Here's how to GroopIt!
Go online and sign up for GroopIt! You'll ask for permission to join our Groop - Advocacy and Caring for Children. Once you are approved, you can get involved by chosing to interact with ACC in three ways listed on the website.
Click on the link below for more instructions.
Don't miss out on this super fun fundraiser for ACC. Grab a girlfriend and make your plans to enjoy their tasty horS d'oeuvres and cocktails. RSVP by clicking HERE!
If you're interested in attending Children's Alliance Annual Meeting and Breakfast with Legislators, it's FREE!! Wednesday, December 7, 2016 Doors open at 8:30 a.m.; program 9-10:30.
you can click on this link to register:
Mary Lou Wickwire from the Irene Hanley Circle delivers our fall grant check to Ellen Hegenauer of Pregnancy & Parenting Support (PrePS) – CCS Seattle. Through grants from ACC, Pregnancy Support can provides comprehensive services that assist with the many difficulties clients face during their pregnancy and while parenting an infant. PPS also offers counseling; prenatal, parenting, and life skills education; and comprehensive case management assistance. Funding will also support the purchase of vital maternal supplies such as diapers, wipes and formula.
Judy Schroeder and Pat Freund of Fr. Thomas Lane Circle donate ACC's support of funding allows CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers to continue to advocate for those children who have the greatest need. Half of the children served are under age five. The typical family has low to moderate income, with allegations of substance abuse, domestic violence or mental health issues. CASA volunteers are dedicated to helping ensure a safe, nurturing environment for children in high risk custody cases. They focus on the needs of the child, while striving to strengthen family relationships and parenting skills
Deirdre Brownlow presents CCS's Youth Tutoring Program with a grant to help them in their mission to provide after-school and evening educational enrichment for at-risk elementary, middle and high school children who live in six Seattle public/affordable housing communities. At the tutoring centers, students build skills in reading and math, get help with homework, and strengthen their sense of self-esteem and self-respect. YTP students are wonderfully diverse, representing many nationalities, cultures, languages and religions.
Anne Read-Anderson from the Fr. Mychal Judge Circle recently confirmed that she brought 6 layettes from their Circle to the Pregnancy Support office on Thursday.
The drop-off was hectic so she didn’t get any photos at that time (there were moms shopping, and lots of little kids running around; whoever accepted them had her hands full and we didn’t talk much).
Anne was able to take a couple of photos of the completed layettes ahead of time. They are posted below, so all of us can enjoy their cuteness.
Anne reported: It was a fun project for our circle! We sent around a sign-up list ahead of time and everyone brought their items (such as 6 baby blankets, a dozen bottles, 6 pacifiers, etc.) to our May meeting. Then we did a quick assembly line to put the baby items in the diaper bags. It was simple and very rewarding: who doesn’t like shopping for baby clothes?
Pregnancy Support sure has been shown a lot of love from many ACC Circles this year!! Thank you Fr. Mychal Judge Circle for this recent donation.
Both Katie McKay and St. Bridget Circle's recently donated many layettes to Pregnancy Support. The ladies reported how much fun they had accumulating the items and making up the layettes. This effort is a huge support for mothers with newborns, and a fantastic way ACC supports women and children in our community in Western Washington.
Every year this is the event we all can just enjoy, visit and have fun with fellow members.
Don't miss a fabulous lunch at this beautiful location.
Also includes raffle for great prizes (bring your checkbook), introduction to our new board members and a chance to reflect on the wonderful success of ACC, because our all the hard work and contributions from each and every member.
Erin Maguire from the CCS Prepares program will be our guest speaker. Here is a brief summary of the Prepares Program from the CCS website:
" PREPARES will “walk the journey” with pregnant and parenting women, men, and families, who find themselves lacking a healthy support network. Families will be able to access mentors and holistic wrap-around services from the time of awareness of pregnancy to the child’s fifth birthday. Once fully realized, the PREPARES network will provide meaningful, professional and sustainable support to vulnerable Washington mothers, fathers, and families as they nurture their children through pregnancy and early childhood. "
All Association Luncheon 2016
Wednesday, May 11th
Sandpoint Country Club
Address: 8333 55th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
11:00 AM--Social Hour (No Host Bar)
$35 per person, please issue check to circle treasurer,
who will then pay for the luncheon with one check!!
Night out opportunities for a cause are rare!! Use this opportunity to introduce a few friends to ACC, and enjoy a lovely evening in addition. Share with your friend, join the fun.
As we say goodbye to 2015, ACC reflects on what a great year it's been. We hosted several amazing events that were successful in raising funds and bringing our endowment up over the key $500,000 mark. This effort means we can earn and gift a larger percentage, supporting our mission to continue funding charities that assist women and children in Western Washington that so desperately need our support.
Our Celebration Memorial Mass helped us say goodbye to sisters as friends and members that we lost during the year. While it's a sad time, it's also celebration of their lives and the impact their faith and efforts had on us all. Candles were lit in their honor at the beautiful ceremony hosted by the Marjorie Ryan Circle at St. Catherine's of Siena.
And now it's time to look forward to 2016, and our first big event of the year, which is our
14th Annual Labor of Love Online Auction. We ask that you participate in several ways: procuring, donating and bidding!! We have had 100% sell through on our items several years in a row. So...
SAVE the DATES - Saturday, February 20 - Sunday, February 28th, 2016
and note our Procurement Deadline is February 12th, 2016.
IMPORTANT LINKS ARE:
Deirdre Brownlow is the Office Coordinator for ACC and writes about current weekly events here at the organization.