Give the gift of warmth and a holiday meal

turkey lunch plated

There are many ways to give back to the men and women who come through the Millionair Club Charity this holiday season. We are seeking donations of cooking oil, butter, flour, spices, canned goods (like green beans and yams) and hams for our annual Thanksgiving and Christmas special meals. For more information, please visit millionairclub.org/give-in-kind.

We also could use new or gently used hats, gloves, scarves, long underwear and socks to help our participants stay warm during the cold winter months. For more information about dropping off your items, please visit millionairclub.org/Winter-Coat-Drive. Drop-off times are 6 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Amazon employees tackle homelessness with home-crafted beers

amazon event

Employees from Amazon’s Accounting Department hosted a rooftop Charity Homebrew Competition on July 30 with all proceeds benefiting the Millionair Club Charity.

Amazon employees tasted eight different home-brewed beers in the sunshine while helping to support the Millionair Club Charity’s mission to rebuild lives of men and women in our community through jobs. One of the Amazon employees had a special reason she was happy to have the Millionair Club be the beneficiary of the event.

“I have been a board member for the Millionair Club Charity for over a year,” says Clarissa Inglehart. “When my accounting colleague Kim Wolf told me about the event, I was delighted to suggest they be the beneficiary.”

Supporters of the Millionair Club Charity can sign up for AmazonSmile and designate the organization as its charity of choice. Amazon then donates 0.5 percent of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Millionair Club Charity. It’s an easy way to help the individuals we serve while you shop!

Learn more at smile.amazon.com

How we are realigning our pay structure to better help our workers

Pay structure blog post photo

For the past 18 months the Millionair Club Charity has placed 117 workers in long-term temporary or permanent jobs and more than 100 people into stable housing as a result of listening to our workers who wanted an avenue to self-sufficiency. As a result, the Millionair Club Charity is realigning its hiring and payment model to provide higher wages and additional benefits to the workers who use our services. Our temporary workers have said that the day labor model helps, but it doesn’t assist them in the long run with resume building, securing a full-time job or providing them with a source of consistent income.

Therefore, beginning Sept. 1, 2014, all workers will become employees of the Millionair Club Charity. What this means to you is that if you would like to hire our workers for your home or business, you will sign a contract through the Millionair Club. We will take care of the hassle of paperwork and pay your employment taxes, Social Security and L&I insurance costs. You pay $18 per hour, and we invoice you on a weekly basis. We will no longer offer an option to pay the worker directly at the end of the day. This new structure will provide greater protection for our employers, our workers and us as a nonprofit organization.

Thank you for your support of the Millionair Club Charity as we help men and women achieve self-sufficiency through jobs.

For questions, please e-mail paymentchange@millionairclub.org.

Join us for Chef Showcase!

Chef Showcase crowd

Join us for Chef Showcase on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at 415 Westlake.

Register for Chef Showcase today!

Enjoy a festive evening of delicious small plates prepared by four of Seattle’s top chefs paired with exquisite wine and chocolates by Sozo Friends and dessert from Seattle Sorbets. We will also honor three inspirational heroes with the Millionair Club Charity Employment Excellence Awards as we kick off our 2014 Annual Campaign.

Cost is $50 for individual, $90 for a couple and $100 for VIP access.

All proceeds benefit our mission to rebuilding lives by providing employment opportunities, job training, housing support, hot meals and other essential services to men and women experiencing unemployment or homelessness in the Seattle area. This event is 21+.

Meet Stella, one of our youngest donors!

Stella (r) with Cary Calkins, the Millionair Club Charity's Director of Business Development.

Stella with Cary Calkins, the Millionair Club Charity’s Director of Business Development.

We would like you to Meet Stella, perhaps the youngest donor who has ever given to the Millionair Club Charity!

Stella is 9 years old and visited the Millionair Club Charity back in December when her school created artworks that decorated the downstairs dining hall during the Christmas season. The one aspect of our organization that struck her interest the most was our showers facility.

Not wanting anyone to be unable to take a nice hot shower, Stella decided that instead of receiving gifts for her birthday, she’d rather raise money from her friends and donate it to the Millionair Club Charity!

She recently stopped by the Millionair Club and happily dropped off a check for a little more than $100 that she wishes will provide more showers to men and women in our community.

Stella, her brother Luca and her mom Kim plan on returning this December to put together hygiene kits for our participants. Thank you Stella for your inspirational generosity!

Stella with her brother Luca and her mother Kim.

Stella with her brother Luca and her mother Kim.

New “retired” 8-passenger van will benefit our employment program

Our new van is now officially here!

Our new van is now officially here!

On May 27, the Metropolitan King County Council awarded the Millionair Club Charity a “retired” King County Metro 8-passenger van.

The County Council decided to award a series of these vans to local area nonprofit organizations who serve people with special needs, seniors, youth and low-income individuals. The Millionair Club Charity submitted a grant requesting one of these “retired” vans.

We were informed in early June that the County Council unanimously decided to accept our proposal. Now, the van is officially in our possession!

The new van will assist our employment program in a variety of ways; including transporting workers to job sites, allowing us to inspect job sites for safety compliance and taking participants to employment training opportunities and other support services.

We’d like to thank the Metropolitan King County Council and King County Metro for generously granting us this van that many men and women in our jobs program will benefit from. Thank you!

Meet Teresa: A former Millionair Club employee now giving back to others in our community

Teresa with members of the Millionair Club Charity employment staff. From left to right, Mariah, Rhonda, Teresa and Sherrill.

Teresa with members of the Millionair Club Charity employment staff. From left to right, Mariah, Rhonda, Teresa and Sherrill.

When Teresa Toomer moved to Seattle last December, she did so with the intention of helping her brother Virgil get through his health problems. In the end, Virgil ended up helping her as well.

Virgil has been a Millionair Club Charity participant since 1998, regularly getting assignments in moving, landscaping and general labor. After suffering some health issues, his sister became concerned about him and decided to move from North Carolina to Seattle to care for him. Teresa left her job as a substitute teacher and had to start all over in a new city.

Knowing how the organization had helped him, Virgil recommended she go to the Millionair Club to earn some money doing temporary jobs while she looked for a permanent position. After working at two short-term jobs through the Millionair Club Charity, Teresa briefly worked in our dispatch office before landing employment with Catholic Community Services.

“We would like to congratulate Teresa for landing this new job at Catholic Community Services,” says lead dispatcher Doug Hamre. “She is a special and kind person and we are very happy for her success.”

Teresa credits the Millionair Club Charity for helping her get started in the city of Seattle when she arrived here without a job.

“I want to thank the Millionair Club,” Teresa says. “They reached out to me and made me feel like they wanted to help me and make sure I could find a full-time job.”