2016 School Supply Drive

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.

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Two students showing off their new backpacks

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

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“I feel very lucky and extremely grateful.”

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.

Since the GFRC opened, I have visited almost weekly. The volunteers have always been friendly, courteous, and kind. The managers have taken a personal interest in my needs, and have always sought ways to help make my situation easier. The quality, quantity, and variety of the food has been more than adequate and nutritious.
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Without this assistance, I probably would not starve; however, the resource helps me save money that I can use for other essentials, including rent and health care. I feel very lucky and extremely grateful.
September is Hunger Action Month, and if you make a donation during September to purchase food for the Greenwood Food Resource Center our board will match your donation!* Make a donation today and double your impact!
  • – Up to a total of $3,000.

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Buying or Selling a Home Benefits FamilyWorks

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 Jamie with sign croppedFamilyWorks 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.

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Running for FamilyWorks Food Bank

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.conrad smith 3

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.

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“Those Of Us In Need Are Not Alone.” Part 2 of 2

Today’s post is a continuation of last week’s post regarding FamilyWorks Grocery Delivery ProgramWhile 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 Patrica M. 09has 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.

You may remember that one of our Board Members, Jerry McNeil, recently wrote about his desire to fight senior hunger after hearing about the staggering increase in hunger amongst local seniors.

If you would like to help us meet the needs of our vulnerable home-bound community members go to the FamilyWorks “Join Uspage to see how you might support our food-insecure neighbors.

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“Those Of Us In Need Are Not Alone.” Part 1 of 2

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.

“Hello Mike,

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 food bank hands (from 2013 dinner video)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.

Sincerely,

John*
When you follow the Son you’re always in the Light . . .”

*(Name has been changed to protect the participant’s anonymity)

 

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Exciting News To Share!

Over the last few months we have been working on something pretty big here at FamilyWorks. Well, the time has finally come when we can talk about it. (drum roll please . . . )

Beginning today Wednesday, April 20th . . .

FamilyWorks will be operating a new food bank in the

Greenwood neighborhood!

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FWX & Salvation Army staff setting up the new food bank

This new food bank will be called the Greenwood Food Resource Center and is the result of a partnership between FamilyWorks and the Salvation Army.

You may have recently heard that the previous Greenwood food bank closed its doors on March 31st, leaving hundreds of households without emergency food services in the Greenwood neighborhood.

The Greenwood Food Resource Center will fill this gap in service and provide healthy, fresh food to hundreds of households in the north end.

While we will certainly have more news to share in the coming months about this new venture we wanted you to know this was happening so you could share in our excitement!

From now until May 3rd you can support the Greenwood Food Resource Center with a financial donation through GiveBIG. CLICK HERE if you’d like to make a donation that will support food insecure households in the Greenwood neighborhood.

Lastly, check out this “behind the scenes” video we made of the Greenwood Food Resource Center before it opened!

 

FamilyWorks Behind The Scenes: Greenwood Food Resource Center from FamilyWorks on Vimeo.

Below is the press release announcing the opening of this new food bank –

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

FAMILYWORKS AND SALVATION ARMY PARTNER IN GREENWOOD TO RESTORE EMERGENCY FOOD SERVICES

SEATTLE – April 11, 2016 – FamilyWorks and The Salvation Army Seattle Temple are joining forces to restore emergency food services in the Greenwood neighborhood starting April 20.

Together FamilyWorks and The Salvation Army are opening a new food bank for the neighborhood, the Greenwood Food Resource Center. When the Volunteers of America Food Bank closed at the end of March, the community and area service organizations feared a lack of emergency food services would mean less food for area families in need. The Greenwood Food Resource Center will fill this gap in service and provide healthy, fresh food to hundreds of households in the north end.

The Greenwood Food Resource Center will serve area families and individuals every Wednesday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Salvation Army is providing space, staffing and volunteers at their location at 9501 Greenwood Ave North. FamilyWorks, which also operates a food bank and family resource center in Wallingford, will supply the food and staff for operations.

“FamilyWorks is pleased to be able to extend our healthy food distribution to our neighbors to the north in this partnership with the Salvation Army,” said Jake Weber, executive director of FamilyWorks. “We look forward to getting to know the Greenwood community and invite you to join us in nourishing our most vulnerable neighbors!”

“The Salvation Army stands ready to offer assistance to the community whenever the need arises,” stated Major Rob Reardon, corps officer of The Salvation Army Seattle Temple. “It was our automatic response to step forward and expand our services to the Greenwood community when we learned of the Greenwood Foodbank closure. We are excited to work side by side with FamilyWorks in this new partnership to help our community.”

About FamilyWorks Resource Center & Food Bank in Wallingford

FamilyWorks nourishes and strengthens individuals and families by connecting people with support, resources and community. FamilyWorks operates both a food bank and family resource center, offering healthy food distribution and delivery, parenting and other educational classes, parent/child playgroups, family advocacy, a teen parent program, WIC information and referrals and more.

About Salvation Army Seattle Temple

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. This is accomplished through afterschool tutoring, music education and character building programs, basic family and social services, senior meals, programs and activities and other opportunities for worship and service.

For media inquiries please contact:

Jake Weber, Director
FamilyWorks
Family Resource Center & Food Bank
(206) 694-6726
jakew@familyworksseattle.org
www.familyworksseattle.org
Rob Reardon, Major
Corps Officer/Pastor/Administrator
The Salvation Army Seattle Temple
(206) 783-1225
rob.reardon@usw.salvationarmy.org
seattletemple.salvationarmynw.org

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