When InterConnection’s founder, Charles Brennick, parked the company’s donation van at its Fremont headquarters during the holidays, he did not expect it to be stolen. After all, as a non-profit organization, InterConnection is not a prime target for significant theft. They refurbish older surplus computer equipment from individuals or companies to sell at discounted rates to low-income consumers or other nonprofit organizations. Unfortunately, the van was stolen over the holidays by a group of people who planned a different use for it. After stealing the donation van, the car thieves apparently then used it in an attempted robbery, damaging the van beyond repair.
This left InterConnection without any means of collecting the equipment donated to them. Donations primarily include electronic equipment such as computers and accessories, which is inconvenient for donors to drop off themselves. The pick-up service is a key part of how InterConnection obtains donations from individuals and businesses. Many of their donors simply don’t have the time or resources to bring the items to the headquarters, which will simply leave the company – and their clients – without donations. The high-demand of these generic vans also makes them a challenge to obtain.
Fortunately, the holiday spirit has not left the city of Seattle. InterConnection quickly started a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe, where they’ve raised over $2,000 already. Crowdfunding has become a fast way to notify a wide audience of a funding need, and allow them to securely donate to the cause of their choice. InterConnection is listed as a certified charity, and donations can be made via PayPal.
After Seattle closed the streets near St. Mary’s for the Women’s March Saturday, residents donated $10,000 to the food bank.
The food bank at St. Mary’s, located on 20th Avenue South, had to close its doors to its usual customers early due to Saturday’s march. Instead of serving homeless and hungry residents, the food bank opened its doors to allow marchers to use the restrooms. The food bank also donated bottled water to marchers who stopped into the charity. Marchers left cash donations to thank St. Mary’s for allowing marchers access to the food bank’s restrooms and to make up for a cash shortfall the charity is experiencing.
The food bank’s executive director, Alison Alfonzo Pence, told reporters that the donations from marchers would be a big help toward the lack of funds the charity would be dealing with in 2017.
St. Mary’s food bank typically serves upward of 500 Seattle customers each Saturday. Due to the march, the food bank was only able to serve 250 people that morning before having to close. Although the cash donations did not keep some people from going hungry Saturday, the donations will help those same people in the long run.
The Seattle Women’s March drew more than 100,000 Seattle residents to a 3-mile section of the city. Former Seattle mayor Mike McGinn commented that he had never seen such a big march in his city. The march was one of hundreds across the nation that drew millions of people in the United States and internationally to march for women’s rights as Donald Trump was inaugurated at the 45th President.
Although the majority of protests were peaceful, many businesses and charitable organizations had to close their doors to customers Saturday. St. Mary’s food bank was only one of the organizations affected, but the charity was fortunate to gain such a sizable donation from the event.