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Local Community Agencies Serving Diverse Populations

AmeriCorps: Washington

The oldest publicly-funded statewide service program in the nation, the Washington Service Corps (WSC) engages the talent, energy and enthusiasm of individuals 17 and older in addressing critical needs in communities across Washington State. Since 1983, 13,000 WSC member have contributed more than 16 million of hours of service. The WSC works with private non-profit organizations and units of local government to address unmet community needs in the following priority areas: education; environment; emergency preparedness; other human needs; and public safety.

Centro Latino

Support services for Latino family and youth in the pierce county area.

Community Health Care

Providing medical and dental service to families with or without insurance.

Community Voice Mail

Free voice mail for those without a telephone; also, assistance for discounted phone service.

Educational Opportunity Center

Provides adult educational resources. Free to Pierce County residents.


253-571-1900 (For enrollment 253-571-1948)
Preschool for low-income families. 17 locations in Tacoma.

Hilltop Action Coalition

Community-based neighborhood group in the Hilltop neighborhood in Tacoma working to unify and create a safe neighborhood.

Korean Women's Association

253-535-4202 or toll-free 1-888-508-2780
Providing assistance to Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants in Pierce, S. King, Lewis, Mason and Thurston county.

Metropolitan Development Council

Offers programs in the following areas: education; children, youth and families; drug and alcohol treatment; housing; homeless services; economic and career development; and phone services.


Tacoma branch contact

Puyallup Tribal Health Authority

Provides dental, pharmacy refills, and medical assistance for tribal members.

SAFE streets

Neighborhood programs around Pierce County working together for safer streets.

South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency

Provides services for native families.

Tacoma Community House

Provides service through employment, education and multi lingual assistance programs servicing both the immigrant and local community.

Tacoma Urban League

Programs dealing with family, health and welfare, education and youth, and economic opportunities.

United Way of Pierce County Help Line

For questions about numerous issues such as housing, childcare landlord/tenant, mental health and many more.


An organization focused on improving the lives of and empowering women, the Tacoma branch provides services for domestic violence, housing and shelter, legal and childcare.

Note: We welcome additions to this list. Please contact divrescn@u.washington.edu if you would like to make suggestions or recommendations.

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