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GeekWire Selects Seattle Foundation to Support Geeks Give Back Campaign


October 04, 2018

Seattle Foundation’s new partnership with GeekWire and Bank of America is harnessing the generosity of tech workers and companies to give back to important community efforts.

The Geeks Give Back partnership will support five organizations working to help people transition out of homelessness: Plymouth Housing Group, Mary’s Place, Downtown Emergency Service Center, Mercy Housing and Housing Development Consortium.

Seattle Foundation president and CEO Tony Mestres introduced the Geeks Give Back program at the GeekWire Summit on Oct. 3, urging attendees to start a journey of community involvement.

He shared how his experience as a Microsoft executive who became involved in nonprofit boards and work shaped him as a person.

“It really helped me to define myself in this world and to grow immensely as a human being and to learn humility, compassion and empathy I didn’t know I had inside me,” Mestres said. “And, also, as a parent, it’s an incredibly important thing to raise your kids with awareness that we live in a world where there are too many people who are left behind."

Mestres added that the tech community’s ideas and brainpower in addition to their contributions are key assets in making our region stronger and to addressing the challenge of homelessness. He introduced Brandon Goetz, a building manager with Plymouth Housing, which provides permanent housing for people who have been homeless.

Goetz shared his own story of homelessness fueled by drug addiction, and how one person who chose not to look away gave him the help he needed to regain control of his life.

“I love my job. I get to hand somebody keys to their apartment who’s been sleeping outside for who knows how long and say, ‘welcome home,’” Goetz said. “I get to see that person crack a smile for the first time after years of being hardened. I get to see that spark in somebody’s eyes light back up. I get to see somebody find hope again.”

Seattle Foundation is proud to be part of this effort and encourages you to consider a contribution through Geeks Give Back.

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