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Queen Anne Movie Guild disbands, says goodbye

July 11th, 2011 by Thea

After five years running free monthly documentary film screenings on the hill, the Queen Anne Movie Guild has announced that the organization has come to an end. In a note addressed to members of the community last week, Guild members explained some of the difficulties that led up to this decision. Congruently the group posted the following note on the QAMG website:

After five years, the Queen Anne Movie Guild has come to a close. Over these years, documentaries have grown in number and visibility, which is great news. The bad news is that their cost has risen to the point where we are no longer able to afford to show the quality films we would like to bring you.

Fortunately, the sources available through the internet have increased — NetFlix, Brave New Theatre, FreeSpeech TV online documentaries, YouTube free feature length films, and FaceBook – and we hope you will take advantage of these.

We will be donating our remaining funds to the Center for Wooden Boats and Wallingford Meaningful Movies. They each have supported us with loaned projectors. Our DVDs will be going either to the Seattle Public Library or to the DVD loan library of Wallingford Meaningful Movies. Our DVD player will be going to Wallingford Meaningful Movies to support their ongoing project, which aids others in showing social justice documentaries in area neighborhoods.

Thank you for your participation in and generous support of the Queen Anne Movie Guild screenings over the past five years. Collectively, we built a successful and thoroughly enjoyable venture in education, entertainment, and community building. We hope our paths will cross again.

All the Best,

Guild Members:
David Griffith, Pat Griffith, Carol Isaac, Gordon Jackins, Rich Littleton, Margaret Okamoto, Erin Schiedler, Richard Sewell, and Keith Yoshida

While the all-volunteer QAMG and its Second Saturdays Film Series has now come to a close, you can still look back over the last five years at the films the Guild has shown and catch up on those you missed. Check out all of the films the QAMG has shown over the years here. Want to say goodbye to the Guild? Send the QAMG a farewell message on its Facebook page.

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Teens in Public Service seeks applicants for summer jobs at local non-profits

March 4th, 2011 by Doree

Seattle-based nonprofit Teens In Public Service (TIPS) is accepting applications from teens ages 15 to 19 who want a summer job that combines community leadership with volunteerism.

TIPS, founded in 1997 by a Seattle mom and her daughter, (Maureen Brotherton and Tia Heim) who wanted to create more rewarding job opportunities for teens, buy generic cialis is now in its 15th year of placing teens at local non-profits. TIPS selects teens for internships at charitable organizations by matching their talents and interests with the needs of over 75 local non-profits. Teens serve at no cost to the non-profit, but earn a paycheck through TIPS.

You will find TIPS interns organizing a talent show for children with special needs, comforting a 75 year-old woman as she struggles with Alzheimer’s and providing a meal and a smile to a homeless man in downtown Seattle.

“Our internships give teens the chance to earn money as well as open their eyes to the needs of their community,” Cathy Michalec, TIPS Executive Director, said in a press release. “Our hope is that these teens will continue to be involved with their communities long after their internships are over.”

Teens can submit an application online. For more information, call the TIPS office at 206-985-4647.

Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, adult mentors or others who can attest to the applicant’s character. Teens must be between the ages of 15-19, and must be 15 by June 1.

Each intern will work 20 or 30 hours per week for eight weeks, and five of those weeks must be consecutive. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 25.

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‘Flash Volunteer’ aims to connect volunteers with local projects

September 3rd, 2009 by Thea

A new local start-up, Flash Volunteer, is on a quest to connect “Seattle-area residents to volunteer opportunities, volunteers to neighborhoods, and nonprofits to volunteers,” through a web-based social networking tool.

Founder and Executive Director Brad Wilke said the project is “focused on increasing volunteerism here in Seattle.”‘

Interested? Here’s how it works: Volunteers register with the site based on the neighborhood they live and/or work in, then Flash Volunteer “pushes” relevant opportunities to the participant’s personal homepage – providing what Brad describes as “a personal volunteer management tool with a hyperlocal focus that promotes sustained user involvement in their community.”

Brad writes,

We provide online management tools for neighborhood-focused volunteer opportunities, empowering Seattleites to participate more fully in regular, sustainable volunteer service. We are an all-volunteer organization that has bootstrapped the site to the point where it is now…

Upon signing up for an event, Flash Volunteer creates a social network for participants, allowing them to interact with the event manager and connect with other participants. Following the event, participants are able to post pictures and add other volunteers to their “Flash Team”, encouraging participation at future events and helping create stronger off-line communities, neighborhood by neighborhood.

Flash Volunteer is a low-cost, high-impact platform for community engagement that is currently building a model for cities around the country to replicate and expand upon. Eventually, we hope to provide each citizen the tools they need to build stronger neighborhoods and improve their quality of life through regular community service.

Brad also said that the organization, although just getting started, has big plans and will be using new media technology as a launching pad. In September Flash Volunteer will be releasing an iPhone application, “which will provide a real-time snapshot of volunteer opportunities based on the user’s GPS location, allowing for drop-in attendance at events like park clean-ups and other group activities,” he said.

I went to the Queen Anne page and so far there are five registered volunteers, myself included. Our sister site, My Ballard, has reported that volunteers are beginning to join on their page as well. Given the rise in community-based organizations that provide hyperlocal services, this site might just take off.

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