Help the Queen Anne Helpline fill its clothing shelves

Helpline logoThe Queen Anne Helpline needs your help! The clothing bank is running low on men’s clothing, so check your closets for donation items and help out the Helpline and the neighbors in need that it serves.

This summer, the demand for men’s clothing has been unusually high, and the shelves are near bare – see the photo below from the Helpline, it needs your help!

Queen Anne Helpline mens shelves

The Helpline gladly accepts any and all gently used, clean adult clothing and shoes, but are especially in need of the following for men:

  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Pants
  • Jeans (high need)

Donations can be dropped off at the Queen Anne Helpline office at 311 W McGraw St between the hours of 9am and 4pm Monday through Friday. However, please call 206.282.1540 first to make sure a Helpline staff member or volunteer is available to accept your donations.

Simple & Just bringing high-end resale with a cause to Queen Anne

Simple & Just coming soonMany readers have been asking about the new Simple & Just storefront at the old Video Isle location. The shop has a website along with the “coming soon” signs in the windows of 2213 Queen Anne Ave N. The .org in the website name has piqued a lot of interest in the mystery shop, indicating a new nonprofit venture on Queen Anne.

Simple & Just is indeed a nonprofit with a good cause: helping women and children who are victims of exploitation and trafficking. And, it’s a cause that Queen Anne resident Carolyn Quatier, Founder and Board President of Simple & Just, invites the Queen Anne community to support via the new Simple & Just high-end resale shop.

The concept is simple and the impact is powerful. Simple & Just will be a retail shop with 100% of profits supporting after-care efforts. It will offer sustainable funding to several organizations that offer collaborative after-care, as well as internships for local university students. According to Quatier, the idea is to invite a broader group of people to engage via a retail store.

Simple and Just websiteHow can Queen Anne residents participate? There are several options. First, donations – Simple & Just will take high-end donations of clothing and accessories, all tax deductible to the donor, and sort them for sale in the shop. Second, volunteers – Simple & Just will have volunteer opportunities for people who would like to get involved in the back office, sorting through donations and tagging them for sale. Third, shopping – the retail storefront will be open to all, so you can browse and shop for upscale items, both new and one-of-a-kind treasures.

Donations are welcome and will help keep the shop running and supporting the cause. If items don’t make the cut for the shop or there are too many of a specific item, the organization will turn them over to other local nonprofits. While the shop will focus on high-end clothing and accessories, it will also feature unique and cool items as they become available. Think art, household décor, brand-new department store lines, etc., all available as the shop hosts impromptu pop-up shops throughout the year.

To get the shop up and running, Simple & Just will hold a Shelf Filling Party in September. All are invited to attend and bring along donations to help fill the shop in advance of its opening in late September/early October. As the date draws closer, we’ll get the info out so you can welcome Simple & Just to Queen Anne and help give it a great start.

In the meantime, you can follow Simple & Just on Instagram to witness the transformation from video store to upscale resale for a cause.

GiveBIG until May 3rd and help your favorite Queen Anne non-profit

 

Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 6.14.21 PMIt’s that time of year, time to GiveBIG to your favorite Seattle-area nonprofit and have that donation matched by the Seattle Foundation. Many Queen Anne area nonprofits are participating, so it’s a great chance to support a local non=profit and have your dollars go even further via a stretch pool:

“All donations made through Seattle Foundation’s new GiveBIG website, hosted by Kimbia, will receive a percentage of the matching funds (or “stretch”) pool. This percentage depends on the size of the stretch pool and how much is raised in total donations on GiveBIG day. In 2014, the stretch pool was $1,000,000 and the total amount of stretch-eligible donations was $12,800,000. The stretch percentage worked out to 8.3% (or approximately 8 cents on the dollar).”

The Seattle Foundation will “stretch” all donations up to $2,500 per donor, per organization. And, you can donate to more than one organization, the Seattle Foundation allows donors to give up to 30 organizations in a single transaction. The one-day online charitable giving event, GiveBIG raises money for nonprofits, and you can donate from now up until Tuesday, May 3rd to have your dollars matched.

Here’s a selection of Queen Anne nonprofits that are participating this year:

  • Queen Anne Helpline
  • Queen Anne Food Bank
  • Queen Anne Farmers Market
  • Queen Anne Historical Society
  • Picture Perfect Queen Anne
  • Seattle Center Foundation

You can search for nonprofits and GiveBIG here.

Coat drive for Queen Anne Helpline starts Thursday and runs the month of October

Helpline logoLocal real estate broker and Queen Anne resident Stephanie Kastner is running a coat drive for the Queen Anne Helpline starting this Thursday, October 1st. Stephanie organized a coat drive last year with much success, and is returning for year two of helping the Helpline. The drive runs the entire month of October, preparing the Helpline for its clients’ winter needs.

If you have new or gently used coats, there are several easy ways to donate them via the drive:

  • Collection boxes at both the Queen Anne (1630 Queen Anne Ave N) and Magnolia Umpqua (2236 32nd Ave W, Ste. A) October 1st – October 31st
  • Collection box at the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market on October 8th & October 15th
  • Contact Stephanie directly for a coat pickup via email or phone at (206)999-1459
Reminder: you can donate coats, clothes, and unopened toiletry items directly to the Queen Anne Helpline. Call ahead at 206.282.1540 for drop-off times, as they operate with a small staff. Your donations are greatly appreciated and tax-deductible!

GiveBIG on Tuesday, May 5th and help local Queen Anne nonprofits

GiveBIG 2015Next Tuesday, May 5th, get ready to GiveBIG during the Seattle Foundation’s one-day, online charitable giving event designed to inspire people to give to local nonprofit organizations. GiveBIG is returning for its fifth year, and it runs from midnight to midnight on Tuesday, May 5th.

The goal of GiveBIG is to encourage new and returning donors to support local nonprofit organizations, with a boost to those individual donations via the The Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG sponsors including Seattle International Foundation, Boeing, Microsoft, Medina Foundation, Starbucks and more.

Last year, over $12.9 million was raised for nearly 1,500 nonprofits on GiveBIG day, with 64,269 individual gifts made. You can take part this year by donating via the GiveBIG site, where you can search for local nonprofits.

Here are some of this year’s Queen Anne nonprofits that you can support on GiveBIG day:

Queen Anne Farmers Market
Queen Anne Food Bank
Queen Anne Helpline
Queen Anne Historical Society
Pacific Northwest Ballet
Pacific Science Center
Seattle Center Foundation
SIFF

The above is just an abbreviated list of local nonprofits. You can find even more Queen Anne-based nonprofits on the GiveBIG site – just plug in 98109 or 98119 in the search box, find your favorite nonprofit, and GiveBig on May 5th!

Help Picture Perfect Queen Anne keep our streets beautiful

PPQA BostonPicture Perfect Queen Anne is a community organization that keeps our major business intersections looking great with garden beds at the Galer Stairs landing and the corners of Boston St and McGraw St. Their efforts since 2009 have been key in keeping Queen Anne beautiful for residents and visitors alike.

Originally, the work was a collaboration between the community and the City of Seattle. Now, PPQA relies on support from the community to keep these gardens thriving.

PPQA is raising funds for 3 more years of professional watering and garden maintenance. Already, PPQA is halfway to its $20,000 goal via donations from neighbors and business owners.

They’re now asking for the community’s help – any donation is accepted, for example, if they can find 35 people to give $12 per month, they can raise the $10K. Their “35 to Help the Queen Anne Gardens Thrive” campaign is in full swing. You can pick up a flyer at the corner of Boston and Queen Anne Ave N to learn more.

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