Seattle, Wash. (May 31, 2011) — In response to the continued demand being placed on nonprofits serving our community’s most vulnerable, the Safeco Insurance Foundation has expanded its annual homelessness initiative, committing $430,000 to provide basic and emergency services in communities throughout Washington and Oregon.
Before the start of last Friday night’s Seattle Mariners home game, the Safeco Insurance Foundation presented a check on behalf of 32 grant recipients to Bill Hobson, executive director of the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) in Seattle, and Shelley Rotondo, executive director of Northwest Harvest.
Our Homelessness Initiative is designed to help our nonprofit partners to give food and services to those who are in the most immediate need,” said Paul Hollie, director of the Safeco Insurance Foundation. “The work they do is essential in helping those hardest hit by what can be a multitude of setbacks. The Safeco Insurance Foundation applauds the work of the Downtown Emergency Service Center, Northwest Harvest, and all of the nonprofits who strive to make a difference in our communities each day."
“We are inspired by Safeco’s commitment to helping people meet their most basic needs. That’s what we spend time doing each day,” said Nicole Macri, director of administrative services for DESC, an organization dedicated to ending homelessness through comprehensive services, treatment and housing for those most in need.
“The state just completed its budget and the impact of the public funding cuts on safety net services for the most vulnerable is tragic,” Macri added. “On average, DESC serves more than 2,000 men and women daily. The grant from the Safeco Insurance Foundation will be an enormous help to us.”
“Donations at this time of year are really critical,” said Claire Acey, communications manager for Northwest Harvest, which last year secured 24 million pounds of food for distribution through a statewide network of more than 325 food banks, meal programs and elementary schools.
During the summer, emergency food sources typically dwindle while the need increases, especially with families facing the reality of feeding not only themselves during the day but also their children when school is on summer break.
“The Safeco Insurance Foundation gift will help us purchase food to distribute almost immediately,” Acey added.
Through the Basic Services Initiative, the Safeco Insurance Foundation is awarding grants to 32 nonprofits throughout the region, including the following.
In business since 1923 and based in Seattle, Washington, Safeco sells insurance to drivers and homeowners through a network of independent agents throughout the United States.
Safeco is a Liberty Mutual Insurance company. Liberty Mutual ranks 84th on the Fortune 100 list of the largest U.S. corporations based on 2011 revenue. The company has financial strength ratings of A (Excellent) from the A.M. Best Company, A2 (Good) from Moody’s Investors Service, and A- (Strong) from Standard & Poor’s.
Brenda Mann Harrison