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.
The annual summer Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk kicks off on July 13th, and while that seems like a ways off, registration is open now. (yes, it’s grey, cool, and gloomy today – but think ahead to July!) Take the opportunity to register early and support both our community spirit and the Queen Anne Helpline.
Queen Anne Fun Run 2012 Starting Line
Photo courtesy of Queen Anne Helpline
Last year, over 600 runners and walkers hit the streets of Queen Anne, and the organizers are hoping to have that number go even higher this year. The Queen Anne Helpline sponsors the event, with all proceeds helping Queen Anne neighbors in need.
The course is 3.3 miles, starting at 5th Ave W and W McGraw and finishing at Coe Elementary. Pre-registration runs though July 11th and your $35/person gets you a t-shirt and a morning of neighborhood fun. And, while we’re giving you an early heads up, if you procrastinate, you can still walk or run with a same-day registration of $40/person. All entrants under age 5 are free, but it’ll run you $10 for a kid’s t-shirt.
T-shirts and numbers will be available to registered participants at the Queen Anne Farmers Market starting in June. You can also register and pick up your t-shirts and numbers at the Queen Anne Helpline Office now. They’re at 311 W McGraw and are open Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm.
9:15am – Awards ceremony and drawing for gifts from Queen Anne merchants, Queen Anne Lutheran church
Queen Anne Fun Run 2012 Best Hat Contenders
Photo courtesy of Queen Anne Helpline
Prizes will be awarded for the first-place winners in 4 categories: male, female, boy under 12, girl under 12.
Prizes will also be awarded for best crown or hat “exemplifying the spirit of Queen Anne”, so start looking for that special chapeau!
And, please note, while 4-legged friends are welcome to watch, no dogs are allowed on the course.
Every year the Queen Anne Helpline hosts a Holiday Party for low-income and special needs children, with Secret Santa gifts that rely on the community’s efforts. How does it work? Well, you may have seen Giving Trees at local businesses; you just take an angel tag from a tree, and it’ll let you know the key details about the recipient to help guide your gift-buying (e.g. gift for a 9-year old boy). Once you’re finished with your Secret Santa shopping, return the gift to the business by December 11th.
Your gifts help the Helpline provide holiday cheer to over 100 children every year. The Helpline Santa slides down the chimney at on December 15th to fill stockings with toys and clothes in time for the Santa party at 11am at the Queen Anne Lutheran Church.
If you’re in the market for a Christmas tree, wreath, garland, or mistletoe, don’t rush out on Black Friday to buy them! Wait for the annual Queen Anne Christmas Tree Lot, it opens for business on Saturday, November 24th in the Upper Queen Anne Safeway parking lot. The Christmas Tree Lot is sponsored by the Queen Anne Helpline and the Boy Scouts of America Troop 72, and is staffed by neighborhood volunteers, Scouts, and their families. Plus, all proceeds benefit the Helpline and Scout Troop 72 – so help out the Helpline and local Scouts with your holiday decor!
This year you can choose from many different trees including Nobles, Tannenbaums, Frasers, Douglas Firs, or Norway Spruces. The lot will be located on the north side of the Safeway parking lot, and the hours are as follows:
Monday – Thursday 2pm-8pm
The Tree Lot can use more volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering at the Tree Lot, call 206.282.1540.