Maddie, age 24.
Host site: United Way King County in Seattle, WA
“It’s easy to feel like you’re not doing enough because of COVID. I wanted to directly help people, which is why I was interested in working at the United Way of King County. I needed to be doing something. I had served with AmeriCorps VISTA before and knew from that experience how fulfilling service could be. Since I’m a people person, when there was an opportunity to work with people, I was interested!
I currently serve in the High Point neighborhood in West Seattle, which is part of the Seattle Housing Authority. To have the opportunity to serve in the community that I live in is amazing, especially since South King County has historically been underserved and underrepresented in terms of resources. And COVID has only exacerbated these disparities, including food insecurity. Everyone has a right to basic needs – whether that’s housing, food, or clean water. The list goes on. It’s more important than ever to step up and connect as many people as possible to resources and help them navigate what is often a confusing and daunting process.
Two days a week, I drop off meals at people’s homes. I usually have the same route and have gotten to know the individuals and families receiving the deliveries. Last week, we delivered over 1,800 meals! Other days, I work with the volunteers to order and count the meals and map out delivery routes. I’ve also been supporting the rent assistance program by reaching out to tenants who need help applying and talking to their landlords. There’s always something I can do to help, from phone banking or subbing in at other sites if we’re low on volunteers.
Though I only recently moved to Seattle, I feel connected to my neighbors in the High Point community through this experience.”