Mary’s Place Wins 2013 Non-Profit Of The Year

Madrona Presbyterian Church

Mary’s Place, sponsor of the Julia’s Place Night Shelter at Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church, has been named the 2013 Non-Profit of the Year by the Greater Seattle Business Association. Mary’s Place and its affiliated shelters are the only shelters in King County that accept homeless women with children. They provide basic services such as hot showers and laundry, along with resources to help women lift themselves out of homelessness.

Julia’s Place hosts five families (men, women, and children) overnight while they wait for permanent housing, and is staffed by volunteers who stay the night and serve dinner. The “Madrona Moms” community group has signed up to serve at the shelter one week per quarter.

The shelter is looking for volunteers to staff the remaining 12 weeks. For more information about how you can help at Mary’s Place, please contact Alyson Moon at or at (206) 621-8474.

Volunteer Opportunities on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

A week from today, we will celebrate the work of Dr. King on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and what better way to honor his legacy than giving back to our community?  Join United Way of King County and thousands of others across America on January 20th to honor Dr. King’s legacy, as the MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, which is the President’s national call to service initiative. MLK

The initiative calls for Americans to work together to create solutions to some of our nation’s most pressing issues. You can choose from of a number of projects to give back individually, or with a group, and it’s really a wonderful and rewarding way to help the community, and meet like-minded people in the neighborhood. Different ways to help include registering as a project leader, and choosing a project that fits the bill for your group’s interests. If this is something you’re interested in, (or if you’d like more information on volunteering individually) email United Way’s online volunteer specialist Erica Ellis, If you miss signing up, you can still show up for an event on the day it is scheduled, no per-registration is required. For a list of opportunities in your neighborhood visit ‘s United Way of King County’s volunteer page today.