Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I have some news to share with you. After six amazing years of having had the honor and absolute pleasure of serving as the Queen Anne Helpline Executive Director, I've decided it's time to retire. As you will read below, I am committed to staying to ensure a seamless transition in leadership. The Board of Directors has mapped out a very thoughtful and thorough search process that I'm sure will result in a terrific new Executive Director to lead this organization. I will be here for a little while longer so this is not my official good-by, but I cannot emphasize enough how much I have enjoyed leading this incredible organization whose work has never been more important and whose impact has never been greater - thanks to all of you.

Following is a statement from the Board of Directors that also includes more information about the position and how to apply. Please help spread the word. And don't forget to mark your calendars for the final GiveBIG on May 9th!

Warmly, 
Lisa
Lisa Moore, Executive Director
From the QAH Board of Directors
The board of directors of the Queen Anne Helpline today announced that Executive Director Lisa Moore will be retiring later this summer. Board President Ron Wright said; “Lisa is widely recognized throughout the community and beyond as having done an extraordinary job of growing the organization and fulfilling its core mission of preventing homelessness. During Lisa’s tenure, the Helpline has increased its service area to include Magnolia, added case management services to better assist clients and stabilized funding sources to ensure the organization can continue to support our neighbors in need. Lisa leaves big shoes to fill but the board is embarking on a search to find a new Executive Director who will build on Lisa’s excellent work over the past six years.” Lisa took over as Executive Director in 2012 after Pat Sobeck retired. Lisa said: “Deciding to retire was not an easy decision. I remain committed to the mission of the Helpline, the people I’ve been honored to work with every day – staff, volunteers, board and clients – and the incredibly generous people who have supported the Helpline. I will be working closely with the board to find a great replacement and help ensure a seamless transition in leadership. The work of the Helpline has never been more important and I’m confident the Queen Anne Helpline will continue to be a strong leader in our community’s fight to prevent homelessness and stabilize the lives of neighbors in need.”
 
The board of directors invites anyone interested in applying for the role of Executive Director to speak to a board member or reach out directly to the Queen Anne Helpline before May 7, 2018. Further information, including a job description, can be found on the Helpline website QueenAnneHelpline.org .
GiveBIG 2018
Mark your calendars! We are less than one month away from the final GiveBIG on May 9th , Seattle Foundation's day of online giving to nonprofits. Donating begins April 26 th , and we have an incredible donor who will be matching all donations up to the first $6,000! More information, and our donation page, are found here: GiveBIG Queen Anne Helpline

Thank You!

Volunteers
 
A huge thank to our community superstars who collected, gathered, and packed over 50 food bags for individuals and families in our area! This lively volunteer event reminded us of the collective power of our community and our ability to make an impact on hunger in our neighborhood.  
 
Donations and Community Partners
 
A shout out to Laura Walter and Unico Properties for their brilliant idea to donate toilet paper to us here at the Helpline. Because of their quick thinking and outreach, we were able to receive this necessary item for our hygiene bank, as well as distribute the remaining goods to both the Sacred Heart Shelter and Mary’s Place. Together we were able to spread the goods and make an even bigger impact!
 
The Magnolia Rotary continues to be a valued partner and we are grateful for their strong commitment to our community and their generosity throughout the years.  
 
We are thrilled to be partnering with the Queen Anne Branch of the Seattle Public Library to provide a unique lending library for our client community! We are so grateful to our dedicated volunteer Hollis for her efforts alongside the QA Library staff member Shannon Wallace. We look forward to building our collection!
 
Spring time means Girls Scout Cookies! Thank you to Rebecca Pelletier and Debbie Buccola for donating boxes of girl scout cookies. We are able to include these treats in our food program and enjoy them with clients here in the office!
 
Deirdre Gabbay and her children delivered prepacked snack bags to the office - what a fabulous and helpful donation!

Incredible clothing donations through the consistent efforts of Kimberly R ., received from employees at Spaceflight Industries, Amazon, and VoteSTEM
 
Thank you to Kristen Leng , who shopped directly from or Amazon Wishlist and sent much needed food items directly to us here at the Helpine for our food pantry!
 
We are so grateful for the thoughtful and ongoing clothing and household donations from Paul and Marge Lepley , and particularly the recent bedding and linens that were dropped off. These types of items provide warmth and a sense of belonging for our neighbors who are building new households!
 
Visits
 
The Helpline hosted two of our City Council Members recently to discuss our homelessness prevention work. Both Councilmember Gonzalez and Councilmember Mosqueda toured our offices and met with staff and board members for productive conversations about the impactful work QAH is doing and it's critical role in addressing the homelessness crisis. We appreciate the Councilmembers and their staff for their time and thoughtful conversations, as well as their continued dedication to these issues.
 
Alison Leung's Third Grade class from Coe Elementary School visited and brought over more than 60 bags of food to support the Helpline! A huge thank you all the Coe students and families who donated, collected, and decorated beautiful Valentine's Day food bags for their neighbors!
 
Save the Dates!

Saturday April 21, 9 - 1 : Windermere shredding and recycling event, also collecting donations of gently used adult clothing for the Helpline. Coe School, 6th Ave W.

Wednesday May 9: GiveBIG: Mark your calendars for the final Seattle Foundation GiveBIG event - one day of online giving to your favorite nonprofits.

Saturday June 2, 9 - 3: Annual Bigelow Block Sale. A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Queen Anne Helpline. Stop by and visit our table!

Saturday July 14: QAH Annual Fun Run followed by the Queen Anne Community Festival.

Saturday October 13: Taste of Queen Anne
Our mission: To improve the lives of our neighbors by providing emergency assistance for housing, food 
and basic needs.

Queen Anne Helpline is so grateful for all of our volunteers, donors and supporters - you make our work possible and help improve the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors. 
 
Please consider making a donation to help support local families, seniors, and individuals. You can donate here 
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Queen Anne Helpline
311 West McGraw 
Seattle, WA  98119
206-282-1540
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