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


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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Volunteers of America needs donations of gift wrap, tags

December 1st, 2011 by Doree

The Volunteers of America Community Resource Center is looking for donations of gift wrap and gift tags to help it provide gifts to more than 600 people this holiday season. Please drop off donations at the CRC at 9041 Greenwood Ave. N. (home of the Greenwood Food Bank). If you have questions, you can call 206-782-6731.

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Cornuto Pizzeria collecting warm coats for kids

November 22nd, 2011 by Doree

Cornuto Pizzeria, at 7404 Greenwood Ave. N., has teamed up with Via Tribunali pizza locations and Pizzeria 22 in West Seattle to collect warm winter coats for kids. The goal is to collect at least 200 coats for children of families served by the Atlantic Street Center.

The winter coat drive runs from today through Dec. 12. Anyone bringing in a new or gently used coat for a child from birth to 18 years old will receive a free margherita pizza.

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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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Phinney Ridge businesses band together to donate to deserving family

October 20th, 2011 by Doree

Luscious Skin Spa and several other retailers around North 65th Street and Phinney Avenue North have all chipped in for a basket of goodies that they’d like to donate to a deserving family for Thanksgiving, and they’re looking for nominations.

Mari Mamikunian, owner of Luscious Skin Spa, tells us the family doesn’t necessarily need to be someone in dire financial straights, but perhaps just someone who supports the community in many ways and should get some kind of recognition for it.

All of the businesses are participating including Rudy’s, Beachcomber Kid’s Cuts, Agora Foods, Luscious Skin Spa, Hip Zephyr, Home Espresso Repair, Frock Shop, Mae’s Cafe, Will’s Espresso and Cassandra Johnson with Sweet Pea housecleaning service. So there’s something for the whole family to enjoy: haircuts for Dad, a facial for mom, haircuts for the kids, breakfast for the whole family, a treat from Agora Foods, Hip Zephyr and the Frock Shop, espressos from Home Espresso Repair and to top it all off a 2 hour house cleaning!

Please send your nominations for a deserving family to Mari at brigitt12@yahoo.com by October 30. You will be notified if your nominated family was selected in mid-November just in time for Thanksgiving. Thank you helping us to select a family!

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PNA soup kitchen needs cups, silverware, and other kitchen items

April 13th, 2011 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s soup kitchen is in need of a lot of kitchen ware. They’re asking neighbors to clean out their cupboards to help those in need.

We serve hundreds of meals each week and over time our dishes and flatware gradually get chipped, lost, or otherwise rendered unusable. We are running low on some items and need to restock. We can also use some additions to our kitchen supplies. Check your cupboards, pantry, or china hutch for any of the following wish list items:

  • Metal flatware (primarily spoons and forks)
  • Coffee cups (plastic, glass, or ceramic)
  • Soup bowls (plastic, glass, or ceramic)
  • Juice glasses (plastic or glass. Not larger water glasses)
  • Salt and pepper shakers (prefer clear glass for easy refilling)
  • Large mixing bowls (metal or glass)
  • Large colanders (metal or plastic)
  • Kitchen towels, hot pads or mitts, and long kitchen aprons in reasonably usable condition

We do not need picnic ware such as paper plates, plastic cups, or single-use forks and spoons.

Deliver these tax deductible donations to the main PNA office in the Blue Building any time from 9 am – 9 pm on weekdays and 9 am – 2 pm on Saturday.

Thanks for your support!

The PNA Soup Kitchen Brigade

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Red Mill donates $3,000 from anniversary proceeds

February 16th, 2010 by Doree

Red Mill Burgers celebrated its 15th anniversary on Phinney Ridge last month by donating 15 percent of its proceeds over 15 days to three neighborhood non-profits.

Here’s owner John Shepherd and two employees handing $1,000 checks to (left to right) Patty Leach from the Greenwood Food Bank, Cecily Kaplan from the Greenwood Senior Center and Lee Harper from the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

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Donating to those in need this holiday season

November 30th, 2009 by Doree

As always, you can help out those less fortunate in a number of ways this holiday season. Here are a few:

The Phinney Neighborhood Center hosts its annual Giving Tree for kids in need. Pick up a tag with a child’s age and gift request, then return the wrapped present by Dec. 13.

The Greenwood Senior Center at 525 N. 85th St. will have a Giving Tree set up by the end of this week. It will have gift requests from the Dorothy Day House, a housing program for formerly homeless women.

Greenwood Hardware (a PhinneyWood sponsor) at 7201 Greenwood Ave. N. has its own Giving Tree just as you walk in the front door.

PlayMatters at 7720 is sponsoring visits by the Binky Fairy with a donation to Toys for Tots. The Binky Fairy flies into PlayMatters from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Your child can put their binky in a special box, then choose a new big kid toy from a treasure box. After making your donation to Toys for Tots, your child can stay and play for half off the regular price.

National Drycleaners at 8757 Holman Road is teaming up with the Ballard Food Bank for their 2009 Holiday Food Drive. The shop is now collecting any shelf stable, non-perishable food items, as well as any hygiene items (shampoo, deodorant, etc.). Drop off donations in the National Drycleaners barrels during normal business hours: Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

We’re sure there are numerous other businesses around the neighborhood with Giving Trees or other ways to help, so if we’ve missed something, please put a note in comments.

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Give your ‘heart and sole’ with shoes

November 27th, 2009 by Dale

A group of local retailers are setting up a gently used shoe collection drive for Soles4Souls, a non-profit that provides footwear to people in need in more than 125 countries.

During the month of December, you can drop off those shoes you’re not wearing at selected businesses, knowing that a victim of a natural disaster, or a person living in extreme poverty, will put them to good use.

As a special incentive on Dec. 12, all participating locations will provide a 20% discount off a new pair of shoes upon donation.

Locally, you can donate shoes at these locations:

Phinney Ridge
The Sneakery, 612 NW 65th St.

re-soul, 5319 Ballard Ave.

evo, 122 NW 36th St.
Shoes ‘n Feet, 3409 Stone Way North, Suite 102

Other participating Seattle-area stores are GEMS Sneakershop, ian, RPS-Rock Paper Scissors, Sole Food, Upper Playground, and Zebra Club.

For more information and other locations and donation options, see souls4seattle.com and the national organization at giveshoes.org.

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Eco Encore looking for ‘ton’ of used books

November 18th, 2009 by Doree

Eco Encore is raising funds for environmental organizations in the Pacific Northwest by collecting books, CDs, DVDs and recent software, then reselling it online. The organization hopes to cut down on waste and promote the idea of reuse to conserve resources.

For their November Community Book Drive, Eco Encore hopes to gather one ton of books by Nov. 30. The organization sells the items through their online store at amazon.com, then distributes the profits to 15 partner organizations, including the Nature Consortium and Washington Trails Association.

In our neighborhood, you can drop off donations at Avanti Art & Design at 7317 Greenwood Ave. N. Here’s a list of all drop-off locations in the region. Be sure and check out this list of items they can and can’t accept.

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PNA Soup Kitchen needs donations for Thanksgiving

November 11th, 2009 by Doree

The PNA Soup Kitchen is providing its special Thanksgiving meal on Wed., Nov. 25. The Soup Kitchen needs donations of cooked, sliced turkeys, juice or sparkling cider and store-bought or homemade pies.

They also need donations of ham, pies and juice for the Dec. 23 Christmas meal.

If you can donate, please call (206) 783-2244 to let them know how you can contribute and to arrange delivery, either to the Phinney Neighborhood Center or St. John United Lutheran Church on the morning of the meal.

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Raised Voices raise funds for Haitian school

June 16th, 2009 by Dale

The 70-member Phinney Community Chorus performed a concert of world music to an overflow crowd Sunday night at the United Methodist Church, raising more than $8,500 to support a school in Haiti, member Mike Veitenhans tells us:

The concert, an annual June event, celebrated the ten-year anniversary of the chorus and raised money for Lekol Pa Nou (Our School), a primary school in the remote village of Pichon, Haiti. The chorus began supporting the school through the non-profit organization Education for Prosperity Program six years ago. “The Phinney Neighborhood Association helped us get started and continue to be supportive,” explains chorus director Maggie McClellan, “and now we are making an effort to reach out and support others who need a hand. Thanks to the caring and generosity of our community, we raised $7,000 for the school last year and over $8,500 this year!” If you missed Sunday’s concert, you can hear the chorus perform at the Phinney Neighborhood Center’s “purchase party” June 28.

For more information about the chorus, click here.

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