Keyunda Wilson at Van Asselt is trying to get a Neighborhood Grant to bring a play structure to Van Asselt Elementary @ the African American Academy.
To be eligible for the grant and to bring a community playground to this area we need 25% of the pledges to come directly from the neighborhood! I need to have pledged commitments by Friday the 28th.
Time is short: the 28th is tomorrow!
Ways you can pledge to help:
With your time: join the Playground Committee, attend a planning meeting, help design the playground
With materials: lending or buying tools and equipment, providing snacks for the builders
With labor: paint or assemble the play structure
With organizing: contact and recruit other people in the community who may be interested in the project
If you’d like to help, email Keyunda at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with your name, address, phone number, and the number of hours you are willing to pledge and/or kinds of volunteer activities or items you can pledge. Or call 206-252-7500.
Tess Guerzon, coordinator of the previously mentionedRizal Music Fest coming up on August 8th, is looking to add some last-minute sponsors, vendors, or artists wanting to display their work during the festival, and she’s also hoping to find volunteers and someone who might be able to assist with providing and/or setting up tent(s) and a stage.
The current roster of sponsors includes Coldwell Banker-Danforth, OMA Construction, and Goldie’s Restaurant.
Time is running short — if you know anyone who might be interested in sponsoring the show, displaying their wares, selling items, volunteering, or providing tent and stage assistance, please contact Tess via email or phone at 206-819-8377.
Kahlyn Keilty-Lucas, El Centro de la Raza Senior Garden Project Coordinator, is running a project to provide raised-bed vegetable gardens for seniors, providing outdoor activity along with some self-sufficiency and money-savings on groceries to our older neighbors.
The gardens are housed in a four by six by two foot box, allowing them to be placed in the yard, in an unused driveway, or even atop a paved-over planting strip. Seeds, vegetable starts, and gardening tools will be provided. A weekly visit from master gardener volunteers is available to those who may have growing questions.
The project has funding (courtesy of the United Way) and materials to provide 40 gardens, but is currently lacking on manpower to get them set-up and in place. If you know a local senior that would enjoy learning about and tending to a little vegetable garden, or if you have some basic tools or a truck and could volunteer to help assemble, transport, or install them, please contact Kahlyn at El Centro (612-387-8481).
Kerrie Carbary of Volunteer Chore Services writes:
“An extremely independent 87 year old who lives near the VA Hospital on Beacon Hill is very proud of how energetic and capable she is, but during the cold last month she fell, and now she realized that she could use a bit of help to be able to stay in her own home. Her house is charming and lovely, and she loves to keep it nice. Would you like to visit with her for an hour or two a month, and help her with the chores she can no longer do, such as bending over, lifting, and light housework? During the summer, she has a beautiful garden, so some gardening may be in the future for the right volunteer as well. She has no family in the area to help her out, and until now has been the helper for her friends, who are mostly older than her. She is full of wonderful stories, and would love a visit from you!”
To volunteer, go here or email Kerrie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers are required to complete a registration packet, provide three personal references, pass a background check, and attend an orientation.
Volunteers were at Jose Rizal Park this weekend to kick off the MLK Weekend of Service by doing some needed cleaning and maintenance in the park. According to Elizabeth White of EarthCorps, who managed the project, 86 volunteers removed 6,000 square feet of new ivy, maintained 48,421 square feet of past work sites (more than an acre!), and planted 325 native plants. Wow! Thanks to all of the dedicated volunteers for their hard work in improving one of the neighborhood’s jewels!
Sara suggests that we mention that there are tons of local volunteer opportunities for the National Day of Service on January 19; find some here.
Sustainable South Seattle (S3) will meet at the Columbia City Library this Wednesday, January 14, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, where Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin will discuss the Local Food Action Initiative.
Today at noon, “Team Java Love,” one of two local Beacon Avenue litter-pickup teams, will be picking up litter on Beacon between Java Love and the Beacon Hill Library. Anyone who would like to pitch in is welcome. Please bring gardening or latex gloves if you have them. We are told that when you check in at Java Love, they may have yellow litter bags and highly fashionable safety vests to use. The job could take 30 minutes to an hour or more, depending on how many helpers are there.
“Whether you pick up litter, help to clean up stairwells, work with the NBHC and GDDC, head up a Block Watch, keep the Jungle safe, help with the Piñata Party, walk your dog so the Hill is populated, go to the off-leash park, or advocate for pedestrian rights, you’re invited. I’m sure I’ve missed some of the many volunteer efforts that take place here on the Hill, so if I have, please know that you are included!”
The dinner is Thursday, December 4, 6:30-9:00 pm, at the Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Clubhouse, 4103 Beacon Ave South. Bring a dish to share; no alcoholic beverages are allowed at the clubhouse for this event. The potluck is in place of the monthly NBHC meeting.