Data and community input consistently cite basic needs as the most significant priority on the ground right now. The current economic crisis has left many people without enough resources for food, housing, utilities, prescriptions and medical costs, transportation expenses, and other day-to-day essentials such as diapers, household supplies, and hygiene products.
Many of the vulnerable workers and families in our community have been left out of government support. Some have been unable to access unemployment, even though they qualified. Some are still waiting on their CARES Act stimulus checks and others couldn’t get CARES act funding due to the nature of their work or tax filing status. Undocumented residents and mixed-status households in which at least one member is undocumented are also excluded from the CARES Act—and Washington is home to more than 240,000 undocumented immigrants and 170,000 citizens in Washington live in a household with an undocumented resident—which means 400,000 Washington families are potentially ineligible for stimulus support due to immigration. Philanthropy can mitigate this enormous problem by supporting community-based organizations with strong, trusting relationships in communities that need emergency support right now.
Individual organizations are each receiving $25,000 in support of emergency financial assistance. Grant totals for coalitions were determined based on the scope and scale of each coalition’s work. Recognizing the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on Black communities, as well as recent and persistent racialized violence, we prioritized funding for Black-led and -serving organizations and provided an additional $10,000 in general operating support to each of these grantees.
Emergency financial assistance grants focus on organizations that leverage relationships with community, trusted leaders, and service providers in order to support access to immediate basic needs for Phase 2’s priority populations. Grants were selected by the COVID-19 Response Fund Advisory Group through a low-barrier application process. (Learn more about the criteria we used for these grants.)
- People who will be missed by public funding opportunities, including undocumented immigrants and refugees
- People who are essential workers without health supports, childcare, and other necessary services
- People of color who are experiencing disparate health impacts
4 Tomorrow, $25,000: 4 Tomorrow is advocating to establish eviction moratoriums, change the Dependent Care Assistance Program application process so immigrants can access the fund without accruing a public charge, and are advocating with the governor to create the WA Worker Relief Fund for their most vulnerable Undocumented Immigrants. It is also working to build a trusting relationship between the community and the Bellevue Police Department, Redmond Police Department, and Kirkland Police Department.
Abubakr Islamic Center, $25,000: Abubakr Islamic Center has been making weekly robocalls to share available resources with its base, delivering meals to elders, and providing drive-through meal pick-ups for more than 5,000 clients. In partnership with Somali Health Board, it provided COVID-19 testing for 300 people.
Abundance of Hope Center, $35,000: Abundance of Hope is providing financial assistance with rent, utility and phone bills, food, educational supplies, as well as essential items such as school, household, and hygiene supplies. It is also distributing health and safety information about CDC guidelines, social distancing, and quarantining practices.
Afghan Health Initiative, $25,000: Afghan Health Initiative is providing basic needs and culturally appropriate services such as food, translation services, and day-to-day expenses. It is also translating COVID-19 health information and helping its immigrant and refugee community navigate public assistance and other resources in various languages.
Africatown Community Land Trust, $35,000: Africatown Community Land Trust is using its robust digital communications platforms and online convenings to communicate information in addition to providing meals, PPE, and cash assistance for housing and businesses. A new resource navigator is helping households and businesses maximize available resources.
Alphabet Alliance of Color (on behalf of 15 partner organizations), $150,000: Alphabet Alliance of Color (AAoC) networks with over 15 queer and trans Black Indigenous people of color (QTBIPOC) organizations whose communities have been deeply impacted by COVID-19 and want to create QTBIPOC safety plans, care teams, and "fam" pods that can care for each other physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. This coalition includes #LuluNation + Crew, APIChaya, Black Trans Prayer Book, City of Seattle LGBTQ Commission, City of Seattle Office of Civil Rights, Gathered in thie Place, Gender Justice Project, Ingersoll Gender Center, POCAAN, Q/TPOC Birthwerq Project, Queer the Land, Somos Seattle, Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network, TRANSform WA, U.T.O.P.I.A., UW QPOC Alliance, and VietQ.
Atlantic Street Center, $25,000: Atlantic Street Center is helping families experiencing poverty access food, technology, mental health support, rental and utilities assistance, and other basic needs to decrease the inequities facing people of color.
Auburn Public Schools Foundation, $25,000: Auburn Public Schools Foundation is providing immediate financial relief to families of students in the Auburn School District in the form of gift cards to be used for food, clothing, hygiene items, gas, or other supplies.
Babies of Homelessness, $25,000: Babies of Homelessness is cutting through accessibility barriers to ensure the hardest-to-reach, fast-growing population of families facing homelessness have their basic needs met, free of charge.
Beacon Hill International School PTA (on behalf of 7 PTAs), $100,000: Beacon Hill International School Parent Teacher Association (PTAs) are providing emergency food and financial support to families in its communities, where 59% of students qualify for free and reduced meals, 35% of students are English language learners, and 85% are families of color. This coalition includes the PTAs from Beacon Hill International, Maple, Dearborn Park, John Muir, Kimball, Rising Star, Wing Luke schools.
Byrd Barr Place, $35,000: Byrd Barr Place is providing energy and rental assistance, an expanded food bank with no-touch deliveries, and mini-grants to small neighborhood businesses that are either struggling to stay open or have been forced to close due to government mandates.
Center for MultiCultural Health, $25,000: The Center for MultiCultural Health staff are serving as cultural navigators/language interpreters to help communities with limited English proficiency and communities of color navigate social services, housing and health care resources. Multilingual staff translate educational materials about COVID-19 to help keep communities informed.
Centro Cultural Mexicano, $25,000: Centro Cultural Mexicano is providing information in English and Spanish, reaching out to the community through virtual cultural events, podcasts, and internet radio, and making referrals to social service agencies and other community organizations providing aid.
Cham Refugees Community Nonprofit, $25,000: Cham Refugees Community Nonprofit is delivering culturally relevant services to help refugee and immigrant populations with financial assistance, mental health needs, and food security.
Chief Seattle Club, $25,000: As one of only a handful of agencies serving homeless people in downtown Seattle, Chief Seattle Club is providing uninterrupted essential services seven days a week to keep our urban Native members connected and safe. Ad hoc programs include emergency housing in motels, grocery delivery, traditional medicinal remedies, art survival kits, and COVID-19 testing.
Cierra Sisters, $35,000: Cierra Sisters is supporting a highly vulnerable low-income community of African American people in cancer treatment who have compromised immune systems and are at extremely high risk of complications and death from COVID-19. It is providing online support for individuals and groups; medical, mental health and other resource referrals; transportation to medical appointments; grocery deliveries; house cleaning and sanitizing; and health education.
Collective Justice, $25,000: Collective Justice’s Rapid Response Program is supporting vulnerable families—90% percent of whom are POC; 75% of whom are survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and/or sex trafficking; and 46% of whom have experienced victimization such as gun violence, gang violence, assaults, robberies, home invasions, child abuse, neglect, and police violence.
Columbia Legal Services, $25,000: Columbia Legal Services is fighting for the health and safety of people living in prison and agricultural workers who provide our region with food. It is providing information about benefits available to undocumented people in multiple languages.
Communities In Schools of Renton-Tukwila, $25,000: Communities In Schools of Renton-Tukwila is addressing the urgent direct needs of economically vulnerable populations through grocery store gift cards, rent and utility assistance and weekly food deliveries to families. They are also providing weekly wellness check-ins and helping families navigate community resources.
Community Health Worker Coalition for Migrants and Refugees, $25,000: Community Health Worker Coalition for Migrants and Refugees is providing direct and indirect assistance to migrants and refugee families, including economic relief, translation, and education, including culturally and linguistically appropriate information about public health guidelines.
Community Network Council, $35,000: Community Network Council is providing students and their families with food, gift cards, and emergency funds as well as virtual and phone support for families and students that includes referrals and other information.
Community Passageways, $35,000: Community Passageways is continuing to advocate in court for people to be released from detention facilities, which have proven to be hotbeds for outbreaks of COVID-19. It is also providing critical assistance to current and past program participants with resource navigation, schooling, employment, rental and utility assistance, and food security.
Community Response Alliance (on behalf of 25 partner organizations), $250,000: Formed to address the pandemic, The Alliance and its member organizations are providing food, rental assistance, and translations to the region’s most vulnerable communities, and ensuring County and State government are accountable to undocumented, immigrant and refugee communities. This coalition includes All In for Washington, APACE (Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment, APALA (Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance), CIRCC (Coalition of Immigrants Refugees and Communities of Color), CISC (Chinese Information Service Center), CHBC (Community Health Board Coalition), East African Community Services, Ethiopians for Ethiopians, El Comité, Eritrean Association in Greater Seattle, Eritrean Community in Seattle & Vicinity, Ethiopians for Ethiopians, Experience Education, Hmong Association of Washington, Horn of Africa Services, Kenyan COVID Response Team, Kent Community Development Collaborative, Lao Khmu Association, LELO (Legacy of Equality Leadership & Organizing), MCC (Multicultural Community Coalition), Oromo Community Services of Seattle, Renton-King County Alliance for Justice, Tigrean Community Center, Vietnamese American Community of Seattle and Sno-King Counties, and WAMA (Washington African Media Association).
Comunidad Latina de Vashon, $25,000: Comunidad Latina de Vashon (CLV) is encouraging community leadership to address barriers and build new systems that work for the Latino immigrant community, including high school youth mentoring elementary children, financial assistance for families and small businesses, mental health support, tech support, and advocacy with the school district and other agencies.
COVID-19 Relief Fund for WA Undocumented Folks (on behalf of 9 partner organizations), $150,000: The COVID-19 Relief Fund for WA Undocumented Folks was created by the Washington Dream Coalition, a coalition of nine community-based organizations across the state working to support the Latinx community and essential workers who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and unable to access government benefits. In the first week the fund accepted applications, it received $7.6 million in relief requests in King County alone. This coalition includes Entre Hermanos, Latino Community Resource Group, Latino Youth Conference of Clark County, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Somos Seattle, SWWA LULAC Council #47013, Vancouver NAACP #1139, WA Dream Coalition, and Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network.
DAWN (Domestic Abuse Women's Network), $25,000: DAWN (Domestic Abuse Women’s Network) provides life-saving, hope-giving resources for survivors of domestic abuse in South King County and beyond. Abuse thrives in isolation, and its advocates work tirelessly to support, empower, and shelter survivors through the pandemic.
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA), $25,000: Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) is addressing the emerging needs of the 300+ people living in its housing, offering emergency resources for rent, food, transportation, and medication.
Eagle's Nest Community Kitchen, $35,000: Eagle’s Nest Community Kitchen is providing hot meals to quarantined people in the Kent area as well as free delivery of food boxes for families in the Shag community.
East African Community Services, $25,000: East African Community Services is supporting housing and food security for East African refugee and immigrant families. Its resource assistance program is helping community members locate mental health supports and job placement assistance.
Education with Purpose for Pacific Islanders, $25,000: Education with Purpose Foundation for Pacific Islanders impacts the parent-to-student relationship of each Pacific Islander and family of culture that it serves. Its programs encourage families to work together in order to help their children pursue meaningful goals and higher education with purpose.
El Centro de la Raza, $25,000: El Centro de la Raza is providing emergency financial support to ensure low-income Latino families are able to meet their most basic needs. It is providing direct financial assistance for rent and utility payments, food vouchers, and laptops to support distance learning for children. It is also helping small business owners apply for loans and other resources, and enrolling people in emergency benefit programs.
Emerging Alliance of Communities of Color (on behalf of 5 partner organizations), $50,000: Emerging Alliance of Communities of Color is providing support for basic needs, such as gift cards for food and household needs, rent and utility assistance, diapers and baby wipes, clothing, PPE, connectivity resources (cellphones, computers, cameras, tablets, hotspots, phone and internet bills), and resource navigation. This coalition includes Congolese Integration Network (CIN), Horn of Africa Services(HOAS), Intercultural Children and Family Services (ICCFS), Iraqi Community Center of Washington (ICCW), and Southeast Youth and Family Services (SEYFS).
Entre Hermanos, $25,000: Entre Hermanos is providing accurate in-language information (Spanish and Latin American indigenous languages) to dispel rumors and prevent panic and confusion around COVID-19 through its texting platforms, newsletter, social media, and AM/FM/podcast radio program. It’s supporting the Latino LGBTQ with grocery vouchers, direct cash assistance, telehealth booths for clients who need tech support, and condom kits and HIV medications for immunocompromised and elderly clients.
Equity in Education Coalition (on behalf of 47 community-based partners), $250,000: Through Partners in Change, Equity in Education Coalition is bringing together a group of POC-led, POC-serving, community-based organizations and community leaders. It is working to build racial justice into the government’s response to COVID-19 and develop long term infrastructure that centers communities most impacted during emergency management. It is also meeting immediate community needs, filling in gaps in support from public institutions. This coalition includes Allyship, Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Asian Pacific Islander Coalition, Beacon Business Alliance, Cambodian American Council of WA, Cham Refugees Community, Chief Seattle Club, Chinese Information Service Center, Community Center for Education Results, Debre Mihret Kidus Mikael, East African Community Services, Falis Community Service, Filipino Community of Seattle, Goodwill, Horn of Africa Services, Housing Development Consortium, I Did The Time., Iraqi Community Center, Kent Community Development Collaborative, Khmer Anti-Deportation Advocacy Group, Khmer Community of Seattle and King County, Khmer Health Board, Khmer Student Association at UW, Lake City Collaborative, Living Well Kent, Native Action Network, OneAmerica, Open Doors for Multicultural Families, Pride ASIA, Racing to Equity, Rooted in Rights, Spean Rajana, Spokane Coalition of Color, Spokane NAACP, SurgeNW, Tacoma Healing Awareness Community, Tacoma Women of Color Collective, TeamChild, The Black Lens, U.T.O.P.I.A., United Communities of Laos, Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network.
Eritrean Association in Greater Seattle, $25,000: The Eritrean Association in Greater Seattle is preparing and delivering healthy East African hot meals, as well as bags of groceries, three days a week to 150–175 low-income, isolated immigrant/refugee Eritrean seniors. It is also providing them with translated health and safety information in Tigrigna, doing welfare checks, and offering information and assistance by phone.
Ethiopian Community in Seattle, $25,000: Ethiopian Community in Seattle is providing culturally specific COVID-19 information related in Amharic both digitally and by facilitating calls with mental and physical health experts of Ethiopian origin. It is also providing emergency assistance for groceries and utilities.
Federal Way Senior Center, $25,000: Federal Way Senior Center is providing services to seniors, veterans, individuals, people with disabilities, caregivers and families in need in South King County. Its food bank is acquiring, distributing and delivering food to people of all ages and cultures.
Filipino Community of Seattle, $25,000: Filipino Community of Seattle is providing many of its programs for children and youth in a new online format and is offering an expanded senior lunch program to meet demand, which has tripled and now includes people with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, and families who have lost income due to the pandemic.
FOB Hope, $35,000: FOB Hope is feeding the homeless and supplying toiletries, sleeping bags, tents, socks, and other survival gear to homeless veterans of the United States military.
Freedom Church of Seattle (on behalf of 9 partner organizations), $110,000: Freedom Church of Seattle leads a nine-member culturally diverse coalition that targets low-income African Americans, the poor, and the working poor in South King County. The coalition is addressing poverty, homelessness, hunger, and violence prevention, with services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This coalition includes Freedom Church of Seattle, Ladder Day Saints, New Walk Christian Church, Restoration House Ministries, Restorative Faith House of God, Shekinah Glory Tabernacle, The Hispanic Foursquare Church, The Jesus Center Domestic Violence Coalition (JCDVC), and Youth Violence Prevention Network (YVPN).
Freedom Project, $35,000: Freedom Project is responding to the emerging social, physical and economic needs created by the pandemic—looking to the community for guidance on what is needed, acquiring and providing emergency resources, and making sure resources reach the parts of the community that have been historically and systemically excluded from essential support.
Global Social Business Partners (on behalf of 5 partner organizations), $50,000: Global Social Business Partners (GSBP) is receiving produce and other ingredients from local farmers and distributing them to households daily. It is preparing and delivering nutritious, warm meals to at-risk and high-risk youth and families while teaching youth skills related to health, the food system, and social business. This coalition includes Farmer Frog, Indian Association of Western WA, Muslim Association of Puget Sound MAPS, NAMI Eastside, and Nurturing Roots.
Global to Local, $25,000: Global to Local is serving immigrants and refugees in South King County with food access programs, support from community health workers, and connection with health resources.
Glover Empowerment Mentoring, $35,000: Glover Empowerment Mentoring is working with communities of color in South King County, supporting their basic needs, access to unemployment, crisis mental health support, and other associated services.
Good Shepherd Youth Outreach, $35,000: Good Shepherd Youth Outreach continues to provide outreach for our youth and families in need of food and other support.
Grassroot Projects, $25,000: Grassroot Projects is providing essentials such as diapers, wipes, formula, hygiene products, and culturally sensitive groceries to low-income immigrant, undocumented and refugee families in King County.
Green Light Project Sea, $35,000: Green Light Project Sea is providing cash assistance, emergency housing, and harm reduction supplies to street-based sex workers at the intersection of drug use in Seattle.
Hip Hop is Green, $35,000: Hip Hop is Green’s urban farm and cooking program is providing youth with paid internships to learn to grow and cook healthy food. It is also growing fresh organic produce that is donated to local food banks and delivered to people in need, along with prepared meals for populations without access to kitchens.
India Association of Western Washington, $25,000: India Association of Western Washington is supporting the Asian Indian community's small businesses, workers facing unemployment, families struggling with rent, food, and healthcare. It’s also offering culturally relevant wellness classes and support groups for various age demographics.
Ingersoll Gender Center, $25,000: Ingersoll Gender Center is operating six financial assistance programs for trans and gender diverse communities, including specific support for people of color, survivors of sexual assault and/or gender-based violence, veterans, undocumented people, people with disabilities, sex workers, and people who earn less than 200% of the federal poverty level.
International Community Health Services, $25,000: International Community Health Services is providing telephone and telehealth services, prescription medication deliveries to patients, and meal deliveries to seniors. It is also offering COVID-19 testing in-clinic and via drive-through while working with community organizations on outreach, education, and testing beyond its patient population.
Kandelia (Formerly known as the Vietnamese Friendship Association), $25,000: Kandelia is addressing the basic and critical needs of newly arrived immigrant and refugee families, delivering fresh, healthy, and culturally relevant food to families, and providing financial assistance to those who are out of work and/or ineligible for government assistance.
King County Racial Equity Coalition (on behalf of 15 partner organizations), $150,000: The King County Racial Equity Coalition (REC) represent 15 community-based organizations led by leaders of color and serving communities of color. As the COVID-19 crisis hit our communities, we became first responders in communities of color given our trusted relationships with racially, ethnically and linguistically diverse communities, broad geographic service area and expertise in serving communities that experience systemic barriers even in the best of times. This coalition includes 4 C Coalition, ACRS, All Girls Everything, Community Passageways, Education with Purpose Foundation for Pacific Islanders, El Centro de la Raza, Filipino Community of Seattle, Falis Community Services, FEEST, Federal Way Youth Action Team, Glover Empowerment Mentoring, Open Doors for Multicultural Families, Para Los Ninos, Powerful Voices, and Red Eagle Soaring.
Korean Community Service Center, $25,000: Korean Community Service Center is providing culturally and linguistically accessible programs and services for the undocumented and underserved, including low-income families, seniors, and immigrants.
Lake City Collective, $25,000: Lake City Collective is providing assistance with rent relief, food, utility and medical bills to underrepresented communities in North Seattle and North King County.
Latino Community Fund of Washington State (on behalf of 5 partner organizations), $100,000: Latino Community Fund of Washington State is managed by the Latino Equity Network, a coalition of partners providing food and rental assistance, mental health support, and direct outreach with Latinx communities, including those who are undocumented, LGBTQ, underinsured, single mothers, immigrants, refuges, essential workers, and youth of color. This coalition includes Centro Comunitario De Autoayuda, Latino Community Fund, Latinx Health Board, Organización CentroAmericano, and Somos Seattle.
Lutheran Community Services Northwest, $25,000: Lutheran Community Services Northwest is offering vulnerable populations, specifically low-income people and refugee and asylee populations, basic needs support through two community pantries that provide emergency food, hygiene, masks, and other PPE. It is translating COVID-19 educational materials and provding intensive counseling services via telehealth.
Making A Difference Foundation (MADF), $35,000: Making A Difference Foundation’s Eloise's Cooking Pot Food Bank Delivery Program helps people in South King County receive the nutritious food they need, delivered free of charge to immigrant communities, communities of color, and people living on the street.
MAPS-MCRC (Muslim Community Resource Center), $100,000: MAPS-MCRC (Muslim Community Resource Center) is the social and humanitarian program of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound, providing direct social services to some of the region’s most vulnerable, such as emergency food and rental/utility assistance, elder care services, transitional housing for single women, free medical and legal clinics, refugee and immigrant support, and more. For this work, MAPS-MCRC is representing a coalition of partners. This coalition includes Kits for Peace, Islamic Center of Eastside, Muslim Housing Services, and Afghan Health Initiative.
Marshallese Women's Association, $25,000: Marshallese Women's Association (MWA) is supporting and advocating for the region’s Marshallese community, providing translation, interpretation, home visits and consultation with medical providers.
MCNA - Muslim Community & Neighborhood Association, $25,000: MCNA - Muslim Community & Neighborhood Association is working with King County Public Health to provide language, cultural, and religious support to the Muslim community.
Mercy Housing Northwest, $25,000: Mercy Housing Northwest is working to meet the needs of its low-income residents, especially through food and rental assistance.
Minority Veterans of America, $25,000: The Minority Veterans of America is providing direct financial assistance to the minority veteran community (veterans of color, women, LGBTQ, and (non)religious minorities) in King County.
Mother Nation, $25,000: Mother Nation is meeting the on-the-ground needs of Native women and families, delivering direct support to unhoused families, as well as those surviving abuse in the home, through mobile assistance, online and phone advocacy, circles and other supports.
Not This Time, $35,000: Not This Time is mobilizing a response for patients and families at Northwest Kidney Centers who are experiencing food insecurity while going through dialysis treatment during this challenging time. It is also creating outreach resources to increase awareness and understanding of COVID-19.
Nurturing Roots, $35,000: Nurturing Roots is providing healthy produce to South Beacon Hill community members, distributing grow-at-home produce boxes that low-income people have consistent and ready access to healthy foods.
Open Arms Perinatal Services, $25,000: Open Arms Perinatal Services is delivering essential items—from food to baby supplies to gift cards—to pregnant, birthing, and parenting families with no-contact pick-up and drop-off. It is offering many of its other services via phone and online platforms to reach as many people as possible.
Open Doors for Multicultural Families, $25,000: Open Doors for Multicultural Families ensures that families with members who have developmental disabilities and special health care needs have equal access to culturally and linguistically appropriate information, resources, and services.
Oromo Cultural Center, $25,000: Oromo Cultural Center is working to keep Oroma community members safe, informed, and connected despite political, social, religious, and economic restraints.
Pacific Islander Community Association, $25,000: Pacific Islander Community Association is supporting a taskforce of 50 Pacific Islander leaders from the nonprofits, healthcare, government, churches and other fields to devise strategies for testing and tracking COVID-19, providing social support, communication, and engagement, addressing domestic violence, and using data to inform policy advocacy.
Para Los Niños de Highline, $25,000: Para Los Niños supports Latino children and parents through education and leadership programs.
Partner in Employment, $25,000: Partner in Employment is supporting South King County’s refugee and immigrant communities with rental assistance, unemployment, employment services, food distribution and other information and social services.
People of Color Sex Worker Outreach Project, $35,000: People of Color Sex Worker Outreach Project is providing direct assistance to sex workers who are able to shelter in place for now, but are at risk of becoming homeless due to loss of income. This assistance includes cash for rent and groceries, healthcare transportation, food and other supplies.
POCAAN, $35,000: POCAAN (People of Color Against AIDS Network) is providing King County individuals and families with rental/housing vouchers, food assistance, sanitation and hygiene supplies, and PPE products.
Potlatch Fund, $25,000: With a focus on Native and Tribal communities, Potlatch Fund is funding its past grantees to cover COVID-related expenses.
Project Feast, $25,000: Project Feast is partnering with Food Innovation Network to cook culturally appropriate meals per week for low-income immigrant and refugee families and seniors in South King County. It is also partnering with Community in Schools – Kent to deliver meals to families without access to food resources.
Public Defender Association, $25,000: Public Defender Association’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program provides harm reduction-based care for people who are dealing with substance use disorder, other mental illness, and/or living unsheltered, as an alternative to jail and prosecution. Co-LEAD—a temporary intensive case management and outreach team—is providing 24/7 on-call support to individuals who will be placed in hotels to allow them to shelter in place.
Puentes, $25,000: Puentes is providing telehealth therapy sessions for families struggling with mental wellness related to job losses, school closures, and general uncertainties, particularly undocumented people and families of mixed-status. It is also conducting resilience classes and teaching mental health first aid to outreach and community health workers.
Queer the Land, $25,000: Queer the Land is providing housing and rental assistance for QTBIPOC people (queer and trans, Black, Indigenous, people of color).
Rainier Avenue Radio, $35,000: Rainier Avenue Radio is informing and educating communities about the pandemic via PSAs, commercials, and longform programs that directly appeal to their needs.
Rainier Valley Food Bank, $25,000: Rainier Valley Food Bank is operating in an expanded capacity in response to increased demand during the pandemic, including weekly delivery of fresh groceries to more than 1,500 households throughout King County.
Reclaiming Our Expected End, $35,000: Reclaiming Our Expected End is distributing food to Federal Way, Auburn, Skyway, and Renton.
REACH Renton, $25,000: REACH Renton is providing diversion services, shelter, wrap-around and navigation services, and basic needs, including food, to people in South King County. It is also provides emergency financial support to those who are struggling to pay bills and care for their families while workplaces and schools are closed.
Refugee Federation Service Center, $25,000: Refugee Federation Service Center is helping refugee/immigrant individuals to pay rent and other expenses while they are unemployed and do not qualify for public benefits. It also provides information to improve access to other available resources.
Restore Assemble Produce, $35,000: Restore Assemble Produce is serving three times more low-income youth of color and their parents/caregivers during the pandemic, providing financial assistance with medication, food, housing, utilities, bedding, personal hygiene kits, and beds for children who were sleeping on the floor.
Rooted Re-Entry Collective, $35,000: Rooted Re-Entry Collective is a community-led collective of people with lived experience with mass incarceration and other abolitionists who are working to secure comprehensive resources for loved ones returning home during the pandemic.
SafeFutures Youth Center, $25,000: SafeFutures Youth Center is providing basic needs support, resource navigation service, case management services, academic support services, and college and career prep services for underserved youth ages 12–24 and their families from low-income communities of color and refugee/immigrant communities in Seattle and South King County.
Seattle Clemency Project, $25,000: SCP’s Reentry & Mentoring Program provides people released from prison with reentry plans that include housing, employment/job training, counseling, mentoring and civil legal aid, to ensure their successful reintegration to the community. Right now it is also providing emergency financial assistance for housing, transportation, and food.
Seattle Mongolian Youth Center, $25,000: Seattle Mongolian Youth Center's is providing one-time emergency assistance to supporting Mongolian nationals in King County who have lost their incomes or have increased financial burdens due to the pandemic. Funding prioritizes undocumented adults who are ineligible for other forms of assistance.
Soar, $25,000: Soar typically works to elevate community voices and influence policy decisions that impact community members. Right now it’s connecting low-income young adults and families to emergency financial assistance.
Somali Bantu Community Service of Washington, $25,000: Somali Bantu Community Service of Washington is educating the community about COVID-19 and helping people in need with rent payments, groceries, and distance learning support for students.
Somali Community Services of Seattle, $25,000: Somali Community Services of Seattle is providing culturally and linguistically relevant rapid-response services, including translation of COVID-19 information and resources, both written and verbal, in Somali, Oromo, and Arabic. It is also serving as a connector to and provider of rental/housing assistance programs, food and technology access, daily necessities, and health and safety kits.
Somali Family Safety Task Force, $25,000: The Somali Family Task Force is providing the Somali community with emergency food, systems navigation support, and resources for women and gender-based violence survivors.
Somali Parents Education Board, $25,000: Somali Parents Education Board is offering weekly food distribution at three sites, with a focus on unincorporated King County and Skyway. It is also distributing Chromebooks and grocery gift cards to families.
Somali Youth and Family Club, $25,000: Somali Youth and Family Club is working with immigrants and refugees, the elderly, people experiencing homelessness, households who've lost income, providing remote education for children in South King County and partnering with local organizations to deliver food to individuals in need from North Seattle to Tacoma.
Still Waters, $25,000: Still Waters Services for Families in Transition continues to provide seven meals each weekend to students who meet the federal criteria for homelessness.
The Arc – King County, $25,000: The Arc of King County is providing critical information, advocacy, and emotional support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their family members. It offers virtual support groups for individuals and families to reduce isolation, provides support and advocacy in navigating systems (such as housing, education, long-term care), and offers specialized support for Spanish speaking families, African American families and aging caregivers.
The Dare2Be Project (on behalf of 3 partner organizations), $50,000: The Dare2Be Project is a collaborative effort to support immigrant/refugee families (including those who are undocumented) of the Latinx diaspora. It is providing support for basic needs, isolated youth/young adults transitioning from incarceration, and victims of domestic violence. This coalition includes Construyendo Juntos, The Dare2Be Project, and The Silent Taskforce.
The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., $25,000: The Lighthouse for the Blind is providing critical support for blind and DeafBlind individuals, helping to ensure that they do not face an insurmountable economic burden during this time. Expanded services include transportation and telehealth support.
The Vine Seattle, $25,000: The Vine Seattle Grassroots coalition is providing food, resources and financial relief to vulnerable individuals and immigrant families of Brazilian origin.
Treehouse, $25,000: Treehouse continues to support youth and young adults who have experienced foster care by meeting their material needs: laptops, phones, and hotspots to ensure access to learning and resources; clothes, hygiene items, and other needs arising from foster care placement changes; and funding for rental assistance, utilities, groceries, diapers, formula, and other basic needs. It also continues to provide coaching remotely, addressing issues such as health and mental health, jobs searches, and unemployment benefits.
Tukwila Children's Foundation, $25,000: Tukwila Children’s Foundation is addressing food insecurity, housing instability, and growing educational enrichment gaps.
TURKCHA, $25,000: TURCHA is providing financial aid to refugee and immigrant families who have lost jobs or work hours and subsequently dealing with financial and emotional distress.
United Indians of All Tribes, $25,000: United Indians of All Tribes is mobilizing resources for Indigenous individuals to make sure they are safely housed, fed, and supported. It recently transformed its preschool into a daycare center for the children of essential workers and built a coalition to combat the rise in public confrontations and bias against Pacific Islanders.
Unkitawa, $25,000: Unkitwa is providing traditional medicines, food, sanitary supplies, and health services to the Indigenous people within King County.
Urban Family, $35,000: Urban Family is delivering care packs to underserved apartment complexes in the Skyway-West Hill and Renton community. It is also providing rent and utility assistance, food support, online youth programs, and virtual support groups.
Urban Impact, $35,000: Urban Impact is working with Mercy Housing to provide food, cleaning supplies, and educational activities and tools for residents of Emerald City Commons, a 61-unit affordable housing development. In partnership with Emerald City Bible Fellowship, it is making regular deliveries of food and providing rental and utilities assistance to families in the immediate neighborhood.
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle (ULMS), $35,000: Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle is operating a 24-hour, 25-bed shelter for Black males who are homeless in order to keep them off the streets and able to social distance. It is also responding to the basic needs of Black families who are financially impacted by the pandemic by supplying food, assistance with rent and utilities, and other day-to-day essentials.
Urban Native Education Alliance, $25,000: Urban Native Education Alliance is delivering aid to elders, families, and youth in the urban inter-tribal community, including technology access (laptops, tablets, WiFi) and financial support for rent, food, and utilities.
UTOPIA (United Territories of Pacific Islanders' Alliance), $25,000: UTOPIA’s Relief Fund is providing emergency assistance, resources, and information to Queer and Trans Pacific Islanders (QTPI) in King County, including those involved in the sex trades, who are facing health and economic crisis because of COVID-19.
Villa Comunitaria, $25,000: Villa Comunitaria is providing resources and services to the Latinx community, including emergency financial assistance, tenant services, health information, health access, and navigation of benefits.
WA Indian Civil Rights Commission, $25,000: The WA Indian Civil Rights Commission is providing financial assistance to low-income families to help offset the costs of food, prescription medicines, and rent.
Wakulima USA, $25,000: Wakulima USA is supporting Kenyan immigrants and refugees, including undocumented families, the elderly, and those who have lost jobs and/or have no insurance.
Wasat, $25,000: Wasat is working with ethnic-owned businesses to provide free meals twice a week in the South Seattle area. It is also offering mental health and wellness services.
Washington State Coalition of African Community Leaders (on behalf of 14 partner organizations), $100,000: The Washington State Coalition of African Community Leaders includes partners who are collectively producing videos in major African languages featuring popular grassroots and faith based leaders who share critical information and resources. This coalition includes Angola community in WA State, Association of Zambians in Washington (AZISWA), Burkinabe Association of Seattle, Ghanaian Association of Greater Seattle, Guinea Association of WA State, Northwest Seattle Gambian Association, Rwandan Community of WA State, Sierra Leone Pacific Northwest Community Association, Sons of Haiti, South Sudan Kuku Association of North America, Tanzania community of Seattle, Union of Tigrean Women North America, Washington state Malian + Association, and ZACUSA – Zanzibar Community of Washington USA.
Way Back Inn, $25,000: Way Back Inn is helping families with children remain in their homes by assisting with overdue rent or utilities.
West African Community Council, $25,000: The West African Community Council is providing food, rental assistance and multilingual information and assistance to African immigrant families.
WestSide Baby, $25,000: WestSide Baby continues to provide basic children’s items to low-income families throughout Western King County, including diapers, wipes, formula, car seats, hygiene items, and other essentials.
White Center Community Development Association, $25,000: White Center Community Development Association is providing culturally relevant support to immigrant/refugee individuals and families, including assistance with rent, utilities and other basic needs. It is also supporting closely with legacy White Center businesses owned by people of color with rental and technical assistance.
White Center Food Bank, $25,000: White Center Food Bank continues to serve its community culturally appropriate food and supplies.
World Relief Seattle, $25,000: World Relief Seattle is providing rental, food, prescription, and transportation assistance to under-documented immigrants. Under-documentation has become an increasing problem as government services are closed.
You Grow Girl!, $35,000: You Grow Girl! is providing behavioral health counseling, crisis intervention, and support for basic needs to young women and their families who have been mentally and economically impacted by COVID-19.
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