Basic Needs Assistance
- 2-1-1 | Crisis Connections is a community resource hotline with experts on food, shelter, housing, rent and utility assistance, legal assistance, financial assistance, governmental assistance programs, health care, employment, education, and family support programs.
- Benefits Hub is a program of the United Way King County. Students at various local colleges can request access to money for groceries, utility bill assistance, paying for the bus, free tax preparation, financial coaching, understanding your credit report, creating a savings account, food pantries, and open financial aid labs on select campuses.
- Buy Nothing is an online community where members give and receive items that they no longer need or have extras of (think diapers, school supplies, and more…).
- King County Energy Assistance Programs you may qualify for free or low-cost energy (electric or gas) and utility assistance services if you live in Seattle or King County.
- FoodPantries.org has a list of food pantries and food banks throughout Washington state.
- YWCA of King and Snohomish Counties offers a variety of services to women and families like emergency shelter, affordable housing, economic empowerment, domestic violence support, youth programs, health care access, and much more.
- Business Impact NW, provides new entrepreneurs with coaching, classes, and capital.
- Career LaunchPad serves 16 to 24-year-olds who are disconnected from employment and/or education and who want assistance on their path to living-wage jobs and meaningful employment.
- WorkSourceWA helps job seekers develop resumes, improve job interview skills, and connect with training and employers who are hiring in our state.
- Museum Pass is a program through The Seattle Public Library system, where you can use your library card to print out an admission pass to several museums in the area–including The Burke Museum, MOHAI, MoPop, The Museum of Flight, Seattle Art Museum and more.
- Gay City is Seattle’s LBGTQ Center that offers a wellness center, referral program and multiple ways for the community to connect.
- King County Library System with 49 locations all over King County, the County Library System is an excellent resource for books, workshops and educational resources.
- ORCA LIFT card is our region’s reduced-transit fare program. With the ORCA LIFT card, income-qualified riders can save up to 50 percent or more on: Metro Transit buses, Kitsap Transit buses, Sound Transit Link light rail, King County Water Taxi, and the Seattle Streetcar.
- Seattle Public Library System offers 27 locations with computer services, storytime, family events, and of course books and resources galore. The Library system also offers free meals and after-school snacks during the school year and all summer long at select branches to families in need through their Kids Café program.
Family and Child-Focused Support
- Alliance of People with disAbilities supports and facilitates equal access for people with disabilities to fully integrate into all aspects of their community.
- Childhaven provides therapeutic services, early intervention supports, and child and family counseling for local families.
- Kohl’s Helmet Safety Program at Seattle Children’s provides free helmets and fittings for kids around the state at various local events.
- Parent Map‘s annual resource guide for young parents. Eastside and Seattle editions are available.
- Parent Trust is a parenting nonprofit organization that provides parenting classes, coaches, and other resources.
- PFLAG Seattle provides a voicemail helpline (206-325-7724), referrals to local agencies as well as hosts monthly support meetings where parents, families, friends and LGBTQ individuals can share their experiences with others to learn how to support one another.
- Summer Meals provides free meals and snacks to all children and teens (18 years and younger) during the summer months. No proof of income, address, or citizenship is ever required.
- CoAbode is a house sharing resource for single mothers.
- HUD’s Washington state webpage provides searching options for subsidized housing.
- King County Housing Authority offers rental housing and assistance to those living in King County.
Scholarships and College Guidance
- CollegeGrant.net is a database of college funding sources where you can search for opportunities by field of study, lived experiences, and type of school.
- Education Connection is a search engine for grants and scholarships for moms and single parents.
- Husky Promise is a guarantee from the University of Washington that if students are admitted to the UW and qualify for the Husky Promise, UW promises to pay their tuition.
- LGBTQ Scholarship opportunities from BestColleges.com are listed here as well as other resources for LGBTQ college students.
- Northwest Education Access provides mentorship, technical assistance, resources, financial assistance, and moral support that low-income young people need to navigate the complex systems of higher education and financial aid. They support students who are between the ages of 16 to 29.
- Ready, Set, Grad is a website that keeps up with all things higher-ed in Washington state and consolidates them into one resource.
- theWashBoard.org links students with scholarship opportunities.
- Washington State Financial Need College Grants, Scholarships, and Workforce Programs this webpage is a comprehensive list of state-funded, need-based assistance for college students.
- Washington Women in Need (WINN) is an academic scholarship program for women.
- Women in Technology Scholarship from StudySoup.
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