When the Seahawks close out the regular season with a game that will decide the NFC West title, they hope their fans will lend a helping hand, not just with their support for the team on what should be a raucous night at CenturyLink Field, but with their generosity.
The Seahawks have pledged to match donations to the Allen Family Center up to $20,000, money that will help provide flexible financial assistance to families in need.
The Allen Family Center, which will open in spring of 2020, features a team of nonprofits working together—Mercy Housing Northwest, Mary's Place, Child Care Resources and Refugee Women's Alliance (ReWA)—to help alleviate homelessness.
Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, the team's 2019 nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, visited the under-construction Allen Family Center, which is located in Seattle's Mount Baker neighborhood, earlier this year along with Seahawks Vice Chair Bert Kolde.
"This was something Paul Allen started before he passed, he wanted to do his part in helping people who were in tough situations," Wagner said. "He reached out to see if I wanted to help, and of course I wanted to help. I couldn't imagine what it's like to be homeless, or to not have the opportunities that I had growing up. If I can help somebody, or be a part of helping somebody keep their head up and know that it's going to be OK, I definitely want to be involved in that."
The Allen Family Center will provide services that include:
- Diversion, housing placement and homelessness prevention.
- Help in securing affordable and culturally appropriate childcare.
- After school programs, health education, and financial stability.
- Immigrant/refugee family-centered services, such as job navigation, housing, and mental health services.
- Community events and social gatherings.
- A safe space to build healthy, positive relationships.
Fans can donate and support the Allen Family Center in a number of ways:
- Donate by texting the word HOME12 to 44321 or visit Seahawks.com/homefieldadvantage
- Purchase a mobile wallpaper in the Seahawks mobile app for an amount of your choice, with 100% of proceeds going towards the campaign
For fans attending the game:
- Purchase a blanket at The Pro Shop at the game on Dec. 29 -- 12 percent of all blanket sales will benefit the campaign.
- Buy an extra bottle of water at the concession stands. CenturyLink Field will allocate $0.25 cents from every bottle of water sold on Dec. 29 to the campaign.
Bid on exclusive memorabilia at auctions.seahawks.com and click the tab "Charity." The online auction closes at 11:59 p.m. on December 31. One-hundred percent of proceeds will be allocated to Home Field Advantage campaign. Items include the following.
- Autographed WR DK Metcalf home replica jersey.
- Authentic NFL football autographed by Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner.
- Authentic NFL Game Used Football from Seahawks vs. Vikings.
The Seahawks will match donations – dollar for dollar – up to $20,000.
Learn more about the campaign by visiting www.Seahawks.com/homefieldadvantage
Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner and Seahawks Vice Chair Bert Kolde visited the Mount Baker Family Housing & Resource Center to met with families who will soon be moving in when the facility is completed.The facility will provide 95 units of housing for families and act as a space to provide a welcoming single-stop hub of supportive community services for families.