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Our healthcare workers

Since the 1990s, Goodwin Connections has supported thousands of student parents with
childcare expenses, college tuition, and basic needs. Throughout that time, hundreds of current healthcare workers earned their college degrees. These moms and dads have been taking care of our community for many years including through the ongoing pandemic.

“Our student parents are incredibly resilient. They have come through the other side of whatever life has thrown at them and they are committed to finishing college and starting their careers,” says Rachel Sanchez, Program & Community Outreach Manager at Goodwin Connections. “Many have been moved by a caring nurse or social worker who got them through a challenging time and have been inspired to give back.”

As we look to the future, nurses, dental hygienists, respiratory therapists, mental health practitioners, and physical therapists will be in very high demand. It is more important than ever to support those who are going into these fields as the U.S. population ages and as healthcare workers retire.

“More than 50% of our current student parents will begin a healthcare-related career after graduation,” says Sanchez. “We’re honored to introduce this next generation—and we’re so inspired by what keeps them motivated, we’re dedicating this issue to hear straight from them. Please join us in thanking these future healthcare workers for their commitment to keeping us healthy and safe.”

“I have worked in the healthcare industry for 10 years now. My goal as a future nursing professional is to support my patients during their time of healing, and educate others to promote healthy lifestyles for our future generations.”
-Nicole, Pacific Lutheran University, Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

“I was unsure of what I wanted to do, so I became a nursing assistant while working on my prerequisites. During that time, I realized nursing was the right career for me. I love helping people, even if it’s something simple and small. Nursing is such a rewarding
job and I wish I would have done this years ago. I will graduate in March 2021, and I am beyond excited to start my career.”
-Gabby, Shoreline Community College, Associate Degree, Nursing Read more.

2019-2020 Impact Report

Throughout the pandemic, our students and their childcare providers have demonstrated time and time again their resilience and strength.  Thank you for being a part of their support system as they build brighter futures for their families.

We are pleased to share our 2019-2020 Impact Report with you.

Recent donor lists

Donor List July 1-Dec 2020

Lunch-In Donors 2020

Donor List Jan 16-June 30 2020

Getting creative with fundraising

Like many nonprofits, in-person fundraising events are a significant portion of our annual goal. Events allow us to gather in community with one another and celebrate the remarkable successes of the families we support.

Unfortunately, we have been unable to hold any in-person events due to COVID-19. And, as we move into the new year, we are looking for creative ideas and partnerships to support our fundraising!

We are grateful for our devoted volunteers and supporters who spread their passion for our program everywhere they go. These folks have helped keep the momentum going throughout the year.

• Goodwin’s volunteer wreath fundraiser brought out our cheerful wreath sellers who engage with friends and family to support Goodwin. Last year, volunteers raised more than $11,000 during their 2020 “socially-distanced” sale. Wreath seller extraordinaire Debbie Geddes’ motto is, “It doesn’t hurt to ask!” This is why she, Lynn Murphy, Sandle Dahl, Lisa Marx, Terry Dessert, Carolyn Baker, and Wanda Urquhart sold the most wreaths ever this year.

Kristin Affolter connected us with her car enthusiast group, the Northwest Alfa Romeo Club, a few years ago and Goodwin has been the beneficiary of their annual fundraiser for three years! Read more.


This month, we are featuring student parents from our Family Connections Program who are going into the healthcare field. We asked them what inspired them to become our community’s next nurses, respiratory therapists, dental hygienists, and mental health professionals. Here’s Embeba’s story, a mom of two, a student at North Seattle College, and a future nurse…

My father molded me to ensure academic success. His influence on my life has brought me to where I am today, a nursing student.

My father was an Eritrean soldier. In 2006, he became sick while he was forced to dig for gold by the Eritrean government for several months. They forced him to keep digging until he got really sick, and then they let him come home. 

After suffering for many months, my father died when I was barely 12. I was angered and saddened, and I thought that if I were a medical professional, I could give him the treatment he needed to save his life. 

His passing shaped my interest in becoming a future healthcare worker. Compelled to begin working in nursing, I am studying so that I can help spare other people from the same pain and loss.  

Since my father’s death, I have hoped to become a skilled and compassionate healthcare provider, and I have reached a pivotal moment in my career in which I am eager for further training and studies so that I can evolve into the medical professional that I envisioned when I lost my father.

With Goodwin Connections financial and emotional support, I have made significant achievements not only in my academics and professionally, but also in my personal life. 

I am currently working towards an Associate Degree in Pre-Nursing at North Seattle College which I plan to finish this quarterAfterwards, I plan to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and eventually a Master’s of Science in Nursing.

I am optimistic that these degree programs will open up rewarding employment opportunities, prepare me for a specialized career path, and offer networking opportunities. 

Regarding my professional endeavors, I am currently a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the Seattle Honor Foundation. Being a member of these organizations has enabled me to develop professional networking opportunities, college tuition scholarships, and professional recognition.  

Regarding my personal life, I am an active participant in my churchSinging in the church choir has helped to fulfill me spirituallyI have been able to serve humanity by assisting people to actualize their spiritual goals. 

I am also a mother of two little kids. Being a mother I have been able to acquire and develop qualities that I did not have before. I am more caring, patient, responsible, and loving. As a parent, it has enhanced my love for my own parents and has taught me to appreciate patience and sacrifice.  

JOYful Giving Season

We invite you to join us in Giving JOYfully this year:

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Thank you Lunch-In Supporters!

We are so grateful to you for supporting our families at our very first Lunch-In. We have created a new gratitude list to celebrate you and your commitment to helping our families build brighter futures. Thank you!

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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