Help Hopelink ensure every child is ready for school

Many people are making tough spending choices to make ends meet as inflation eats away at budgets this summer. They make fewer car trips, eat at home or look for other ways to save.

But there’s nowhere to cut if you only make $30,000 a year or less, as 90% of Hopelink customers do, according to Meghan Altimore, vice president of community services at Hopelink. You find yourself cutting out necessities, such as food, shelter, clothing, or medical care.

“It’s a game of Tetris all the time, and it’s exhausting,” Altimore said. “So as the school year approaches, they will take the money they may have used for food and use it for school supplies.”

That’s why, with the generous help of donors, including readers of The Seattle Times, Hopelink distributes backpacks each summer filled with crayons, notebooks, calculators, crayons, glue, and other school essentials. back to school.

Hopelink serves Shoreline residents across the Snoqualmie Valley, including students in Lake Washington, Riverview, Skykomish, Snoqualmie Valley, and Sultan school districts. Last year, they distributed 2,493 back-to-school backpacks, according to association records. All supplies are distributed to teachers in schools with high concentrations of low-income students.

“We try to be as preventative as possible so families don’t feel as much pressure,” Altimore said.

Cash donations to the Seattle Times Editorial Board’s annual school supply drive are split equally between Hopelink, the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, and YWCA Seattle-King-Snohomish.

As of Monday, August 1, the drive has raised $66,855 from 399 readers, one-third of our goal of $200,000. Donations of all levels are warmly encouraged. And please send us a note outlining your reasons for contributing to this important cause.

The campaign is part of the Seattle Times Fund for Those in Need, a registered 501(c)(3) charity. The easiest way to donate is online. Checks can also be mailed to: The Seattle Times School-Supply Drive, PO Box C-11025, Seattle, WA 98111. Email questions to [email protected]

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