Top 3 Reasons We Loved The 2014 May Day Walk

On May 4th 2014, The Healing Center celebrated it’s 6th Annual May Day Walk at Gas Works Park with over 60 participants and 25 volunteers. Here are our top 3 reasons why we loved the day and are excited to keep the May Day Walk tradition going for our Healing Center community. Be sure to check out the pictures below.

1. YOU – Nothing makes us happier than seeing our Healing Center friends and families come together. We believe so much benefit comes from meeting others that have shared the experience of walking through grief. While this year it was under more drops of rain than rays of sun, we are so grateful for all who joined us and those who couldn’t make it but supported their friends and family in other ways. You are our inspiration.

2. The chance to remember – Transitional periods can be difficult – even the transition between seasons. As we move swiftly into spring, we enjoyed the opportunity to do some reflection during the art activities during the Walk. We wrote a message to our loved one on a message flag. We considered what we’d say to them in a private message. We contemplated the meaning of short-blooming cherry blossoms during origami folding. We stood with everyone and felt the words of the poem, “We Remember Them”.

3. Support for our programs – With the combined donations from The May Day Walk and GiveBIG two days later, we received $63,053 from our generous supporters. This doesn’t even include the GiveBIG “stretch funds” that will be applied to our GiveBIG donations soon. These funds mean so much to The Healing Center and our community. They keep our doors open, buy pizza for our weekly children’s groups, make healing client retreats possible, and help to train our dedicated volunteers – all contributing to our overall mission of offering a safe, loving place that honors grief, helping you to move through it and heal. We thank those who fund-raised for us, our wonderful donors, and our $5,000 sponsors, Safe Crossings Foundation, Nintendo, and University District Kiwanis. THANK YOU!

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May Day Walk 2014 – Register & Donate Today!

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WHEN: Sunday, May 4th, 12:30 – 4PM
Sign in starts at 12:30pm
Walk starts at 1:00pm
Picnic and kids’s activities start at 2:00pm
WHERE: Gas Works Park
WHY: To raise money for The Healing Center’s grief support programs
HOW: Register here to join the 2014 May Day Walk and raise funds for The Healing Center,
click here to donate!

08_Silly Jane, Alexander & Mattie_closeupMay Day celebrates the coming of summer and new beginnings, and The Healing Center is excited to celebrate this holiday with our friends, families, and community. The May Day Walk is an event to raise funds to grow our grief support programs which serve widows, widowers, children, and young adults who have experienced the premature death of a spouse, parent, or sibling.

We hope you will join us for a fun-filled day! Please encourage your friends and family to join us as we raise funds to support our healing programs. Register or donate today to support The Healing Center!

If you need any help, or have any questions about the online registration or donation process, contact Jen Power, Development Coordinator, at jenp@healingcenterseattle.org or (206) 523-1206 x15.

Thank you to our May Day Walk Sponsors!

Amaryllis Level – $5,000

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Our beautiful May Day Walk

This last Sunday, May 5th, was our fifth annual May Day Walk. For the last five year we’ve raised funds to keep The Healing Center’s doors open, gathered together as a community, and commemorated the loved ones that we’ve lost. This year we also celebrated an early taste of summer at Gas Works Park, with some of the most beautiful weather we’ve seen all year.

Enough words. I’ll let the pictures tell the story of the day.

Pictures courtesy of Healing Center staff and Andrew Taylor


Volunteer at the May Day Walk!

spring-kids-main_MDW vol post picSunday, May 5th is the magical day!

Spring is in the air and we are gearing up for our 5th Annual May Day Walk. Come one, come all volunteers. There is plenty of room for everyone!

For a list of volunteer opportunities, take a look at our Sign Up Genius page. Most needs do not require pre-training or clinical expertise. Simply click on the “Sign Up” button next to each task or tasks that grab you!

Imagine HUGE balloons, AWESOME crafts, YUMMILICIOUS food, FUN games, WILD tattoos, INSPIRING prayer flags, CHILLIN’ OUT with other volunteers at Gas Works Park, and an opportunity to make this a very special day for our grieving families.

We hope you’ll be willing to support our fun and magical event. We can’t do it without you!


Kiwanis Challenge Grant for May Day Walk

We are excited to announce that the May Day Walk 2012 Website has now launched (Registration is Ready), and for the second year in a row, the University Kiwanis Club of Seattle and their foundation is matching the next $5,000 in individual donations.

We thank them for their continued support of The Healing Center, and children’s organizations throughout our community and the world.

The May Day Walk this year will be on Sunday, May 6, 2012, from 1-4pm at Gas Works Park.   Hop on the website: maydaywalk2012.kintera.org, take a look at the event information, and register as a team or individual walker.  If you need any assistance with registering, please email our May Day Walk Chair and Seattle University Intern, Mattie Bess at mattieb@healingcenterseattle.org, or phone The Healing Center, (206) 523-1206.

Proceeds from this Friend-ask-Friend fundraiser will directly benefit programs at The Healing Center.  Your participation is critical to the next family in need of healing.  Please join us and spread the word about how important The Healing Center is to grieving and healing families.

Can’t wait to see everyone on May 6th!


May Day Walk- Save the Date

We are excited to announce that our annual May Day Walk will be Sunday May 6th, 2012 at Gas Works Park in Seattle.

May Day celebrates the coming of summer and new beginnings.  The Healing Center celebrates this holiday with our community, in an effort to raise funds to support grief services for adults, children and families.

Please save the date for this lovely spring afternoon filled with walking, activities, friends, and food! Stay tunes for registration details.


May Day Walk Tomorrow- Gas Works Park, 2pm

Dear Healing Center Families —

Our May Day Walk is tomorrow!  Staff and Volunteers have put together the final touches for a beautiful afternoon of community activities. We hope you will join us.

While this is a fund-raising opportunity for The Healing Center, the most important aspect of the event is that our entire community comes together to honor our person who has died and to celebrate our Healing Center community.

Parking is available in the Gas Works Park lot and on the streets surrounding the park. For directions to the park, follow this link: Seattle Parks and Recreation-Gas Works Park.

Here’s a little glimpse of what you can expect:

  • Arrive at Gasworks Park at 2:00 PM on Sunday, May 1, to smiling familiar faces greeting you and directing you to our Registration Tables.
  • At the Registration Table, you’ll be provided with a Healing Center May Day Walk t-shirt.
  • You will then be directed to the adjacent Coffee Table where coffee and tea will fuel you for the easy and scenic 1.1 mile walk ahead of you.
  • At the Coffee Table, you will also receive your first clue for the Scavenger Hunt. (First Clue: Walk through the Ten Doors. At the end, you will find your own solid unit of minerals!)
  • Additional smiling faces will then direct you to Tent #1 where you’ll receive your next clue.
  • And on it will go, until you reach the top of Kite Hill where your own personal message to your loved one will be added to our Healing Center Kite, soaring hundreds of feet (okay, may fifty feet) above you.

After the walk, you are invited to a catered picnic (courtesy of Dandelions & Olives, a catering company sponsoring the Walk and owned/managed by our very own Dana Jackson. A smorgasbord of deliciousness will be spread before you: sliders, grilled veggie sandwiches, corndog bites, pb&j sandwiches cut into fun shapes, pasta salad, and cornbread salad. Complete your meal with cheesecake bites, chocolate torte bites, rice crispy treats and a fruit plate, while the kids play organized fun games in the adjacent green space.

We are really knocking ourselves out for this one, and you don’t want to miss it!

Please join us! A happy day awaits!

Looking forward to seeing you there, Sunday, May 1!

Dani, Tom and Rebecca


1 Day Till May Day Walk

Sunday, May 1, 2011, 2pm
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$51,810 Raised To Date

Excitement is in the air as our 3rd Annual May Day Walk fundraiser- benefiting The Healing Center is approaching!  We have launched our registration page and it is now available for individuals, families, and teams.

May Day celebrates the coming of summer and new beginnings. The Healing Center is excited to celebrate this holiday with a community walk-a-thon supporting our healing programs.

Please register for our May Day Walk and share the good works of The Healing Center by asking friends, family and co-workers to sponsor your walk in memory of your loved one, or in honor of your healing journey.

If you cannot attend the May Day Walk, we encourage you to become a “virtual walker,” because every little bit you do, helps The Healing Center support the next grieving adult, child, or family.

We hope you will join us for a fun filled day, and please encourage your friends and family to join us as we raise funds to support our healing programs.

Follow the link below and it will take you to the May Day Walk Homepage.

Do you need help registering or setting up your page?  We are happy to help you add photos, video or your story to make you website complete.  Just contact Rebecca at The Healing Center (206) 523-1206 or rebeccas@healingcenterseattle.org.