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Redmond Washington is atown outside Seattle. I live 3 miles from the headquarters of Microsoft. Not far is Lake Washington. To have a home on the lake there; you would have tohave money like Bill Gates. He has his home right on the lake. I have seen it from the lake and its a mansion. Presidents come to this neighborhood to raise money.
A few short miles away, your in another world. Houses that were built 50 years ago.
Roofs that need fixing, food banks that are always short of food. My neighborhood once was middle class now would be lower middle class. A hill close to my house has a gated
community. Signs are up,"Private Road". It is a county road so I ran up the hill once and was stopped by an angry neighbor. "did you see the sign?"he asked. I answered but I was running on a County road not on any ones property. He started to explain
something but I was running and yelled "SUE ME.'
My neighbor across the street has Cancer and I found out why she goes and gets bad food from the stores. Her family is hungry and foodstamps(EPT) doesn"tcover her food bill. Her food allotment has been reduced. She has plenty of food now thanks to a neighbor and myself.
I found out three more families are hungry on my block.
Seattle Magazine says there were 8.6 million visits to the foodbank in our county last year. one in 5 children were hungry in the same county as Microsoft.I am also told 2013 will be even worse.
All people who care need to lobby Congress to increase Food Stamps not decrease  the amount of food. Most people who get help are Women with children or the elderly or people laid off.
I know asking for more food for the poor sounds like a fantasy. We on the left have to be clear what we want. We then need to find out who is hungry  around us and feed them.
I am going to Microsoft with a dollar amount in mind I want them to give to the King County Food Banks. I want them and Amazon (who also have offices here) to buy food trucks and have people knock on every door in the County to make sure no one is hungry.
Was their a movie once that said,"I am mad as Hell and I an not going to take it anymore?"
Congress will yell, lets go feed somebody!
Today,will
you stop
to help
someone
in need,
or will you turn away?
-Unkown

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  •  Help someone, anyone. (5+ / 0-)

    It will come back to you, even when you least expect it.

  •  Micro$oft is one of the biggest H1B work visa (6+ / 0-)

    companies in the US. Not to mention that they have offshored a huge percentage of jobs to the BRIC countries. They have no sympathy for US workers so I doubt they will give a penny (or damn) to a foodbank.

    Would love to be proved wrong. Keep us posted.


    No longer Hoping for Change. Now Praying for a Miracle. 🍞 & 🎪

    by CitizenOfEarth on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 11:13:00 AM PDT

    •  Message (6+ / 0-)

      I checked and they have given Billions away world wide.
      I can"t find much for Seattle. I am NOT saying they don't
      give on a local basis,I just could not find where they did.
      Mike

      •  message (5+ / 0-)

        I should learn to spell. Sorry  Marina! . I had not planned
        on going to to Gates. I will be a PEST at Microsoft.
        Mike

        •  Microsoftie here... (2+ / 0-)
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          I am proud to work here for most of the last two decades, and corporate giving is one of the biggest reasons why.

          Last year, Microsoft employees donated over $100 million USD to 501c3 charities through a combination of corporate giving programs such as the Giving Campaign, Matching Gifts Program and Volunteer Matching.  We are the first company in the history of THE UNIVERSE to have our employees donate that much, and it is because of the leadership of our founder, Bill Gates, that we do so.  His parents instilled in him at a young age the importance of giving back through their affiliation with the United Way, and it is a lesson he learned well, and has ingrained into the culture of Microsoft.  

          The Giving Campaign is our annual drive to get employees to sign up for payroll deductions to support their favorite 501c3 causes.  Microsoft matches donations dollar for dollar up to $12,000 per employee per year.  The Giving Campaign is the primary way they do that, supplemented by the Matching Gifts Program to have individual donations matched, and also the $17/hour that can be donated to such organizations for volunteer work of Microsoft employees.

          I personally know of no other for-profit company IN THE UNIVERSE that does as much as Microsoft and Uncle Bill, who is now over at the Gates Foundation full time.

          In fact, the timing of your plea is quite good, as the Giving Campaign just kicked off last week.  In my walk back from the cafeteria, I saw signs on just about every door, wall, elevator and bathroom stall talking about ways to give during the campaign.   I would highly suggest lobbying not just the corporate headquarters, but lobby your friends and neighbor Microsofties to donate.   I know I will be making a big donation to Northwest Harvest and getting Microsoft to match me dollar for dollar.

          ~ Nothing insightful to say ~

          by EagleOfFreedom on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 02:31:51 PM PDT

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            I am glad I didn't say anything bad about you guys!
            I felt Bill Gates was Global in scope and Microsoft was more local. I have seen such a need! Thanks for all you do!
            I will supply a list of our 501c that is an "all in one" where food and clothes and help with whatever else is needed.

            •  Yup (1+ / 0-)
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              chimene

              Uncle Bill's mission at Gates Foundation is more global, but Microsoft Corp does a ton in King County and WA as well as other localities where we have a big presence.  Corporate does some other giving programs that are more, well, corporate because they provide MSFT software and services.  But the Giving Campaign & other employee giving is the best way to get cash and the corporate matching dollars, and that is usually what nonprofits need rather than software. :)

              ~ Nothing insightful to say ~

              by EagleOfFreedom on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 04:50:43 PM PDT

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  •  Vet63 - is the Gates Foundation active (4+ / 0-)
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    slowbutsure, tofumagoo, Lujane, chimene

    in the Seattle area?

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 11:16:03 AM PDT

    •  They do health research, health care in Africa and (5+ / 0-)
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      VClib, JeffW, rbird, slowbutsure, chimene

      privatizing public schools, not so much into social welfare in the community, not even their own.

    •  message (4+ / 0-)
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      VClib, slowbutsure, tofumagoo, Lujane

      I double checked his foundation. He has given Billions
      world wide. Its tough to see if anything went to Seattle.
      I know lots of money has gone to Education in Seattle
      from his foundation. Africa and Health issues seem to be huge with him.
      I have no desire to go to his  group for this. I know people
      who have done business with him. He is a global thinker.
      He has seen starvation in Africa. Our hunger does not match what he has seen.
      I will get money from Microsoft,not through his group.
      He has little to do with anymore.
      Thanks!
      Mike

  •  Great idea! (7+ / 0-)

    Good luck with your lobbying

    I am going to Microsoft with a dollar amount in mind I want them to give to the King County Food Banks.
    I really wish you success.

    “No, Governor Romney, corporations are not people.” ~ my Senator Elizabeth Warren

    by Domestic Elf on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 11:16:20 AM PDT

  •  Very disappointed in our Food Bank (3+ / 0-)
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    Vet63, slowbutsure, Lujane

    Our local small-town (10,000 pop.) food bank has a lack of leadership and some terrible volunteers.

    Some volunteers are also food bank clients.  They help run the food bank and also need to take food home.  Thanks for helping.

    Other volunteers have sufficient resources.  They are not food-insecure.  And these moochers take food home.  They disgust me.

    The same building has a free clothing program, mainly for women returning to the workforce who do not have suitable office work clothing.  They put a rack out for the food bank clients, but some of these same food moochers also take clothing donated for the poor.  Shame.

    We donate cash to the food bank.  The food bank can get much more food with cash than from donations of food.  I need to contact the manager of the food bank and present my concerns before I write another check.  I want to help those who need help and not allow others to take this food away.

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