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.
- Washington Connection can help determine which services you may qualify for.
- 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.
- Reconnect to Opportunity’s 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.
- Self-Sufficiency Calculator from the workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County.
- Women Helping Other Women in WA is a resource/networking group for women on Facebook. Members of the group tend to post job openings at nonprofits and government agencies.
- WorkSourceWA helps job seekers develop resumes, improve job interview skills, and connect with training and employers who are hiring in our state.
- CCAMPIS childcare funding may be available at local colleges in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties, including: Everett Community College, Green River College, and Pierce College.
- Child Care Aware of WA helps families find licensed childcare in their area. You can also call their hotline at 1-800-446-1114.
- Child Care Resources can provide childcare financial assistance to low-income families living in Auburn, Bellevue, Covington, Kent, and Redmond. If you have questions, call 206-338-7574.
- City of Seattle’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) helps families living within Seattle’s city limits who have a parent working or attending school to pay for child care for children 1 month to 12 years of age. You can contact CCAP at 206-386-1050.
- Tiny Trees is an outdoor preschool. They partner with public parks in King County which provide outdoor classrooms. They offer financial assistance to families who qualify.
- University of Washington has additional resources for childcare tuition assistance for its students in Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma as well as other scholarship opportunities.
- Veteran Student Parent Child Care Subsidy is available to parents who have served in the military, attending college or a training program, and living in King County.
- Working Connections Child Care (DCYF) helps families with low incomes pay for child care. You can also call 1-844-626-8687 for help with applying.
- 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.
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.
- Help Me Grow is a free service that connects parents and caregivers to resources in their community. It is available throughout Washington state by calling 1-800-322-2588
- Parent Help 123 from WithinReach provides a resource finder for families who live in Washington state.
- 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.
- Seattle Children’s provides free bike helmets and fittings for kids around the state at various local events.
- Sound Discipline trains and coaches families and caregivers in a child’s life to apply solution-oriented practices that instill critical social-emotional life skills.
- 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.
- 9-8-8, Washington’s Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is confidential, free, and available 24/7/365, connecting those experiencing a mental health, substance abuse, or suicidal crisis with trained crisis counselors.
- Apple Health is Washington state’s Medicaid program. Apple Health provides preventative care, like cancer screenings, treatment for diabetes and high blood pressure, and many other health care services.
- COVID-19 Vaccine Locator, a statewide search engine to find a vaccination location near you.
- Every Kid Sports removes the financial barriers that keep kids from playing youth sports. It provides income-restricted families funding up to four times a year, per child (ages 4-18), for participation in sports of their child’s choice.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline offers comprehensive resources to those affected by domestic violence, including a hotline 1−800−799−7233, and 24/7 online chat.
- New Beginnings runs the DVHopeline which is available at 206-737-0242 or 1-877-737-0242.
- Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest provides affordable sexual and reproductive health care for women, men, and teens, as well as sex education and advocacy.
- Sound Health provides comprehensive mental health and addiction treatment services in King County.
- Seattle/King County Clinic is a four day, volunteer-driven, free health clinic at Seattle Center.
- Washington Health Benefit Exchange is a marketplace for health and dental insurance coverage for individuals and families.
- Washington Warm Line is a peer support helpline for people living with emotional and mental health challenges. Calls are answered by specially-trained volunteers who have lived experience with mental health challenges. All calls are confidential. (877) 500-WARM
- 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
- BigFuture is a website from the College Board where you can compare colleges, majors, and look up financial aid information and scholarship opportunties.
- 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 and Study.com are listed 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.
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing and Nurses.org include a long lists of nursing scholarships, grants, and fellowships.
- The Washington Student Achievement Council 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.
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