Seattle's Queen Anne Neighborhood News Blog


Uptown Alliance meets Thursday to discuss Uptown Parklet funding and volunteering

June 25th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

You may recall that the spot in front of SIFF Uptown has been chosen for a parklet. SDOT has approved the Uptown Parklet concept design and now it’s time to rally community support.

Uptown Parklet

The Uptown Alliance is meeting tomorrow, Thursday, June 26th, at 6:30pm to discuss funding options. Volunteers are needed to help the Parklet become a reality. Attend the meeting to find out how you can help with community outreach and fundraising activities, such as raising donations from businesses and individuals and staffing an info booth at the Queen Anne Farmers Market.

The meeting will be held in the community room at the EXPO building (100 Republican St.), and it’s open to all.

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Volunteers needed at the Queen Anne Food Bank

September 8th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

QAFBThe Queen Anne Food Bank at Sacred Heart needs volunteers for several different positions that help keep the Food Bank operating and serving those in need.

If you’re interested in volunteering for any of the positions below, contact the Food Bank at 206.216.4102 or via email:

Food Bank Greeter
Every Thursday afternoon from 2 to 4 PM, volunteers greet food bank customers who arrive at the food bank to pick up groceries. Food bank greeters warmly welcome all clients and assist in any way needed, including restocking food and reading labels. One volunteer every food bank operates the intake system on the laptop as customers arrive.

QAFB VolunteerSandwich Maker
Sandwich makers are our earliest volunteer opportunity, starting at 7am every weekday morning. These volunteers put together sandwiches and bag lunches that will be handed out later that same day. Usually sandwich makers are done with their work by 8 or 8:15am. This enables many of our sandwich makers to volunteer before they go off to start their workday.

It is important for sandwich makers to be able to consistently arrive on time. King County Food Handler’s Permit required. Open positions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We are especially fond of volunteers in this position who can be cheerful and bright-eyed in the early morning!

Kitchen Prep Cook
Cooks work as a team in the kitchen every weekday morning, 9am to noon. They chop vegetables for soup, peel eggs and bake meatloaf, among many other similar tasks. Kitchen prep staff also bags chips, crackers and fruit in preparation for the next day’s lunches.

This position requires a willingness to try new things, good teamwork skills and an appreciation for varying methods of completing the same task. Our best cooks express creativity when it comes to making a delicious meal out of whatever we have on hand. King County Food Handler’s Permit required, openings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

QAFB Volunteers

Happy QAFB Volunteers!

Drivers leave with the Queen Anne Food Bank van at 8am every weekday to rescue groceries that would otherwise be wasted. We receive donations from coffee shops and grocery stores in the Queen Anne neighborhood. Drivers pick up these donations, load them into the van and deliver them to the food bank. Most drivers are done and ready to go home after an hour and a half from start time. We are looking for drivers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Drivers must have a current driver’s license and a clean driving record. This positions requires the ability to lift boxes of up to 50 lbs and carry groceries down a flight of stairs. We also look for driving buddies, also known as “swampers,” who sit in the passenger seat and help the driver with loading and unloading of groceries.

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Help out Lower Kinnear Park this Saturday

May 28th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

Kinnear Park signThis Saturday, June 1st, a group of volunteers will be gathering for a planting party at Lower Kinnear Park, and everyone is welcome to pitch in and help. The group will be planting trees and shrubs that were moved during recent construction.

The work party runs from 9am to noon, just meet near the concrete trail halfway to the dog park. Tools will be provided, but bring your own water and sturdy shoes (and, dress for the weather, whatever it may be). Gloves are not required, but if you have a pair, bring them along.

For more information, contact Dave Scattergood via email or just show up with a friend or two on Saturday morning.

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Volunteers needed to help beautify entrance to Queen Anne this Sunday

May 17th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

Thousands of Queen Anne residents and visitors alike reach our neighborhood via the 7-way stop where our “Welcome to Queen Anne” sign greets them. However, the intersection needs some sprucing up, so that everyone knows that we love our neighborhood and take pride in its unique aspects like that crazy intersection!

QA Welcome Sign

After Sunday, you’ll be able to read the full sign!

You’re likely familiar with Picture Perfect Queen Anne from past Queen Anne View posts – well, some neighbors in East Queen Anne have partnered with PPQA to help beautify the entrance to our neighborhood with plantings and graffiti removal this weekend.

In a partnership with PPQA, the formerly maintained gardens at the  7-way stop are going to get back in ship-shape, and residents are looking for volunteers to help prune, weed, dig, haul or bring refreshments to a work-party this Sunday, May 19 at 8am.

7 Way StopIn addition to the garden rehab, neighbors will be using paint donated from Seattle Country Day School to re-paint and cover graffiti on the Queen Anne mural under the Aurora Bridge (northbound 99 entrance).

Whether your skills or interests lean to gardening or painting, there’s an opportunity to help beautify one of the major entrances to Queen Anne! And, if you can’t make tomorrow’s event, you can donate to a fund for mulch, new plants, and ongoing maintenance via Casa Latina.

To help out via hard work or donated funds, contact Sharon Parker via email or 206.229.3681. Or, just show up bright and early Sunday morning at the 7-way stop and help beautify Queen Anne!

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Take the FOLKpark survey and volunteer for fun Summer and Fall events

April 23rd, 2013 by Laura Fonda

FOLKpark logoLower Kinnear Park will be getting many needed improvements this summer and fall, including trail upgrades, a refurbishing of the tennis court, and new hillside vegetation. Ultimately, Friends of Lower Kinnear Park (FOLKpark) is paving the way for improved safety, ADA access to certain areas, and upgrades of several park entrances.

To achieve these Phase 2 goals, FOLKpark is applying for a Department of Neighborhood Large Project grant and is asking for community members’ help to get the grant.

What do they need? Obviously, a cash donation is always welcome, but FOLKpark also needs people to volunteer their time. If you can pledge a minimum of 4-6 hours in 2013 to help out Lower Kinnear Park, take the FOLKpark Volunteer Pledge and Survey.

And, here’s what’s on tap for Summer/Fall – all events that need volunteers:

  • series of “Talks in the Park” exploring the history, design, plants, and wildlife in the Park
  • ribbon cutting ceremony after the Phase I improvements are complete
  • tennis event to celebrate the completion of the tennis court renovation
  • “doggie event” for the Lower Kinnear Park off leash dog park

The survey is short (10 questions) and it includes a pledge to help FOLKpark with the volunteer and cash match it needs. Take the survey today and help out one of our local parks!

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Help the Southwest Queen Anne Greenbelt This Saturday

November 28th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

You may recall our post on the Green Seattle Day earlier this month – it was part of an ongoing effort to revitalize the Southwest Queen Anne Greenbelt by clearing ivy and planting over 200 native trees and shrubs. The event rallied roughly 35 people on November 3rd (thank you, volunteers!) and the next step is prepping for 400+ trees that will be planted in January and February. Plus, if you like eradicating ivy, that task is on the list too, as well as mulching and creating more survival rings.

So, grab your clippers and gloves and sign up for this Saturday’s event at the Southwest Queen Anne Greenbelt. You’ll need to dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and make sure you have long sleeves and pants if you’re up to working with blackberry removal. If you don’t have gloves or tools, just let the coordinator know via your RSVP, and they’ll be provided for you.

And, a heads up to save the date – the next step in rehabbing the greenbelt is planting live Christmas trees left over from the holidays, so mark the morning of January 12th on your calendar, more details to follow.

Key Details:

  • What: SW Queen Anne Greenbelt – mulch, prep, ivy removal
  • Where: W. Lee and Elliott Ave W., park behind Super Supplements, 1154 Elliott Ave W
  • When: Saturday, December 1st, 9am-noon

Note: please RSVP so the coordinator can allot the appropriate amount of extra gloves, tools and mulch.

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QA Farmers Market is looking for an intern

March 30th, 2010 by Thea

The Queen Anne Farmers Market is looking for a “dynamic marketing intern” to help out with operations and work with the market manager in preparation for and during the upcoming market season. Market Director Julie Whitehorn posted this job description on the QAFM site this morning:

The Queen Anne Farmers Market is seeking a smart, friendly, detail-oriented intern to learn market operations while assisting the market manager. The time commitment is five hours weekly pre-season and 7-8 hours each Thursday during 22-week season plus flexible offsite hours. The intern will attend committee and board meetings, and learn skills in nonprofit management, market operations, fundraising, marketing and customer service.

For more information on the job or how to apply, see the official job description (.pdf). The Queen Anne Farmers Market is starting up early this year, on Thursday, May 20. Read up on the market’s upcoming season and expansion here.

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Like nature? Volunteer as a Discovery Park docent

January 26th, 2010 by Thea

Do you love taking walks through the wilderness? Could you spend hours exploring a museum? Do you enjoy talking to other people about what you’ve learned? If yes, this just might be the perfect job for you! Discovery Park in Magnolia is looking for volunteer park docents to lead programs and guides through the park.

Docents lead many of the programs here at Discovery Park, including teaching school groups, tots, families, seniors, and more! We provide our docents with extensive training in Northwest natural history and interpretation techniques so they can feel comfortable venturing into the world of education at a park. Docents are the reason that Discovery Park is able to provide so many educational programs to the public. They are able to help children touch their first sea star or hear a red-winged blackbird by the ponds. They teach the importance of our natural world through games, sensory activities, and FUN!

Through the program, volunteers participate in two 6-week training sessions (one beginning in February, the other in August) including field training, natural history lessons and hands-on activities to prepare each docent for leading public educational programs. In return, docents commit to leading 12 programs over the course of the following year.

Applications to become a volunteer docent are being accepted through the end of January. Training for the Docent Class of 2010 begins Wednesday, February 24. For more information contact Docent Coordinator Kristin Benshoof at 206-386-4236 or or download an application.

(Thanks to Phinneywood for the tip!)

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3 spots open on Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board

December 1st, 2009 by Thea

Mayor Greg Nickels is looking for three new volunteers for the city’s Pedestrian Advisory Board.

Residents are invited to apply to serve on a volunteer committee that plays an influential role in implementing Seattle’s Pedestrian Master Plan. The board advises the mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies and makes recommendations.

Board members serve a two-year term, with an opportunity to serve a second term. The volunteers are frequent walkers of a variety of ages, levels of mobility and walks of life, and from areas throughout the city. Members must be Seattle residents and may not be city employees.

The PAB meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall, 600 4th Ave., between James and Cherry streets. To apply submit by a resume and cover letter explaining your interest to: Brian Dougherty, Seattle Department of Transportation, 700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3900, P.O. Box 34996, Seattle Washington, 98124-4996, or via e-mail to, by Wednesday, December 16. For more information, call Brian at (206) 684-5124, or e-mail him at the address above.

(Thanks to sister-site, Phinneywood, for the story!)

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Volunteers unite to restore QA Greenbelt

August 16th, 2009 by Thea

Yesterday volunteers from around the city joined together to restore the NE Queen Anne Greenbelt, an area of forested trails that connect two parks on the hillside just above Aurora Avenue North – Trolley Hill Park and MacLean Park.

After Trolley Hill Park, which features a community P-Patch, picnic area and play space, was created in 2002, Seattle Parks & Recreation worked on obtaining a .27 acre part of the greenbelt between Trolley Hill and MacLean that was at the time privately owned. Acquiring the piece of land in 2007, the city set on restoring the area between the two parks.

Yesterday EarthCorps, a non-profit organization dedicated to building community on a global scale through local environmental service, joined the Green Seattle Partnership, Friends of Queen Anne Parks and Seattle Parks & Recreation to restore the Greenbelt.

Over 60 volunteers from around King County and companies like Senture, Boeing and Summer Search donated four hours of their Saturday afternoon to clearing out invasive plants like Himalayan Blackberries and English Ivy, which had taken over the hillside making it impossible for native conifer trees to thrive.

The group spent the first day of this two-tiered project removing the invasive plants, going over areas that had already been cleared, and mulching the newly cleaned soil. In December volunteers will return to the site to plant young conifers and make sure invasive growth has not returned to the area. You can find more information on that event, including volunteer sign up here.

According to EarthCorps coordinator Elizabeth White,

What’s important is having community members that understand how important urban forests are and what they can do to take care of them.

White said the Queen Anne community has been very receptive to the project, “but there is still so much more to do.”

If everyone in Seattled volunteered four hours a year – just came out on a Saturday afternoon – it’s amazing what we could accomplish.

Her vision for the Queen Anne Greenbelt? Having the community organize a potluck, even just twice a year, where neighbors could come out and enjoy good food and even better company, while having fun and keeping the park clean. All it would take is a few hours one afternoon, two times a year.

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Farm out extra fruit to those in need

August 10th, 2009 by Heidi

Sometimes you just can’t eat the fruits of your labor fast enough.  Don’t let your garden bounty go to waste, though.  Donate your extra produce to Solid Ground’s Lettuce Link program, which provides fresh fruits and veggies to Seattle-area food banks, meal programs, shelters and senior centers.  Mary’s Place meal program (610 Dexter Ave N) is in need of apples, pears, plums and cooking apples in particular.  They’re also big fans of greens and collards.  To make a donation to Mary’s Place, call Sheri or Marty at 206-621-8474.   For more information on other locations in need, visit Solid Ground‘s web site.  Don’t have a garden?  They also need volunteers to help pick fruit, deliver or donate their green thumbs.   

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Northeast Queen Anne Greenbelt Volunteer Event

July 7th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

On August 15th, join EarthCorps, the Green Seattle Partnership, Friends of Queen Anne Parks and the City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Department as they work to restore NE Queen Anne Greenbelt.

The Greenbelt is a combination of two new parks: Trolley Hill Park and MacLean Park. Trolley Hill Park is home to a P-Patch and picnic area while MacLean Park commands a terrific view of the Cascades and Mt. Rainer. These parks are home to beautiful and interesting native plants that are being threatened by non-native, invasive plants such as English ivy. At this event they will remove invasive plants and perform restoration site maintenance. Please check out theirr website for more information and to sign

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