Press Release, 04/20/2015


(Seattle, WA) – April 20th, 2015, On May 2nd generous hearts from across the Puget Sound will come together to celebrate breaking the cycle of poverty within our community. The Cares of Washington Annual Benefit, being held at the Sole Repair Shop in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, has a goal of reaching its greatest contributions donated in a single day in organization history.

This year’s benefit represents a major milestone for us at Cares. Cares has been a part of the community for over 30 years and has impacted over 6,000 families. The funds raised through this event will support the organization’s mission of providing opportunities for people in the Puget Sound with disabilities and those living below poverty level to become self-sufficient.

The 2015 benefit will be emceed by KZOK- morning personality Gibbons. This year we are working directly with civic partners such as KZOK, Conover Capital, ISN, Core Creative, The Seattle Mariners and many more to create an evening worthy of the accomplishments and the effort our clients have put forth to improve their own lives.

This year will not only focus on the level of engagement of our social service partners, but also introduce the Wanda and Paul Vincent Memorial Scholarship for students in crisis. This program is a joint scholarship with the Vincent family andthose companies who engage in efforts to make our region a better place to live. Cares will honor Microsoft with the “Excellence in Partnership Award” for its tenured commitment in this effort.

Press Release, 10/06/2014


On October 6, 2014 Cares of Washington kicked off Disability Employment Awareness Month with the announcement of several activities to engage the public and raise general awareness about this under served population within our state. The month kicked off with announcement of the Cares Fall/Winter campaign, the #ChangingLives Challenge. They are asking that supporters post photos of themselves, friends, and family displaying a sign that reads “#ChangingLives, and help the organization raise additional support to further support the 1,500 families it impacts a year.

In addition to the “#ChangingLives Challenge, Cares also announced partnerships with the Seattle Auto Show as well as the Seattle Thunderbirds. Both focused around the October 17th  “Changing Lives” event with the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Showare Center. The Thunderbirds have graciously donated a portion of ticket sales back to the organization to further its mission.

Though this month is a great way to raise awareness for the cause it is vital that we commit to helping this population of our community throughout the year. Cares of Washington offers various ways to meet these needs such as, volunteering, planned gifts, In-kind donation, and joining our Team Cares Donor Club to name a few.

If you would like more information about this Disability Employment Awareness Month, or to schedule an interview with CEO Lars Nowack, please call Chris Rhodes at 206.938.1253 or e-mail Chris at


Press Release, 4/1/2012

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek Michigan, has awarded Cares of Washington, a local WA State non-profit organization, a 2 year $400,000 grant to help fund the Connect for Success initiative, “The goal is to ensure that employees have what they need to come to work and to focus on being successful in the workplace and in the rest of their lives.” Connect for Success is actively recruiting employers who share the same vision and goals for talent retention and career advancement.

Cares of Washington, Seattle, WA has launched an employer driven initiative called Connect for Success. This is an employment support initiative for low income wage workers that leverages the best resources of area non-profits, government, and private employers to connect low-income employees with public and private resources that can help them retain their jobs and advance to a living wage career. Success coaches work within the consortium member companies to assess needs and link employees to the most suitable public or private resource to meet those needs.

Cares of Washington created in 2003, is a regional WA State nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for people in the Puget Sound region to achieve and sustain their full employment potential and achieve self-sufficiency in their lives. For more information about Cares of Washington, please visit

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, established in 1930, supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and southern Africa.

For further information on the foundation, please visit


Press Release, 10/11/2011

Olympia, WA
Marcie Taylor, Executive Director
(360) 459-6517 |

Eight Washington State Employers Receive “Outstanding Employer Award”. The Community Employment Alliance announced its list of 2011 outstanding employers at a special awards luncheon in Seattle on October 5th. The Alliance’s Outstanding Employer Award honors Washington State businesses, government agencies and non-profit corporations that have made exceptional efforts to employ people with disabilities; and who by their recruitment, hiring, retention, and promotion policies are role models in their community.

These employers were commended for their efforts on behalf of people with disabilities throughout Washington State.

2011 Outstanding Employers

  • The Warm Company, nominated by Morningside
  • Coinstar, nominated by AtWork!
  • Campbell and Company, nominated by Columbia Industries
  • Lowe’s Renton Landing, nominated by Highline Community College
  • Value Village, nominated by Northwest Center
  • Big Bend Community College, nominated by Service Alternatives
  • Harrison Medical Center, nominated by Able Opportunities
  • Big Lots, nominated by Cares of Washington

The Community Employment Alliance is a non-profit advocacy organization with a membership network of fifty businesses and employment service providers located throughout Washington. It’s members provide services to more than 10,000 people with disabilities each year. The Alliance’s mission is to Advocate, Educate and Partner for Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities.