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Windermere Real Estate recently announced that it will donate $100 for every Seattle Seahawks tackle at home during the 2016 football season. On the receiving end of the funds is YouthCare, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that has been providing services and support to homeless youth from across Puget Sound for more than 40 years.

Called Tackle Homelessness, the campaign is aimed at raising resources for homeless youth, as well as increasing awareness about youth homelessness. As YouthCare CEO Melinda Giovengo explains in a press release, “[y]outh homelessness is both unacceptable, and also a challenge we can solve in this lifetime. The solution takes efforts and resources from across the community — just like this partnership — to help youth move forward from the streets, discover their potential and lead healthy and thriving lives. The values of compassion, teamwork and determination unite Windermere, the Seahawks and YouthCare together.”

The partnership is using the hashtag #TackleHomelessness to boost the campaign, which is timely given recent statistics on living in Seattle. The city is currently one of the most expensive cities to live and rent in the US, and a recent one-night count of those living on the streets came to 4,505, up 19 percent year-on-year.

“I’m thrilled that we’ll be able to leverage this new partnership in a way that will help address the persistent homeless crisis we’re seeing in the Puget Sound area. Personally, I love knowing that every time one of our Seahawks takes down someone from the opposing team, that’s another $100 for YouthCare,” said Geoff Wood, CEO of Windermere Real Estate, in the same release. Wood added that donations will be made via the Windermere Foundation, which to date has raised more than $30 million for low-income and homeless families.

If you are moved to donate to YouthCare directly, checkout the organization’s Amazon Wishlist here.

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