By Marge Rhodes, Mill Creek Women’s Club Publicity Chair.
The Mill Creek Women’s Club was able to begin its community outreach for the 2019-2020 Club year at Woodside Elementary School by delivering 25 “startup” packages to the school principal and secretary before the start of the school year.
These packages contained many necessary items that all students need at the first of the year, but may be difficult for all families to provide, including notebooks, pencils, crayons, watercolors, earbuds, folders, glue, colored pencils, Post-its, to name a few. In addition, much needed sweatpants, underwear and socks were provided to the school for use by the school nurse on an as-needed basis.
While the Club continues to operate the Working Wardrobe Boutique at the YWCA Regional Office in Everett (year round), the shelter in Lynnwood is always in need of items to continue to provide housing for victims of domestic violence or women who are simply in need of temporary housing while they get on their feet. A portion of all funds raised at the Club’s annual fundraiser will be shared with the YWCA Pathways Program to continue supporting the shelter.
In addition to supporting the YWCA Pathways Program and Woodside Elementary School, this year the Club is adding Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center and Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County to its charitable giving.
Some of the Club’s members visited Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center and Domestic Violence Services. They were very impressed with the facilities and programs these two agencies provide. The professionalism, cleanliness, and pride that was evident as they toured the facilities was inspiring. It is unfortunate that child abuse exists, but Dawson Place is a single location that provides all the core services available to children who are victims of sexual, mental and or physical abuse in Snohomish County.
A tour of Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County also gave the Club members a look at the services provided to its clients. Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County is dedicated to ending domestic abuse by providing many services for victims and helping facilitate social change. The housing program is to help adults and children transition from homelessness to permanent housing. The pride, cleanliness and professionalism are inspiring.
Domestic Violence Services provides a 52-bed confidential emergency shelter that is run much like a hotel. Domestic Violence Services does not turn anyone away who asks for help.
The Mill Creek Women’s Club continues its philanthropic efforts year round, and looks forward to continuing these efforts in the 2019-2020 Club year.