Contribute sick or vacation time to help coworkers in need

King County’s leave donation programs allow you to help colleagues affected by catastrophic health conditions or injuries, or those who are caring for family members, by donating sick or vacation hours.

The Emergency Medical Leave Fund allows you to donate accrued leave to a central fund that can be distributed to other employees who have a qualifying need. You can donate up to 80 hours of accrued vacation and 25 hours of accrued sick leave each calendar year.

The Employee-to-Employee Medical Leave Donation Program allows you to donate any amount of your accrued vacation time directly to another employee, and up to 25 hours of your sick leave per year, as long as you have 100 hours or more of sick leave remaining.

Donated leave can only be used for a qualifying family or medical reason—such as your own serious health condition or the serious health condition of an eligible family member, or to bond with a new child—and can only be used after you’ve exhausted all of your own accrued leaves.

For more information, including forms and an FAQ, go to the Taking leave webpage. If you have questions about donating leave, contact the Benefits Team 206-684-1556 or KC Benefits.

Salvation Army and Sheriff’s Office collaborate to help family living in vehicle

From the Sheriff’s Newsletter

In the early morning hours of Feb. 16, Master Police Officer (MPO) Omar Jackson contacted the occupants of a vehicle parked outside a gas station-car wash- laundromat. He learned that a family of seven was living in that car.

In speaking with the father, MPO Jackson was told that recently the entire family had moved to the area from the southeast and the father had also lost his job. As an experienced tradesman, he was willing and able to work.

The five kids ranged in age from two months to eight years. MPO Jackson and Mental Health Professional (MHP) Daisy Espinoza reached out to the Salvation Army Street Level team to assist the family. The Salvation Army coordinated a hotel stay for them until they move into their new home.

MHP Espinoza and MPO Jackson later met with the family of seven at the Salvation Army Street Level office in Tukwila. They provided them with a week’s worth of food, baby formula, and diapers. Initially, the father was hesitant, but MPO Jackson let the man know that he would try to connect them with the services they so badly needed. Eventually, he was accepting of the combined efforts and follow-through. The Salvation Army even coordinated a job interview for the father.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone involved. This collaborative effort shows the effectiveness of working with the Salvation Army’s Street Level team to help those needing services.

Use your 2022 FSA funds

If you still have funds remaining in last year’s Health Care or Day Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA), be sure to get reimbursed for expenses incurred in 2022. There are a variety of ways to submit claims and the deadline is March 31, 2023.

Click here for details and information on how to submit claims.

If you have questions about your FSA, contact Navia at 800-669-3539 or Navia Customer Service.

Dog adoption for $50 in March

Cross-posted from Tails from RASKC

Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) has a full house – all aces, no jokers – and that means a dog-gone good deal for you. During the month of March, you can ante up just $50 to adopt an adult dog – a savings of 50% or more off the regular adoption fee. Read more.

Animal Control Officers juggle many responsibilities

Cross-posted from Executive Services Express

Being an Animal Control Officer (ACO) involves much more than chasing loose animals.

“There’s a lot more that we do and that we’re exposed to that the average citizen does not think about,” said Sam Moore, an ACO at Regional Animal Services of King County. Read more.

Local Services program welcomes Jacques Imperial

From the Department of Local Services blog

Local Services’ goal of empowering residents to determine how money is spent in their neighborhoods just got a valuable addition.

Jacques Imperial recenlty joined Local Services as the Participatory Budgeting program’s new Administrator. In her new position, Jacques will help Program Manager Gloria Briggs, who is currently seeking applicants to serve on the program’s Steering Committee for 2023-24.

“My passion for public service stems from helping those whose voices are often unheard and ensuring that when communities seek government assistance, they get the best customer service possible,” Jacques says. “I am excited to be a part of the Local Services team that shares these same values.” Read more.

Washington State Spring Fair discounts

The Washington State Spring Fair features all the usual carnival favorites like great entertainment, yummy food, wild rides, adorable animals, and more. The Fair will take place April 13-16 and April 20-23 in Puyallup

Click here for more information and discounted tickets, or go to

See all available discounts on the Employee Discount webpage.

March 13–19 is Neurodiversity Celebration Week

Neurodiversity Celebration Week is a worldwide initiative that challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences. It aims to transform how neurodivergent individuals are perceived and supported by providing schools, universities, and organizations with the opportunity to recognize the many talents and advantages of being neurodivergent, while creating more inclusive and equitable cultures that celebrate differences and empower every individual.

To learn about how you can support people with neurodiverse conditions at home, at work, and in your community, visit

Sprouting equity-driven ecology through education: One noxious weed at a time

From the American Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pasifika Affinity Group

“I have a passion for humans but always envisioned myself working with the natural world. This makes me feel like I can accomplish both” says Skye Pelliccia (she/her/ella), about her role as an Education Consultant for King County’s Noxious Weed Control Program.

When speaking with Skye, who identifies as a mix of Thai, Native American, and Ashkenazi Jewish descent, her enthusiasm about noxious weeds, the ecosystem, and ways to apply an equitable lens to this field of work inspires one to learn how to protect the natural resources in our region. Read more about her here.

New Loop Truck Shop improves drive time for cross-state biosolids delivery

Cross-posted from Clean Water Stories

There are limits, including federal limits, on how much can be asked of drivers – a maximum of 11 hours drive time to be precise. So, King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) came up with a solution for Loop drivers. It closed down Loop’s vehicle operations center at a site near SeaTac and moved the roadshow to a newly built site on County-owned property in North Bend. Trucks embarking from this facility save valuable time by not having to navigate the Seattle traffic to head east on I-90.

What is Loop? A decades-old program that converts biosolids (that is, your poop and other waste) into fertalizer for commercial use. Read more.