December 5, 2016
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Employers step up to help homeless families in King County

Starbucks, Microsoft, Alaska Airlines, Weyerhaeuser, Expedia, Nordstrom, Comcast, Bank of America, Key Bank Foundation, Group Health Cooperative, Dick’s Drive-In, Seattle Mariners and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce are just a few of the many business leaders committed to ending homelessness in King County.

The Seattle Times explains how Starbucks is “lighting up” other King County stores to donate to the cause and will match the donations up to $1 million for the No Child Sleeps Outside campaign to benefit Mary’s Place.

In a Sunday editorial, The Seattle Times said the business community’s help was welcomed, adding that “equally valuable is their backstage effort to help the region improve its response to homelessness.”

Mary’s Place operates six emergency night shelters for families and daytime centers and support services.

For more details or to donate to the crowdfunding site go online here.

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