Now Is The Time

Ending hunger, homelessness, and the cycle of heels.

In the United States more than 633,000 people experience homelessness every night.  48.9 million Americans are at risk of hunger - including one in five kids. Nearly 50 million Americans are living in poverty.  Hunger, homelessness, and poverty are devastating for individuals and our communities. This is unacceptable, unjust, and illogical.

We know that effective, commonsense policies like SNAP and EITC lift people out of poverty. We know that Rapid Rehousing and Housing First models reduce homelessness. We know that innovative philanthropic endeavors like Collective Impact and Social Impact Bonds can transform the way government, nonprofits, and local communities work together to tackle our toughest challenges. We know we can band together and create change.

Now Is The Time to get this done.

This site will feature a collection of personal reflections, original ideas, and smart thinking from around the country and the globe on the issues of hunger, homelessness, and poverty.  We'll check in with thought leaders and discuss ways we can create change. We will also highlight ways to leverage two of my favorite things - National Service and the philanthropic sector. 


Lauren is a dynamic Seattleite committed to ending hunger, homelessness, and the cycle of poverty.  She moved to Seattle in 2003 with her fabulous partner Michael to serve as an AmeriCorps member with Solid Ground.  Over the last decade Lauren has become a leader in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector. As the Director of Financial Stability at United Way of King County, she leads an extraordinary team and works with hundreds of community partners, elected officials, funders, business leaders, and volunteers to develop strategies that will lift 50,000 people our of poverty over the next five years.  Good ideas are welcome! She is also a passionate advocate for expanding AmeriCorps and National Service.

Lauren serves on the Board of Directors of two extraordinary anti-poverty organizations - Solid Ground and The Prosperity Agenda. She was previously Board President of Springwire, formerly known as Community Voice Mail National. Lauren was a 2009 Institute for a Democratic Future Fellow and participated in the 2010 Evans School Nonprofit Leadership Institute.

In 2013, Lauren's mom lost her battle with depression, alcoholism and homelessness. This tragedy was the catalyst for Now Is The Time. This site combines Lauren's professional work to fight poverty with her personal quest for justice. All opinions reflected on this site are her own and do not reflect the views of any organization Lauren is associated with.

Lauren is available for public speaking engagements, nonprofit consulting, strategic planning, grant writing, and board governance. Lauren can be reached at @LaurenMcGowan or