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Topics / Pacific Northwest Community
Washington state is home to a growing number of families who struggle to get by. To address challenges our region’s families face, we support many dedicated and innovative community organizations in the Pacific Northwest. We focus on nonprofit organizations and tribes that can best identify and serve the needs of low-income children and families. We help these organizations serve more people, build organizational strength, and improve their programs.

Learn more below and visit the program page for more details about our work in this area.

New Photography Exhibit Sheds Light on Reality of Homelessness in Seattle

Visit the exhibit "Tiny: Streetwise Revisited," at the Seattle Central Library.

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Homelessness in the classroom

Ashely Danielson grew up homeless. Now, she's attending community college and hopes to be a teacher.

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Ready for Kindergarten

Pre-K is high-quality education, not just a place to put your kids. Teaching pre-K is hard work--these are the people who are molding and shaping your kid, and everything they do matters. Because of our quality pre-K experience, I feel confident that we're ready for Kindergarten.

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It starts with a day

We need to put our dollars and support towards solutions that we know will end homelessness.

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What it takes to close the opportunity gap in Washington state

A more equitable society would offer those resources to every student, focusing first on the places where resources have been lacking or denied, in order to intentionally close the opportunity gap.

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