The following post was written by Mandy Levenberg, a FamilyWorks supporter and parent of students who recently participated in a school-wide effort to procure items for customers of FamilyWorks.
Every spring my daughters Zoe and Stella’s school picks a civic area to focus on for a CAP (community action project) and this year they focused on giving to our local community, to FamilyWorks, the food bank and family resource center here in Wallingford. Zoe’s teacher Ms. Margie challenged the kids to think about what their individual contribution would be for this all-school project. Zoe wrote me a letter asking me to help her with her decided activity: she wanted to stand in front of the QFC grocery store and collect peanut butter and diapers for FamilyWorks.
Making the sign
The kids have been learning about what are the most needed items at the food bank and it sounds like peanut butter and diapers are the two biggest needed items. Zoe made really great posters that explained the project, she and I worked on a handout that explained what FamilyWorks does, then we headed to QFC.
Zoe was great she actually pitched a bunch of people walking into the store to buy diapers or peanut butter and give it to us on the way out. People were incredibly generous and the final tally of all of the donations was 33 jars of peanut butter and 21 packs if diapers! I couldn’t be prouder of my girls and of our community for being so generous -what a great learning experience for everyone!
P.S. – I should mention- the manager Scott at QFC was more than helpful. We sprung this on him and he was great about finding us a space outside . Great community effort!!!
This post was written by Leah Knopf, our MSW Intern.
Thank you to the 17 Family Volunteering Program participants who attended our new Giving Garden project kickoff! FamilyWorks and the Wallingford Community Senior Center have partnered to create a Giving Garden to grow fresh produce for the FamilyWorks Food Bank and Senior Center. During the kickoff, participants planted tomatoes, potatoes, and green beans and made garden crafts. We are excited to continue to engage in community nourishment and multi-generational connection!
According to Seattle’s Giving Garden Network, a Giving Garden is, “where people grow food to help those who are struggling to feed themselves and their families.” Seattle has dozens of Giving Gardens, and we look forward to joining the effort. To learn more, visit sggn.org. We would love help in maintaining the garden all summer long, so if you are interested in signing up to water, weed, or harvest, please contact Elizabeth Ralston at elizabethr@familyworksseattle or call 206-576-6534.
Reading about vegetables.
Over the last few weeks of April it’s likely you’ve heard something about this “GiveBIG.” For all of you wondering, “What the heck is that?” let us explain:
The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event meant to inspire people to give generously, on May 6th, to Seattle area nonprofit organizations who make our region a stronger, more vibrant community for all.
What’s more is that a percentage of every GiveBIG donation made on May 6th will be matched! This mean that the donation you make to FamilyWorks through The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG Campaign will have an even greater impact on the individuals and families we serve.
Note – One trick about the match though; only donations made on May 6th through The Seattle Foundation’s website will receive the GiveBIG match. Here is a link to that site.
*To spice things up a bit we have a small prize for the individuals making the 1st and 17th (in honor of FamilyWorks’ 17th year of operation) donations for GiveBIG.
We encourage you to join our supporters in “Giving Big” on May 6th and to join us in Nourishing, Connecting and Empowering our most vulnerable neighbors.
The following post was written by Melody, a parent who utilizes FamilyWorks’ Resource Center.
I came across FamilyWorks Seattle while looking for housing and other resources for my children and myself. Lexi is one of the resource specialists at FamilyWorks, and the first person I met there. She helped to walk me through the process of getting housing resources from 211 and directed me to several other places where I might be able to receive services as well. Several weeks later I ran into her again and she instantly recognized me and asked after my situation.
Lexi also connected me with Sarah, the Family Programs Coordinator at FamilyWorks. My son Pacific has a rare genetic disorder called xeroderma pigmentosum where exposure to UV light is deadly and it is a daily challenge for us to find safe spaces where he can get out and play. Sarah invited us to visit their playroom, and helped us in accommodating Pacific’s special needs in the space. They have it stocked with all kinds of toys and art materials for children from birth through preschool.
Pacific and Sarah
We now visit there at least once a week for free play. On days that they have playgroups, he is able to spend time with other children, do craft activities, and participate in stories and singing with the group.
FamilyWorks is a welcoming place for families of all kinds. Sarah’s support of my family utilizing the playroom regularly has been a consistent emotional boost during a difficult period. I’m so grateful for everything FamilyWorks has done for us.
Please consider making a donation to FamilyWorks on May 6th, during GiveBIG.