Boeing donates $25,000 to local nonprofit organizations

Funding will support children and family services and programs

November 07, 2018 in Our Community

Boeing employees present $12,500 checks to local nonprofits RAYS (Renton Area Youth & Family Services) and Treehouse at the Boeing site in Renton, Wash.

Boeing photo

Boeing presented two Seattle-area nonprofit organizations with checks totaling $25,000 to fund programs and services that support children and families. The money was donated on behalf of employees who work in Renton, Wash.

Donations of $12,500 each went to the nonprofits RAYS (Renton Area Youth & Family Services) and Treehouse.

“Boeing is proud to support these two organizations and their commitment to making our community a better place to live,” said Eric Lindblad, vice president and general manager of the 737 Program and Renton site. “Boeing values and encourages the well-being of our employees. The work being done by RAYS and Treehouse makes them a perfect fit for this donation.”

RAYS provides high-quality, integrated behavioral healthcare and prevention services to children, youth and families, to restore hope for a healthier future.

“With deep roots in the Renton area, local partnerships are the heart of our work at RAYS,” Michelle Hankinson, RAYS Executive Director, shared. “Through supporting RAYS, Boeing is ensuring that youth and families facing crisis in our Renton community can get back on the path of thriving relationships and hopeful futures. We are so grateful for Boeing’s commitment to our work.”

Treehouse gives youth in foster care a childhood and a future, and has dramatically improved graduation rates for youth in its innovative program called Graduation Success. The program is expanding statewide by 2022.

“Boeing has been a key supporter of Treehouse and the youth we serve for a number of years, and their partnership has continued to grow with us,” said Janis Avery, CEO of Treehouse. “Now in our 30th year, this is a particularly critical moment for Treehouse as we expand throughout Washington over the next four years. We couldn’t do this without Boeing and other community partners who understand the importance of assuring our most vulnerable youth launch successfully into adulthood.”

Boeing’s Renton employees were awarded $25,000 to donate after they took part in a walk across several company sites including the 737 factory for “Boeing Moves the World,” an event focused on well-being and health awareness. A total of $1 million from that event is going toward nonprofit organizations around the world including community organizations, veterans and mental health programs.

By Jennifer Sturm