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    Hamilton Community Support
    Posted on 06/11/2020

    Dear Hamilton Community,
     
    As the impacts of COVID-19 continue to develop and unfold, we are finding that a rising number of Hamilton families are experiencing difficulty meeting basic household and family needs. Over the past weeks, our educators and families have been supporting our work to move resources within our community to where they are most needed. Along with providing information to families about available local resources, we have been fortunate to be able to provide families with some financial assistance. In April and May, our community was able to reallocate over $6,000 into family support funds, managed and distributed by HIMS.  As summer approaches – and King County continues to be in Phase One - we anticipate that many of our families will continue to experience these difficulties and heightened barriers to financial and residential stability, and we are committed to continuing this partnership with families to uplift, care for, and serve our community as much as we are able.
     
    If you would like to and are able to join us in our effort to support Hamilton families, please see https://www.invested.org/campaigns/invested-fundraising-campaign-for-hamilton-international-middle-school to donate to the Hamilton Fund.  Our fund (administered by WA non-profit InvestEd) has financial and banking oversight from Seattle Public Schools but is not categorized as “public money” and its use is directed at the school level.
     
    Based on what we currently understand of our community’s needs, we are hoping to raise at least $10,000 for assisting each other through the summer.
     
    If your family could benefit from assistance during this time, please contact your child’s counselor or fill out the Needs Survey LINK.
     
    If you have questions about this effort or the administration of these funds, please contact our school Fiscal Specialist, Lisa Melenyzer at lmmelenyzer@seattleschools.org.  We will also post information about this effort on the Hamilton International Middle School webpage.
     
    Our InvestEd campaign:  https://www.invested.org/campaigns/invested-fundraising-campaign-for-hamilton-international-middle-school
     
    General Information about InvestEd:   https://www.invested.org/pages/about-invested

    If your employer matches donations and you'd like to apply that matching to  your donation here, this information may be helpful to you:

    Name: InvestED
    Address: 606 Oakesdale Ave. SW; Ste C-202; Renton, WA  98057
    Invested is a 501(c)(3) organization. Tax ID: 23-7189670
    Website: www.invested.org
    Email: info@invested.org

    The Mayor’s Office list of City, Community, State & Federal Resources https://www.seattle.gov/mayor/covid-19

     
    In partnership,
     
    Dorian Manza
    Principal
    Hamilton International Middle School