By Lisa Yeager, Volunteer Manager at Encompass

The research is clear—raising compassionate, caring kids improves the health of your child, your family and your community. Parents can help children build their empathy “muscles” by giving them opportunities to practice caring.

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Macaroni Kid wants to empower local parents and their kids to take on a community service project with its support. You simply decide to make a difference and to model kindness for your kids. You can support a local non-profit, express appreciation, or give to those in need. DETAILS — http://snoqualmievalley.macaronikid.com/article/781321/do-something-great-day-september-20-2014

Partner with Macaroni Kid & Encompass to Assist Low-Income Families Get Ready for School Families in the Snoqualmie Valley have the opportunity to “Do Something Great” on Sept 20 by volunteering together with Macaroni Kid. The publishers at MacKid want to empower local parents and their kids to take on a community service project with their support. Find more details here.

In conjunction with “Do Something Great Day”, Encompass has asked MacKid to help us assist local low-income families that are part of our Parent-Child Home program. The Parent-Child Home Program is a national program that supports young children’s early literacy and school readiness. It bridges gaps in achievement, preparing children to enter school ready to be as successful as their more advantaged peers.

How to HelpYou can help by donating

  • new 4 packs of play-dough
  • new packs of jumbo-sized crayons.

We are also looking for the following books

  • “Five Little Monkeys sitting in a tree”/”En un arbol estan los cinco monitos”  (Eng/Spa bilingual version) by Eileen Christelow
  • “Tap the Magic Tree” by Christie Matheson
  • “Press Here”/”Presiona Aqui” by Herve Tullet.

To further help Encompass, consider purchasing these items via Amazon and its AmazonSmile program at https://smile.amazon.com/. Simply designate Encompass Northwest as the organization for the .5% donation made for every purchase. These items can be dropped off at the Encompass office at 1407 Boalch Ave NW in North Bend or the Pediatric Therapy office downtown North Bend before September 20. Call 425.888.2777 and ask for Lisa Yeager or email Lisa.Yeager@encompassnw.org if you have questions!

Simple Volunteer Ideas for All AgesIf you’d like to find out more about ideas for families volunteering together, visit the website www.bigheartedfamilies.org. They have a list of simple ideas for all ages and all types of families.  By doing good as a family, children learn empowerment, self-esteem, responsibility, academic skills, critical thinking, tolerance, respect and gratitude!  That’s a lot of benefit for just a few minutes to make a difference in your community!

At Encompass, volunteers are a crucial part of our mission to nurture children, enrich families and inspire community. If you have talents you would like to share with Encompass that are not mentioned here or extend beyond “Do Something Great Day” on September 20, let Lisa Yeager know at lisa.yeager@encompassnw.org or call 425-888-2777, ext. 1212. Our current volunteer opportunities can be found here. We look forward to hearing from you!

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