Holiday Family Support Drive

Dear Friends of Seattle Milk Fund,

Seattle Milk Fund is holding a Holiday Family Support Drive to provide our families with personalized holiday baskets in celebration of the holidays and New Year. Our families rely on the year-round support they receive from our donors, especially at the end of the year.

Seattle Milk Fund students are determined and ambitious (they have a 95% success rate and average a 3.5 quarterly GPA while in our program). Many have full- or part-time jobs. All are parents.

Our families are trying to make ends meet every day. Seattle Milk Fund child care and family support grants help parents get ahead in life and in their careers. When parents complete their first higher education degree, they can begin working at a higher paying job. This translates to stronger financial futures for our local families. The grants also give their children a great start in life by receiving a valuable learning opportunity that they might not otherwise have.

We are raising funds to purchase gift cards so that parents can purchase gifts, food, or basic need items for over the holidays. These gift cards will be placed in a basket along with cards and personalized stocking stuffer-like gifts for everyone in their family.

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Wreath Orders

Wreath sales are open now through Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. If you have any questions about your order, please contact our office at 206-526-7944.

Thank you for supporting our families, and may you have a lovely holiday season!

Ordering details…

  • Wreaths are $25 each.
  • On the online order form below, please multiply the number of wreaths you would like to order by $25, and place that dollar amount in the box provided under the donation section.
  • Also, please note in the comments how many wreaths with GOLD, RED, or PLAID bows you would like to order.

Pick-up details…

Wreaths will be available at the Seattle Milk Fund office the week of Nov. 28, 2016. If you would prefer delivery, please connect with your Seattle Milk Fund Wreath Sales Representative to confirm the details.

Order by mail…

Prefer to mail in your order with a check? You may download a wreath flyer/order form.

Big thanks!

Our great appreciation goes out to the Terese Smith Howard Circle for donating their time and (tremendous wreath-decorating talents!) by hosting the annual wreath sale to benefit Seattle Milk Fund families.

Congrats Graduates!

This spring and summer we have 14 students graduating!

Congrats to all of our graduates. You have worked so hard and sacrificed so much to get your degree. We wish you well on your new careers and we send our love to your families.

Amal – Nursing

Carmin – Sociology

Chelsea – Business

Christopher – Computer Science

Djaouida – Neurodiagnostic Technology

Grace – Social Work

Jamie – Nursing

Lydia – Speech and Hearing Sciences

Mariam – Medical Assisting

Melissa – Nursing

Rebecca – Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior

Shawna – Social Welfare

Sabrina – Science, Technology, and Society

Valeria – Early Childhood and Family Studies


Seattle Milk Fund pays for childcare so low income parents can afford college

Seattle Milk Fund pays for childcare so low income parents can afford college

Members’ Annual Meeting & Brunch Photos

Rebecca with Seattle Milk Fund Board Member Sonja Banks.

Thank you to the Katherine B. Friele Circle for hosting a lovely Brunch for Seattle Milk Fund Members. We heard from current student Rebecca as she thanked Seattle Milk Fund for making it possible for her to get her first college degree (she is a graduating senior at UW-Bothell).

Photos from the event are now on our Flickr page.

2016 Fruit and Flower Award Honoree

Sue Tong, 2016 Fruit and Flower Award Honoree

Volunteer Extraordinaire, Sue Tong was named Seattle Milk Fund’s 2016 Fruit and Flower Award Honoree! Thank you Sue for all you have done and continue to do for your circle, the Board of Trustees, and around the office. Sue was one of the Everett W. Nordstrom Circle’s Founding Members, and has been a Member and supporter of Seattle Milk Fund families since 1979.

New Board Officers

We are thrilled to announce Seattle Milk Fund’s new Officers for our Board of Trustees. These new Officers will serve two-year terms from May 2016-April 2018.

Terry Dessert is Seattle Milk Fund’s new Board of Trustees President. Terry has been a member of the Terese Smith Howard Circle for more than 35 years. She previously held her circle’s Co-Chair position.

Jennie Rogers, who is a former Board of Trustees President, will be this term’s Vice President. She is a current member of the Jean H. Shields Circle.

Sonja Banks is a member of the Terese Smith Howard Circle and will serve as the Board of Trustee’s Secretary.

Sara Harvey will continue to serve as Treasurer on the Board of Trustees. She is a current member of the Joy Goodenough Circle.

We send enormous gratitude to former Officers, Carol Wollenberg (President), Eileen Carney (Vice President), and Jane Pedersen (Secretary) for their hard work and dedication to Seattle Milk Fund families we support.


Bryn, a current student

Thank you to Bryn, a current Seattle Milk Fund student who graciously accepted an invitation to speak to our guests at our Seattle Milk FUNd event in April. Here is the speech she shared with the audience.

It is such a pleasure to be here tonight to share my educational journey with you.

As a fair warning – this speech might involve some tears, but don’t worry, they are tears of honor and joy as I reflect upon some of the lowest and most terrifying moments of my life and realize how far I have come. They are tears of appreciation as I realize that I would not be where I am today without the support from people like you, and programs like the Seattle Milk Fund. Read more.

Reuben’s Brews and Seattle Milk Fund Unite to Benefit Local Families

Reuben’s Brews and Seattle Milk Fund Unite to Benefit Local Families
Limited-edition Seattle Milk Stout to launch at Thank You Thursdays event on April 7

Raise a pint and support Seattle Milk Fund families! $1 from every pint of beer sold during Reuben’s Brews’ Thank You Thursdays event on April 7 will benefit Seattle Milk Fund’s Child Care and Family Support Program. In addition, Reuben’s Brews will release a limited-edition beer, Seattle Milk Stout, in honor of Seattle Milk Fund. $5 from each keg sold to local bars will be donated to Seattle Milk Fund.

WHAT: Thank You Thursdays Benefiting Seattle Milk Fund and Launch of Seattle Milk Stout

WHEN: Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 3-9 p.m.

WHERE: Reuben’s Brews, 5010 14th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, with food truck, Burgerphenia

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Seattle Milk Fund’s Report Card from 2014-2015

We are happy to announce that during 2014-2015’s fiscal year, we awarded $324,398 to students and their families in support of early and higher education for low-income families in our community. Take a closer look at the numbers here: 2014-2015 FY Report Card.