West Seattle Blog... » How to help http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 22:25:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 YOU CAN HELP! Be a tutor for program at 2 West Seattle schools http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/you-can-help-be-a-tutor-for-program-at-2-west-seattle-schools/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/you-can-help-be-a-tutor-for-program-at-2-west-seattle-schools/#comments Tue, 06 Oct 2015 20:50:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325133 A tutoring program serving schools around Seattle, including two here, is looking for help. Maybe you can answer the call. Here’s the announcement:

Invest in Youth is a Seattle-based non-profit organization that provides free tutoring to local elementary students across the city, including at Roxhill Elementary and Fairmount Park Elementary, both in West Seattle. We are looking for volunteer tutors to work with students this school year. Will you join us this fall?

Tutoring begins in early October, runs through May and takes place once every week at one of our six conveniently located schools across the city.

The program is pretty straight-forward. Each tutor is matched with the same student for the whole school year and the pair works together on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for an hour once a week. Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session.

The impact of Invest in Youth’s tutoring program is dramatic:

· 100% of classroom teachers agreed that Invest in Youth was a valuable resource for their students.
· Students in our program made an average gain of 10 points on their MAP tests, which is twice the national average.
· Our volunteers collectively provided more than 3,000 hours of FREE academic support to students in need during the 2014-2015 school year.
· Tutors felt that the lasting bond they form with their student is the most meaningful element of the program.

We are looking for volunteer tutors to join us this fall. Apply today!

For more information or to apply to be a tutor, please visit our website: www.investinyouth.org or contact Alison at aallen@investinyouth.org. Can’t commit to the full school year? Become a substitute tutor or share this with your friends who might be interested.

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West Seattle weekend scene: On their feet to fight hunger http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-weekend-scene-on-their-feet-to-fight-hunger/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-weekend-scene-on-their-feet-to-fight-hunger/#comments Mon, 05 Oct 2015 04:00:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324986

(WSB photos by Katie Meyer)
If you weren’t part of today’s CROP Hunger Walk – you might have seen those who were, with red shirts and signs, on a 3-mile route along Alki this afternoon.

The walk calls attention to the struggle many around the world have in obtaining drinkable water as well as getting enough food to stave off hunger. As one walker explained, the distance of the walk – 3 miles – signifies how far many people around the world have to walk to obtain drinkable (or any) water each day.

The West Seattle walk was one of two in the city today, with pledges helping people in need globally as well as locally; you can donate to the cause here.

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CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle’s Chuck Diesel Invitational raises $26,000 for youth golf http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/congratulations-west-seattles-chuck-diesel-invitational-raises-26000-for-youth-golf/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/congratulations-west-seattles-chuck-diesel-invitational-raises-26000-for-youth-golf/#comments Sun, 04 Oct 2015 19:01:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324936 If you missed this year’s Chuck Diesel Invitational Golf Tournament – two weeks ago at the West Seattle Golf Course – you’ll want to plan to get on the list for next year. It’s a benefit for The First Tee of Greater Seattle, whose mission is to “impact the lives of young people from all backgrounds by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.” This year’s CDI raised more than $26,000 for The First Tee, more than double last year’s haul, and the money’s going to help build a citywide clubhouse for TFT, in particular its “Crooked Club Room.” Thanks to TFT’s volunteer director Shelby Lanting for sharing the shoutout (including the photo) for the CDI crew, Charlie Anderson and friends, who have been teeing up this fundraiser since 2006.

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YOU CAN HELP! Fight MS through music and dance with the West Seattle Big Band on Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/you-can-help-fight-ms-through-music-and-dance-with-the-west-seattle-big-band-on-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/you-can-help-fight-ms-through-music-and-dance-with-the-west-seattle-big-band-on-saturday/#comments Fri, 02 Oct 2015 04:05:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324674

(Photo courtesy West Seattle Big Band)

This Saturday, enjoy the music of the West Seattle Big Band – and dance if you want to – to make a difference in the fight against multiple sclerosis! Here’s the announcement:

You can make a difference, and enjoy live music from the West Seattle Big Band at the same time! The third annual Dance MS is being held at the West Seattle Senior Center (4217 SW Oregon) on Saturday, October 3rd, from 7-10 pm. Come ready to dance, or just to listen to some great music.

The event also includes a small live auction, and several silent auction items, ranging from coffee at C&P to vacation packages to drum lessons. All of the event proceeds will go toward the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, since event expenses are either covered through the band or donation.

You may know the West Seattle Big Band from our connection to the Seattle schools: while we perform for events such as weddings and concerts throughout the Seattle area, rather than taking pay, musicians in the band donate any income back to assist school band programs, primarily in the West Seattle area.

Dance MS strays from the band’s mission statement, but holds a special meaning for the group. In 2012, our piano player Brooke Yool was diagnosed with MS. She asked for the band’s support and arranged the first Dance MS in 2013, and the event was a huge success.

So, we ask for your support to make the third Dance MS even more successful than the first two. In order for this to happen, we ask you — the local community — to help us in the fight against MS.

Come down to the West Seattle Senior Center on Saturday, October 3rd. Doors open at 7, and we’ll be going strong until 10. Suggested donation is $15. Hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks are included. You may buy tickets online at dancems.org , or you can reserve your spot by email or phone at brooke@dancems.org or 206-659-9391. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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YOU CAN HELP! Delridge beautification projects during ‘Find It, Fix It’ Walk http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/you-can-help-delridge-beautification-projects-during-find-it-fix-it-walk/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/you-can-help-delridge-beautification-projects-during-find-it-fix-it-walk/#comments Thu, 01 Oct 2015 20:12:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324641 From the Nature Consortium, which is looking for volunteers to help with this during the two-hour Saturday period that coincides with Mayor Murray‘s visit for the “Find It, Fix It” Walk:

Let’s Beautify Delridge!
Saturday, October 3rd at Delridge Way SW & SW Findlay Street in West Seattle
11 am-1 pm

Join us this Saturday, October 3rd for Mayor Ed Murray’s visit to Delridge for the Find It Fix It Community Walk. Find It Fix It is a campaign to help improve neighborhoods one block at a time.

We’re proud to announce that this year Nature Consortium has been selected to lead two neighborhood beautification projects along Delridge Way Southwest.

These curbside plantings on Delridge & Findlay are in need of extra care. Four planting strips were installed last year by SDOT in response to community request, but they have not been maintained and are now overgrown with weeds. This spot is an eye-sore and does not reflect the pride and care of Delridge area residents.

You are invited to join your neighbors on Saturday to beautify Delridge! We will be removing weeds, placing weed barrier fabric and mulching the planting strips. Saturday’s event will be the first step in a longer term effort that will provide raised planter beds for neighbors to garden and will result in a plan/schedule for maintenance of these mini public spaces. Tools and snacks provided.

For more information, contact Lizzie Zemke at 206-923-0853 or email Lizzie@naturec.org

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YOU CAN HELP! Ticket time for White Center Food Bank’s Harvest Dinner and Auction http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/you-can-help-ticket-time-for-white-center-food-banks-harvest-dinner-and-auction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/you-can-help-ticket-time-for-white-center-food-banks-harvest-dinner-and-auction/#comments Tue, 29 Sep 2015 18:11:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324428 Earlybird price is about to expire for one of this fall’s biggest benefits. Kristina at the White Center Food Bank (which serves West Seattle from SW Myrtle southward, too) sends the reminder:

The White Center Food Bank’s 11th Annual Harvest Dinner & Auction is coming up on October 17, 2015 at South Seattle College’s Brockey Center. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and helps us to continuing feeding our community; in 2014, we served 64,473 people from West Seattle, White Center, and Burien. The auction is really fantastic this year, with items ranging from restaurant gift cards to a week in Mallorca, Spain, and everything inbetween; the dinner is a delicious steak and salmon entrée (vegetarian also available). Tickets are on sale now, and the price goes up October 1st, so the time to buy is RIGHT NOW! Last year, the event sold out, and we hope for the same this year. Information, tickets, and a preview of items up for bid, all available at whitecenterfoodbank.maestroweb.com

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WestSide Baby gets County Council spotlight for Diaper Need Awareness Week http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/westside-baby-gets-county-council-spotlight-for-diaper-need-awareness-week/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/westside-baby-gets-county-council-spotlight-for-diaper-need-awareness-week/#comments Tue, 29 Sep 2015 06:43:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324390

You probably recognize WestSide Baby‘s executive director Nancy Woodland at left-center of the photo, provided by the King County Council, whose members hosted her and Eastside Baby Corner‘s Renee Zimmerman on Monday in honor of Diaper Need Awareness Week. We feature WS Baby’s big drives throughout the year, and those donations are vital – to stay dry, clean, and healthy, a baby/toddler needs an average of 50 diaper changes a week, and diapers can’t be purchased with food stamps or WIC vouchers. That fact affects 10,000 babies/toddlers in King County whose families are living below the federal poverty level. The county announcement quotes Woodland as noting, “Diapers for one child can cost upwards of $70 per month, and most daycares won’t accept children without an adequate supply, leaving parents without child care unable to get to work and trapped in a cycle of poverty.” Here’s how to help.

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YOU CAN HELP! Crop Walk in West Seattle next Sunday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/you-can-help-crop-walk-in-west-seattle-next-sunday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/you-can-help-crop-walk-in-west-seattle-next-sunday/#comments Mon, 28 Sep 2015 20:36:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324332

(Photo courtesy Liann Sundquist: Fauntleroy Church kids have signs ready for Sunday’s Crop Walk)
Take a walk along Alki this Sunday, and help fight hunger with every step – locally and globally. Judy Pickens shares the invitation:

Scores of West Seattleites are lacing their shoes for the annual Crop Hunger Walk on Sunday, October 4, and more walkers and donations are welcome. The three-mile walk along Alki Beach aims to raise $23,000 for nutritious food and clean water, plus awareness of hunger concerns here and around the world. Start time is 1 pm at Alki United Church of Christ (6115 SW Hinds).

Program coordinator Church World Service will direct 25 percent of the funds raised to local food initiatives such as the West Seattle and White Center food banks. The remainder will go to initiatives around the world, including on-the-ground assistance as Syrian refugees cross Serbia.

The West Seattle walk is one of 1,300 happening across the country this fall. Ten West Seattle congregations will have contingents.

You can register to walk, and/or donate, right now – just go here.

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In case you wondered: Big Blue Truck’s not gone, just moved http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/in-case-you-wondered-big-blue-trucks-not-gone-just-moved/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/in-case-you-wondered-big-blue-trucks-not-gone-just-moved/#comments Fri, 25 Sep 2015 21:21:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324061

(WSB photo)

If you wondered where Northwest Center‘s Big Blue Truck has gone – recently vanished from the 44th SW & SW Edmunds parking lot – it’s not far away. From Denise at NW Center:

Northwest Center’s West Seattle Big Blue Truck donation drop off is on the move. Now located 1/2 block NORTH, behind Taqueria Guaymas in the Key Bank (ATM) parking lot: 4718 44th Ave SW

Visit them at their new location and drop off your donations of clothing and household goods to benefit children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Truck not there? Can’t get there during regular hours? Visit http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323964 Two months after first word that Mayor Murray will come to Delridge on Saturday, October 3rd, for West Seattle’s first-ever “Find It, Fix It” community walk, one year after the program began, we have full details today: It’ll start at Louisa Boren STEM K-8 (5950 Delridge Way SW) at 11 am. In addition to the traditional Find It, Fix It issues, Delridge-specific concerns will be discussed, as explained here – you can also follow that link to find out about applying for city grants to fund community projects aimed at “fixing” problems. Whether you want to do that or not, you’re invited to join the walk.

]]> http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/delridges-find-it-fix-it-walk-full-details-and-youre-invited/feed/ 0 HELP! Memorial plaque planned to honor Chief Sealth graduates killed in action – can you help find their families? http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/help-memorial-plaque-planned-to-honor-chief-sealth-graduates-killed-in-action-can-you-help-find-their-families/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/help-memorial-plaque-planned-to-honor-chief-sealth-graduates-killed-in-action-can-you-help-find-their-families/#comments Tue, 22 Sep 2015 19:21:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323749 After its 50th-anniversary reunion this year, the Chief Sealth Class of 1965 is working on a special project, and needs your help. The request we were asked to share:

The class of 1965 will be presenting a granite and brass Memorial Plaque of all Sealth graduates that were killed in action in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan at sometime in the near future. We were hoping that you might be able to assist us in notifying the families of these brave soldiers so they might attend if they wish or are able. Date to be determined.

Vietnam -
Sigrid Karlstrom ’61 (family notified)
Lewis Nelson ’62
Allan Potter ’64
Luigi Filbanese ’65
Thomas Foster ’65
Thomas Harding ’65
Richard Krogh ’65
Norman Chaney ’66
Dick DeGraaf ’66 (family notified)
David Lauritsen ’66
John Rauen ’66
Mark Knollmeyer ’67
Donald Douglas ’68
Clarence Risher ’68

Iraq -
Tracy Melvin ’95

Afghanistan -
Jarod Newlove ’03

Only 2 families have been notified so far. If we can at least get the contacts made in the next few weeks, it will be much easier to notify these families once a date has been set for the presentation of this memorial at Chief Sealth High School. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Ron Templin
Sealth ’65

If you are a relative of anyone mentioned – or if you know how to reach them – please e-mail Ron at r_templin@yahoo.com – thank you!

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West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival 2015 is on! Time for activity providers & sponsors http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-junction-harvest-festival-2015-is-on-time-for-activity-providers-sponsors/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-junction-harvest-festival-2015-is-on-time-for-activity-providers-sponsors/#comments Tue, 15 Sep 2015 03:29:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322933

(WSB photo, 2014 Harvest Festival)
It’s on! Fall’s biggest festival returns to The Junction in just six weeks. And it’s time now to jump in if you’re interested in providing an activity – and/or sponsorship – for this year’s Harvest Festival:

The Junction’s Harvest Festival will be Sunday, October 25 from 10 am till 2 pm. You’ll find the West Seattle Farmers Market in its new permanent location on California Ave, community groups and businesses offering kids’ projects, the costume parade at 11:30, and trick-or-treating starting at noon.

If your organization or business would like to help create a wonderful day for West Seattle families by offering a “Harvest Activity,” please visit the event’s announcement page for an application.

You also can support this beloved community event through sponsorship! Find it on the same page.

If you’d like to volunteer at the event, please email Junction Association Director Susan Melrose at susan@wsjunction.org

New here? Check out our coverage from last year – the 3rd annual Harvest Festival – or the year before.

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More service: The Mission Continues & friends, @ American Legion and VFW posts in The Triangle http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/more-service-the-mission-continues-friends-american-legion-and-vfw-posts-in-the-triangle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/more-service-the-mission-continues-friends-american-legion-and-vfw-posts-in-the-triangle/#comments Sun, 13 Sep 2015 16:55:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322707

In the West Seattle Triangle, the headquarters of two organizations for veterans and active-duty servicemembers are almost directly across SW Alaska from each other: American Legion Post 160 (home of the West Seattle Veterans’ Center) and VFW Post 2713. On Saturday, volunteers of all ages gave both a boost with repairs and renovations via The Mission Continues.

TMC is an organization helping veterans readjust via new “missions” – as the slogan on the T-shirts says, “Reporting For Duty In Your Community.”

Both buildings needed lots of help – the indoor painting you see is at the VFW, which also had tangles of weeds to clean up.

Debris, trimmings, and old junk from both locations filled this trunk:

Volunteers from companies including Starbucks, Nordstrom, and Safeway joined in, we’re told. Also in the midst of it all, below: Kyle Geraghty from Post 160, with daughter Ana, and Joshua Arntson, national resource specialist from The Mission Continues:

Here’s how to get involved with TMC’s Seattle 1st Service Platoon.

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HAPPENING NOW: 2 ways to give @ West Seattle Thriftway http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/happening-now-2-ways-to-give-west-seattle-thriftway/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/happening-now-2-ways-to-give-west-seattle-thriftway/#comments Sat, 12 Sep 2015 20:30:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322657 As mentioned in our West Seattle Saturday preview – two ways to give at WS Thriftway (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan; WSB sponsor) right now:

BACKPACK PROGRAM FOOD DRIVE: One more hour to drop off food to help kids in need when they’re NOT at school, via the West Seattle Food Bank Backpack Program. Outside the store, Lynn Stanton and Alice Kuder from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices NW Real Estate (WSB sponsor) are outside the store accepting donations until about 2:30 pm. Here’s the list of what’s most needed for the program.

BENEFIT BARBECUE: Just a few more Saturdays in summer, so benefit-barbecue season is almost over:

Michele is THE ruler of the grill at Thriftway – which donates the proceeds from these barbecues, and today’s beneficiary is the Humane Society of Seattle-King County. Fresh-grilled burgers and hot dogs are available until 3:30 or so.

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West Seattle Discovery Shop: Welcoming a new WSB sponsor http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-discovery-shop-welcoming-a-new-wsb-sponsor/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-discovery-shop-welcoming-a-new-wsb-sponsor/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 21:26:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322558 This afternoon, we’re welcoming a new sponsor, the West Seattle Discovery Shop, where you can shop, donate, and/or volunteer. Here’s their explanation of how it works:

(L-R: Patricia Barber, Suzanne Rowe, Michele Rhilinger, Betty Korhonen, Mike Warlum, just a few of the volunteers helping out at the Discovery Shop)


Looking for a piece of vintage jewelry for a special occasion? What about a set of Midcentury Modern glasses for your newly remodeled retro kitchen? Or a cashmere sweater to wear this fall? Well, you are in luck! For more than 24 years, the Discovery Shop has offered customers a chance to “discover” that one-of-a-kind treasure. Our store features high quality, gently used, donated clothing for men and women, accessories, artwork, antiques, collectibles, books and household items, all priced for the savvy shopper. But perhaps the best thing about making a purchase at the Discover Shop is knowing that all proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Since opening our doors in 1990, over 2 million dollars has been generated to fight cancer. When you spend your money in our store, not only do you walk out with a great find at a great price, but your dollars help to fund cutting edge research and much needed services provided by the American Cancer Society, such as patient lodging assistance and transportation to treatments.


Conveniently located in the heart of The Junction, the Discovery Shop accepts a variety of gently used items such as clothing, accessories, home decor, small kitchen appliances, artwork, antiques, glassware, lamps, and dishes. Items may be dropped off at our shop during normal business hours. All donations are tax exempt. Your support is central to the American Cancer Society’s mission of fighting cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Together, we share a hope for a tomorrow free of cancer.


Our store, which is open 7 days a week, is run entirely by volunteers. They are the heart and soul of the Discovery Shop. Currently, more than 70 people help keep us in business, doing a variety of things such as bookkeeping, cashiering, receiving donations, sorting, ironing, pricing, and merchandising. Interested in volunteering? We are always looking for people to join our team. No special skills are necessary, just a desire to share your energy and enthusiasm a few hours a week.

Come check us out and discover why we are more than your run-of-the-mill resale shop. We are a place to make new friends, find great bargains, and gain a sense of hope. Plus, you will always leave with a cheerful smile from one of our many volunteers. The West Seattle Discovery Shop is at 4535 California SW, 206-937-7169.

We thank the West Seattle Discovery Shop for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

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