Building a Strong Community

Please consider making an investment to our beautiful community and support the impacting programming we provide through Families Of Color Seattle.  Your contribution is tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor, Rainier Valley Corps

For those who have a donation that will be matched by an employer, please let your employer know that FOCS is a fiscally sponsored nonprofit under Rainier Valley Corps, whose EIN is 47-4257834. Thank you!

$40,000

FOCS Autumn Annual 2016 gathered 80 parents, community members and stakeholders to fundraise $40,000 to help grow FOCS impact. We are so grateful for your support. Thank you!

Accomplishments to Date

New Parent and Child Groups

The 8-10-week, weekly parent support and education/children’s play-groups provide the common thread that binds our community. We hire professional educators to address common new parent concerns. We connect parents and, by using a race and social justice analysis/ lens, we engage in discussions to foster the healthy development of our children’s ethnic and cultural identities. Approximately 30-40% of parents participating in these groups receive scholarships because they self-identify as low-income. Other indicators suggest that even more parents would qualify for scholarships because of their income status, but choose not to request them as it is known we are an emerging new non-profit..

Community-Building Activities

We have built and developed a robust social media presence through our website, email lists, facebook pages and newsletter. Through these avenues we communicate, advocate and inform readers about FOCS activities and events, as well as share enlightening or challenging articles and studies about concerns relevant to FOCS families. For example, we mobilized the community into a meaningful dialogue around the shooting of an unarmed young black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. ParentMap magazine requested to publish our stories as parents of color.

Cornerstone Cafe

In September 2014, FOCS opened a brick and mortar space, Cornerstone Cafe, to house our expanding services. In three short months, Cornerstone Cafe has already provided free and low-cost services to over 130 families and 150 children. These services include free play-space, low-cost drop-in childcare and cultural arts programing. To date, the cultural arts classes have included Brasilian & Portugese Capoeira and Hawaiian Ukulele & Talk Story. Toddler Breakdancing & Movement classes start this week. Scholarships and reduced fees up to 50-100% are offered for all programming, including cultural arts classes, parenting groups at the facility and consultation.

Cornerstone Cafe closed at Hillman City Collaboratory June 2016 and has evolved to FOCS ARTS cultural arts programming for children at Hoa Mai Preschool in Mt. Baker.

  • HELP US CONTINUE TO PROVIDE:

  • Southend LOVE = fueling community- based projects and keeping the Southend LOCAL and reflective of our beloved 98118 history of diversity

  • JOBS! We‘re sharing our community’s rich international culture and arts. We provide entrepreneurial avenues for parents to teach our community’s children global cultures, expression, arts and international languages).

  • Healthy HAPPY children! Our shared pursuit of happiness is reflected in our family and the community we build.

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