Good Cheer has been awarded recognition for its model Food Bank, community outreach efforts, and excellence in several areas. We believe that this is largely due to the tremendous community support and participation that Good Cheer has received from the South Whidbey community over the past 50 years.


All programs at Good Cheer are rooted in the following Family Support Principles:

  1. Staff and families work together in relationships based on equality and respect.
  2. Staff enhance families’ capacity to support the growth and development of all family members–adults, youth, and children.
  3. Families are resources to their own members, to other families, to programs, and to communities.
  4. Programs affirm and strengthen families’ cultural, racial, and linguistic identities and enhance their ability to function in a multicultural society.
  5. Programs are embedded in their communities and contribute to the community-building process.
  6. Programs advocate with families for their services and systems that are fair, responsive, and accountable to the families served.
  7. Practitioners work with families to mobilize formal and informal resources to support family development.
  8. Programs are flexible and continually responsive to emerging family and community issues.
  9. Principles of family support are modeled in all program activities, including planning, governance, and administration.

From: Guidelines for Family Support Practice (1996) Chicago: Family Resource Coalition