We’ve seen the tents. We’ve heard of the homelessness crisis in our community. It’s now time for us to do something about it.
Last week, more than 200 United Way Emerging Leaders gathered at the Gates Foundation Visitor Center for a unique event around taking action against homelessness.
With a fun Star Wars theme (May the 4th be with you), the rooms were buzzing with activities around the issue. From signing up for upcoming Emerging Leader volunteering projects to taking a social stand at the event photobooth to making a donation to support work being done around the issue… there was an activity for everyone.
We also had a few of United Way and Gates Foundation’s nonprofit partners including Mary’s Place, YouthCare, All Home, Mockingbird Society, and YMCA there, for attendees to learn more about how we are getting people off the streets and into stable housing.
David Wertheimer talked about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s work in supporting family homelessness in our community and their metrics-driven approach to helping solve the issue. Lauren McGowan shared details about United Way of King County’s various programs like Streets to Home that help make homelessness rare, brief and one-time. We also heard from Angel Gardner, Seattle Youth Poet Laureate, about her experiences when faced with homelessness.