2017 Annual Giving Drive: Women

King County’s Employee Giving Program’s (EGP) Annual Giving Drive provides over 60 prescreened nonprofit organizations whose primary category of service is promoting equity, safe-space, and programs that are important to and for women. Last year, donations by King County employees doubled to this category of service.  This response was a powerful example of the collective impact of individuals that can be made through the Employee Giving Program. 

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Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County (DVS-Snoco) is just one of the many organizations that seek to improve the lives of domestic violence victims. DVS-Snoco (9786) 1110 Rainier Avenue Everett, WA 98201 – is dedicated to ending domestic violence by providing confidential shelter, supportive housing and legal advocacy to victims and promoting change.

While their main focus is women, men make up 10-12% of their clients. Everyone receives the exact same services, with housing being the exception; women stay at the emergency shelters, while men stay in safe hotels. All of their services and programs are offered free of charge.

DVS-Snoco Deputy Director-Development Debra Bordsen works with the public and community outreach, education, prevention, fundraising and more.

“One in three women will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime,” Debra said. “Every year we reach out to more and more people so they are aware of our services – we need to let people know we are here to help.”

The partnerships with King County allows DVS-Snoco to receive cash donations and volunteers, which are very important to the success of their clients and therefore the organization.  “For a relatively small number of volunteers they are very dedicated and donated almost 10,000 hours,” Debra said. “We also have no mortgage so when someone donates the money really goes directly to helping individuals in need.”

DVS-Snoco’s newest program focuses on the prevention of domestic violence and is currently being implemented in partnership with Edmonds Community College.

“We want to stop the violence before it begins,” Debra said. “We are currently working with Edmonds Community College on a program called Healthy Relationships and Team Building for all athletes and the whole of the college staff; this program is really growing and we expect to have it in the Everett School District soon.”

Check out other organizations in the program such as:

  • New Beginnings (9365) PO Box 75125 Seattle, WA 98175 – Started in 1976, we work to end domestic violence and offer a full range of services for survivors and their families, as well as outreach and training to the community.
  • Washington Women in Need (2727) 232 – 5th Avenue South, Suite 201 Kirkland, WA 98033 – In Washington, over 500,000 women live in poverty – 46% are single moms. One in Five women can receive WWIN grants. Help change their future.
  • Grameen Foundation (9639) 1400 K Street NW Washington, DC 20005 – Harness the power of mobile technology to deliver a vital mix of financial, agricultural and health services and information to the poor.

As of Wednesday, Oct. 25, King County employees have contributed $387,369. This year’s goal is $2 million. Every donation made through the Employee Giving Program is tax deductible.

For additional questions, contact your EGP Ambassador, email EmployeeGiving@KingCounty.gov or call 206-263-9405.

Nonprofit Expo Roadshow Events:

10/25 – Today
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
MRJC – Rotunda – Kent

10/30 – Monday
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
King County Courthouse – Seattle Solutions Room

11/1 – Wednesday
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Chinook – Seattle