One of the oldest civil rights organizations in Washington State, the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle focuses on closing the equity gap for African-American and under-represented communities by securing educational and economic opportunities. The Urban League helps families overcome barriers preventing them from reaching self-sufficiency in all aspects of life. It also serves as a liaison among community members, local businesses, city and county government, and other service-based organizations that share our concern for the welfare of the Black community and other disadvantaged residents in the Greater Puget Sound area.
The Urban League has been especially active in responding to COVID-19. In addition to preparing a COVID-19 resource guide of important information relevant to the King County area, the Urban League is offering online classes, assessments, and webinars to people to access the workforce, with emphasis on women and people of color. In collaboration with a local church, it has established a shelter for young adults that is operating on a 24-hour schedule during the pandemic. It is working with community and governmental partners on emergency rental assistance and housing requests. To aid these and other important efforts, please give generously to the Second Sunday/Share the Plate offering February 14.
by Jane Sisk