Amazonians are quick on their feet – our culture is fast-paced and exciting, and we’re not afraid to make adjustments or to act fast to make the biggest, most positive impact on neighbors in immediate need. Amazon is focused on supporting what we call “Right Now Needs,” which include fighting childhood hunger, family homelessness, and providing support to communities impacted by natural disasters.
Rise and Smile is our program that provides school breakfasts to students experiencing hunger in their schools. We think this is important because students can’t learn and be curious at school, and grown into future innovators, if they’re hungry in class.
Our Disaster Relief by Amazon team leverages Amazon’s vast operational excellence and worldwide logistics network to provide fast and effective relief to our various nonprofit partners fighting large-scale natural disasters. We ship truckloads of Amazon-donated items to communities ravaged by hurricanes, send solar powered lights to people living without power after tsunamis, and we enable our customers to easily donate through Amazon Pay, Wish Lists, and Alexa to trusted nonprofit partners.
Amazon continues to fight homelessness in our hometown of Seattle. We’ve donated more than $40 million to our nonprofit partners Mary’s Place and FareStart and have contributed an additional $40 million towards affordable housing projects in the City of Seattle. We are currently building a permanent family shelter for Mary’s Place within one of our new Seattle headquarters building to house more than 200 women, children, and families fighting homelessness each night. And we continue to support efforts by Seattle’s FareStart to fight homelessness with innovative job training programs.
In 2018, we also announced a two year, $2 million partnership with Seattle’s Alliance for Education to create the “Right Now Needs Fund,” an initiative that supports the most basic needs of underprivileged students across Seattle’s public school system. Things like coats, shoes, food, school supplies, and similar kinds of basic, everyday items will be covered by Amazon’s donation.