Boeing employees give $500,000 grant to YMCA of Snohomish County

Grant will help fund construction and furnishing for the new facility to support local children

September 20, 2019 in Our Community

On Sept. 19, Patty Meissner, president of Boeing Employees Community Fund of Puget Sound (ECF) announced a $500,000 grant to YMCA of Snohomish County. The ECF grant will help pay for the construction of a new children’s area at the new YMCA facility in Everett.

“Many Boeing employees have depended on these types of programs for their own families,” Meissner said. “I can’t think of a better investment, and am so proud that Boeing employees are a part of making this happen.”

ECF Puget Sound has been supporting the YMCA since 1988, and grants have funded things like youth exercise equipment and a van with a wheelchair lift.

“When Boeing employees step up to fund projects like this, many others follow,” said Jennifer Willows, YMCA of Snohomish County’s chief development officer. “I’m thankful for the inspiration they provide and their dedication to the community.”

All ECF chapters across the country make grants based on the needs of the local communities.  

Last month, a special 787-9 Dreamliner rolled out of the hangar with a bright pink and purple livery featuring a new Employees Community Fund of Boeing logo. During the Sept. 19 event at Boeing Future of Flight in Everett, employees got a chance to see the plane up close—an exciting opportunity for long-time ECF donors.

The Employees Community Fund of Boeing is an employee-managed nonprofit—one of the largest of its kind the world—that traces its roots back to 1948, when its predecessor organization was started at McDonnell Aircraft. Over the last 70 years, ECF has contributed more than $1 billion to help nonprofits in Boeing communities. More than $630 million of those grants supported organizations in Washington.