EASE Online Auction May 21-25, 2018

Bidding closes Friday, May 25! Please check out the fun items available at this year's online auction: charityauction.bid/ease2018.

Thank you!Allan Yamaguchi accepting check from Richard Frith 12/27/2017

Former Parks employee and Local 17 Shop Steward, Richard Frith, chose to pay it forward with a generous donation to EASE this holiday season. In recognition of the generosity extended to him by fellow City employees following a bad accident in 2012, Richard donated $19,887.08 to EASE.

"On behalf of EASE, we are so grateful for his generosity and so appreciate his thoughtfulness. We are also so pleased that he is doing better and getting back to his daily routine and enjoying life again. Thank you so much for this generous donation to EASE."
- Marta Idowu, EASE Board President

How EASE is Helping

We are a 100% volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to City of Seattle employees following a catastrophe or emergency situation. Since EASE began accepting applications for assistance in 2008, we have helped hundreds of City of Seattle employees with food, shelter, medical, and other basic needs following a catastrophe or emergency situation.

View the 2016 EASE Annual Report here.

"EASE was a great help in keeping my household stable and I appreciate everyone who donated to the program so that the assistance would be there in my family's time of need."

How You Can Help

Because need remains high, our goal is to focus on employee payroll donations. Donations through the City's Employee Giving Program, Seattle Shares, ensure a steady flow of funds for employees in need. And thanks to our corporate sponsors, every dollar donated by an employee goes to an employee in need.

  • DONATE through payroll deduction. Here's a link to a brief PowerPoint that will walk you through donating via Employee Self Service. Our goal is, for every employee who is able to, to donate just $5 per paycheck!
  • FUNDRAISE within your Department or work group. Rally your work group to donate a basket to our annual online auction. Contact us at ease@seattle.gov to give.
  • VOLUNTEER - Email us at ease@seattle.gov if you're interested in volunteering. We are looking for people who enjoy fundraising, ambassadors to staff information tables, bakers for bake sales. We're also currently in search of new board members. See Board Member MOA for details. Email ease@seattle.gov for more information.
  • SMILE.AMAZON.COM - Set up EASE as your charity of choice, then shop online at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate a % of eligible sales to EASE!

"Being on light duty doesn't allow me to work another job. I only need help for 2 months until pay and hours will increase. Using local food banks now that are stretched thin...Please help me if possible. Thanks"