Partners & Funders

The investment by community partners and funders makes it possible for Cares of Washington to offer individualized and lifelong support that people with disabilities and people with low incomes need to make permanent changes in their lives.

Public funders, private foundations and corporate sponsors are behind the success of Cares of Washington programs and services. Cares of WA is able to provide individualized services because of the generosity and support of contracts, grants and in-kind services from these entities. Due to their generous support, we are able to help people with disabilities and low income families move out of crisis and become self-sufficient. We would like to recognize and thank the following organizations:

  • King County (1987)
  • Pierce County (1990)
  • Seattle/King County Workforce Development council (1992)
  • Kitsap County (2002)
  • United Way (2006)
  • Boeing (2007)
  • WAMU/Chase (2007)
  • Snohomish County (2008)
  • Seattle Foundation (2008)
  • DSHS/BFET (2008)

Our community partnerships effectively reduce barriers to advancement and self-sufficiency and allow for efficient service delivery. We collaborate with organizations such as Parkview Services and the YWCA’s Homeless Intervention Program (HIP) for housing services in order to leverage resources for individuals and families that are part of both programs. By working together, our participants have the safe housing and the support they need to ensure a secure future for themselves and their family.  We also partner with local community colleges and training providers to help individuals identify and complete job training that local employers find essential to a successful outcome.

Employers are another key community partner. We have worked with several employers for many years, most notably:

  • Boeing (since 1980)
  • Bremerton Navy Shipyard (since 1985)
  • Raytheon (since 1987)
  • Safeway (since 1989)
  • University of Washington (since 1996)
  • Microsoft (since 2000)

Employers also provide opportunities to assess the skills, abilities and interests of our participants who have disabilities, which leads to greater success for our employers and participants.

If you are interested in supporting Cares mission with either funds or services, please contact Lars Nowack, Cares CEO at (206) 419-3010 or by email at