Looking for some cool (inexpensive) toys for your kids? This November, FamilyWorks will collaborate with CoolMom.org in a first annual Swap n’ Shop Toy Sale.
The sale itself will be Saturday, November 14 – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 North 78th St., Seattle, 98103. Please support us by donating your gently-used toys!
Your toys will go to loving homes while raising money for CoolMom and FamilyWorks. FamilyWorks is a food bank and family resource center that nourishes and strengthens individuals and families by connecting people with support and resources. FamilyWorks offers gently used donated toys, books, infant clothing, and kids clothing to families.
Come to our first annual Swap n’ Shop Toy Sale and show us your support!
BlackRock Volunteers build muscle at the food bank
There’s community building going on in preparation for the September 27th FamilyWorks’ Sunday Dinner and Auction. BlackRock is our major event sponsor this year and has teams of employees volunteering at the food bank as part of the partnership package. These volunteers will get a complimentary ticket to this extraordinary Tom Douglas’ meal and FamilyWorks program. Companies like BlackRock and Adobe really put muscle behind the money by promoting volunteerism at the non-profits that they support. Pictured here are BlackRock muscle builders at the food bank. Check out the dinner tabs for more sponsors and auction information. I’ll let you in on a few of my favorites: glass sushi set, Dave Matthews tickets, 5 liter bottle of Chianti, Adobe Photoshop, Lunch with Frank Chopp, sailing, golfing, massages and more!
Details include 5-7:30 pm at Pallace Ballroom, Eric Liu, speaker. Call 206 694-6726 to RSVP. $100 per plate ($50 tax deductible). Hope to see you there!
After working as the Tutoring & Family Programs Coordinator at FamilyWorks for almost a year, I’d never seen it on a Friday. I’d heard rumors that the hallway, normally bustling with food bank users, resource center drop-ins, and community members hanging out, was completely empty on Fridays. I couldn’t imagine it.
To be fair, the Friday I chose to visit FamilyWorks a few weeks ago happened to be the day our record-breaking heatwave broke. The city in general seemed to express a collective sigh of relief. People slept in, children didn’t have to be shuffled around with parents on errands designed to spend maximum time in air conditioning, and it was safe to venture outside without a gallon of water.
Nonetheless, the Friday I visited was exactly as I’d heard: eerily quiet. The food bank line was short or nonexistant, playgroup participants normally packing the playroom to capacity were absent, and precisely no one used the chairs set up for lounging in the hallway. If you’re visiting the food bank or the resource center for the first time, I highly recommend choosing a Friday morning. Things move a little less frenetically for sure. For this Chicagoan-gone-Southern-then-estranged-to-Seattle, it’s a nice change of pace.
*check our calendar, available on our website, for specific happenings on Fridays or any other day. Also scroll down to your right to see upcoming events, but keep in mind that due to a WordPress issue, the times are all several hours off (no there are no playgroups at 2am!).