Our Community

Making a difference where it matters

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

― Winston Churchill



People are always more important than profit.  We intentionally seek out opportunities to lend a helping hand with our time and resources to those in our community with needs.  We help by donating funds to local benevolent programs and by staying involved with various local causes as volunteers.   


Childhaven has provided programs to support children and teenagers in Alabama for over 100 years. Most recently they have been focused on providing support for teenage women in crisis to help them transition to a healthy independent lifestyle. When we asked how we could help, they said that they would really like to create a “coffee shop” area for these women to have a place to socialize. Coffee is our middle name, so we loved the idea and agreed to fund the renovation project. The renovated space will be dedicated in loving memory to Dawn Long, sister to Stephen Mullins, who passed away in August of 2022.

Thurston County COVID-19 Response Fund

The Thurston County COVID-19 Response Fund is designed to rapidly mobilize and deploy resources to the people who are most vulnerable to the economic impacts of COVID-19 in Thurston County.  This fund will provide funds to assist the most disproportionately impacted individuals and families, as well as certain organizations in our community who are serving those populations.  Artesia Systems wants to “give where we live” to make a difference for those impacted by the pandemic.

Relief for Western Wildfire victims

Wildfires are nothing new to the western United States, but the wildfires of 2020 have not only devoured precious forest lands, but also consumed homes and forced thousands to seek emergency shelter.  We were able to make a difference by helping victims cover the cost of lodging and food through the American Red Cross.  A shout out to the volunteers on site helping people with medical or disability needs, as well as providing emotional and spiritual support during these challenging times.

Response to COVID-19

The Thurston County Food Bank has been serving the greater Olympia area for many years with the simple mission “to eliminate hunger within our community”.  The COVID-19 pandemic has created a greater demand for the food bank to help feed struggling families.  Artesia Systems is eager to do our part to help meet the increasing needs with a financial donation.  Helping to feed hungry people will make a difference.

Helping Tennessee Tornado Victims

The violent tornadoes that hit middle Tennessee on March 3, 2020 also hit close to home for Artesia co-founder Stephen Mullins who was born and raised there. There is not much you can say or do when lives are lost as a result of a random natural disaster. However, Convoy of Hope gave us an opportunity to do something to help the victims rather than doing nothing.  We asked our team to consider donating to the cause and Artesia matched the donations. Better to be generous than greedy.

Helping local families

The Salvation Army says that they have one agenda: “To meet human need without discrimination.”  Now that is a mission statement that all of us can endorse and support.  Some of us have helped serve meals, some have donated clothing, and it has become one of our Christmas traditions to participate “Adopt a Family” program that gives us an opportunity to purchase food and gifts for families that would otherwise celebrate Christmas without either.  Artesia Systems is proud to be a partner with The Salvation Army.

Helping those in crisis

Dealing with an unexpected pregnancy can be difficult especially if you are young.  Helping people know that they have free, no pressure options from compassionate people can be reassuring.  We love their motto adopted from Zig Ziglar, “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”

Volunteer work at Hand’s On Childrens Museum

The Children’s Museum is one of the most popular experiences in Olympia.  We take our kids, nieces, nephews, and grandkids there often.  So, when they needed assistance resolving some administrative database issues, we gladly volunteered our time to help.

Empower people to become self-sufficient, contributing members of their communities

We share this core value of City Gates Ministry to meet the ever-growing needs of struggling families in our community.

Helping Change Our Society: One Person at a Time

The Olympia Union Gospel Mission is about people – like you and me – with one big difference; the people we work with are homeless and poverty stricken. One of the ways every one of us are alike, regardless of our status, is our need for dignity, self-worth and respect. Artesia is proud to partner with the Olympia Union Gospel Misson to make a difference in our local community.

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