An established, effective collaborative of six nonprofit organizations working together to mitigate the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on vibrant, diverse, low-income communities across the Seattle area.
The partners launched Rise Together back in 2017 in a collaborative capital campaign effort to build over 400 new affordable homes in three Seattle neighborhoods alongside space for health and human services, community, and small businesses. In the over two years since, we have carefully built up an effective collaboration that goes far beyond the transactional.
Today, while the Rise Together capital campaign effort continues strong, the COVID-19 pandemic has put tremendous pressures on the vulnerable communities served by all six organizations. The response cannot wait. From this challenge arises creativity, and the trust and shared learning developed over time across the partnership is one of our greatest assets in supporting our communities’ resilience.
Heal Together is an initiative within our Rise Together campaign that acknowledges the call to action of our time: to ensure that the low-income families and individuals we serve throughout the Seattle area are supported, and that our organizations have the resources needed to survive. As we look to the likely broader economic downturn in the year or more ahead, we know our organizations’ services will be more needed than ever.
While the needs are enormous and widespread, Heal Together is a way to leverage support through an effective collaboration with deep community connections. Heal Together is not only a fund addressing immediate needs; it is an expression of where we are headed as a community. We’ll only get there together.
The Heal Together Response Fund will support the following critical needs:
Heal Together will support new responsive programming as well as program adaptations to continue essential services for families, veterans, and other low-income community members. Programs across partner organizations include:
- Rent relief for affordable housing residents and small businesses
- Energy assistance to help low-income households pay their annual heating costs
- Food programs including a community food bank, home grocery delivery, commodities distribution and special needs foods
- Individualized phone outreach and grocery/medication delivery service as requested
- Supportive phone communication for those who are isolated or lonely
- Resident services to help affordable housing residents navigate resources
- Support for youth to help them adapt, build skills for success, and stay safely engaged in positive activities
- Counseling, education and support for families as they navigate unexpected distress and uncertainty
- Supporting Capitol Hill arts organizations during a time of unprecedented closure
Funds raised through Heal Together will be shared among the partner organizations and used for the areas of greatest need in responding to the impacts of COVID-19 on our clients and organizations.