Giving Is a Learned Behavior, Nov. 2016

Slipping into fall, a time for reflection and giving thanks. We couldn’t be more grateful to YOU, our community, who sustains us in so many ways. At our recent Taste of Queen Anne fundraiser we raised an astonishing $161,958 at last count! This is critically needed funding that will go a long way to support our efforts to prevent homelessness through our rent and move-in assistance programs.
I often tell people this is the best job I have ever had because it is gratifying in a deep and profound way. I am inspired every day by your caring and generosity and also by the strength and resilience of the people we help.
I am also immensely moved by the simple acts of kindness I see in this community on a regular basis. From the person who called us when they encountered a hungry and disoriented person in the Safeway parking lot, and then walked that person to our office, to the school counselor who referred a homeless family to us, your caring is emblematic of what this community is about.
You provide thousands of hours of volunteer help each year, helping us keep our overhead low. At the Taste of Queen Anne this year you coordinated restaurants and raffle prizes, decorated and cleaned up, served and cleared tables. We had help from the Women’s Philanthropic Investment Group (WPIG), SPU students, high school students, Rotary Club members, Chamber members, HomeStreet Bank employees, and many, many neighbors — including our fantastic event chair, Giselle Warner, who did an amazing job!
During the Taste our emcee, David Silverman, reminded us all that giving is a learned behavior. When school classes come to visit, when high school students organize food and clothing drives, when kids request Helpline donations in lieu of birthday presents or help pack weekend food bags, they are learning the value of giving and the joy that comes from helping others and being part of a larger community.
As you’ll see on our Volunteer web page, there are several different opportunities to help in the coming weeks, some of which are family-friendly. Whether it’s packing holiday food bags, cashiering at our Christmas Tree lot, or purchasing your holiday decorations from us, we hope to see you soon.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!