The Center for Community Engagement has compiled a list of ways to support our larger community while recognizing the need for social distancing. Please consider how you might be able to assist in this time of challenge. The opportunities below center our long-term community partners who work with residents and families closest to campus. Please consider donating to one of the emergency funds below to support our neighbors.
Check-in on your neighbors, especially those who are older. If you do not have their phone number, consider leaving a note such as the example below (adapted from Seattle COVID-19 Mutual Aid) with your contact information in the mailbox or on the door, or talking through the door to see if they need support in accessing services or food.
My name is [xx] and I am currently able to [deliver groceries/provide childcare/walk your dog/connect for emotional support in this difficult time]. If I can support you in any of these ways, my contact info is [phone/email/].
Basic Needs and Rent Assistance
Donate blood to help maintain a sufficient blood supply and prevent shortages as concerns about the outbreak of COVID-19 rise in the U.S. Read more here https://www.bloodworksnw.org/about/news/coronavirus.
Calls for Volunteers
Some calls for in-person volunteer opportunities have started to surface. We respect your individual decision-making and assessment of personal risk in engaging in these opportunities to support organizations that remain open and serving local residents and families.
There are a number of grassroots mutual aid organizations forming in Seattle to support community members, including a Seattle U group, Students for Economic Justice.
Consider making a donation to the Seattle Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the region’s coronavirus outbreak. The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address the outbreak as effectively as possible.
Consider donating to a mutual aid fund. Local Seattle activists have coordinated a grassroots fund for the delivery of critical supplies including food. "We are an all-volunteer grassroots group operating in Duwamish and Coast Salish territories. We are prioritizing folks who are sick, disabled, quarantined without pay, elderly, undocumented, queer, Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color -- including those displaced from Seattle to the nearby areas. Thank you for your patience and grace."
Support local artists whose work has been postponed or canceled. Local writer Ijeoma Oluo started this GoFundMe to support struggling artists or consider supporting the ArtsFund’s COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund, which supports arts organizations in King County so they can maintain essential functions and retain core staff throughout the current public health crisis.
Donate funds to food partners in the neighborhood who will critically provide access to meals during this time:
Donate funds to community partners who provide critical support to our neighbors:
Support local small businesses who have experienced a significant decrease in patronage by purchasing gift certificates for use later, ordering for delivery or pick up. Particularly in the Chinatown-International District, there have been significant impacts already.
The city is currently collecting data on the impact on small businesses here. Please consider ordering for deliver or pick-up from small, local businesses to help keep them afloat during this difficult time. You can also purchase gift cards for future use. The Intentionalist is a great resource to learn more about the amazing businesses in the neighborhoods around Seattle U.
If you have additional ideas for how to offer support, please send suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org for distribution via social media and future updates.