The following was written by Hayley Berra, one of our Family Advocates, and the organizer of this year’s School Supply Drive.
I want to give the biggest thanks to everyone who donated and helped with the FamilyWorks School Supply Drive on August 25th. We had an amazing turnout—over 100 kids walked away with backpacks and needed school supplies! More families were able to pick up extra supplies in the days following our event. Many parents told me how grateful they were for the help, and it was wonderful to see the children get excited over choosing their own backpack and supplies. It was a day full of excitement, love and generosity of spirit. We look forward to next year’s event.
We had many generous donations from both individuals and organizations. Gift of Grace Lutheran Church, here in Wallingford, even provided space to store the items.
Thank you to our donors: Wells Fargo, Verity Bank, Girl Scout Troop 44411, St. Andrew’s, Wallingford Presbyterian, Target, Gift of Grace Lutheran, Gothic Pride Seattle, Solid Ground and our friends: Lauren, Jake, Sylvia, Priya, Annabel, Heather, Sibby, Jesse, Kathryn, Victoria
The following is a brief testimonial from one of our neighbors in Greenwood who utilizes the Greenwood Food Resource Center. It can be easy to make assumptions about why someone may need to access free food at a Food Bank, but this person’s story demonstrates that any of us could find ourselves susceptible to food insecurity.
I’m probably not your idea of a typical food bank client. I’m well-educated, and an experienced employee. However, a combination of circumstances, along with health challenges, made me seek public assistance, including from the food bank. I’m currently unemployed.
- – Up to a total of $3,000.
FamilyWorks has a unique partnership with Jamie Flaxman, a local real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Bain. For buyers and sellers who mention FamilyWorks, Jamie and Coldwell Banker will donate 10% of their side of the commission on the sale to FamilyWorks. As a result, over the past 12 months, FamilyWorks has received over $10,000 in donations.
Jamie is a member of the FamilyWorks Board of Directors. As a former non-profit professional, Jamie has a strong commitment to philanthropy and helping those in need. Coldwell Banker Bain’s Community Partnership program has allowed Jamie to combine her passions for FamilyWorks and real estate.
Jamie says “I love helping people find the home of their dreams and I love helping people sell their homes to move on to the next stage of their lives. This is why my tagline is ‘Building Community. One Home at a Time.’”
Jamie can help you with all your real estate needs – whether it’s a vacation home on Whidbey, a condo downtown, a Wallingford craftsman, or a home in Bellevue, Jamie can help you, your friends, and your family with their real estate transactions. For more information on buying or selling a home and benefiting FamilyWorks with the sale, contact Jamie at Jamie@JamieFlaxman.com.
The following message was sent to us from Conrad Smith, a longtime Food Bank volunteer, who has organized a community campaign fundraiser for FamilyWorks. Just like Conrad, you too can support FamilyWorks in your own unique way! Visit the Choose Your Own Adventure page to see how your fundraising idea can benefit FamilyWorks.
Hello FamilyWorks Community. My name is Conrad Smith. I’ve been around this community for a while, helping out in several capacities. I’ve been a runner for YEARS and after many miles and lots of good living, had to have a full hip replacement.
That was in December. Well, I’m already back to running and now I can run up to five miles just five months after getting a brand new hip. I figure the best way to give back is to put my new hip to some fundraising use, so this July, I will join 11 others from my company (Corporate Visions) to run the 196 mile, Pacific Northwest Passage relay from the Peace Arch to Langley (Whidbey Island).
I’ll be raising money for my favorite local charity – FamilyWorks in Wallingford. I’ve attached a more recent picture of me helping out in the food bank, but if you go to the link below, you’ll get to see a picture of me that may bring a smile (or a laugh). Please take a look at the link and donate what you can – thanks.
Today’s post is a continuation of last week’s post regarding FamilyWorks Grocery Delivery Program. While the previous post highlighted one participant’s appreciation for the program, today’s post will focus on the need for the Grocery Delivery Program.
*Note – the following is an excerpt from a letter written by FamilyWorks’ Food Bank Manager Mike Cox –
“A substantial number of our communities most vulnerable people regularly experience hunger because they cannot physically access neighborhood food banks and meal programs. This problem is particularly severe among public housing residents for whom age, disability, serious illness and extreme poverty, as well as language and cultural issues, create tremendous barriers to accessing emergency food.
A recent survey of seven subsidized housing sites, in Seattle, for seniors and people living with disabilities found that 54 percent of the 188 households surveyed were food insecure, unable to acquire enough food at some point, because of insufficient money or a lack of resources for food. Fully 21% were classified as having very low food security. Food intake was reduced and their eating patterns disrupted because the household had inadequate access to healthy food.”
Since 2006 FamilyWorks has been delivering groceries to home-bound seniors and people living with disabilities. In 2016 FamilyWorks made over 2,700 deliveries of healthy food to participants in the Wallingford and Greenlake neighborhoods.
If you would like to help us meet the needs of our vulnerable home-bound community members go to the FamilyWorks “Join Us” page to see how you might support our food-insecure neighbors.
The following message was sent to Mike, our Food Banks Manager, from one of our Food Bank participants who receives food via our Grocery Delivery Program. As you’ll see the FamilyWorks Grocery Delivery Program is an absolutely crucial resource for home-bound seniors and people living with disabilities who are also food-insecure.
First of all I want to thank you and everyone at FamilyWorks Food Bank for your kindness and help these past couple of months. You provide not only food but perhaps more importantly, a feeling that those of us in need are not alone. That others do care.
As the subject line says I am also writing this to inform you I will be going into the hospital Thursday for surgery and from there into rehab for an unknown period of time and I will not need the food stuffs you folks have so kindly been providing to me.
However, if at all possible I would like to have your people stop by and pick up food I was not able to use from you. It would please me greatly to be able to give back knowing it will go to those truly in need. Please either reply to this by email or, feel free to call me at ——–.
Thank you once again for your generosity and kindness. If we don’t speak again I shall always remember the example and kindness you and FamilyWorks have shown me.
When you follow the Son you’re always in the Light . . .”
*(Name has been changed to protect the participant’s anonymity)