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Amid outbreak, contribute to help union families in need

SEATTLE (March 5, 2020) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is urging all organizations and individuals interested in helping union families suffering economic hardship amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Washington state to make contributions to the Foundation for Working Families. The FFWF is a nonprofit formed by the WSLC and its affiliated unions to assist union families in times of hardship or disaster.

“The Foundation is very proud to be able to provide a helping hand to union families who are suffering, thanks to generous donations from unions and rank-and-file members across Washington state,” said the WSLC’s Karen White, who serves on the FFWF Board of Directors. “Even before the COVID-19 outbreak, we have been receiving six to eight requests for assistance per week and we’re struggling to help as many people as possible. We anticipate those requests to increase now so we need the help of all the Central Labor Councils and unions in our state. Please consider making a contribution.”

CONTRIBUTE!Make your contribution online or mail a check to the Foundation for Working Families, 321 16th Ave S., Seattle, WA, 98144. The FFWF is a 501(c)(3) organization — federal tax ID 91-1702271 — and all donations are tax-deductible charitable contributions.

Families can apply for FFWF assistance by downloading its Hardship Assistance Form. Assistance is not restricted to union members and their families, though they are given priority. For more information about the FFWF, email Karen White or call her at 360-570-5169.

The WSLC thanks all of the first responders and state and local agency staffs who are working so hard to protect all of us amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

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