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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GiveBIG Is Coming!

GiveBIG begins April 18th and ends May 3rd

*UPDATE – 4/26/16*

FamilyWorks has received a challenge grant of $5,000 from an anonymous donor!!!

This means that all donations, up to $5,000, will be matched dollar for dollar! AND this is on top of the GiveBIG match from the Seattle Foundation.

You can help us meet that challenge by CLICKING HERE and making your GiveBIG pledge today.

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*ORIGINAL POST*

You’ve likely seen that phrase in a number of FamilyWorks blog and facebook posts over the last couple of weeks. AND, if you’ve been involved with FamilyWorks during the last couple of years you’ll know that GiveBIG is the Seattle Foundation’s one-day, online, charitable giving event.

In 2015, 127 individuals made donations to Familyworks during GiveBIG! That’s crazy. Even crazier is that those donations were partially matched by the Seattle Foundation to the tune of over $2,000 (but more on that in a minute).

The money donated by those 127 individuals nourished Food Bank participants like Jenn, connected Resource Center participants like this family, and empowered families like Mike, Jennifer and Caleb.

GiveBIG is an incrediblePatrica M. event not simply because it raises a lot of money, but because it coalesces our community in support of our most vulnerable neighbors.

It is for that reason that we’d like to invite you to support FamilyWorks through GiveBIG. Here’s how you can do it:

1) Make A Donation

  • May 3rd – For 24 hours (starting at midnight) if you make a donation to FamilyWorks via GiveBIG your donation will be partially matched by the Seattle Foundation (see, I brought it back). How cool is that?!?
  • April 18th – For the FIRST TIME EVER, starting April 18th, you can actually “schedule” your donation in advance of May 3rd and still have it count toward the GiveBIG total.

So, if you just can’t wait to make your GiveBIG donation CLICK HERE to “schedule” your donation. 

 

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2) Spread The Word

  • Through the month of April we’ve been sharing stories (like this one, and this one) about the people and lives impacted by FamilyWorks. We would be honored if you could like our facebook posts and forward any stories you’ve enjoyed reading.
  • Challenge your friends – if you decide to make a donation to FWX during GiveBIG challenge your friends to join you.

Needless to say GiveBIG is kind of a “BIG” deal for FamilyWorks, and we would be honored if you’d partner with us by either sharing our stories or making a donation to FamilyWorks during GiveBIG . . . a donation that will nourish, connect and empower our most vulnerable neighbors.

If you have questions about GiveBIG you can call Joey at 206-694-6725.

 

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“Tuesday Social Group”

The following letter was written by one of our Food Bank participants. This participant wrote this letter voluntarily to explain why she was so grateful for the staff and volunteers of FamilyWorks. (emphasis added)

“I have been receiving food from FamilyWorks for more than 2 years.

I am so grateful for the food, but further, I am amazed at the current staff and group of volunteers. Not only are they respectful and competent in their jobs, they are very personable and nice. They are patient and helpful.

Coming to the food bank is a “good” outing for me. I feel like a part of a Tuesday social group. Many of the recipients look forward to seeing each other and talk about everything, including the food bank.

With the current staff and helpers we often help out in anyway we can. We will try and mostly succeed at calming down or administering to the mentally challenged or disturbed. Some of the smiles are the only comfort some of the folks have all week. People are impressed. Lots of people go to other food banks and they say the same thing that those of us who only go to FamilyWorks say about your staff. Thank you!

–Jenn*”

*Name has been changed to protect anonymity

Something that we don’t FXW 201620160223_0098often talk about is the emotional impact of hunger; how it negatively affects one’s confidence and self-esteem. We are a society that doesn’t like to ask for help, that values independence. When someone is in the humbling position of having to ask for food they likely feel embarrassed or ashamed at their need. It’s possible that when someone is hungry and vulnerable, and they feel unwelcome at a food bank they would avoid accessing services altogether.

This is why the “patience,” FXW 201620160223_0014“helpfulness,” “respect” and kindness our Food Bank team extends to our participants is so vital. As Jenn puts it, “Coming to the food bank is a ‘good’ outing for me.” Operating a food bank that participants “look forward” to coming to is vital if we are going to nourish our most vulnerable neighbors and eliminate hidden hunger.

At FamilyWorks we are so fortunate to have such an awesome team of staff and volunteers who operate our Food Bank, and make this a “good place” for so many. Thank you team!

If you’re interested in volunteering in our Food Bank CLICK HERE for more info.

*GiveBIG is coming May 3rd! CLICK HERE for more info about GiveBIG.

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“This Is Our Favorite Place To Come.”

One of the lesser known gems of FamilyWorks’ programming is our Parent/Child Playgroups. “What is a ‘Parent/Child Playgroup?'” you say . . . Well, as Lauren Berntsen (our Family Programs Coordinator) tells us, “Some days, it’s really just a chance for children to play with other toys in a different environment and for parents to chat and relax a bit.  However, FamilyWorks’ playgroups consistently provide a great community for connecting, sharing and learning from one another.

While children are playing and playgroup3developing social and motor skills, vocabulary, routines and more, parents and caregivers are creating a community of support.  Many are going through or have gone through similar experiences and often share parenting tips, resources and their experiences with each other.  Children even share sometimes too. ;)”

As you can imagine, families love the playgroups. One parent recently told us, “This is our favorite place to come. My son asks for it by name and I love it because it’s such a great space and there is lots for him to do and I know Lauren can help me with the baby if I need to do something with my son.”

AND get this . . . FamilyWorksplaygroup9 even offers playgroups for Spanish and Japanese speaking families! How cool is that?!? Oh, and did I mention that all of the playgroups are entirely free? Yep, with no prior registration necessary families can drop in for any of our scheduled playgroups.

Oh, Lauren wanted to add one more thing . . ., “If you’d like to come see what our playgroups are all about you can join us for a playgroup Tuesdays (11-12:30), Wednesdays and Fridays (10:30-12:00)!”

CLICK HERE if you’d like to read more about our playgroups OR check out this video about our playgroups that features our former Program Coordinator Sarah Turner:

 

*GiveBIG is coming May 3rd! CLICK HERE for more info about GiveBIG.

 

 

 

 

 

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