Making Connections and Supporting Families

A few weeks ago, we had a visit from David. He stopped by to thank Seattle Milk Fund with a donation–he wanted to give back and show his appreciation. Several years ago, Seattle Milk Fund had given him a grant to help him in his first year at the University of Washington. He said the education award was particularly helpful at a time when he needed it most. He had just lost his father.

As David told his Seattle Milk Fund connection story, it was revealed that his family had another historic connection. In 1966, his father, Tom, had won 2nd place in Seattle Milk Fund’s Salmon Derby. The Salmon Derby was a very popular fishing contest and fundraiser for Seattle Milk Fund back in the day. He received $250 in prize money for his spectacular “catch.” Tom was very proud of his winnings, as they had meant a great deal to his wife and family.

Seattle Milk Fund continues to support multiple generations, because our child care grants benefit the entire family. While parents are attaining their first college degree–which will assist them their future career; their children are receiving a valuable early-education experience that they might not otherwise have access to–which will give them a great start on their own educational path.

We are always touched by stories of how Seattle Milk Fund has made a difference for so many families in the Seattle area. Please consider a donation in honor of a loved one or sharing a love note to Seattle Milk Fund by submitting a story, anecdote or memory to our storybank. We would love to hear from you!



Celebrating 110 Years!

Join us in celebrating 110 years of Seattle Milk Fund!
On February 11, 1907, our beloved Seattle Milk Fund was born. For decades, our members, donors and volunteers have fueled families’ futures, changing lives for this generation and the next. Celebrate with us!
Share how Seattle Milk Fund has touched your life over the years, and submit a love note to our storybank.
We also welcome you to donate, in celebration of our heart-filled birth month, in honor of a loved one.
Meet up with us for a dine out event on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Chipotle’s Northgate location. All day long 50% of purchases, from anyone who mentions Seattle Milk Fund at check out, will be donated to support our families. Join us for lunch or dinner and show your love for Seattle Milk Fund.
And…because you only turn 110 once! Mark your calendars for our Grand Ol’ Birthday Gala on Saturday, October 21, 2017.
We look forward to seeing and hearing from you!

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.

Read more.

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.