The annual Queen Anne Helpline tree lot opened earlier today with the help of a crew of hard-working volunteers. That’s right, the people working at the tree lot as cashiers, tree selection experts, tree trimmers, and heavy lifters are either local volunteers or members (and parents of) of Boy Scout Troop 72.
The lot is open every day through December 21st or until they run out of trees. You can also get garland and wreath decorations at the tree lot, help out the Queen Anne Helpline, and probably catch up with a few neighbors at the same time.
If you’re in the market for a tree, head to the Upper Queen Anne Safeway at the corner of Boston and Queen Anne Ave N (2100 Queen Anne Ave N).
The tree lot is located in the north parking lot and is open until 8pm every day, and later on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. (note: not sure what the duct tape over closing hours indicates in the photo, but cashiers are on hand until 8:30pm on Saturdays and 8pm on Sundays.)
It’s been a while since we posted news on our local Queen Anne Helpline. The annual Gala held every October was missed due to my short leave-of-absence from Queen Anne View. However, thanks to Queen Anne residents and businesses, the Helpline raised a record $144,000 at the event, exceeding its goal of $120,000. A big thank you to Queen Anne residents and businesses who attended!
In other happy Helpline news, our local Upper Queen Anne Safeway nominated the Helpline for a $1,000 grant from Hunger Is – a program where the Safeway managers nominate a local charity and customers contribute during a month-long fundraiser. The funds from the grant will go to the Helpline’s Weekend Food for Kids program that serves 5 schools in both Magnolia and on Queen Anne. Thank you to our local Safeway and customers!
Now, on to the cold weather that’s moved into our area… it’s a sure sign of winter and the holiday season. There are several ways you can help our neighbors in need via the Helpline’s program:
Thanksgiving Groceries for Seniors:
The Helpline is partnering with All Saints Church to collect and deliver Thanksgiving groceries to seniors. Senior housing managers, churches, and other agencies identify low-income seniors who have no access to a Thanksgiving meal, and the Helpline has a goal of providing 100 bags of Thanksgiving food.
To reach this goal, the Helpline will purchase perishable items for the program, and is asking for donations of non-perishable items – any and all donations are welcome. If you’d like to help, fill a bag with food from the list below and call the Helpline at 206-282-1540 to arrange to drop off:
• Can of vegetables (corn, green beans, etc.)
• Package of mashed potatoes
• Package of stuffing/dressing
• Can of cranberry sauce
• Can/jar of gravy
• Box of instant oatmeal
• Package of cookies
• Shelf-stable milk
• Cans of individual serving juice
If you’d like to help with the perishable items, like Thanksgiving turkey breast, rolls, butter, etc., you can donate Safeway gift cards or cash to the Helpline. Contact the Helpline at 206-282-1540.
Queen Anne Helpline Tree Lot – Volunteers!
It’s already that time of year! The Helpline is seeking volunteers for the annual Christmas Tree Lot. You can sign up to be a volunteer cashier at the Tree Lot on the Helpline’s web site.
Other ways to help:
Finally, a reminder that you can donate coats, clothes, blankets, and toiletries to the Helpline. With the cold weather upon us, take a look in your closet and if you have coats or warm clothes that need a new home, give the Helpline a call to set up a drop-off time. If you travel a lot and have unopened hotel soaps and toiletries taking up space in your bathroom cabinet, they’re perfect for the Helpline too.
You can also donate to the Helpline when you shop at Amazon.com via AmazonSmile . All you have to do is make your Amazon purchases via this link, and Amazon donates .5% of the purchase price to the Helpline.
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.
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