I’m sitting here monitoring Twitter, where local reporters are sending tweets from Mayor Sullivan’s news conference about the city job cuts. As I mentioned, my husband is a firefighter, who is vulnerable to the cuts. I worked in a newsroom for a decade and have handled many stories over the years about job cuts. It is different being on the other end, not knowing what will happen to our family or to other families.
It is consuming me right now. I’m on autopilot as a parent today. I’m trying to live by my mantra to show no fear. The only thing I can do right now is try to offer information and resources that will be helpful to others. Two things crossed my desk this week that fit those categories.
The first is a fantastic Web site launched by two stay-at-home Moms, Nicole Smith and Kara Altman, who call themselves the Coupon Divas. The Web site, www.alaskacoupondiva.com (@AKCouponDiv on Twitter) has information on how to save money on everything from groceries, to school supplies. You can print coupons off, enter contests and even get the scoop on some freebies.
Secondly, Jenni Ragland with the Salvation Army contacted me about the need for help. The Salvation Army McKinnell House is looking for a few volunteers to provide childcare once a month. McKinnell House provides emergency shelter and support to homeless families. One resource they have, thanks to Northrim Bank, is a monthly financial literacy class. Unfortunately, without childcare, all families are not able to benefit from this great opportunity.
Classes are held once a month, usually on Thursday evenings. A minimum of two volunteers are needed for the class. Volunteers need to pass a background check and will have to attend a one hour child safety orientation. If you are interested, contact Jenni or Sarah at 276-2515 for additional information.