2014 Reading Buddies

Reading Buddies participant

Reading Buddies participant

This post was written by Leah Knopf, FamilyWorks Program Coordinator.

FamilyWorks once again partnered with the Boys and Girls Club to run a successful summer Reading Buddies program! Volunteer tutors were paired with Boys and Girls Club participants to read, play and do fun literacy activities. Over 100 kids and 20 volunteers joined in throughout the 7 weeks. Studies have shown the importance of summer reading to a child’s academic achievement during the school year, especially for low income individuals.

 

Hand made puppets reads book!

Hand made puppets reads book!

It was a joy to see volunteers and kids connect and engage in reciprocal learning. Some pairs spent the sessions working through chapter books with eager suspense, and others passed books around in small groups to take turns reading. The program culminated in a celebration with art, story and poetry activities as well as pizza generously donated by Tutta Bella!

Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who contributed their time to this important program!

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Wait, You Can Give To FamilyWorks By Shopping?

This post was written by FamilyWorks Volunteer Helen Eastwood.

FamilyWorks participates in both the AmazonSmile and Fred Meyers Community Rewards programs. Both programs provide FamilyWorks with a 0.5% donation for every purchase.

Do you already shop at Amazon? You can donate moneyindex-amazon to FamilyWorks simply by going to the website www.smile.amazon.com. Once there you must select FamilyWorks as the nonprofit to receive your 0.5% donation. Once you have done this you simply need to shop. Donations will automatically be delivered to FamilyWorks on a quarterly basis. This also applies if you have an Amazon Prime account.

Fred Meyers Community Rewards Programindex links your everyday rewards card to a nonprofit. You must first go to www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards and then you may select FamilyWorks as the nonprofit organization to benefit when you shop.

By linking your spending to donations to FamilyWorks you’ll know you are doing good every time you spend!

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Gotta Love A Summer BBQ

This post was written by FamilyWorks volunteer Helen Eastwood.

With delicious potato salad, grilled hot dogs, beanadobe bbq 4 salad and tasty deserts the FamilyWorks Community BBQ sponsored by Adobe drew in more than 100 people. Music cheered the atmosphere in the hallway as Cora Morales performed.

Adobe bbq 1Adobe staff that volunteer with FamilyWorks initiated the idea for the BBQ. They wanted to create a friendly atmosphere to bring volunteers, customers, staff, board members and community members together for an afternoon of sharing. There was a steady flow of people sitting down and enjoying a break from the hubbub of life.Adobe bbq 3 The BBQ showed the great cross-section of the community served by FamilyWorks and people took time to get to know one another better.

Adobe bbq 5Overall the BBQ was a great success. It highlighted the breadth of community reached by FamilyWorks and got people talking and gave everyone a delicious, solid meal to be shared- all prepared by the Adobe Café Manager and his staff.

Thank you to Adobe for putting together this amazing event and thank you to everyone who attended!

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Make A Child’s First Day Of School Special!

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Make a child’s first day of school special! Help us collect school supplies to give out to low income families who have children in the Seattle Public Schools. We need items such as: glue sticks, rulers, sticky notes, small scissors, highlighters, 3-ring binders, pens, markers, colored pencils, composition books, and spiral notebooks. If you’d like to do a supplies drive at your organization, give us a call, we can provide you with signage!
Please drop off supplies by August 15th @ 1501 N 45th St. Call 206-694-6727 if you have any questions.

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A Simple Action Can Make A Big Impact

This post comes to us via Place Props, a smart phone app that can raise support for FamilyWorks.

A Seattle start-up has partnered with PP+ balloonFamilyWorks to raise money in a fun and unique way. The PlaceProps app is focused on improving the city of Seattle through consumer movement research. That research is supported by community businesses and city planners, helping them make better decisions about locating stores, services, and infrastructure in Seattle.

People make places matter. PlaceProps gives Seattleites an opportunity to contribute to local development projects.

FamilyWorks_Donation_ScreenBy simply downloading the PlaceProps mobile app, “Proppers” receive $65/year in rewards for contributing anonymous background location data. You can choose to donate these rewards to FamilyWorks to benefit your local family resource center and food bank! If just fifteen people designate FamilyWorks as their payment method, that would mean that FamilyWorks would receive $975/year in donations!

A small action, at no cost to you, can help fund resources for individuals and families in Seattle.

To download, search for PlaceProps in your iPhone or Android app store and set up an account using promo code: FMWRK.

To learn more, contact Annie Worman at support@avenace.com or visit www.facebook.com/placeprops.

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This Is How It Is Supposed To Work

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How I came to love the Affordable Healthcare Act

This post was written by wonderful FamilyWorks Volunteer, David Tate detailing his recent experience accessing healthcare.

I injured my back a couple of weeks ago, no, let’s start at the beginning, I volunteer on a regular basis at the FamilyWorks food bank and after I “tweaked” my back doing some chores at home it soon became apparent that I could not do the normal chores of lifting and moving the many boxes of food we get on a daily basis.

It was requested by FamilyWorks staff to get medical clearance to return to my volunteer post. I knew that getting a routine clearance from my VA medical center would take weeks because of the patient backlog and being unemployed I could not afford to pay for a visit to a walk-in clinic. All I wanted to do was go back to work.

I was operating under the assumption, as it turned out to be wrong, that since I had VA coverage I could not have “Obama Care”. That was Thursday, May 1, 6 pm. I decided to get onto my computer and see if I could find some way to be seen that would not cost me any out of pocket money. It was during this search that I discovered that as a senior I was eligible for medicaid, known as Apple Health Care in this state.

I logged onto the web site, filled out the form and submitted it. Within 1 minute I was notified that not only was I eligible, I was enrolled and it would cost me nothing. The next morning I went to the 45th Street Clinc with the sole goal of setting up an appointment to have my back examined and acquiring a medical release. They went on line and verified I was enrolled, and told me that they had a cancellation and could see me right away.

That Friday morning, less that 24 hours from the time I was enrolled, I walked away with a medical release in hand, an appointment for a routine check up, a referral to a dermatologist to have a growth on my right temple evaluated for removal and an appointment with a wound care specialist to treat a foot problem.

Now that is how it is suppose to work. I could not be more pleased with the out come. It is now Monday evening and I had my first visit with the wound care specialist today and just received a call from the UW to set up an appointment with the dermatologist. Can you say “Happy Camper”.

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SAVE THE DATE

What: FamilyWork’s Annual Sunday SupperSavethedate Pic Dinner and Silent Auction Date: October 26th, 2014 (Sunday) Time: 5:00pm – 7:30pm Where: Tom Douglas’ Palace Ballroom On October 26, 2014 FamilyWorks will proudly host Sunday Supper: a benefit for FamilyWorks Food Bank and Resource Center. Longtime supporter Tom Douglas, once again, has generously volunteered space for the event in his Palace Ballroom in downtown Seattle. Along with great food, and an exciting silent auction we are honored to have Gene Kahn, former CEO and Founder of Cascadian Farms, as our key note speaker.

HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US!!!

2014 Sponsors

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Palace Ballroom    Resource Global Professionals    Banner Bank

                                  Jamie Flaxman/Coldwell Banker Bain                     

                    Sozo Friends   Dicks Drive In    Parks Family

                                

                                

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