Thanks to our volunteers, bakers and customers for coming together for CookieFest–it was a big success! The cookies sold out in just over two hours, and we raised over $6,500 for our program.
We have several volunteer opportunities open over the holidays. If you are interested in volunteering for our Thanksgiving Baskets event on Nov. 20-22 or at CookieFest on Dec. 13, feel free to call us at the office to learn more at 206-526-7944. You can also sign up for upcoming events, here.
Volunteers needed for the following events:
Our Thanksgiving Basket program is provided to our students and their families as part of our family support portion of their child care grant. All families receive a basket of Thanksgiving food, a turkey and a $50 grocery gift card. We need volunteers to assist with setting up the food that has been donated. A big thank you to National Frozen Foods and the Kiwanis Club of Industrial Seattle for providing the food for the baskets.
Our annual CookieFest event is a cookie-lovers dream! Seattle’s best bakers and bakeries come together to donate thousands and thousands of holiday-inspired cookies each year to benefit Seattle Milk Fund. We need volunteers to help set up, staff tables, and help people pick out their favorite cookies!
The photos from Homecoming 2014 are here!
Thank you to our photographer Alan Sapalaran for documenting our fun event!
Wreaths will be available December 1 (after 12 noon) for pick up at the Seattle Milk Fund office at 1130 N Northgate Way, Seattle, WA 98133.
An enormous THANK YOU to our donors, sponsors, members and volunteers who made this year’s Homecoming event a success!
Last night, YOU raised $170,000 to help students and their families. A fun time was had by all! More photos to be posted soon…
Visit our event photo archive at our Flickr page. If you would like to use Seattle Milk Fund photos for publication or promotion, please contact Maggie Skinner at email@example.com or 206-526-7944. Thanks!
Reaping the benefit of inspirational members, donors and volunteers, Seattle Milk Fund has been serving local families for more than a century strong. Enthusiastically providing countless hours of time, talent and treasure, SMF volunteers have built a 107 year old agency with loving support over the decades.
Hundreds of steadfast SMF Volunteers have worked to make the world a better place by reducing the struggles of those less fortunate. And, although our mission has evolved over the decades, the focus has stayed consistent to our belief in strengthening our community. Today, we do this by proactively helping families achieve self-sufficiency by removing financial barriers, such as childcare costs.
Last year, our volunteers helped us to award 109 families’ childcare grants, funding 167 children’s childcare so that their mother or father could work to obtain a secondary education and the possibility toward earning a higher wage. By the hundreds, volunteers’ time and talent make our efforts possible. Allowing our events, programs and campaigns to shine, these same volunteers have increased our fund and friend-raising efforts throughout our community.
When Arrange the Change went in search of the meaning of volunteerism, findings included taking time out of one’s life to help others, putting the needs of others first for a cause or something one believes in, and giving back to provide help where it is truly needed. A common denominator included doing acts without being told or forced, rather by one’s own motivation. Born out of this culture of giving effortlessly, in 1990, Seattle Milk Fund created the Seattle Milk Fund Fruit and Flower Award, recognizing an individual whose dedication and effortless volunteering exceeds those around them.
Many nonprofits receive an outpouring of generous support over the holidays, yet struggle with year around support. We help strengthen families living within 250% of the poverty limits day in and day out, therefore, we count on our volunteers all year long. And, as a full-fledged fundraising organization, our efforts encompass year-round events, campaigns and efforts that raise friends and funds, ongoing, in order to provide quarterly grants and family support ongoing.
Thus, our volunteers work hard, throughout the year, every year, in order to keep our mission viable. In years past, Fruit and Flower Nominations have been voted by circles, providing 10-13 annual nominees. This year, the vote went to all members. Doing so provided us more than 60 nominations with an overwhelming response of nearly 65% nominating one member who exemplified:
- Commitment to SMF
- Ability to meet challenges and give positive input
- Displaying loyalty
- Contributing time and talent to SMF
- Supporting SMF programs and fundraising endeavors
- Expressing a vision for the future of SMF
Our 2012 co-winner, longtime member and Past President, Carolyn Baker announced this year’s winner and good friend Bonnie Meyers. With an overwhelming outpouring of support from our membership, Bonnie was nominated for her absolutely positive, tireless, hard work, and never shunning any job! Click here to read more about Bonnie and her award!
Aside from the fact that child care is a necessity for our grantees’ children, the benefits of positive, licensed care are countless. Child care builds creativity within even the smallest of child, preparing them for school and for life.
Thanks to the BIGheartedness of our donors, members and volunteers, we continue to open doors for children and families, supporting healthy learning for both parents and children! Our recipients’ positive appreciation for our support, reassures us in the work we are doing. Read More…
Because we know that a higher education is one of the most effective ways a parent can raise their family’s income, we work to remove the financial barrier of childcare costs and provide access to college educations that in turn provide the possibility for securing a living wage.
When Graybar locked out the Teamsters Union, Keve found himself struggling to make ends meet. Able to find only odd jobs from demolition work to yard clean up, he was unable to make the income to make ends meet for his young, small family.
Faced with reaching out to the welfare department, he was determined to find another resource. This is when a case worker suggested Keve reach out to Seattle Milk Fund. Read More…