Amazon donates $8 million to help fight homelessness

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Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) is donating $8 million to help fight homelessness in Seattle, Washington and Arlington, Virginia—the locations of its two headquarters.

According to the e-commerce giant, Plymouth Housing in Seattle will receive $5 million and $3 million to Arlington Community Foundation.

Amazon’s donations will support both nonprofit organizations’ mission to improve the quality of life of residents at risk of becoming homeless. The nonprofits will use the company’s gifts to increase the number of available housing units for families, veterans and single adults experiencing homelessness or in need of affordable housing.

The e-commerce giant will also announced that it will match employee donations to select charities that address housing and homelessness in Seattle and Arlington until September 30, 2019.

In a statement, Jay Carney, SVP of Global Corporate Affairs at Amazon, said, “Homelessness and affordable housing are real concerns in Seattle and the Washington, DC region – as neighbors in both, we made these donations to Plymouth Housing and the Arlington Community Foundation because of their work and progress on housing stability and helping families improve their quality of life.”

He added, “We believe this gift can help offer additional housing and support services for our neighbors in need. In addition, together with our employees, we will donate to nonprofits located in Washington State, Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia, whose missions support affordable housing and people experiencing homelessness.”

Amazon has been donating to nonprofits to help people in living in poverty

This is not the first time Amazon made contributions to help people in need and get back to their feet. Since 2016, the e-commerce giant gave in-kind and cash gifts to its nonprofit partners Mary’s Place and FareStart in Seattle.

Amazon provided a first-of-its-kind family shelter to Mary’s Place, which is located within the e-commerce giant’s building. On the other hand, it provided a classroom and restaurant space for FareStart’s job training program for people living in poverty or experiencing homelessness.

The total value of its donations to both organizations including annual rent is more than $130 million. Its in-kind and cash gifts to Mary’s Place alone is $100 million over the next ten years, according to the e-commerce giant.