When Maverick Cares was founded in fall 2019, it would have been impossible to predict just how critical community support programs would be over the coming year. While the holidays signaled a reprieve from a tumultuous year, they also were difficult for many families. The economic downturn from the COVID-19 pandemic, along with all the unknowns in 2020, increased the stress on people trying to celebrate in traditional ways with everyone in their household.
As the community continues to reel from the widespread effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Maverick Cares remained steadfast in their collaboration with more than 35 local partners for their December event. Through their good neighbor program Maverick Cares, the team members at Maverick Gaming provided 16,000 meals to people in need this holiday season.
"As the owner of a small local restaurant, I know how hard things are right now for so many people," said Trang Nguyen, owner of Taste ToGo Banh Mi and Maverick Cares Partner. "We are proud to partner with Maverick Cares to help those in need because the challenges created by the pandemic require us all to work together to support our local communities."
Maverick Cares was proud to partner on this event with local community leaders, such as Edmonds Food Bank, Imagine Housing, Kennewick Police Department, The Genesis Project Seattle, Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center, Boys & Girls Club of Benton and Franklin Counties, Washington Kids in Transition, YMCA of Greater Seattle, Swire Coca-Cola, Kennewick School District, Isernio's Sausage Company, Communities In Schools of Benton-Franklin, City of Renton, City of Tukwila, Waypoint, Tyson Chicken, El Centro de la Raza, Taste ToGo Banh Mi and 20 additional organizations to make this family holiday giveaway possible.
"At Maverick Cares, we were humbled by the support of more than 35 local organizations across the state that elevated the ability of our team to help those most in need for this effort," said Maverick Gaming CEO and co-founder Eric Persson. "This past holiday season, as we all strove to keep our families safe while celebrating the holiday, we hope that these meals were able to help make things just a little bit easier as we together weather the public health and economic storms of the pandemic."
December 2020 marked the one-year anniversary for Maverick Cares. Over the course of its first year, Maverick Cares connected with more than 70 organizations, including city leaders, to provide 61,600 meals since it began one year ago.
"Just over a year ago, our teammates were ready to prove that Maverick Gaming was committed to giving back where we live and work. We had no idea just how critical community partnerships would be through all the world-changing events of the past year," Persson said.
The Maverick Cares program is organized by Maverick Gaming team members themselves as they try to be good neighbors to everyone they encounter. The program reflects the unique commitment of Maverick Gaming, open for only months when the pandemic hit. CEO and co-founder Persson hails from Hoquiam, Wash., and establishing a business in his home state fulfills a lifelong dream.
In 2020, Maverick Cares organized similar projects on the 4th of July and Thanksgiving, both of which put thousands of meals on the tables of people who needed that extra holiday boost. Click here to explore the Maverick Cares projects aimed at improving lives and putting smiles on the faces of others.
Maverick Gaming currently operates 17 of its 19 locations in accordance with public health allowances. To learn more about how Maverick Gaming is partnering with the community to protect public health and safety, please visit Maverick Gaming's information page on its response to COVID-19.
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