Monthly Archives: August 2014

2014 Reading Buddies

Reading Buddies participant

Reading Buddies participant

This post was written by Leah Knopf, FamilyWorks Program Coordinator.

FamilyWorks once again partnered with the Boys and Girls Club to run a successful summer Reading Buddies program! Volunteer tutors were paired with Boys and Girls Club participants to read, play and do fun literacy activities. Over 100 kids and 20 volunteers joined in throughout the 7 weeks. Studies have shown the importance of summer reading to a child’s academic achievement during the school year, especially for low income individuals.

 

Hand made puppets reads book!

Hand made puppets reads book!

It was a joy to see volunteers and kids connect and engage in reciprocal learning. Some pairs spent the sessions working through chapter books with eager suspense, and others passed books around in small groups to take turns reading. The program culminated in a celebration with art, story and poetry activities as well as pizza generously donated by Tutta Bella!

Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who contributed their time to this important program!

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Wait, You Can Give To FamilyWorks By Shopping?

This post was written by FamilyWorks Volunteer Helen Eastwood.

FamilyWorks participates in both the AmazonSmile and Fred Meyers Community Rewards programs. Both programs provide FamilyWorks with a 0.5% donation for every purchase.

Do you already shop at Amazon? You can donate moneyindex-amazon to FamilyWorks simply by going to the website www.smile.amazon.com. Once there you must select FamilyWorks as the nonprofit to receive your 0.5% donation. Once you have done this you simply need to shop. Donations will automatically be delivered to FamilyWorks on a quarterly basis. This also applies if you have an Amazon Prime account.

Fred Meyers Community Rewards Programindex links your everyday rewards card to a nonprofit. You must first go to www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards and then you may select FamilyWorks as the nonprofit organization to benefit when you shop.

By linking your spending to donations to FamilyWorks you’ll know you are doing good every time you spend!

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Gotta Love A Summer BBQ

This post was written by FamilyWorks volunteer Helen Eastwood.

With delicious potato salad, grilled hot dogs, beanadobe bbq 4 salad and tasty deserts the FamilyWorks Community BBQ sponsored by Adobe drew in more than 100 people. Music cheered the atmosphere in the hallway as Cora Morales performed.

Adobe bbq 1Adobe staff that volunteer with FamilyWorks initiated the idea for the BBQ. They wanted to create a friendly atmosphere to bring volunteers, customers, staff, board members and community members together for an afternoon of sharing. There was a steady flow of people sitting down and enjoying a break from the hubbub of life.Adobe bbq 3 The BBQ showed the great cross-section of the community served by FamilyWorks and people took time to get to know one another better.

Adobe bbq 5Overall the BBQ was a great success. It highlighted the breadth of community reached by FamilyWorks and got people talking and gave everyone a delicious, solid meal to be shared- all prepared by the Adobe Café Manager and his staff.

Thank you to Adobe for putting together this amazing event and thank you to everyone who attended!

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