They “Give It All Away” To FamilyWorks

Holiday GGG“So good we give it all away!” is the business motto of Greater Good Granola and this holiday season they’re giving all of the profits from the sale of their amazing granola to FamilyWorks!

From now until December 31st, 2015, Greater Good Granola will donate all of their profits to FamilyWorks. It’s incredibly generous AND incredibly delicious. GGG’s granola is a favorite of our staff and if you haven’t had it yet you don’t know what you’re missing. Don’t believe me? Seattle Child’s magazine recently called Greater Good Granola the “true breakfast of champions.”

Last year GGG was able to make a $1,500 donation to FamilyWorks because of all the holiday sales. I’m guessing we can easily beat that and raise even more money this year!

To put in your order today go to Greater Good Granola’s order page. You can buy your granola in one-pound bags and right now GGG is having a special holiday promotion – when you buy 6 pounds you get one free! When you buy 12 pounds you get two free!!! Awesome right?

Spoon logoA bit about Greater Good Granola: it was founded by Mandy Levenberg, a consumer insights expert who has spent her career “advising companies and nonprofits about how to do good while doing good business.” Levenberg has only two goals for GGG: making delicious granola and donating 100% of the profits back to the community.

Levenberg explains, “Our granola is small batch, handcrafted, and custom-baked each time. We only use the highest-quality ingredients, choosing organic whenever possible. There are lots of special additions that make this baking logogranola so tasty — like pepitas [pumpkin seeds], unsweetened coconut ribbons, house-made vanilla salt, dried cherries, and real Vermont maple syrup!” Other ingredients include all-natural oats, pecans, sunflower seeds, organic olive oil, and homemade organic vanilla salt.

We hope you’ll support this amazing, local business and in turn support FamilyWorks!

For more information or to start purchasing this tasty granola check out the Greater Good Granola website, call 206-390-3682 or email

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Help FamilyWorks Create a Happy Holiday for Children in Our Community!

If you are looking for a tangible way to help families who visit FamilyWorks, help us stock our ‘Holiday Shop.’ Our goal is to be able to give parents of 200 children the opportunity to ‘shop’ for a gift for their child. You can help by donating NEW gifts for our holiday shop!

If you are doing any shopping on Amazon or want some good ideas, check out our Amazon wish list. It has a variety of toys, art supplies and books. Select FamilyWorks for the destination and it will be shipped right to us!

Alternately, you can buy items when doing other shopping around your neighborhood and drop items off at FamilyWorks. We are looking for a variety of items for children ages 0 – 17.

Some ideas for gifts include:

* Warm clothes – ranging fromeng image baby to teen sizes/designs such as hooded sweatshirts, jackets, pants

* Shoes – ranging from baby to teen/adult sizes

* Kid-friendly art and craft supplies, journals, colored pens

* Stickers, sticker books, activity books

* Kids puzzles

* Dolls

* Legos, small Lego kits

* Character/Themed toys such as Superheroes, Frozen, My Little Pony, etc.

* Science kits, STEM gifts (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

* Lip balm, nail polish, hair ties

* Ear phones/ear buds

* Children’s books: ranging from board/crinkle/baby books (English and Spanish) to young adult books

* Board games

* Gift cards to Bartell Drugs, Target, Fred Meyer, Old Navy, etc. for $10-$20

Look at the Amazon wish list for ideas or call FamilyWorks at 206-694-6727 if you have any questions. Alternately, if there is something a child you know likes, there is a good chance our families’ children might like it too!

We aim to have all items at FamilyWorks by December 11th. You can drop off items at FamilyWorks, 1501N. 45th St on Mondays 9:30-12, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 9:30-5, or Fridays 9:30-3.

Thank you for your help making a great holiday for all families in our community!

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2015 Sunday Supper

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2015 Sunday Supper a huge success. The guests who attended, the event’s speakers and sponsors, and the businesses and individuals who donated items to the event helped make it the most successful Sunday Supper yet; helping us raise $100,547!!!

The Night Was Certainly Memorable

The evening’s program featured a short video from Bill Gates Sr., and another short video highlighting FamilyWorks 20 years of service. (you can see both at the end of this blog)

Gordon McHenry (Solid Ground CEO) and Rep. Frank Chopp accepting the Kerwin Manuel Impact Award

Gordon McHenry (Solid Ground CEO) and Rep. Frank Chopp accepting the Kerwin Manuel Impact Award

FamilyWorks Executive Director, Jake Weber, presented the first ever Kerwin Manuel Impact Award to partner organization Solid Ground. Through our 20 years of service Solid Ground has been a vital partner in our work to support our vulnerable neighbors.

Guests of the dinner also had the opportunity to hear a truly powerful testimonial from one of FamilyWorks participant families.

Drawing the raffle winners.

Drawing the raffle winners.

The evening concluded with the raffle prize drawing. Clare Breidenich won the Seahawks package and Will Lewis won the Pike Market package.

It was truly an incredible evening. We hope you’ll be able to join us next year.

To see more pictures from the evening CLICK HERE.


Thank you again to 2015 Sunday Supper Sponsors:

2014 dinner Adobe

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Banner Bank          Palace Ballroom

Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants

Jamie Flaxman, Real Estate

Parks Family       RGP

Sunday Supper Videos


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Win Seahawks Tickets or a Savory Market Experience!

WIN one of these awesome prizes, made possible by some of our fabulous Board members!

Seahawks LogoPike-place-market-logo

FamilyWorks is hosting a raffle to benefit the Food Bank & Family Resource Center.
Tickets are $10/each.  The winner will be selected at the Sunday Supper Event, but you do not need to be present to win. Check out these prizes!

1st Prize:

Seahawks Package ($750+)
*2 Tickets to Nov. 29th game vs. Pittsburgh
*Richard Sherman and 12th Person Jerseys
*$50 to spend on food
*Super Bowl DVD, Hawks coffee table book, and more

2nd Prize:

Pike Place Market Package ($530+)
Overnight at Inn at the Market
Gift cards for dining at: Beechers, Seatown, Pike Place Chowder & Lowell’s
Savor Seattle Tasting Tour of the Market for 2

Tickets can be purchased at the Sunday Supper event or at the FamilyWorks office prior to the dinner.

Please call Joey Ashenbrenner at 206-694-6725 for more information.

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Real Estate Sale Supports FamilyWorks

The following post was written by Jamie Flaxman, FamilyWorks Board Member and current Board President.

Jamie Flaxman – FWX Board President

In June, I had the honor of listing the home of my fellow FamilyWorks board member Will and his wife Patty. Not only was the home a beautiful Seattle Craftsman and the sale exceeded the hopes of the sellers, the sale of this home resulted in Coldwell Banker Bain and I making a donation of $2,970 to FamilyWorks through our community partnership program.

Non-profit organizations who partner with Coldwell Banker Bain and I receive a donation equal to 10% of our side of the commission on the sale or purchase of a property. In addition to FamilyWorks, I have partnerships with Wallingford Boys & Girls Club, Central Area Senior Center, and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. I would love to add additional organizations to the list, contact me for more information.

Will & Patty’s Home

Will and Patty’s home was listed on June 12th for $840,000, received 5 offers, and closed on July 6th at $990,000, 18% above list price.

If you’re thinking of selling or buying a home and would like to see how you can use this to support FamilyWorks please give me a call at (206) 352-4752 or visit my website

“Jamie was a tremendous help in the sale of our home in Wallingford. We would recommend her in a heartbeat.” ~Will and Patty Lewis

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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 on our wishlist 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
  • Dividers for binders
  • Pocket Folders
  • Calculators (ideally solar-powered so families don’t need to buy batteries)
  • Pencil pouches/utility box
  • Liquid bottle glue (like Elmers)
  • Glue sticks
  • Small scissors
  • Highlighters
  • Pens
  • Erasers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • 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.

Here in the 43rd District (near FamilyWorks), our legislators are:
• Rep. Brady Walkinshaw –
• Speaker Frank Chopp –
• Sen. Jamie Pedersen –

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)

Street Address:
Legislative District:

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