Thode, Kay papers
Social worker and welfare policy analyst Kay Thode worked as Director of the Seattle Urban League's Health and Welfare Department from 1968 to 1983. She subsequently worked as a planner for the King County Health Planning Council, a subarea council of the Puget Sound Health Systems Agency. Throughout her career she was tireless in advocating and lobbying for the rights of welfare recipients and the poor, and testified frequently before local, state, and federal government bodies. She was active in the Puget Sound Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, serving as Newsletter Editor, President, and delegate to NASW's national assembly several times. At the organization's national level she was chair of the National Committee on Women's Issues and was a member of the National Social Policy and Action Cabinet. She was named Social Worker of the Year by the Puget Sound Council in 1972, and by the Washington State Chapter in 1979. She was also active in the Washington Association for Social Welfare, presenting a paper at its conference on The Worth of Work in, 1977, and serving as keynote speaker at its 1978 legislative conference. She was elected President of the organization in October 1979. She initiated the group Washington State Friends of Welfare Rights to support the activities of the Washington State and National Welfare Rights Organizations, and served on the boards of the Washington Coalition for a National Health Program, the Council of Planning Affiliates Legislative Comittee, Neighborhood Health Centers, the Fair Budget Action Campagn, the Welfare Rights Organizing Committee, and People for Fair Taxes. She also served on advisory committees for entities including King County Hospital, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, and Seattle City Light. Thode's husband Bob Thode appeared before the anti-Left Canwell Committee during the Red Scare of the 1950s--partly because of her activism.