Change Makers


Change Starts With You

Passionate about improving the community so everyone can thrive? Join United Way’s network of over a 1,000 impact-makers—like you—who are committed to just that!

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Throughout the year, Change Makers come together to connect with community leaders, widen their social networks at issue-focused opportunities, and learn how to leverage their professional skills to raise their impact. Belong to the group, sign up for the newsletter today.

Why Be a Change Maker?

Learn | Deep dive into issues affecting our community with local experts and thought leaders. Learn how you can bring your expertise and resources to get results.

Connect | Build your network of peers united in mindset, leadership skills, and service.

Volunteer | Help local nonprofits, make a hands-on difference with family-friendly volunteer opportunities.

Exclusive Access | Get free tickets to sold-out signature events with community leaders, our Impact Bash, and more.

Experience Change-Making Events

Hosted by the Change Makers community, everyone’s invited to Change-Making events—donors attend for free, get exclusive networking opportunities with community leaders, and giveaways from our generous sponsors. By giving $100 a month or more for a year, you can be a part of the change our community needs too.

Meet the Change Makers

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“I chose to become a Change Maker because I know that I can trust United Way to put my investment wherever it’s needed most in the community today.”

–Heather Roper | Group Rental Manger, Enterprise Holding

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“I chose to be a part of the Change Makers community because I felt that I could make a difference immediately. I’m excited to be able to bring my experience and enthusiasm to United Way and serve my community in ways that are impactful.”

–Kamika Dillard | Business Program Manager, Microsoft

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“Being a Change Maker has provided me an opportunity to meet with people who share the same connection with United Way, and give back to the community in a hands-on way.”

–Dora Leung | Clark Nuber PS

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“I believe every child should have an equal chance to succeed. I am proud to partner with UWKC as a Change Maker to support that mission because I trust UWKC to leverage their incredible partnerships to make my dollar go further.”

–Kayleen Burnett | Costco Wholesale

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“I want to do more than just clocking my 9-5 and I am thankful that I can directly make a difference for others in my community through United Way.”

–Steve Hooper | Jr.President, Ethan Stowell Restaurants and Change Makers Committee Co-Chair

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“I love the depth that United Way has–the number of people they’ve helped in this economic crisis is impressive.”

—Kamala Saxton | Co-owner, Marination and Super Six

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“Volunteering and engaging with United Way has helped me feel more tapped into the issues affecting my community.”

—Vannessa Rivera | Senior Program Manager, Amazon

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“Knowing how much further my dollars stretch with United Way gave me the confidence to give.”

—Melanie Deitch | Marketing & Communications, PCL Construction

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“The name tells the story. My wife and I want to be catalysts in addressing homelessness, disparate educational outcomes and racial equity in our community. That is why we became Change Makers.”

—Stephan Blanford, ED.D. | Principal, Lighthouse Consulting

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“We’ve seen the direct impact in the community—and the many stories we’ve heard inspired us to step up and become Change Makers.”

—Sarah and Juliana | Software Engineers

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“Now more than ever, it’s clear we really are connected to one another. Change Makers is one tangible way to express that community.”

—Sue Sherbrooke | Community Volunteer

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“My work, and the work of my firm, feels so well-aligned with the mission and values of United Way of King County.”

—Brian Carter, AIA | Principal & CEO, Integrus Architecture

“We became a Change Maker household to make a difference in our community. Plus, the family-friendly volunteer opportunities allow us to introduce our daughter to the importance of giving back.”

—Malia| Software Development Manager
—Matt | Manager, Marketing Data & Analytics

“I know that by being a Change Maker I’m supporting a variety of efforts to improve our community and fight the impacts of poverty.”

—Robby | Data Analyst

The Change Makers Committee

The Change Makers Impact

Get one family permanently off the streets and into a home.

Provide a family with weekly home grocery delivery for a year through our DoorDash partnership.

Enable 8 youth to take GED tests necessary to finish their high school education.

Provide after-school meals for 30 kids whose families are struggling to make ends meet.

Help a student and their family pay one month of rent, moving expenses or assist with mortgage.

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