What we do:
Seattle Milk Fund empowers parents toward higher education opportunities by funding child care grants and providing family support.
Our goal is for parents to realize their higher education potential, which can create a brighter and more stable financial future for their families.
GiveBIG Tuesday, May 5
Dear Friend of Seattle Milk Fund,
Seattle Milk Fund, in collaboration with Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG Day of Champions, invites you to give on Tuesday, May 5 to support our community’s low-income families who are working hard to get ahead.
Our families are looking for a champion, someone to help empower them on their journey towards a higher education.
Washington is one of the least affordable states for child care–in King County, the cost of full-time infant care in a center averages $1,387 a month. For low-income parents, this expense is just too great. Dreams of a higher education and a brighter financial future diminish greatly when the reality of child care costs hit their budget.
We know how powerful early-learning and higher education opportunities can be for a family. In Washington state, 59% of 3- and 4-year-olds are not attending a preschool program–this is largely because parents cannot afford it.
Studies show that children with early-learning opportunities are more prepared to do better in school. Also, parents who obtain a higher education degree have higher incomes–and there is a greater likelihood their children will follow in their footsteps.
We are proud to boast a 100% student success rate for our last quarter–meaning all students either graduated or are continuing on in our program. Our graduates are beginning to reap the rewards of their hard work and determination.
We recently received this note from John, now a Seattle Milk Fund alumni:
“I feel incredibly fortunate to be where I am now. After finishing high school, I spent 9 years working as a union carpenter. It was a pretty good job, and the money was good enough that it was hard to quit. I was laid off around 3 ½ years ago, and I started school mostly for something to do while I waited for business to pick up. Of course I was hoping that it would work out, but I didn’t see how we could get by without my income. Amazingly, it has all worked out, even with 2 little kids. The Seattle Milk Fund and the UW childcare assistance subsidy have paid a majority of our childcare costs. Now I’m less than two weeks away from a degree and a new career as a software engineer (and a big pay raise!). I don’t know how to thank you guys enough!”
Seattle Milk Fund exists to fill a growing need in our community for more affordable child care options for low-income parents. Our child care grants benefit the whole family. While parents are in school, their children receive a valuable learning opportunity in a licensed, quality child care facility or preschool.
Students are submitting child care grant applications at the fastest rate we have seen in a long time. We have a waitlist for spring and summer quarters, with new funding inquiries coming in daily. With your help we can fund additional child care grants, and see that more students graduate with better paying jobs, renewed confidence, and a more stable financial outlook.
Together, we are fueling families’ futures. Let’s make this GiveBIG the biggest and best yet for Seattle Milk Fund families. Thank you for your continued support.
Annual Members’ Meeting and Brunch
Join us for an update on Seattle Milk Fund’s future! Congratulate this year’s Fruit and Flower Honoree, hear from a current Seattle Milk Fund Grantee, and catch up with friends. A big thank you to the Jean H. Shields Circle for hosting this event.
Saturday, May 16 at 10 a.m.
Sandpoint Country Club
8333 55th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
$30 per person
Register online or by calling the office at 206.526.7644. Please RSVP for the event before May 8, 2015. Hope to see you there!
New Volunteer Opportunities
Passionate about helping families? We are looking for your energy! A myriad of volunteer positions are available with Seattle Milk Fund for people with various interests and expertise.
Open volunteer positions:
- Volunteer Mentor – This is a great, flexible position that allows you to directly connect with the students in our program. This at-home position requires, on average, one hour of volunteering per month. Our mentors support our students and their families throughout the academic quarter by providing encouragement, resources, and guidance as they progress towards graduation. By volunteering for this position, you will be offering our students the best preparation for life after graduation — giving them a much needed boost for today’s competitive job market. You can read about our current students and their successes here.
- Spring Cleaning Party - Roll up your sleeves Wednesday, April 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and come celebrate Earth Day with us! We’re looking for volunteers to help spruce up the inside and outside of our office. Tasks include gardening, office organization, garage de-cluttering, and anything else you can think of to make our office shine. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
- Thank You Crew – Are you available Thursday, May 7 or Monday, May 18? If so, come over to our office and help us thank our donors by writing cards and making phone calls. Any amount of time that you can devote between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on these days would be greatly appreciated. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
If you would like to volunteer for any of these positions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-526-7944.
Are you new to Seattle Milk Fund, and interested in future volunteer opportunities? Or, do you have a special skill or talent you’d like to share with us? We’d love to hear from you! Please fill out this form and we’ll be in touch soon.