Come spend the day outside and participate with the City of Lakewood at our 16th annual Parks Appreciation Day, April 28, 2018 from 9 a.m. to noon. We will be working to beautify parks throughout Lakewood including Fort Steilacoom Park, Springbrook Park, American Lake Park, Wards Lake Park, and other sites as scheduled. This is a community service and volunteer opportunity for all ages. Help us set a new volunteer record by signing up today. If you, your family or group would like to volunteer please contact Nikki at 253-983-7887 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be a part of continuing to make Lakewood a healthy, vibrant community.
Throughout the year, Pierce College staff, faculty and students will celebrate 50 years by spending time giving back to the community. Members of the college community will have an opportunity to take part in a variety of service projects throughout the year, ranging from sprucing up local parks to preparing food for local food banks and shelters.
All members of the Pierce College community are welcome and encouraged to participate in upcoming service projects. “Pierce College has been in the community for 50 years and it’s our turn to give back to the people who have supported us,” said Community Engagement Coordinator Becky Anderson. “The rewards you receive from volunteering in the community far outweigh the time and service you’re providing.”
Map-A-Thon, in partnership with American Red Cross South Puget Sound Chapter – Friday, Jan. 20 at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom from 2- 3 p.m.
Each year, disasters around the world impact more than 200 million people, often in locations that are literally missing from traditional maps. Many first responders lack vital information that could significantly help relief efforts. Volunteers will participate in Missing Maps, an open, collaborative project in which you can help map areas where humanitarian organizations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people.
Applesauce making, in partnership with the Center for Food Preservation Arts – Saturday, Jan. 14 at Trinity Lutheran Church from 2-6 p.m.
Volunteers will preserve shelf stable applesauce for distribution through emergency food systems. This event is a fun and educational way to give back to the community.
L’Arche Tacoma Hope Farm, Friday, Feb. 3 from 1-4 p.m.
Volunteers will help throughout the farm, prepping rows for planting peas, planting baskets, preparing seeds and more.
Smoke alarm installation for families in need, in partnership with American Red Cross South Puget Sound Chapter at 1235 S. Tacoma Way from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 66,000 disasters annually, the vast majority of which are home fires. The organization set a goal to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries by 25 percent by 2020. Volunteers will go door-to-door in neighborhoods that are high-risk for fires to deliver fire safety information and install smoke alarms.
Graham/South Hill Food Bank, in partnership with FISH Food Banks of Pierce County – Friday, Feb. 17 at Holy Disciples Catholic Church from 2-5 p.m.
Volunteers will sort food products, repackage bulk foods into smaller portions for distribution, restack shelves and break down boxes.
Mother Earth Farms, in partnership with Emergency Food Network – Friday, March 3 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Mother Earth Farms is a unique farm-to-table program providing a fresh, organic food option to individuals and families in need within Pierce County. Volunteers will help with planting, weeding, irrigation and harvesting. Be prepared to learn about farming, play in the dirt and have some fun while making a real difference in the community!
For more information on all upcoming service learning events and to register as a volunteer, please visit www.facebook.com/piercecollegeslce.
Story reprinted, with permission, from Pierce News website.
Caring for Kids What’s Happening
We netted over $54,000 at our Happy Hearts Auction
Along with our everyday work we gave out:
- 5,463 new books (1,128 to CISL after school programs)
- 16580ir beds for kids sleeping on the floor
- 161 McDonalds $5 Gift Cards for homeless kids and kids in need.
We purchased $350 worth of new girls’ underwear for the nurses at the Middle and High schools for emergencies.
So far we collected 115 formals plus purses and shoes for the Clover Park High School Event.
At the Springbrook Easter egg hunt with the Lions Club we furnished buckets, egg dye, gift card prizes, color books and crayons and toothbrush kits for everyone.
We gave the same supplies for the Easter egg hunt at Four Heroes for the thirty-five McKinney-Vento students.
We received over 1,000 new summer shoes and slippers. We have processed and they are being distributed.
We just received a book grant from the Molina Foundation for 898 books and a grant from First Books for 400 books.
In the last two weeks we distributed 1,650 backpacks to the schools to distribute for the rest of this year and the beginning of next year.
We bought 330 pairs of wool socks for $ .50 each for next winter.
Our relationship with Walmart is great! We just purchased about $35,000 worth of winter wear for under $500. Not all of it is for our kids but it can be distributed through the food banks.
We also bought 500 baby clothes and baby socks for $1 apiece. They said they have a pallet of socks will be going on clearance.
The 24th Annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is Saturday, May 14! This is the largest food drive in Pierce County, collecting close to 300,000 pounds of food. This food drive keeps our partner food bank shelves stocked for the summer.
To help make this event a success, we need your helping hands!
Volunteers are needed to:
Pick up food
Help unload food
Details and locations are listed below. To register, please contact Merrit Reed, EFN’s Coordinator of Volunteer Activities at email@example.com or (253) 584-1040.