Community Resource Exchange and “Changemakers Rally” Luncheon for United Way
I was lucky enough to tag along to a Community Resource Exchange and “Changemakers Rally” luncheon for United Way on March 13 at CenturyLink Field. As a person who attends my fair share of philanthropic events, I was blown away by the depth, breadth and impact that 90 minutes in the middle of my work day made. This was much more than a luncheon, it was a presentation lead by a panel of political, corporate and philanthropic leaders addressing Seattle’s homeless crisis, all the while, a massive pop-up like operation was happening on the field below. From end zone to end zone, about 400 volunteers were helping guide and serve close to 1,600 homeless people a meal and provide much needed services and supplies. On site was free dental care, hair cuts, legal help, new shoes and more. Giving people hope and “connecting” were top on the agenda for many of the volunteers.
Members of the discussion panel included Fred Rivera of the Seattle Mariners, King County Executive Dow Constantine and several experts in the field of finding creative solutions to get people off the streets. After the panel wrapped up and Q&A completed, attendees were invited to tour the field level and see the event for themselves. It was truly an awe-inspiring scene where people from all walks of life were engaged in dialogue in the midst of a mall of services.
The United Way of King County is always looking for volunteers. For volunteer opportunities, please visit: https://www.uwkc.org/volunteer/.