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Do you have a wifi-capable laptop, notebook or tablet that you’re no longer using? Consider getting in touch with Seattle resident Adam Tratt, whose family is gathering and distributing laptops to schoolkids in need. I reached out to Adam (a good friend), who tells me it all began earlier this week with this story in the Seattle Times: “Confusion and Uncertainty on First Day of Mandated Remote Learning for Washington Stchool Districts.” He reached out…

The high demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) has created a severe shortage locally and around the world for caregivers on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. Ming-Ming Tung-Edelman, founder of Refugee Artisan Initiative (RAI), heard the call and is responding with a nimble pivot that saves lives and jobs. “To tackle this unprecedented situation, RAI has teamed up with medical professionals and clinics to design and produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such…

Photographer Michelle Enebo puts down her camera to focus on the current needs of the community. #bigthanks to her for mobilizing a well-networked Issaquah Highlands community via GoFundMe and enlisting the help of the area’s favorite restaurants to bring medical teams at Swedish Issaquah 80 meals per shift every other day. “I’m not a caterer, but I thought if we can support our restaurants at the same time we support our medical teams, this could be a win-win!” All…

A major private philanthropic initiative, AllInSeattle was launched today. They’re raising funds for some of the most impactful and effective charities in the community; it’s a great way to ensure your dollars go to good use in sustaining and rebuilding the community. From AllInSeattle: We’re a coalition of concerned and motivated community members who, like you, want to help our neighbors through the COVID-19 pandemic. A couple of us who have partnered together over the…

from Seattle Restaurant London Plane: “Over the past week, as we’ve thought about how best to take care of workers in our industry (restaurants), our minds also turned to who else could use our help right now. How could we share a resource — The London Plane kitchen — with those who are working on the front lines to contain this pandemic and treat the sick? Starting Wednesday 3/18 we will be sending 1,600 meals…

Idea Local businesses are in a cash crunch. Many will not survive. You can ease the blow by contacting your favorite local eateries and service providers and pre-pay for meals and things you’d like to enjoy in the future. Considerations The businesses might not be in business in the future. You need to assess your willingness to help out and risk you’re taking with the truly powerful idea of helping a struggling business with your…