Looking to help Mother Nature this month?? Here are some ideas for you to explore:
Operation Beautification Wallingford: Saturday, April 17th. Pick up supplies at 10am at Wallingford Center (or come early for an energizing rally and treats at 9:30am!), choose a block and make Wallingford shine! Questions call Colleen at (206) 330-6682.
King County Earth Day Expo: Thursday, April 22nd. “Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with hands-on demonstrations that show you how to recycle, volunteer, reduce your carbon footprint, and more. Visit the activity corner with the kids and meet Bert the Salmon! 10 am-2 pm. FREE Westlake Plaza, 4th Ave and Pine St.”
B’Earth Day Super Seattle: Saturday, April 24. “Cupcakes, face painting, nature walks, and birdhouse building ($15). All Ages!10 am- 3 pm. Seward Park Audubon and Environmental Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd S. “
Save the date!
What: A family fun concert with The Not-It’s! Great for families with children 8 and under.
When: April 24th, from 4-5 pm
Where: Wallingford Boys and Girls Club
Cost: $10/person, $25/family or pay what you can
Tickets available at brownpapertickets.com
“Meet The Not-Its! – Seattle’s newest, most rockin’ band making music for children. With the success of their debut album, We Are The Not-Its! released June 2009, it’s clear they are on a mission to make kids dance, with up-tempo, power-pop hits families will love.
Featuring the vocals of Sarah Shannon (of lauded ‘90s indie-pop band Velocity Girl), The Not-Its! combine crunchy guitars with smooth, four part harmonies, all nestled within “fantastic danceable pop gems about gettin’ fancy, birthday parties, bath time and intergalactic play dates.'”
Hope to see you there!
Over 100 people came to enjoy the great puppet show put on by Drew Derby, King County librarian this past Saturday. “It was really fun to have kids and adults come together and laugh,” says Kate, FamilyWorks volunteer coordinator, who put the whole event together. Most of the children who came to watch the show were between the ages of 2 and 11, and they happily participated in Drew’s rendition of “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.” He also performed folk stories that captured the kids’ (and adults’!) attention.
If you saw the show and are interested in contacting Drew Derby for your own event, contact Kate at (206) 694-6725 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out Wallyhood’s pictures of the event here!
Are you a volunteer? Do you feel like your actions contribute to the community? If you answered yes, you aren’t alone—you’re in good company! According to PARADE Magazine, we are in the “midst of a volunteer boom.” Recently, the good people at PARADE conducted a survey and found that out of 1008 participants, 94% feel that it is “important to be involved in a community cause.” This is great news for organizations like FamilyWorks that depend on the crucial work of volunteers. Gladys, who runs the teen parent program, knows firsthand the invaluable contributions made by volunteers. “If it wasn’t for volunteers who help me with my teen parent program, I would drive myself mad with all the extra little things!”
This past year there were about 308 volunteers who helped at FamilyWorks, both at the food bank and the resource center. These gracious people contributed over 7,000 hours of work. Most of what we offer here depends on the work of these volunteers. The FamilyWorks After School Program, for example, consists of 27 volunteers who show up on a weekly basis to help out elementary school students. These fine folks have contributed 385.5 hours of volunteer work to date since the start of the school year!
So what do YOU think? Has there been an increase in volunteerism? Do you feel more likely to volunteer or to bring your children to volunteer now compared to your parents?
Last week strangers and friends got together to cut, sew, and assemble aprons for the volunteers at the FamilyWorks Food Bank. People came armed with scissors, pins, and sewing machines and got right to work! We are incredibly grateful to Sew-Up Seattle for donating five beautiful sewing machines and one experienced teacher for our newbie sewers. Thanks to everyone who attended! It was a smashing success! In total, we completed 14 aprons in under 3 hours.
We ordered patches from Schnitzel and Boo so that each apron would have our logo…
Want to get involved? Call Danielle at (206) 576-6534. We have extra fabric if you’d like to create an apron at home to donate to the food bank.