SPEEA Cares Fund to help with emergencies

SPEEA Cares fund provides emergency assistance for members and their families who are facing difficulties due to layoffs or other issues.

For approved requests, the fund pays up to $500 for a one-time-only bill related to housing or utilities and can also provide a gas or grocery gift card.

SPEEA staff forward eligible requests to the Puget Sound Labor Agency (PSLA). This tax-exempt 501 c (3) non-profit organization arranges for direct payment of the bill to the appropriate creditor or utility.

The fund started during the SPEEA 40-day strike of 2000 thanks to the generosity of SPEEA members from all of our bargaining units, as well as other labor unions contributing to a strike-relief fund for members’ emergencies. The money left over after the strike went into the SPEEA Cares fund to help laid-off members, particularly following 9/11 layoffs of 2001.

Since starting the fund nine years ago, SPEEA Cares issued more than 4,000 checks. About 60% of the total were in the first year and were mostly strike-related. 

SPEEA members continue to contribute through ECF or cash donations to keep the fund going. 

To make a request:
Send an e-mail with your contact information, a brief explanation of your circumstances and the bill you need help paying to

To donate: You can designate SPEEA Cares in your contribution to the Employee Community Fund (ECF) at The Boeing Company, or send a check to SPEEA Cares Fund, care of PSLA, at 2800 First Ave., Rm. 126, Seattle, WA 98121. With no administrative fees, 100% of donated funds go to eligible individuals.