Monthly Archives: May 2013

Support Through “The Storm”

Jerry

Jerry

Jerry Kahn has been a customer of the FamilyWorks’ food bank since March 2012 when , as he says, he was caught in the “perfect storm of divorce, depression, and a bad economy.” He discovered the benefits of food banks by word of mouth, and then finally landed at FamilyWorks by means of online resources.  Jerry has found a place of community, respect, and comfort at FamilyWorks. Since he first starting coming to FamilyWorks Jerry has received a degree in deep sea diving, has been able to work intermittently, and has met his lifelong partner.

Even after finding his “way through the storm” Jerry still continues to be a participating member at the FamilyWorks food bank. He states that he still has a ways to go, and is continuing to seek out stable employment. Jerry is grateful for the support FamilyWorks has given him and hopes to one day be able to give back to the organization that has supported him through the difficult times in his life.

Please remember to support FamilyWorks during the GiveBIG campaign on May 15th and partner with us in making ours a more vibrant and resilient community.

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Why I Support FamilyWorks – Geoff Cole

Geoff Cole

Geoff Cole

“Ever since I can remember, the idea of people going hungry, even starving to death, horrified me.  I grew up in a poor family with few luxuries, but we always had simple but wholesome food on the table.  As an adult I have gravitated toward charities that addressed the problem of hunger, and when I moved to Seattle I began contributing to what was then called the Fremont Food Bank.

That organization moved from Aurora Avenue to its current location on 45th, and FamilyWorks was born.  My first contact with Jake Weber, FamilyWorks’ Executive Director, occurred when my partner and I attended a FamilyWorks fundraising dinner.  I am a loyal monthly contributor to Family Works because of my commitment to ending hunger, but I’m also drawn to the staff’s leadership, compassion and knack for community building and plain fun.”

Geoff is a long-time supporter of FamilyWorks and if you’d like to meet Geoff in person he’ll be leading the Waltz instruction at the Dance 4 Wallingford event on Saturday the 11th. Thank you Geoff, and thank you to all of the gracious donors who make this work possible.

Please remember to support FamilyWorks during the GiveBIG campaign on May 15th.

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“Everybody can be great . . . “

washinton-large-2There is a great quote by Martin Luther King in which he says, “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve.” At FamilyWorks we are very blessed to be connected to so many “great” individuals who generously give of their time and talents.

If you’ve ever been passing through our hallway during food bank hours you’ve possibly seen, and heard, Cora who is one of these “great” individuals. Cora has been a consistent and welcoming presence at FamilyWorks ever since she first joined our family as an AARP volunteer three years ago. Cora is a talented singer and musician who often shares her talent with our food bank customers because as she says, “Music has been a healing force for me, and I want to pass that along to others.”

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Cora and she candidly shared about the difficulties she has had to overcome in her life, including addiction, abuse and disability. Despite these hurdles Cora has chosen to utilize her experiences, wisdom and gifts to help others. She told me, “I’m not perfect. I’m a work in progress. But, today I’m all about helping people.” Aside from entertaining our customers with her music Cora is also helping others by serving as an AA sponsor and peer coach.

As we finished talking Cora told me, “If everyone could give what they could the world would be so much better.” I appreciated this sentiment because it perfectly describes Cora’s character and heart. But, I also appreciate what she said because it lines up so well with the last part of Dr. King’s quote, which seems to have been written for Cora and other “great” individuals like her:

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve  . . . You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Thank you Cora, and thank you to all of the “great” volunteers who serve at FamilyWorks.

Please remember to support FamilyWorks during the GiveBIG campaign on May 15th.

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