Fruit & Flower Appreciation

On Saturday, May 12, 2018, we celebrated all of our volunteers for their dedication to supporting our student parents as they build brighter futures for their families. The Fruit & Flower Award was given to the Heritage Circles for building and sustaining a charity that would support families through times of hardship for decades. The organization exists today, 111 years later!, because of the love and compassion our volunteers have shown local families in times of need.

The Fruit & Flower Award is a nod to Seattle Milk Fund’s original name, The Fruit & Flower Mission. Women from all over Seattle would gather in social fundraising circles to collect donations of fruit and flowers to deliver wishes of wellness to those who were recovering in hospitals.

Great thanks and appreciation to Joy Goodenough of the Katherine B. Friele Circle and Terry Dessert from the Terese Smith Howard Circle for speaking so eloquently on behalf of the heritage circle members.

And, thank you to our photographer, Amelia Vaughn, for capturing our event! Photos from the morning are available on Flickr.

Donate your birthday or party to Seattle Milk Fund Families

Donate your birthday or host a party for Seattle Milk Fund families

This February, Seattle Milk Fund is celebrating 111 years of supporting families as they navigate through hardships and look toward creating brighter financial futures for their families. Commit to being a champion for our local families throughout the year.

Here are a few ideas to help make your support go even further:

  • Host a fundraiser on Facebook in support of Seattle Milk Fund on your own birthday. Just visit Seattle Milk Fund’s Facebook page and click on “Create a Fundraiser.”
  • Here is an example of what you could post for your online fundraiser: “I am celebrating my birthday by requesting donations from my friends and family for one of my favorite nonprofits, Seattle Milk Fund. They provide child care grants to low-income student parents as they work toward their college degree. Seattle Milk Fund is truly changing lives for this generation and the next. Join me in making a gift to help create brighter financial futures for local families.”
  • If you are hosting a party, you can request gifts to Seattle Milk Fund from friends and family in lieu of host/hostess gifts.
  • Make gifts to Seattle Milk Fund in honor of a friend or family member’s birthday.

Thank you for helping to make a higher education degree a reality for local parents in need and for giving their children an early education boost that will help them begin their own educational journey. If you have an idea for a fundraiser, give us a call at 206-526-7944 to discuss specifics.


Message of Gratitude

Our students send their gratitude to Seattle Milk Fund supporters. The child care grants that they receive from Seattle Milk Fund are allowing them to go to school, graduate, and create a brighter financial future for their families and make a difference in the community with their new careers.


Katy spoke at our 110th Grand Birthday Gala. She and her husband attended the event to thank Seattle Milk Fund supporters in person for providing child care grants while Katy attends the University of Washington.

Read below for her story and heartfelt remarks…

Hello, I’m Katy. I am here tonight to thank you for your generous child care grant. I also want to tell you more about myself to help explain why furthering my education will mean so much to my family’s future.

As a family of 3 who is trying to get ahead…it has been difficult. Our financial situation is less than ideal. My husband works very hard to support us and takes overtime shifts at a job that pays a little over minimum wage. My degree will mean a more stable financial future for me, my husband, and our little boy.

My road to higher education has had a few twists and turns. And, thanks to the support of family, friends, and now Seattle Milk Fund—my long-time dream of becoming a psychologist is inching closer to reality with every paper I turn in and every exam I take.

Beginning at an extremely young age, I was a perfectionist and I strived to be the best. This led me to some of my most amazing achievements, along with many hardships and pain. When I was 12, I almost lost my life to manic depression, compulsive exercising, and severe Anorexia Nervosa.

I conquered the disease with much thanks to a wonderful psychologist who would not give up on me. The medical department at Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington played a huge part in my recovery. I believe I am alive today because of their help and the support of my family and friends. Since then, I have committed to help other people fight eating disorders. While continuing to battle my own demons, I have found that volunteering my story to help others has had a huge impact on keeping myself healthy along with contributing to my success.

After I graduated high school, I had an opportunity to pursue a passion of mine, acting. So, off I went to California…and for several years I was a successful actor. However, the lifestyle and film industry took its toll and lead me to an unhealthy state of mind. Realizing this, I came back home to my family and friends in the Pacific Northwest to pursue my original goal of becoming a psychologist.

Because of my exposure to doctors when I was a teen, I’ve known for a long time now that I wanted to be a psychologist. I want to help others who are struggling with their mental health and to fight mental health stigmas.

I married my wonderful husband a few years ago and had my beautiful son. While being near my support system has been what I needed to move onward and upward with my life…we continue to find that making ends meet is extremely difficult without a higher education degree.

My husband and I have this amazing little man and we are hoping to do the best we possibly can for him and by him. This grant will ensure that my son receives the best possible education and guidance for his social, emotional, and physical development. Thanks to YOU, my bright and loving son will be prepared to succeed in Kindergarten in a few years.

Attending Bellevue College was a smart and financially savvy decision for getting my Associate of Arts degree. I was able to finish my prerequisites while taking some amazing courses in psychology and social sciences.

I began taking classes at the University of Washington—my dream school—a few weeks ago. I am officially working toward my bachelor’s in psychology and it feels like this is the right place for me. My ultimate education goal is to receive a doctorate in Psychology.

I want to thank you with all my heart for this opportunity. You are helping to make my dream of becoming a psychologist a reality. Your support means so much to my little family.

Thank you.

Grand Birthday Gala Photos

What a fun time we had! Thank you to our photographers from @themetpages for the photo booth and event photos. Here is a link to the entire album.





















With Sincere Gratitude to Seattle Milk Fund Supporters…

This past weekend, Seattle Milk Fund held its Grand Birthday Gala in celebration of 110 years of supporting local families.

Together we raised $135,000! Every dollar that was donated at our gala went directly to our Child Care Grant Program.

Thank you to all who attended and supported the event by donating items for our auction, raising your paddle, and volunteering. Your participation and belief in our mission are why our grants are helping to change the lives of this generation and the next. Thank you!

Below is our Gratitude Video from our students to our supporters that was shown during the Grand Birthday Gala. The video was produced and edited by Erin & Tim Demmon and underwritten by UCONS.

Gratitude Video

Order Your Holiday Wreath!

Thank you to all who have purchased a wreath! Wreath sales are now closed for the season. Thank you for supporting our families!

Seattle Milk Fund’s famously gorgeous wreaths are available again this year to decorate your door!

Wreath presales are open now through Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. If you have any questions about your order, please contact our office at 206-526-7944.

Wreath sales directly support our families over the holiday season. Thank you for supporting our families, as they create brighter financial futures for their own families.

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.
  • You can also call in (206-526-7944) with payment or mail in your order with wreath specifications by sending a check to:

Seattle Milk Fund
1130 N Northgate Way
Seattle, WA 98133

Download forms…

2017 Wreath Flyer (Word Doc.)

2017 Wreath Flyer (PDF)

Pick-up details…

Wreaths will be available for pick up at the Seattle Milk Fund office starting Tuesday, November 28, 2017. If you would prefer delivery, please connect with your Seattle Milk Fund Wreath Sales Representative to confirm the details.

Please do call ahead to the office (206-526-7944) before you arrive so that we can ensure someone will be here to greet you and have your wreath(s) ready.

You can pull up to the back of the office and drive into the driveway and we will help you load your vehicle.

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.

Bonneville Seattle’s Charity of the Month

This weekend, Seattle Milk Fund was honored as Bonneville Seattle’s Charity of the Month for September. We attended a program (before the Seahawks took on the Kansas City Chiefs–a 26-13 win for the Hawks!) where we received a 12 Fan flag autographed by Coach Pete Carroll (which is proudly hanging in our office).

Big thanks to Bonneville Seattle, Carter Subaru and the Seahawks for recognizing Seattle Milk Fund and the support we give to families in the greater Seattle area.


Grand Birthday Gala

Join Seattle Milk Fund and celebrate 110 years of fueling families’ futures!

Together, we will raise funds to empower parents and their children to reach their higher education goals. With your support, our families will go above and beyond what they thought was possible. Seattle Milk Fund’s Child Care Grants are truly making a difference for this generation and the next. Purchase tickets or a table today! Please RSVP by October 12.

Invite your friends and family and join us at Seattle Milk Fund’s…

Grand Birthday Gala

Saturday, October 21, 2017
Bell Harbor International Conference Center
2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121
$125 single ticket | $1,250 for table of 10

Here’s what our delightful guests can expect:
5:30-7:00 p.m.  Arrive at a “Sparkling” Social Hour with passed appetizers; bid on unique items at the “Almost Live” Silent Auction; snap a memorable photo at the Birthday-Inspired Photo Booth; get lucky at the Grand Wine Grab; take a chance on winning the Platinum Ticket Raffle–where you could choose one of three exciting getaways!

7:15 p.m. Enjoy Dinner and Dessert with friends and family; bid on extraordinary experiences during the Live Auction with auctioneers extraordinaire Pat and Chris Cashman; raise your paddle high during Fund-A-Need to support our current families.

Parking at Bell Harbor International Conference Center is included in your ticket price.
We will be serving Chicken Saltimbocca for the main entrée. If you or any of your guests would prefer the vegetarian Three Mushroom Risotto, please let us know.

If you would prefer to purchase tickets or a sponsorship through the mail, please send payment to:

Seattle Milk Fund
Grand Birthday Gala
1130 N Northgate Way
Seattle, WA 98133

Sponsorship Information and Levels

Many thanks to our event sponsors:

A&A Printing


Congratulations to Spring & Summer Graduates

graduation-celebrationYou are an inspiration to your children and peers! From all of us at Seattle Milk Fund, we wish you great success in your future endeavors. We are proud to have had a small role in your success. Your dedication toward your family and career is remarkable. Best to you as you begin your new careers, and your children continue on their own educational journeys.

Bryn—Business | Christina—American Indian Studies | Christina—Psychology
Christine —Accounting Devon—Anthropology | Evelyn—Computer Security Network Jennifer—Communication | Jennifer—Psychology Jennifer—Social Welfare
Kathya—Sociology | Leslie—Sociology | Mallory—Social Welfare
Rooda—Respiratory Therapy Rose—Operations & Supply Management
Selene—Business Administration Tomoko—Community Psychology
Tu— Mathematics | Yuliya—Respiratory Care