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Entries from November 2017

Support tiny houses & urban rest stops on Giving Tuesday, Nov 28

November 25th, 2017 by sarawilly

Before we know it, it’s Giving Tuesday, philanthropy’s answer to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, a global day dedicated to giving back, where charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Celebrate Giving Tuesday by making a donation to LIHI’s Tiny House Village and Urban Rest Stop programs.
LIHI’s Tiny House program provides warm, safe, secure shelter in a supportive village setting with case managers to help residents find jobs and permanent housing.  Seven villages in Seattle will help a thousand residents over the next year.  There is nothing like a door that you can lock and a room to call your own to help stabilize
and build a life from.
LIHI’s three Urban Rest Stops–in Ballard, the U District and Downtown–make showers, laundry, and other crucial hygiene services available to Seattle’s homeless population. Both sheltered and unsheltered homeless people need hygiene services. There is nothing like a hot shower on a cold day to make you feel human.

The hygiene services at the Urban Rest Stops make it possible for homeless men and women to get and keep jobs, stay healthy, and survive on the streets. Click here to donate and select Tiny Houses or Urban Rest Stops from the “Category”  drop-down menu.  While next Tuesday is the official Giving Tuesday  event, you can also donate now.

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Shop small in the U District today!

November 25th, 2017 by sarawilly

Saturday, November 25, 2016, is Small Business Saturday– a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Please join the The U District Partnership, the U.S. Small Business Administration and organizations across the country in supporting our local small business by shopping at a small business!

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Metro Transit to eliminate peak and zone fares, will switch to single fare for adults

November 16th, 2017 by sarawilly

From Doree at our sister site Phinneywood.com

The King County Council unanimously approved Metro Transit’s plan to switch adult fares to a single fare, regardless of peak or non-peak hours or travel through multiple zones.

Adults will now pay a standard fare of $2.75, even if they travel through two zones and no matter what time of day. The old fare structure charged an adult between $2.50 and $3.25, depending on zone and time.

The plan does not affect Metro riders who use Metro’s low-income fare program called ORCA Lift, or youth, senior and disabled fares.

“The Council also voted for additional funding to assist low income riders who are not covered by ORCA Lift and directed Metro to increase efforts to enroll eligible adults into ORCA Lift before new fares take effect,” according to a press release.

The new fare structure takes effect next July.

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Bartell Drugs and Salvation Army team up for 15th annual “Toy ‘n’ Joy” Drive

November 13th, 2017 by sarawilly

Bartell Drugs is once again partnering with the Salvation Army to provide holiday gifts for children in need by collecting new, unwrapped toys during its 15th annual Salvation Army “Toy ‘N’ Joy” drive.

The toy drive will run November 12 through December 9 at 65 of Bartell’s locations in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

Toys will be distributed to low-income children and youth the week before Christmas through the Salvation Army’s “toy warehouses.”

Donation options include: 

  • Donate at the cash register at any Bartell Drugs location.
  • Donate new, unwrapped gifts appropriate for children up to 14 years of age.

“This community-wide drive helps make the holiday season brighter for deserving children in the neighborhoods we serve,” says Bartell Drugs CFO Rob Jensen. “The generous response by our customers over the past 15 years has been extremely gratifying.”

The month-long drive in 2016 generated over 5,800 toys provided by Bartell customers—the equivalent of $88,710 in toys provided to the Salvation Army.

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Brown Bear Car Wash salutes vets/current service military with free car washes

November 10th, 2017 by sarawilly

Saying “thank you” to our military, Brown Bear Car Wash offers free washes to current or former members of the military on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11. The free “Beary Clean” washes will be offered at Brown Bear’s 24 tunnel wash locations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The offer operates on an honor system and no verification or documentation is required. Upon arrival, drivers should identify themselves as a current or former member of the military to the wash attendant. Click here for a list of Brown Bear’s 24 automated tunnel wash locations.

Brown Bear will also proudly donate $1 for every car washed on Veterans Day to Puget Sound Honor Flight. For the past three years, Brown Bear has donated more than $30,000 to support Honor Flight’s mission of transporting Western Washington war veterans to visit memorials in Washington, D.C. For more information, click here.

“The Veterans Day event is our way of saluting those who currently serve our country and have made past sacrifices on behalf of all of us,” said Brown Bear Car Wash President Vic Odermat, who is a proud US Marine veteran.

For more information about Brown Bear Car Wash locations and programs, click here.

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