SHUTDOWN SURVIVAL: Ways to help Seattle’s U.S. Coast Guard personnel

(U.S. Coast Guard photo – aerial view of Seattle base)

From the WSB inbox – in case you haven’t already heard of this way to help local U.S. Coast Guard personnel as the shutdown continues, we were asked to publish this:

Seattle! Our local United States Coast Guard families are affected by the current federal shutdown. Please consider donating if you can.

Seattle Area CPOA in conjunction with CGEA, CWOA and PSOA have opened a Food Pantry located in the CPO Mess 3rd deck of Building 7. It is open to all AD CG, Reserve on AD, CG Civilians affected by the shutdown.

Hours are M-F 1100 – 1400.

Anyone wishing to help [can do so] by donating non-perishable items or toiletries to the front gate. If you can access the base, the OOD will take donations or you can bring them to the pantry.

Anyone wishing to send a check, it will be used to buy grocery gift cards; send it to:

Coast Guard CPOA
C/O US Coast Guard Base
1519 Alaskan Way So.
Seattle, WA 98134

Other ways to help… Consider donating to USONW online at Click on the DONATE tab then scroll down to Coast Guard. There is a dollar for dollar match for all money contributed up to $50k! All money contributed there will go to grants for Pacific NW CG personnel. Thank you so much for your consideration on helping our families!

While other servicemembers are not affected, the USCG is because it’s under the Department of Homeland Security rather than the Department of Defense. Here’s the map to its Seattle base, toward the south end of the downtown waterfront, so it’s not far from here.

11 Replies to "SHUTDOWN SURVIVAL: Ways to help Seattle's U.S. Coast Guard personnel"

  • MJ January 20, 2019 (5:55 pm)

    A former neighbor of mine was retired Coast Guard.  Are they also being affected?

    • Former Coastie January 20, 2019 (6:16 pm)

      Yes, retirees will not receive pay checks at the end of the month if this continues. 

    • Kap January 20, 2019 (6:26 pm)

      Not sure, but will see for sure of we get retirement pay the end of month!

  • Jonathan January 20, 2019 (6:02 pm)

    One can also donate to the Coast Guard Foundation – they have set up a special fund for the Coasties not getting paid.

  • Mischelle Davis January 20, 2019 (6:48 pm)

    can make a donation of non-perishable food, personal items, household supplies,
    or baby items. 

    On Saturday, January 26, 2019, 10am-3pm,
    bring your donation to Fred Meyer stores
    in Ballard or Issaquah between 10:00am and
    Marcus Trufant, former Seattle Seahawk, will be signing autographs and taking
    photos with donors at the Fred Meyer in Ballard (915 NW 45th St, Seattle). 
    Click here to see the event flyer here.  

    • Mike January 22, 2019 (9:39 pm)

      That’s awesome.  Good on Trufant too! I tried the link to the event flyer and it was a broken link.

  • Suzanne January 21, 2019 (5:01 am)

    This is the link to the Coast Guard Foundation to support members of the Coast Guard to help them get through this painfully long shutdown — It's very easy to donate and every dollar of support will help.  The following is from their website — 

    “Help support families impacted by the government shutdown

    This is the first time in our Nation’s history that servicemembers in a U.S. Armed Force have not been paid during a lapse in appropriations. Help us support as many Coast Guard families as possible — give today so we can rush additional funding to units across the country.”

    • Mary Howard January 21, 2019 (7:31 pm)

      Even the people who aren’t in the cost guard aren’t getting anymore food and are losing there housing. I’m 66 year’s old and disabled and I don’t know were I’m going to sleep and be safe and warm. 

  • Kathy January 25, 2019 (8:40 am)

    If you want to show support for the Coast Guard and other government employees and contractors to get back to work and get back pay, you can join the march to end this crisis on Tuesday, January 29th at 11:45 am at the Federal Building on 2nd and Marion downtown. Although the government contractors (like janitors, etc) will probably not get back pay: Open the government

    • dunnkld January 25, 2019 (4:18 pm)

      Protest has been cancelled due to temporary reopening of the government. Here’s hoping for a permanent resolution in the next 3 weeks. At least they will start getting paid/back pay, but contractors might have taken a big financial hit.

      • WSB January 25, 2019 (4:24 pm)

        Note that there are still some donation drives (we’ll be writing about one after pm traffic) continuing because of depleted stocks/residual needs – TR

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