All In Washington: A Snapshot
The COVID-19 outbreak hit Washington state early — and hit it hard. Millions of families and workers faced unimaginable hardship covering their basic needs and government resources were limited. There was a clear need for increased support around housing, food security, digital access, affordable childcare, mental and behavioral health services, small business support, and ultimately, to equitably expanding vaccine access. Systemic inequities made it even harder for our Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities and rural residents to stay safe and healthy.
In response, the All In WA campaign was launched in May 2020 as an umbrella for WA COVID-19 relief efforts – to help connect community-led response efforts to donors and funders. All In WA was modeled with equity as a central focus to uplift partners who specifically address racialized disparities and reduce systemic barriers to health, safety, and opportunity.
Thanks to our incredible community partners, donors, and supporters, All In WA exceeded its goal of $100 million and raised more than $110 million for COVID-19 relief for disproportionately impacted workers and families.
The All In WA Timeline
- The first known case of COVID-19 in the United States is confirmed in Washington state as cases quickly spread throughout the country.
- Community volunteers launch All In Seattle, raising $27M for COVID-19 relief in Seattle within the first 72 hours. A clear need emerges to connect donors and funders with community-led response efforts supporting disproportionately impacted families and workers throughout the state.
- All In Washington launches with flag raisings in Bellingham, Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver, Wenatchee, and Yakima—ushering in a launch week that reached over 500,000 Washingtonians
- Washington artists and influencers come together for a virtual concert hosted by Amazon and Microsoft. The concert stream got over 1,000,000 views and is still available for free on Prime Video!
- With skyrocketing demand for affordable child care stretching provider capacity, the Child Care Initiative is launched and prioritizes support to BIPOC-owned providers and those serving remote areas. Support from Melinda Gates, Ciara, Ballmer Group, and Perigee Fund helped raise over $5.1M for quality child care.
- The All in WA COVID Relief Fund awards $7.8M in grants to 109 community based organizations and tribes. These Emergency Flexible Financial Assistance grants allow people to decide how to use funds for housing, health care, food, childcare, transportation, and other necessities.
- As the vaccine rollout begins, the Vaccine Equity Initiative is created to expand safe vaccine access through education and pop-up clinics in under-engaged communities. Public support from state and local leaders led to over $5.9M for linguistically and culturally specific outreach.
- With increased vaccinations, the economy reopening, and the state slowly emerging from the crisis, the final round of Vaccine Equity Initiative grants is made. The All In WA campaign sunsets with gratitude to partners and supporters.
From Our Partners
“We provided $100,000 supporting COVID-19 education in Spanish, legal support, direct funding to trusted messengers, and assisted 12 POC organizations complete and qualify for WA Equity Relief Funds.” — Yakima Valley Community Fund on Resilience and Response Fund Impacts
“Food boxes and container gardens have helped shape healthier food and wellness choices; Indigenous farmers have been able to sustain their production and connect to communities, artists have been able to maintain their practices when their livelihoods have come to a halt.” —Na’ah Illahee Fund, on distributing 1,200 food care boxes and container gardens
“I am a single father of 7 children. When COVID got bad, I lost my job for two months and I struggled to make ends meet… These funds have allowed my children to keep a roof over their heads, have the needed PPE products to keep us safe, and put food on the table.” —Father supported by Unkitawa, a Building Changes COVID-19 Fund Awardee
The success of All In WA is owed to every Washingtonian across the state who has contributed, mobilized resources, and led frontline relief efforts under the campaign.
We understand that the effects of the pandemic will continue long after our state reopens and we encourage you to directly invest in local community-based partners who have long served as trusted leaders and resources in their communities. Recovery is a long road, but it has been shaped by the generosity of everyone who has gone “All In.”