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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 is affecting many people in our community, including employees and their families. 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.

Employees interested in supporting their colleagues who have been affected by COVID-19 now have the opportunity to help, by donating accrued sick and vacation leave to the Emergency Leave Donation Fund.

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Every donation of leave matters and will help a King County employee in need. This is also a good option for employee who may find themselves in a “use-it-or-lose-it” position with vacation balance at the end of the year.

This new program is available to Executive Branch employees and all separately-elected agencies except Superior Court and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, which will manage their own programs.

Our first step is to build the pool of donated leave, and will then open up the program to employees who would like to request donated leave. The Emergency Leave Donation Program is an opportunity to support one another during this unprecedented event.