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    Help Support Hamilton Families by donating to our InvestEd Fund
    Posted on 12/03/2020

    Dear Hamilton Community,
     
    As the impacts of COVID-19 continue to develop and unfold, a rising number of Hamilton families are experiencing difficulty meeting basic household and family needs. While a large part of our outreach work at Hamilton is to provide information to families about available local and District resources, we have also been privileged to be able to redirect some financial resources to families who are under extra pressure due to the pandemic.  In partnership with Hamilton families, the Amazon Right Now Needs Fund, the Hamilton PTSA and F
    riends of Music at Hamilton, the Cascade Volleyball Club and our staff, the Hamilton Family Engagement Team has distributed over $10,000 in family support funds since July, with more funds outgoing this month. 

    As we continue into winter we anticipate that many of our families will continue to experience difficulties and heightened barriers to financial and residential stability, and we are committed to continuing our partnership with families and our local organizations 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/hamilton-international-middle-school to donate to the Hamilton Fund.  This 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 to best meet the needs of our families.  (This donation portal also gives you the ability to donate money to other schools in the InvestEd network.)
     
    Based on what we currently understand of our community’s needs, we are hoping to raise at least $8,000 to allow continued assistance through the spring.
     
    If your family could benefit from assistance during this time, please contact your child’s counselor or fill out the Needs Survey 
    tinyurl.com/FamilyNeeds20-21.
     
    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/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

     
    In partnership,
     
    Dorian Manza
    Principal
    Hamilton International Middle School