July 2019 Newsletter: Listen more, talk less

As World Cup Champion and Seattle Reign superstar Megan Rapinoe reminds us, “listen more and talk less.” It’s only after listening that philanthropy can step into the role of seeding and supporting promising community efforts, and bringing together community-based organizations to share ideas, learn from each other, and reach their own solutions.

In our July newsletter, we focus on what local partners are doing to address homelessness and housing instability, poverty and economic inequality, structural racism, and educational inequities. Here are a few highlights:

  • Since 1970, the Chief Seattle Club has provided basic needs like food, showers, and laundry, and—with community support—they are expanding their space and their services.
  • A collaborative approach to low-income affordable housing and combating displacement, “Rise Together” plans to develop 442 units of affordable housing in multi-purpose sites, for neighborhoods that are historically home to people of color, immigrants and refugees, LGBTQ seniors, and low-income families.
  • No child should ever have to go hungry. To help meet the need, organizations like the Hunger Intervention Program, and local food banks are stepping in. Caregivers can find summer meal options here, or by texting “food” or “comida” to 877-877.

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