Your support of Real Change means more than you can possibly know.
The lives you touch. The hope you make possible. The community you create.
I wish everyone could see the difference that you make in people’s lives every day.
People who were once alone who now have friends. People who had stopped hoping but now have opportunity. People who now believe in themselves because your support says you believe in them.
Your gift to Real Change transforms lives by creating work and community.
There are hundreds of stories. Some of them you might already know.
Willie Jones, who overcame addiction to earn a Bellevue Community College degree. Whose enthusiasm for Real Change and his customers is matched only by his support for the Mariners, Sounders and Seahawks.
Susan Russell, who left far too many tears beneath the Fremont Bridge. Who hid her homelessness from friends and relatives because she was ashamed. Who found her courage and passion and community in finally telling her story.
Mike Hall, who last worked in the lumber mills since he was laid off a decade ago. Who holds court as the “Mayor of Pioneer Square” — and still winds the clock in front of the old Elliott Bay Book Co. building.
Lisa Sawyer, who lost everything in an apartment fire but found her voice as an activist. Who has met the governor, the mayor and the county executive and has helped inspire them all to do more.
Michael Johnson, who grew up with domestic violence, gangs and jail. Who learned how to open up and trust within the caring community of Real Change. Who now sees the good in the world and not what’s holding him down.
Every vendor has a story. You’ve seen it yourself in the friends you’ve made and the people you’ve come to care about.
You make all of these stories possible.
Every dollar of your support creates opportunity and a voice for those who need it most.
Your gift builds for economic, social and racial justice by bringing people off the sidelines and into action.
Every donation counts. Every gift, whether it’s $25, $150 or $1,000 builds the community that makes our work possible.
Nearly 500 people have already generously supported our Holiday Fund Drive. With less than a week left, we still need to raise $73,709 toward our ambitious $232,000 year-end goal.
Please give today. Visit main.realchangenews.org or mail your gift to 219 First Ave. S., Ste. 220, Seattle, WA 98104. Thank you for believing in Real Change.