Making an Impact One Phone Call at a Time

By United Way of King County, on June 28, 2021 | In Emerging Leaders 365, News, Racial Equity, Volunteering

Headshot of Lizette Ruiz, Emerging Leaders 365 donor and Committee Member

This blog post was written by Emerging Leaders 365 donor Lizette Ruiz–Training and Onboarding Specialist at the University of Washington

Being able to stay connected and give back to others has been what I have enjoyed the most during my time as an Emerging Leaders 365 donor.

Growing up in a mostly Latino low-income community, I have seen first-hand the impacts that food insecurity can have on families. My passion in fighting for racial equity stems from my humble upbringing and the personal challenges I have faced. I strongly believe that we can make an impact in others’ lives. Participating in this volunteer activity where we were able to provide food-based resources to combat food insecurity by connecting families to healthy and culturally relevant food, reassured my belief that we can make a positive impact in our community.

Hearing the voices and stories of the families I spoke with impacted me as well. It reminded me of the need that exists and how important it is for people who are struggling to learn about the many resources that are out there such as food banks, free school meals, and other critical food resources. I was both humbled and happy to be able to connect some families with these resources.

Staying connected with others through volunteering is truly such a rewarding and fulfilling experience. If you are reading this blog and have been considering signing up for an Emerging Leaders 365 Monthly Volunteer Challenge this is your sign to do so! You will be very happy that you did and will be able to meet some amazing folks in your community and feel the collective impact. Sign up to become an Emerging Leaders 365 donor or learn more here!

Structural Racism takes a toll

Families continue to struggle to keep food on the table. Over one in 10 King County households received Basic Food—that’s some level of food stamp assistance—in February 2021.

But hunger is not equal across communities. For example, 15% of Latino and 11% of Black adults in the greater Seattle area report not having enough food to eat in the last week—compared to just 5% of white adults.

Because of donations to the Community Relief Fund plus supporting partnerships, we’re able to work with the community to fight food insecurity and provide hunger relief right now.


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