FUSION was top choice in a poll of Federal Way Mirror newspaper readers who selected the organization as Best Local Charity/Non-Profit of 2023.
FUSION Executive Director David Harrison says a strong focus on the mission by staff, volunteers, Board of Directors, financial supporters and community activists is why the organization was recognized with the top charity accolade. “This is what really does make FUSION the Best of Federal Way.”
Harrison, who was the Mirror’s December 2022 Hometown Hero of the Month, shared Hero of the Year honors with Jamony Young who launched a nonprofit toy drive program in honor of his late son. The annual Hero award, selected by Mirror staff members, is given to individuals who dedicate an outstanding service to Federal Way and its residents.
Starting as a volunteer for FUSION in 2013, Harrison was hired as director in 2021. He says his passion for FUSION comes down to the kids who pass through the Family Center emergency shelter and Transitional Housing doors. His staff and a team of volunteers served more than 150 families experiencing homelessness in 2022.
This year’s community awards ceremony celebrated not only Federal Way standouts, but also the Mirror’s 25th anniversary as a community newspaper.
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