Ninth District Congressman Adam Smith will donate $400 to the South King County Multi-Service Center to purchase books for the agency’s HEART (Homeless Education to Achieve Readiness for Tomorrow) program.

In 1997, Smith voted against a Congressional pay raise; however, it passed and Members of Congress received a 2.3 percent raise. Since then, Smith has donated that raise to education and community programs in the Ninth District.

“The South King County Multi-Service Center does a great job of providing services to families in our area that are in need of health services, transportation, education or training, or basics like food and clothing,” Smith said. “I’m very pleased to donate a portion of my pay raise to purchase books for the center’s literacy program. I strongly believe that we need to ensure that every child is ready to learn and possesses the skills necessary to achieve in the next century, and I am happy I have the chance to help.”

The HEART program is targeted towards children living in the Kent homeless shelter sponsored by the South King Cunty Multi Service Center. It is held after school and offers tutoring for basic skills, homework hour, and learning activities led by trained literacy staff members and volunteers.

Smith will present his donation on Friday, April 9th at 3:30 p.m. at the South King County Multi-Service Center at 1200 S 336th Street in Federal Way.