Volunteers make our events possible!
By filling roles from registration to check out, and everything in between, our energetic, fun volunteers, in all ages, take on roles from ticket sales to overseeing our silent auction tables, assisting guests with bidding. More seasoned volunteers bring their detailed skills to manage registration, check out, accounting, and our silent auction process.
Volunteer roles can be as short as an hour to the full extent of the event, and just about anywhere in between. We welcome back our seasoned volunteers as well as first time volunteers.
New this year, we invite SMF’s current grantees and alumni to join us for the Kick Off Party, as a member of our SMF Homecoming Court, as well as join your fellow volunteers by fulfilling one or more of our roles listed below, if so interested. As a member of our Homecoming Court, you are the reason our guests attend, they love to hear your stories. Simply mingle with guests, sharing your SMF experiences thus far.
Whether a grantee, a seasoned volunteer or a new friend, please check out our volunteer list below:
Day of Volunteer Roles:
- Silent Auction Set Up - (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) – Under the supervision of our Volunteer Leads, assist with setting up silent auction tables, activities, and dining room set up. Depending on the number of volunteers, this role may run shorter or longer than noted.
- Clean Up - (8:30 – 9:30 pm) – Confirm all auction items are retrieved by the winners and all auction tables are vacant of any items; assist guests with deliveries to their cars as necessary; remove all garbage from dining and auction tables and all SMF debris (decorations, brochures, papers etc.) are boxed up; help to sort and package all event supplies into cars to be returned to SMF; other tasks as necessary. Depending on the number of volunteers, this role may run shorter or longer than noted.
- Ticket Sales - (3:00 – 6:15 pm) – (4 roaming sellers, 2 stationary sellers, 2 Golden Ticket Sales) The role requires energetic individuals prepared to approach guests to sell tickets. One seller and one recorder are paired to sell tickets and gather guest demographic information. This is a fun role for two young friends willing to dress fun with possibly a tiara or something fun to easily identify you to our guests.
- Spirits Wheel of Fortune Game (3:00 – 6:15 pm)- (3 roles) One recruiter, observer, and recorder will be stationed to encourage and assist guests with participating in the activity. Guests will spin a wheel and earn a wine, champagne or spirit, according to the tier their wheel lands upon. Volunteers will encourage guests to play, record their bid number and times they play, and assist them with the collection of their winning wine, champagne or spirits. Runners will collect activity record sheets from time to time to record in the event’s database.
- Photo Booth (3:00 – 6:15 pm) – (2 roles) – Invite guests to participate in our upscale “Selfie”; encouraging guests to use our props to create memorable moments of their evening. The activity is complimentary for our guests.
- Registration (2:00 – 6:15 pm) – (4) – greet guests, hand out packets, confirm all demographic data is obtained/correct, answer questions
- Check Out (6:15 – 9:30 pm) – (2) – All guests will be encouraged at registration to participate in Quick Check, which allows guests to leave the venue knowing they will receive their detailed receipt via email. For the few that choose not to participate in Quick Check, their cards must be ran at the end of the night, and/or a check/cash must be collected. Although rare, a few may elect to check out the evening of. Volunteers familiar with Maestro Soft Auction Pro software are encouraged to assist in this role. An SMF lead will coordinate these roles.
- Runners (3:00 – 9:00 pm) - (4) – run recorded papers between ticket sellers, recorders and the check out to ensure that all purchases are recorded prior to the end of the night and so we can have tallies of how well the event is doing by the end of the night.
- Spotters (7:00 – 9:00 pm) – (4) – placed strategically throughout the dinner room, spotters watch for bidders and stand close to them as they are bidding during the live auction. The goal is to make sure the auctioneer does not miss any guest’s bidding
- Table Monitors (3:00 – 9:00 pm) – (10) – This role is in the heart of the action, observing guests and encouraging and helping them to place bids on items; answer questions as necessary; and at the close of the auction and/or of the event, call upon volunteers necessary to assist any guests to their car.
- Table Monitor Leads (3:00 – 9:00 pm) – (2) – These roles are key to supporting all Table Monitors. You additionally work with runners to gather table monitors’ auction bid sheets and get them to check out for recording.
- Greeters (4:00 – 6:00 pm) – (2) – Welcome guests and direct them to registration and coat check.
- Door Monitors (8:30 – 9:15 pm) – (2) – Thank guests for coming and arrange for any help they may need in getting items to their cars.
- Homecoming Court (3:00 – 6:30 pm) – (12) – This role is exclusive to current grantees and alumni. The role’s only requirement is that you attend our Homecoming Kick Off Party, where an identifiable sash/nametag and be present to mingle with guests and share your story. You can fulfill other roles as part of the Homecoming Court as well, if you would like to. For example, you can be a Silent Auction Table Monitor, recognized as an Alumni and share your story while mingling with guests and overseeing your auction tables, or you can simply be available to guests as a member of the Homecoming Court.
Ongoing Volunteer Roles:
- Dessert Dash - (1-2 Coordinators) - Our dessert dash will be a hit if we recruit the desserts and get them to the venue. This role invites someone with a sweet tooth to inspire local bakers to provide the necessary desserts for Homecoming’s Dessert Dash (up to 30 desserts needed – some already recruited). Coordinator(s) will facilitate, with transporters, for pick up and delivery. We have a list of approachable bakers that will need added to.
- Dessert Dash - (4-6 Transporters) – Work collectively with our Dessert Dash Coordinator to schedule and perform pick up of desserts from appropriate bakers and deliver them to the Lynnwood Convention Center. Your work will be ongoing, coordinating with the Dessert Dash Coordinator, and then delivery will be Friday, October 17 and/or Saturday, October 18.
Check back often as roles may change!
For more information or to volunteer for any of these openings:
Contact Lindsay Miller - Homecoming Volunteer Coordinator
(LMitchell@nffc.com or 206-501-8310)
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 us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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…
Parking in the Seattle Metropolitan area boasts many options. We have listed a few of the surrounding available options, as well as a link to Metro, for your ease in getting to and from Through the Looking Glass on May 17th.
cash and cards accepted at most locations
WAC garage – 1409 6th Ave. – $16/4 hours
Seattle Public Library – 451 Spring St. – $6/Saturday Rate
Hilton Hotel garage – 1301 6th Ave – $9/per hour
Red Lion Hotel – 1415 5th Ave. – $11/4 hours
US Bank Centre – 1420 5th Ave. – $8 Saturday Rate
Simply click our GiveBIG logo and GiveBIG or GiveLittle on May 6th!
Midnight to Midnight, May 6th, you have the opportunity to participate in a full day of giving and the chance to become Seattle Milk Fund’s newest Super Hero. Just like Kim and Erin, our unsung heroes open doors to better jobs, renewed confidence and financial stability for local families. They create endless opportunities for our recipients through their support and volunteerism.
SMF thrives with the support of our donors, volunteers and members. When The Seattle Foundation hosts its fourth annual GiveBIG, you too can step up to the plate and become one of our Super Heroes!
May 6th GiveBIG or GiveLittle
Help SMF Meet Our 2014 GiveBIG Goal
The Most New Super Hero Donations in One Day!
Your GiveBIG donation will be joined with all GiveBIG donations to create the largest one-day-donations for Seattle Milk Fund. So, please GiveBIG or GiveLittle because every dollar counts.
Your Super Hero Power: Strengthening a family’s future!
Help Us Spread the Good News!
HELP Seattle Milk Fund receive more NEW and returning individual donor gifts, than ever before, by INVITING a neighbor to join you in making a gift to Seattle Milk Fund, to help decrease the likelihood a child is raised in poverty!
SHARE the news that SMF is removing financial barriers to higher education for low income parents, by ASKING a colleague to help fulfill a Childcare, Education or Family Support Grant for a resilient parent in order to provide access to college!
PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES to help move families out of poverty, by SPREADING the word to your friends, family and neighbors, OFFERING OPPORTUNITIES to make dreams come true.
Giving is a joy, ALLOW OTHERS TO GIVE THROUGH YOUR KNOWLEDGE, by sharing Seattle Milk Fund with others. CREATE PHILANTHROPIC AVENUES for others to feel great about the strong futures they create for local families.
Save the Date – GiveBIG – May 6th.
Seattle Milk Fund’s Everett W Nordstrom Circle invites you to join us at:
Seattle Milk Fund’s Guest Bartender Night
Wednesday, February 26th
6:00 – 9:00 PM
(Open House Style)
50 North Restaurant
5001 25th Avenue NE, #100
(Northcut Landing – North of Chase Bank)
Free and Easy Garage Parking!
As a way to partner with community, 50 North generously offers Guest Bartender Nights as a creative and fun night for their customers while raising money for local charities. Come to this family friendly neighborhood restaurant, with an excellent bar and great upscale American food, and enjoy our Guest Bartender Night while showing your support for Seattle Milk Fund!
Join us in the bar or guarantee your dinner table, because whichever you choose
On Guest Bartender Night:
10% of All Bar Sales
Tips Placed in Tip Jars
Donations Indicated on
Your Restaurant Bill’s Sticker
ALL Support Seattle Milk Fund
Bring your friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers and attend SMF’s Guest Bartender Night, Wednesday, February 26th. It’s a great way to mingle, enjoy an evening and show your support to Seattle Milk Fund.
We look forward to seeing everyone there!
Dinner Reservations: www.50northrestaurant.com
or call (206) 397-3939
Cheri, Connie, Debbie, Kristy, Roxanne, Sandle, Sandy, Signy, Sue, and Timi
Seattle Milk Fund
Reducing the Likelihood a Child is Raised in Poverty
Unable to attend, you can still support the EWN ladies by making a gift through our general donation button to your right, or right here. Simply click, fill in, and place in the comment box you’re supporting the EWN Guest Bartender Night, and which EWN lady invited you. Your gift will then be recognized and attached to the Guest Bartender Fundraiser. Thank you for your consideration!
We are pleased to announce that Inga Paige will be our new Executive Director starting January 6th, 3014. Inga comes to us with executive director experience from Tessera, Clothes for Kids Snohomish County, and Northwest Infant Survival and SIDS Alliance. She also has development and marketing work experience.