West Seattle Blog... » How to help http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:16:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 FOLLOWUP: WestSide Baby counting down to emergency move http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/followup-westside-baby-counting-down-to-emergency-move/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/followup-westside-baby-counting-down-to-emergency-move/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:32:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308035

(WSB photos)
Volunteer power and donations are getting WestSide Baby through its current crisis requiring an emergency move … and helping keep its family-assisting work on track. We stopped by on Wednesday, when a round of Earth Day recycling was under way at the new donation/volunteer center WS Baby is moving into … car-seat recycling.

Volunteers including staffers from Titan 360 were helping break down no-longer-usable car seats turned in to WS Baby. Meantime, the organization is having to more or less break down its entire center for the move across 14th SW in White Center, two weeks after the fire that cut power to their current center:

To get ready for the move, executive director Nancy Woodland brought in a generator so they could at least run a few things.

Saturday’s the day for the big move, something that was in the plans anyway, just accelerated by the problem. That requires more volunteer power, which WS Baby can also use tomorrow (Friday) afternoon, 3-6 pm, to help with shelving. Other needs – donated time, materials, money – are in our story from earlier this week.

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FOLLOWUP: WestSide Baby needs help with emergency move http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/followup-westside-baby-needs-help-with-emergency-move/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/followup-westside-baby-needs-help-with-emergency-move/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 03:34:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307640 Earlier this month, we reported on a small fire with a big effect on WestSide Baby‘s operations – shutting down the WS Baby volunteer/donation center in White Center, from which the nonprofit serves thousands of families around the area. The resulting power outage isn’t fixed yet and so WS Baby’s executive director Nancy Woodland sends word they’re making an emergency move – and in need of multiple types of help:

On April 9, WestSide Baby’s main facility in White Center experienced a small electrical fire that eliminated power for our donation and volunteer center. This means we’ve been unable to fill orders for 350 children per week as the building is completely dark, cold and unsafe. Because this is not the first time this building has had major maintenance issues, we have decided to take a brave step and move our entire operation within the next week because leaving children in the lurch is unacceptable to us.

To get up and running as soon as possible, over the next 10 days we are moving our main donation and volunteer operations across the street into a warehouse where we have been storing diapers! We plan to open our doors at 10002 14th Ave SW by April 27.

This is a plan we have been working on for some time and had actually hoped to execute this summer. Because of the fire and resulting urgency, we have now divided it into Phases and we’ll start a little earlier than we expected by moving one component of our organization now. We’re excited to share updates on Phase 2 and 3 soon. It’s going to be great and we hope you will be excited to participate in our growth!

We have a list of opportunities for you to support this effort with your time or treasure. Both are critical at this point in order for us to be able to get back up and running and filling orders as soon as possible.

You can donate now at WestSideBaby.org to help us with the following things to get set up quickly:

Critical for Phase 1:

Shelving – $5000 Total ($300/each)
Signage – $2000
Pallet Stacker – Rent or Purchase
Canvas Bins – $1000 Total ($250 each)
Moving and Storage Expenses – $10,000

Things we’ll need for Phase 2 -3:

Moving Expenses – $15k
Industrial Carpet/Flooring
Painting help

We will also have Volunteer Opportunities:

Tuesday, April 21 6-7 pm Car Seat moving
Friday, April 24 3-6 pm Shelf Assembly
Saturday, April 25 10 – 5 Moving!!
Sunday, April 26 9 – 5 Deconstruction of old facilty and clean up
Soon after – a small masonry and curb installation project needs a skilled professional

Contact Volunteer Manager, Shana Allen (shana@westsidebaby.org), if you are interested! We have some flexibility with this schedule and we anticipate more things unfolding this week. These are all physical projects.

To help us with backlog – we anticipate announcing additional Sorting Frenzies and Order Filling Opportunities the week of April 27. Let Shana know if you want to be on the lists to receive those updates!!

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You can help! Relay for Life team offering Grab-and-Go dinners http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/you-can-help-relay-for-life-team-offering-grab-and-go-dinners/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/you-can-help-relay-for-life-team-offering-grab-and-go-dinners/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 04:22:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307548 The Relay for Life-West Seattle team Smiles for Miles is offering “Grab and Go” dinners as a fundraiser again, on two upcoming dates:

*Next Tuesday, April 21st, they’re offering ravioli (with marinara), Caesar salad, green beans, and garlic bread. $10 adult dinner, $5 child-size. Pickup (cash, or check made to American Cancer Society) is 5-6 pm Tuesday at the Fauntleroy Children’s Center kitchen (north side of Fauntleroy Schoolhouse). E-mail your order by Monday (April 20th) to fauntleroychildrenscenter@yahoo.com.

*On Wednesday, May 13th, they’re fixing Grab-and-Go spaghetti dinners (meat sauce or marinara), Caesar salad, corn, garlic bread, Same prices, payment options, pickup time/place, e-mail address; order by May 12th.

Questions before you place an order? Call Lauri Cunningham @ 206-932-9590, extension 302, or ask via the same e-mail address.

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West Seattle Thriftway shopping spree: WS Food Bank wins twice! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-thriftway-shopping-spree-ws-food-bank-wins-twice/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-thriftway-shopping-spree-ws-food-bank-wins-twice/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 03:10:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307525

Grocery shopping is a popular thing to do on Saturday mornings. Not quite the way Bart Eldredge and son Chase Eldredge did it today, though. They won the West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) benefit raffle for a shopping spree of as many Western Family-brand products they could grab in that time. Chase was an ace:

Thriftway’s Michele Grasso checked the Eldredges out, tallying a grand total of $728 in merchandise:

Not only did the raffle-ticket sales raise $3,179 for the West Seattle Food Bank, the Eldredges donated more than half their haul to WSFB, whose executive director Fran Yeatts was there to say thanks:

The Thriftway fundraiser was just one of their ongoing community projects, and was also in celebration of the locally owned grocery store’s 27th anniversary this spring. Another popular annual fundraiser is their series of Saturday benefit lunchtime barbecues, and Michele tells us the first one is just two weeks away, on May 2nd.

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HAPPENING NOW: Miss Seattle’s book drive in The Junction http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/happening-now-miss-seattles-book-drive-in-the-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/happening-now-miss-seattles-book-drive-in-the-junction/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:01:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307473

One more hour to deliver children’s-book donations to Taryn Smith, West Seattle High School senior and Miss Seattle, at Merryweather Books in The Junction – 4527 California SW. Today’s book drive is on until 1 pm. (The store’s one of the 30+ participating in today’s Tax-Free Sale Day, too – more on that shortly.)

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West Seattle 5K less than a month away; registration party Sunday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-5k-less-than-a-month-away-registration-party-sunday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-5k-less-than-a-month-away-registration-party-sunday/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:21:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307453

(WS5K start three years ago, photographed by David Hutchinson)
We’re now less than a month away from the 2015 West Seattle 5K – set for Sunday, May 17th, with co-sponsors including WSB. The WS5K is always the first major 5K fundraising run/walk of the year along Alki Beach, organized by and raising money for the West Seattle High School PTSA. While you can sign up online 24/7, you’re also invited to get one last chance at the discounted early-registration fee by visiting West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) at its new location (2743 California SW) tomorrow, Sunday, April 19th – race reps will be ready to sun you up on Sunday afternoon, 1-5 pm.

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You can help! Get in on ‘Art for Food’ @ Youngstown, to benefit White Center Food Bank http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/you-can-help-get-in-on-art-for-food-youngstown-to-benefit-white-center-food-bank/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/you-can-help-get-in-on-art-for-food-youngstown-to-benefit-white-center-food-bank/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 03:30:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307313 Just a little more than a week until “Art for Food” at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, benefiting White Center Food Bank, which also serves part of West Seattle. The event is 6-8 pm on Friday, April 24th, WCFB’s Kristina Dahl explains: “Not only does it benefit the food bank, but it’s a fun after- work event with live music from West Seattle jazz trio The Ellis Brothers, held in the wonderful Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, with art from many West Seattle artists (including Peggy Abby, who is co-hosting this event with us). There will be wine (21+) and cheese available also, but the event is open to all ages. We are still welcoming art donations, volunteers at the event, and of course hope that many people from our community will buy tickets and come join us in the fun.” Buy your ticket right here, right now.

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You can help! Miss Seattle, Taryn Smith, collecting kids’ books http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/you-can-help-miss-seattle-taryn-smith-collecting-kids-books/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/you-can-help-miss-seattle-taryn-smith-collecting-kids-books/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:52:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307233 We’ve reported before on the achievements of Taryn Smith, the West Seattle High School senior who is the reigning Miss Seattle – and this Saturday (April 18th), you can help her with her next community-service endeavor: A book drive for local kids.

Taryn will be at Merryweather Books in The Junction (4537 California SW) collecting donated children’s book to give to the kids at Mary’s Place, which helps homeless women and children with shelter and other needs. Bring your book donations to Taryn at the shop between 9 am and 1 pm on Saturday.

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Save Seattle’s apples! City Fruit will show you how to help http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/save-seattles-apples-city-fruit-will-show-you-how-to-help/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/save-seattles-apples-city-fruit-will-show-you-how-to-help/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 04:39:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306915

(Photo courtesy City Fruit)
Got an apple tree? More than one, maybe? Don’t let its fruit go to waste! City Fruit, which harvested almost 14 tons of homegrown fruit last year, is hoping its new “Save Seattle’s Apples” campaign will keep even more from going to waste. Here’s what City Fruit announced this week – and scroll ahead to find out about the West Seattle event that’ll be part of it:

City Fruit is excited to announce the launch of the organization’s first ever Spring 2015 Save Seattle’s Apples Campaign. In partnership with Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Recology, Greater Good Granola, and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, this three-month pest prevention campaign will build awareness about Seattle’s urban canopy, the proper care and management of apple trees, and provide opportunities for the public to protect apples. Additionally, the project aims to reduce waste that unnecessarily ends up in the compost bin.

During 2014, City Fruit harvested nearly 28,000 pounds of fresh, edible fruit and donated the majority to Seattle’s emergency food system. During the same harvest season, the organization composted over 12,000 pounds of rotten fruit that had fallen to the ground due to insects, poor tree management, or neglect. Through education, outreach, and direct hands-on assistance to tree owners in protecting their fruit, City Fruit hopes to cut the number of pounds of composted fruit in half in 2015, adding 6,000 pounds of fruit to the emergency food system and feeding an additional estimated 20,000 families.

“Apple trees are a vibrant part of Seattle’s history, and a valuable resource. Coming together as an entire community in the care of our apple trees can have an enormous impact on our local food system and make a difference to communities experiencing food insecurity,” said Morgan Larsen, City Fruit’s board president.

“Food waste makes up one third of Seattle’s residential garbage,” said Veronica Fincher, Waste Prevention Program Manager at Seattle Public Utilities. “We’re excited to be part of a project that helps prevent food from becoming waste– especially since food is no longer allowed in the garbage.”

From April through June, City Fruit will provide free pest barriers to Seattle tree owners, and will host a series of outreach events in five Seattle neighborhoods focused on covering trees to prevent pests in orchards as well as on private property. The Save Seattle’s Apples Kick-Off event will take place on Sunday, April 19th at Linden Orchard (N 67th St.) from 12 – 3 PM, and will feature opportunities for community members to participate in covering apple trees, win prizes, and pledge to reduce waste.

Learn more about the Save Seattle’s Apples campaign and the Linden Orchard Kick-Off event on the City Fruit website: www.cityfruit.org.

While the kickoff next weekend is in North Seattle, when we contacted City Fruit to find out more about all this, we found out they’re recruiting volunteers for a neighborhood pest-prevention event here in West Seattle on Saturday, May 16th, 10 am-1 pm. Get the details here – and volunteer by signing up here.

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WestSide Baby loses power after small fire at White Center facility, asks you to hold onto donations for now http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/westside-baby-loses-power-after-small-fire-at-white-center-facility-asks-you-to-hold-onto-donations-for-now/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/westside-baby-loses-power-after-small-fire-at-white-center-facility-asks-you-to-hold-onto-donations-for-now/#comments Sat, 11 Apr 2015 20:18:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306833 If you were planning to donate items to WestSide Baby via its main HQ in White Center – they’re asking you to wait a few days, because of a power outage caused by a small fire. From WS Baby executive director Nancy Woodland:

WestSide Baby’s White Center Main Operations Center experienced a small electrical fire in an outside meter that has caused us to lose power. We are awaiting landlord-directed repairs and must remain closed until those repairs are made. We hope this will happen quickly and we are exploring other options to continue operations in the meantime. We’ll post updates on our website and/or Facebook. Thank you to everyone for your concern, and please know we are making every effort to be up and running very soon as children are counting on us.

We will have our donation bin out during the regular hours but, if you have item donations and you are able to hold them for us during this time, we would be very grateful. We are in the dark and unable to sort things and a pile up can be difficult to address.

We are hopeful, our landlord will address this quickly but we expect to be closed at least a week at our White Center Donation and Volunteer Center. Our administrative office and our Central Branch location at 23rd and Jackson are both open for full operations!

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HAPPENING NOW: Kiwanis food drive to help your neighbors http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/happening-now-kiwanis-food-drive-to-help-your-neighbors/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/happening-now-kiwanis-food-drive-to-help-your-neighbors/#comments Sat, 11 Apr 2015 19:42:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306827 We stopped by two of the stores where Kiwanis and Key Club volunteers are collecting food until 3 pm:

At West Seattle Thriftway (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan; WSB sponsor), we found, from left, Chief Sealth International High School Key Club members Ariana, Cameron, and Johnny were there with Kiwanis’s Shari Sewell and West Niver. Then at PCC Natural Markets-West Seattle (California/Stevens; WSB sponsor):

In our photo, Rosemary and Hana from the Key Club at West Seattle High School (right across the street!). The Kiwanis’s third location is the Junction QFC (42nd/Alaska). Your nonperishable food donations matter more than ever right now – while there are food drives aplenty at some times of year, especially the winter holidays, the need is great year-round.

P.S. Separate from the Kiwanis food drive but toward the same goal – making sure fewer people are hungry – the West Seattle Food Bank has volunteers at Metropolitan Market (41st/42nd/Admiral; WSB sponsor) until 3 pm, too.

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You can help! ‘Catsino’ benefits animal-advocacy groups Sunday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/you-can-help-catsino-benefits-animal-advocacy-groups-sunday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/you-can-help-catsino-benefits-animal-advocacy-groups-sunday/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 03:36:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306345 Next Sunday (April 12th) afternoon, 2-6 pm, you can help out local animal-advocacy groups via the annual “Catsino” silent auction (and more) at Beveridge Place Pub:

What do Pig Craps, BlackCat 21, Hotwire Snip ‘em, and Studless Draw all have in common? They are the entertainment portion of our annual Catsino Silent Auction! Come on out to meet four local rescue groups and bid on unusual, unique silent auction items! All proceeds benefit Furry Faces Foundation, A.A.R.F., Community Cat Coalition, and Regional Animal Services of King County.

You’ll also get to visit and play games with our local business friends! Check out our Facebook page each day to see who is playing and what silent action items have been added.

Pre-Sale Ticket Outlets – Save $5 By Purchasing Your Ticket Early!

Beveridge Place Pub: 6413 California Ave SW, 932-9906 (Morgan Junction)
Hotwire Coffeehouse: 4410 California Ave SW, 935-1510 (Alaska Junction)
Pet Elements: 6511 California Ave SW, 206-932-0457 (Morgan Junction)
The Beer Junction: 4511 California Ave SW, (206) 938-2337 (Alaska Junction)

The fine print: Catsino’s entertainment is recreational only; Catsino Bucks have no monetary value, and all prizes are non-monetary; BP Pub is 21+.

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HAPPENING NOW: Buy books, help students @ Sanislo Elementary http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/happening-now-buy-books-help-students-sanislo-elementary/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/happening-now-buy-books-help-students-sanislo-elementary/#comments Sat, 04 Apr 2015 19:10:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306154

(Photo courtesy Lisa)
Stock your bookshelves, stock your nearest Little Free Library, get someone a gift, find something new to read in your away-from-the-screen quiet time … lots of books for all ages are on sale right now at Sanislo Elementary‘s annual Book Sale, raising money for the 4th-grade camping trip. Treats too:

(WSB photo)
Head over to the forested grounds at 1812 SW Myrtle (map) before 2 pm!

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You can help Chief Sealth IHS Class of 2015 celebrate Grad Night – even if you don’t know a grad-to-be. Here’s how. http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/you-can-help-chief-sealth-ihs-class-of-2015-celebrate-grad-night-even-if-you-dont-know-a-grad-to-be-heres-how/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/you-can-help-chief-sealth-ihs-class-of-2015-celebrate-grad-night-even-if-you-dont-know-a-grad-to-be-heres-how/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2015 05:08:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306010 Now that April’s here, the Class of 2015 is just two months from graduating, and celebrating. At Chief Sealth International High School, a bit of a community boost will go a long way toward making sure the biggest party of the summer isn’t out of any grad’s reach:

The Chief Sealth Class of 2015 senior class parents are currently organizing a tremendous event for our graduating seniors. Grad Night is an all-night, alcohol and drug-free party with non-stop, action-packed and supervised fun aimed at keeping our seniors safe on this important night. Where they’re going is a total surprise…but it will be awesome! This special event sends a clear message to graduates that we want to honor their achievement and care about their safety.

Why do we do Grad Night? Statistically, graduation night is the most common night for tragedy among teens and young adults. Students have just been ceremoniously ushered into adulthood and feel invincible – what could go wrong when left to their own plans? For many teens and young adults, this night has ended in tragedy. Why leave it to chance? We want our graduates to celebrate their bright futures, not ruin them.

Did you know? At Chief Sealth, over half of our students qualify for free/ reduced lunch and there are reportedly at least 40 homeless students currently attending Chief Sealth. For many families in our community, senior year expenses are overwhelming. In previous years, the CSIHS community generosity has made this event possible and affordable for all students. Funds raised have provided valuable scholarships to students who cannot afford the ticket price, as well as prizes for the contests and games offered throughout the event and many other details that make this night a lasting memory for students. Your support of this worthwhile tradition is extremely important. We need your help to continue this event.

Seattle Public Schools and the CSIHS PTSA support Grad Night and they commend you for any contribution. Most of all, the graduating seniors are grateful to you for caring enough to help provide a safe alcohol and drug free party.

It’s so easy to help! Contributions can be made online at bit.ly/sealthgradnight. Or you may use the attached form and send in your contribution to the CSIHS Main Office at 2600 SW Thistle St, Seattle, WA 98126, ATTN: 2015 Grad Night. Contributions must be received by May 1, 2015.

Please consider forwarding this letter to the greater community or anyone you know who may support CSIHS Grad Night.

If you have any questions, please call me at 206-932-4760. Thank you for supporting the CSIHS Class of 2015!

Thank you!
Cathy Jimenez
Grad Night Committee Chair

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Here’s where you can make a difference during the spring edition of Duwamish Alive! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/heres-where-you-can-make-a-difference-during-the-spring-edition-of-duwamish-alive/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/heres-where-you-can-make-a-difference-during-the-spring-edition-of-duwamish-alive/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:09:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305832

Duwamish Alive! is just two and a half weeks away, and organizers hope you’ll take a minute now to decide where you want to join in to help out our city’s only river and its watershed. All you need to commit to is a four-hour shift on April 18th – 10 am-2 pm – and as the map shows, you have options from West Seattle to South Park and beyond. Go here to find out more and to choose your site.

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