Thanks to Our Donors!
Supporters of The Arc of King County
Thank you to the following donors for generously supporting our work at The Arc!
Cooper Levy Trust Awards
This is the Cooper Levy Fund’s 3rd year of funding The Arc of King County. The Family Support 360 Program (FS360) provides culturally competent outreach, information, access to resources, and advocacy training to families caring for children with developmental disabilities. A core value of FS360 is the establishment of strong community partnerships, particularly with local organizations serving the specific communities with whom we work. Working closely with these organizations allows us to educate and model for agencies – government and community – The Arc’s focus on Person-Centered Planning and cultural competence, as well as the benefits that full inclusion has for the wider community. Some of the organizations with whom we have strong partnerships include the Asian Counseling and Referral Service, The Somali American Autism Support, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Consejo, and the Washington State and King County Division of Developmental Disabilities.
Fales Foundation Trust
Thank you to the Fales Foundation Trust for granting The Arc $2,000 in support of its Representative Payee & Support Services program. This program assists individuals with developmental disabilities who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to access services that will enable them to secure and maintain long-term affordable housing, and develop individual advocacy skills through education, training, information, and leadership opportunities.
The Fales Foundation Trust was established in 1985 by Gilbert R. Fales, a long-time Seattle resident. The Foundation was established to provide financial support to social service agencies addressing issues of homelessness and hunger, and to artistic and cultural organizations in the city of Seattle. The Fales Foundation has supported The Arc’s mission in recent years, and we thank them again for their partnership in helping to build a strong community.
The Foundation for the Challenged
The Foundation for the Challenged grant-making program was established in 2006 to provide support dollars to individuals with developmental disabilities for lifestyle necessities. There are 36,000 individuals with developmental disabilities in the state of Washington living below the government defined poverty level. Thanks to the generosity of Pi Kappa Phi, Push America, The Masnari Family, and The Arc of King County's Board of Trustees, we have raised $5,000 for the matching dollar grant program. With the $10,000 raised we can help individuals in our country with basic living necessities not available from other public or private sources.
Kawabe Memorial Fund Awards $2,000
Thank you to the Kawabe Memorial Fund for generously awarding $2,000 to The Arc's Senior Family Caregiver Support Project. The Kawabe Memorial Fund is a private foundation established under the will of Harry S. Kawabe. Grants awarded from this foundation fall under the categories of human services, religious institutions, and Alaska Scholarships.
Muckleshoot Charitable Fund
We received a $5,000 grant from the Muckleshoot Charitable Fund in support of the transition of the Family Support 360 Program, disseminating what we have learned from the Family Support 360 program into our core services. The Arc is committed to providing culturally relevant and linguistically accessible services for individuals with I/DD and their family caregivers.
Puget Sound Energy Foundation
Thank you to the Puget Sound Energy Foundation for generously awarding us with a $5000 grant for emergency preparedness kits. This funding to purchase emergency preparedness kits will be used for our consumers. We will purchase around 60-80 kits and they will be available to individuals and families from Supported Living, Rep Payee, and various outreach programs, where needed.
RBC Wealth Management
We were awarded a grant from RBC Wealth Management for our Parent-to-Parent program. The grant will also allow The Arc’s P2P program to become more accessible and expand its support services (matching parents, trainings and workshops) to immigrant, refugee and African American families in King County. Language within the grant focuses on supporting children with a dual diagnosis of an intellectual or developmental disability and a mental/emotional disability.
“The National Down Syndrome Society notes that half of all children with Down syndrome face a major mental health concern at some point during their life, and children with multiple medical problems experience an even higher rate of mental health problems.”
The Seattle Foundation
The Seattle Foundation has been a long time supporter of The Arc of King County. The 2012 grant to The Arc was made possible by The Jerry Lorentson Fund and another anonymous fund. Founded in 1946, The Seattle Foundation is the local, definitive resource for giving. They provide the reliable insight and tools needed to make the most of giving. Whatever the charitable budget, they can help donors to give wisely and have the impact they want. As one of the nation's largest community foundations with total assets of nearly $600 million, they are governed by a board of respected community leaders and have an unwavering reputation among donors and the community at large. The Seattle Foundation also runs the GiveBIG campaign every May for Seattle nonprofits, of which The Arc takes part every year.
Thomas V. Giddens Jr. Foundation
The Arc of King County’s Parent to Parent Program received a generous grant in the amount of $20,000 from The Thomas V. Giddens Jr. Foundation. As indicated on its website, this private foundation’s broad focus is to support activities and programs that benefit neglected and abused youth, with a particular, but not exclusive, interest in serving youth in the Seattle metropolitan area.
The American Association of People with Disabilities reports that without adequate family support, children with disabilities face nearly four times the rate of abuse and neglect as children without disabilities. We believe our Parent to Parent Program has been instrumental in creating healthy environments and relationships for children with developmental disabilities and their families. We believe our program has reduced the possibilities of child abuse by connecting families to sensitive, trained mentors. These mentors provide family members invaluable emotional support and links to community resources needed to meet the many challenges of caring for a child with developmental disabilities.
Thank you again to The Thomas V. Giddens Jr. Foundation for this wonderful gift that supports our mission and will benefit so many individuals and families!