OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE services
We got this, Seattle.
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. We are committed to supporting our community through these unprecedented times! We may not be a hospital but we are, and will remain, first responders for those most vulnerable and in need.
Please use this page to keep track of and connect with the emergency assistance services provided through the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle for the remainder of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Due to growing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and the closing of Seattle Public School District, effective immediately and until further notice, the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle will be temporarily adjusting our hours of operation and available services to ensure that we abide by our Governor, Mayor, and Public Health recommendations of social distancing.
Our main office will be operating on the following adjusted schedule:
Monday – Friday from 10AM to 3PM | 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.
Please wear a mask when entering our office. If you do not have a mask, we can provide one for you.
WA State protocol advises if you are feeling sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please isolate yourself for 72 hours before coming to receive emergency services.
If symptoms persist past 72 hours, please contact your medical care provider immediately.
VIEW OUR COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE
Family Emergency Kits via Drive Thru Pick Up
In collaboration with Together Washington, World Vision, and City of Seattle Parks & Recreation, ULMS will now offer Family Emergency Kits to 100 families every Monday via drive thru pick up.
- Families will register to pick up a kit via online registration form.
- Kits will be available for pick up at the designated drive-thru pick up location between 12PM – 2PM each Monday.
- Upon arrival, a volunteer will verify that the family is registered for the current week.
- Once the pick up person has been verified, volunteers will then load the Family Emergency Kit items into their vehicle or prepare the items for carrying out.
To reduce transportation limitations and reach more folks around the city, Pick up locations will rotate each week to a different community center in Seattle.
Community Center locations currently include:
- Rainier Beach Community Center
- Bitter Lake Community Center
- South Park Community Center
- Garfield Community Center
You will be notified which pick up location is designated for the current week upon registration completion.
- Fruits and vegetables
- Protein (no pork)
- Non-perishable goods (such as pasta, cereal, rice, etc.)
- Hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, & first-aid antiseptic
- Toilet paper & paper towels
- School supplies (crayons, erasers, pencils, scissors, glue, etc.)
- Activities for children (books, board games, & coloring books)
Food provided in the kit can feed one family of up to 5 for a week.
Because this service relies on generous donations from our partners, and to ensure fairness to the community, the following restrictions will apply:
- Households must be 2 people or more
- Families with children only
- First to register, first served
- Limit to one kit per household
The Urban League is committed to signing up 50 out of the total 100 families each week.
Those who are interested in registering to pick up a Family Emergency kit should complete and submit a registration form each week by clicking the “Register Now” button.
Registration will remain open until all 50 slots are filled for the current week and will re-open for the next week on Tuesdays at 12PM.
Families may sign up to receive a kits on a weekly basis but will need to fill out a new registration form each week.
With the help of Byrd Barr Place, ULMS will now be offering emergency food package delivery services to 50 families in need each week!
This is a free service, providing basic groceries for any family with limited access to (or resources for) food. Individual families welcome. First come, first served.
- Click the “Request a Grocery Delivery” button.
- Complete and submit the food delivery registration form.
- You will receive a phone call on Friday morning to confirm delivery.
- No contact deliveries will be made on Fridays between 2PM – 4PM.
You must answer your delivery confirmation call. If you do not answer, we will attempt a second time. Failure to answer the second time will result in a skipped delivery.
Because this food has been generously donated, items may vary each week.
However, in previous weeks grocery packages have included:
- Boxed Goods
- We will provide food package delivery for the first 50 families who register each week on a first come, first served basis.
- Registration will open each week on Saturday at 4PM and close on Thursday at 12PM — or once all 50 slots have been filled for the current week.
- Multiple registrations made for the same household will be consolidated into one request. Please do not register more than once each week.
- The amount of food provided will depend on household size
- Household size cannot exceed 6 people
- We cannot deliver to PO box addresses.
- All deliveries will be no contact.
Due to limited driver availability, we can only offer delivery to the following areas within King County:
- Des Moines
- Federal Way
If you live outside of our delivery capacity, you may still register to receive a food package for your family, but will need to make arrangements to pick up your food package from our main office.
$50 Lyft Credits
ULMS has partnered with Lyft to make sure transportation access is available to those who may be in need of services, food, or a way to get to/apply for work.
- Click the “Request a Lyft” button.
- Complete and submit the “Need A Lyft” survey.
- Your Lyft credit code will be sent to the email provided.
- Login to your Lyft account.
- Enter the code into the “Promo” section of the Lyft app.
The following restrictions apply:
- Limit one per client/Lyft account
- Lyft codes may only be used once
- Clients must be using the Lyft code for transportation to/from work, emergency services, and/or to interview for jobs.
$15 Uber Credits
ULMS has partnered with our friends at Uber to make sure transportation access is available to those who may be in need of services, food, or a way to get to/apply for work.
Any client who is in need of transportation assistance can request an Uber through a ULMS employee by visiting our main office, scheduling an online appointment, or calling the front desk.
The following restrictions apply:
- Limit one per client
- Uber credits may only be used once
- Ride cannot exceed $15.
- Clients must be using the Uber credits for transportation to/from work, emergency services, and/or to interview for jobs.
Career Bridge Classes Now Offered Virtually
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.
The Career Bridge program is designed to help individuals with multiple barriers access education, employment, and economic career pathway opportunities in order to improve their quality of life.
To learn more about the Career Bridge program, please visit https://urbanleague.org/careerbridge/
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 have the option of earning the following certifications:
- OSHA 10
- Industrial First Aid
Students must register for a cohort before the official first day of class. All upcoming Career Bridge cohorts are open to any student participant who meets the following requirements:
- 18 years of age or older
- Authorized to work in the U.S.
All cohorts are open to any individual with a diverse background, including but not limited to:
- Those who are formerly justice involved
- Those experiencing homelessness
Priority Hire Assessments
Now Offered Virtually
We recognize the lack of representation for workers of color when it comes to construction and other related industries. Our goal to not only provide training and job access within this specific workforce, but also emphasize and support women and people of color as valuable contributions to the industry.
Priority Hire is a City of Seattle ordinance that was enacted in 2015, to prioritize individuals for recruitment, training, and employment into the construction workforce.
For more details about the Priority Hire program, please visit https://urbanleague.org/priorityhire/
Participants have the option of earning the following certifications:
- CPR/First Aid
All Priority Hire participants must meet the following guidelines in order to successfully enroll in the program:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Be authorized to work in the U.S.
- Availability to attend trainings
- Have a willingness and interest in working in construction and completing an apprenticeship
The following qualifications can improve a participant’s chances to receive additional services and job placement opportunities, but aren not required:
- Have a valid driver’s license
- Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
Weekly Zoom Webinars with ULMS Job Developers
The ULMS job development team will now offer digital webinars to clients in need of job training an/or access to available employment opportunities.
- Each Wednesday, ULMS job developers will host career development training and consultation via Zoom for the first 15 clients to register each week.
- Webinars will cover topics such as resume building, assistance finding and submitting job applications, virtual interview etiquette, and more.
- Those who participate in the webinars will also be offered assistance with connecting with and applying to real, available job opportunities.
Due to limited space capacity per webinar session, clients will need to connect with our job development team first before receiving the zoom invitation link and login information.
If you are interested in attending a job training webinar with our Job Development team, please contact click the ‘Get Started’ button to begin.
New 24 Hour Young Adult Shelter Now Open
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 may call the shelter line for admission and intake.
- 25 socially distant (6 feet apart) beds. One per client.
- Daily meals
- Gloves, masks, and sanitizer provided
- Hygiene items & shower access
- Clean clothes provided
- Permanent/transitional housing search and secure assistance
- Professional development opportunities (resume building, mock interviews, job searching, etc.)
- Case management assessment
- On site staff members for at all times immediate assistance
- Must be 18 – 24.
- All gender identities are welcome
- All races are welcome
- All sexual orientations are welcome
The shelter operates under a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for all harmful or inappropriate behaviors and/or activities including, but not limited to the following:
- No Drugs: marijuana, non-prescription opioids/opiates, narcotics of any kind, steroids, inhalants, drug paraphernalia, etc.
- No Alcohol: wine/wine coolers, beer, liquor, champagne, lean (or other drug/alcohol mixed beverages), alcoholic paraphernalia, etc.
- No Weapons: guns/bb guns, knives, shanks, baseball bats, brass knuckles, mase, tasers, fists, etc.
- No Violence: fighting, bullying, intimidation, verbal abuse, physical abuse, sexual violence, property destruction, etc.)
Any violation of the aforementioned shelter rules will result in immediate loss of shelter privileges.
Any person who meets the client guidelines and is interested in utilizing the shelter can call the shelter directly at (206) 639-7477.
Rental Assistance & Transitional Housing
The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle is currently working with local community partners and government organizations to address an overwhelming amount of emergency rental assistance and housing requests received.
Thus far, ULMS has built 3 new tiny homes for families in need of transitional housing, with several more currently in development for the establishment of a second Urban League Village community.
These tiny homes are constructed with the help of our Priority Hire program participants in order to provide hands-on experience while working towards trade certification.
Those who are interested in occupying one of our Tiny Homes should contact our Lead Outreach Coordinator, Helen Gaines, via email@example.com for more information about the enrollment process.
Community Support & Relief
Since the Stay Home, Stay Healthy mandate was put into effect for WA state in March of 2020, ULMS has been working with local minority-owned businesses and government organizations who are navigating the impacts of COVID-19 with financial and essential needs support.
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
If you are a restaurant owner and interested in future civic engagement outreach grant opportunities with the ULMS, please contact our Civic Engagement Coordinator, Maya Manus, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more!
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 an entire truck load of 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 in the coming weeks.
Clothing items included:
ULMS has partnered with the South Seattle Senior Center to provide weekly basic grocery delivery for seniors who are unable to access food resources safely.