Help the Helpline fill its food pantry for neighbors in need

Back in August, we put out the call for men’s clothing for the Queen Anne Helpline’s clothing bank. The Helpline was in desperate need for men’s clothing and the response was fantastic (thanks, readers!).

screen-shot-2016-09-24-at-10-16-09-amNow, the Helpline needs your help again, this time to help fill its pantry shelves. The Helpline needs food to stock its emergency food shelves and take-home food bags for neighbors in need. The Helpline keeps these shelves stocked with non-perishable food items, so items that are shelf-stable are ideal.

Specifically, they need: peanut butter, crackers (packaged in sleeves, like Ritz or Saltines), individual serving juice and milk boxes, canned vegetables (corn, green beans, etc.), pasta sauce, granola bars, and fruit /applesauce cups. Any other non-perishable foods are welcome as well. Help fill the near-empty shelves!

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.

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.

Register now for the annual Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk

IMG_2128In just two and a half weeks, 600+ runners and walkers will hit the streets of Queen Anne for a morning fun run/walk that benefits the Queen Anne Helpline. The annual run is Saturday, July 9th, with a race start of 8am sharp.

People of all ages and abilities are welcome to tackle the scenic Crown of Queen Anne course, and a bonus – the views along the route are worth it! From quiet tree-lined streets, to views of the Sound and Elliott Bay, to iconic Kerry Park, and more, the Crown of Queen Anne is popular even on non-race days.

Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 12.26.25 PMRegistration fees are $35 for adults and $10 for kids, and all registrants get a t-shirt. Proceeds benefit our local Queen Anne Helpline with its mission of helping neighbors in need.

Register today to run or walk the course or volunteer to help with the race logistics. Volunteers are needed for both event registration and day-of-race activities.

This particular event is a true hallmark of summer on Queen Anne, and it also kicks off Queen Anne Days – more to come on the latter soon. For now, get registered and mark your calendars!

Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree Lot opens Saturday, November 28th

QA Helpline Tree SignWait! Don’t go out and buy your Christmas tree before the Thanksgiving holiday! First, celebrate a meal with your family and then make plans to head to the Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree Lot. The tree lot opens Saturday, November 28th, and it’s run by local volunteers and Boy Scout Troop 72.

The lot will be located in the Upper Queen Anne Safeway’s north parking lot, and will be open November 28th – December 20th. Hours are as follows:

Saturdays: 9am-9pm
Sundays: 9am-8pm, 9am-6pm on December 20th
Mondays-Thursdays: 2pm-8pm
Fridays: 2pm-9pm

As always, the tree lot will feature a variety of Christmas trees, as well as garland and wreaths. All your holiday greenery in one spot, and proceeds benefit the Helpline!

Also, if you’re looking for a way to help the Helpline, there’s one volunteer cashier position still open on Saturday, December 19th. You can sign up here for that slot – first come, first served!

Help the Helpline make Thanksgiving a festive event for seniors

Helpline logoThanksgiving is a little over 2 weeks away, but for low-income seniors, it’s looming large and can be a lonely holiday without the staples of a traditional holiday meal. Luckily, Queen Anne seniors have the Queen Anne Helpline, and you can help the Helpline make Thanksgiving happen this year for up to 100 seniors.

The Helpline is putting together Thanksgiving grocery bags for low-income senior residents of Queen Anne, Magnolia, and South Lake Union. Volunteers will deliver groceries the day before Thanksgiving and you can help in several ways by signing up to:

– purchase grocery items from a list by Thursday, November 19th

– pack grocery bags on Monday, November 23rd

– deliver groceries on Wednesday, November 25th

The Queen Anne Helpline has partnered with All Saint’s Church to help make Thanksgiving a festive occasion for up to 100 senior neighbors. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, all you need to do is sign up here to pick a volunteer activity. It can be as simple as purchasing the listed food items from a local grocery store!

As always, many thanks in advance to the Helpline for making our neighborhood a great place to live and give back at the same time!

Taste of Queen Anne benefit for the Queen Anne Helpline is Saturday

The annual Taste of Queen Anne fundraiser is this Saturday, October 10th, and it’s bigger and better than ever. In addition to entertainment by the Tim Kennedy Trio, a hosted bar, and a raffle to benefit the Queen Anne Helpline, you can also taste the wares from a laundry list of the top restaurants on Queen Anne.

Taste of Queen Anne VerticalParticipating restaurants include:

  • 5 Spot
  • Agave
  • Bounty Kitchen
  • Chocolopolis
  • Cupcake Royale
  • Eden Hill
  • Hilltop Ale House
  • Le Reve
  • LloydMartin
  • Pagliacci Pizza
  • Ponti Seafood Grill
  • Queen Bee Café
  • Taylor Shellfish
  • Ten Mercer
  • TS McHugh’s
  • Toulouse Petit
  • Via Tribunali

There’s also a Golden Raffle prize package, and with an expanded space at St Anne’s Church, the event can accommodate even more Queen Anne Helpline Supporters. Register today for your tickets to the shindig and get ready to sample tasty bites from around Queen Anne, all in one place – and help the Helpline too.

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