2020 Holiday Wreath Sale

A festive volunteer fundraiser to benefit Goodwin Connections’ families

Greens of fir and pine with juniper and red berries are mounted on metal tubing for a final dimension of 18 inches. Finished for your door with a handmade bow of your choosing! Also, makes for a cheery holiday gift for family, friends, and neighbors!

We’re offering two new buffalo plaid bow options this year!





Pre-paid orders can be placed:
Thur., Oct. 8 through Thur., Nov. 12

How would you like to receive your wreath(s)?


1. Mark “free delivery” towards the bottom of this order form. Delivery-area: Everett to Kent and Seattle to Issaquah. If you are just beyond the Greater-Seattle delivery area, please contact us and we can arrange for a meeting spot.
2. Your wreath(s) will be delivered to your doorstep between Wed., Nov. 18-Fri. Nov. 20.
3. You will receive a text message, phone call, or email alerting you of the delivery.

Pick up

1. Choose “pick up your wreath(s)” towards the bottom of this order form.
2. Wreaths will be available at 917 1st St, Kirkland, WA 98033  between Wed., Nov. 18-Fri. Nov. 20 from 8 am-8 pm.
3. Follow signs to the alley and we will place the wreath(s) in your car.

You can also mail in your order and check by Thur., Nov. 12 (payable to Goodwin Connections) to: Goodwin Connections, 1631 15th Ave W, Ste 116, Seattle, WA 98119

Questions? Call Sonja at 206-209-7036 or email sonja@goodwinconnections.org.

Festive Fundraisers

For as long as we all can remember (maybe even since the early 1900s!), our volunteers have been coming together to celebrate the holiday season by giving back and fundraising for our families. From holiday-inspired auctions and bazaars to their beloved wreath sale, volunteers have gotten very creative in supporting our families over the holidays. We are so grateful for them!

This year, Goodwin Connections’ volunteers are uniting for the 2020 Holiday Wreath Sale!

The wreaths are made of fir and pine greens with juniper and red berries mounted on metal tubing for a final dimension of 18 inches. Finished for your door with a handmade bow of your choosing! These also make for a cheery holiday gift for family, friends, and neighbors! Wreaths are $30 and the proceeds directly benefit the families of Goodwin Connections.

Pre-paid orders can be placed online: Thursday, October 8 through Thursday, November 12. Order yours today!

Questions? Call Sonja at 206-209-7036 or email sonja@goodwinconnections.org.


Meet Our Student Parents and Program Alumnae

During It’s a Goodwin Lunch-in we introduced you to our student parents and caught up with parents who had been in our program. Here are their video highlights from the event…

Meet Shariffa

Meet Ruby

Meet April

Meet Lisa

Meet Robyn




A soon-to-be graduate of Edmonds College, Ariana is receiving a full scholarship to attend Brown University in the fall, where she will receive her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. Ariana was also accepted to Seattle University, University of Washington’s Seattle and Bothell campuses, and Columbia University. Ariana was honored with Edmonds College’s Women’s Achievement Award and the Outstanding Mathematics Major Award for 2020.

What has your road to college looked like?

Straight out of high school at 18 years old, I was living on my own and working a full-time job. Despite these circumstances, I enrolled in community college and began my very short first college experience. I managed through my first quarter, but when winter quarter came, working, taking classes and trying to find stability in my personal life became too much for me to balance and I dropped out.

The next eight years were spent moving away from my hometown, having my two babies and getting married. With two babies’ futures to think about, in 2018 I started considering going back to school to get a degree. It was a daunting goal, and I knew that if I started taking classes, I had to finish this time around. After touring the campus, meeting with advisors and making a course plan, I knew I was ready to try again. In November 2018, I took the English and mathematics placement exams, and on January 2, 2019, I officially restarted my education journey at Edmonds College.
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Team Goodwin Volunteer Highlight

Lynn and Don Murphy have supported our families for decades. Whenever we see Lynn, she is always quick to ask, “How are our families?” And we always get to tell
her about how amazingly determined our students and their children are. Lynn and Don lead with their hearts in everything they do, which makes them pretty darn incredible themselves.

Lynn and the Terese Smith Howard heritage circle are well known for their annual wreath sale, which last year raised a whopping $10,000 for our families! Lynn also currently serves on Goodwin Connections’ Advisory Board.

Softchoice, our technology sponsor

Last fall, we began surveying our students about their technology access and needs. We discovered that students were borrowing neighbors’ computers to complete assignments, using computers with cracked screens, and relying heavily on computer and printer access on campus. And, when college campuses closed this spring and went online, access to reliable and current technology became a barrier for students to complete their courses.

The timing of Goodwin Connections’ new partnership with Softchoice Cares could not have been better. Just before the COVID-19 crisis hit, we received $11,600 in funding to launch a Technology Fund for our student parents. In addition, just weeks after schools closed, Softchoice pledged to make an additional donation to support Goodwin Connections’ families.

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Dear Friends of Goodwin Connections

As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic hit our region, you stepped up to help our student parents and their families. The Emergency Support Fund assisted students immediately with grocery cards, computers, wi-fi access, tuition and utility bills. And during May’s GiveBIG, more than $22,000 was raised to keep our parents on track to graduate this spring. You supported EVERY one of our 79 families during the spring during the spring quarter — and all 30 students who planned to graduate this year are graduating!

Much of the work that goes on behind the scenes is thanks to our volunteer board and committee members. Since January, the Goodwin Connections Board of Directors has welcomed new board members to the team. A warm hello to our new Board Vice President Yvonne Muench, and our new officers Annabel Quintero, Rocky Torres, Bill Benham, Robyn Duckett and Melissa Lewis! We will look to the board’s expertise as we embark on our next strategic plan in early 2021.

We are so grateful to our longtime Board member Jane Pedersen, who recently retired from the Board of Directors. We thank her for her dedicated service, enthusiasm for our mission and heartfelt kindness towards our families.
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We met Raymond about 24 hours after his daughter was born. He had just come from the hospital for his initial meeting with us. He applied to our Family Connections Program months earlier, knowing that he and his wife, Althea, needed childcare if they were to keep working toward their degrees.

We said, “let’s reschedule”, but his response was, “this meeting can’t wait.”

Raymond had some time before he needed to be back home with his new little family.  So we met with him and he was accepted into the Family Connections Program on the spot. He and his wife were laser-focused on earning their college degrees. The childcare assistance would help them stay the course.

Like many of our students, the road to college is not linear. Twists and turns, blockades and barriers make getting ahead even more challenging.

Raymond remembers his first, life-changing action after he was released from prison.

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Congratulations to our Graduates!

We are immensely proud of these 30 scholars who, despite increased challenges due to COVID-19, have made it to graduation day! Whether they’re continuing on to earn their next degree, or jumping into a new career, we know exciting things are in store.

Thank you to all who donated and supported Goodwin Connections this year.

Click on the video below to hear from, Tara, one of this year’s graduates.








A message to our Student Parents

To our Student Parents,

We want to acknowledge that these are incredibly hard times for many of you, especially our Black families. Like us, you are probably feeling sadness, anger, and frustration about the death of George Floyd, we are grieving with you and with our nation.

We wanted to let you know that we understand the challenges you face every day go far beyond the need for childcare, and to assure you that we see you, we support you, and we stand with you. Hatred and bigotry have no place in the Goodwin Connections Family or in the world.

Over the years, we have adapted to meet the changing needs of our families. Most recently, we’ve supported you through COVID-19 and will continue to do so. Now is another one of those times. We want to hear how we can help amplify you and your voices within our program and our shared community. Institutionalized racism hurts us all and we will not just be a passive supporter in the fight against it, but rather actively working against it.

We stand with our Black families. We are listening, we are learning, and we are ready to help make sustainable and meaningful change.

As always, please reach out if you need anything from us. We are here for you.

The Goodwin Connections Family