Queen Anne Helpline seeks Christmas Tree Lot volunteers

QA Helpline Tree SignIt’s that time of year, as we head toward the Thanksgiving holidays, the Queen Anne Helpline is making plans for its annual Christmas Tree Lot – and that means a call for volunteer cashiers!

The Christmas Tree Lot will be in its usual spot in the north parking lot of the Upper Queen Anne Safeway. The Helpline partners with Boy Scout Troop 72 to sell Christmas trees and holiday decorations to raise money for helping neighbors in need.

Volunteer cashiers are needed to help Queen Anne neighbors buy their holiday trees, and if the weather is chilly, the temporary Christmas Tree Lot trailer is heated! Volunteers need to be 16 years old or older, younger volunteers are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Sign up here for a slot and do so soon – these fun volunteer opportunities are filling up fast! And, remember to buy your tree right here on Queen Anne and help the Helpline at the same time!


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!

QAFM seeks volunteers for market season

QAFM logoOur recent weather sure seems to scream “summer!” and it’s not that far away… at least for the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market. Market season kicks off on Thursday, June 2nd, and runs every Thursday until the end of the season in October.

As you may or may not know, the QAFM is volunteer-driven. That means that volunteers are critical to keeping our local market going strong throughout the season. That brings us to this week – QAFM is looking for volunteers to help out on market days, and if you’re interested in helping make the market run smoothly, plan on attending a QAFM Volunteer event this Wednesday.

Join QAFM Market Director Brittany Ryan at Bounty Kitchen (7 Boston St) on Wednesday, May 11th from 6pm-7pm to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the market. It’s a great way to get involved with one of Queen Anne’s most popular events, and all you need to do is RSVP via email.

There are several different volunteer opportunities, from setting up the market to staffing the Information Tent or Event Tent to breaking down the market tents at the end of the day. Get ready for market season, it’s less than a month away! Check out this photo from last year’s market to whet your appetite for fresh, local produce from QAFM!

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Uptown Alliance meets Thursday to discuss Uptown Parklet funding and volunteering

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.

Volunteers needed at the Queen Anne Food Bank

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.

Help out Lower Kinnear Park this Saturday

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.