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Mister Rogers Sweater Drive kicks off this Monday and helps benefit Queen Anne Helpline

January 10th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Mister Rogers sweater drive logoLocal charities receive many donations in December with the combination of holiday cheer and year-end tax deductions acting as reminders to make charitable contributions. Once the holidays are over, January drags us into another year of day-to-day routines – but for people in need, this is a critical time of year. It’s winter, it’s cold, and warm clothing is essential.

This year, as in years past, you can donate warm clothing such as sweaters, coats, gloves, and hats via the Mister Rogers Neighborhood Sweater Drive. KCTS is hosting the drive for the 18th year, it starts Monday, January 12th and runs through Sunday, February 8th. All donated items go to Wellspring Family Services, Queen Anne Helpline and Northwest Center.

How to donate: Look for the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive collection bin at any PCC Natural Markets or Sound Credit Union or drop items off at KCTS 9‘s Seattle Center studio. Warm clothing for children is greatly needed, but all new or gently used adult and children’s sweaters and coats will be accepted.

Fred Rogers (aka Mister Rogers) began the sweater drive in 1997 and it continues today. Last year, the KCTS Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive collected more than 7,500 sweaters and coats — 5,336 pounds of warm clothing — for families in need in both Seattle and King County.

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Queen Anne Helpline receives grant and ramps up for winter holiday season – how you can help!

November 11th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Helpline logoIt’s been a while since we posted news on our local Queen Anne Helpline. The annual Gala held every October was missed due to my short leave-of-absence from Queen Anne View. However, thanks to Queen Anne residents and businesses, the Helpline raised a record $144,000 at the event, exceeding its goal of $120,000. A big thank you to Queen Anne residents and businesses who attended!

In other happy Helpline news, our local Upper Queen Anne Safeway nominated the Helpline for a $1,000 grant from Hunger Is – a program where the Safeway managers nominate a local charity and customers contribute during a month-long fundraiser. The funds from the grant will go to the Helpline’s Weekend Food for Kids program that serves 5 schools in both Magnolia and on Queen Anne. Thank you to our local Safeway and customers!

Now, on to the cold weather that’s moved into our area… it’s a sure sign of winter and the holiday season. There are several ways you can help our neighbors in need via the Helpline’s program:

Thanksgiving Groceries for Seniors:

The Helpline is partnering with All Saints Church to collect and deliver Thanksgiving groceries to seniors. Senior housing managers, churches, and other agencies identify low-income seniors who have no access to a Thanksgiving meal, and the Helpline has a goal of providing 100 bags of Thanksgiving food.

To reach this goal, the Helpline will purchase perishable items for the program, and is asking for donations of non-perishable items – any and all donations are welcome. If you’d like to help, fill a bag with food from the list below and call the Helpline at 206-282-1540 to arrange to drop off:

• Can of vegetables (corn, green beans, etc.)
• Package of mashed potatoes
• Package of stuffing/dressing
• Can of cranberry sauce
• Can/jar of gravy
• Box of instant oatmeal
• Package of cookies
• Shelf-stable milk
• Cans of individual serving juice

If you’d like to help with the perishable items, like Thanksgiving turkey breast, rolls, butter, etc., you can donate Safeway gift cards or cash to the Helpline. Contact the Helpline at 206-282-1540.

Queen Anne Helpline Tree Lot – Volunteers!

It’s already that time of year! The Helpline is seeking volunteers for the annual Christmas Tree Lot. You can sign up to be a volunteer cashier at the Tree Lot on the Helpline’s web site.

Other ways to help:

QAH Food BankFinally, a reminder that you can donate coats, clothes, blankets, and toiletries to the Helpline. With the cold weather upon us, take a look in your closet and if you have coats or warm clothes that need a new home, give the Helpline a call to set up a drop-off time. If you travel a lot and have unopened hotel soaps and toiletries taking up space in your bathroom cabinet, they’re perfect for the Helpline too.

You can also donate to the Helpline when you shop at via AmazonSmile . All you have to do is make your Amazon purchases via this link, and Amazon donates .5% of the purchase price to the Helpline.

If you’d like to donate your time, check out the volunteer opportunities on the web site.

Regardless of whether you donate money, time, or household items, it’s all for a good cause. Help out the Helpline this year!

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October coat drive for Queen Anne Helpline starts this week

September 29th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

September really passed me by. Due to illness, I was pretty much out of commission for the entire month. But, I’m feeling better and October is just around the corner!

Helpline logoToday’s grey, cool weather is screaming Fall. And, that means even cooler temps are on the way. For some of our neighbors in need, cool weather means turning to the Queen Anne Helpline. The Helpline offers a wide range of assistance and its clothing bank is a great resource.

Stephanie Kastner reached out to the Helpline to find out the best way to help stock the Helpline’s resources, and she’s kicking off a coat drive this Wednesday, October 1st. If you’d like to donate gently used coats for either kids or adults, she’s making it easy to do so.

You can drop off coats at the Queen Anne Umpqua Bank at 1630 Queen Anne Ave N during the month of October. You can also bring coats to two Queen Anne Farmers Markets (October 2 and October 16).

If you’d like to schedule a pick-up at your home, give Stephanie a call at 206-999-1459 or send an email.

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Donate a bike or bike parts this Saturday to benefit students in West Africa

August 20th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Seattle Bike DriveIf you have an old bike that you’ve been meaning to get rid of, dust it off and head to Whole Foods Interbay this Saturday. Alaffia, a maker of Fair Trade Shea Butter products sold at Whole Foods, is running a bike (and bike parts) drive for its Bicycles for Education program.

Bikes and parts donated via the program are distribued by Alaffia to students in Togo, West Africa. According to Alaffia, 95% of West African girls who get a bike from Alaffia go on to graduate secondary school; a dropout rate that otherwise is 40%.

The bike/bike parts donation drive takes place this Saturday, August 23rd from 11am to 3pm, at Whole Foods Interbay.

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The Uptown Parklet needs your help

July 8th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

The planned Uptown Parklet has already passed several hurdles – planning, design, and an ok from the city of Seattle. Check out the plan below, it even includes Uptown’s first Little Free Library!

Uptown Parklet

Now, the hard work begins for Parklet supporters, and you can help. The Uptown Alliance is the mastermind behind the Parklet, and the organization is in high-gear for fundraising and they have a $20,000 goal. That’s where you come in.

If you’d like to see a Parklet in front of SIFF Uptown, pitch in with your dollars. All amounts are accepted, and for varying gift levels you get the following:

  • $20: A big thank you on the Uptown Parklet Facebook page!
  • $50: A limited edition parklet postcard signed by the parklet designer!
  • $100: A complimentary SIFF Cinema ticket!
  • $250: Earn a place on the Uptown Parklet Walk of Fame, with your name etched in 1/2″ letters!
  • $1000: Earn a place on the Uptown Parklet Walk of Fame, with your name etched in 1″ letters!
  • $2500: Earn your very own star on the Uptown Parklet Walk of Fame, with your name etched in 2″ letters! 5 remaining.

If you want to donate to the Parklet, click here!

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Help out Queen Anne Food Bank at Safeway

March 22nd, 2014 by Laura Fonda

QAFBBoth Queen Anne Safeway stores are hosting Queen Anne Food Bank (QAFB) drop-off bins this month. You can stop by or drop off non-perishable food items when you shop at Safeway, and help out the QAFB.

Although it’s a bit late notice (I’ve been under the weather), the Upper Queen Anne Safeway QAFB bins will be available through tomorrow, Sunday, March 23rd. You have today and tomorrow to help fill the QAFB bin on Upper Queen Anne.

The Lower Queen Anne/Uptown Safeway will have QAFB bins this Thursday, March 27th through Sunday, March 30th.

The QAFB hopes to collect between 500 and 800 pounds of non-perishable food during the two drives. If you’re not sure what to donate, QAFB’ high-need items include pasta sauce, peanut butter, canned tuna, and cereal. Bins will be located near the entrances to Safeway.

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Help out Operation Nightwatch with Targy’s Sock Drive

November 3rd, 2013 by Laura Fonda

NightwatchLogoOperation Nightwatch is an organization that helps the poor and homeless in Seattle, and this time of year is key for gathering warm clothing items. For people who spend the winter outside, dry, warm socks make a big difference – and Targy’s Tavern is helping out with its Sock Drive for Operation Nightwatch.

TargysAll you have to do is drop off socks at Targy’s through next weekend, and they’ll take care of getting them to the organization. Plus, you can enjoy a beer or cocktail at one of our local watering holes too!

According to Targy’s, the Sock Drive is running low on socks this year, so you can really make a difference with your donation.

Thanks to Targy’s for helping out with this Sock Drive! And – a quick edit – they are OPEN today for the Seahawks game at 1pm. Go Hawks!

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Help light up Queen Anne for the holidays

October 21st, 2013 by Laura Fonda

Holiday MagicEvery year, the trees along Queen Anne Ave N on Upper Queen Anne sparkle with white lights, adding a festive feel to our neighborhood and the Holiday Magic event in December. In the past, the Queen Anne merchants and Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce have generously paid for lighting the trees, but it’s expensive for our small businesses at about $200 per tree.

Plus, if you haven’t noticed, we have quite a few empty storefronts along Queen Anne Ave N, and that means big gaps in the tree lights. Those bare trees look so lonely during our long winter nights!

That’s where you come in – you can help light up Queen Anne Ave N for the holidays with a donation of any amount. The number of trees lit this year will be dependent on funds raised by both businesses and residents, and our local HomeStreet Bank branch (1835 Queen Anne Ave N) has set up an account to help light the trees for Holiday Magic.

HomeStreetHow can you help? Stop by or send a check to HomeStreet Bank for any amount you’d like to donate – no donation is too small. 100% of the money donated will be given to the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce, a registered non-profit, to support the Queen Anne Tree Lighting.

How to Make a Queen Anne Tree Light Donation:

1) Walk into HomeStreet Bank and make a deposit to the “Holiday Magic” account

2) Mail a check  payable to “Holiday Magic” to HomeStreet at:
Home Street Bank
Attn: Holiday Magic
1835 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

Help make our neighborhood festive and fun, and when you see the sparkling lights along Queen Anne Ave this holiday season, remember that the lights are community supported!

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Two local Queen Anne non-profits team up for monthly food drives

September 14th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

The holiday season isn’t the only time the Queen Anne Helpline and Queen Anne Food Bank need donations of food to help stock their shelves. To keep the momentum going all year round, the Helpline and QAFB have partnered for monthly community food drives.

According to Lisa Moore, Executive Director of the Queen Anne Helpline:

“We know our community is eager to be involved and ensure no one in our neighborhood goes hungry, so we are delighted with this partnership effort.”

Each month, a different Queen Anne business or church will host a food drive to benefit these two local non-profits. For the month of September, Umpqua Bank is sponsoring the food drive.

You can drop off food donations at our local Umpqua branch at 1630 Queen Anne Ave N. They have a donation box along with a list of the most-needed items. So, stop by the next time you’re near Umpqua, check out the list, and help the Helpline and QAFB with their new monthly endeavor to keep hunger at bay.

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Help out the International Rescue Committee at this week’s Queen Anne Farmers Market

July 10th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

QAFM 2013 PosterThe Queen Anne Farmers Market returns Thursday with all the things you love about the market – fresh fruits and veggies, meats, seafood, flowers, food, and entertainment. We’re starting to enter the full-swing of the growing season, and after last week’s day-off (July 4th), the market will have all sorts of new in-season market goods so you can restock your kitchen!

And, speaking of kitchens, take a look around and see what kitchen items you have that you either no longer need, or perhaps are saving for a yard sale… why? This week’s market provides the opportunity to donate those gently used kitchen items to the International Rescue Committee of Seattle. (and new items are welcome too!)

QAFM Opening Day 2The IRC of Seattle will be at the market, led by QAFM volunteer Liz O’Connell, to collect new and gently used kitchen items. Founded by Albert Einstein in 1933, the IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises by helping people survive and rebuild their lives.

Anyone who brings donations will get special treats as a thank you, courtesy of Whole Foods Market – plus, a great day at the QAFM for all!

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No QAFM on July 4th, so stock up today

June 27th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

QAFM 2013 PosterThe QAFM is today from 3-7:30pm, and it’s a great time to stock up on fruits and veggies before the market takes a break next week. As a general rule, the QAFM is open every Thursday through October 31th, but this year, the 4th of July lands on a Thursday. The QAFM took a poll of vendors and decided to take a break for the holiday.

And, a quick heads up that the July 11th QAFM will also include a tent to collect new and gently used kitchen and household items for the International Rescue Committee, helping refugee families. So, take some time to collect blankets, sheets, shower curtains, towels, and small electronics such as DVD players, radios, and George Foreman grills for the cause. (note: no clothing or large items such as furniture).

So, plan ahead and get shopping today, and clean out your closets, attics, and basements for the July 11th donation event. Then, enjoy the 4th with friends, family, and fireworks!

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GiveBIG to your favorite local nonprofit this Wednesday, May 15

May 12th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

If you’re planning to give to one of your favorite local nonprofits this year, it’s going to be even easier this Wednesday, May 15th. That’s the date for The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG, a one-day, online charitable giving event to inspire people to give to local nonprofit organizations who help make up the tapestry of our community.

GiveBIGAll day Wednesday each credit card donation made to any of the 1,400+ nonprofit organizations profiled on The Seattle Foundation’s website will receive a prorated portion of the matching funds “stretch” pool. The total amount of the stretch pool depends on the size of the stretch pool and how much is raised in total donations on GiveBIG day.

The list of participating Queen Anne nonprofits includes:

And, you can donate to many more nonprofits in the immediate Queen Anne/Seattle Center area, as well as Seattle-wide nonprofits (e.g. Seattle Public Library). Just check out the list of nonprofits and get ready to GiveBIG on Wednesday.

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