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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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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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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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Family Fun Puppeteer Donates Show to FamilyWorks

Over 100 people came to enjoy the great puppet show put on by Drew Derby, King County librarian this past Saturday. “It was really fun to have kids and adults come together and laugh,” says Kate, FamilyWorks volunteer coordinator, who put the whole event together. Most of the children who came to watch the show were between the ages of 2 and 11, and they happily participated in Drew’s rendition of “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.” He also performed folk stories that captured the kids’ (and adults’!) attention.

If you saw the show and are interested in contacting Drew Derby for your own event, contact Kate at (206) 694-6725 or katebg@familyworksseattle.org

Check out Wallyhood’s pictures of the event here!

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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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Having Faith in the Community: St. Andrew’s Commitment to Giving

This December brought an overwhelming surge of generosity to the FamilyWorks Resource Center and Food Bank. Individuals and groups contributed by bringing in clothing, toys, and diapers to the resource center, buying children’s presents for our gift program, and donating thousands of pounds of food to the food bank. It is a telling statement that even in trying economic times, the community will unite to fulfill the needs of its neighbors. We thank everyone for their generosity.

Over thirty groups contributed their time and energy in December, mostly by hosting food and hygiene drives. These groups included churches, businesses, small organizations, and Girl Scout Troops. Some of these groups were hosting drives for the first time while others were veteran hosts, long-time supporters and contributors to FamilyWorks. One especially committed group is St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. They have been involved with the FamilyWorks Food Bank for over 20 years—back when it was known as the Fremont Food Bank.

This past year, St. Andrew’s had a goal to donate 2009 pounds of food to the FamilyWorks Food Bank over the course of the year. This averages out to about 170 pounds a month, which is quite the contribution for a congregation of around 300 families! They surpassed their goal of 2009 pounds,  but not without hard work and dedication. Reverend Peter Strimer, who supports the outreach programs including the food drives, is an incredible motivator. He, along with Carol Marshall, a dedicated volunteer,  help to get the congregation involved and enthusiastic about donating items to FamilyWorks. Carol works on The Log, St. Andrew’s newsletter, and includes each week’s weight in donated food. This constant reminder helps keep people involved and interested. According to Carol, there is also already a spirit of giving rooted deeply in the congregation.

St. Andrew’s is a prophetic church. They believe in proclaiming God’s love for all people and working for justice in the world, especially for “the poor, the marginalized, and the outcast.” Their outreach ministries supply food and community to those in need. “People are hungry in a variety of ways,” says Ruby, St. Andrew’s ministry coordinator who supports the volunteer ministries. St. Andrew’s works to fill that hunger in diverse ways–through spiritual, nutritional, and community outpourings. In addition to hosting monthly food drives for FamilyWorks, they also host a Jubilee Dinner and collaborate with other churches to supply a monthly dinner to homeless teenagers called Teen Feed. The Jubilee Dinner, which runs the last Sunday of every month at 2pm, is a 30-year old program that combines food and conversation. At this meal, the participants are served by volunteers and offered hand massages and gifts at Christmas. Everyone benefits from these outreach ministries.

An integral part of the Jubilee Dinner is conversation, and hearing people’s stories. “People come to the Jubilee Dinner to be fed, but we were fed by them,” Ruby said metaphorically about hearing several participants’ stories. These stories inspire others to contribute, to donate, and to lend an ear to someone in need of conversation. St. Andrew’s continues to be a source of inspiration for all of us in the community. “The ministry of all of us is outside of the church,” Ruby states. Carol agrees, adding that churches who want to get involved need only to “Get off of that ‘comfortable pew!’”

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Family Focus Group

Attention, families in the Wallingford, Fremont, and University Districts! On November 4, 5:30-7, there will be a Family Focus group for adults. Group participants will receive refreshments, a Safeway gift card, a children’s book, and a chance to have a voice in your community. Participants will be asked questions like these:

  • What are the needs that every family has?
  • What resources or support would help families to meet those needs?
  • What would help to make support networks and resources responsive to your family?

If you would like to participate in this focus group, please RSVP to Danielle at 206-576-6534, or click here to RSVP on Facebook. Childcare is available on a limited basis.

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FamilyWorks Sunday Dinner & Auction

BlackRock Volunteers build muscle at the food bank

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!

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Giving Garden

On a recent warm, breezy summer Monday night, I braved the strange crosswalks and lights over the bustling N. 45th St and followed Bagley a couple blocks north until it dead-ended into a park. In the wide open spaces, shade sheltered a woman throwing a ball for her small dog, children kicked around a soccer ball, and I could hear the clanking sounds of gardening tools from my right. Following my ears, I rounded the corner and entered the Good Shepherd P-Patch.

None of the gardeners could remember exactly how long the P-Patch has been sponsoring and cultivating a Giving Garden through Lettuce Link, but it’s been at least several years. As a result of these dedicated volunteers, not only can a casual passerby enjoy the quiet yet abundant sanctity of the garden, but one can learn about various sustainable gardening techniques: green roofs, pollination, succession planting, summer/winter rotation, cucurbit trellis, double-digging raised beds, floating row covers, interplanting, companion planting, broadcast sowing, tomato trellising, and more. Moreover, the volunteers tend a Giving Garden, an area in which the produce grown is donated to FamilyWorks Food Bank.

On this particular evening, the P-Patch volunteers dug in and harvested over 51 POUNDS of food for FamilyWorks! I’d highly recommend checking out this gorgeous P-Patch, honing your gardening skills with the information posts you can find throughout the garden, and enjoying the bounty of organic food mixed with the beauty of various flowers. Just be sure to take note of the yellow plum tree you’ll pass through as you enter the gate – or you’ll end up with an overripe plum splattering on your head! (No one will notice, luckily, if you proceed to lick your fingers after you clean your hair.)

Want to get involved? The waitlist for P-Patches is notoriously long (I’m currently waiting for a spot at any of them, hoping not to have to ditch my potted tomatoes and beans when I move), but you may be able to find a space and a new friend with this garden listing. For more photos, please visit FamilyWorks’ Facebook Page.

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Cukes, Zukes, and Fava Beans

What do you think of when you think of food banks? Potatoes, rice, maybe boxed cereal and beans? Perhaps some spoiled milk? If so, consider touring the FamilyWorks food bank. You may be surprised to see all kinds of fresh produce, year-round, gourmet breads, organic pastas and beans from PCC, fresh eggs and milk, meat, ice cream, and many of the things you might normally buy in a grocery store. How does a food bank acquire all these foods? We have a network of community partners – grocery stores, P-Patches, and other donors. During the summer months, one large source of donations is the Wallingford Farmers’ Market.

On Wednesday afternoons, the parking lot at the Wallingford Center is converted to a festival of local and fresh foods, pastas, cheeses, hummus, ice cream bars, and even tamales (half-price if you’re unemployed!). You will also find a community resource booth, at which FamilyWorks will hand out goodies (maybe chocolates, pencils, or stickers) and ask you to complete a survey about community needs. Sometimes you may see the John Stanford International school raising money for its new playground, Seattle City Light distributing free sustainable light bulbs, or the Wallingford Art Walk.

Just as the market is drawing to a close at 7 PM, you’ll see vendors filling crate after crate, donating their wares to people they may never meet. Just yesterday, vendors of all sizes donated fresh-baked bread, raspberries by the flat, bunches of sweet onions, unidentifiable (to me anyway!) purple roots, carrots, lettuce of all types, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, peaches, nectarines, apricots, cherries (both red and Rainier!), corn on the cob, cauliflower, and fava beans galore! To be exact, there were 332 pounds of food! Today, the food bank is distributing these colorful, healthful, and above all tasty items to our clients. Thus, when you enter the FamilyWorks Food Bank, you’ll see a lot more than you may have imagined would be at the food bank.

What does one do with fava beans, you may ask? I was none too sure either, so I asked the farmer who donated two crates worth of them. He told me to shell them, then either boil or blanche the beans. Then the bean-casing comes off quite easily, and you just eat them or put them in salads or with pasta. It seemed like a lot of work to me, so I asked about the casing – turns out you can eat it if you don’t mind extreme bitterness.

What’s your favorite farmers’ market recipe, fava beans or otherwise? Please share by leaving a comment here or on our Facebook page. And thank you once more to all the donors who make our food bank so inviting and healthful!

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