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!
Today’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.
The annual Queen Anne Helpline Fun Run/Walk is two and a half weeks away! If you’re not running or walking on July 12th, you can still participate! Obviously, you can cheer people on, but how about helping out with safety?
You can volunteer to be a crossing guard for the Fun Run – helping out the Helpline and keeping the event a safe one. The organizers needs 15 crossing guards, and all you need to do is volunteer your Saturday morning time to a good (and fun) cause.
Crossing guards need to be available between 7am and 9:30am on Saturday, July 12th. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Ann Pearce at 206-284-0604 or via email.
If you want to run or walk, registration is open through July 10th. The fee for runners or walkers is $25, and kids ages 5 and under are free. Proceeds benefit the Helpline and you get a t-shirt too!
The Fun Run benefits the Helpline, so consider running, walking, or volunteering to help out!
On an early morning walk before the summer temps hit today, I spotted several signs for the annual Queen Anne Helpline Fun Run/Walk. The annual fundraiser and community event rallies the neighborhood for a good cause and lots of fun as runners and walkers make their way around the Crown of Queen Anne.
This year’s event will be held on Saturday, July 12. You can register today online or at the Queen Anne Farmers Market on the following Thursdays: June 26th, July 3rd and July 10th.
Here are the key details from the Helpline’s web site:
About the race: Our annual Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, July 12th this year. The Fun Run/Walk follows a flat, 3.3 mile historic route around the crown of the hill and is open to all ages, families and individuals, serious runners and casual walkers alike.
Starting line: The starting line is at 5th West and West Halladay. Walkers start time is 8:00am, runners start at 8:20am.
Cost: Registration is $35 in advance or $40 on race day. This cost includes a beautiful t-shirt printed with a course map. Children 5 and under are free, you may purchase a t-shirt for them for $10.
Sponsorships: We offer a range of sponsorship levels from $100 – $2500 and above. This event is a fantastic way to promote your business to the entire community – sponsor at the $500 and above level for your logo to be featured on the event t-shirt. If your organization or business is interested or would like more information, please contact us via email or at 206-282-1540.
Teams: Consider participating as a corporate team! Wear your favorite team wear and run/walk together, or let your fastest member compete for the Team Award!
Prizes: At the end of the race convene on the lawn at the Queen Anne Lutheran Church on 8th Ave. W. and W. McGraw where we’ll award prizes for the first place runners in each of these categories: male and female adult, male and female child 12 and under, and first place team for the fastest runner from a team. We’ll also recognize the most creative hat and will have a drawing for many wonderful gifts donated by local businesses.
Volunteer: Each year several hundred volunteers help ensure a successful event. With opportunities ranging from crossing guard to water delivery and food prep, there’s something for everyone. If you are interested, please visit our Volunteer page on this website and complete a volunteer application.
Fun times ahead – here’s a shot from last year’s starting line to get you motivated to run to the website and register today!
Earlier this week, local nonprofit Queen Anne Helpline launched a completely redesigned web site to help communicate its message and raise awareness of the help it provides to Queen Anne neighbors.
In conjunction with the launch, there’s a renewed emphasis on the clients the Helpline serves – not only Queen Anne residents, but also our neighbors in Magnolia and South Lake Union. The Helpline serves those in need who reside in zip codes 98109, 98119, and 98199, an area of over 65,000 residents.
The new website provides relevant information for both neighbors in need and neighbors who want to help. You can read up on the Helpline’s history, what they do every day to help, see their new tagline “Serving Queen Anne, Magnolia, and South Lake Union”, and watch a short video overview of the organization.
Someone on Twitter tipped us last night to the Queen Anne Helpline Tree lot’s last hurrah – they were giving Christmas trees away for free last night.
Today, there are still plenty of trees to pick from, and they’re free (although, a tax-deductible donation to the Helpline is much appreciated). If you don’t have a tree yet, or were on the fence about getting one, now’s your chance. The trees are in the north lot of the Upper Queen Anne Safeway.
The annual Queen Anne Helpline and the Boy Scouts of America Troop 72 Christmas Tree Lot opens tomorrow morning, Saturday, November 30th.
The signage is up, sales begin Saturday!
The annual community sale provides residents with a wide selection of trees, wreaths, and garlands – conveniently located next to the Upper Queen Anne Safeway, and with all proceeds benefitting the Helpline and Troop 72.
The lot was busy today with volunteers setting up the signage and sweeping up Christmas tree needles and trimmings as trees of all different types (Noble, Tannenbaum, Fraser, Douglas Fir, Norway Spruce) were moved into place. This year, the lot returns the north side of Safeway, bordered by 1st Ave N to the back and Boston St to the side.
Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday 2-8pm
The tree lot is staffed by volunteers, and they can always use a few more! If you’re interested in volunteering, please call 206-282-1540.
Meanwhile, plan to spend Saturday shopping small at our local Queen Anne businesses, stop by Queen Anne Book Company for Indies First, and swing by the Tree Lot for your holiday decor!
Just two weeks ago, the Queen Anne Helpline held its annual Gala fundraising event. It was a huge success, with over 250 attendees and at the end of the night, $98,000 in donations, thanks to the generosity of the community. (thank you, Queen Anne!)
At the Queen Anne Helpline Gala on October 19, executive director Lisa Moore introduced a new program being launched by the local non-profit – a program to help hungry kids get nutritious lunches on weekends.
According to the Helpline, one in four children in Washington lives in a family that experiences hunger, and our state ranks 14th for both hunger and food insecurity. Many low income public school students receive free lunch and breakfast at school, but their families can’t provide the same for them on weekends, away from school.
The Queen Anne Helpline is partnering with Queen Anne Presbyterian Church and the Ballard Food Bank on Weekend Food for Kids, a program that provides weekend food for eligible kids - 3 meals each day plus snacks.
The program has launched with a small group of students, and will soon expand to all eligible students in neighborhood schools before the end of the school year.
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.
The annual Queen Anne Helpline Gala is Saturday, October 19th this year, but it’s not too soon to get your tickets. Early bird registration is open now through September 20th, at $100 per person.
As you may recall from our profile of the Helpline, it’s a local Queen Anne-based non-profit that helps people in our own neighborhood. The Helpline provides assistance to residents of Queen Anne and Magnolia (zip codes 98109, 98119, 98199) in various forms, depending on what a neighbor needs, ranging from financial assistance, to a clothing bank, to emergency food assistance, and more.
The Annual Gala proceeds directly help people, plus it’s a fun event and celebration of the great work the Helpline does in our neighborhood. At the Gala, you can enjoy live music featuring local band Jazz Underground, food from favorite Queen Anne restaurants via the Taste of Queen Anne, a Golden Raffle, and a hosted bar.
This year’s event has a location change – local Queen Anne church St Anne is providing the space for the event, so plan on heading to the St Anne Parish Hall at 101 W Lee St for the celebratory evening that runs from 6:30pm to 10pm.
The Queen Anne Helpline, our local non-profit that helps our neighbors in need, is looking for new members for its Board of Directors. To learn more about the Helpline, you can read our recent profile of the organization – and you’ve likely heard the Helpline mentioned in our posts on the annual Helpline Gala, the Christmas tree lot, and the Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run.
EXCITING OPPORTUNITY! Interested in working with a fun, dynamic, neighborhood based nonprofit? Queen Anne Helpline is a social service nonprofit providing financial and basic needs assistance to Queen Anne and Magnolia neighbors during times of hardship. We are currently accepting applications for a few rare openings on our Board of Directors. We are especially interested in individuals who represent diverse segments of the community, are passionate about nonprofit work and the Helpline’s mission specifically, and have expertise in communications, fundraising, or social services. It’s an exciting time to be part of the Helpline as we update our infrastructure, increase our community presence and continue to improve our services.
For more information about the Helpline or this opportunity please visit their web site, call 206.282.1540 or send them an email.
We’ve had a few posts on the upcoming Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk this Saturday, and perhaps you’ve already registered, and if so, great! If not, here’s a great reason why you should – the Queen Anne Helpline. If you’re not familiar with the Helpline, read on.
I met with Lisa Moore, Executive Director of the Queen Anne Helpline, to learn more and provide information to Queen Anne View readers who may not be familiar with the organization. Proceeds from Fun Run registrations go directly to the Helpline, so if you’re participating, your dollars are going to a great local organization.
The Queen Anne Helpline is a local non-profit organization located right here on Queen Anne with the goal of helping our neighbors in need. What exactly does that mean? Well, likely more than you think. The Queen Anne Helpline provides assistance to residents of Queen Anne and Magnolia (zip codes 98109, 98119, 98199) in various forms, depending on what a neighbor needs. Here are a few examples of what the Helpline offers:
Financial assistance with rent, utilities, phone bills
Safety net assistance for one-time crisis situations (job loss, medical issues)
Financial support for continuing education and job training
Clothing bank for adults
Non-perishable food bank
Emergency food assistance
King Count Metro bus passes
All of these services are provided to Queen Anne neighbors who have experienced financial hardships, whether they are elderly, disabled, working but struggling to make ends meet, and those who are in transitional housing or shelters. Examples include: assisting a single mom going back to school to learn new job skills; working with a low-income family who occasionally needs food or clothing; helping a low-income senior pay her utility bills.
The Queen Anne Helpline has a simple statement of values: All clients are treated with dignity, respect, and strict confidentiality. The Helpline does not discriminate in any way, and is a compassionate, friendly, and positive organization with the following goals:
Help our neighbors
Represent our community
Do greater good
When I spoke with Lisa, I heard wonderful stories of how the organization has helped a wide range of our Queen Anne neighbors – they are doing fantastic work and it’s a positive, happy environment. They’ve helped so many of our neighbors, and by registering for the Fun Run, you can too!
Today is the last day to register online for the Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk, but you can also register in person at the Queen Anne Helpline office at 311 W McGraw St or Saturday morning at the race starting point (Queen Anne Lutheran Church, 8th W & W McGraw).
If you have any questions about the Queen Anne Helpline, you can contact them at 206-282-1540.
If you haven’t already registered for the Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk, make your plans now, as it’s coming up fast – one week from today, next Saturday, July 13th. The annual event benefits the Queen Anne Helpline, so in addition to being a fun way to spend a Saturday morning, all proceeds fund the great work the Queen Anne Helpline does for our neighbors in need.
You can register for the Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk online or in-person at the Helpline’s office (311 W McGraw). You can pick up your t-shirt and numbers at the Queen Anne Farmers Market this Thursday or at the Helpline office. Registering early is key to help the event, for both planning and for working with the city on permits to close streets. So, register by this Thursday, July 11th!
9:15am – Awards ceremony, Queen Anne Lutheran Church
So what to do if competing isn’t your thing, but you want to help out? Aside from showing up along the course and cheering on the runners and walkers, consider becoming a Volunteer Crossing Guard. These volunteers help make sure the participants can safely cross at intersections along the race route. You must be at least 16 years old, and the time commitment is short (7:30am-9am). If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Ann Pearce at 206.284.0604.
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