Planned Giving Program

The Merridy Williams Society, a planned giving program.

In 2007 Merridy Williams left a bequest to FamilyWorks through her will. This “surprise” gift allowed us to purchase and install the large freezer and refrigerator in the food bank, pre-pay our food bank rent for several years, and place more than half of the money in an interest bearing account earmarked for the food bank in times of great need. What a legacy!

In honor of this significant gift, we have established The Merridy Williams Society to give our supporters a way to make strategic gifts that will help assure the future of FamilyWorks as a resource for those in need for as long as necessary. Anyone who leaves a bequest through their will becomes a member of the Merridy Williams Society automatically. If you have named FamilyWorks in your will, you are already a member and we’d like to know who you are! We would like to gather everyone who is in the Society. If you would like information about making a bequest or other planned gift, please contact Jake Weber:

Contact Jake p: (206) 694-6726 / e:

Merridy and her husband, Heustin, volunteered for many years at the FamilyWorks Food Bank, and found hundreds of ways to make a difference in the lives of people who used the food bank. They brought produce from their garden and handed out “starts” for people to grow their own. They came dressed as Santa at Christmas and passed out toys to the children. Each hour they worked at the food bank was an opportunity for them to share a conversation, stories and their positive spirit. As William Gates Sr. said about Merridy: “I know beyond a doubt that my sister would be delighted with the recognition you are directing to her, with naming the FamilyWorks planned giving program after her.” Like Merridy and Heustin, we thank you for strengthening individuals and families through your investment.

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