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The Puget Sound Labor Agency (PSLA) is an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for union and community members in need of assistance.
About This Cause
Puget Sound Labor Agency (PSLA) was founded in 1975 by a handful of union carpenters who wanted to give back to the community. They started building wheelchair ramps for disabled members with the help of United Way of King County. This tradition continued through the 80's and 90's with the addition of a food bank to address food security and the agency started managing hardship funds for union locals to give financial support to striking union members.
Today, PSLA continues to serve union and community members experiencing poverty who reside in the neighborhoods surrounding the Labor Temple in downtown Seattle. With financial support from the labor movement as well as organizations like Northwest Harvest and Food Lifeline, the food bank has served over 63,000 struggling people over 1.1 million pounds of nutritious food each year since 2013. Distribution days are every Monday and Friday from 8AM - Noon and on Wednesdays from 4PM -7PM on the first floor of the Labor Temple, 2800 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121.
The Regional Access Mobility Program (RAMP) is still building low-cost wheelchair ramps all over Western Washington with the support of United Way King County and the local unions at the current rate of about 2-3 ramps per month. Volunteer laborers assess, estimate, order and install ramps to the specifications of each clients' living situation. For over 40 years, PSLA has helped thousands of people living with disabilities gain access to their homes and lead independent lives.