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The giving spirit: Ways to give back to your community during the holidays

Donate your time to help out local organizations put on their holiday programming for community members or organize a food drive in partnership with a Seattle nonprofit.

5 Ways That You - and Your Kids - Can Help Out Homeless People Now

At some point in our lives, we all face challenges. If we are lucky, we have a network of families and friends to support to help us through the tough times. If not, you are on your own unless your larger community steps up.

People, not Problems: Talking to Your Kids about Homelessness

Talking to your kids about homelessness calls for honesty, while balancing compassion and caution

Donate Your Used Musical Instruments at Folklife

Give your unused musical instruments a new life by donating them to Music4Life at the Folklife Festival.

How to Get Money for Your Favorite Community Project

This year, NMF will award $3.2 million dollars to community-led projects that strengthen our communities, such as cultural festivals, community space improvements, public art, community organizing, and much more.

Teach Kids to How to Call 911

To help teach your kids about how to use 9-1-1, a variety of free downloadable resources are available including a 911 emergency song and an educational coloring book.

Donate to "Teddy Bear Patrol" for Kids in Trauma

Your donation of a teddy bear in April helps kids in stressful or traumatic situations

Sea-Tac Airport Triples Number of Nursing Pods

The Port of Seattle has added two more nursing pods for traveling families

Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Linda McCloud

Whenever there is a family in crisis and they feel too ashamed to ask staff for help, they turn to ‘Auntie’ or ‘Grandma’ Linda because they trust her and know she will assist them without judgment or hesitation.

KidsQuest Children's Museum Grand Opening January 31st

KidsQuest Children's Museum has a spectacular new home much closer to Seattle families.

KEXP "Mom Show" Airs Thursday

DJ John Richards offers a musical salve for the pain of loss.

Gabriel Rapier champions futsal for all

At 6-foot-5 with the animated energy of a superhero in a Pixar movie, “Coach Gabe” commands attention.

Urban ArtWorks Empowers At-Risk Teens Through Art

Since Urban Artworks was started over 20 years ago, to help eradicate graffiti in the SoDo area, teens have created more than 400 murals at Seattle schools, parks, along roadways and at construction sites and businesses.

On-site child care programs cut at Seattle schools

Schools already bursting at the seams will need to make more classrooms available as SPS starts to lower class sizes to 17 students per teacher from kindergarten through third grade, which will be required by the state in 2018.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero Mary Hayward

Teens encouraged to participate in city "idea assemblies"

Idea Assemblies are being held to brainstorm potential city projects; these are the foundation for what will be on the ballot in May.

Good News! City of Seattle Play Street pilot program extended to April!

Play Streets is exactly what it sounds like – it's an opportunity for neighborhoods to close off their streets from cars for a short time so that kids and adults can literally play in the streets.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Todd Crooks

Through it all, Todd is the rock. He is the one we all turn to when we need help, advice, or just that loving hug. He gently guides, is strong, and sometimes cries in private. It’s not been easy, but we have 4 stellar young adults, who are strong, kind, and supportive to others because of the role model they had in their dad.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero Sonia Dye

Sonia is humble and yet very knowledgeable about infant brain development and early childhood practices. She is a quiet and gentle spirit often in the midst of fractured lives and dysfunctional families.

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