Led by Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke, Seahawks staff members, executives, and the wives of coaches and executives volunteered at the 2008 United Way Community Resource Exchange at Qwest Field on Friday, September 12, 2008.
(The following copy provided courtesy of United Way of King County)
The Community Resource Exchange is a powerful way for people to come together to help their homeless neighbors. The event connects homeless people with the services they need in one place, in one day. It also gives everyone the opportunity to share a place at the table, care for one another and find common bonds.
During the September 2008 event, United Way of King County brought together 326 volunteers and 80 service providers to connect 1,275 homeless people with access to vital services.
- Attendees enjoyed a hot meal and had immediate access to housing referrals, health services, legal assistance, employment counseling and public benefits. The Veterans Health Administration was able to provide emergency housing to a female veteran with two children. The woman had been sleeping in a neighbor's garage. Housing placement was completed in less than an hour. Free long-distance phone calls allowed people experiencing homelessness to connect with friends and family - some for the first time in years. A photographer was on hand to take people's portraits and printed out the photos on-site. A homeless mother and her 3-year-old had their picture taken. The woman said it was the first photo she had of her child.