Bonnie Meyers, 2013 Fruit and Flower Award Winner

 

 

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!

 

Children Benefit with Seattle Milk Fund

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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…

 

 

Children Do Better When Their Families Do Better

Vos Family 8By providing childcare, education and  family support grants, Seattle Milk Fund is decreasing the likelihood a child lives in poverty and strengthening a family for generations!

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.

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Seattle Milk Fund’s Newest Lifetime Member

Keve's boat framedWhen 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…

Through the Looking Glass Parking Information

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.

 

Parking Options 
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

Metro Ride Options

 

 

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Midnight to Midnight —May 6th

Simply click our GiveBIG logo and GiveBIG or GiveLittle on May 6th!

 

GiveBIG is coming to town May 6th

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Midnight to Midnight, May 6th,  you have the opportunity to participate in a full day of giving and the chance to becomeKim and Erin Cropped 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.

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Guest Bartender Night – Wednesday, February 26th at 50 North!

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) 

at

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!

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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
and
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

 

Sincerely,

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!

 

 

 

A Special Kind of Philanthropy

Contributed By:  Jennie Rogers, SMF Member
(Jean H Shields Circle); Homecoming Graphic Designer, Former SMF President

 

Enhancing our membership structure, this year SMF opened our doors for business partners to join us in erasing the financial barriers that prevent struggling parents from pursuing a college education.  Through the help of Jennie Rogers, longtime SMF Member, a partnership was forged by introducing Seattle Milk Fund to National Frozen Foods (NFF).  By way of Jennie’s niece, Debbie Heriot – NFF employee, NFF has become a corporate member and an enthusiastic volunteer team. Making things happen from the moment the partnership began, Debbie developed an SMF Corporate Membership nothing short of outstanding.

National Frozen Foods has been in Seattle for more than 100 years and  has branches in Chehalis, Moses Lake, Quincy and Albany, OR.  Seattle’s 40 NFF employees are energetic, philanthropic people with a competitive spirit, who love to put up ‘challenges’ amongst themselves.  Learning NFF was home to a former SMF recipient – Lindsay Miller – employees quickly developed spirited competition to see who could raise the most funds.  They have been nothing short of an inspiration to SMF.

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Serving as SMF’s contact person and the NFF “Cheerleader” for SMF: Debbie Heriot (pictured on the right, of the picture to the left, with co-worker Nancy Jones) is the one who gets her group enthusiastic about volunteering and making things happen. Since joining SMF as a corporate member, in the past 3 months alone, National has been nothing short of outstanding in their volunteer role:

 

  • Committing to 20 volunteer hours (producing 3 individuals for Homecoming and 9 for CookieFest, including both the Miller and Jones families  (already far exceeding their commitment!)
  • Sponsoring an “Apple Cup” competition; (Resulting in 47 COMPLETE Thanksgiving Food Boxes for SMF families, allowing SMF recipients to be stocked with food far beyond Thanksgiving!)
  • Donating to Homecoming (not only their contributions but encouraging their vendors as well): (4 Seahawks Box Seats {bringing in  $1,700}; 4 Mariners tickets ($228 value); Table Host to 10 guests; and graphic design work)
  • Purchasing 17 Holiday Wreaths
  • Adopting an SMF family for Christmas and setting up an NFF “Giving Tree” to capture employees’ gifts for families in need

Hopping on board, Lindsay spearheaded NFF’s adopt-a-family project.  Working together with Debbie, the two have led NFF staff, making this partnership truly remarkable. National Frozen Foods is a remarkable group of employees that believes wholeheartedly in giving back.  They have great management support, and volunteer and contribute to more than one charity.

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One hundred percent of their employees participate in United Way’s Workplace Giving Campaign each year raising an average of $25,000.  National Frozen Foods supports NW Harvest annually, giving thousands of pounds of frozen vegetables each year, in addition to serving on NW Harvest’s Board.

 

National Frozen Foods is a remarkable group of employees and Seattle Milk Fund is very lucky to have them on board in support of our  mission.  We hope that we will have a long and fruitful relationship with this fine company.

 

For Corporate Membership Info, Contact:
Heather@SeattleMilkFund.org / 206.729.2304.

CookieFest and Chef Johnny Awaits You

 

Closeup Santa CookieYou’re Cordially Invited to the
Hippest Cookie Shop in Town

Seattle Milk Fund’s
CookieFest

Saturday, December 7, 2013
at Macy’s downtown
1601 3rd Avenue
Stewart Street Room

9:00 am – noon

 

Thousands of cookies, by the dozens, will be scooped up by happy shoppers!

Kiddos will be entertained with Arts, Crafts and Activities!

Raffle Drawings will be held!!
and

A Holiday Entertaining Cooking Demonstration
by Macy’s Culinary Council Chef Johnny Iuzzini!!!

 

Chef Johnny, one of the country’s most celebrated and innovative pastry chefs, began an interest in the pastry arts at the age 17, and as Johnny’s fascination grew, he began assisting and eventually cemented his desire to pursue a career as a pastry chef full time.
Johnny has appeared on Top Chef as a guest judge and makes numerous television appearances on The Today Show, The Martha Stewart Show, and Today in NY among others. In May 2006, The James Beard Foundation awarded Johnny “Outstanding Pastry Chef of the Year” and Johnny’s first cookbook, Dessert Fourplay, was published in 2008.

After shopping Seattle Milk Fund’s CookieFest, stick around Chef Johnnywith Chef Johnny for a holiday entertaining cooking demonstration at 11:30am, when Chef Johnny will demonstrate and sample lime shortbread, salted fudge cookies and Johnny’s sugar cookies.  Space is limited and registration is free, but PRE-registration is required!.

And, Chef Johnny’s Salted Fudge Cookies, presented by Tom Douglas Catering, will be available as one of your CookieFest purchases!  Additionally…with a Macy’s purchase of $35 or more in the Home department, receive a $10 Macy’s Gift Card, a special holiday gift and a copy of Chef Iuzzini cookbook Dessert Fourplay, which he will sign following the demonstration.

CookieFest purchases can be made by credit, debit, check, cash, Macy’s Credit or Macy’s Gift Cards.

Thank you to all of our fabulous bakers and culinary schools:

Alki Bakery, Arctic Club, Bothell High School Culinary Arts, Chef Johnny Iuzzini, Columbia City Bakery, Grand Hyatt Seattle, Hoffman’s Fine Pastries, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Seattle, Little Rae’s, Macy’s Catering, Morfey’s Cake Shop, Newport High School Culinary Arts, On Safari Foods, PCC Natural Market, Renton Tech College Professional Baking Program, Schwartz Brothers Bakery, Seattle’s Own Shortbread, Shorewood High Culinary Program, Sugee’s Box Lunch, Tom Douglas Catering, West Seattle High School ProStart and WOW Baking Company!

Calling All Volunteers

As Summer comes to an end, fall and winter are on its coat tails, which means it’s the time of year that Seattle Milk Fund gears up for our busiest volunteer season. With the need to fulfill more than 100 roles between four events and projects from Homecoming to CookieFest and Thanksgiving to Holiday Drives, fall to winter creates opportunities for Seattle Milk Fund and community members to fill rewarding positions that give back to their community.

Roles vary from coordinating a Thanksgiving Food or Holiday Gift Drive, to greeting guests or customers at Homecoming and CookieFest, registration, cookie booth clerk, check out, runners, raffle and game sellers and so much more. Many roles are tons of fun and require no previous experience. Those interested should contact Heather@seattlemilkfund.org to find out more about the roles available.

Thanks for considering supporting families and reducing the likelihood a child is raised in poverty!

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