Category Archives: Inspiring Organizations

Birthday Dreams for All: Providing Birthday Parties for Children of Struggling Families

Happy New Year! Here is my first Parentmap post of 2014. I love the idea of volunteers coming together to pull off a party for kids whose families can’t afford this luxury. Now that 2014 is off to a good … Continue reading

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The Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss

I’ve been meaning to post about The Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss for a while. I’ve been working with the E.D. and founder, Paige Stringer, for the last few months on various things, including writing this article that just … Continue reading

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Costume Swaps: Reduce the Stress, Time, and Money!

Halloween is fast approaching! I have been asked to share how I did a costume swap at my kids’ school a few years ago. This “how to” spiel can be tweaked for other settings- community centers, neighborhoods, grocery stores, etc. … Continue reading

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Teens in Public Service

It’s fall again! As the school year begins, I thought I would start out with an article about service learning and a neat organization called Teens in Public Service. Good information for those who want to get their kids more … Continue reading

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Working at FamilyWorks

Today was my first day at my new job at FamilyWorks! I have been hired as the volunteer coordinator of this cool nonprofit, whose mission is to “nourish and strengthen individuals and families by connecting people with support, resources, and community.” … Continue reading

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Camp Ten Trees

This summer will be Shaila Pierce-Hamel’s fifth summer at Camp Ten Trees and she can’t wait. “We have camp songs about all kinds of families, like Herman the Worm who eats his two moms,” said Shaila. Read the rest of my Parentmap … Continue reading

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The Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition: A Small Nonprofit Makes a Difference Advocating for Environmental Health

When Peter Quenguyen, a Vietnamese immigrant, moved to Seattle’s South Park neighborhood, he didn’t know the river nearby had been designated by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2001 as one of the most contaminated sites in the nation and a … Continue reading

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