Taking Care of Our Neighbors
In this time of uncertainty, it is our priority to keep our community safe and healthy. As COVID-19 impacts our entire region, we are committed to ensuring our neighbors continue to have access to food, emergency financial assistance, and other basic needs. Thank you for your patience as we update how we operate.
Backpack Program: We will communicate with community partners to determine how to best ensure our students stay fed during school closures.
Our updated food bank hours are:
Tuesday – 9:00am to 1:00pm
Wednesday – 10:00am to 3:00pm
Thursday – 9:00am to 2:00pm
Friday – 10:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday to Monday – Closed
For a comprehensive list of COVID-19 resources, financial and other, go here. Below are a few of the highly requested resources.
- General Resources: City of Seattle list of resources: here Washington State list of resources coronavirus.wa.gov/.
- Additional languages: Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs has COVID-19 FAQs in six languages here. Eight ASL/captioned videos about COVID-19 here.
COVID-19 resources in Indigenous languages here.
- Rental assistance: Landlords cannot begin eviction proceedings until after August 1st or the end of Seattle's state of emergency. In the meantime, United Way is working to get on an online application live later this week for their Home Base program. If you are seeking rental assistance, please enter your email here they will email you soon as it is live.
- Unemployment benefits: Anyone who has lost their job due to coronavirus, has reduced hours, or has had to take time off to self-quarantine or care for a sick relative (and does not get paid sick time from work) should apply for unemployment benefits with the Employment Security Division (ESD, esd.wa.gov). United Way has a helpful roundup of what to do if you're suddenly unemployed here.
- COVID-19 and Stigma: Immigrant and refugee community leaders and organizations urge everyone to know the facts about the coronavirus, not to stigmatize individuals and families from particular groups, and to speak out against bias and harassment.
- Help at Home: Last, being isolated for long periods of time or not being able to get outdoors can feel miserable. Be well, take care of yourself and we can take care of each other!
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, text HOME to the Crisis Line at 741-741.
- Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUS to 66-746 for the Disaster Distress Hotline.
- Call 1-800-799-7233 or text LoveIs to 22-522 to connect with the National Domestic Violence Hotline, or the National Deaf Domestic Violence Hotline available by video chat, email, or more here.