Summit in Sixty Seconds                         October, 2016

Why I give: “I’ve found a new passion”
Mike Powers found Summit after his 12-year-old Golden Retriever, Emma, passed away and he turned 48. 
“My dog was not just a friend.  She was magical, and although I was feeling grief, I could not help but also feel grateful for how lucky I was to have had her,” Mike said.  “I just felt the need to be part of something that helps share that magical gift with others.”

Mike, who lives in Kirkland with his wife, Mary, and is a Principal Systems Engineer for Microsoft, found himself looking for a larger sense of purpose in addition to his rewarding career. 
”I have found a new passion,” he said.  “I went into volunteering to help someone find that magic, and I also found a little for myself while fostering Summit’s young dogs in training.”
Mike leapt in with both feet for Summit – being a donor, fostering dogs (five to date), helping with our database, transporting dogs, and is now preparing to help with prison training classes.  He even took time off work to attend the Bergin University of Canine Studies in Santa Rose, CA, where service dog trainers train – just to be a better foster for our dogs. 
Adding to the benefit for Summit and other non-profits, Mike’s employer pays $25 for every hour of volunteer time an employee donates, up to $15,000 a year per employee.  “My goal is to reach the annual $15,000 threshold for a combination of individual donations and volunteer hours this year, and in January the limit is reset and you can do it all again,” he said.
Other organizations also pay non-profits for every hour an employee volunteers for that non-profit, including Symetra, which supports Summit.  If you’d like to be a Summit volunteer, contact us at and check to see if your employer matches volunteer hours with cash.

Please think of us during Giving Month

October is the month when many companies and United Way run their annual employee giving campaigns.  We are so grateful for the past support of so many generous employees through their workplace giving campaigns and hope you will consider Summit again this year.  Learn more about specific employee giving campaigns or make a personal donation on our Donate page at  Our Federal
 91‐2048706.  Thank you for your generosity!

Caps for backpacks – creative fundraising!
Oak Harbor volunteer Joy Thompson has gotten creative in her latest fundraising venture for Summit Assistance Dogs.  She is having special Summit-logo baseball caps made and is selling them to raise money to equip our puppy raisers with the basics.
Joy plans to use proceeds from cap sales to provide backpacks loaded with the basics that Summit’s volunteer puppy raisers need – cleanup supplies, grooming supplies, treat containers, the ever-popular poop bags and other essentials.
“I know Summit has so many other needs, so this just seemed like a great way to provide a basic starter kit to our volunteer puppy raisers,” she said.
Joy would know. She and husband Dave have raised four puppies for Summit and are 2014 graduates with therapy dog Sailor and parents to released dog Cruz.  Joy, a retired dog trainer, also is a volunteer puppy class trainer and does other fundraising and outreach for Summit on Whidbey Island.
Our mailing address is:
Summit Assistance Dogs
P.O. Box 699
Anacortes, WA 98221

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