>On Friday, September 11, 2009, the Northshore Family Center was filled with enthusiastic volunteers ready to participate in the United Way 17th Annual Day of Caring.

This year 114 companies came together to participate in this event and all of them donated their free time to volunteer at 270 non-profit organizations like us, the Center for Human Services. We were thrilled when we found out that Evergreen Healthcare had chosen our site for their team.

The project was on, now what?

Well, it wasn’t difficult for us to get help, but we were very lucky to be able to count on one of our past Day of Caring donors; you know who I am talking about, right? All right, all right, I’ll tell you: The Bothell Home Depot! They donated materials for Day of Caring, from paint to buckets and light bulbs, to all the tools needed. They have been making a difference since 2007 for our little “home” (I call it home because that is how it feels to our participants). We can’t thank the Bothell Home Depot enough for their kind donations.

It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot harder to make a difference. ~Tom Brokaw

Then we thought, how were we going to welcome and show our appreciation to Evergreen Healthcare? We started off by making two big banners expressing how grateful we are for their support.

We had over 20 different tasks to accomplish on the Day of Caring
. As soon as the volunteers started coming in you could see how excited and happy they were to be part of the largest single day of volunteering in Washington.

We prepared a fruit bar, fresh brewed coffee, and some delicious cookies donated by our friends from The Lyons’ Den Coffee Shoppe. The cookies were freshly baked and warm, and there were so many different varieties to choose from, too. They were a big hit!
It was a busy morning; some of the volunteers didn’t know each other but they all shared the same willingness to help their community, so this was indeed a great opportunity for them, starting the morning by having a cup of java with cookies and making new friends.

Ready, set, go!
The Project Leader, Jeff Friedman, started out by thanking all h
is team for being here; he explained to them what role Evergreen Healthcare, as a whole, played in the community. He talked about their collaboration with United Way and how important it was for him to see that everyone knows how great it feels to support non-profit organizations through United Way.

Then Rachel Borella, our Program Manager, talked about the Center for Human Services. It doesn’t matter how many times we hear about our programs and services, it makes us all proud to serve people in our community.

The pictures speak for themselves. Just one look at them and you will see what a great group of volunteers we had. No matter what task they took on, they all had the same goal of improving our center. It really was lots of fun.

Lunch Time

Mexican Fiesta! It just took one visit to Qdoba Mexican Grill in Woodinville for them to want to participate in this year’s Day of Caring by offering their delicious rice, beans, and chicken. Our hardworking volunteers were happy to know that we were having Qdoba; can’t blame them! It’s sooo good! Of course our friends at Mi Tierra Mexican Restaurant of Woodinville also wanted to take part in the event and donated rice, tortillas, and the so yummy refried beans. Delicioso!
We had much food thanks to their support; I don’t think we could have done it without them.

Back to work

After the “Fiesta”, who wants to go back to work? Well, you’d be surprised. They had more energy, and wanted to help as much as possible. It was amazing to see how much got done, and how many relationships were built. Some of the volunteers asked to be added to our volunteer list so they know when they can come back; isn’t that great?

We look forward to another great year of service; volunteers are the ones who help our programs be as successful as they are.

Thank you Evergreen Healthcare!

Most of these photos were generously shared with us by Evergreen Healthcare. Thank you again for your support!