The 12 nonprofit organizations assisted by The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy provide an array of services to the most vulnerable members of the community, from infants to families to seniors. Many programs are geared to help clients help themselves.
Here’s a partial list of the services helped by last year’s campaign:
The Salvation Army: Provided 317,045 meals and 77,746 bags of groceries to the hungry. Helped provide 194,282 nights of lodging in shelters and residential programs. Helped prevent eviction and homelessness for 1,567 households in King and Snohomish counties. Provided 30,423 Christmas toys to children.
Senior Services: Delivered 367,066 “Meals on Wheels” meals to homebound seniors; drove 924,345 miles taking seniors to medical appointments. Provided 12,485 days of care at day-health centers.
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Childhaven: Helped 384 children and their families deal with the effects of abuse and neglect.
Hopelink: Helped more than 60,000 people with services such as food, shelter, energy assistance, literacy classes, job-readiness training and employment assistance.
Wellspring Family Services: Provided 12,017 nights of emergency housing for 51 families; helped 70 homeless children learn skills to cope with trauma and stress. Helped 521 people, including 297 children, move into safe, stable homes.
Atlantic Street Center: Helped more than 3,000 individuals in programs emphasizing self-sufficiency, participation and connection to community, aiding some of King County’s most vulnerable residents.
Youth Eastside Services: Provided counseling to help more than 4,400 clients deal with difficulties including depression, addiction, abuse and bullying. Delivered education and prevention programs to 32,000 participants.
Treehouse: Tutoring, recreational camps, clothing, toys and school supplies helped more than 6,000 foster youngsters who have felt the effects of abuse and neglect. Distributed more than 100,000 items at The Wearhouse, where foster children can select clothes, toys and school supplies.
Asian Counseling and Referral Service: Provided meals for 2,656 residents in nine programs; operated a food bank serving 5,249 people. Provided counseling and youth-development services to students at more than 60 schools.
Kindering Center: Helped more than 3,400 children and their families with programs including developmental assessments, special education, physical and speech therapies and mental health.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound: Assisted mentors who helped more than 1,200 children.
Kent Youth and Family Services: Helped nearly 300 preschoolers become ready for kindergarten. Provided teaching, life-skills coaching and temporary housing for 20 mothers and their children.