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HOMELESSNESS
Everyone deserves a safe place to call home. Here in King County, where too many are struggling to make ends meet--homelessness has become a crisis. 
 
Consider these facts:

  • 11,643 people in King County are homeless.
  • People experiencing homelessness need housing. Over 90% would take safe affordable housing if offered.
  • Washington has one of the highest levels of homeless students in the nation.

 
We are proud to help Attain Housing, Jubilee Women’s Center, YouthCare and other nonprofit groups in their critical work to end homelessness in King County.


FOOD INSECURITY
Many of us take for granted we'll have enough food to eat each day. The terrible truth is that Washington is the 23rd hungriest state in the nation. 

Consider these facts:

  • 12.9% of households in Washington State are food insecure.
  • 1 in 5 Washingtonians rely on their local food bank in order to have enough to eat.

We are proud to partner with Food Lifeline, Solid Ground, Farestart and other nonprofit groups to help ensure that everyone in King County has enough nutritious food to eat--every day.


HUMAN RIGHTS
Human rights, both basic and expansive, are rights we are all entitled to, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, ethnic origin, color, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.

Consider these facts:

  • In Washington, 46 people have been exonerated after serving over 225 years in prison. 
  • More than 1/3 of governments, 62 out of 160, locked up prisoners of conscience – people who were simply exercising their rights and freedoms.
  • Prior to the June 26, 2015 Supreme Court Ruling, 13 states banned same-sex marriage. The first same-sex marriages in Washington State took place on December 9, 2012.
  • Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. It is one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world, and it happens right here in King County.

We are proud to partner with Innocence Project NorthwestDays for Girls, El Centro de la Raza, and other nonprofit groups to advocate for human rights here and abroad.


COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
The Puget Sound region is experiencing unprecedented growth--and it’s not slowing down. As our region continues to grow and change, many members of our community lack access to housing, resources and opportunity to put down roots, build great careers and thrive.

Consider these facts:

  • For the second time this decade, Seattle is the fastest-growing big city in the country.
  • From July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2016, Seattle had a net gain of nearly 21,000 people — 57 per  day, on average, or a 3.1 percent population increase for the one-year period. Among the 50 most populous cities in the nation, that’s easily the fastest rate of growth.
  • The Seattle area is the ninth fastest-growing metro in the nation, gaining about 1,100 residents per week according to population estimates issued this morning by the U.S. Census Bureau.

We're proud to partner with Sustainable Ballard, The Benevolent Guild and other nonprofit groups to help our community be strong and healthy for everyone. See all of our Nonprofit Partners.


PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH
Good overall health is critical to living a happy and successful life and being an active participant in our community. Many residents in our communities suffer from lack of access to quality affordable care. 

Consider these facts:

  • Mental health issues are a root cause for a lot of the other issues Seattle is experiencing today.
  • Mental illnesses are caused by biological, psychological, and social factors. 
  • 75% of those who identify as White and 71% of those who identify as Asian, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander report having a usual source of care, the rate is only 63% for Blacks and American Indians and Alaska Natives, and 46% for Hispanics.
  • The uninsured rate for 2016 was at a low 9 percent and dropping. Five years of progress reducing the number of Americans without health insurance has come to a haltThis number came to a halt in 2017.

We're proud to partner with Lifelong, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Bloodworks NW and other nonprofit groups to help provide vital health services to those who desperately need it. See all of our Nonprofit Partners.


ANIMALS
Shelters in King County are filled with homeless animals--and pet overpopulation continues to be a huge contributing factor.

Consider these facts:

  • The Seattle Human Society alone saves over 7,000 animals a year.
  • Around 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States simply because they do not have homes. 
  • Spaying and neutering dramatically reduces the number of stray animals on the streets and in shelters.  

We’re proud to partner with Motley Zoo, Pawsitive Alliance, Georgia Peaches Puppy Rescue and other nonprofit groups to help find safe, loving homes for animals. 


KIDS
Every child deserves a safe and stable home environment, and support to help them on the path to a bright future. Unfortunately, far too many children in our community face daunting obstacles from the start.

Consider these facts:

  • Washington is one of the least affordable states for child care.
  • Bullying rates in King County have remained at or above 20 percent for the last decade. 
  • 14% of King County 10th graders report that they don’t feel safe at school

We’re proud to partner with The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, Treehouse, Seattle Milk Fund and other nonprofit groups to help ensure brighter futures for thousand of kids throughout the Puget Sound.


ENVIRONMENT
With the rapid growth of our community natural spaces are shrinking, resources are more constrained than ever and attention to the ensuring our environment remains a healthy one is critical to our region.  

Consider these facts:

  • Millions of pounds of toxic chemicals enter Puget Sound every year. These toxins concentrate in urban bays and enter the food chain.
  • Funding for public lands has declined significantly over the last several decades which has resulted in neglected public land. 

We’re proud to work with Puget SoundKeeper, EarthCorps, Washington Trails Association, and other nonprofit groups to help preserve and protect the environment throughout the Puget Sound.


IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES
Every year hundreds of thousands of people come to the United States pursuing safety, prosperity and freedom. 

Consider these facts:

  • Between 2000 and 2014, Seattle's immigrant population grew 20% compared to 14% for the overall population
  • 18% of Seattle residents are foreign born
  • Between 2006 and 2010, 45,696 new immigrant businesses opened in Washington State

We’re proud to partner with MarketShare, Asian Counseling and Referral Services, and other nonprofit groups to help immigrants, refugees, and their families find the resources and support they need to thrive in King County.


PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
For many people with disabilities and those who care for them, daily life may not be easy. Disabilities affect the entire family. Meeting the complex needs of a person with a disability can put families under a great deal of stress — emotional, financial, and sometimes even physical.

Consider these facts:

  • 23% of King County adults live with at least one disability. 
  • The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is nearly double the national rate.
  • People with physical disability make up the largest minority group of the US.
  • Of today’s 20 year-olds, just over 1 in 4 will become disabled before they retire.

We’re proud to partner with Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy, Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center, and other nonprofit groups to promote access, inclusion, and equity for people with disabilities.


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Not everyone has the connections and resources to have somewhere safe to go during crisis. It is critical to provide shelter and basic necessities to those who are exiting situations of domestic violence. 

On a single day in Washington State:

  • 1,413 domestic violence victims found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing provided by local domestic violence programs.
  • 803 callers contacted state and local domestic violence hotlines for information, support, and safety planning, averaging 33 hotline calls every hour.
  • Hundreds of domestic violence survivors are turned away because programs  do not have adequate resources to provide emergency shelter, housing, transportation, childcare, and legal advocacy.

We’re proud to partner with Dawn, New Beginnings, and other nonprofit groups to support Seattle residents affected by domestic violence. 


EDUCATION
A good education is the foundation of a successful future. Today there are many opportunity, resource and financial barriers for those striving to achieve successful academic outcomes.

Did you know?

  • 30 years ago, America was the leader in quantity and quality of high school diplomas. Today, our nation is ranked 36th in the world.
  • 1.3 million high school students don't graduate on time. 
  • The average undergraduate student borrows $24,997 to graduate from a Washington state public or private college. 
  • Washington households with a only a high school diploma are three times more likely to live under the poverty line.

We are proud to partner with Page Ahead, Seattle Central Foundation, Zeno, and other nonprofit groups to support education in Seattle. 


RECREATION & SPORTS
Physical inactivity can lead to many general health concerns including increased risk for heart disease, anxiety, depression, and high blood pressure.

Did you know?

  • 15% of King County adults (18+) reported no physical activity for the past 30 days.
  • 78% of King County adults and teens (13+) do not meet physical activity recommendations.
  • Only 26% of King County public school students attend daily Physical Education (PE) classes.

We’re proud to partner with USA Dance, Washington Youth Soccer, Cascade Bicycle Club, and other nonprofit groups to get Seattle moving. 


SENIORS
Social isolation and loneliness are associated with increased mortality in older adults. Research shows that consistently feeling connected and involved has both mental and physical health benefits.

Did you know?

  • 16.2% of King County’s population is over the age of 60.
  • Adults 85 years and older are the fastest-growing segment of King County’s population.
  • Over a fifth (21%) of King County adults 65 and older, mostly women, live alone. 
  • Less than 1% of King County residents age 65 or older volunteer or are active in their communities.

We’re proud to partner with NEST, Sound Generations, Wallingford Senior Center, and other nonprofit groups to support Seattle’s seniors.


VETERANS
Veterans have fought to defend our rights and many face significant barriers to accessing vital benefits, care and resources in our communities.

Did you know?

  • King County is home to more than 127,000 current and former military members.
  • Over 17,000 King County veterans are low-income.

We’re proud to partner with Washington Veterans Home and other nonprofit groups to support local veterans. 


TECHNOLOGY
Seattle serves as the hometown of some the world’s most famous computer companies. However, even in a city with an abundance of technology, many lower-income and older residents struggle to stay connected.

Did you know?

  • Only 88% of Seattle residents have a home computer (laptop or desktop).
  • 11% of King County residents under the age of 65 lack Internet access.
  • Up to 25% of Seattle residents do not have Internet access at home.

We’re proud to partner with Unloop and other nonprofit groups to support technology access.