What's up at the Family Resource Center

The FRC Volunteer of the Month is Rebecca Kneist. - Photo courtesy of the FRC
The FRC Volunteer of the Month is Rebecca Kneist.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of the FRC

April 2009

Change can be good.

We hear a lot about change and this is certainly the year for it.

Change can bring folks closer. We share, we care, we barter, we support.

We simplify.

Take these changes as challenges and opportunities to prioritize family and community.

See where you fit in.

The Box Lunch fundraiser

Our one and only wildly popular yearly fundraiser, Box Lunch, will take place Friday, May 15. What a great opportunity to eat a nice lunch with your co-workers and help support Readiness To Learn at the same time.

Your $10 donation reserves a box lunch, filled with a gourmet turkey, roast beef or veggie wrap and all the trimmings.

Profits from the box lunch fundraiser go to the Island County Readiness to Learn Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides help to children at risk for academic failure, and supports the Readiness to Learn Foundation in its goals to utilize the strengths of family, schools and community to ensure that every child can succeed.

And best of all, your lunch will be delivered to you!

Needless to say, this fundraiser is a community effort, and the Readiness To Learn Foundation cannot say enough about how much we appreciate all of the people and organizations who make its success possible each year through financial contributions, volunteering or buying lunches.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact us at 221-6808, ext. 4321 for more information. Volunteers will be needed soon!

Relatives as Parents Program

Are you raising a relative’s child? Is the child your grandchild, niece or nephew? Would you like to join an informal group of relative caregivers who understand what you are going through? You are invited to attend a RAPP meeting once a month in the Family Resource Center.

We meet the first Monday of every month at 10:30 a.m. until noon. We also welcome drop-ins. We are located at the Primary School in the light green portable next to the small playground.

For more information or to sign up, call Marilynn Norby at 221-6808, ext. 4602.

Single Mom’s Group

Our group is open to any mom who is parenting alone, or feels alone, and needs the support of other single moms. Join this great group in a casual and confidential atmosphere, right here in the Family Resource Center. We meet once a month providing a light dinner and free childcare. Bring yourself, your ideas, your joys and your challenges to this supportive environment. For more information and for RSVP with childcare, call 221-6808, ext. 4602.

Parents of Special Needs Children Support Group

All parents and caregivers of special needs children of any age are welcome to join this monthly support group. Share laughter and tears, lend support or get support, and relax with other parents who share the joys and challenges of raising a child with special needs.

For more information and for meeting dates, contact Sarah Berger at 221-6808, ext. 4602 or by e-mail at

Department of Social and Health Services

Tammi Lowery, DSHS outreach worker, is here for South End convenience, every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. She will help with eligibility questions and the application process for the basic food program and medical coupons. You may call her Oak Harbor office ahead of time at 360-240-4703 to make an appointment or call the resource center at 221-6808, ext. 4602. Drop-ins are also welcomed.

The Better Birthday Club

The Better Birthday Club believes all children should have a happy birthday.

If you, or someone you know who cares for a child, could use some help to make their birthday special, the Better Birthday Club, a part of The Forgotten Children’s Fund of Island County and the M-Bar-C Ranch, is here to make that happen. Their mandate is to provide a “birthday” to each child who may not be remembered on their special day for any number of reasons.

If this is of interest to you, call the Family Resource Center for a referral. All requests are confidential.

Ask for Marilynn Norby at 221-6808, ext. 4602.

Volunteer of the Month

Our April Volunteer of the Month is Rebecca Kneist. Rebecca is a South Whidbey High School student who has given her time to the Family Resource Center for the past two years. Rebecca is consistent, does whatever we ask of her, and has a bubbly personality. Her smile is bright and she makes everyone around her feel happy. We like having the energy of high school students here in the center and encourage other young people to inquire about volunteer opportunities.

Thank you, Rebecca, for being part of our team.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Read the Oct 22
Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Browse the archives.

Friends to Follow

View All Updates