Happy Summer! July, 2017

Happy Summer! We love this season for so many reasons – long sun-filled days, colorful blooms and lush greenery, and of course our annual Fun Run! Join us for this beloved Queen Anne tradition on July 15th as we once again walk, run, and dance around the Crown of Queen Anne to raise critically needed funds for the Helpline. All proceeds go directly to programs that prevent and reduce homelessness, basic needs such as clothing and food, and supportive services such as case management. This year we are delighted to team up with the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce to incorporate the Fun Run into Queen Anne Day. After the run be sure to visit the awesome Festival at the Community Center playfield and the sidewalk sale along Queen Anne Avenue. Huge thanks to our Presenting sponsor Metropolitan Market, Leader sponsor HomeStreet Bank, and Leader sponsor Queen Anne Lutheran Church, who is also once again hosting us for before and after activities.

The Fun Run starts at 8 am sharp. You can learn more details and register in advance here. You can also register in person (or pick up your t-shirt if you’ve already registered) at one of three QA Farmers Markets: June 29, July 6, and July 13, or register the day of the event. Register early; t-shirts available while supply lasts.

We have some big news to share — we just received a two-year, $20,000 grant from Norcliffe Foundation to support expansion of our Case Management services. This generous grant is an important validation of our work, helping us serve more people and better meet their needs. An important new focus for us is working with repeat clients getting to the root of the issues underlying their chronic financial burden, and to increase self-sufficiency to create housing and financial stability. Budgeting, resource access, and longer term case management are now all part of our continuum of services. By participating in the Fun Run you are helping support these new services — thank you!

Finally, a huge shout-out to all Seattle Public Schools staff, teachers, families, and students who contributed to another successful school year. Eighty-seven students in our local schools were better prepared to learn and participate each week thanks to Weekend Food for Kids — our terrific partnership with Ballard Food Bank that provided 2,982 bags and 20,874 meals to kids at risk of food insecurity this past school year. Thanks to the many dedicated volunteers who pick the food up, pack it, and deliver it to the schools, making Weekend Food for Kids such a success. You are all fabulous!

Happy summer everyone, see you at the Fun Run and Queen Anne Day on July 15th!!