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

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.

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

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.

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

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!

October coat drive for Queen Anne Helpline starts this week

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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