Nonprofits help to launch Employee Giving Program’s Ambassador Rally

The Seattle nonprofit, Teen Feed, provides meals for homeless youth in the University District 365 days a year, something it is able to do with help from  King County’s Employee Giving Program.

Representatives from the  Cascade Bicycle Alliance Education Foundation helped to inspire Ambassadors

Representatives from the Cascade Bicycle Alliance Education Foundation helped to inspire Ambassadors

“You are helping provide [homeless teens] what they need 24 hours a day,” Suzanee Sullivan the Development and Communications Director said at the EGP Ambassador Rally.

The August 26 rally was held in preparation for the Annual Giving Drive that kicks off on September 24, 2014, and to encourage ambassadors to invite non-profit speakers from the thousands of nonprofits connected to EGP into the workplace.

Teen Feed is one of the many nonprofits that benefits from the Annual Giving Drive. King County Search Dogs, which was also showcased at the rally, provides search and rescue dogs to law enforcement in the area. The organization is 100 percent donation based.

Around 70 EGP Ambassadors attended the Rally, while a few tuned in to the meeting on Lync.

Along with Teen Feed and KC Search Dogs, representatives from Earthshare/Washington Bikes and Cascade Bicycle Alliance Education Foundation spoke to the crowd about their nonprofits.

Jack Hilovsky, representing Earthshare and Washington Bikes, urged Ambassadors to invite speakers from Earthshare into the workplace. In the past year, King County employees donated over $90,000 to environmental funds.

This year’s campaign co-chairs, King County Sheriff John Urquhart and King County Assistant Deputy Executive Rhonda Berry, also spoke at the rally and thanked the Ambassadors for their commitment to the EGP.

“You as ambassadors are fulfilling a very important leadership role,” Sheriff Urquhart said.

EGP Committee Chair, Roxi Smith said Ambassadors are part of the reason for the program’s success.

“Ambassadors are the beating heart of this program,” Smith said.