Volunteer Where It’s Needed: Surprise! It’s in Your Own Neighborhood.

Guest blogger Lisa Wolf works in Community Development at Washington Federal. She currently sits on the Emerging Leader Marketing Committee and was a United Way Loaned Executive in 2013. Check out Washington Federal’s blog about their Day of Caring fun too! I love to clean. And I love to help people. So when I was…

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The Transformative Power of a Haircut

Guest blogger Jordan McKerney is the Senior Communications Specialist at Russell Investments and also volunteers at United Way on the Emerging Leader Marketing Committee. Read on to hear about her experience at the Community Resource Exchange. Several years ago, I had the chance to volunteer at the Community Resource Exchange at the guest intake tables….

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Even One is Too Many

3,117. This is the number of unsheltered men, women and children who were outside in King County during 2014 One Night Count, held on a chilly night in late January. That’s a staggering increase of 14% over last year. And for the people affected—and our community—it’s a crisis. The spike in unsheltered people points to…

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Ending Homelessness…What’s Next???

Tonight I will be participating in my 14th One Night Count of unsheltered individuals and families.  I guess I can say that I’ve become a bit of an expert in counting people who are experiencing homelessness and who are unsheltered.  There are the obvious places – cars, doorways, and the like.  There are also those…

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No Child Sleeps Outside

Emily Heffter of the Seattle Times recently wrote that “King County’s homeless families await help, as backlog grows”. She is right. Tonight we will have too many kids without a safe place to rest their head, do their homework, eat a hot meal, or call home.  Homelessness is a crisis for these families and is…

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