Tag: community impact

Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

By Katharine Dunn Evans

In a few days, the US will be celebrating Thanksgiving. For some, it’s a day that is all about football, holiday shopping deals, food, food, food and … family, too. It is easy to get caught up in the many details of hosting Thanksgiving. You stress about when to defrost the turkey, the best pie crust recipes, who is sitting where at the table, and what your floral arrangements are going to be. In the midst of all that stress and/or excitement many of us forget why we do all of it.

Thanksgiving. The word itself should remind us what it means. Let’s give thanks. Let’s take a look at all the many blessings that we have even when things are hard. When you sit down to eat your Thanksgiving dinner this year, whether it is with family or friends, take a minute to think about what you have at that very moment, and be thankful for your family, support, stability and yes, food.

It is shocking how many families in our area simply do not have enough food to eat. Interestingly enough, 40% of good food goes to waste while 1 in 5 children in Washington state live in households that struggle to put food on the table. What’s worse is that a startling 1 in 6 people in our state seek the assistance of Food Stamps (a program that has suffered recent budget cuts).

Food Lifeline is an organization that creates creative ways to fight the hunger problem by “redirecting good food from manufacturers, farmers, grocery stores and restaurants that might otherwise go to waste.” They provide 82,000 meals a day to local food assistance programs.

The Junior League of Seattle is passionate about helping children in our area live happy, healthy lives, so it makes perfect sense that we work with Food Lifeline. It is fun and easy to help out in the cause to end hunger in Washington, and the ladies of the Junior League love to do it as part of the 9,000 people a year that give their time. One of Food Lifeline’s biggest needs is help with sorting the food before it gets distributed. If you are interested in helping visit https://foodlifeline.org/how-to-help or if you are a Junior League of Seattle member, check out the calendar for Food Lifeline service shift opportunities.

foodlifeline

So enjoy every morsel of delicious food and every moment you get to spend with the ones you love this Thanksgiving. Be present and aware of how lucky you are to have comfort, stability and love. Give thanks for what you have. Gobble, gobble!

Food Lifeline Video: http://youtu.be/4-G10aqGjck

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Impact Day 2012 – Wellspring Baby Boutique Service Shift Recap

JLS volunteers at the Wellspring Baby Boutique on Impact Day 2012.

Bright and early on Impact Day, March 24, 2012, fourteen Junior League of Seattle ladies arrived at the Wellspring Family Services Baby Boutique on Rainier Avenue for a tour of Wellspring and to help sort clothes in their Baby Boutique. The Baby Boutique is a “free store” for homeless families with children. It supports families that are in the cycle of homelessness by providing them with clothing, diapers, infant formula, baby equipment, toys, books and many other essential items.

In 2010 alone, the Baby Boutique served nearly 3,500 homeless children in the greater King County area.

Initially, the shift was supposed to entail sorting through donations, but the efficiency of a Junior League woman should never be underestimated! We soon moved onto stocking the store and helping some of the kids pick out clothes, books and toys.

The highlight of the day was when a little boy picked out some shoes that we had just stocked and looked at us excitedly saying, “this is the best find all year!  Three words for you girls – totally rad!”

OK, it was two words, but it was still the cutest and most rewarding thing we heard all day!

Sorting clothes at the Wellspring Baby Boutique.

Thank you to all the fun, energetic Provisionals and Actives who participated:

Laura Antonenko
Camille Carette
Tracy Smith
Shanna Woo Ganem
Anna Delton
Mary Ellen Jilke
Melissa White
Danielle Castino
Desiree Trister
Fiona Watson
Noelle Nelson
Staci Baldwin
Kellyanna Johnson

The Junior League of Seattle thanks Wellspring Family Services for the privilege of allowing us to work with you this year. Wellspring was established in 1892, and is celebrating 120 of service to our community. If you would like to learn more about Wellspring Family Services, please click on their name to follow a link to their website.

Junior League of Seattle volunteers at the Wellspring Baby Boutique on Impact Day 2012.

Done in a Day Events – Impact Day

Please join us for three great Done In A Day Events:

  • Impact Day 2012
  • Impact Day After Party
  • New Shift Opportunities
IMPACT DAY 2012

The DIAD Committee, Community Wing & the Impact Day Provisional Project are excited to present Impact Day March 24th, 2012.

Currently, we have various community service opportunities that require more than 175 volunteers for March 23rd & March 24th. We hope that you can find the time to get out and support our Non Profit Partners for the Junior League of Seattle’s BIG Day of Service! Our goal is to make a HUGE IMPACT! There will be more shifts to come! We need your support and on some of the shifts we would appreciate the support of your family & friends!

IMPACT DAY: Spring Cleaning at YouthCare’s Orion Center
Sat Mar 24th 2012, 9:00am – 12:00pm Orion Center

IMPACT DAY: Preparation Shift for Rebuild Together
Sat Mar 24th 2012, 9:00am – 12:00pm
(open to non JLS member family and friends)

IMPACT DAY: Magnuson Park Clean Up
Sat Mar 24th 2012, 9:00am – 12:00pm
(open to non JLS member family and friends)

DIAD: IMPACT Day New Beginnings Gardening & Yard Cleanup
Sat Mar 24th 2012, 10:00am – 2:00pm
(open to non JLS member family and friends)

DIAD: Seattle Against Slavery Poster Campaign
Sat Mar 24th 2012, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
(open to non JLS member family and friends)

 

IMPACT DAY AFTER PARTY

Our boots will be dirty and our muscles will be sore, but that just means we need a party even more!
Let’s celebrate a successful Impact Day and spend some time enjoying each others’ company after a great day of serving the community! We have reserved space at FX McRory’s, ordered some appetizers and set up drink specials for you and your guests. Join the Done in a Day committee and your Junior League friends to toast a job well done from 2pm-6pm. Surely, we will all be tired from our hard work, but who is ever too tired for a drink with friends?

Who: Members and Friends of the Junior League of Seattle (even if you weren’t able to volunteer on Impact Day)
What: Celebration of Impact Day and everything we do!
Where: FX McRory’s 419 Occidental Avenue South Seattle, WA 98104 (Street parking or the pay lot at Century Link Field)
When: Saturday, March 24th 2-6pm
RSVP Here: IMPACT DAY AFTER PARTY

 

DONE IN A DAY SHIFT OPPORTUNITIES

DIAD partners with local organizations whose missions align with ours, supporting projects and programs that combat childhood obesity, anti-violence against women & human trafficking, and organizations that support foster care & disenfranchised youth. We plan projects and initiatives for JLS members to participate in to make an immediate impact on our community’s needs and inspire voluntarism. We post the shifts to the JLS website as soon as they are available, so please don’t forget to log in and check for availability and to sign up. Check back for availability if any of the shifts are full at this time! Please cancel at least 3 days in advance if you are unable to attend so another member has the opportunity to sign up.


DIAD: Create Easter Baskets for the YWCA
Mon Apr 2nd 2012, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Impact Day – Updated List of Service Shifts

IMPACT DAY UPDATE:

The Done-In-A-Day Committee, along with the support of the Community Wing & the Impact Day Provisional Project, are excited to present IMPACT DAY MARCH 24th, 2012!

Currently, we have 10 Different Service Opportunities that will need over 150 volunteers for March 23rd & March 24th. We hope that you can find the time to get out and support our Non Profit Partners for the Junior League of Seattle’s BIG Day of Service! Our goal is to make a HUGE IMPACT! Please see below of the shifts that are out on Digital Cheetah to sign up for. There will be more shifts to come! We need your support and on some of the shifts we would appreciate the support of your family & friends!

Sign up via our website: http://www.jrleagueseattle.org/

DIAD: IMPACT DAY: REWA Professional Development:

Fri Mar 23rd 2012 8:30am-11:30am

IMPACT DAY: YWCA Breakfast:

Sat Mar 24th 2012 8:30am-12:30pm

IMPACT DAY: Spring Cleaning at YouthCare’s Orion Center:

Sat Mar 24th 2012 9:00am-12:00pm

IMPACT DAY: Preparation Shift for Rebuild Together:

Sat Mar 24th 2012 9:00am-12:00pm

DIAD: IMPACT DAY: Mary’s Place Spring Cleaning:

Sat Mar 24th 2012 12:30pm-2:30pm

IMPACT DAY: Undergarment Shop:

Sat Mar 24th 2012 2:00pm-4:00pm