve also published 14 anthologies of student writing, giving 264 talented kids a chance to be a published author.
Founded by local author and teacher Teri Hein, 826 Seattle was originally founded as Studio 26. In 2005, Studio 26 was invited to become a chapter of 826 National, an organization co-founded by author, philanthropist and McSweeney’s founder Dave Eggers that has a similar mission: helping youth with their writing.
Since their inception, 826 Seattle has helped over 10,000 students with 2,000 volunteers giving over 40,000 hours. They helped 2,481 students in the 2010-2011 school year alone, all thanks to strong community support.