Members of UTOPIA Washington
In March, 2020, RRCF created the Covid-19 Response Fund to meet the onslaught of basic needs stemming from the pandemic. To date, we have distributed $393,000 to 65 organizations in South King County. You can go here for a list of grantees and donors to the fund.
We know that the effects of Covid-19 will be with our community for many, many months to come, and that the Black, Indigenous, and communities of color will continue to suffer the most. Therefore, we have changed the name of this fund to the CARE Together Fund. CARE stands for Communities Aligned around Racial Equity. We want to ensure that this recovery is inclusive and lifts up all of our residents. “Together” is important because it will take all of us working together to ensure our region heals and recovers.
The grants have addressed basic needs and communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Most of the support has addressed food insecurity. Additionally, the Fund has supported organizations that address rental assistance, diapers, personal protective equipment (PPE), and mental health and domestic violence efforts. Because of their ability to reach communities most impacted by the pandemic, we have prioritized organizations that are trusted in BIPOC, refugee and immigrant communities.
Please consider making a contribution today.
”Renton Regional Community Foundation was a key support for our immigrant-2-immigrant program and youth empowerment program to respond to our community urgent needs during this pandemic. Not only through the funding we received from them, but also through the support and connection with other organization responders we received during non-profit conversations. Our community is only strong and resilient when working together."Ariana AnjazAfghan Health Initiative
How are grants made from the fund?
There is no application process. A committee made up of representatives from community organizations work with RRCF’s Executive Director (see list below) to identify the greatest community needs as they emerge in this rapidly changing environment. If this fund continues to grow, we will re-evaluate the need for an application process. If you have questions or would like to put your group’s name in front of the committee, contact us here. View our Grants to see the list of grantees to date.
As a donor, should I give to this fund instead of to other non-profits?
The CARE Together Fund was not created to be the only vehicle for getting needed resources into the community, but to help facilitate getting more targeted resources into the community. This is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations who’ve benefited from your giving in the past, as well as those who’ve had to cancel their annual fundraising events or depend heavily on public gatherings. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time. Now is the time to double down for our community.
We are grateful to the members of the CARE Together Fund Committee
- Melissa Glenn, Health and Social Services Coordinator, King County Library System
- Erin Hood, Data Coordinator, Childhaven
- Benita R. Horn, Inclusion & Equity Consultant, City of Renton
- LeAnne Moss, Executive Director, Renton Regional Community Foundation
- Hiroshi Nakano, Valley Medical Center
- Ebony Pattenaude, Renton School District Director of RIZ Partnerships and Early Learning
- Roberto Perez, Program Manager, Centro Rendu
- Dr. Linda Smith, Sky Urban Empowerment and Transformation Center
Please give HERE. You may also mail a check made out to Renton Regional Community Foundation and mail to P.O. Box 820, Renton, WA 98057.
100% of donations will go to community groups and leaders on the ground. Please consider adding on 3% to your gift to cover credit card fees. RRCF is covering the cost of administering the fund.
CARE Together Fund Grants
For this funding, we are prioritizing basic needs and those communities that are most impacted by racial inequities. To date we have supported the following organizations:
Access To Our Community (ATOC) – safeguards the rights of marginalized refugee communities to safe and affordable housing in South King County. The Covid Fund provided rental assistance support for their community members.
Afghan Health – for their Immigrant-2-Immigrant program that will help their community champions provide basic needs support to their clients.
African Community Housing and Development – for stipends for their community volunteers during the pandemic.
Alimentando al Pueblo (AAP) – a pop-up pantry that addresses food insecurity in the Latinx Community of the Highline Service area (Burien, Des Moines, SeaTac, Normandy Park, and White Center). This grant helps them continue with efforts of not only providing food, but providing culture, connection, and community to a people that have unequivocally suffered the consequences of this pandemic, systemic and historical racism, and economic disenfranchisement.
AMPowering – helps communities and homeless people in Renton with food, groceries, personal hygiene items, masks, financial assistance, interim shelters and in any other way they need help to cope up with the situation due to COVID.
ANEW – for emergency support for their apprentices, such as utility and rental assistance, child care costs, and gas cards.
Babies of Homelessness – for supplies as they deliver diapers and other needed products to low-income/homeless families.
Cedar River Clinics – for emergency operating funds that will help subsidize medical supplies and staff salaries so they can continue to offer patients quality, compassionate care.
Centro de Amistad Cristiano – for rental assistance to the congregants of this Auburn church who have lost their jobs due to COVID or who are underemployed.
Centro Rendu – for food and rent assistance to the Latino community.
Coal Creek YMCA – for the Hunger Initiatives Backpack Program.
Coaliton of Filipino American Organizations of Washington – for basic needs support of their community.
Coleman’s Family Services – to support their clients with mental health counseling and basic needs such as electronic devices, food, and rental assistance.
Communities in Schools – Renton Tukwila – Emergency Fund for gas and food cards, etc.
Community for Youth – for their “COVID-19 Emergency Fund” to assist students and families in the 2020/2021 school year with basic needs such as food, gas cards, utility assistance, etc. to prevent homelessness and other hardships.
Crisis Connections – to support new staffing needs as a result of dramatic increase in calls to the 2-1-1 line.
Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN) – for assistance to domestic violence survivors.
Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) – for rental and legal assistance to families in our region.
El Comite – to help them disburse support such as food, masks, and cash assistance to families that are in a dire economic situation because they have not been able to access other support due to their immigration status.
Emergency Feeding Program – for operating support to help them continue their feeding program.
Equity in Education Coalition – a statewide coalition working towards a more targeted and comprehensive approach to improve educational achievement and growth as well as closing the opportunity gap throughout the State of Washington. This grant will support their work in transportation, lyft cars, food, and mental health support for our communities while they get their vaccine.
Evergreen Treatment Services REACH Program – to provide food, supplies to shelter-in-place (tents, sleeping bags, blankets), and cell phones so that the most marginalized people can access telehealth services and the COVID-19 hotline.
Freedom Church of Seattle – for their feeding programs and helping families with housing support.
Grassroot Projects – for outreach in South King County to support children’s health, nutrition, clothing, education, and cultural needs in the pandemic recovery.
Guided Pathways – to help them further expand outreach and services, focusing on and emphasizing the mental health and well-being of Black and Brown parents, youth and children.
Intercultural Children and Family Services – to help families of color who due to COVID-19 are struggling with food insecurity, rental assistance, PPE/cleaning supplies, utility bills, and baby food, diapers, and wipes.
Integration Family Services – for basic needs support of African immigrants in South King County
Kent Food Bank and Emergency Services – for their food distribution program.
King County Sexual Assault Resource Center – for their legal advocacy, trauma-specific therapy, parent education, and case management services to victims of sexual assault and their families.
Living Well Kent – for food assistance and other essential items to assist refugees and immigrants in South King County.
Luther’s Table – to provide 100 dinners 6 nights a week for vulnerable populations in Renton.
Margie Williams Helping Hands Center – to provide food for Renton area residents.
Mother Africa – to provide rental assistance and food gift cards to African refugee an immigrant families.
Multi Service Center – for rental assistance.
Neighborhood House – to support their Aging and Disability Services Department. Specifically, this grant will provide food and emergency services to seniors.
Organization for Prostitution Survivors – to address the mental, physical, and safety needs of those they work with.
Outreach Ministry of the New Beginnings Christian Fellowship – to expand its meal program for seniors in the Renton/Kent East Hill area that are shut in due to the pandemic.
Para Los Niños – for grocery cards for their community family members.
REACH – for general operating for their wrap-around services.
Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA) – to provide rental assistance and grocery and gasoline gift cards for Renton area residents.
Renton Area Youth and Family Services (RAYS) – for basic needs and emergency funding to low-income first-time parents (e.g. medical supplies, rent assistance, etc).
Renton-King County Alliance for Justice – for capacity building and supporting rent and food assistance to Black and Brown families in need of help.
Restoration House Ministries NW – for emergency food distribution, shoes and clothing for children, addressing housing issues, and emotional support for youth.
Shared Bread – for rent and utility assistance to families in Kent. This is a program of Kent United Methodist.
Sheron Ann Foundation – uses direct service, trainings and public speaking to redefine advocacy by redesigning systems. This grant will enable them to provide rental assistance and grocery cards to domestic violence survivors.
The Silent Task Force – to heal and engage the community in responding to the realities of domestic violence, and to support survivors during COVID-19.
Skyway Urban Food Systems Pact – to purchase a storage pod and truck for food delivery.
Somali Parents Education Board – for providing community building and essential resources to community members in Skyway.
Somali Youth and Family Club – for culturally and linguistically competent information, food support, online tutoring, and housing referral.
South King Food Fighters – for serving weekend meals to Renton and Tukwila families.
Summer Search – to support youth from low-income backgrounds with mental health, mentoring, access to resources, and emergency funding.
Treehouse – for their Just-in-Time funding program that provides rental assistance, grocery gift cards, utility payments and phone bills when public assistance isn’t available for youth and young adults in foster care.
Tukwila Pantry – for buying food, paying for extra staffing, and diesel for refrigerated truck.
Ubumwe Women’s Association – for Christmas cards for families.
Ukrainian Community Center of Washington – to support its community’s basic needs: food and housing provisions, mental health counseling and support, and family support services for those in high risk of domestic issues and/or violence.
Urban Family – Working with families in Skyway and providing Care Packs to help them during this crisis
UTOPIA (United Territories Of Pacific Islanders’ Alliance) – for health and financial support to their community members.
Vine Maple Place – for emergency housing, food, and mental health support.
Vision House – for general operating support as they work with their families, particularly with mental and emotional needs.
Washington Dream Coalition – to support basic needs of undocumented residents in South King County.
Way Back Inn – to support their 10 transitional housing units and basic needs for families.
Westside Baby – to deliver emergency diapers, wipes, formula and other most needed items to South King County organizations working with families whose health and economic well-being is most impacted by this pandemic.
World Changers – for food and other supplies to families and seniors, including those who are homeless.
YWCA Anita Vista – to support domestic violence survivors in this South King County transitional housing center.
We will continue to meet weekly until all the money is disbursed. We have raised just over $350,000 to date and hope to continue to raise more funds to meet the needs of our community.
We are so grateful to our donors who have made this support possible:
Peter Aiau and Susan Ormbrek
AFT Renton Local 6367
Char and Jim Baker
Zane and Alison Behnke
Bernier McCaw Foundation
Paula and Bill Clapp
Jim Freeburg and Lisa Dahlby Freeburg
Melissa and Jon Glenn
Matthew Michael Hanbey
John and Petra Hansen
Harper Egineering Children’s Needs Fund
Hallie Rose Hominda
Jonna Lee and Robert Hough
In It Together LLC
Jon and Mollie Kaufman
Larsen Family Fund
Duy M. Le Giving Fund
Marlene and Roger Winter Fund
Maxwell Fund for Youth and Families
Bob and Kathy McBeth
The Next Curve
Armondo and Angela Pavone
Jim and Joy Poff
Reeder Family Fund
Judi & Ray Schafer
Linda M. Smith
Statewide Capacity Building Collaborative
C Rhea Thompson
Candace Tkachuck and Don Guthrie
Larry and Velma Warren