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Fighting for fairness: A family portrait in activism

These parents believe that ‘even small people can make a big difference’

A season (and lifetime) of giving

The Thurman family volunteers year-round, including the holiday season

Roll Up Your Sleeves Together for Holiday Volunteering

It can be difficult to find opportunities for younger children to help out, so we’ve gathered some places that can use your family’s generous help.

How Your Family Can Give Back This Thanksgiving

Local resources to help you find family-friendly volunteering opportunities

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.

Half-Off Admission at Wild Waves When You Donate School Supplies

Sleep Train's Foster Kids Day is Sunday, August 21, 10 am to 7 pm,at Wild Waves Theme Park, with a general admission ticket half-price with a school supply donation.

charity:water Founder Scott Harrison on One Girl's Campaign to Fund Clean Water in Ethiopia

charity:water founder Scott Harrison talks about how an Issaquah girl brought clean water to Ethiopian villages, and how parents can encourage a spirit of giving in children.

Local Girl's 9th Birthday Wish Delivers Clean Water to 37,700 People

Rachel Beckwith of Issaquah had one wish for her ninth birthday in June 2011. She wanted to bring clean water to children in African villages.

Sleep Train’s School Supply Drive for Foster Kids

This back-to-school season consider donating to Sleep Train's School Supply Drive for foster kids.

Kids Helping Kids: How Your Kids Can Fundraise to Benefit Kids Experiencing Homelessness

Wellspring offers everything your kids will need to get started raising money to help out children experiencing homelessness.

Happy Earth Day! Hug a tree with your kid!

If kids learn to love nature, environmental challenges trigger empathy, not despair

The green police

“Green Teams” empower kids to help the environment

Mary’s Place helps keep homeless families intact

When families come to Mary’s Place, staff members help children enter schools within 48 hours of arriving, and give them the necessary supplies. The organization collaborates with dozens of nonprofits to provide services, including ESL classes, job-skills training and résumé assistance to help adults find employment.

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 who are primarily mid-level offenders dealing with issues such as drug abuse and anger, have created more than 400 murals at Seattle schools, parks, along roadways and at construction sites and businesses.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero Mary Hayward

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero Kami Smith

Kami has a great knowledge of local and state resources. This often comes in handy when she engages with other parents in the ECEAP program. Kami has shown the ability not only within herself, but also within the community to advocate for children's growth and development.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero Kimberly Payne

Kimberly has organized weekly playdates with coop families for the past three years, bringing families together and strengthening the coop community in numerous ways. Her leadership has inspired me and many other parents to volunteer in a greater capacity, and her ability to work with all types of personalities in the school has encouraged both parents and children to make connections and rely on one another.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero Teal Victoria

Teal has a great social support system, and knows where to go to get help during times of need, but, as a single mother with a child who has needs 24/7, she often runs into difficulties getting the help she needs. This doesn’t stop her from being her daughter's advocate, nurse, teacher and most importantly, mother.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero Sheena Oldham

Sheena Oldham is a parent, foster parent, Head Start teacher and overcomer. From meth addiction and prison at rock bottom, Sheena has risen like a Phoenix.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero QiuLian Lai

QiuLian is not just a mother who nurtures, she is also a warrior who defends, empowers and overcomes cultural barriers. She shows us strength and resilience like no one else.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero Caitlin Hanney

Caitlin is one of those amazing parents who takes care of her special needs child and takes care of herself at the same time she supports others around her.

Strengthening Families 2016 Unsung Hero Tam Nguyen

For the past two years, Tam has engaged Vietnamese families in her community with information, resources, and social connections that help them support young children's development.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Stephanie Cochran

Stephanie is part of an amazing group of single mothers who foster/adopt and is an inspiration to everyone.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Heroes: Jennifer Butler & Asa Kinney

Simply proper parenting and loving the boys has brought life and health back to them.

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