Global Acts of Compassion
Global Acts of Compassion (GAC) is not focused on aid, but on communities participating in compassion. Through their mission to generate compassion between community members to teach acceptance, fight poverty, and positively impact the ecosystem, GAC is helping people realize it feels great to be involved in your community!
GAC supports community giving through these programs:
Peer-to-peer Soap Fundraising Campaign allows GAC to earn money for programming while also fulfilling their mission of generating compassion between community members. For every handcrafted, organic bar of soap sold, one is donated to partnering organizations to give to their participants in need.
Nourishing Neighbors is a program that allows customers to donate money towards a community member in need’s future meal. Donations to the program are collected at the restaurant, which are then received by GAC in the form of gift cards to that restaurant. Each $10 gift card is distributed to homeless community members and organizations who work with people who would benefit from the program.
Community Free Markets bring people from as many different social classes together into an atmosphere that promotes community engagement and acceptance. The market is organized into item type booths and community members can leave or take what they need for free! This includes books, clothing, household items, food, and more. There are also art booths, photo booths, and various free, fun activities for the whole community!
GAC's goal is to teach people that compassion is a necessary practice in order to solve the deeper issues society faces. GAC believes that by choosing to actively prioritize the well-being of others as deeply as our own, we are able to uplift one another to build a healthier, stronger, and more united body of people. Through the work of GAC, outlets are created in communities that make it easier for people to help one another and the ecosystem because GAC understands that communities thrive when the people in them and their environment are taken care of.
Meet the GAC Leadership Team
Serena Barr - Founding Executive Director
Serena began working in the nonprofit industry 5 years ago when she found her passion for helping others while working as a Canvasser for various nonprofits & local political causes. Today she works in nonprofit development as the Special Events Coordinator for FamilyWorks Food Banks & Family Resource Center while growing the movement she started, Global Acts of Compassion. Her personal life goal is to teach as many people as she can how important practicing compassion regularly is in order to solve the problems we face in the world today. Through GAC’s programs, her and her team create outlets for people to practice compassion with others to teach acceptance, fight poverty, and positively impact the ecosystem.
Andre Carrao - Program Coordinator
Driven by the desire to improve the quality of life for others, Andre is currently pursuing a career in the nonprofit sector. He holds a BA in both Political Science and History, and plans to use this knowledge to one day promote economic, social and political development on a global scale. Andre has only been with GAC for a short time, but has been actively involved with implementing the Nourishing Neighbors program and is looking forward to watching it flourish throughout the city of Bellingham, and see its way into other cities throughout Washington in time. When not working at his local restaurant, Andre can usually be found playing music with his band, enjoying the fresh outdoors, or reading and relaxing at home.
Amber Gray - Volunteer Coordinator
Amber Gray began her career back in 2015 with the simple goal of dedicating her life to helping others. Since then she has received her Bachelors degree in Human Services from Western Washington University and has been involved with a multitude of nonprofits in the Bellingham area including the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, Whatcom Family Community Network, and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services. She currently works as a youth worker at Northwest Youth Service's PAD Program, a teen youth shelter in downtown Bellingham, at which she advocates for youth and provides a stable and safe environment for them to work on their goals. Amber has interned and volunteered with a number of organizations throughout her journey in the nonprofit world, but has centered her efforts into providing services for the homeless and at-risk population, particularly youth.
Jessica Stein - Fundraising Coordinator
Jessica has been volunteering with nonprofit organizations for over ten years. She is passionate about educating and spreading awareness of social action programs and working to make a difference in local communities. Jessica founded the Challah for Three Dollahs fundraiser. Volunteers bake fresh challah breads, sell them on Western Washington University’s campus, then donate the proceeds to local charities which have included the Bellingham Food Bank, DVSAS, and Growing Veterans. Because Jessica values equitable education for all, she recently completed a year teaching third grade in an inner city school affiliated with Teach for America. Jessica’s dedication and interest in her community has compelled her to join the board of Global Acts of Compassion to continue making positive changes in the local community.
Ryan Waldman - Marketing Coordinator
Ryan is the most recent addition to the Global Acts of Compassion team. He has done volunteer work for a variety of non-profits, and recently began applying his graphic design and marketing experience to our cause. He does freelance design work apart from our organization as well. Through his design work, he is helping GAC to brand itself as well as manage our social media outlets.
Contact us to let us know if you would like to volunteer directly with this project. All gifts are tax deductible.