Seattle: COVID-19 Direct Relief Fund

Hi, I’m Jeff Lew, the co-founder of lunchdebt.org. I’m a father in Seattle, and I’m concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on our state and country. 

A few years ago, I raised money to help kids across our state by eliminating their school lunch debt. I took action because I saw a need. Collectively, I knew we could do something about it. And we did: We wiped out lunch debt in schools across the state of Washington. 

Today, we’re facing a bigger challenge. The coronavirus is hitting Washington hard. Unfortunately, 29 people have died and 366 people have tested positive, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Government officials warn it could reach 64,000 in a few months if our leaders do not take the steps necessary to stop the spread of the virus. 

We hope and encourage our government officials to do all they can to test, treat, and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

People need immediate help. During this crisis, those with the least suffer the most. Some folks can’t go to the doctor because they don’t have healthcare. Public schools are closed for at least two weeks and some people can’t afford to take off work because they don’t have paid sick leave. Some parents have to choose between paying the rent and feeding their kids. 

This will get worse before it gets better. But the good news is that there’s a path forward.

You may wonder, like I have, if there’s anything we can do to help. We don’t have to sit idly by waiting for someone else to solve the problem. We can take action. We need to come together and lift up the folks that need a helping hand. 

I recently read about the Seattle Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund. The Seattle Foundation is an important organization providing direct relief to those that need it most. They will provide money to “residents without health insurance and/or access to sick days, people with limited English language proficiency, healthcare and gig economy workers, and communities of color, among others.” The Fund is working closely with King County’s Pandemic Community Advisory Group to identify organizations currently providing or receiving requests for support and will use the money raised on our campaign to assist with these efforts.

I will not have access to the funds. Every dollar donated will be transferred directly to the Seattle Foundation. Your donation is tax-deductible. 

Please join me in becoming part of the solution. Donate $5, $10, or $25 bucks. Every contribution counts. Let your voice be heard and let the people know that we have their backs.

To learn more about the Seattle Foundation, please visit: https://www.seattlefoundation.org/.

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