The BNSF Railway Foundation invests in the communities across the 28 states through which BNSF operates, and where BNSF employees live, work and volunteer. Recent donations include:
Giving Hope and Help to Homeless Women
Elizabeth Gregory Home in Seattle received a $5,000 grant from BNSF Railway Foundation to help women navigate out of homelessness. The organization provides wrap-around programs and services at its drop-in day center that address essential needs such as nutrition, clothing, hygiene, employment and housing assistance, and health and mental health support, referrals, and education. The funding received from BNSF Railway Foundation formed part of the anchor that allowed Elizabeth Gregory Home to survive and thrive despite the challenges of the pandemic and civil unrest.
Supporting Virtual Animal Encounters and Education
BNSF Railway Foundation contributed to the Up CLOSE program, Woodland Park Zoo’s ambassador animal outreach program. In response to the pandemic and the stay-at-home order, the zoo adjusted programming to offer educational activities, curriculum and comfort to the community through virtual programs such as Super Snack Time and Zoo to You.
Providing Emergency Housing for Young People
Northwest Youth Services is a non-profit organization serving young people ages 13-24 experiencing homelessness in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. The organization supports youth in identifying goals and building the skills necessary to reach their own sense of stability. BNSF Railway Foundation’s $2,500 grant helped support the Positive Adolescent Development Emergency Housing program’s direct costs, such as personnel and supplies.