For community and faith-based organizations
Our community and faith-based organizations continue to serve King County residents most impacted in these difficult times. This page offers resources and tools for organizations, faith and cultural leaders to engage with the communities they serve, including people who are unsheltered, communities with limited English proficiency, people who are undocumented, LGBTQ and BIPOC communities, as well as frontline workers.
As King County reopens, nonprofits and community-based organizations (CBOs) will expand their critical work serving our community, and we are grateful for it. CBOs are tightly integrated into everyday life in the County, increasing access to healthcare, acting as trusted sources of information and resources, and providing safe spaces for our unhoused neighbors. Thanks to the care and hard work of nonprofits in King County, we will successfully navigate the health and financial struggles associated with the COVID-19 outbreak and increase safety in the provision of services by the County and our community partners.
Working together, our community has slowed the spread of COVID-19. Now, King County is working to gradually and carefully reopen the local economy and other aspects of daily living. King County has entered Phase 2 of Washington's Safe Start plan. CBOs, businesses, and other organizations can once again serve customers and community members. Most organizations will be required to operate at reduced capacity and hours, and all will be required to follow state guidelines designed to ensure the health and safety of staff, clients, and community. These guidelines call for social distancing, regular hand washing, and wearing face coverings (cloth/disposable masks). These precautions are crucial to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and allow us to return closer to pre-pandemic activity.
CBOs should take steps prior to restarting face-to-face operations with clients and community members to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Guidance on reopening can be found at the following links:
- Safe Start King County – how to reopen and keep staff, volunteers, and clients safe.
- Serving food? See our recommendations to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and guidance for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting.
- What to do if an employee or volunteer is diagnosed with COVID-19
Governor Jay Inslee announced on May 28th Washington state's plan for restarting religious and faith-based services as part of Washington's "Safe Start" reopening plan. Religious and faith-based organizations in Phase 2 counties may host up to 200 people for services.
Additional guidance from Public Health – Seattle & King County regarding COVID-19 for religious and faith-based organizations is critical for our diverse communities. Public Health recognizes that places of worship are more than a place to pray; they provide community and healing, especially for injustices past and present, particularly against Black, Indigenous, and people of color. This is even more important as marginalized communities are those hit hardest by COVID-19.
Unsafe faith services have been documented in Washington state prior to the announcement of Governor Jay Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" Proclamation 20-25 and outside Washington state upon reopening. We can take a health-based approach to ensure the safety of staff, members, and visitors at faith services.
- Frequently asked questions for religious and faith-based organizations
- Face protection for housing and shelter staff working in close contact with people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection
- FAQ's about the statewide face covering requirement, including how CBOs and FBOs can apply for free face coverings.
The Speaker's Bureau provides presentations with the latest information, resources, and guidance’s for COVID-19 to your community. We strive to provide culturally relevant presentations and provide answers that your community is looking for. Our goal is to ensure that all communities in King County have the knowledge they need to stay safe and healthy during this time. Learn more and complete an online request form.
Public Health — Seattle & King County convened representatives from various community, business, and government sectors in King County who are working together to help slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) by accelerating the use of the recommended and required community mitigation strategies.
- Office of Equity and Social Justice
- COVID-19 Community and Small Business Resource Guide
The resource guide is a tool that was requested by community leaders. It includes the following information:
- How to apply for unemployment
- Housing resources
- Information on utilities and internet
- Cash assistance
- Food assistance
- Childcare resources
- Resources for undocumented communities
- Small business loans and disaster assistance
- In-language resources
- How to apply for unemployment
Contact/Where to get more information from King County
- Non-medical questions about COVID-19 including compliance and business related issues?
- Contact the King County COVID-19 Business and Community Information Line (Monday - Friday) 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM at 206-296-1608, or submit a written inquiry or report online.
- For employee health, contact tracing, or testing questions, please call the COVID-19 call center at 206-477-3977.
- If you are a food business owner or a food worker and have questions related to your operation, please reach out to your Health Investigator or call 206-263-9566 to speak with office staff.
Community presentation requests
It is crucial that we all stay informed on the latest information regarding COVID-19. The Speaker's Bureau provides presentations with the latest information, resources, and guidance's for COVID-19 to the community.
Learn more about how we can work with you to provide your organization with a presentation about COVID-19 and any relevant topics that your community is looking for.
Viruses don't discriminate. Misinformation about coronavirus can create fear and hostility that hurts people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy. We're stronger as a community when we stand together against discrimination. Take advantage of these resources to prevent, interrupt, and respond to stigma. The anti-stigma resources page includes the following:
- Anti-stigma social media kit
- Poster: Viruses Don't Discriminate and Neither Should We
- Poster: Coronavirus and Stigma