The need for immediate and long-term support in our community has never been greater due to the COVID-19 crisis. We are helping those who are hardest hit, including restaurant and service-industry workers and the undocumented community, as well as providing support to local organizations on the frontlines of the pandemic, focusing on those directly serving populations who are:
Our response to COVID-19 will continue to evolve based on the needs of our partners and the local community.
The WA COVID Response Corps, a partnership between the Foundation and Serve Washington, aims to address food insecurity issues and create meaningful service opportunities for young people, to help keep our most vulnerable neighbors fed and healthy during these difficult times.
WA COVID Response Corps members and their host sites impact to date:
To serve those who make a living serving others, we partnered with #allinseattle, Seattle Foundation, UpTogether, and a coalition of restaurants, foundations, and individuals, to launch #ThePlateFund, an initiative that provided immediate, one-time payments of $500 to the most impacted restaurant-industry workers in King County.
To ensure assistance went to the most vulnerable and hardest-hit communities, #ThePlateFund formed partnerships with El Centro de la Raza, Falis Community Service and Asian Counseling and Referral Service. Each organization helped direct payments to affected workers within their respective networks, including those who may be undocumented or unbanked, and may not be eligible for government assistance.
#ThePlateFund impact to date: