Updated March 20, 2020
Dear Seattle U Campus Community,
Since our last communication significant changes have been made state-wide including the closing of bars and restaurants for dining. Below are a number of funds to support service workers who have reduced hours or whose workplace is currently closed for business. We have been collecting opportunities for engagement as well as resources for our neighbors on our website.
Supporting Small Businesses
The city is currently collecting data on the impact on small businesses. 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.
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.
- City of Seattle Public Health Roster of Volunteers
- Food Bank at Byrd Barr Place
- Food Bank at Capitol Hill Salvation Army
- Bloodworks NW Blood Drive Volunteers
- Mary’s Place Kid’s Club
- Danny Woo Garden
- YES Farm (Black Farmer’s Collective)
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.
- Seattle COVID-19 Facebook Page
- Seattle COVID-19 Mutual Aid Solidarity Network “Offer Support” Form
- Mutual Aid Donation Page
- Central District restaurant Soulful Dishes is providing free breakfast and dinner to community. Support their effort by providing funds to @tarik-abdullah via Venmo. Learn more in this video created by AfricaTown.
Help maintain a sufficient blood supply and prevent shortages as concerns about the outbreak of COVID-19 rise in the U.S. Read more on the Bloodworks Northwest website.
Neighbor to Neighbor Support
We also call on you to check-in on your neighbors during this time. If you don’t have contact information, consider leaving a note like this on their door or in their mailbox (adapted from Seattle Mutual Aid)
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/etc].
If you have additional suggestions or corrections to the above information, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for Community Engagement