A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Give Big to local nonprofits today

May 5th, 2015 by Doree

Today is the Seattle Foundation’s fifth annual Give Big, a 24-hour event where donations to more than 1,700 Puget Sound area nonprofits are stretched through a pool of matching donations. Give Big ends tonight at 11:59 p.m.

Several of our neighborhood’s nonprofits are on that list, including: The Great Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle), which provides free writing and tutoring to children; Taproot Theatre Company; Aurora Commons, a “neighborhood living room and resource center that compassionately and creatively serves men and women along the Aurora corridor who struggle with substance abuse, mental illness, homelessness, and sexual exploitation”; Boys & Girls Clubs of King County (which includes the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club in Greenwood); Cancer Lifeline; Christ the King Catholic School; Music Center of the Northwest; New Beginnings; Norse Home; Phinney Neighborhood Association; St. John Catholic School; and Woodland Park Zoo.

We’ve probably missed some from our neighborhood. Please put a note below in comments if you find another one.

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Christ the King school collecting canned food for food bank

January 24th, 2013 by Doree

Christ the King Catholic School’s Student Council is collecting canned food to benefit the Lake City Food Bank and North Helpline. So far they’ve collected 1,461 cans, and hope to have 2,013 cans by next Wednesday.


The goal of the canned food drive is to help students become aware of the growing need for food during difficult economic times as well as having CKS students do their part to contribute to their community. CKS students have a long history of volunteering and service to their community at large. In working with the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Christ the King Parish, they now have a working relationship for a very worthy cause.

Christ the King Catholic School, 415 North 117th St., also is hosting an open house for preschool through 8th grades at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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Greenwood Food Bank needs last-minute toys and gift cards after donor falls through

December 13th, 2012 by Doree

One of the Greenwood Food Bank‘s donors was not able to follow through on their commitment of toys and gift cards for food bank families.

VOA Greenwood will need gifts for children of our food bank families. Ideally, we’ll need them by our Holiday Party this Saturday, December 15th. Gift cards for places like Fred Meyer/Toys’r’us/Target etc (places that sell toys and/or clothes) or cash donations are welcome, though we will continue to take donations through the week. Please contact us at (206) 782-6731 or greenwoodfoodbank@voaww.org to help.

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2nd annual Local Giving Fair is Saturday

November 16th, 2011 by Doree

This Saturday, the Greenwood Senior Center is hosting the second annual Local Giving Fair, where you can talk to representatives from 20 local non-profits, and help support needs in our community. Make a donation and you’ll receive a card and impact statement to give someone as a gift.

The Local Giving Fair is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There’s live entertainment and yummy treats.

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You can ‘Give Big’ to neighborhood organizations on Thursday

June 22nd, 2011 by Doree

The Seattle Foundation is hosting Give Big, a one-day push to bring in donations to nonprofits in King County. The Seattle Foundation and local businesses will match a share of every contribution made online between 7 a.m. and midnight Thursday.

Phinney-Greenwood organizations that you can donate to include the Woodland Park Zoo, Taproot Theatre, the Phinney Neighborhood Association, kids tutoring and writing center 826 Seattle, and performance group Manifold Motion. (If you know of other neighborhood organizations involved in Give Big, please list them below in Comments.)

You’ll also have an opportunity to be chosen at random to win a “Golden Ticket,” which gets your charity of choice an extra $1,000 from the event’s sponsors.

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Senior Center needs volunteers for Local Giving Fair

April 21st, 2011 by Doree

The Greenwood Senior Center is looking for volunteers for the second annual Local Giving Fair on Nov. 19. A project of the senior center’s civic engagement program, the Local Giving Fair features non-profit organizations working on a range of social justice, environmental, and human rights issues, so that community members can learn more and/or make donations, just in time for the holidays.

Currently, we are looking for people interested in offering their skills as committee members. Volunteering as a committee member is a great way to get event planning experience for a special community event and to support organizations addressing social justice and human rights issues in our community, all the while working with a wonderful group of fellow volunteers.

The senior center will be holding a community meeting for people interested in learning more about the Local Giving Fair and what volunteering as a committee member entails on Wednesday, May 4th, from noon-1pm at the Green Bean Coffee House (8533 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle 98103). The Green Bean provides delicious lunch and other snacks that you can purchase. Otherwise, feel free to bring a bagged lunch if you’d like to eat. (If you are purchasing food, please give yourself adequate time so that the meeting can begin promptly at noon. Thanks!).

If you plan to attend, please let Emily at the Greenwood Senior Center know (emilyb@phinneycenter.org/ (206) 297-0875). If you are unable to make this meeting but are interested in being a part of the committee, or have any questions, please call or email Emily at the senior center.

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How has economy affected food banks?

April 20th, 2011 by Doree

Our news partners The Seattle Times had a story today about how the economy has been affecting local food banks. Now, a graduate student at the University of Washington contacted us about her own research project on the topic.

Paula Rhyne, a master’s of public administration candidate at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs and a PhinneyWood area resident, has developed an online survey about individual giving patterns as part of her research.

You can take the survey here. It only takes about two minutes.

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Planning underway for Senior Center’s annual Local Giving Fair

August 23rd, 2010 by Doree

Each November, the Greenwood Senior Center hosts a Local Giving Fair, which provides information on giving charitable donations to local non-profits. The Senior Center is holding a planning meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Green Bean Coffeehouse, 8533 Greenwood Ave. N. Anyone who wants to help out is invited.

The purpose of the Local Giving Fair is to:

  • Provide a space for local non-profits to inform the community about their work and ways to get involved.
  • Give the community a chance to learn about and donate time, money, and/or other resources to local non-profits in place of material gifts for the winter holidays.
  • Build and strengthen relationships between community members, the neighborhood, and local organizations who are dedicated to promoting positive change in the Seattle area.
  • All to take place within a celebratory and festive neighborhood affair!

This year’s Local Giving Fair is Saturday, Nov. 13. If you have questions, you can contact Emily at the GSC, 206- 297-0875; emily@greenwoodseniorcenter.org.

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Carmelita Haiti fundraiser brings in nearly $3,000

January 27th, 2010 by Dale

We heard from Carmelita a short time ago that they raised nearly $3,000 Tuesday night for Haiti relief, adding to a growing total from neighborhood businesses supporting the cause.

Speaking personally, it says something about our neighborhood to see such support from businesses and their customers.

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