November 3rd, 2013 by Laura
Operation 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.
All 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!
Tags: donations, Sock Drive, Targy's
October 21st, 2013 by Laura
Every 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.
How 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!
Tags: donations, Holiday Magic, Queen Anne Tree Lighting, tree lights
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.
Tags: donations, food drive, Queen Anne Food Bank, Queen Anne Helpline
July 10th, 2013 by Laura
The 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!)
The 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!
Tags: donations, Queen Anne Farmer's Market
June 27th, 2013 by Laura
The 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!
Tags: donations, QAFM, Queen Anne Farmer's Market
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.
All 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.
Tags: donations, GiveBig, nonprofits
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.
Tags: donations, Northwest Harvest
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.
Tags: donations, food drive
March 10th, 2013 by Laura
In less than a month, the John Hay annual auction will grace the doors of the Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion. The April 6th auction is the school’s most important fundraiser, with up to 400 parents attending the live event each year plus an online auction that you can surf from the comfort of your home.
This funds from the auction help fund key programs that are no longer supported by the school district such as math and reading tutors, curriculum enhancements, art education, sports equipment and more – and the Queen Anne community helps drive the success of the auction. There are several ways you can get involved and help one of our local schools:
Donate/Procure Auction Items: The school is looking for more auction items, and any Queen Anne community member can help. Past donations have included dinners, arts/sports tickets, vacation rentals, professional services, cooking lessons, and more – you can get creative with this one, and donations are tax-deductible. Procurement forms are available online or outside the John Hay volunteer office.
Dessert Dash: Are you a baking master? The school needs about 40 desserts to fill the popular dessert dash table. You just need to make a dessert that feeds about 10 people and auction bidders get the chance to buy your dessert. If you’re interested in volunteering your baking expertise, contact Lynn Baker.
Wine Grab and Fine Wines: For the silent auction, the school is looking for both fine wines and wines in the $15-20 range as well. John Hay is partnering with McCarthy & Shiering for this fun event – you can stop by 2410 Queen Anne Ave N or call them at 206-282-8500 and they can pick out a great wine for you to donate to the auction.
RSVP: The auction extravaganza is open to all Queen Anne community members. RSVP via email.
Online Bidding: Interested in participating via online bidding? Mark your calendars, the online auction through Bidding for Good opens March 26th.
Tags: donations, fundraising, school auction
February 6th, 2013 by Laura
You may be familiar with Northwest Center’s donation drop-off via the Big Blue Truck at Eat Local. They’re there every weekend 9am-5pm to take your clothing and household goods donations, and those donations help fund the non-profit, which serves children and adults with developmental disabilities. It’s also a local non-profit with a Queen Anne school, Northwest Center Kids at Queen Anne.
Well, you no longer have to wait for the weekend to donate gently used clothing to Northwest Center, as the organization has partnered with local Blue Sky Cleaners for clothing collection bins.
Blue Sky Cleaners is Seattle’s only toxin-free cleaning service, with a dedication to the environment via its emissions-free delivery vehicles and carbon neutral cleaning process – and it has a commitment to the community via the Northwest Center partnership. You can now drop off your clothing donations at barrels in each Blue Sky Cleaners location, including the one at 1420 Queen Ave. N.
So, next time you drop off your dry cleaning or miss the Big Blue Truck, you can take in your clothing donations to Blue Sky Cleaners and support Northwest Center and their mission of “promoting the rights and independence of infants, children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities.”
Tags: donations, Northwest Center
February 3rd, 2013 by Laura
Remember the coat drives back during the holiday season? Well, winter lasts longer than the month of December, and there are still people in need of warm coats and sweaters. To help out local foster children in need, Queen Anne Elementary is running its 2nd Annual Coat and Sweater Drive this week – Monday, February 4th – Friday, February 8th.
This year the coat drive benefits Treehouse for Kids, a charity that “fills the gaps” for kids in foster care. Queen Anne Elementary will be accepting donations at both main entrances. Donations will help stock the Treehouse “Wearhouse”, a free store where foster kids can shop for clothes, shoes, school supplies, books, toys and other essentials that help them feel good and fit in.
Here’s how you can help:
- Buy one or more gifts for a foster child
- Donate “almost” new clothes (coats and sweaters), toys or books
- Drop off donations in the boxes at either QAE main entrance
You can also give online or mail a check donation– just put “Queen Anne Elementary” on the “Drive Host” line at check-out.
Tags: donations, fundraiser, Queen Anne Elementary
December 11th, 2012 by Laura
This Saturday, First Book Seattle will be wrapping holiday presents at Blue Highway Games from noon-4pm. Proceeds will benefit First Book Seattle, an all-volunteer organization that uses all proceeds to provide books to kids in King County. Help them out by bringing your holiday presents and donating to a worthy cause!
Blue Highway Games is hosting the wrapping event and according to their website, they’re hosting holiday wrapping fundraisers on weekends throughout December. They even provide the supplies – thank you, Blue Highway Games!
Tags: donations, fundraiser