Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

With a gift to United Way of King County, you join the “we” who stand up for people further impoverished by our booming economy. Together, we help families keep more of their money as they struggle to build financial stability. We invest millions in healthy meal programs for kids to ease pressure on grocery bills. Our Free Tax Prep campaign returns tens of millions in tax refunds to family budgets. United, we take the fight to Olympia to make sure financial stability remains a legislative and budget priority.

Our Goals

Alleviate poverty for 50,000 people

Reduce food-insecure kids in South King County to 10%

Our Approach

Your donation helps families move out of poverty and become financially stable. Last year we invested $7.4M in feeding hungry kids and empowering families around the county, connected thousands of volunteers who want to make a difference and helped make financial stability a priority in Olympia.

Free Tax Prep Program: Refunds Seed Stability

For those with limited income, groceries, rent and utility bills come first. Professional tax services—and any refund they might gain—are simply out of reach. Your support of the Free Tax Prep Campaign allows people to spend their hard-earned dollars on food, not fees, and to use any tax refund to help build financial stability.
Each tax season hundreds volunteer to help with taxes at libraries, Goodwill stores and other sites. Volunteers are IRS-trained and offer free tax help in multiple languages.

2018 Impact

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Fuel Your Future: Healthy Food Helps Feed the Budget, Too

One in five Washington kids is regularly at risk of going hungry. Hunger can effect growth, study skills and behavior. United Way and its donors work together to help all kids grow up healthy, graduate and become successful adults.

We harness the energy of dozens of AmeriCorps members and community partners to help meet low-income families where they are and help kids get the nutritious food they need. Our work is county-wide, with an emphasis in south King County.

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Benefits Hub: Help College Students Succeed

Education is one of the best tools to break the cycle of poverty. Many college ‭students struggle—9% are homeless and 36% don’t know where their next meal will come from. So we’re connecting them to services through Benefits Hubs to help ‭them stay in school and graduate.‬‬

‭Benefits Hubs are right on campus, so students can easily get financial coaching, help applying ‭for financial aid, free tax preparation and food pantry-type support. With these obstacles gone, students can focus on graduating.‬‬


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Connecting People in Crisis to Help. Pronto.

Our community has loads of support for people in need. But navigating resources can be overwhelming without a little direction from people who care.

Your dollars mean people can find help through United Way partners such as 2-1-1 and the Ethiopian Community in Seattle to get connected to food stamps, rent assistance, counseling and more. They also coordinate the efforts of the many nonprofits in our community, saving time and money for all.