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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.

With Social Justice and Equity in Mind, Renton School District Raises the Bar for Its Students

Renton School District is truly committed to the education and well-being of its young people. A recent results report shows its efforts are paying off.

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One Teenage Somali Muslim Refugee’s Admiration for her Mother

A beautiful tribute to an "awesome" and "inspiring" mom.

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“Create Change” — A day to change how we think about art, advocacy and homelessness

The Seattle Public Library’s “Create Change: Youth and Family Homelessness and the Arts” showed how art can be used to take action towards ending youth and family homelessness.

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A safe home for all DV survivors

Domestic violence has long been a leading cause of homelessness for women and children. Let's change that.

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Pathways to Great Jobs for Washington Students in Washington State

The Washington Roundtable has set an ambitious goal: By 2030, 70 percent of Washington students will earn a postsecondary credential by the age of 26.

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