About US

Northwest SHARE is a Seattle-based non-profit organization with a 501 (c)(3) status (EIN 91-1918588) established for the purpose of organizing programs for the benefit of the general public in the areas of Health, Arts, Relationships and Education with the following goals:

  • To demonstrate the economic viability of a green economy, i.e. an economy based on organic farming, environmental responsibility, animal protection and care, alternative energy sources, etc. by establishment of pilot projects.
  • To provide holistic education to kids and adults alike through formal K-6 classes via Synergy Learning Academy and through continuing education programs in dance, arts, languages, etc. via Manasamskriti.
  • To implement public-welfare programs promoting vegetarian/vegan cooking, raw food diet, arts and culture, music, dance, drama, public speaking, mentoring, interpersonal relationships, arts education, etc. for empowering people with skills to enrich their personal lives.
  • To practically demonstrate how cooperative endeavor and the culture of "sharing" fosters prosperity, peace and social harmony.
  • To give people an opportunity to regain their confidence in humanity and the effectiveness of people working together to help each other.
  • To promote favorable techniques of personal diet, lifestyle, gardening and agriculture, animal husbandry and other pertinent aspects those impact the survival of humanity on this planet.
  • To research and make available knowledge of alternative technology for transforming industry and agriculture to depend on sustainable and renewable energy sources that does not pollute or endanger the environment.

Northwest SHARE was founded in 1998 by Harry Terhanian. Mr. Terhanian, A Bachelors degree holder from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania, and a former President of Vedic Cultural Center, Sammamish (https://vedicculturalcenter.org/), and the founder of Uncle Harrys natural products(https://www.uncleharrys.com/), aspired to create an organization of volunteers talented in various areas to share their knowledge and services freely with other people, especially those who have not had the opportunity or economic means to avail themselves of good health and education, arts and culture.

In 2001, Northwest SHARE opened the first free vegetarian restaurant in Seattle which has been serving high-quality meals for more than 5000 people every year ever since. Shortly thereafter Northwest SHARE expanded its services in the areas of Health, Arts, Relationships and Education.

Today Northwest SHARE has five verticals:

  • Free Food truck: Seattle area’s first Free Food Truck providing hot cooked meals to whoever needs it. We park in the University heights parking lot on University way every Saturday from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM in Spring/Summer and 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM rest of the year. Typically we serve around 200 plates of healthy delicious meals to students, homeless, unemployed and the casual artists. Typical meal consists of hot flatbread (Chapathi), soup, rice, curry and halawa (desert). We have been receiving some good press as seen from videos on the webpage.
  • Synergy Learning Academy: Located at 1555 NW Sammamish Rd, Issaquah WA 98027, the Synergy Learning Academy is an independent, coeducational, nonsectarian school offering a comprehensive education for the whole child. We focus on educating all aspects of the human child, namely, the mind, the body and the soul. Key features include Project based curriculum integrated with Values Education, Small class sizes to provide individual attention, Sanskrit, Art, Yoga, Perequitos Spanish Program and GymGyuz for kids. The mission of the academy is to provide an education that endows the child with academic, moral and cultural qualifications for success as a model American. http://www.synergylearningacademy.com/
  • Manasamskriti Language and culture Education: The goal of the organization is to serve the community by imparting the language and cultural aspects of India so as to imbibe the richness and diversity of that tradition and spark the innate, creative intent inside everyone. Typical classes are conducted at Belevue, Redmond, Sammamish, Bothell, Olympia, Smyrna (near Atlanta, GA), Cumming (near Atlanta, GA). Typical course list includes - Kuchipudi, Akshara 2-A, Akshara 3, Akshara 4, Akshara 5, Carnatic Music, Akshara 0-A, Akshara 1-A, Akshara 2-B, Painting, Acting, Akshara 0-B, Akshara 1-B. For more information go to https://manasamskriti.org/
  • Vedic Museum – We have two animal shelters for cows and goats, showcase organic farming suited for damp Northwest. Located at 34915 212th Ave SE, Auburn, WA 98092, and 12040 Avondale Pl NE, Redmond, WA 98052, the farms named Goloka Vrindavan Farm showcase sustainable lifestyle based on Vedic culture by cow protection and locally produced food. Founded in 2014, Goloka Farm, Redmond is a 10 acre model urban farm situated in Redmond, WA focusing on sustainable lifestyle and cow protection. The farms produce Ahimsa milk, ghee, paneer, locally relevant organic vegetables. In addition the farms contribute to green economy by harnessing the methane gas from cow dung and generating heat for greenhouses to grow vegetables. https://www.facebook.com/pg/golokafarm/about/
  • Re-grant to smaller non-profits with similar mission to benefit general public in the areas of Health, Arts, Relationships and Education. Recipients of grants have been 501(c)(3) organizations in USA and India

One of Northwest SHARE's greatest success factors is its diversity of volunteers and artists who come from variegated backgrounds from all over the world - co-operating simply to achieve the common cause of helping people with all their hearts. Northwest SHARE does not discriminate anyone based on their age, gender, nationality, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political beliefs, or marital status either for providing its services or volunteer opportunities. For any questions or for more information, email us at info@nwshare.org