Welcome Back May!

We here at F.U.N. have been busy bees getting ready for another summer of fresh vegetables from our gardens. We will add our harvest to the donations we  will receive again from University Place Community Garden. On April 22nd (Earth Day), several of the students from the Spot After-School Tutoring Program came over to help plant veggies starts and seeds. This will allow our food bank clients to enjoy fresh produce throughout the summer. What a great way to spend Earth Day!! A special thanks to Cameron, Stephon, Kayden, and Steven. Such hard working young men with a true sense of giving.

Earlier in April we received a wonderful gift from the Windermere Professional Partners here in University Place. Their support will go a long way in feeding the hungry in our community thru the summer months, where we typically receive less donations and food drives as well as lower levels of volunteerism. Please keep us mind if you are looking for ways to help out.

We feel blessed every day to be able to continue to serve those in need and realize that without great donors, partners and volunteers it would not be possible – so thank you to everyone who helps fulfill those needs.


I hope to see you all at our Fundraiser and Gala May 14th, 2016 at the Titlow Lodge!


Angi Unger

 

Bringing Christmas Joy to the Families of U.P.

Christmas day can be a magical and wonderful time. In the morning, children rush out into the living room with joyous anticipation of the beautifully wrapped presents under the tree. Later on, the whole family gathers around a plentiful table with tantalizing smells of stuffing, turkey, and rolls. There is a sense of togetherness and comfort that comes from a day like Christmas. Unfortunately, there are families in U.P. that would not get to experience a day like that with out the help of FUN's Community Christmas program.

Going on 6 years, Community Christmas has helped hundreds of families with gifts and a holiday meal. Families Unlimited Network works closely with the UP School District to identify families that could use a bit of help this holiday season. FUN then distributes the names out to participating groups.

This year, we have 9 groups, including the West Pierce Fire Department, Tacoma Narrows Rotary, and a variety of local churches and small groups, to help 150+ families. Those groups each take a different approach in helping the families they receive. Some hold an event that families can come and "shop" for their children's gifts, while others call to get the family's list and then delivers the gifts to the house. Either way, families are overjoyed by the help they are receiving from their community.

To top it all off, each family that participates in Community Christmas receives a basket filled with everything they would need for the perfect holiday meal. FUN spends countless hours collecting donations and creating these meal baskets with the help of local supporters.

Look back here to see how the season finishes out! We'll have pictures and final numbers of families served through all these amazing partners. Until then happy holidays!

Give Thanks!

WOW!

Is the simplest way to say thanks to this community and to our partners who are giving in abundance this early holiday season! We simply couldn't achieve the high-quality service we strive for without the ongoing support of our community! We specifically need to take a moment to recognize all the wonderful folks at Windermere!  Not only have they participated in our Compassion Day and updating our facility, but they've also helped us through an amazing holiday food drive that brought in over 3000+ pounds of food and over $1000 in financial support! 

We're simply at a loss for words at how amazing their support has been. We are truly grateful and promise to extend this amazing support to all the families who need help this holiday season and beyond. 

As we move closer to Thanksgiving, please consider donating to Families Unlimited Network! You can do so by clicking below

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The End is Near!!!

The End of the summer that is! Even with the record temperature it still feels like the summer months flew by way too quick. Alas, here we are again about to embark on the start of the school year and the relaunching of our annual programs. 

August 29th marked the relaunch of the Back to School Fair after a two year hiatus. Thanks to the support of the Westside Church Network and the University Place School District we were able to provide over 175 students with the necessary supplies to start the year! This is an awesome victory for collaboration and the unprecedented approach to ministry the church community is continuing to embark on. 

September marks the beginning of the school year! Which means the 12th year of Spot will kick off on September 14th! With over 30 students already registered and training our new staff we have a lot to be excited for. There are lots of opportunities to get involved so be sure to check out our volunteer page to learn how you can participate!

Also the new school year means the re-launching of our Backpack program! Growing every year, we served over 100 students in the 2014-2015 school year with weekly backpacks full of food to help them fight hunger during the weekend. We wouldn’t be able to do that without the support of our volunteers from Church on the Sound and the generous donations from the community. Learn how to support this program, and the many others, by going to our donation page! 

It won’t be long until we start talking about the holiday season…. Stay tuned and continue to follow what FUN is doing in the Community!

Keeping Kids Fed This Summer

Keeping Kids Fed This Summer

In Washington State, 46% of students are on free or reduced lunch, according to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. While the free and reduced lunch program is a great resource during the school year, it does not function during the summer months. That is leaving almost half of our kids in need of food during the day, including those in our very own school district.


There is a program in our area that is helping to fight this problem....

From the Executive Director

From the Executive Director

As the weather starts to warm up and we see more of that elusive sun, our thoughts turn to summer vacations and outdoor activities. We wish everyone a safe, rejuvenating summer. We also want to remind everyone that as we shift our focus to recreation and fun, sometimes hunger and homelessness can be forgotten.... 

Fantastic News from Olympia

Fantastic News from Olympia

Last week the House of Representatives released their budget that includes funding for FOUR key anti-hunger programs.

While there’s a long way to go before the final budget is signed by the Governor, this is a strong foundation. It also serves as an indicator that leaders in the legislature understand that hunger is still a problem and that they need to pitch in....