Health & Human Services

We believe that all people deserve access to essential human services and that the health of our community starts with the health of our neighbors. Therefore, we sponsor organizations that are engaged in medical research. We contribute to financing medical research programs that improve the lives of our neighbors, particularly those who traditionally have little or no access to care.

We focus, among other health-related causes, on Cancer Research and organizations that:

  • Increase the number of patients enrolled in cancer trials
  • Increase the number of patients who gained access to cancer preventative testing
  • Increase the number of patients given access to alternative medicine for cancer

We believe that a cure will be found and that our careful allocation of funds will be a catalyst in the process.

Local Stories

Running for a good cause

2nd Annual Hunger Run

Congratulations to our 70 Safeway Albertsons employees and their families who participated in the 2017, April 1st Hunger Run in Spokane.  This is the sophomore year for the event presented by Safeway Albertsons.  Participants raised $19,000 that will go towards feeding the hungry through Second Harvest and the Union Gospel Mission.

Fighting Opioid Addiction

Seattle Division Pharmacies are on the Forefront of Saving Lives Lost to Opioid Addiction

Safeway and Albertsons pharmacies have been given the ability to dispense Naloxone without the need of a prescription from a personal doctor.  This lifesaving drug is available at all our 189 pharmacies in Washington, Eastern Idaho and Alaska.  Naloxone Nasal Spray is the first and only FDA-approved Naloxone nasal spray for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose.  The drug is a concentrated Naloxone nasal spray that “competes with opioids to bind with the same receptors in the brain. Usually, it reverses the effects of opioid overdose in two to three minutes. This buys the opioid-poisoned person time for emergency medical help to arrive.  Safeway Albertsons is one of the first major retailers in Washington State to offer Naloxone without a prescription from the patients’ doctor. In addition, The Safeway Foundation and Albertsons Companies Foundation has also donated $30,000 to the Marah Foundation to assist the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute modernize the ‘Washington Recovery Helpline.’

National Night Out

Safeway hosts National Night Out

Night Out is a national event the first Tuesday of every August designed to unite communities and increase anti-crime efforts. For the 10th year in a row, Store Director Mike Stampalia and his team at the Rainier Beach Safeway have partnered with the Seattle Neighborhood Group, The City of Seattle, and the Seattle Police Department to host a block party for the event.

Pink the Rink Golf Tournament raises money to fight cancer

Pink the Rink Golf Tournament

Big money was raised at the 2017 Pink the Rink Golf Tournament in Western Washington. The 8th annual tournament raised nearly $30,000 for the Providence Hospital Breast Center, which contributes to breast cancer treatment. Stores #1803 and #0534 also partner with the Everett Silvertips hockey team, and will help host the annual Pink the Rink hockey game on November 4th. A portion of each ticket will help raise money for the Providence Breast Center.

Safeway Hosts a Free Community Health Fair

Safeway Hosts a Free Community Health Fair

Seattle Seahawks Defensive End Cliff Avril and his Cliff Avril Family Foundation hosted a free community health fair at the Rainier Beach Safeway in Seattle the first weekend in September. The popular player was joined by his teammates, Michael Bennett and Tyler Lockett. The dynamic threesome met with hundreds of excited fans and signed autographs, took pictures and encouraged folks to take advantage of the free health screenings, vaccinations and healthy food samples. Cliff even got his flu shot from the Safeway Pharmacy team!

2nd Annual Safeway Seahawk Sweep Brings in Big Bucks for Charity

2nd Annual Safeway Seahawk Sweep Brings in Big Bucks for Charity

The second Safeway Seahawks Sweep was held on December 2nd at Store #1624 in Issaquah. Four Safeway customers who won through the ‘Shop & Score’ program were paired with Seahawk players and local first responders to compete in several events to win free groceries! Seahawks, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Jermaine Kearse and Tyler Lockett played for charities of their choice and the first responders each received $10,000 for their chosen charities, Good Times Project, New Horizons, Medic One Foundation, Charlie’s Dinosaur and the WA State Special Olympics.

Michale Bennett’s team came in first, winning $35,000 for Hope Heart. Avril was second with $25,000 going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research foundation. Kearse was third with $15,000 going to Rally Point 6 and Lockett came in fourth with 10,000 going to the Mary’s Place.

SWY ABS Helps Raise $358,275 for Local Cancer Research!

SWY ABS Helps Raise $358,275 for Local Cancer Research!

Safeway Albertsons is proud to have partnered with area based grocers for the inaugural Washington Aisle Alliance fundraising event that benefited cutting edge local cancer research.

The ‘Game Changer’ event on Saturday, January 21, raised $358,27! Employees from Safeway Albertsons along with local vendors hosted guests as they played games, sampled wine and spirits and dined on delicious local Seattle eats.

All the money raised will support immunotherapy, one of the most exciting advances in cancer research in decades. Immunotherapy is when researchers find new ways to wake up the body’s own immune system to recognize and attack the cancer cells.

Seattle Division President, Karl Schroeder, helped bring in one of the night’s biggest bids with more than $40,000 dollars! The winners will be playing with Karl and NFL Superstar, Russell Wilson at the Seahawk quarterback’s ‘The Drive’ fundraiser this summer.

Liquor Sales Manager, Terry Lucchesi, was on fire as he hosted and BEAT most guests in a ‘Pop-a-Shot’ challenge. He also represented the entire SWY ABS team in a tense game of ‘Egg Roulette.’

CARRS/Safeway Funds Mobile Mammography in Alaska

CARRS/Safeway Funds Mobile Mammography in Alaska

The Albertsons Companies Foundation donated over $50,000 to fund Providence Image Center’s first ever mobile mammography van in Alaska. The 34 foot long mobile mammography coach provides 2D and 3D digital screening mammography to the remotest areas of Alaska to reach women who otherwise do not have access to state of the art testing.

CARRS/Safeway District 22 Manager, Stephanie Kennedy and COS, Joe Rybak helped with the dedication.

Children’s Therapy Center - $25,000

Children’s Therapy is a special and unique organization where not only the children with disabilities are empowered and supported, but their parents receive the same care.  Many of the therapists are raising their own child with developmental delays, or disabilities, so they’re particularity in tune of the needs and the rewards of these amazing children.  The Albertsons Companies Foundation was proud to give a $25,000 to support their services for thousands of children throughout western Washington.


On Halloween 2015, more than three thousand people packed the parking lot at Safeway’s Rainier Beach location for a BOO Bash!   The event was created based on concern from the community that it was no longer a safe place for kids to trick-or-treat.  With the help of a $5,000 donation from the Albertsons Companies Foundation, store volunteers, dozens of local businesses, law enforcement agencies, and Seattle’s Mayor, Ed Murray, came together to make certain children in the area had a fun and safe place to celebrate Halloween.

Where We Give

We focus on giving locally to help strengthen neighborhoods and change lives.