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…
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.