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Seattle Times: King County Council will more than triple the funding to reunite homeless people with their families. It’s not clear how well it will work.

November 23, 2019

Kent Reporter: Countywide, we all have a role in ending homelessness | Guest editorial – United Way Board Member Peter Orser

November 21, 2019

King 5: Council approves $100,000 to bus homeless out of King County

November 20, 2019

City Council Candidates Are Making Big Promises on Homelessness. Can They Deliver?

October 30, 2019

Seattle Times: Give to United Way for a More Equitable Region

October 23, 2019

New Projects to Fight Basic Needs Insecurity Among #RealCollege Students

September 17, 2019

NY Times: Homeless Residents Got One-Way Tickets Out of Town. Many Returned to the Streets.

September 14, 2019

United Way Announces Fundraising Campaign Co-Chairs

September 13, 2019

Microsoft Marketing Chief to Lead Fundraising Campaign for Seattle-area United Way Branch

September 12, 2019

King County Councilmember Proposes Spending $1 Million to Bus Homeless People Out of the Region

United Way of King County Names Nonprofit Vet As Its Next Ceo

September 5, 2019

Connect youth to their cultural heritage to close the achievement gap

August 1, 2019

It’s going to be harder to evict people in WA. Will that reduce homelessness?

June 4, 2019

United Way Family Resource Exchange helps families find, keep housing

June 1, 2019

Green River College partners with United Way of King County to expand student emergency fund

April 15, 2019

Seattle Times Op-Ed: The tents will not go away until the state helps fund services.

April 4, 2019

Community Resource Exchange 2019

March 13, 2019

Seattle times Editorial: Seattle’s Rapid Response to Shelter the Homeless in Cold Emergency Should Be the Norm

February 27, 2019

President and Ceo of United Way of King County, Jon Fine, Will Retire after 18 Years

February 14, 2019

Komo 4 – Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteers at West Side Baby

January 21, 2019

Kcpq 13 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

January 21, 2019

King 5 – Family Resource Exchange at Green River College

January 21, 2019

Seattle times Editorial: Microsoft Steps up with Game-changing Support for Housing

January 18, 2019

Microsoft Pledges $500 Million to Tackle Homelessness, Including United Way of King County’s Home Base Program

January 17, 2019

United Way Launches Home Base with Mariners and King Co. Bar. Assoc. To Prevent Homelessness

December 14, 2018

United Way Honors Seahawks Linebacker Kj Wright As Walter Payton Man of the Year Nominee

December 15, 2019

Seattle Times Editorial Board – ‘united Way’s One-stop ‘hub’ to Help College Students’

November 5, 2018

Komo 4 News – Hundreds of Homeless Families Get Housing Help at Family Resource Exchange

October 20, 2018

Komo 4 News – Hundreds of Homeless Families Get Housing Help at Family Resource Exchange

October 20, 2018

Komo 4 News – Night Out for Caring Preview With Jonathan Sposato

September 19, 2018

Komo 4 News – 10,000 People Across King County Volunteering on Day of Caring

September 14, 2018

King 5 – Ethan Stowell on Pearl Jam Fighting Homelessness

August 8, 2018

King 5 – Pearl Jam, United Way and Partners Are Blowing Through the Fundraising Goal to Fight Homelessness

August 8, 2018

Kiro 7 – Pearl Jam Galvanizes the Community to Fight Homelessness

August 8, 2018

Mashable – Pearl Jam Works Bands Together with United Way and Other Partners Against Homelessness

August 7, 2018

Komo 4 News – Ending Homelessness Requires Tough Decisions – We Must Hold Partners Accountable

August 7, 2018

Q13 – United Way Serves Free Food to Kids All Summer Long to Promote Financial Stability

June 28, 2018

Q13 – United Way Program to Make Sure Students Graduate

June 20, 2018

Q13 – After Head Tax Repeal, United Way Looks Forward to Involving Business Community to Solve Homelessness

June 15, 2018

King 5 – United Way’s Newest Event to Help Families Experiencing Homelessness

June 2, 2018

Q13 – United Way Holds First Ever Family Resource Exchange to Help Families Experiencing Homelessness

January 2, 2018

Q13 – Understanding the 4% Rise in Homelessness in King County

May 31, 2018

Q13 – Moving Forward to Reduce Homelessness

May 11, 2018

The Seattle Times – Something Has to Change If We’re Going to Solve This Crisis

May 4, 2018

The Columbian – Breakfast Makes for Smarter Kids

April 28, 2018

King 5 – Ethan Stowell Talks About Ways We Can End Homelessness

April 11, 2018

Komo 4 – Working to End Homelessness at the Community Resource Exchange

March 21, 2018

Komo 4 – Community Resource Exchange

March 21, 2018

King 5 – Conversation Around the Homlessness Crisis at Community Resource Exchange

Kcpq 13 – Community Resource Exchange 2018

March 21, 2018

Kiro Radio – Changemakers’ Rally Calls for Leadership on Homelessness

March 21, 2018

Kcpq 13—helping Low-income Families Keep More of What They Earn With Free Tax Preparation Offered at Over 30 Locations

January 30, 2018

Komo 4—thousands of Volunteers—from Companies Like Starbucks, Microsoft and Union Bank—spend Mlk Day Giving Back

January 15, 2018

Kcpq 13—families Spend Mlk Day Giving Back. 2,700 Volunteers Were in the Community, Thanks to Sponsors like Bank of America and Target

January 15, 2018

King 5—an Overview of All the Work Volunteers Will Do on Mlk Day of Service

January 15, 2018

107.7 Fm—on-air Interview With Reconnecting Youth Participant Zena About Her Experience Getting Her Education Back on Track

January 14, 2018

Seattle Times – 300 More Seattle-area Families to Join Program That Helps Them Teach Their Toddlers

January 3, 2018

107.7 Fm—on-air Interview With Campaign Co-chair Ethan Stowell Sharing His Excitement About the Hundreds of People Being Helped Through Streets to Home

December 24, 2017

Seahawks De Michael Bennett Named Nominee for Walter Payton Nfl Man of the Year Award

Seattle times – Fight Homelessness by Donating to United Way

October 17, 2017

King 5 – Summer Food Invasion Offers Free Meals for Kids and Families

August 16, 2017

Kcpq 13 – United Way’s Summer Food Invasion Brings Healthy Meals to Low-income Families

June 29, 2017

Komo 4 — Seahawks Character Playbook Story

June 8, 2017

Kiro Radio — Mariners Legend Dan Wilson Talks About Celebrity Softball Game

May 10, 2017

Q13 Fox — the United Way All-star Softball Classic Is This Saturday! (May 13th)

May 7, 2017

Q13 Fox — Cj Prosise Talks to Q13 About Why Ending Youth Homelessness at the All-star Softball Classic Matters to Him.

May 7, 2017

Komo 4 — All-star Softball Classic and the Bachelor

May 3, 2017

King 5 — United Way Offers Free Tax Help

March 10, 2017

King 5 — the Difference a Haircut Can Make for the Homeless

March 9, 2017

Kiro 7 — Community Resource Exchange Story

March 9, 2017

Komo Radio — Community Resource Exchange Story

March 9, 2017

Kcpq 13 — Breakfast Challenge at Madrona Elementary With the Seattle Sounders

February 10, 2017

Komo 4 — Jobs Connect Profile

December 22, 2016

Seattle Times — Teaching Parents How to Teach Their Toddlers: Seattle-area Program Yields Lasting Benefits

December 21, 2016

Kiro 7 — Jobs Connect Profile

November 20, 2016

King 5 — Microsoft Donates $1.5 Million to Help Dropouts Go Back to School

November 15, 2016

Seattle Times — United Way Aims to Reconnect Youths With Their Future

November 4, 2016

Real Change — Vince Matulionis Left a Void at the United Way of King County

October 5, 2016

Northwest Asian Weekly — Tanaka Wins Celeb Chef Smackdown

August 14, 2016

Seattle Times — Chef Contest Helps Combat Youth Hunger

July 20, 2016

Q13 Fox — Celebrity Chefs Compete to Raise Money for United Way

July 19, 2016

Seattle Times — How Boeing Has Helped Washington State Thrive

July 14, 2016

Q13 Fox — ‘hand Ups’ Not Handouts: How Businesses Can Help Tackle Seattle’s Homeless Crisis

June 29, 2016

Seattle Weekly — the Solution to Seattle’s Homeless Problem Is Painfully Obvious

June 29, 2016

Seattle Channel — Jobs Connect Matches People With Unfilled Jobs

June 23, 2016


June 22, 2016

Maple Valley Reporter — United Way of King County Offers Free Tax Preparation

January 24, 2016

Seattle Times — Give to United Way of King County to Help Reduce Homelessness

November 30, 2015

Press Releases

United Way of King County Seeking Volunteers to Help Working Families With Tax Preparation

December 3, 2019

United Way of King County will offer free tax preparation in early 2020 to low- and middle-income, working families with the assistance of IRS-certified volunteers who will help filers claim all the tax credits and refunds they’re entitled to, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (“EITC”).

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United Way of King County Eviction Prevention Program Keeps More Than 400 Families in Their Homes

November 12, 2019

SEATTLE – Home Base, a United Way of King County program that aims to reduce homelessness by preventing evictions, kept 414 households from losing their homes in the first six months since it started operating in April. The program provides one-time financial aid and legal assistance to tenants who are facing eviction and operates from offices in the King County Courthouse in Seattle and the Regional Justice Center in Kent.

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United Way of King County to Host an Evening of Dining, Drinks and Entertainment to Strengthen Our Community and Help Those in Need

November 4, 2019

Through song, story, dance and more, United Way of King County will celebrate generosity—big and small, given and received at Eat, Drink & Be Generous, featuring entertainment by local artists and musicians. The event will inspire us to consider our collective potential, celebrate the strengths of our diversity and unite us in building a community with equal access to opportunity.

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United Way of King County Announces Chris Capossela and Leigh Toner as Campaign Chairs

September 12, 2019

This year’s campaign chairs will capitalize on United Way of King County’s strong momentum, attracting a new generation of donors and building a community where people have homes, students graduate, and families are financially stable.

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United Way of King County Names New President and Ceo After Rigorous National Search

September 5, 2019

After a national search, United Way of King County has named its next President and CEO: Gordon McHenry, Jr. A powerful advocate for social and economic equity, he currently heads Solid Ground, a Seattle-area nonprofit that works to dismantle poverty. At United Way he will succeed Jon Fine, the organization’s leader for nineteen years and an architect of bold initiatives to address the region’s most acute social issues.

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Fiscal Year 2019 Year-end Press Release

August 13, 2019

United Way of King County today announced its fundraising totals for the campaign year ending June 30, 2019, raising more than $36 million to invest in its priority work of building a community where people have homes, students graduate and families are financially stable.

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United Way of King County Ceo Jon Fine, a Catalyst for Improving Community Conditions, Announces Retirement after 18 Years of Service and Raising $1.8 Billion in Community Investments.

February 13, 2019

His leadership guided United Way through significant changes in the philanthropic landscape and transformed it into a nimble and effective organization poised to help the community’s most vulnerable citizens for years to come.

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United Way of King County, King County Bar Association and Seattle Mariners Announce $3 Million Partnership to Stem the Tide of Homelessness

December 14, 2018

Home Base works to keep thousands of people facing eviction in their homes. Through legal representation, emergency funds and guidance from caseworkers, the entire community wins. Tenants are able to stay in their homes, landlords get their due and fewer people are living on the streets.

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United Way, Nationwide and Nfl Foundation Award $50,000 to Seahawks Linebacker Kj Wright

December 6, 2018

United Way of King County today announced Seahawks Linebacker KJ Wright as the Seahawks’ nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. Because of his selection, Wright will receive $50,000 from United Way, Nationwide and the NFL Foundation. The pro-bowler is now eligible to win the national award.

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Please Help United Way Spread the Word About Thursday’s Family Resource Exchange Which Addresses Family Homelessness

August 13, 2018

To support families experiencing homelessness, United Way of King County will hold its second Family Resource Exchange on August 16th, bringing together critical resources for clients under one roof. From backpacks filled with school supplies to children’s shoes, United Way plus partners like Wellspring Family Services, Mary’s Place and Starbucks will make sure families have what they need to start the school year ready to learn.

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United Way of King County Grows Champions Program and Other Affinity Groups to Build a Community Where People Have Homes, Students Graduate and Families Are Financially Stable

August 8, 2016

The Seattle Seahawks and United Way of King County have teamed together to launch Character PlaybookTM with the support of the Verizon Foundation. The new interactive online course is focused on youth character development and building healthy relationships. It will be implemented directly in schools throughout King County. This initiative was previously launched nationally during the 2016 NFL Draft. Character Playbook is powered by education technology leader EverFi, Inc., which currently works in more than 20,000 K-12 schools and 1,300 colleges.

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More Than 13,000 People Throughout King County to Volunteer at United Way’s Day of Caring on Friday, September 23

September 22, 2016

More than 13,000 people from throughout King County will be volunteering to help hundreds of area non-profits during United Way’s “Day of Caring” on Friday, September 23, making it the biggest one-day volunteer event in Washington State!

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Year End Financial Report Fy 16

August 8, 2016

United Way of King County raises more than $50 million to invest in building a community where people have homes, students graduate and families are financially stable.

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Celebrity Chef Intergalactic Smack Down!

July 29, 2016

Seattle’s top chefs engage in a friendly competition to see who can create the yummiest, kid-tested and approved summer meal. Each chef gets to bring one secret ingredient. All four chefs then have a chance to win a bonus food item to add to their culinary creation. A panel of celebrity judges paired with school-age helpers will taste the creations and pick the winner! The fun is designed to spotlight Summer Food Invasion, a collaboration between No Kid Hungry, AmeriCorps VISTA, and the Seattle Seahawks to combat hunger among low-income kids and teens. The summer meals program offers free breakfasts and lunches at various parks and libraries Monday through Friday for 8 weeks throughout the summer.

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United Way Hosts 4th Annual All-star Softball Classic to Benefit Homeless Youth

May 22, 2016

United Way’s All-Star Softball Classic is an entertaining way to see local celebrities play ball at Safeco Field. Will Team Captain Dan Wilson force Jay Buhner and his team to play with a salami instead of a bat? Will Randy Johnson hit more home runs than Clint Dempsey? All of the on-field action and antics help raise money to support struggling youth in our community.

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1,200 People Experiencing Homelessness Expected at Century Link Events Center

April 6, 2016

United Way and Starbucks join together to help more than 1,200 people experiencing homelessness receive the services they desperately need, all in one place and on one day. Volunteers will provide support including veteran and public benefits enrollment, employment counseling and referral, temporary housing information, access to medical and dental care, legal consultation and more. Additionally, youth will have the opportunity to learn about employment opportunities and receive interview and resume preparation.

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Seattle Sounders Fc and United Way of King County to Launch County-wide School Breakfast Challenge at West Seattle Elementary

February 26, 2015

Not all kids are coming to school ready to learn. Many are missing breakfast and without that meal, it’s more difficult for them to concentrate. Students who eat breakfast have better attendance, improved test scores and are overall more likely to do better in school. However, Washington State rates 45 out of 50 states in the percentage of low-income students participating in both lunch and breakfast programs.

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Seahawks Qb Russell Wilson Announces New Campaign to End Childhood Hunger During United Way of King County’s Day of Caring

September 18, 2015

1 in 5 children in Washington State struggles with hunger but United Way’s new Fuel Your Future campaign will remove the barriers preventing kids from accessing nutritious foods, right in their schools.

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Seahawks Qb Russell Wilson to Launch United Way’s Fuel Your Future Campaign to End Childhood Hunger

September 15, 2015

Today nearly half of children attending public school in Washington State are from low-income families, and the number is growing. Kids who have regular access to nutritious food experience fewer school absences, are less likely to require discipline, and more likely to graduate high school on time, making a successful transition to adulthood.

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Solid Results Help Community Get Behind United Way of King County’s Fundraising Campaign, Raise $112 Million

June 26, 2015

Investments are focused on building a community where people have homes, students graduate and families are financially stable.

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Big Names From Sports, Books, Tv and Business Play in Saturday’s All-star Softball Classic for Youth at Safeco Field

June 26, 2015

United Way of King County and the Seattle Mariners want to raise $1.4 million for youth dealing with homelessness and other threats to their future.

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Predicting Foster Youth Homelessness

January 29, 2015

United Way of King County is developing a plan to reduce the number of foster youth entering homelessness.

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United Way & Partners Putting Youth Back on Track

November 20, 2014

1,000 youth who left school without their high school diplomas will gain a stronger path to education, employment and careers

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11,500 Volunteers for Day of Caring

September 19, 2014

11,500 people will be volunteering at 533 community service projects throughout King County for United Way’s Day of Caring.

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United Way Posts Record Breaking Fundraising Total

July 29, 2014

United Way of King County today announced its fundraising total of $125.9 million for the campaign year ending June 30, 2014

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Pchp Fundraising 2014

May 15, 2014

Parent-Child Home Program gets $500k boost from Microsoft.

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$551k in New Investments to Combat Homelessness

February 13, 2014

Alarmed by the increasing number of people taking refuge on the streets of King County, United Way is committing $551k in new grants.

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Future of Breakfast Report

January 6, 2014

Report shows the strong connection in low-income schools between academic success and school breakfast programs.

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Report Shows Link Between Breakfast and Learning

January 6, 2014

United Way of King County is using the findings of the report to propose changes in the way schools provide breakfast.

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