Together, we’re building a community where people have homes, students graduate and families are financially stable.
UNITED WAY CHAMPIONS
Local solutions. Lasting impact.
“This sort of need – as a result of the pandemic – is something I couldn’t have anticipated and I’m glad United Way was there.”
—Lak Lakshmanan| Director, Google Cloud
The impacts of the pandemic will be particularly hard on our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness. We appreciate that United Way was already on the ground addressing homelessness with smart and effective solutions and are proud to support that continued work.
—Norm and Lisa Bontje
When we saw the devastating impact of the pandemic on so many families and young people in our region, we knew we had to help. We’re grateful to the United Way of King County for stepping up to address the drastically increased needs, and to provide the vehicle for us to do our part.
—Tod Leiweke, CEO, Seattle Kraken
When we broke ground on the Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle became our home away from home. We are committed to this great city and the people in it and grateful that United Way of King County is here to help families navigate and emerge from this challenging time.
—Tim Leiweke, CEO, Oak View Group
We love United Way because the organization embodies our idea of community. We believe that a society which acknowledges interconnectivity as a value and protects the health and happiness of community members as such is where we want to live. We are proud that United Way is committed to that work.
—Ambika Singh and Shankar Sundaram
The United Way of King County’s rapid and continued response to COVID-19 is providing critical relief to tens of thousands of families and individuals in King County. Their role as community leader, steward, and investor is key to moving the region through and beyond this current crisis.
—David Bonderman, Chairman and Majority Owner, Seattle Kraken
Following the onset of COVID-19 and the resulting impacts on so many families in our community, United Way’s leadership is more important than ever and we are proud to increase our support in this time of extraordinary need.
—David Wright, Vice Chair and Investor, Seattle Kraken
I tend to think globally, but I really like how United Way is tackling problems here locally. They’re able to take programs to scale and the results are impressive.
I like that United Way invests in concrete initiatives like the Parent-Child Home Program. It has a long lasting impact on kids’ lives.
United Way is there for the people who need it. We know they make the most of our investment every year.
—Doug and Maryann Orwiler
Our friends in tech ask why we support United Way. For us, we literally can’t think of a more powerful and turnkey platform to amplify our efforts so that everyone thrives. And none of us thrives unless everyone thrives.
—Heather Lowenthal and Jonathan Sposato
We support United Way as the best manager of our investment in the community we love. Their expertise increases the impact of our gifts on the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors.
—Barrie and Richard Galanti
Our family cares deeply about education. United Way’s work to help low-income college students complete a degree or certification helps break the cycle of poverty for so many.
—Suri and Mala Raman
United Way is all of us. Together, we take on homelessness, the achievement gap and financial instability, leveraging smart solutions that change lives.
—Margaret Meister and Joan McBride
The Impact of Your Investment
United Way Champions make a generous gift of $10,000 annually in our community. These dollars are then intentionally invested into our community with a focus on racial equity because we know that we have years of institutional racism that we’re working against to ensure people have homes, students graduate and families are financially stable.
Your support allows us to focus on eviction prevention, jobs and homes—proven approaches that bring results.
Last year with your investment, 2,272 people moved off the streets through Streets to Home. Through partnering with property management companies and hundreds of landlords, 8,100 people impacted by COVID-19 were able to receive rental assistance and stay in their homes.
Helping Students Graduate
We start by helping low-income children prepare for kindergarten. For young people 16-21 who have not graduated, we help them get back on track.
ParentChild+ works with 1,300 low-income families each year to make sure their toddlers succeed out-of-the-blocks in kindergarten. Last year, 6,082 vulnerable students were connected to services on their campuses that increased persistence and completion rates through our Bridge to Finish program.
Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
Ensuring people have the tools to break the cycle of poverty and kids have access to nutritious food every day.
Our Free Tax Preparation sites are completely virtual and volunteers continue to assist with filings given the extension deadline and the increased need for people to keep more of what they earn. This summer, 30,000 kids received free summer meals at schools, parks, community centers and more.
Stories From Champions
- Pandemic Spotlights Racial Disparities in Education
- Champions Discuss the Intersection of Poverty and Health
- United Way Champions Discuss Racial Equity
Events for Champions
Eat, Drink & Be Generous
A series of virtual events entered around good food and raising money to support the community. Featuring some of Seattle’s best chefs and hottest restaurants, there are lots of options to choose from—and all ticket sales and donations go to supporting the community. Check out upcoming events here.
Homelessness, the Pandemic and the Way Forward
Join us for a broad-ranging conversation that explores the complexity of the current state of the homelessness crisis in our community, the impact of the pandemic and how we can make progress going forward. Space is limited, so please RSVP soon.
For more information for Champion events, or to register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.