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Care Day Comes To Bothell

Care Day Comes To Bothell

In summer 2013, a small group of friends volunteering with Northshore Baptist Church saw a need they could fill: struggling people who were often overlooked in the affluent area.

They went to find a volunteer opportunity in Bothell like United Way of King County's Community Resource Exchange or United Way of Snohomish County's Project Homeless Connect that would reach the whole community. But there was nothing like that in Bothell. They had to do something. Care Day was born.

Care Day is a one-day event where attendees enjoy a hot meal and access to free health services, haircuts, groceries, government agencies, employment assistance, housing assistance and much more. Participating organizations include Hopelink, Evergreen Health, WorkSource, the Center for Human Services, Northshore School District and local cities. Care Day’s goal is to show compassion for people experiencing need, to strengthen the safety net of care providers in the Northshore community, and to engage with volunteers to raise community awareness. Learn more about Care Day.

The Care Day group’s support network began at Northshore Baptist Church, but it didn’t stop there. It eventually expanded to the point of their meeting two United Way of King County AmeriCorps VISTAs, who were placed with the North Urban Human Services Alliance (NUHSA). Through the VISTAs, the group was also able to access the experience of staff at United Way of King County. They gleaned information and networked by coming to the Community Resource Exchange and Project Homeless Connect.

With several planning meetings under their belts, the team brought NUHSA on board as its fiduciary agent and began the quest for supply drives and donations. Hundreds of phone calls, emails and meetings later, and it was finally the day. On Aug. 15, Care Day had begun at Bothell High School.

Despite the rain and the logistical hiccups that plague every first-time event, the team remained calm and positive. They pulled off an event that brought together 60 providers and 180 volunteers to serve approximately 250 men, women and children in need.

Everyone from the volunteers to the providers to the school staff complimented the organization of the event and asked if there would be a Care Day 2015. The team's pleased to announce that there will be.

Huge thanks and congrats to the Care Day team for bringing much-needed servies to people in need in Bothell!

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