9th Annual BFF Turkey Drive

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Gobble, Gobble..It's that time of year again and the need is greater than ever. For every turkey donated ($15), we'll match it! Help us reach our goal of feeding 800 families this Thanksgiving.

Just as a fun note, with the help of our friends the Bacon Family Foundation has donated over 6,600 Turkey/Chicken Thanksgiving Dinners over the past 10 years!  We’re happy to benefit the families who rely on Hopelink food bank for their food. 

Posted on November 2, 2018 .

BFF donates $1,000,000 to the new Boys and Girls Club Clubhouse in Bellevue

The new Bellevue Boys & Girls Club Main Clubhouse on 100th Ave in Downtown Bellevue.

The new Bellevue Boys & Girls Club Main Clubhouse on 100th Ave in Downtown Bellevue.

The new 27,000 square foot main Club houses "The Bacon Family Foundation Gymnasium", tech lab, teaching kitchen, games room, tween/teen multipurpose space & internet café, community room, education center and preschool.

With the desire to maximize the usage of the new Clubhouse and increase overall impact on the community, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue organization is expanding its successful coalition with the City of Bellevue to create a Clubhouse that will also serve as a multi-generational community center during hours when the Club is not in use for youth programming.

The downtown clubhouse has under gone numerous remodels to accommodate the growing number of families making their way to the Eastside. The Club’s Director of Development Michele Heffron said that for the past 63 years, the downtown club has been, “the heart and soul of the organization.” Bellevue’s population has grown by 47 percent during the past 20 years, remodeling efforts weren’t able to keep up with the volume of families and kids using the space.

Posted on November 11, 2016 .

Day of Caring 2013

We had a great time painting, cleaning and building some new shelves at the Bellevue Boys & Girls Club Teen Center for this years Day of Caring!

Posted on September 20, 2013 .

3rd Annual BFF Turkey Drive

With your help, more families in need can have a nice Thanksgiving dinner. Last year we were able to donate 1,523 turkeys & fixings to families in the Seattle Area.

For every turkey donated by one of our friends, we'll donate five!

Your donation of $15.00 will feed 6 families for the Thanksgiving Holiday! $30.00 will feed 12 families...Gobble, Gobble!

 

Thanks for your support: John & Debbie Bacon, Cathy Herr, John & Lynda McIlwaine, Christine Schwager, Cameron Clennon, Monica Silverman, Todd & Krystle McIlwaine, Brent & Desa Schrader, Meredith & Jack Groseclose, Karen Ross, Marianne Mowat, Amy Banken, Derek Heed, Brenda Zierler, Debbie Scott, Linda Tonn, Mike & Barb Bacon, John D. Bacon, Merrett Green, Laura Weingaertner, Jim & Alice Souders, Nick & Amber Blomquist, Steve Savard, Garth Erickson, Conor Hansen, Ali Henning, Scott Sulman, Bjorn & Laurie Eide, Brad Cahill, Duncan Butcher, Devin Mcleod, Jim Johnson, Alissa Bacon, Tony Bacon & Amy Bacon, & Kevin Sampson

Posted on November 1, 2012 .

United Way Community Resource Exchange

At this years United Way Community Resource Exchange more than 400 volunteers and 100 service providers enabled more than 1,200 men, women and kids facing homelessness to receive the services they needed most. We were able to volunteer at United Way’s October 2012 Community Resource Exchange, handing out over 1,100 pairs of shoes and socks to those in need.

Volunteers from the Bacon Family Foundation handing out shoes to homeless individuals. Watch the story about the CRE shoe provider, Scott Sowle of Redeeming Soles.

 

The BFF partnered with Skyline Socks to donate more than 1,100 pairs of socks to homeless men, women, and children.

Posted on October 19, 2012 .

Hopelink Shelter Renovations

Special thanks goes out to Girls Giving Back for partnering with Bacon Family Foundation to renovate two units at Hopelink's transitional housing in Redmond this past Saturday.

Girls Giving Back had a big project of painting and completely furnishing a three bedroom apartment at the Hopelink Family Shelter in Redmond. Upon arriving at the shelter we noticed that another resident had moved out so there were two empty units instead of one. And so Girls Giving Back, along with the support of the Bacon Foundation took on the challenge. We painted and fully furnished (along with every household detail) both units that were open so that two families could move in to an inspirational, clean, loving space for their road to recovery and a bright future! It was 13 hours full of great people stepping up to make this day happen! Click here to enjoy the pics!

Posted on October 13, 2012 .

Day of Caring 2012

Day of Caring 2012 was our biggest ever—thanks to all those who participated!

A huge thanks to all of the volunteers who helped to be part of the day. This year we were able to work at the Bellevue Boys & Girls Club. Our crew painted, cleaned up the grounds, added new bark, and planted flowers and plants. The staff at the Boys & Girls Club was extremely thankful and proud of the work.

Posted on September 21, 2012 .

Hopelink Receives $50,000 grant from the Bacon Family Foundation

Tony Bacon of the Bacon Family Foundation presents a check to Hopelink CEO Marilyn Mason-Plunkett

Tony Bacon of the Bacon Family Foundation presents a check to Hopelink CEO Marilyn Mason-Plunkett

Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Hopelink is very grateful to the Bacon Family Foundation for their extraordinary support of Hopelink’s many programs.

 This very generous grant will be used for general operating support, enabling us to continue providing critical services to those in need in north and east King County. The Bacon Family Foundation is an outstanding partner, and we are very grateful for their on-going support.

Posted on May 9, 2012 .

BFF launches Parent Child Home Visit Program on The Eastside

Tony Bacon presents a check to United Way CEO Jon Fine to help launch the Parent Child Home Visit Program on the Eastside.

Tony Bacon presents a check to United Way CEO Jon Fine to help launch the Parent Child Home Visit Program on the Eastside.

The Parent-Child Home Program is a research-based early literacy and school readiness program for hard-to-reach families. The program engages isolated, diverse, low-income families where it matters-in their homes-and coaches parents to become adept teachers for their young children.

Its focus is 2- to 4-year-olds and their parents. At the family's invitation, specially-trained visitors come twice weekly over a two-year period with gifts of books and educational toys. Using these materials, the visitor teams with the parent in exercises to stimulate the child's development.

The program has proven highly successful, raising participants' high school graduation rates to those of higher-income students. It also builds the "protective factors" in families that are shown to reduce child abuse and neglect.

Building on the work of the Business Partnership for Early Learning, which brought the program to the region, United Way plans to extend the Parent-Child Home Program to any family living in poverty in King County that is interested and can benefit. The expansion of the Parent-Child Home Program will help give every child in our community an equal chance to succeed.

Posted on March 23, 2012 .