May Walk 2016

Please join us on Saturday, May 21st at Genesee Park and Playfield from 10 am-2 pm for our 7th annual May Walk. It’s a fundraising walk to sustain and grow our programs. At the same it its a chance for our clients (and their friends and families) to remember and celebrate their loved ones who have died.

Feel free to put together a team or come join an existing team. All are welcome. Click here to visit the 2016 May Walk website and register.

If you’d like to give your input or be involved in some other way, please email Development Manager Brittney: brittneyr@healingcenterseattle.org

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Board of Directors Opportunities

Help Build a Community of Hope

THE HEALING CENTER
BOARD OPPORTUNITY
January 2016

The Healing Center is actively seeking passionate and experienced board members
to help guide the growth of our organization.

About The Healing Center

The Healing Center is a place to help people who have experienced the premature death of a spouse or partner, parent, or sibling. We provide peer support groups for all age groups, providing a space where people can be with others who have shared a similar experience, and learn to integrate their grief into their lives by gaining practical and emotional coping skills.THC_image 1

We have operated in Seattle for more than 15 years, and we serve children, adults and families from King County. We are the only organization in King County which offers peer support groups for as long as our clients need them. Offering this space for individuals and families is an essential community service: our clients, staff, board members and volunteers hope to mitigate the stigma associated with death and suicide.

Growing Our Board of Directors

We currently serve more than 400 people each year, but we know that the unmet need for our services is much greater. To this end, The Healing Center is thoughtfully developing our capacity to serve more clients. Our vision is to reach everyone in King County who needs a safe place to grieve, to heal and to find support.

Building our board is a critical step to reaching this goal. Board members oversee the strategic growth of the organization and help to raise money so we can realize our vision. We are looking to broaden the expertise of our board, adding in new energy and new skills to get this important work done.

The Healing Center Needs People Like You

Our board is a community of caring people working together to make a real difference in the lives of those who have experienced trauma. As a board member, you will be part of a lively, respectful and committed team. For some board members, serving is an opportunity to “give back” because they personally know how important support can be after a trauma. For others, it is simply an expression of their compassion and a way to get involved and make positive change in their community.

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The Skills We Are Seeking

We are in search of people with a wide range of experience and backgrounds. You might be a great Healing Center board member if:

  • You want to affect the lives of people who have experienced grief and loss
  • You have time the time and energy to spend 6+ hours a month volunteering
  • You have experience with fundraising and community building
  • You have previous experience or skills in one or more of the following areas:
    • Previous leadership experience on another non-profit board
    • Excellent connections in the business community, or to other influential community builders
    • Finance or accounting background or skills
    • Experience in a particular industry such as: marketing and PR, insurance, estate planning, IT or web development, and construction.

Board Expectations

Board member are expected to spend 6-10 hours a month on board work. This includes attending a monthly board meeting, participating in committee or task force work such as fundraising or expansion planning, attending events for fundraising community building events, and generally acting as an ambassador for The Healing Center in the community. Board members make a commitment to serve for a minimum of 2 years.

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More Information

Please email boardcandidates@healingcenterseattle.org to learn more about this board opportunity. We will be happy to send you a more detailed job description, application, and answer any questions you may have. Interested candidates should complete the simple application and will be interviewed by our Recruiting Team. The application deadline is March 15, 2016; board terms will begin in late spring 2016. For more information about the Healing Center’s programs, please visit www.healingcenterseattle.org.


Upcoming Events

2017 Healing Center Events

Healing Hearts Reception – February

A night for clients to showcase their artistic ways of expressing grief, client only event.

3rd Annual Luncheon – March 10th

Join us at The Westin to learn more about our mission and support our programs.



School Shootings: Advice for Parents

Recently our own Jen McCormick, Clinical Supervisor at The Healing Center, was asked by King 5 News to go on air and provide parents with advice about how to help their children cope with tragedies such as the recent Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting. Here is some advice she shares.

1. Be open and honest

2. Let them share their version of the story as many times as they need to

3. Be authentic (especially with your teens) and show your true concern

4. Keep the door open to conversation for as long as it takes- new events might trigger grief in children unexpectedly

Click below to see the full video:

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Register for 2016 Community of Hope Luncheon

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The Healing Center is excited to announce registration is open for our 2016 annual fundraising luncheon. Please register for this opportunity to learn more about the Healing Center’s mission and raise funds for supporting grieving families. Please join our Community of Hope, which sustains our programs.

Join us at  Noon on February 26th at The Westin in Seattle.

To register, make a donation, or learn about sponsorship opportunities, head to www.communityofhopeluncheon.com 


May Walk- May 21, 2016

We have chosen a date for our 2016 May Walk- It will be May 21st, 2016 at Genesee Park again. If you would like to be a fundraising champion please contact Development Director Stephanie Murray – stephaniem@healingcenterseattle.org

Thank you for all who attended our 2015 Annual May Walk on Saturday May 30th. We had a beautiful day at Genesee Park and Playfield and were able to honor our loved ones with over 80 clients, staff, and volunteers.

From the voice of one of our treasured walkers, the Walk was “an opportunity to see familiar faces, as well as people who I hadn’t seen in a couple of months and I’m not sure when I’ll see them again… I can’t imagine being where I am now–physically, emotionally, and socially, without what the Healing Center provided and continues to provide me”.

We are leaving our  May Walk fundraising site open through June for any final donations: www.maywalk2015.kintera.org or visit next year’s site here!


Fall Events at The Healing Center

heartsBy this time, we hope you’ve heard about our big Oktoberfest Fundraiser but we wanted to let you know we have a lot of other events coming up at The Healing Center. If you’d like to attend or be involved in some other way, please send and email to Mattie our Program Coordinator mattieb@healingcenterseattle.org or call the office (206) 523-1206.

September-November

Writing Through Loss with Abigail Carter

Following the loss of her husband in the attacks on the World Trade Center, Abby observes that, “like widow(er)s everywhere, this is my unintentional life.” One of the best therapies for grief is to tell the story of this unintentional life.

In this workshop, you will learn to capture those stories with all their difficult emotions and memories and put them down on paper, an exercise that will astonish you with the power it has to heal.

Come prepared to write and draw and let’s harness the incredible opportunity for creativity that grief has to offer. Please bring a notebook and pen. Cost for all 4 sessions: $50

WHEN:

September 24th
October 8th
October 22nd
November 5th

WHERE: The Healing Center

November

Healing Hearts Reception

Join us November 12th from 6-7:30pm at The Healing Center for our second annual Healing Hearts Reception. We gather to share art, music, and other expressions of our grief.

Grief & The Holidays Workshop

Come join Clinical Director Jen McCormick for a workshop on coping with the holiday season while grieving the loss of a loved one. Workshop will be held at The Healing Center from 1-2:30pm.

 

 



Community of Hope Luncheon – Presented by Nintendo

The Healing Center is thrilled to be holding our hold our 1st inaugural luncheon on March 26th, 2015.

Below is the link to register or donate to our Community of Hope Luncheon. We’d love for you to come be a part of a soon-to-be annual tradition.


What
: Fundraising Luncheon
Where: Washington Athletic Club, Seattle
When: March 26th, 2015
Cost: Attending the luncheon is free, though there is a suggested donation of $150 to cover event costs and raise funds towards continuing our programs

Register or Donate HERE!

If you’d like to be a sponsor, please contact Stephanie Murray at StephanieM@healingcenterseattle.org

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