GiveBIG May 3rd! April 2016

I am inviting you to be on the frontline of preventing homelessness by stepping up to the plate and supporting the Helpline during GiveBIG, the Seattle Foundation’s online giving event now through Tuesday, May 3rdGiveBIG Queen Anne Helpline. With our city in the throes of a homelessness crisis and the Helpline’s growing leadership tackling this serious issue, your help is more important than ever. It is fitting that GiveBIG’s theme this year is “Together We Can Make an Impact.” When you give to Queen Anne Helpline you are literally keeping local families, many with children, from falling into homelessness.

Thanks to you, the Helpline’s impact continues to grow.

  • In 2015 we helped 24% more people than the previous year. We provided financial assistance to 842 people including 285 children and prevented 505 evictions and 162 utility shut-offs. Sixty-two percent of the people we helped were families. These impressive numbers are from our new database that is giving us a better measure of our impact.
  • Thanks to our powerful partnership with Compass Housing Alliance our financial assistance helped 39 families move into their new homes, and a year later they are all still stably housed. Your dollars also provided 12 previously homeless women a safe place to live while receiving services to help them get back on their feet.
  • In an important new development we recently added Case Management services to help clients move toward increased self-sufficiency while decreasing their need for outside assistance.

All of this depends on your support. GiveBIG is a fantastic opportunity to support our work because a percent of all donations received that day (or scheduled in advance) will be matched by Seattle Foundation, growing the impact of your gift. Remember, for your donation to count as part of GiveBIG you MUST donate through the Seattle Foundation website. New this year, you can schedule your donation in advance beginning Monday, April 18th! To schedule your donation now: click GiveBIG Queen Anne Helpline or go to the Seattle Foundation website, search for Queen Anne Helpline and click the Donate button.

JUST ANNOUNCED! Metropolitan Market Uptown and Magnolia are offering a $6,000 challenge match for GiveBIG! Last years’ challenge match of $5,000 proved so successful they’ve decided to increase the amount they are offering. Please help us meet this fantastic challenge where every dollar you give up to $6,000 will be doubled!

We can’t do this work without you! Heartfelt thanks in advance for helping so many of our most vulnerable neighbors.