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Eating Granola For Good

How would you like to come home to a jar of granola sitting on your doorstep, just waiting to be gobbled up? Because that is exactly how good it is.Holiday GGG

“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 greatergoodgranola@gmail.com.

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Watch The 2014 FamilyWorks Video by Sarah Ricci

Sarah Ricci, a talented filmmaker, made this year’s video for our annual Sunday Supper fundraising event.  Check it out!

We asked a number of our food bank and resource center participants, as well as members of the community “What does FamilyWorks mean to you?”  It was touching to hear how this caring community is having a positive impact on the lives of so many people!

Thank you to all who volunteered to be in the video, to Cassy Johnson (Board Member) and Joey Ashenbrenner (Development Manager) for their help, and especially to Sarah Ricci for doing such an incredible job.

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The 2014 Sunday Supper, Thanks to All

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!!

Jake and Jamie says Thank You!!

Jake and Jamie say “Thank You!”

 

 

 

 

 

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FOOD BANK GOURMET

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.

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Thank You to Adobe!

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!

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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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America Sees Boom in Volunteerism

Are you a volunteer? Do you feel like your actions contribute to the community? If you answered yes, you aren’t alone—you’re in good company! According to PARADE Magazine, we are in the “midst of a volunteer boom.” Recently, the good people at PARADE conducted a survey and found that out of 1008 participants, 94% feel that it is “important to be involved in a community cause.” This is great news for organizations like FamilyWorks that depend on the crucial work of volunteers. Gladys, who runs the teen parent program, knows firsthand the invaluable contributions made by volunteers. “If it wasn’t for volunteers who help me with my teen parent program, I would drive myself mad with all the extra little things!”

This past year there were about 308 volunteers who helped at FamilyWorks, both at the food bank and the resource center. These gracious people contributed over 7,000 hours of work. Most of what we offer here depends on the work of these volunteers. The FamilyWorks After School Program, for example, consists of 27 volunteers who show up on a weekly basis to help out elementary school students. These fine folks have contributed 385.5 hours of volunteer work to date since the start of the school year!

So what do YOU think? Has there been an increase in volunteerism? Do you feel more likely to volunteer or to bring your children to volunteer now compared to your parents?

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