On Thanksgiving Day 2014, Chef Chris Martino and his staff at the Nickerson Street Saloon and Grill hosted a dinner on behalf of FamilyWorks. They served a meal of smoked turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, sauteed green beans, cranberry sauce, dinner roll, and pumpkin pie to our program participants. Enjoy this short video, by FamilyWorks volunteer David Tate, to see the yummy feast.
Category Archives: FamilyWorks' Community
“So good we give it all away!” is the Greater Good Granola business motto, coined by Mandy Levenberg, a consumer insights expert. Levenberg has spent her career “advising companies and nonprofits about how to do good while doing good business.”
In fact, Levenberg has two goals for her business: making delicious granola and donating 100% of the profits back to the community.
And guess which nonprofit is the lucky recipient of all proceeds from granola purchases until December 31, 2014? FamilyWorks is slated to receive approximately $2000 so far from Greater Good Granola!
Levenberg explains, “Our granola is small batch, handcrafted, and custom-baked each time. We only use the highest-quality ingredients, choosing organic whenever possible. There are lots of special additions that make this granola so tasty — like pepitas [pumpkin seeds], unsweetened coconut ribbons, house-made vanilla salt, dried cherries, and real Vermont maple syrup!” Other ingredients include all-natural oats, pecans, sunflower seeds, organic olive oil, and homemade organic vanilla salt.
There’s even a Community Supported Granola program where you can get a monthly subscription of either a one pound bag ($14) or a two pound jar ($25). And these are all picked up each month at Levenberg’s porch. How sweet is that?
So not only does this granola taste good, YOU can feel good knowing that your purchase supports nonprofits working on hunger, homelessness, and food equity issues.
For more information about how to be a part of the monthly porch subscription program or how to ship to friends, check out the Greater Good Granola website, call 206-390-3682 or email email@example.com.
Hi Everyone, David Tate Here
I thought you might enjoy this. I was out walking around my neighborhood some weeks back when I passed a young couple and their child. The man stopped and gave me a curious look and said “I know you from somewhere.” I did not recognize him and said that maybe he had seen me at FamilyWorks up by the library. He face lit up, he pointed at me and said “The foodbank!” I said ”That makes sense, but I’m sorry I don’t recognize you.”
His wife said they remembered me as I was the one who got them signed up at the foodbank and introduced them to the Resource Center. I asked them how they were doing and why we had not seen them recently and here is what they said.
A few months back he had lost his job and they were living out of their car with their three year old. The wife told me that they were down to $20 in cash and desperately needed food, when someone told them about the FW foodbank. They came down and we got them signed up and provided them with what she called “A lifesaving box of food.” We also got them “hooked up” with the playgroup program and some housing resources.
They are now in housing and he has a full-time job working security at one of the local “big box” stores. They both said that their experience with family works had been transforming and lifesaving and had played a huge part in helping them through what was a difficult and stressful time in their lives and they specifically asked me let everyone know how thankful they are for the help.
A special thanks to everyone who attended, including speakers Gene Kahn and Clare Breidenich, for helping make the event a success. Hope to see you there next year!!
Volunteer with FamilyWorks at the Wallingford Boys & Girls Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 2nd to August 20th in our Reading Buddies program and re-visit those books you loved as a child. Our goal is to support and encourage the love of reading and to help children retain reading comprehension skills over the summer vacation. Be a one-on-one reading buddy for children aged 6-12 years and join with us from 4:00-5:00 p.m. to read, listen, and play fun games. Volunteers must be 16 or older.
For more information contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-694-6849.
Calling all community minded foodies! Celebrated chef and restaurant owners Rachel Yang of Joule and Amy McCray of Eva will be teaming up for an interactive cooking demonstration. They will be using items that are typically found in the FamilyWorks food bank. Seattle’s own celebrity chef, Kathy Casey, will MC the event.
In addition to the demo, guests will be invited to tour the FamilyWorks resource center and food bank, enjoy a wine tasting by Sozo Planet, and snack on appetizers. Recipes from the demonstration will be shared with guests, as well as food bank customers. The minimum age for attendance is 21. Tickets are $25/person and can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets .
FamilyWorks is a food bank and family resource center that nourishes and strengthens individuals and families by connecting them with support, resources, and community. Our vision is for a vibrant and healthy community with strong well-nourished families as the foundation.
Happy Valentine’s Day from FamilyWorks!
Last week, students from John Stanford International School and Meridian School handcrafted hundreds of unique Valentine’s Day cards. As shown below, the time spent crafting the cards was evident in their unique and beautiful designs. With encouragement from our MSW Intern, Virginia, the students made these lovely Valentines for customers of the FamilyWorks Food Bank, recognizing that these members of their community could potentially benefit from such an act of kindness; something to nourish their souls, in addition to nourishing their bodies. They were absolutely right, and their thoughtfulness went a long way.
On Thursday and Friday, the Valentines were personally distributed to customers, while they waited in the food bank’s queue. The timing was purposeful, as it allowed for a moment of reflection and communication. The impact was extremely heartwarming to witness. Recipients were visibly touched and appreciative that the local youth had taken time to make the cards, with them in mind. Many customers teared up. It was especially meaningful to our many elderly community members, many of whom live alone and often feel isolated. One elderly man returned, after leaving earlier with his supplies, to express his immense gratitude for the kind gesture. He shook hands with every FamilyWorks volunteer on the line, thanking them for their service.
Sometimes, we underestimate the power of human connection. The students’ Valentines are a perfect example of how even the simplest act of kindness can have an unexpected and lasting impact. A great thought to keep in mind on this day of love (and kindness)!
FamilyWorks would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to the students and teachers at John Stanford International School and Meridian School.
FamilyWorks extends a huge thank you to Adobe, a long-time FamilyWorks supporter! Adobe employees like Roberta Lord, who have been volunteering in the FamilyWorks food bank once or twice a week for years, have witnessed first-hand the changing face of hunger. Roberta was so moved by the growing need in our community that she approached FamilyWorks Food Bank Manager Ava Dowell about organizing a major Adobe food drive to benefit FamilyWorks.
Together, Roberta, Ava, and Adobe’s Seattle Action Committee planned a competitive food drive with specific areas of need: no-cook bags, baby items, gas and transportation, and general food bank items. Roberta designed shopping lists and donation sheets, Molly Ruf and Todd Heckle (other Adobe employees) designed posters, and the Adobe Site Council lent their support by promoting a specific area of need each week.
Most impressively, Tim Roth and the second floor of the Adobe building had a three-way competition to see who could raise the most money and collect the most food. All three groups did an amazing job – one team raised $2000!
Adobe as a corporation chose to match donations 2:1 for the month of November, and even did the matching paperwork themselves! Adobe also inspired other community partnerships: The Watermark Café allowed people to donate at the register using their credit and debit cards.
All in all, Adobe employees donated over $4000 in cash, which was matched twice by Adobe, and they collected over 1000 pounds of food and baby supplies for FamilyWorks in a record-breaking food drive! We and our clients would like to extend a generous thank you for Adobe’s continued support!
Save the date for the Kiddies Parade and stop by the FamilyWorks table!
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.
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.