The best turkey I’ve ever had. -Ken-
The Nickerson Street Saloon And Grill hosted a wonderful thanksgiving day feast for our customers at FamilyWorks. Chris Martino, owner of Martino’s Smoked Meats, served smoked turkey breast, home style mashed potatoes and gravy, savory dressing and sauted green beans for lunch…..delicious!
Special thanks from FamilyWorks to Chris Gerke, owner of the Nickerson, and to all of his staff who volunteered to help make the day a success.
-By David Tate-
For many in our community the holidays can be an especially difficult time. At FamilyWorks we feel fortunate that every year we are able to give special holiday food to the many families and individuals who depend on us. We’re able to offer these item because of the generous donations of our donors and community members.
If you would like to donate holiday food to a family in need this season, staff & community volunteers will be accepting donations at FamilyWorks through Tuesday, December 23.
- Frozen turkeys
- Canned green beans, peas and corn
- Gravy mix
- Cranberry sauce
- Pumpkin pie mix
- Evaporated milk
- Boxed mashed potato flakes
Holiday food donations will be accepted at FamilyWorks during our normal business hours, which are:
- Monday – 9:30am – 12pm
- Tuesday – 9:30am – 5pm
- Wednesday – 9:30am – 5pm
- Thursday – 9:30am – 5pm
- Friday – 9:30am – 1pm
Thank you for helping to make this a wonderful holiday season for all.
We are so excited for the upcoming FamilyWorks 2013 Dinner & Silent Auction on October 20th at Tom Douglas’ Palace Ballroom! The dinner will feature Representative Ruth Kagi as the Keynote Speaker, accompanied by delicious food, a wine grab and a balloon pop. There will be a diverse selection of auction items that would make great holiday gifts for loved ones. There is still time to purchase tickets for this exciting autumn event – hope to see you there!
FamilyWorks welcomed Representative Ruth Kagi on Friday, October 4, 2013 for a visit and tour. Kagi is the Keynote Speaker at the FamilyWorks 2013 Dinner & Silent Auction on Representing the 32nd district, Kagi is a longtime advocate for children and families. She currently serves as chair of the Early Learning and Children’s Services Committee and is pushing for quality child care funding for children ages 1 – 5. Early learning is essential for child development and kindergarten readiness and in the struggle to eliminate the achievement gap.
During Kagi’s visit, Director Jake Weber and other staff provided an informational tour of the resource center and food bank and discussed the important intersections between family support centers and early learning policies. Ruth told staff about the Seattle City Council’s recent decision to increase funding for the Nurse-Family Partnership initiative, which is a home visiting program to support child health and development in the first two years of life.
The FamilyWorks 2013 Dinner will focus on themes of resiliency and community, which Kagi will expand on. “This committee’s work is more important than ever, because of the toll the Great Recession has had on Washington’s children and families,” Kagi said. “Child poverty has increased, sadly, and there is greater strain on our safety net after several rounds of state budget cuts. It’s time to recognize the devastating effect the recession and budget cuts have had on our families, schools, and communities.” Kagi’s work is vital to rebuilding community support and empowering families.
Looking forward to sharing in dinner, fun and meaningful conversation with everyone this Sunday!
Written by Leah Knopf – FamilyWorks Intern
The following was written by a customer of the FamilyWorks’ Foodbank.
Organic Vegetables at the FW Foodbank
FamilyWorks has supported me by providing a weekly supplement to the food I eat. At the foodbank there are always a few types of raw vegetables or fruit, and sometimes these are organic. I’ve been sick with a little-understood but increasingly prevalent condition called Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT), also known as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. I’ve already had to leave one job because of fragrance problems. In trying to improve my resilience to the many sources of chemical exposure in daily life, pesticide-free produce is particularly helpful.
Although I have a job, I have a lot of health-related expenses not covered by insurance. Every dollar I can save on food is a dollar I can spend on paying an electric bill, a utility bill, or health provider bills. On a limited income, every little bit saved reduces economic stress, and stress impacts health.
Food Bank Staff and Volunteers
I’ve always felt at the Family Works foodbank that I’ve been received with respect. Never have I felt humiliated to be in a foodbank line, even though I never imagined I’d have to stand in one. These are challenging economic times for a lot of people, and I like that the foodbank is open to everyone. I don’t have to prove that I’m needy and deprived in order to receive services. This allows me dignity in a tough situation. A huge thank you to Family Works for being an important part of making a healthier, more inclusive community for all of us.
Ellie (last name withheld on request)
This post was written by Emily Colleran.
My name is Emily Colleran and I am 10 years old. My Mom and I learned about FamilyWorks from a school friend’s Mom, and we really liked it because it helps families.
Every year at my birthday party, I ask my friends to bring items to donate to FamilyWorks instead of presents. My friends always bring lots of items and we fill up the back of my Mom’s car! I have done this for 6 years. I started asking for items at my 4-year old birthday party, and I will do it again in December at my 11-year old birthday party. Everyone at FamilyWorks makes me feel very special when I bring in my items. We weigh the items, take pictures and then everyone sings Happy Birthday to me. I really like helping out families especially during the holidays.
Right now I am working towards my black belt in karate and one of the requirements is community service so I hope to volunteer in the Food Bank sometime this year. Thank you FamilyWorks for letting me be part of your team!
The following post was written by Quinn Smart about how the Penny Harvest Youth Board chose to support FamilyWorks through their philanthropic giving.
I started to become involved with Penny Harvest when I was in 3rd grade and served on the Philanthropy Roundtable at Adams Elementary School. I was immediately fascinated by the idea that kids could have power in community issues. I had so much fun learning leadership skills and about organizations that addressed issues I was very passionate about. After being with Penny Harvest for a couple years at my school, I was ready for something more. I was invited to join the Youth Board, which is a group of young people who work more closely with Penny Harvest staff to plan events, fundraise, and make grants.
This year, the Youth Board had the privilege of being able to give away $20,000 in harvest funds to community organizations. We began our research process by thinking about what organizations address the root problems associated with education and poverty among youth. We felt that building a strong family and home life and helping teach parents were positive building blocks to address these issues. We spent a few weeks researching organizations. We chose Family Works to receive a portion of the Youth Board funds because we loved the way that they work with families and individuals while also having a community vision, and helping break the cycle of poverty. We hope that Family Works and Penny Harvest can work closely in the future!
Penny Harvest’s 2013 Youth Board
Zalia, Mia, Caroline, Lillian and James (back row from left to right)
Rory, Quinn and Elliot (front row from left to right)
Sharon Carlsen of Coldwell Banker Bain
FamilyWorks has created a unique partnership with long-time supporter Sharon Carlsen of Coldwell Banker Bain.
In her own words, “If you or someone you know is planning to buy or sell a home, I hope you will refer them to me. I am helping FamilyWorks raise funds in a unique way: Each time anyone from the FamilyWorks community works with me to buy or sell real estate, Coldwell Banker Bain and I will donate 10% of my commission to FamilyWorks. This applies to anyone affiliated in any way including staff, volunteers, board members, donors, clients, or any of their friends or relatives. For example, on a sale of a $400,000 home $1,200 goes to FamilyWorks. Organizations that have benefited from this program repeatedly say that this is the easiest money they raise. I am happy to do the work. All it takes is your referral.”
Sharon works primarily in the Seattle area, but she also has access to Coldwell Banker Bain’s national network to provide referrals in other parts of the country. In such cases, Sharon will provide a donation equivalent to 10 percent of any referral fee.
Please visit Sharon Carlsen’s website at www.HappiestHomes.com to learn more or give her a call at (206) 979-1844. Tell her that FamilyWorks sent you!