Don’t underestimate the power of small steps

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Interested in doing something to help those in need, but don’t know where to start? Come to the 2nd Annual Downtown Volunteer Fair this Sunday, held from 1-4 p.m. inside the Josephinum, at 2nd Ave and Stewart St.

Lend a hand!

You can meet one-on-one with representatives of more than 35 agencies that serve homeless people and others in need. It’s a great way to find out about the different agencies, their cultures and needs, and whether you’d be a good match and what skills YOU can offer THEM.

Want to learn how to advocate for others with your own program or idea?  Here’s your chance.  At 3:00 p.m. there’s  a workshop on “Advocacy 101”, where local superstar advocates for the homeless, Nancy Amadei and Alison Eisinger, will talk about the best ways to get your legislators to support opportunities for homeless and low income people. You can sign up with advocacy organizations as well, so you can learn to comment at the right time on legislation in the works.

Also, the Millionair Club is being honored.  This organization has changed thousands of lives by providing jobs and other essential support services to individuals who are homeless or unemployed in Seattle and King County.  They have been doing amazing work since 1921.

Please join us!  I would love to meet you at the Josephinum and talk about steps we can take together, as a community, to end poverty and homelessness. And if *that* doesn’t tempt you, come for the door prizes, or for the tours of the SHARE/WHEEL office space in the Josephinum, which were very popular last year.

The 2nd Annual Downtown Volunteer Fair is sponsored & hosted by Christ Our Hope, funded by the Virginia Mason Medical Center & co-sponsored by the Church Council of Greater Seattle, the Downtown Seattle Association & the Pike Place Market Foundation.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Faith Action Network, Real Change, Boston College Alumni Seattle Chapter, United Way of King County, Seattle Human Services Coalition, Center for Service and Community Engagement at Seattle University, University District Conversation on Homelessness, Metropolitan Democratic Club & the Seattle Human Rights Commission.

HONORARY BOARD: Seattle Archbishop Emeritus Alexander Brunett; Dow Constantine, King County Executive; Bob Ferguson, King County Council; Judge Willie Gregory, Seattle Municipal Court; Kate Joncas, Downtown Seattle Association; Nick Licata, Seattle City Council; Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, Washington State Supreme Court; Honorable Jim McDermott, U.S. House of Representatives, Michael Reichert, Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, and me!