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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Job Training, Music, Youth Development - Business

Mission: The Boiler Room buildings community by providing a safe space for the growth and improvement of individuals through a volunteer-operated coffeehouse and social services hub.

Results: Today, Boiler Room Kids are students seeking high school diplomas, Associates, Bachelors, Masters Degrees and PhDs; as well as city council members, doctors, lawyers, Grammy-winning musicians, authors, parents, design professionals, contractors, social workers, therapists, dancers, independent business owners, tech company executives, artists, professional athletes, service workers, tattoo artists, theatre directors, executive directors and more! Last year, The Boiler Room:  had 82 individual Volunteers, putting in 3,986 volunteer hours behind the counter  provided free access to birth control (distributing over 6,000 free condoms)  held workshops addressing non-violent communication, mental health, and first aid training  distributed 19,432 meals through our free food program  shared volunteers with other agencies in town  ran a hygiene supply bank and distributed over 4,500 hygiene products to the community

Target demographics: All ages

Geographic areas served: Port Townsend, Washington

Programs: The Boiler Room offers free food, job training, workshops and classes, and a venue for expression. The Boiler Room is unique. There are no other youth organizations or businesses in Jefferson County that follow this model. Patrons are not required to make a purchase, a requirement at many other businesses prevents disadvantaged individuals from being on the premises. The patrons, volunteers and staff have become fiercely loyal to and protective of this aspect of The Boiler Room, as it allows them to do homework, meet and befriend others, wait for a ride home, play the guitar, make art, play board games, attend free music shows, listen to poetry readings and just be themselves in a safe, non-judgmental and healthy environment.

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Korlyn M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thanks for giving us a great Thanksgiving Experience!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Boiler Room is a remarkable nonprofit that benefits not only the local community - it changes lives!
Youth are the best investment we can support for the future of humanity!

Sara Ybarra L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the Boiler Room and continue to make weekend soup because the Boiler Room helped my son when he needed a welcoming, safe, and drug-free place to be himself. I'm not a "youth" anymore, but when I walk into the Boiler Room I'm greeted warmly by new friends and friends of my son who remember me. Some say, "Hi Adin's mom." I'm smiling just thinking of it. And I'm grateful for that inclusive spirit.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Boiler Room is a warm, welcoming place that is a perfect example of community.

Andrea D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Boiler Room was a home away from home when I needed it most, a community, a safe place in which to practice music and meet friends. I learned how to make coffee, which led me to one of my all time favorite jobs. It's so rare to find a place where you don't have to pay to spend time, a place where socialization doesn't revolve around drinking. I don't know if I would have survived my teenage yeas without this place.

Lela H.

Donor

Rating: 5

From the day the kids opened the doors of a real boiler room in one of Port Townsend's old historic buildings, it has been a cornerstone of our community. We owe the Boiler Room staff, volunteers and patrons our deepest gratitude for teaching us about compassion, creativity and inclusion. These kids have taught us more about being human than any other organization I know. When Dr. King taught us about the "beloved community" the Boiler Room I think this was what he had in mind.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Boiler Room has saved so many of my friends over the years. It's a much needed community space for local youth (and anyone else who needs it). The BR provides numerous services: food, job training, an event space, etc.

Always warm and welcoming, the BR also has great coffee.

Rose S.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I recently attended a free watercolor class at the Boiler Room taught by a local artist. The gallery next door is teaming up with them to offer these classes. How cool is that! The class was really fun and even though I just graduated from art school I learned some new things. The Boiler Room is an important part of the PT community.

Thank you Boiler Room!

Carrie E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of my very favorite people in the whole world was saved by the Boiler Room. She absolutely would not be on this earth if BR wasn't there to break her fall.

Helping kids with nowhere else to go is a high calling, and they do it with such love and care that it makes this scary world seem a bit softer.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was touring the Boiler Room today in downtown Port Townsend. I stood there amazed by all the wonderful things this place does for our community. No questions asked, you can go in there and pick up free food and hygiene supplies any time! They are open til 10 pm if you need a warm, dry place to sit and you never have to buy a thing to hang out. They offer monthly art classes and all ages open mic nights. Just since January, they have handed out over 20,000 meals! I was astounded.

As the director and I stood talking she was lamenting to me that donations are way down and yet they have managed to feed more people than ever before. She had just mentioned that their work training program trains people for jobs in food service, but it is volunteer. The tips are all they bring home at the end of a shift. Moments later one of the volunteers excused us and brought the tip jar over and asked Amy to look inside.

Anami J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an accomplished artist today, i owe a lot of that to finding the boiler room 23 years ago. Today it thrives even more offering much needed services to the community. Theres no where else in the world like it, but there should be one like it every place.

Eden V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was an awkward teenager with no social skills when I first joined the Boiler Room way back when. After I started volunteering I quickly gained long-time friends, social and customer service skills, connections and great people to network with, and job skills.
Even now I still consider the place a second home and family, and know there will always be someone there I know every time I visit.
The BR has given me so much and I hope someday when I'm rolling in the monies I can give back in a big way.
But for now I'll continue to give back in whatever little ways I can.
Good coffee, unique atmosphere, soup kitchen, community living room, a safe place for everyone. That's the Boiler Room~

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These guys are the best! Always helping and bettering our community!!
Thank you, Boiler Room!!!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Boiler Room has been a place of welcome for young community members for years. I know so many people who have benefited from volunteering at the BR, playing shows there, or just being a part of its culture. This is one of the best resources for young people in Port Townsend.

1 Andy51

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I got to Port Townsend, I was homeless, broke, and a bit bitter. The Boiler Room gave me a useful place to volunteer and build my esteem back, a place with people who had my back, and, ultimately, my foothold into community in this town.

1 Luvy M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started voile tweeting at the boiler room the day after I turned 13. They taught me how to make coffee but also much more than that. The boiler room community as a whole has taught me how to be loving, compassionate, empathetic, open and understanding. If It weren't for them I wouldn't be half the person I was today. Thank you boiler room.

1 Shameara D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Boiler Room has a second name to most people who frequent there often; Home. It's a place where you can be yourself, be respected, accepted, and feel comfortable asking for help when you need it most. Not only do they provide free food and soup throughout the week, they also provide a relaxed environment in which to hang out. For many, the Boiler Room has been a place to lean on when you are at your weakest, and I hope it stays that way for many years to come. I love the Boiler Room!

1 Catska E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Boiler Room is a place that was there for me in the mid-nineties when I needed a safe corner to tuck myself into so I can draw or play chess or strum my guitar, it was a place to find friends, to be in an environment free from drugs or alcohol, to listen to music, to grow and connect. Twenty years later it is still there. It has changed locations several times, but it is still authentic, welcoming, timeless and true to its original purpose. The Boiler Room is a gem in both local and global community.

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

Despite the great coffee and cookies, the Boiler Room is much more than just a coffee shop. I spent so much time at the Boiler Room when I had no place safe to go. It was my haven and it still is for many people. They provide food for the hungry and support for anyone.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Such nice folk! The coffee is great, the cookies are awesome, and the staff is super-friendly. The Boiler Room is is an asset to our community, young and old.