“I could not begin to express the gratitude that I have for the Seattle Milk Fund and their mission. My family and I look forward to interacting with this organization as the years progress and as such are dedicated to being aligned with the mission. We also look forward to volunteering for this organization in the future and hopefully, with some success in education, yearn to provide our own economic dividends in the future such that we may help another family like ourselves.” – Christopher, UW Bothell student
Join us for Seattle Milk Fund’s Benefit Luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 22. We are
thrilled to have King County Executive Dow Constantine present the opening remarks, Angela Russell as our Emcee, and Jason Mesnick as our Keynote Speaker. Hear from alumni and current students about the difference Seattle Milk Fund makes in the lives of local families.
Register by September 12 to ensure your spot! Read more.
Thank you to all members who attended this year’s Annual Meeting & Brunch. Photos from the brunch have been posted on our Flickr page. Thanks to Rudy Lopez Photography for the images!
A most grateful thank you to our 63 donors who gifted Seattle Milk Fund with $8,553 during GiveBIG. We recently received our stretch check from The Seattle Foundation and our total comes to $9,272.69 for 2015’s GiveBIG campaign. We are so fortunate to have such wonderful friends support our families each year during our spring campaign. Thank you!
We recently received this note from John, now a Seattle Milk Fund alumni:
“I feel incredibly fortunate to be where I am now. After finishing high school, I spent 9 years working as a union carpenter. It was a pretty good job, and the money was good enough that it was hard to quit. I was laid off around 3 ½ years ago, and I started school mostly for something to do while I waited for business to pick up. Of course I was hoping that it would work out, but I didn’t see how we could get by without my income. Amazingly, it has all worked out, even with 2 little kids. The Seattle Milk Fund and the UW childcare assistance subsidy have paid a majority of our childcare costs. Now I’m less than two weeks away from a degree and a new career as a software engineer (and a big pay raise!). I don’t know how to thank you guys enough!”
On a windy evening in the summer of 1992, Zuhra, along with her mother, six sisters, and brother, fled their home in Kabul City, Afghanistan. The civil war had caused them to leave abruptly and find safety in a province north of Afghanistan. What she and her family thought would be a couple of months of refuge, turned into decades of living as refugees and immigrants in different cities across the globe.
Zuhra reminisces about her home, “I have memories of my neighborhood, friends, classmates and our green lawn where we would play with our cousins. I remember a huge house, a happy family, a cohesive community, our local market, a family doctor who knew how to pronounce my name and my mother’s delicious meals.”
Her father had left the family earlier and found asylum in the Netherlands. They would be apart from their father for nearly a decade. Read more.
Seattle Milk Fund’s 2013-2014 Annual Report Card will be mailed mid-February to our friends. In the meantime it is available online, feel free to download it here. Thank you for supporting Seattle Milk Fund’s local families.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 16 for the Annual Meeting and Brunch for Members! “Spring Forward” will be held at the Sand Point Country Club. Stay tuned for more information.
Seattle Milk Fund is delighted to welcome Elizabeth, into the Child Care and Family Support Program, as a new grantee. Elizabeth’s education journey is one of love, inspiration and determination.
A few years ago, Elizabeth and her fiancée decided to have a baby. Having a baby changes your life, and it couldn’t have been truer for Elizabeth and her fiancée. About 10 hours after her daughter’s birth, Elizabeth noticed her daughter was having a seizure. The nurse thought it was just a fidgety newborn moving about, but her mother’s intuition and experience with her own epilepsy told her something else was going on. Elizabeth asked the nurse to check on her and they witnessed four more seizures. Her seizures had been a sign of a stroke, and two days later she was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Read more.
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.