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Seattle Area Businesses Join Pearl Jam to Call for Shared Strategy on Homelessness

Pearl Jam ‘s Seattle Shows for Homelessness Cause Local Businesses to Call for Unity

Pearl Jam The Home Shows for HomelessnessPearl Jam ‘s amazing Home Shows concerts at Safeco Field this week have had a great effect already:  causing more than 50 businesses to release a letter committing to a shared strategy toward fighting homelessness in the region. It is hoped that this will be the beginning of a viable plan and solution that can be modeled all over the United States and beyond.
Along with the letter, Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard released this statement:
“There is simply no way to address homelessness in our region without the work of all of us. This is not an issue that government, nonprofits, philanthropy or individuals alone can solve. We need everyone — and that includes the business community. Businesses have innovative ideas, resources and employees eager to be engaged. We’ve been thrilled by the role Seattle’s business community has played in the Home Shows. We’re looking forward to continuing the collaboration as we work toward a shared strategy to fighting homelessness.”
The full text of the letter follows:
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DreamBox Learning $130 Million Investment By The Rise Fund

DreamBox Learning, the company that pioneered Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ technology, and The Rise Fund, a global impact investing fund managed by TPG Growth, have signed an agreement for a $130 million investment in the education technology company. This investment will be The Rise Fund’s largest education investment to date and continues to cement their role as a leading global education investor. The Rise Fund will take a majority position in the company.

DreamBox LearningDreamBox Learning $130 Million Investment By The Rise Fund

“DreamBox was founded with the mission to transform the way the world learns by using intelligent adaptive technology to dynamically and continuously personalize each student’s learning experience,” said Jessie Woolley-Wilson, DreamBox president and CEO. “As a company, we have been committed to unlocking the learning potential of every child regardless of what zip code they live in, what they look like, or what language they speak. By joining forces with The Rise Fund, DreamBox gains a partner whose mission of social impact is perfectly aligned with ours.”

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Year-Round Shelter At Lincoln Center Approved For Study By Bellevue City Council

Year-Round Shelter At Lincoln Center Approved For Study By Bellevue City Council. The City Council has agreed to study expanding operations at the temporary men’s shelter at Lincoln Center to year-round. The center is located at 116th St NE.

Year-Round Shelter At Lincyear-round shelteroln Center Approved For Study By Bellevue City Council

Currently, the emergency shelter, which has existed since 2008 at various sites, is only open during the winter months. The proposal comes in the wake of the new Land Use Code Amendment for siting permanent shelters and homeless services which was passed last week by the council.

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Airman Charles Heitz Kirkland Native Serving At The Navy’s Largest Aviation Training Center

Airman Charles Heitz Kirkland Native Serving At The Navy’s Largest Aviation Training Center. A 2017 Bishop Blanchet High School graduate and Kirkland, Washington, native is serving at the Navy’s largest aviation training center.

Kirkland Native Airman Charles Heitz Serving At The Navy’s Largest Aviation Training Center

Airman Charles Heitz
Airman Charles Heitz serves with the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida.
Undesignated airmen have the opportunity to be assigned to different types of job fields until they choose their final job.
Heitz credits success in the Navy with lessons learned growing up in Kirkland.
“I learned how to work with people and get along with others,” said Heitz.
NAS Pensacola, “The Cradle of Naval Aviation” is best known as the initial primary training base for all U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard officers pursuing designations as Naval Aviators and Naval Flight Officers.
Once these service members finish training they are deployed around the world putting their skill set to work flying jets from aircraft carriers, submarine-hunting helicopters, serving as aircrew operating sophisticated radar and weapons systems, electronic warfare and more. Operating on land, air, or sea, they represent the best of operational and training support.

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Diono Donates Booster Seats To Local Families

DionoDiono Company Donates Booster Seats To Local Families on July 25, 2018. Diono, donated $30,000 worth of booster seats to two local non-profit organizations namely WestSide Baby and Treehouse. The Pacific Northwest’s award winning designer and manufacturer of car seats and strollers for babies will provide the booster seats to underprivileged families and foster children. The booster seat donation pick-up was held on July 24th at 2:00 PM at Diono’s headquarters in Sumner, WA.

Diono Company Donated Booster Seats To Local Families

“Diono is a local Northwest business that is passionate about children’s safety no matter where they are in their journey.” said Scott McAllister, Brand Manager.”It is important to us that we give back to our community that has provided so much support to us over the past 20 years,”

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Coin Up for March of Dimes and Create Change with the Click of a Button!

March of Dimes logoCan you spare your change? You’ve likely been asked that question many times, walking down the street or checking out at the grocery store, and you may think that the nickels and dimes you donate don’t really make a difference. Well, think again! For 80 years, nonprofit March of Dimes [marchofdimes.org] has improved the health and saved the lives of several generations of moms and babies —and they did so largely with the support of small change donations. Now March of Dimes has gone digital with Coin Up.

March of Dimes was founded in 1938 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to fight polio. 

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AAA Collects Over 1 Million Toiletry Items in 10th Annual Soap for Hope Drive

AAA Washington logoAfter concluding its 10 annual AAA Soap for Hope toiletry donation drive, AAA has announced that it has collected more than 1 million items and donated them to local charities.

AAA Soap for Hope was created out of a desire to not waste, or throw away, the small soaps, shampoos, conditioners and lotions that our travel clients get from hotels or cruise lines, and get them into the hands of people who use them.

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Collection Sites Open to Help Global Christmas Project Reach Children in Need

Operation Christmas ChildVolunteers from the Eastside Washington Area Team are celebrating the record-breaking collection of 14,600 gift-filled shoeboxes that will remind children around the world they are loved and not forgotten.

The Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child surpassed last year’s Eastside Washington Area Team donations of shoebox gifts. The Eastside Washington Area Team is now thanking the Bellevue community for their generous contributions already on their way to children in need worldwide. For many of these children, the shoebox gift will be the first gift they ever receive.

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What to Give Those that Already Have it All This Holiday Season: A Guide from Guide Dogs for the Blind

Guide Dogs for the Blind Holiday Gift GuideThe holiday season is just around the corner, which means it’s time to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. But, what do you give to those who already have everything?
Give them something you can’t buy in stores. Donate to Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) in their name. Not only will this support these special furry friends, it will also allow GDB to continue to provide their services free of charge to people with blindness or visual impairments. Some important things to know about GDB:

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Bellevue LifeSpring Opens New Flagship Store Concept; Moves Offices to Bellevue Square

Thrift Culture Bellevue LifespringBellevue LifeSpring recently announced an expansion and continuation of a 70-year legacy with Kemper Development Company (KDC) with the grand opening of its new flagship store concept on the third floor of Bellevue Square. The new space houses both its administrative offices and the newly designed and named shop, Thrift Culture (formerly the Bellevue LifeSpring Thrift Shop).
Bellevue LifeSpring’s thrift shop has been an institution at The Bellevue Collection since Kemper Freeman, Sr. became involved with the organization in 1947 and founded a legacy that would span more than 70 years and three generations. He guaranteed the shop rent on Kemper Development property for only $1 a year so that this critical Bellevue organization can raise funds by selling high-quality new and gently-used merchandise.