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.

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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!

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What Does FamilyWorks Mean To Me? – pt. 5

Today’s installment of our April storytelling series features Shaneika, a mother who utilizes our WIC services, Food Bank and one-on-one Advocacy services. In the video Shaneika tells us how FamilyWorks was able to support her during the new-parent transition.

FamilyWorks Stories – Shaneika from Family Works on Vimeo.

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What Does FamilyWorks Mean To Me? – pt. 4

For the fourth installment in our April storytelling series Leah, a former FamilyWorks intern, talks about what makes FamilyWorks so special to her. During the summer of 2014 Leah led our Parent/Child Playgroups as well our Reading Rocks program. One of the things that made her experience at FamilyWorks so special was the “reciprocal learning” she experienced. As much as Leah was in a teaching role she felt she learned as much or more from the children and adults she was working with.

To find out more about our Parent/Child Playgroups click here, and to find out more about our Reading Rocks program click here.

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FamilyWorks Stories – Leah from Family Works on Vimeo.

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What Does FamilyWorks Mean To Me? – pt. 3

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week!

To celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Week, and also continue our April storytelling series, today’s post features Clare and Carson, two of FamilyWorks amazing volunteers.

Did you know that in 2014 426 volunteers contributed over 8,500 hours of service to help us do the work of nourishing, connecting and empowering our most vulnerable neighbors? FamilyWorks is very fortunate to have such caring, thoughtful and dedicated volunteers without whom we would simply not be able to fulfill our mission. You can find out more about our volunteer program here.

On today’s video Clare and Carson share with us why they enjoy volunteering with FamilyWorks and what they feel FamilyWorks means to our community.

FamilyWorks Stories – Clare & Carson from Family Works on Vimeo.

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What Does FamilyWorks Mean To Me? – pt. 2

Continuing our April storytelling series today’s video features Molly Moon Neitzel. Molly is of course the founder of Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream but she is also the founder of the Anna Banana Milk Fund; a fund that honors the memory of her late sister by providing fresh milk for each of our FamilyWorks’ Food Bank participants. You can find out more about the Anna Banana Milk Fund here.

In her video Molly shares what she thinks makes FamilyWorks so special and vital for the community we serve.

FamilyWorks Stories – Molly Moon from Family Works on Vimeo.

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What Does FamilyWorks Mean To Me? – pt. 1

Today’s blog post kicks off an 8-part, month-long series on storytelling, in which members of our community answer the question, “What Does FamilyWorks Mean To Me?”

The FamilyWorks community is unique and made up of program participants, volunteers, donors, community partners, board members and staff.

Every member of the FamilyWorks community possesses a story of why FamilyWorks is important to them. For some, FamilyWorks has been a refuge during a difficult season in life. For others, FamilyWorks is the place where they can give of their time and resources, knowing it will have a positive impact on the neighborhood in which they live. And for others, FamilyWorks is simply a welcoming place where they can find the resources they need.

Each story is different and like every member of the FamilyWorks community, each story is unique.

Through the month of April we will be sharing stories from our community members here on our blog. Our hope is that these stories will paint a more complete picture of how FamilyWorks is nourishing, connecting and empowering our most vulnerable neighbors.

Our first story is from Ashley, a participant in our Teen Parent Program. The FamilyWorks Teen Parent Program promotes the positive growth of teen parents through peer support groups, parenting classes, personal advocacy, skill development and encouragement. Ashley shares with us how the program has supported her while living on her own and how it has helped her become a stronger parent.

You can find out more about the Teen Parent Program here.

FamilyWorks Stories – Ashley from Family Works on Vimeo.

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