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Volunteers Work With Critical Needs Organizations Community Nonprofits in Puget Sound Region Get Volunteer Boost SEATTLE, Wash. – March 25, 2005 – Virginia Mason Medical Center will participate in a United Way of King County Day of Caring on Tuesday, March 29 in Seattle and throughout the region where Virginia Mason clinics are located. Day of Caring, the largest single-day mobilization of volunteers in Washington state, has become an annual tradition as companies and their employees volunteer some $620,000 worth of labor to county nonprofits. This Day of Caring signals the start of Virginia Mason’s United Way campaign, which will run April 4 to 22. Volunteers will lend a hand at a variety of community service projects across King County and Clallam County including; King County Family Services Baby Boutique, Downtown Emergency Service Center, Elder and Adult Day Services, Federal Way Boys and Girls Club, Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Olympics, Issaquah Parks and Recreation, Kobe Park and Danny Woo Community Center. These projects represent many of the social issues and community needs in the region as well as United Way of King County’s priorities of ending homelessness and ensuring all children are prepared for school. Virginia Mason’s focus for this project is to support organizations that maintain the health and well being of the regions’ families. Day of Caring also highlights year-round volunteering done by tens of thousands around the region. “United Way of King County is excited to partner with Virginia Mason on Day of Caring to make the community stronger,” said Jon Fine, United Way of King County president and chief executive officer. Michael Vanderhoef, Vice President of the Virginia Mason Foundation said, “Virginia Mason knows first hand the value of volunteers, as we greatly rely on the donation of volunteer time from many generous individuals. Day of Caring allows us as an organization to give this same valued gift of time and labor to several United Way of King County and United Way of Clallam County agencies.” One community service example is Family Services Baby Boutique which provides essential items like new and gently used clothing and shoes, diapers, books, toys and equipment to homeless children. “Tangible, essential goods play an important role in the lives of homeless children as their parents face many challenges in providing for even the most basic needs. We work with emergency housing shelters, local churches, public health programs -- over 90 local organizations – to ensure that children in our community have their basic needs met,” said Jennifer Geese, program coordinator. Baby Boutique goods are free to homeless families and families in transitional housing. Volunteers will be staffing Baby Boutique from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Tuesday, and working with community members. Virginia Mason will be working with the following non-profits: Seattle Area Agency: Danny Woo Community Center Location: 620 Main Street (International District) Project: Gardening, weeding, pruning trees, clearing overgrown areas, light construction, path improvement. Agency: Downtown Emergency Service Center Location: 515 3rd Ave (On third between James and Yesler in downtown Seattle) Project: They need help moving, assembling furniture and cleaning. Agency: Family Services/Baby Boutique Location: 2113 Third Ave between Lenora & Blanchard (Belltown) Project: Sorting donations, hanging clothes, helping patrons shop for clothes. Agency: Kobe Park Location: 221 6th Ave South Project: Gardening, mulching, ivy cleanup. Bellevue Agency: Elder and Adult Day Services Location: 12831 NE 21st Pl Project: Volunteers will help with yard work and cleaning in the morning and will work with elderly patrons starting at 10 a.m. Volunteers will also help with games, music or arts and crafts. Issaquah Agency: Issaquah Parks and Recreation - City of Issaquah Resource Conservation Location: City Hall NW 1775 12th Ave NW Project: Pickering Community Teaching garden: Volunteers will be doing yard maintenance, weeding, planting. Federal Way Agency: Federal Way Boys and Girls Club Location: 30815 8th Ave S Project: Yard clean up including parking lot and driveway. Cleaning gutters. Inside work- cleaning storage unit, kitchen, arts and crafts room. Port Angeles Agency: Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Olympics Location: 909 Georgiana St. Project: Volunteers will be painting the interior of the clinic with a fresh coat of paint. The free clinic for low-income and working people without health insurance. “The Danny Woo Garden would not be possible without volunteers. Virginia Mason’s participation is essential to the success of this community program,” said Dan Stratten, Program Manager for the Garden. Virginia Mason Medical Center operates a 336-bed hospital located on First Hill in Seattle and includes a large, multi-specialty group practice of more than 390 physicians, offering both primary and specialized care. It also includes the Benaroya Diabetes Center at Virginia Mason, the Cancer Institute at Virginia Mason, and the Heart Institute at Virginia Mason. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and adult day health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. # # #
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