The 12 nonprofit agencies that benefit from The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy deliver a wide array of services to people at every age level.
The Seattle Times covers the administrative costs of its Fund For The Needy so that every dollar donated gets passed along to one of 12 selected agencies that help children, families and seniors. Here is a partial list of ways the nonprofits put the money to work last year.
The Salvation Army: Provided 303,647 meals and 59,313 bags of groceries to the hungry. Helped provide 177,344 nights of lodging in shelters and residential programs. Prevented eviction and homelessness for 634 households in King and Snohomish counties. Provided 15,714 Christmas toys to children.
Senior Services: Delivered 419,804 meals to homebound seniors; helped more than 71,000 elders with meals, transportation, information, exercise classes and more. Drove 1,113,442 miles to help 6,264 seniors get to medical appointments or do grocery shopping, errands or other activities.
Childhaven: Clocked 290,091 hours providing childhood-trauma treatment and positive-parenting services to more than 800 children and caregivers in the Greater Seattle area.
ABOUT THIS SERIESEach year, The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy raises money for a group of charities that help children, families and senior citizens. Throughout the fall and winter, The Times is telling how the 12 organizations make a difference in the lives of thousands, and the impact donors can make. Click here to donate to Fund For The Needy.
Hopelink: Helped more than 64,000 people with services such as food, shelter, financial assistance, energy assistance, adult education, job-readiness training and employment assistance.
Wellspring Family Services: Helped 92 homeless youngsters learn skills to cope with the negative effects of trauma and stress. Gave 2,383 homeless children and their families 4,000 “shopping trips” to the agency’s free store, the Baby Boutique.
Atlantic Street Center: Helped 70 teen parents with clinical and case-management support. Helped more than 180 youth in a development program stressing self-empowerment and college readiness.
Youth Eastside Services: Provided intensive counseling to help more than 5,100 clients deal with difficulties including depression, addiction, abuse and bullying. Reached more than 38,000 through education and prevention programs and brief counseling.
Treehouse: Academic mentoring, recreational camps, clothing, toys and school supplies helped more than 9,000 foster youngsters who have felt the effects of abuse and neglect. Distributed 100,000 items at the Wearhouse, where foster children can select clothes, toys and school supplies.
Asian Counseling and Referral Service: Provided meals for 2,600 individuals and groceries for 5,665 elders and their families. Worked with 2,724 youth in programs promoting leadership development, job readiness, homework help and alternatives to violence and substance abuse.
Kindering Center: Helped more than 3,600 infants and children with special needs using programs including developmental assessments, special education, physical and speech therapies and mental health.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound: Assisted mentors who helped nearly 1,000 children.
Kent Youth and Family Services: Served more than 900 youth in after-school programs offering offers life skills, homework help and tutoring at three community youth centers. Helped 559 children, youth and families with counseling, therapy, substance-abuse programs and other services.