School Supply Drive

Summer break is just around the corner, but FamilyWorks is already planning for the next school year.

Help us make a child’s first day of school special!  Over the course of the summer, we will collect school supplies to give out to low income families who have children in Seattle Public Schools.

When students begin the school year feeling prepared and supported, they are more likely to be successful and motivated about their education. Please help us provide families and their children with the supplies they need to thrive as part of our community.

You can help us in four different ways:

  1. You can donate extra school supplies you may have laying around.
  2. You can purchase school supplies then bring them to our office at 1501 N 45th st. (if it’s easier you can also purchase the items listed below at Amazon Smile)
  3. You can hold a supply drive at your organization. If you’re planning on hosting a supply drive give us a call, we can provide you with signage! In fact, here’s a flyer.
  4. Or if you’d prefer make a cash donation which can be used to purchase school supplies GO HERE, but make sure to designate your gift for the “School Supply Drive.”
Items we need include:

  • Backpacks
  • Composition Notebooks
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • 3-ring binders
  • Dividers for binders
  • Pocket Folders
  • Calculators (ideally solar-powered so families don’t need to buy batteries)
  • Glue sticks
  • Pencil Pouches/Utility Boxes
  • Sticky Notes
  • Small scissors
  • Highlighters
  • Pens
  • Erasers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Markers
  • Rulers

Call 206-694-6727 and ask to speak with Lauren if you have any questions.

Thank you in advance for your support!

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Advocate For Food Security

The following post was written by Mike Cox, FamilyWorks’ Food Bank Manager.

You may have heard or seen something in the news recently about proposed legislation that would affect food security for vulnerable populations here in Washington State. Below we’ve put together an easy way to help you let your state senator and representatives know that food security is an important part of the safety net for many people in Washington state and that funding for these emergency programs is vital to keeping families healthy.

You can start by using the link below to find your legislative district and your legislators.

http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/

Here in the 43rd District (near FamilyWorks), our legislators are:
• Rep. Brady Walkinshaw – brady.walkinshaw@leg.wa.gov
• Speaker Frank Chopp – frank.chopp@leg.wa.gov
• Sen. Jamie Pedersen – jamie.pedersen@leg.wa.gov

Clicking on your senator or representative’s name will take you to a page where you can find their email address. Click on the address and cut paste the following message. (Be sure to include a personal message if you’d like.) Believe it or not, these emails actually provide a lot of impact in influencing our legislators.

(email text below)

(Senator _____,) or (Representative __________,)

1 in 7 Washingtonians have trouble affording enough food to eat. No one in Washington should be hungry. Please help hungry families with a state budget that includes fair, sustainable revenue to protect and strengthen our public safety net.

• Maintain 2014 funding levels for the Emergency Food Assistance Program to help our network of food banks meet the need for services that remains higher today than during the recession.
• Preserve current funding for the Farmers Market Nutrition Programs that help low-income seniors and families on WIC purchase nutritious food from Washington’s farmers at their local farmers markets.
• Restore full benefits to the State Food Assistance Program to provide Washington’s newest residents, including nearly 15,000 children, with the food stamp assistance they need to buy nutritious food.
• Support efforts to increase participation in school breakfast, restore the TANF grant, housing and other services to ensure that low-income families can meet all of their basic needs.
(Please add your personal message and information to this email here)

Sincerely,
Name:
Street Address:
Legislative District:

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Social Service Partnerships DO Matter!

Katie Showalter, a Journey Home case manager at Solid Ground, which is also in the same building as FamilyWorks, wrote a great note about her experience with our food bank. Journey Home works with homeless families in King County to find housing placement.

Katie had come to the food bank to get a box of food for one of her clients and her note illustrates how important it is for families to have regular access to food and the fact that anyone can face a disaster that leaves them needing resources. Katie’s entry into our food bank also shows how important social service partnerships are!

Here is what she said:

“I wanted to thank you and all the staff at the Family Works food bank… I have a family who lost their last permanent housing due to a house fire and they are now homeless and working hard to get back on their feet.  Despite working part-time they do not have the income [to provide enough food through the end of the month].  My client called and said that they would not have any food for four days until their food stamps came.  I asked [volunteer David Tate at the food bank] if I could access an emergency food box and [David] was SO HELPFUL and KIND and GENEROUS in the food that [he] provided.  My client was in such gratitude and so happy [to get] milk, cereal, soups, peanut butter, fresh fruit and vegetables and was THRILLED to get salmon!

The work that you do [at the food bank] every day has a huge impact on our community and I greatly appreciate your generosity.”

 

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What Does FamilyWorks Mean To Me? – pt. 9

In our ninth and final entry to our April Storytelling series we’re featuring one of our fantastic community partners, Jordan Schwartz. You may know Jordan as the founder of the Wallyhood blog.

Jordan believes FamilyWorks’ model of service is unique and is having a profound impact on our community. In his video Jordan shares what he believes sets FamilyWorks apart from other service organizations.

FamilyWorks Stories – Jordan from Family Works on Vimeo.

Tomorrow is GiveBIG!

You can help us nourish, connect and empower our most vulnerable neighbors even more tomorrow by making a donation through GiveBIG.

Give Big FW IVTomorrow only, when you make a donation to FamilyWorks through the Seattle Foundation website a percentage of your donation will be matched, increasing your impact on our community!

To join us and “Give Big”, click here tomorrow and go to the FamilyWorks page on the Seattle Foundation website and then click on the “Donate Now” link.

Thank you for joining us!

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What Does FamilyWorks Mean To Me? – pt. 8

Today’s Storytelling post features Lexie, one of FamilyWorks’ Family Advocates. Our family advocates provide individualized guidance, information, resources and support to assist individuals and families in meeting their basic needs and their long term goals.

In her video Lexie talks about the work she does with families and also shares why FamilyWorks’ programs are so meaningful to her.

You can read about how Lexie helped one family access housing resources here. To find out more about the Family Advocate program go here.

FamilyWorks Stories – Lexi from Family Works on Vimeo.

 

Give Big FW IVGiveBIG is coming on May 5th!

If you make a donation to FamilyWorks through the Seattle Foundation website on May 5th a percentage of your donation will be matched!

Hope you can join us!

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What Does FamilyWorks Mean To Me? – pt. 7

Continuing our April Storytelling series, today’s post features Caroline, one of our amazing Food Bank volunteers.

Caroline shares with us how the Food Bank helped her through a very difficult time in her life. In her video Caroline also makes some poignant statements about how hunger doesn’t always look the way we assume it does.

FamilyWorks Stories – Caroline from Family Works on Vimeo.

Give Big FW IVGiveBIG is coming on May 5th!

If you make a donation to FamilyWorks through the Seattle Foundation website on May 5th a percentage of your donation will be matched!

Hope you can join us!

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What Does FamilyWorks Mean To Me? – pt. 6

For the month of April we’ve been sharing stories from FamilyWorks’ participants, volunteers and staff members. On Tuesday we got to hear from Shaneika, a parent who has utilized our WIC program, and today we get to hear from our WIC Nutritionist, Pat Prentice. If you don’t know, WIC is the “Federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.” Every Thursday Pat facilitates the WIC program here at FamilyWorks, helping pregnant women, new mothers, and children under 5 years of age eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. Through WIC families can receive health screenings, nutrition and health education, information and support for breastfeeding, and more.

In her video Pat tells us why it’s important to her to be able to facilitate the WIC program here at FamilyWorks.

For more information about our WIC program or to schedule an appointment with Pat click here.

FamilyWorks Stories – Pat.mp4 from Family Works on Vimeo.

If you’ve missed any of our previous April Storytelling posts make sure to scroll down and watch them. They’re awesome!

Give Big FW IV

GiveBIG is coming . . .

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