By Kristine Maramot, Operations Support Program Manager at Rainier Valley Corps This year, Rainier Valley Corps (RVC) expanded our mission of holistic capacity-building. One way we’re doing this is by taking on some of the pivotal but time-consuming administrative tasks for our community-based organizations (CBO) partners. RVC’s Operations Support Program includes handling financial management, payroll, human resources, insurance, and legal compliance, as well as providing capacity-building coaching and fundraising support. While this work is vital, it can be overly complex and daunting to a lot of smaller nonprofits with limited and over-extended staff members. We at RVC have been trained and specialize in operations, and we partner with organizations to help them alleviate some of their burden so that our partners can steer more of their energies to what they do best — empowering local communities of color. I help manage this program, and we currently have eight partners — Families of Color Seattle, Marketshare, Geeking Out Kids of Color, Rainier Beach Action Coalition, Somali Doulas, Nurturing Roots, Somali Parents Education Board, and Somos Seattle — and we’re planning to onboard a few more by the end of summer. This program is growing so fast — it’s been less than a year since implementation, which goes to show that there has been and is a need for this kind of partnership.