Shout out to our very excellent neighbors at Zulily

Shout out to our very excellent neighbors at Zulily, who have organized their own toiletries drive for our workers!

From the drive we’ll be able to provide socks, toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner, as well as some bedding and clothing items to our workers. A big thank you to Zulily for their multifaceted involvement in our programs- including the many volunteer groups who have served lunch at The Millionair Club Charity.

The support we’ve received from them is truly impressive!

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A Huge Thank You to Jennifer and Ryan, from Walman Optical!

A huge thank you to Jennifer Felix and Ryan Befort, representatives from Walman Optical, for their generous donation to our Vision Clinic! They are manufacturing eye glasses for free, and using a better quality lens (polycarbonate versus plastic), and eye glass frames. They will also provide free instrument repair, supplies, and transport the glasses for manufacture after every clinic. Last year we were able to provide almost 600 appointments and pairs of glasses to individuals in need.

 

We are grateful to Walman Optical for allowing us to continue this service to the community!

 

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Kitchen Task Force Begins

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The Millionair Club Charity is excited to announce the first meeting of our kitchen task force, and would like thank task force members for their participation!

 

Community members, board members and MCC staff form the new group, which includes representatives from Tom Douglas Restaurants, Seattle Sorbets, Schwartz Brothers, Schuster Group, Lifelong and UPS. It’s meant to find creative ways to add to our current kitchen programming while existing programs like our meals, kitchen rental and volunteer program, continue. The task force will help us to work smoothly through a renovation plan which accommodates these new additions.

 

This week began the process with a tour of the kitchen, a discussion of the mission of the task force, and a bit of brainstorming about program innovation. Next week, task force members plan on digging deeper in to the need for kitchen training programs for Millionair Club workers and the Seattle restaurant industry.

 

We’re excited for the innovations coming from this group, and grateful for all who participated!

Couldn’t Have Imagined A Better Experience

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Temporary Staffing Solutions sent out four workers — John, Raistlin, Sean and Moises — to a moving job this past week.

Paula Head, General Manager of Tourmap Company, said that she couldn’t have imagined a better experience. “All of the workers showed up early, ready to go, and energetic. There was an issue with the shipping container—and it showed  up 4 hours late.  All of the workers insisted that they stay until the container arrived and the job was finished.  I was extremely impressed. It was dreary and cold and they all stayed in high spirits.  The workers seemed perfectly  placed to work together and they all showed a real allegiance to The Millionair Club Charity, which I found very touching. I would never hesitate to use MCC workers for any hiring needs—and I will spread the good word about your organization.”

Dick Spady Tribute

Dick SpadyA Tribute to the Real Burger King

A burger, a shake, and an order of fries

made Spady a leader both wealthy and wise.

His money and wisdom would nourish the hopes

of the hungry and homeless who barely could cope.

A basin, a towel, and a heart for the poor,

Dick served like his Savior without keeping score.

May God bless his mem’ry, may Dick’s Drive-Ins thrive,

as his faith is remembered by we who survive.

Peace to Dick Spady’s memory!

by Pastor Greg Asimakoupoulos

Privileged to know this remarkable man and call him a friend.

 

Temporary Staffing Solutions will see rate increases starting on January 1, 2016

Since launching our Temporary Staffing Solutions program in late 2014, the Millionair Club Charity has seen many benefits for both our workers and employers.

In 2015 alone, we’ve welcomed more than 700 men and women into our supportive employment program, sent them out on more than 900 work assignments and placed 142 workers into permanent jobs. This would not be possible without the 1,000 employers we’ve worked with in the past year and wish to continue to work with in 2016.

Starting on January 1, 2016, the Millionair Club Charity’s Temporary Staffing Solutions will be increasing bill rates for customers to comply with Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance, which mandates a minimum wage of $12.00 per hour.

  • Business rate: $19.50
  • Nonprofit rate: $17.00
  • Residential rate: $17.00

Please refer to this letter to see a transparent breakdown of what these increases are and where the direct costs are going toward.

Thanksgiving holiday meals usher in the merry season

Two volunteers showing off a delicious Thanksgiving pie.

Two volunteers showing off a delicious Thanksgiving pie.

Every November and December, our meals program participants look forward to a delicious Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday lunch that ushers in the merry season while not skimping out on all the traditional fixings.

This year, we will host three Holiday Special Meals – the day before Thanksgiving, the day of Thanksgiving and one on Christmas Eve. But these meals would not be possible without the help we receive from our generous community partners.

A large volunteer group from Seattle City Light will help serve food and beverages to our men and women. Earlier this month Northwest Harvest donated several turkeys from Foster Farms to be used for all three meals.

“The Thanksgiving lunch service is something special,” says Brent Herrmann, director of programs at the Millionair Club Charity. “Community volunteers set the tables with tablecloths and decorations, and folks have a chance to sit down and be served turkey lunch, followed by pie.”

We also team up with Full Life Care to provide holiday meals for home-bound seniors. Volunteers from the organization arrive early at our building and dish up to-go boxes of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and dessert for older folks who may not have family they can visit.

If you want to support our program participants this holiday season, it’s not too late! We’re looking for donations of butter, celery, stuffing mix and cash to supplement what we already have. Please contact Lindsey Webb at lindseyw@millionairclub.org if you have any further questions.