For the past six years CCSF has been present at Bothell Care Day— we’ve been there since the beginning. Why?
Given that domestic violence is rampant in our society, we are on a mission to educate as many people and organizations as possible about the dynamics behind and realities of this plague. Having a table at Care Day allows us to hand out informational brochures on domestic violence, elder abuse, and healthy families in multiple languages to anyone who might come by our table. We play a slideshow of statistics and terrible things abusers have told their victims. Kids often come by to get a snack out of our basket which can cause their parents or caregivers to stop to talk about their own situation. We love handing out snacks to excited kids anyway and are grateful they can also be a conversation starter.
At times adults or families stand silently and scan through the available materials. Once in a while we hear an excited exclamation such as “they have that in our language!” Arabic speakers are sometimes surprised by this. Having Northwest Family Life at an adjoining table was a huge bonus as they are multilingual and have a deep knowledge of local shelters and programs. DV Services of Snohomish County was two tables down. It was such a blessing to have them there when a man from another organization approached us because he was literally speaking to someone trying to flee an abusive situation on his phone.
CCSF, which specializes in information and referral, displays materials from a handful of reputable local agencies during such events. We added a business card-sized resource list of our own this year which lists these local agencies and crisis lines. We were thrilled to hand out about 200 of these hot off the press cards at this event. Below our logo a question is asked– are these numbers in your cell phone? At the bottom we display one of our trademark phrases, “Everybody Knows Somebody.” It’s true– we all know someone affected by DV and we can all be ready to assist by knowing which numbers they need to call when they’re ready. Some of these have already been placed in church bathrooms.
According to Care Day’s Facebook page:
Care Day was amazing! 241 volunteers and 75 service providers served 817 guests at Care Day. Really big day, but sad that this problem isn’t resolved and SO MANY people need help. Thank you, God bless you to all who helped – in a myriad ways – to make Care Day so successful this year.
Also, from their Facebook page on June 27th:
We did it! Between last night and today, this crew assembled and delivered 1,000+ socks and underwear, 300 hygiene packs, 300 kid packs and 200 bags of groceries for Care Day! So thankful for the generosity of our community!
We are accustomed to seeing people happy to obtain free socks and shoes, which there were mountains of this year, and the underwear was new– and much needed. The line for the delicious free lunch spanned quite a distance and 900 or more meals were served.
Besides engaging in discussions with those who need help, one of our favorite aspects of Care Day is seeing attendees beam after getting a stylish haircut. To our disappointment, but for good reason, the haircuts were in a different area this year. However, we were stationed near a block of tables blanketed in free toys. Someone donated them to Care Day out of the goodness of their heart. It was a blast to see the multitude of kids who attended select toys and put them into their bags. The teen girls running that booth were enjoying it as well. They did a great job.
It takes an army to make Care Day work. There’s planning, networking, scheduling, setup, tear down, security, placing signs and flyers all over the community, and all manner of things in-between to accomplish. Not only did Care Day’s organizers do a fantastic job of all of this, their volunteers were especially attentive this year. Some of the red t-shirt clad volunteers visited our table repeatedly asking if we needed water. Thinking they had bottled water– a couple of us who bring water bottles everywhere didn’t bring them in because we thought they had bottled water– we said yes. A male volunteer returned with two cups full of water. We didn’t expect him to make that precarious trip with two open cups but were grateful.
Overall this was a huge success. It is always a highlight of CCSF’s year to be present at Care Day and see all of our allies and associates in our place to place our neighbors in need. We hope that attendees and providers alike keep our wallet cards at the ready. We are there because… Everybody Knows Somebody.
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