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


PNA Village needs volunteer drivers

January 27th, 2016 by Doree

The PNA Village, an “aging in place” program to help seniors remain in their communities, needs volunteer drivers to take clients to appointments and on errands.

Volunteers should be available during weekdays, and have a reliable car and a good driving record.

See the PNA Village volunteer webpage for more information about volunteer opportunities.

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PNA Village looking for volunteer drivers

December 11th, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Village program is recruiting volunteer drivers to escort senior citizens to various destinations, such as doctor appointments and running errands.

The PNA Village, a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, is a community group dedicated to supporting people in the Phinney-Greenwood area who choose to stay in their homes and neighborhoods while staying active and engaged as they age.

We need volunteer drivers to transport members to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, just-for-fun outings and more. Volunteers choose when and how often they drive. Trips are usually within the Phinney/Greenwood/Ballard area.

If you’d like to give some of your time and energy to help people remain happily in their own homes as they age, please volunteer to be a driver. Contact Liz at (206)789-1217 or lizw@phinneycenter.org for more information.

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Volunteer with local nonprofits at Seattle Works Day on May 18

May 8th, 2013 by Doree

Volunteers will fan out across the city on Saturday, May 18, to help improve neighborhoods as part of Seattle Works Day. They’ll work from 12-3:30 p.m., then finish the day with a party at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion.

Volunteers pay $30 to participate; that includes a T-shirt and the party.

You can find a project to work on or sign up your team online.

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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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PNA officially launches new PNA Village, services to begin April 1

February 3rd, 2012 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association has officially launched its newest program, PNA Village, which is designed to help people remain in their homes and neighborhoods as they age. PNA Village services will begin on April 1, but membership sign-up is open now. The PNA also is seeking more volunteers for the program.

A volunteer kick-off event is set for 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, at the PNA’s Community Hall, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the brick building. RSVP at 206-789-1217.

While it’s primarily designed for seniors, the PNA Village is open to everyone of any age who lives in the boundary area: between North 50th and 105th streets, and from Aurora Avenue North to 15th Avenue NW.

The concept of Villages is a growing national movement enabling communities to support and serve each other through a network of volunteers in combination with vetted businesses. Members of the Village are in close contact with the program coordinators, who establish a complete profile for each member to best serve them in times of need or crisis.

The PNA Village relies heavily on local volunteer support. Whether it’s driving a neighbor to the doctor, changing a light bulb, or planting a spring bulb – a wide variety of volunteer opportunities are currently available. If you’re interested in volunteering for this program you can e-mail village@phinneycenter.org or call 206.789.1217.

Over the coming years, the PNA Village will grow and expand to meet the needs of its membership. For a complete list of current services and more information on PNA Village membership, visit the PNA website at phinneycenter.org/village. You can also subscribe to the PNA Village mailing list by sending an e-mail to village@phinneycenter.org with “Subscribe” in the subject line.

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Teens in Public Service seeking applicants for summer jobs

March 3rd, 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, 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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Seattle Mariners and student leaders to volunteer at new Community Resource Center

May 24th, 2010 by Doree

The Greenwood Food Bank is moving into a much larger space this weekend and expanding its programs. Two members of the Seattle Mariners will join a team of high school leaders at 11 a.m. next Thursday, June 3, to pass out food at the new Volunteers of America Community Resource Center, 9041 Greenwood Ave. N.

Major Leaguers Ryan Rowland-Smith and Mike Sweeney of the Seattle Mariners and high school student leaders from the Seattle Action Team will step up to the plate to help hungry families and seniors at the North Seattle Food Bank. Ballplayers and Action Team® captains will transform the food bank into a ballpark of produce and nutritional food while food bank customers round the bases to receive a three-day supply of emergency food.

They will also sort and bag food that will be delivered to home-bound seniors. In addition to providing emergency food, Volunteers of America Western Washington’s two local food banks also coordinate a home-delivery program that delivers to more than 260 home-bound seniors each month.

The Greenwood Food Bank is one of two food banks operated by Volunteers of America Western Washington, which combined serve more than 6,000 individuals each month with an emergency food supply.

Administered by Volunteers of America and the Major League Baseball Players Trust, the Action Team program encourages young people throughout the United States to volunteer in their communities.

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Assemble hats for a good cause

March 1st, 2010 by Doree

Assemble Gallery & Studio in Phinney Ridge is hosting Monday night workshops to sew hats to donate to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

“Assemble for a Cause” invites people to the shop every Monday night in March from 6-8 p.m. Participants will cut and iron fabric, sew from a simple pattern, and donate the cotton hats to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, to distribute to patients who’ve lost their hair from cancer treatment.

Knit hats are often donated in the winter season, but summertime sun requires cancer patients take extra precaution. Kate Burt, local artist and wife of a cancer survivor says, “Chemotherapy drugs make the skin photosensitive, and sun sensitivity after radiation treatments will be life long…Even non-cancer patients should protect their heads with breathable hats or scarves.”

Assemble will provide all materials, instruction and refreshments; donations at the door are welcome. Assemble encourages participants across the country to sew at home and mail hats to the shop (email info@assembleshop.com for patterns). A drop box will be available for fabric donations and completed hats until March 31st.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council seeks new members

February 28th, 2010 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council (PRCC) is looking for three new board members. Come to their monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center.

We invite everyone to come to discuss neighborhood projects, events, needs, politics, give us an educational talk, share ideas and get to know more neighbors.

The PRCC boundaries are Aurora Ave to 8th N.W. and 46th Street to North 75th St. Along with people who live in that area, anyone who owns a business or property within those boundaries is eligible to serve.

We are normally quite informal and consider our primary goal just to be in place, then if something happens in the neighborhood that needs attention or a “community voice” we are able to respond quickly and speak up for our neighborhood early in the planning process.

The minimum involvement as a board member includes attending the monthly meetings and weighing in on the occasional group e-mail. There are opportunities to do more, such as attending meetings or writing letters on PRCC’s behalf, but it is not required.

Our agenda is shaped largely by input from people who attend our meetings – most frequently Phinney Ridge residents who are feeling frustrated by the response, or lack of response, they are getting from the city on a problem that most commonly includes traffic, safety, zoning and land use. PRCC board members often bring agenda items to the meetings based on their experiences or at the request of neighbors. We also get occasional guest speakers such as candidates running for office, city planners hoping to build support for a new or proposed city policy, or those who can help shed light on a complicated issue.

Most often we give advice and help connect neighbors with problems to other neighbors who can, or are willing to help. If we decide to take a side in an issue, we often draft a statement, then send it to the appropriate parties. If there is a neighborhood issue someone wants to deal with, the PRCC is a great way to find other people who might share your views and can help.

We really could use some fresh faces, especially any neighborhood business owners and condo and apartment dwellers as they are currently not represented on the board at all. Even if people are not interested in serving on the board, we are trying to raise awareness that we are there and really encourage “drop ins” at our meetings.

For more information contact Diane Duthweiler by email or phone (206) 782-1420.

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