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October coat drive for Queen Anne Helpline starts this week

September 29th, 2014 by Laura

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Donate to Northwest Harvest at HomeStreet Bank through April 5th

March 25th, 2013 by Laura

Northwest Harvest helps fight hunger in Seattle and across the state, providing millions of nutritious meals every year. Now through April 5th, you can donate non-perishable food to Northwest Harvest at the Queen Anne HomeStreet Bank – and those donations will stay in our community, helping Queen Anne neighbors in need.

Our local HomeStreet Bank branch is participating in Bankers Care – Lending a Hand in our Community, a program to collect non-perishable food and cash donations for Northwest Harvest. It’s a 3 week Spring Food Drive that directly benefits the community of the participating bank branch, in our case, Queen Anne.

It’s a tough time of year for our local food banks and organizations like Northwest Harvest – the need for food doesn’t stop when the holiday season ends. Stop by HomeStreet at 1835 Queen Anne Ave N to drop off your donations. The bank is open Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm, and Saturdays from 9am-2pm.

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Queen Anne Boy Scouts’ food drive makes it easy to donate from the comfort of your home

March 24th, 2013 by Laura

Watch your front door tomorrow, Monday, March 25th, for a flyer from the local Queen Anne Boy Scouts Troops – they’ll be distributing door hangers asking residents to donate food to fight hunger as part of the Scouting for Food drive. And, it’ll be easy to do – the Scouts will be back at your doorstep on Saturday, March 30th to pick up your donations.

The Scouts are especially interested in collecting donations of nutritious food, as many of those going hungry are children that need healthy food for proper development and growth. The most needed items are canned proteins, soups, vegetables, and fruits, as well as grains like pasta and rice. The Scouts also advise that hygiene products are also in high need. However, please avoid donating items in glass containers.

The Scouts partner with over 50 local food banks and the Scouting for Food drive collects more than 500,000 cans of food each year. Why now? The holidays are behind us, and the food banks are starting to run low – but the needs are still high. Last year, Queen Anne Scouts collected over 600 pounds of donations from Queen Anne residents.

If you receive a door hanger and would like to donate, just leave your donations in a visible location outside your front door or by the base of your mailbox by 10am on Saturday, March 30th.

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