The Queen Anne Helpline Coat Drive needs more coats!

Helpline logoThe third annual Coat Drive for the Queen Anne Helpline is halfway over – but unfortunately, the goal is still a long way away. We first posted on the Coat Drive at the beginning of the month, so consider this a gentle reminder if you have coats or jackets to donate.

qa-helpline-coat-driveThis coat drive comes at a critical time, as the Queen Anne Helpline is in desperate need of coats. The weather has certainly turned a corner and we’re firmly in our cool Autumn days and even cooler nights. A gently used coat would be welcomed by many in our community who are in need of assistance.

It’s easy to donate, just drop your new or gently used coats in the bin at the Queen Anne Umpqua Bank (1630 Queen Anne Ave N) through the end of October. And, if you happen to find yourself in Magnolia, there’s a donation bin in the Magnolia Umpqua Bank as well.

As always, thank you in advance for helping the Helpline!

Third annual coat drive for the Queen Anne Helpline begins today

qa-helpline-coat-driveDuring the entire month of October, you can donate new or gently used coats for the Queen Anne Helpline at Umpqua Bank. It’s the third year for this coat drive led by Queen Anne resident Stephanie Kastner.

Last year, the Coat Drive for the Queen Anne Helpline resulted in over 160 donated coats. This year, the goal is to break that record – and you can help!

Drop off new and gently used coats at the collection bin at the Upper Queen Anne Umpqua Bank (1630 Queen Anne Ave N), or, if you happen to be in Magnolia, at the Magnolia Umqua Bank (2236 32nd Ave W). Stephanie will also have collection bin at the Queen Anne Farmers Market on both October 6th and October 13th from 3pm-7pm (market hours).

Thanks to Stephanie Kastner for running the coat drive for the 3rd year in a row, and thanks in advance to all who donate coats this October!

Simple & Just opens Saturday with a grand opening celebration

simple-just-openingBack in early August, we wrote about Simple & Just and how it’s bringing high-end resale to Queen Anne. It’s more than just a boutique thrift shop though, as its profits go to a good cause.

Simple & Just is a nonprofit that helps women and children who are victims of exploitation and trafficking. 100% of its profits will go to supporting after-care efforts. It also offers sustainable funding to several organizations that offer collaborative after-care.

simple-just-exteriorThis week, Simple & Just opens its doors to shoppers. A Grand Opening is set for Saturday, October 1st, from 10am to 6pm. In addition to great clothing finds, the shop will also have surprises every hour from opening to close.

Stop by our newest shop and nonprofit this Saturday to welcome them to the neighborhood. You can find Simple & Just in the old Video Isle location (it’s had a nice makeover) at 2213 Queen Anne Ave N.

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.

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