March 31 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm PDT
The annual extravaganza of blintzes, bagels, and books is here again; with all the proceeds after expenses going to local non-profits who are truly making a difference.
Blintzes and bagels with lox and cream cheese will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with South Sound’s most popular used book sale upstairs. Frozen blintzes by the dozen will also be for sale. Cash and checks accepted, sorry no cards.
The event also features a cooking/baking competition for the best coffee cake.
We look forward to seeing you there!
This year’s recipients:
1) Zonta Club of Olympia – Next Right Step program
Zonta Club of Olympia has a mission of advancing the status of Women and provides grants, projects and programs that support our local community. The Next Right Step is a collaborative program between Zonta of Olympia and Family Education and Support Services (FESS). Through this program they provide aid to motivated local women for one-time expenses that are barriers to self-sufficiency such as taking a class to get a job or a raise, paying for a car repair to be able to get to and from work and child care, or paying for copies of birth certificates that are needed to secure housing.
2) YWCA of Olympia – Economic Empowerment Program (EEP).
EEP prepares unemployed and underemployed women for careers in administration, bookkeeping and social services. EEP looks first to human needs, especially as histories of trauma inform those needs; and the program provides empowerment, healing, and community care while building marketable skills aligned with market demands. In addition to receiving academic work and mentoring, participants are responsible for running the YWCA’s Front Office, the YW’s Other Bank (community hygiene product bank) and Kathleen’s Closet (professional clothing boutique).
3) South Sound Reading Foundation – Literacy Bookshelf
“20 minutes a day” for reading is the motto of the South Sound Rasing Foundation. And even in the digital age, the most powerful and accessible tool to enable low income children and families to meet this goal and even more minutes, is books. This program gets high quality books into bookshelves and book baskets throughout Thurston and Mason counties. They sit in the waiting rooms of organizations serving low-income families, such as clinics, social service agencies, and food banks. Each child, each family, is encouraged to read together while waiting for their appointment and to take the books home. The shelves and baskets have age appropriate books for children to read, re-read, keep, and cherish.