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What: FamilyWork’s Annual Sunday SupperSavethedate Pic Dinner and Silent Auction Date: October 26th, 2014 (Sunday) Time: 5:00pm – 7:30pm Where: Tom Douglas’ Palace Ballroom On October 26, 2014 FamilyWorks will proudly host Sunday Supper: a benefit for FamilyWorks Food Bank and Resource Center. Longtime supporter Tom Douglas, once again, has generously volunteered space for the event in his Palace Ballroom in downtown Seattle. Along with great food, and an exciting silent auction we are honored to have Gene Kahn, former CEO and Founder of Cascadian Farms, as our key note speaker.


2014 Sponsors

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Palace Ballroom    Resource Global Professionals    Banner Bank

                                  Jamie Flaxman/Coldwell Banker Bain                     

                    Sozo Friends   Dicks Drive In    Parks Family



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A Unique Wedding Registry

*Quick update to Kathleen’s original post – because of Kathleen & Mike’s registry 20 boxes of diapers, valued at over $580, were donated to FamilyWorks! Thank you Kathleen & Mike, and congratulations!

This post was written by Kathleen Chan, a FamilyWorks supporter. Originally posted on 6/19/14

Kathleen & Mike (photo by Kristin Hallak Photography and Design)

When we got engaged and started talking about wedding planning, we both knew that we wanted our wedding to be about more than just the two of us. As Christians, we want both our wedding and marriage to point back to Jesus, and for every aspect of our life–including our wedding–to serve those around us. Kathleen’s previous church, Anchor, currently supports FamilyWorks with diaper donations and she proposed the idea of including diapers for FamilyWorks on their registry. Mike wholeheartedly agreed.

Neither one of us have kids, but even so, we know that not being able to put a child in clean diapers is a problem that no parent should have to face. We love this city, the people in it, and we are thankful for the opportunity to participate in serving this city. We have been abundantly blessed and we would love to use our wedding as a way to bless FamilyWorks and fill up their diaper stockpile for the mothers they serve!

To donate diapers, visit our registry.

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Some Inspiring Students

This post was written by Elizabeth Ralston, FamilyWorks Volunteer Coordinator

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JSIS Student & Her Poster

John Stanford International School has partnered with FamilyWorks for their Community Action Project during the month of May. To market the project to the school community, the students made signs and teachers wrote and distributed a flyer describing the project in great detail.

On May 14, sixteen student representatives from the school visited our organization to learn more about what we do

Touring the Food Bank

and get answers to some of their questions. The students got a tour of the resource center and food bank and learned about our programs and the people we serve. They came back to their classrooms and shared what they learned.

One of the burning questions asked was: “Why do you want peanut butter and diapers?” And the answer is:

Many people who use our food bank don’t have refrigerators or a place to store meat and other perishable food. Second, many people do not have a stove or a means to cook meat or tofu. Peanut butter is a very easy and simple snack—it is a great source of protein and can be put in a purse or backpack and eaten/applied directly from the jar if needed.

Diapers are so expensive that many people struggle to make the ones they have last as long as possible and this often means having children wear soiled diapers longer (which has health consequences). Some people try to re-use soiled diapers by washing them and cleaning them as best they can, to make them last longer. Also, many people cannot afford purchasing cloth diapers and covers, not to mention the cost of washing machines or laundromat fees to wash cloth diapers.

You can read more about the JSIS student’s experience here.

Tower of Diapers and Peanut Butter

So far we have received 170 jars of peanut butter and 4,320 diapers, plus cash donations totalling $519.73, as a result of the JSIS student’s initiative and heart for their neighbors. Truly inspiring.

Thank you JSIS, especially Ms. Gillespie and the incredible students, for your amazing support of FamilyWorks!


JSIS Student Representatives



Interested in doing something like this? It’s easy! Just give us a call at 206-576-6534 or email and we will get you started!



We at FamilyWorks thought this was pretty cool. On top of everything the students at John Stanford have accomplished just last weekend four students from JSIS held a bake sale to benefit FamilyWorks and raised $71.52!!! Way to go girls!


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