Ninth Annual “Seattle Stand Down” will assist homeless Veterans at South’s Georgetown Campus Dec. 12-13
Homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families will be offered a “hand up” at the ninth annual Seattle Stand Down on Thursday, Dec. 12 and Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 at the Georgetown Campus of South Seattle College (located at 6737 Corson Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108). The event is put on by The Seattle Stand Down, a volunteer team of veterans dedicated to supporting veterans experiencing homelessness.
The Seattle Stand Down is a one-stop shop for resources and services available to Veterans who currently lack permanent housing or simply need a “hand up” in order to prevent homelessness.
Representatives from local businesses, non-profits, educational institutions, and all levels of government will be on hand with volunteers to provide medical screenings, eye exams, dental services, legal aid, employment opportunities, housing assistance, case management referrals, haircuts, personal hygiene items, and meals.
Providers offer services specifically for women Veterans including health care, advocacy, counseling, employment, and personal care.
Services and resources will be provided on campus at several locations, including the Gene Colin Education Hall – Bldg C, 6737 Corson Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108. Parking passes will be made available to veterans receiving services.
Last year’s Seattle Stand Down provided services and support to 351 Veterans. 246 volunteers contributed labor valued over $63,000.
The Seattle Stand Down was founded as a community service project of student veterans at Seattle Central College in 2011. The Seattle Colleges District has hosted the event since its inception nine years ago.
Major funding for the Seattle Stand Down has been made possible through a Veterans Employment and Training Service grant from the U.S. Department of Labor as well as additional funding through the King County Veterans Program, funded by the Veteran, Seniors and Human Services Levy. The event is also supported by corporate and community partners as well as individuals.
For organizations, individuals, or agencies interested in making tax-deductible donations, providing services, or volunteering, please visit www.theseattlestanddown.org or email Rebecca Murch, Executive Director, The Seattle Stand Down (email@example.com).
Location: South Seattle College’s Georgetown Campus as 6737 Corson Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108. Participants will check in at the Gene Colin Education Hall – Building C.
Time: Running Thursday, Dec. 12 and Friday, Dec. 13 at SSC’s Georgetown Campus, the event opens for registration at 7:00 a.m. on Dec. 12 and services will be available from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. that day. On Dec. 13, registration begins at 7:00 a.m. with services available from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Parking and Transportation: Parking passes will be made available to veterans receiving services.
For both days of the event, King County Metro and Sound Transit have agreed to provide free rides for all veterans. They must carry one type of four accepted forms of government ID, or the special bus pass Metro has printed for veterans that lack identification (available at local social service providers). This means that veterans with any one of the ID forms listed below can travel on any Metro and Sound Transit bus, and both the LINK light rail and the Sounder train.
Forms of identification accepted:
- Veteran Health Identification (ID) Card
- Uniformed Identification (ID) Card
- Veteran designation on driver’s license
- Special Stand Down bus pass provided by local social service providers. Visit http://theseattlestanddown.org/transportation.html for a list of pickup locations.
Anyone with questions on the best transit route can call King County Metro at 206-553-3000 (ext 5) or visit http://theseattlestanddown.org/transportation.html.