Here is a list of some of the ways agencies used Fund For The Needy donations last year.
All donations raised through The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy go directly to helping people in our community. Here is a list of some of the ways the nonprofits used the dollars last year.
Childhaven: Delivered therapeutic trauma care to 355 at-risk babies, toddlers and preschoolers, and 83 percent of graduates were socially ready to start kindergarten. Provided 680 hours of parent support and kindergarten-prep training to parents and caregivers.
Kent Youth and Family Services: Helped 588 children and families with 7,000 hours of behavioral health services including clinical care, mental-health and chemical-dependency treatments. 90 percent of participants reported improvements in behavioral and emotional health.
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.
Treehouse: 2,000 kids in foster care shopped at the Wearhouse, picking up 175,000 items, including clothing and school supplies. Provided mentoring and education-planning services to kids at 145 middle schools and high schools to help them graduate. Helped fund 4,700 extracurricular activities and summer-camp visits.
Youth Eastside Services: Provided a wide range of services such as counseling, substance-abuse prevention, mentoring and education support to 45,433 children and families. Provided intensive counseling for issues such as depression and addiction to 5,200 people.
Atlantic Street Center: Provided services to 3,000 children and family members. Eighty percent of educationally at-risk students made academic progress, and 89 percent increased their social skills. One hundred percent of young children in early learning programs graduated to preschool or child care.
Sound Generations (formerly Senior Services): Provided programs and activities to 83,184 older adults to help emotional, social and physical well-being.
Big Brothers Big Sisters: Provided mentoring services to 933 children.
Kindering: Provided programs to 3,600 children with special needs to help with physical and speech therapies, education and developmental assessments; 46 percent of students graduate when they are 3 years old and no longer need special education.
Hopelink: Helped more than 64,000 people with a wide range of fundamental services such as food, shelter, education and help finding a job.
Salvation Army: Provided 334,318 meals and 86,782 bags of groceries. Helped provide 190,392 nights of lodging in shelters and residential facilities. Provided 17,274 Christmas toys for children.
Asian Counseling and Referral Service: Provided meals for 2,868 people and groceries for 5,136 elders and their families. Worked with 3,007 youth in programs promoting leadership development, job readiness, homework help and alternatives to violence and substance abuse.
Wellspring Family Services: Helped 80 children from homeless families learn skills to cope with trauma and stress. Gave 2,554 homeless children and their families 4,265 shopping trips to the agency’s free Baby Boutique store.