On Saturday, April 23, Seattle Milk Fund will host its annual Benefit Dinner & Live Auction at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center in the heart of Downtown Seattle’s Waterfront. In addition to a new venue, the 2016 event will unveil a new theme. Seattle Milk FUNd, will be a festive fête with a larger live auction and carnival-inspired games. Proceeds go towards Seattle Milk Fund in building stronger communities through access to child care and family support. Please RSVP by Friday, April 8, 2016.

We put together a list of runs and walks happening in and around the Seattle area in April and May. This isn’t an exhaustive list; there are many more happening every weekend. Everyone is welcome to these participate in these events, no matter your ability. You can run, jog, or walk. Grab some friends, make a playlist, and get outside! Stay active and fit while having fun and contributing to a good cause. 

Raise a pint and support Seattle Milk Fund families! $1 from every pint of beer sold during Reuben’s Brews’ Thank You Thursdays event on April 7th will benefit Seattle Milk Fund’s Child Care and Family Support Program. In addition, Reuben’s Brews will release a limited-edition beer, Seattle Milk Stout, in honor of Seattle Milk Fund. Additionally, $5 from each keg sold to local bars will also be donated to Seattle Milk Fund.  

Making volunteering fun and accessible for Seattleites.

Seattle is booming. Census data shows that Seattle is one of the fastest growing major American cities with a high concentration of young adults. Millennials make up 1/3 of our population. What will Seattle look like if we don’t value community engagement and volunteerism in this time of growth? How do we get millennials involved in building a thriving community of actively engaged individuals? This is where Seattle Works comes in.

Lost Lake Cafe offers diner fare 24 hours a day. Unlike most other diners, the food is good whether it’s 2:00 am after a night out or at 10:00 am in the morning. Whether you’re looking for a hot turkey sandwich drenched in gravy or an eggs benedict, you can be a part of a great cause on Tuesday, March 15th. As part of their Lost Lake Cares program, Lost Lake Café and Lounge will donate 10% of all menu sales on Tuesday, March 15th to Seattle University’s Dance Marathon’s efforts to raise money for Seattle Children’s Uncompensated Care Fund.  

We are excited to announce a new Culture Dose column subset, “Local Heroes,” to showcase do-gooders in the Seattle area and their work within our community. Our first column features Nathan and Emma Welch, who founded Rites of Passage as a way to continue their shared commitment to community advocacy, giving back and local outreach. They’ve thoughtfully designed expedition-based wilderness therapy programs for adolescents ages 11-17 and adults ages 18-30+ who struggle with such emotional and behavioral concerns as ODD, ADHD, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, mood disorders and substance abuse. “A boot camp alternative,” they explain, “…our programs are therapeutic, not punitive.”

Cupid’s Undie Run is a super fun, crazy 1-mile charity race where runners wear ONLY UNDERWEAR. Seattle’s edition takes place this Saturday at Westlake at noon! Cupid’s Undie Run focuses on the amazing mission to raise awareness for NF (Neurofibromatosis) and provide funds to The Children’s Tumor Foundation. The event is held in a total of 39 cities nationally and has currently raised over $2 million. Unlike other cities who hosted the run earlier this month with freezing temperatures like DC and Detroit, Saturday’s forecast calls for a party cloudy day and a high of 52 here in Seattle.