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

Save the Date!


Tu, a current student grantee, spoke during our 2017 Annual Meeting & Brunch. Thank you, Tu for sharing your story.

Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today. I am currently a student grantee in Seattle Milk Fund’s Child Care Grant Program. My son and I have benefited greatly from your generosity in the last year. The grants have allowed me to attend and finish my degree at the University of Washington—Seattle, and for my son to attend after-school care at his elementary school. I will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a teacher preparation option this summer, which I can follow to receive my Master’s in teaching.

My educational journey begins in Vietnam, where I was born. Throughout my schooling in Vietnam, I was an honors student and received high marks, especially in math and science. However, the schooling system in Vietnam is very competitive, and I struggled with not fitting in culturally. At age 14, I looked into leaving my country and was accepted to a high school in Australia with a full-tuition scholarship.

When my scholarship ended, I returned to Vietnam to attend an international high school for a short time. I applied for a student visa to attend an American college. I was accepted at Green River College and received my high school diploma and an Associate degree in science. I graduated with the highest honor and I received a scholastic award and scholarship to continue my education. This was a glorious moment for my family and me because I am the first person in my family to achieve this level of education.

After graduation, I began an internship, got married, and my son was born. For years, my ex-husband was physically and mentally abusive to me. After banning me from attending school and giving countless threats to deport me without my son, we divorced.

My education journey was stalled after my divorce, because of financial hardship. At one time, I wanted to be a doctor. But, because of my son, I have since decided to become a teacher. He is my passion. I now seek to educate younger generations to help them with their own schooling and to inspire them to become future leaders with good moral character.

As I look back on my schooling. I find comfort and pride that I have prioritized education for my family. My mother taught me from a young age that, “Knowledge from education is the only property that cannot be stolen.” I am a survivor.  And, now we are thriving with the opportunities we have been given.

I thank you for supporting my family as I finish my Bachelor’s degree and continue my journey to become a teacher.

Annual Meeting & Brunch Photos

Thank you to the Terese Smith Howard Circle for making the brunch so lovely with your special touches!

Thank you to the Terese Smith Howard Circle for hosting this year’s annual meeting and brunch. The morning celebrated our 110-year history and the future plans of our spring and summer graduates. Our guests heard from a current student grantee, Tu. You can read her remarks on our Personal Stories page.

Please enjoy the photos from the event on our Flickr page.

2017 Fruit & Flower Award Honoree

2017 Fruit & Flower Honoree Carol Wollenberg and her husband Dan Kerlee.

Since 1990, Seattle Milk Fund has honored one of its own with the Fruit & Flower Award. The name of the award harkens back to a time when Seattle Milk Fund delivered fruit and flowers to those recovering in local hospitals. This year, Seattle Milk Fund volunteers named, our 30th recipient, Carol Wollenberg as the 2017 Fruit & Flower Award Honoree! Carol’s devotion to the Seattle Milk Fund and the families we support is unparalleled. As one of Seattle Milk Fund’s longest running presidents in its 110-year history, Carol volunteers on the Finance Committee, DevComm Committee, and the Program Committee–where she currently volunteers as a Student Advocate. Thank you, Carol for all that you do for Seattle Milk Fund. We sure are lucky to have you as a kind friend and Seattle Milk Fund specialist!


Check out photos from the event.

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.