An Era of Essential Service
For decades, the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle has been on the front lines in times of crisis. We have been, and remain, a place of solace, refuge, and support for our most vulnerable communities, families, and people. Over this last year, the need for our work as essential first responders in the community we serve has surpassed what it’s ever been before.
We invite you to join us for a treasured Seattle tradition, our 2021 (virtual) Annual Breakfast! Come and share in this opportunity to learn more about our important work and how you can support our mission of Equity for All.
The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle’s Annual Breakfast is the organization’s yearly signature fundraising event. By the time we gather for this year’s celebration, we will have touched the lives of more than 5,000 local residents and their families by various means, including but not limited to:
- Securing and maintaining permanent housing;
- Offering outreach and support to those experiencing homelessness;
- Assistance with returning to the workforce with a livable wage; and,
- Providing high school, college, and vocational training education opportunities and resources.
In addition to raising critical funds for our work, the Annual Breakfast serves as a celebration of the impact on our mission from our donors, constituents, volunteers, friends, and, in particular, our corporate and institutional partners. Stakeholders and friends join us each year to reaffirm our shared commitment; and we very much hope you will be a part of this exclusive, community-minded group.
The theme for this year’s annual breakfast is:
“An Era of Essential Service!“
With a special emphasis on sharing our COVID-19 response, emergency programming and services, and goals for how we plan to address the important work that lies ahead.
- Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2021
- Time: 9:00AM – 10:00AM
How to Participate:
Those who engage on a sponsorship level will receive digital registration passes to our LIVE streamed event. Sponsors will also have exclusive platform features where they can participate, chat, and more — all in real-time during the event! We’ll also send a small VIP ‘Thank You’ gift to enjoy while you watch!
If you’ll be joining us via general admission (no purchase necessary), you can tune in by registering via the button below and logging onto the event platform on the day of! General admission participants will still be able to chat during the event and participate in the raffle and sponsorship games.
Contributions from community members to the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle are the lifeblood of our work. With your help, ULMS can reach more African Americans and members of other disenfranchised communities of color than ever before!
ULMS offers 5 different sponsorship opportunities including an additional option for our local small scale community supporters.
For a brief overview of ULMS, our programs, and this signature event, please feel free to download our 2021 Sponsorship Packet.
For more detailed information about sponsorship tier levels and opportunities, please view our 2021 Sponsorship Opportunities Form (downloadable PDF)
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to send an email to email@example.com
Together, we've got this.
Our hearts go out to all those that have experienced this COVID-19 first hand through the loss of a loved one or forced to nurse themselves back to health at home alone. This is a moment we will never forget.
Our goal is to raise the critical funds needed to continue and expand our emergency support services, outreach, and virtual impact in the midst of this global crisis. Your support during this event is not a contribution to the Urban League. It is an investment into our community and a commitment to ensure those most vulnerable among us are uplifted and cared for throughout this deadly pandemic and its aftermath.
our doors are open
Our Response to COVID-19
The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle team has not flinched as we face this deadly giant together as a city, region, and nation. We stand firmly next to our neighbors and friends providing necessary resources to ensure that those most in need still feel seen, valued, and protected through these times of uncertainty.
Here is a brief overview of what we’ve done thus far to combat Coronavirus in our community. To view a complete list of ULMS emergency services, please click the button below.
Our main office now provides telecom and/or virtual options for appointments and access to most programs and services.
Monday – Friday from 10AM to 4PM | Walk-Ins welcome | Appointments preferred.
If you are sick or unable to make it to our office, we will gladly work with you via phone. Simply call (206) 461-3792 and press 0 to speak to our receptionist.
Since April 2020, ULMS has partnered with local sponsors and community leaders to provide three different emergency food assistance programs in an effort to supply food for families with limited access to (or resources for) food.
- Family Emergency Kits via Drive Thru Pick Up: In collaboration with Together Washington, World Vision, and City of Seattle Parks & Recreation, ULMS offered Family Emergency Kits to 50 families with children each Monday via drive thru pick-up between the months of April – June 2020. These kits include basic groceries, hand sanitizer, disinfectant, dish soap, paper towels, toilet paper, school supplies, and children’s in-home activities. Pick ups were made from 12PM – 2PM and locations rotated between 1 of 4 local community centers to ease transportation limitations for families.
- Grocery Delivery: With the help of Byrd Barr Place, ULMS now be offered a staff driven emergency food package delivery service to 50 families in need each week from May – July 2020. These packages included basic food essentials such as meat, fruit, fresh produce, and boxed goods. This service was extended to individual families, families without children, and local seniors.
- Hot Meal Distributions: Since November 2020, ULMS — in collaboration with C. Davis BBQ and a host of local partners — has provided monthly opportunities for community residents in need to receive free hot BBQ meals and access to a variety of resources including (but not limited to) COVID-19 testing, vaccine pop-up clinics, health screenings, employment assistance, PPE, hygiene care kits, and more.
In April 2021, ULMS launched our ‘Black Health Matters’ campaign to help promote vaccine education and outreach opportunities for us by us. As a part of this effort, we have created and distributed custom physical and digital vaccine education materials, provided vaccination appointment opportunities and aftercare supplies, and connected with local community partners to provide healthcare services and resources.
To learn more about the Black Health Matters campaign, please click here.
In April 2020, restaurants in King County who have been severely impacted by COVID-19 were given the opportunity to partner with ULMS for civic engagement outreach in exchange for grant funding.
Restaurant owners were given ULMS Census outreach materials to include in their take-out or to-go orders and in turn, received $2,500 grants.
Participating restaurants included:
- June Baby
- Jerk Shack
- That Brown Girl Cooks
- Where Ya At, Matt
- Emerald City Fish & Chips
- Urban Connoisseurs
- City Teriyaki
In June 2020, we partnered with our friends at The Plate Fund to provide expedited access codes worth $500 each to 25 local restaurant industry workers whose pay or employment status were severely impacted by COVID-19.
ULMS has collaborated with a local church partner to establish a new Young Adult Shelter in the Central District. The shelter will operate on a 24 hour schedule throughout the remainder of the pandemic. Participants must be aged 18-24 and referred by a case manager for admission and intake. Referral assistance available.
To learn more about the shelter, please click here.
Small Black-owned businesses were among those hit hardest during the pandemic. In an effort to promote Black businesses local to King County, ULMS launched our custom Black Business directory in June 2020. The directory is promoted monthly to our ULMS email subscribers and on our official social media channels.
As of September 2021, more than 70 businesses from a variety of industries have been added to the directory — at no cost! To view our Black Business directory, click here.
In an effort to reduce potential exposure to COVID-19, the WA State Department of Corrections is currently in the process of releasing hundreds of low-level offenders back into the community — many of whom will be in need of basic necessities and employment opportunities.
To assist with this effort, ULMS has donated gently used clothing from our workforce clothing storage to the DOC. This clothing will be sorted and provided to more than 1,100 men and women scheduled to be released from the DOC in the coming weeks.
Clothing items included:
The Urban League’s signature Career Bridge job readiness program has now gone virtual! Participants may now continue to work toward professional development outcomes in our virtual classroom.
In lieu of the traditional Monday – Friday schedule, classes will now be held virtually Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1PM – 3PM.
These classes will cover topics such as:
- Job Readiness
- Life Skills
- Cover Letter Assistance
- Resume Assistance
Students also have the option of earning the following certifications:
- OSHA 10
- Industrial First Aid
To learn more about the Career Bridge program, please click here.
In August 2020, ULMS launched a special community social project entitled the Black Voices Project. The Black Voices Project is a virtual Black book club and community dedicated to uplifting Black literary/creative voices through a range of mediums including books, essays, podcasts, and more! Our goal is to facilitate meaningful conversations about systemic racism and Black history while addressing current political, racial, and social issues impacting Black culture.
Each month ULMS staff choose a literary work to read with the group. Once the selected work for the month is finished, project facilitators host a virtual meet up for participants to discuss the work, how it applies to the current state of society, and lessons that can be applied to conversations and experiences involving racism and Black culture.
Participants receive monthly updates via email subscription and have the option of joining our private slack group to continue discussions and share information and resources. In addition, 10 book club members are selected at the beginning of each month to receive a copy of the current month’s book via first come first served basis.
As of September 2021, 120 people from both locally and across the country have joined the book club! To learn more about the Black Voices Project, click here.
by the numbers
Check Out Our Black Health Matters Campaign!
Thank you for your interest in supporting the transformational work of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle! Here is a list of our most anticipated frequently asked questions regarding sponsorship for our virtual 20th annual breakfast.
1. Sponsorship Tier Selection
The first step is to select a sponsorship tier level and complete the Sponsorship Opportunities Form (SOF).
The SOF can be submitted digitally via email or mailed to our office, located at: 105 14th Ave, suite 200., Seattle, WA
If submitting a digital SOF, please email your completed form to Zyna via firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Submit Payment
View sponsorship payment options in the tab below!
You can indicate your preferred method of payment on the SOF.
For credit/debit transactions, we will charge the card provided on the SOF once your SOF has been received. You also have the option of completing the transaction yourself via our online event portal by clicking the ‘Become a Sponsor’ button.
If you prefer to be invoiced, you can indicate so on the SOF and a member of our accounting team will provide an invoice to you via email once your SOF has been received.
Checks can be made payable to the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle and dropped off at or mailed to our office at: 105 14th Ave, suite 200., Seattle, WA 98122
Each sponsorship level comes with a set amount of VIP registration passes. Once you know who you’d like to invite, simply forward the registration link you’ll receive in your confirmation email to your guests and we will take it from there!
If you end up with extra passes, you always have the option to donate the remaining passes back to the Urban League to use for a community member, volunteer or student program participant.
All logos, program ads, and video ads can be sent via email to Ashley at email@example.com.
Logos: Please submit your official logos as a .PNG or .JPG file. High resolution and full color is preferred. If your company has a link to a brand guide where the logo can be downloaded, please provide the link to the contact listed above.
Program Ads: This year, program ads will be 5.5×8 in dimension. Please submit your ad as a high resolution .PDF formatted file to the contact listed above.
Video Ads: Video ads can be submitted via YouTube link or digital file. If sending via digital file, please send the video in a .MOV or .MP4 file format via email or from a downloadable platform (ex: dropbox, WeTransfer, etc.)
scenes from 2019
2019 Annual Breakfast
The countdown begins!