Every dollar raised by the annual Seattle Times Fund For The Needy campaign goes to programs at 12 community nonprofits.
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.
The Times covers the administrative costs of the fund so that each dollar donated goes to programs at these social-service agencies.
Many of the programs are geared to help clients help themselves.
Here’s a partial list of how the money collected in last year’s campaign was used.
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The Salvation Army: Provided 282,456 meals and 74,523 bags of groceries to the hungry. Helped provide 172,871 nights of lodging in shelters and residential programs. Helped prevent eviction and homelessness for 1,771 households in King and Snohomish counties. Provided 23,296 Christmas toys to children.
Senior Services: Delivered 392,007 “Meals on Wheels” meals to homebound seniors; drove 933,061 miles taking seniors to medical appointments. Provided fitness classes to 12,900 seniors.
Childhaven: Helped 392 children and their families deal with the effects of abuse and neglect.
Hopelink: More than 60,000 people were helped with services such as food, shelter, energy assistance, literacy classes, job-readiness training and employment assistance.
Wellspring Family Services: Provided 15,726 nights of emergency housing for 87 families with 151 children; provided 5,424 days of child care to 70 homeless children. Distributed more than $1.3 million in donated clothing and supplies, including 52,213 diapers.
Atlantic Street Center: Reached 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 4,671 clients deal with difficulties including depression, addiction and abuse. Made 22,713 additional contacts in education and programs to prevent substance abuse, violence and depression.
Treehouse for Kids: Tutoring, recreational camps, clothing, toys and school supplies helped more than 5,000 foster youngsters who have felt the effects of abuse and neglect. Distributed more than 90,000 items at The Wearhouse, where foster children can select clothes, toys and school supplies.
Asian Counseling and Referral Service: Provided 55,456 meals to senior citizens. More than 2,100 youth helped in programs dealing with homework, tutoring, community-service, resume assistance and cultural identity.
Kindering Center: Helped nearly 3,300 special-needs children and their families with programs including developmental assessments, special education, mental health, physical and speech therapies and foster care.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound: Assisted mentors who helped nearly 1,500 children.
Kent Youth and Family Services: Provided preschool programs for some 600 3- and 4-year-olds. Provided transitional housing for 21 homeless young pregnant and parenting mothers.