Days after Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and wife Ciara announced the donation of One million meals to Food Life, the Seattle Seahawks and a few partner organizations have banded together to deepen their response to help those most impacted by the Corona Virus.
Friday afternoon The Paul. G. Allen Family Foundation, CenturyLink Field Vulcan Inc. and the Seahawks have committed to pay part-time employees effected by event cancellation at CenturyLink Field and Portland’s Moda Center.
The Seahawks and CenturyLink Field have committed more than $700,000 to pay part-time employees affected by canceled events. In addition to paying the part-time employees, the organizations will also offer support through food donations and local blood drives with Bloodworks Northwest.
“We are all witnessing the impacts of COVID-19 and how it is harming the health, vibrancy, and economic well-being of our communities,” said Jody Allen, co-founder, and chair of Vulcan Inc. and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and chair of the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers. “We are thoughtfully assessing ways we can help mitigate some of these impacts, and we are grateful to the many health care workers, partners, local and regional authorities, fellow funders and business leaders on the front lines in Seattle and Portland.
While we work as a community to respond to this crisis, we take seriously the shared responsibility to follow official public health guidance and be diligent in our social distancing during these challenging times.”Jody Allen , co-founder chair of Vulcan Inc. and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and chair of the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers.
Both the Seahawks and Trail Blazers are donating thousands of pounds of unused food from their venues to local nonprofit organizations, including a donation of 3,000 pounds of food from CenturyLink Field to local organizations like FareStart, the YMCA and Mercy Housing Northwest.
Earlier this week, the Seahawks supported a blood drive with partner Bloodworks Northwest to raise awareness for the need of additional blood donors (those looking to donate can find locations here).
The Seahawks also recently launched Seahawks.com/WeGotThis as a community space for those affected by COVID-19. People can go there for links to important community resources, ways to help others during these difficult times, and activities for children at who are home and out of school. The Seahawks are working on additional fun and engaging activities that will be posted to that site soon.