QAFM seeks volunteers for market season
Our 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!
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.
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
The 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.
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.
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
This 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.
Volunteers needed to help beautify entrance to Queen Anne this Sunday
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!
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.
In 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!
Take the FOLKpark survey and volunteer for fun Summer and Fall events
Lower 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!