About EASE

EASE (Emergency Assistance for Seattle Employees) was created to provide assistance to City of Seattle employees who experience an unexpected financial situation due to a catastrophe or crisis in their life. City employees have a place to turn in times of great need - and we hope you join our efforts.

In 2006, Junko Whitaker, a Seattle Public Utilities employee, read about an Alaska Airline Employee Assistance Fund that was started by a pilot who wanted to help fellow employees. After reading about the program and inspired by the possibilities, Junko approached other City employees to discuss her interest in starting a similar program for City employees. She formed a board of directors from employees across the City who also believed in helping fellow employees. Each member donated $100 to create EASE, and together formed a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. See our Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.

"EASE is really a grassroots effort by those who saw a need and were willing to pursue establishing a fund to help those in great need," said Junko. "Employees are the City of Seattle's greatest asset, and EASE allows us to assist each other through direct financial assistance."

EASE is a non-profit, 501(3)(c) organization which is self-supporting and funded by contributing employees, individuals and organizations. Donations are genuine acts of caring ... by employees ... for employees.