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  • 15 Oct 2014 3:16 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

     

    Celebrate Volunteers
    Making a Difference in North King County

    Tuesday, December 9, 2014

    5:30-7:00pm
    Shoreline City Hall, Council Chambers

    Refreshments Provided

    It is not too late to nominate your favorite volunteer or volunteer program!
    Nominations due October 27th, 5:00 pm
    Nomination Application:   2014 Awards Nomination Form.pdf
  • 01 Oct 2014 2:27 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

     

    Awaken Your Case

    Puget Sound Grantwriters Association

    22nd Annual Conference

     


    Washington Nonprofits is pleased to share information about this conference offered by one of our Nonprofit Support Organization partners, Puget Sound Grantwriters Association.  Please visit their website for more information.


     

    Awaken Your Case: Puget Sound Grantwriters Association 22nd Annual Conference

    October 29, 2014

    7:30am-4:15pm

     

    Washington State Convention Center
    Seattle, Washington

     

     

    The Puget Sound Grantwriters Association is proud to present its 22nd Annual Conference, “Awakening Your Case!” featuring keynote speaker Sonya Campion, President, Campion Advocacy Fund. Join your peers -- experienced grantwriters as well as those new to the field -- for practical, hands-on presentations on a wealth of topics. This year’s special focus on the Case Statement will offer you tools to revitalize your organization’s ability to win the confidence of potential funders. At lunchtime, taste something different: our first-ever "PSGA Smackdown," a no-holds-barred debate that will focus on the advantages and challenges posed by many funders’ newest approach, “Transformational Philanthropy.”

    $125 Members/ $175 Non-Members  Early bird before 10/18

    $145 Members/ $195 Non-Members

    REGISTER HERE

     

     

     

    PUGET SOUND GRANTWRITERS ASSOCIATION

    The Puget Sound Grantwriters Association promotes responsible, effective grantseeking and fosters connections among grantseekers, non-profits and funders.  More information

     

    WASHINGTON NONPROFITS

    Washington Nonprofits, Washington's state association for nonprofit organizations, is a membership-based organization that builds a strong, collaborative network of nonprofits serving Washington communities through education, advocacy, and capacity building.  It is a member of the National Council of Nonprofits.  Join us today!

     


    Member Benefits

    WN Education

    Public Policy

    WN Public Policy

    Member Benefits

    WN Membership


    Washington Nonprofits
    120 State Avenue #303, Olympia, WA 98501
    t: 253-330-8850 | e: info@washingtonnonprofits.org

     

  • 17 Sep 2014 12:15 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

     

    Navigating the Elder Care Maze

    “I need to find assisted living for my mom.”

    “My father-in-law doesn’t drive and can’t use Metro. He needs information on transportation options.”

    “I'm providing regular care for my adult son, who has a disability. I need help!”

    “Who do I call?!”

    Do those questions sound familiar? Finding help for an older adultundefinedyourself or a loved oneundefinedcan be a daunting task. Fortunately, two local programs provide guidance in navigating the maze of community and government programs:

    • ·        Senior Information & Assistance (1-888-4ELDERS) is the go-to number for anyone age 60+ and their family members who needs help identifying resources that meet their needs.

    • ·        The King County Caregiver Support Networkprovides guidance to unpaid primary caregivers of adults of any age who are unable to care for themselvesundefinedtypically family members or close friends or neighbors.

    Aging and Disability Services (ADS)undefinedthe Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King Countyundefinedcurrently funds both programs. In the coming year, services may be enhanced to help a broader range of older adults and individuals with disabilities plan to live independently in the community.

    As part of that process, ADS would like community input. Please take a few moments to complete an online survey that will help with these important decisions. The survey is open through September 30. Here’s the link:  www.surveymonkey.com/s/87CHD23

  • 11 Sep 2014 5:58 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

     



    The Community Rallies to Host Giant Free Health Clinic at Seattle Center  
    More than 50 health, human service and civic organizations from across the State of Washington are joining together to produce Seattle/King County Clinic with Remote Area Medical® , Oct. 23 – 26, in KeyArena at Seattle Center. This giant health clinic offers a full range of FREE dental, vision, and medical care to underserved populations in the region.

    Healthcare professionals and other community volunteers will donate time, resources and expertise to serve as many as 4,000 patients at the four-day Clinic. “Organizing and implementing an event on this scale requires months of planning, hundreds of volunteers and dozens of actively engaged partners. It represents the serious dedication of a caring community to address healthcare issues at the local level, to make a difference for the most vulnerable among us,” said Christine Lindquist M.P.H., Executive Director of Washington Healthcare Access Alliance..

    In addition to the Clinic, a FREE resource fair will be held Oct. 25 – 26 in Seattle Center Armory to help individuals and families connect with local health, human and social service providers. HealthFest will include offerings ranging from free flu shots and health insurance navigation, to demonstrations of nutritional and fitness ideas, educational discussions and more.


    Learn more at:  www.seattlecenter.org or 206-684-7200.  

  • 11 Sep 2014 5:54 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

     

     As the new school year begins, it is sobering to reflect that 400 children are homeless in North King County. Homelessness affects all aspects of a child’s life including academic performance, the subject of this first blog by Firesteel, a network of Washington YWCA’s committed to ending family homelessness. If you are interested in joining efforts to end homelessness in North King County, The North King County Affordable Housing and Homelessness Work Group needs you. A new subcommittee to address homeless issues has just been formed. To become involved, contact Bill Kirlin-Hackett: itfh@comcast.net

    Link to the Firesteel Article. http://firesteelwa.org/2014/09/homelessness-and-poverty-in-the-public-education-system-an-intro-to-our-blog-series/

  • 21 Aug 2014 8:04 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

     

    Care Day
    The Progress of Compassion and a Matter of Happenings

      “It’s not what you believe that counts; it’s what you believe enough to do.” - Richard Stearns

    What if we told you that a group of five ordinary community members decided to take it upon themselves to replicate an event that large, well-funded, Nonprofits host on an annual basis? An event that serves thousands of homeless and low-income people with the food, services, and supplies that will help them to regain their footing amidst difficult circumstances.

    You might be skeptical now…  But what we haven’t told you is that this group of five had enough perseverance and passion to make that vision a reality.

    In the summer of 2013, the group came together to read a book called, “The Hole in Our Gospel.” After finishing it, they knew they had to do something for those in need in the Northshore area, where they live. Their volunteering with Northshore Baptist had shown them the struggling people that often got overlooked in this affluent area. They went to find a volunteer opportunity like the Community Resource Exchange (CRE) or Project Homeless Connect (PHC) in Bothell that would reach the whole community. But there was nothing like that in Bothell. They had to do something. Care Day was coming.

    The group approached Northshore Baptist Church with the idea of starting a CRE-like event in Bothell, called Care Day. The church introduced the team to the Northshore School District, with whom they had built a trusting and mutually beneficial relationship. The Care Day team’s support network expanded further when they met two of United Way of King County’s AmeriCorps VISTAs, placed with the North Urban Human Services Alliance (NUSHA). Through NUHSA’s Americorps VISTAs, the group was able to access the wisdom and experience of the staff at United Way of King County. They gleaned information and networked by coming to the most recent CRE and United Way of Snohomish County’s Project Homeless Connect (PHC). Through their consistent efforts they also partnered with several churches and around 60 nonprofits.

     

    With several planning meetings under their belts, the team brought NUHSA on board as their fiduciary agent and began their quest for supply drives and donations. Hundreds of phone calls, emails, and dozens more meetings later, it was finally August 15th.

    Care Day took place on the campus of Bothell High School. Despite the rain and the logistical problems that plague every first time event, the team remained calm and positive. This positive energy radiated throughout the event. The leadership team solved problems creatively and directed people graciously, and in the end pulled off an event that brought 60 providers and 180 volunteers together to serve approximately 250 men, women, and children in need. “There's a need in our community, and for one day we put a dent in it,” said Tim King of Care Day’s leadership team. Everyone from the volunteers to the providers to the school staff complimented the organization of the event and asked if there would be a “Care Day 2015.”  We are pleased to announce that there will be.



    Quick Glance Stats
    250-300 people served from the community


    Age range of adults varied from 23 to 77


    25% reported current or recent homelessness




    58% had kids in school



    80% were seeking employment


    54% received food stamps



    36% came from the city of Bothell



    17% travelled from either Seattle or Snohomish County


  • 20 Aug 2014 11:50 AM | Beth Green (Administrator)

     

     NUHSA's Public Policy Committee sent a letter of support for the soon to open International Community Health Services (ICHS) and their efforts to offer Women, Infants and Children (WIC) services at their new Shoreline location. The WIC program offers important health screening and nutritional services for infants and mothers. Currently there are four WIC sites in North Seattle and North King County, but three of those four sites are located in Public Health Seattle King County Clinics slated to be closed in 2015. To ensure improved access to this important preventive service, NUHSA supports ICHS’ application to become a WIC site. (For more information on both organizations, please visit ICHS Shoreline and WIC Program)

  • 13 Aug 2014 4:09 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

     

    end homelessness


    You are invited to drop in at a public forum to discuss and comment on the King County Consortium’s Consolidated Housing and Community Development Plan for the period of 2015 through 2019.

     
    Three
    meetings will be held in early September to provide information and receive input from stakeholders and interested citizens on the Consolidated Plan. 
     
                    Pabla Punjabi Palace, September 4 at 4:00 to 7:00pm
                    15245 International Blvd, Suite 250, Tukwila
     
                    Bellevue Library, September 9 at 4:00 to 7:00pm
                    1111 110th Ave NE, Bellevue 
     
                    Third Place Commons, September 10 at 4:00 to 7:00pm
                    17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park
     
    The Consolidated Plan is the guide to the investment of approximately $6 million per year in federal housing and community development funds, and an additional $47 million per year in other federal or related state and local funds, to address housing, homelessness, and community development needs throughout the King County Consortium. The Consortium includes nearly all cities and towns in King County and the unincorporated areas of King County outside of the City of Seattle. This is a casual setting and people are welcome to bring their children.

  • 24 Jul 2014 4:42 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

    NUHSA took to Shoreline City Hall to advocate for exempting affordable housing from transportation impact fees. Shoreline’s Transportation Master Plan calls for impact fees to be placed on new construction as of January 1, 2015. Without an exemption, non-profit agencies that build affordable housing would have faced additional financial barriers. Ed Sterner, a NUHSA board member and Public Policy Committee member, joined representatives from the Shoreline faith community, local social service and housing agencies, and concerned citizens speaking out at the July 21st City Council Meeting. NUHSA and others spoke about the need for affordable housing in our area and how fee exemptions are a way for the city to support affordable housing. Kayla Schott-Bresler, from the Housing Development Consortium which represents non-profit housing developers, testified that 26% of Shoreline renters spend more than 50% of their income for housing.  In the end, the strong advocacy from NUHSA and concerned individuals and agencies in the community helped the Council decide unanimously to grant non-profit housing developers an exemption to the transportation impact fees.  The ordinance defines affordability as not paying more than 30% of one’s income for housing. Income eligibility was set at 60% of the King County median income, which is $47,640 for a three person household.  

  • 24 Jul 2014 4:16 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

     

    Did you know that Public Health - Seattle & King County is facing huge cuts that will close the Northshore, Auburn, Federal Way, and White Center Public Health Centers in January? Plus, here in East King Co. there will be a 2/3 cut to Family Planning Prevention services that prevent teen pregnancy and STDs. Concerned? Contact King County Executive Dow Constantine: dow.constantine@kingcounty.gov.

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