Statistics show near stability in total homelessness, but an increase in suburban/rural homelessness. Worse yet, the number of homeless families increased by 9%.
Monthly Archives: July 2009
Just before 7 this evening, the library was closed, the building was closed, and only a single door directly to the food bank in the back of the building was open. But six volunteers recruited by PCC found us. There were some regulars who’d been packing every other month for longer than the two staff members, and there were a couple newbies, and even a ten-year-old who was there “to help feed people.” FamilyWorks food bank employee Jesse, known affectionately to some of us as Bubbles after he helped clean up a rather large spill of bubble soap, had already set up a line of metal carts, each with a large plastic bin, a pile of clean plastic bags, twist ties, and food labels. Richard, a long-time veteran who used to pack food in Fremont in the 1980s and has been a regular at FamilyWorks for close to a decade, began moving food from 25-pound bags on a pallet to our bins. And we began packing. One food label in the bag first, two to three scoops of black beans, then a twist tie and into the crate goes a bag. We also discussed everything from the labor movement in San Diego to recently-read library books to P-Patches to community playgrounds. We were a diverse bunch, all there for a couple hours with a common purpose, and it was inspiring to see how much we all accomplished. RIchard shared with me that we were a lean bunch of volunteers; frequently we actually have more than a dozen. On those nights, Richard and another volunteer will continuously fill bins and move the food, while others pack, and others stuff labels. Tonight, we all pitched in and did a little bit of everything. Over and over and over – until we had packed over 1100 pounds of black beans, blueberries and cream granola, brown rice, rolled oats, and cous cous! All in all, it totaled 32 crates worth of staples for our families. By 9:15 PM, the food bank was empty of all but Jesse closing up, and no one would have known just how much scooping had been occurring a few minutes before.
Thank you to the dedicated volunteers who came out even in the busy summer months, and thank you to PCC for donating all that food! For photos of the event, please check our Facebook page (our Flickr account reached its maximum with the parade photos on the weekend). PCC Packing Parties are open to volunteers and occur at 7pm the 3rd Wednesday of every other month.
Many members of the FamilyWorks community joined us for our spot in the FamilyWorks Kiddies Parade today! We marched down 45th St. with bubbles, music, cheers of “Fam-lee-works! Fam-lee-works,” streamers, decorated musical instruments, and all kinds of costumes from pirates to giant flowers to fairies to ladybugs. The sun was shining, the kids were smiling, and all in all, it was a wonderful time. Thanks to Mayra for putting it together, and to Curtis for carrying one of our decorated poles, as well as to all the community members who were able to join us. Be sure to check out a small sampling of photos from the event on our Flickr page, and for the full set, become a fan of FamilyWorks on Facebook!
The SeaFair Kiddie Parade is TOMORROW! Many groups in the parade are looking for participants, including FamilyWorks! Come wave a pom pom with FamilyWorks (Pom Pom included): meet at 10:30 at Corliss and N. 45th this Saturday the 11th. For more info, please call us at 206-694-6727.
The Pacific Science Center is also looking for Children 5-11 to ride their bus or walk alongside. I-Max tickets may be available for those participating. For more information, contact the Center directly.
Ava returns to FamilyWorks this week after a month of vacation. Welcome back, Ava! Important things to know about this welcome:
1. We are certainly happy to have Ava back, but perhaps more importantly,we are happy to have our unofficial virtual Food Bank mascot, CeCe the Dog, back in our (virtual) lives.
2. Ava was in North Carolina, home to the Tar Heels, who have won SIX NCAA Men’s Basketball championships. Lest you think North Carolina as a state simply breeds basketball players, Ava will remind you that certain other schools in the state (who will remain nameless) have only won 3, 2, or (ahem) 0 championships! Thus, it must be Chapel Hill, and not North Carolina generally, that breeds championships.
3. CeCe is the virtual Food Bank mascot, and Stripey (seen in earlier posts) is the unofficial virtual Resource Center mascot. They do not compete for the FamilyWorks overall virtual mascot position; they share it.
4. Note: Animals are not allowed in the building, including our virtual mascots. But they don’t mind; they have better things to sniff than all our delicious food in the food bank and the clean diapers in the resource center. They prefer rotten foods and dirty diapers anyway!
FamilyWorks is now accepting volunteers for many positions, from food bank line workers to food bank stockers to a Farmers’ Market Greeter (shifts on Wednesdays 3-7). We are also looking for volunteer acoustic musicians to play in our hallway during food bank hours. Are you interested in volunteering with FamilyWorks? If so, please contact Kate via email. Thank you!
NY food banks begin serving dog food this week. The program is set to expand throughout the summer and include cats soon as well. The goal is to keep families (furry and not) together and help people spend money on human food, not pet food.