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About danielle

I run the FamilyWorks Homework Club, an after-school tutoring program for elementary age kids. I pair volunteers with students for a one-on-one mentoring opportunity. I believe that all students deserve the best, and I am a strong advocate for their rights. Contact me if you are interested in the program!

Get Ready for the 61st Annual Wallingford Seafair Kiddies Parade!

Save the date for the Kiddies Parade and stop by the FamilyWorks table!

Wallingford Seafair Kiddies Parade & Street Fair
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Parade at 11 AM (on N 45th St)
Street Fair 10-5 PM (on Wallingford Ave)

Wallingford holds the longest continuous running Kiddies Parade in Seattle (since 1949!).  The 61st Annual Wallingford Seafair Kiddies Parade is a Seafair Sanctioned Community event designed for children young or old.  Families, groups and individuals are invited to participate.  All children are invited to march in the parade!  Family groups do not need to fill in an application, just come to the check-in tent (see map) .  Dressing in costume is encouraged, but not required. Just show up and register.  Drill Teams and vehicles must fill out an application and send it in by June 15th.  Join the Seafair clowns, various bands, pirates, fire trucks, and much more in a fun parade, then stop by the Wallingford Street fair for more fun, food, kids activities and rides.

Download:   Parade Application    Parade Rules    Parade Map

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Support FamilyWorks by Playing Rock Paper Scissors!

Did you know that there is a Rock Paper Scissors Championship in Fremont? How fun! The Rotary Club of Fremont is proudly sponsoring the Second Annual Center of the Universe Rock Paper Scissors World Championships at 6 p.m. on June 24. It will be held at LTD Bar and Grill, which is located in downtown Fremont at 309 N. 36th St. This year, the event will support the FamilyWorks Food Bank. It might be helpful for you to brush up on your rock paper scissors technique, which you can read about here: http://www.wikihow.com/Win-at-Rock,-Paper,-Scissors.

Want to get involved? Pre-register by emailing rps@fremontrotary.com. Find out more about the World Rock Paper Scissors Society by clicking here: http://www.worldrps.com/.

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FamilyWorks is at the Wallingford Farmer’s Market!

It’s official– the Wallingford Farmer’s Market is in full swing. You can pick up everything you need for a complete, delicious meal (along with caramels and ice cream for dessert!). Snap peas, edible flowers, cherries, green garlic, crisp apples, pasta, pastries, Patty Pan quesadillas, oh my! The farmers are friendly, the shoppers are happy, the children are playful–there’s no reason to not come visit the market! All of your non-food desires can be satisfied, too: Cascade Bicycles will answer all your cycling questions and give you great maps, the shops inside of the Wallingford Center offer 10% off deals if you show them your produce, and of course, you can chat with the lovely people from FamilyWorks!

You won’t miss our pretty purple tent. Stop by and pick up a calendar, or ask us how to get involved. When you support the farmers, you support the food bank. Yesterday, 67 pounds of produce was collected from farmers to donate to the FamilyWorks Food Bank! Thanks!

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A Million Meals for Haiti

Want to help Haiti with a family-friendly (kids ages 10+) volunteer experience? Join The Salvation Army as they pack a million meals to send to a tent city in Haiti.

Here is some more info from the website:

WHAT: A fun event packing a million meals that will feed displaced individuals living in a tent city operated by The Salvation Army in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Since the Jan. 12 disaster, The Salvation Army has already packed, shipped and distributed 10 million meals to the country.

Currently, The Salvation Army is distributing approximately one million meals per week in Haiti. To meet the constant demand for food, “Million Meals for Haiti” events are being organized around the United States in partnership with Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) and Numana– a non-profit organization (www.numanainc.com) that produces dried, non-perishable meals to be distributed to areas of hunger worldwide. To date, The Salvation Army “Million Meals for Haiti” events have occurred in Los Angeles, Chicago, Kansas City, San Francisco and other cities.

WHO: At least 2000 volunteers are needed to make Seattle’s event successful. It takes a team of 12 to assemble and package the food so come alone or bring others to form your own team….Tell your family, friends, colleagues, community clubs, church, etc! Volunteers need to be at least 10-years-old.

WHERE: Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Pl., Seattle, WA 98101

WHEN: Sat. May 29, 12 – 8 PM Sun. May 30, 10 AM – 8 PM

HOW: For more information including volunteer registration, please visit www.salvationarmynw.org/haiti

We’d love to hear if you get a group together!

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Fremont 5K

Get ready for an incredibly unique 5K experience! The Fremont 5K and Briefcase Relay is Friday, June 11th. Mark your calendars and bring some canned goods to donate to FamilyWorks!!

Want to start a team? FamilyWorks is looking to start a group–runners and walkers alike! Respond to the blog if you’d like to join our team!

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The Food Bank Diet

One group in Toronto is asking a powerful and thought-provoking question: “Does a single person on social assistance receive enough income to live with health and dignity?”

Social assistance in Ontario is comparable to DSHS here in Washington State. Basically, if you are in financial need, you may qualify for Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support, which would help provide money for food and housing, employment assistance, and health care. But is it enough assistance? Do The Math is a campaign hosted by The Stop Community Food Centre located in Toronto that is battling this issue. They believe that there really is not enough assistance for people to live with health and dignity. See for yourself- check out their website and follow the “Take the Survey” link to see what financial alterations to your lifestyle you would need to make.

Read this article and tell us what you think. Could you live on a Food Bank diet? Can one trip to the food bank fill you up for the week?

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Earth Day 2010

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. “

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