New Emergency Leave Fund now accepting donations

King County is a community of public servants. We care about the people we serve and the people we serve with. The COVID-19 outbreak, and the measures in place to stop its spread, may extend for months. Some employees will be impacted more than others and will exhaust their paid leave while recovering their health or caring for others.

If you have been looking for an opportunity to support your fellow employees affected by COVID-19, the Emergency Leave Donation Fund is your chance. We are looking for your donations to help get us started!

You can help now by donating your own accrued sick and vacation leave to the Emergency Leave Donation Fund. Every donation of leave matters and will help a King County employee in need who has already, or is about to, exhaust their own accrued leaves due to COVID -19. This is an especially great option if you are an employee who often ends up in a “use-it-or-lose-it” position with your vacation balance at the end of the year. This new program is available to Executive Branch employees (definition below) who are eligible for comprehensive leave benefits as well as employees in King County District Court and the King County Council.

How the Emergency Leave Donation Fund works:

  • Donating Leave: Employees can donate up to 80 hours of accrued sick leave and 80 hours of accrued vacation (or BTO time) per calendar year using the Emergency Leave Donation Form. Donations of more than 80 hours from either of your leave accrual banks will need your department director’s approval. However, you must maintain a balance of 100 sick leave hours after the donation is made.
  • Requesting Donations: Employees who need leave due to a COVID-19 related absence can request paid leave using the Emergency Leave Request Form. Eligible employees may receive two weeks of donated emergency leave per calendar year if funds are available.
  • Completed forms can be sent to:

To learn more about the program, including who is eligible, please click here. You can also use this Emergency Leave Donation Job Aid and short video to help with PeopleSoft entries.

Only by working together and supporting each other will we be able to overcome these extraordinary times.

The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members. —Coretta Scott King

Executive Branch departments: Department of Assessments, Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, Department of Executive Services, Department of Community and Human Services, Department of Human Resources, Department of Judicial Administration, Department of Local Services, Department of Metro Transit, Department of Natural Resources and Park, Department of Public Defense, Department of Public Health, Executive Department, King County Elections, King County Information Technology (KCIT), King County Sheriff’s Office (The King County Sheriff’s Office is administered by the King County Sheriff).

Other branches of County government: District Court, King County Council, Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Superior Court.