Dear Friends and Neighbors,

NOW more than ever . GiveBIG, Seattle Foundation's one day of online giving, is quickly approaching on Wednesday, May 10th - although you can make an early donation now:
This annual event raises critical funds for the Helpline, a neighborhood social service agency helping our most vulnerable neighbors.We are very excited to announce that our fabulous partners at Metropolitan Market Queen Anne and Magnolia will match, dollar for dollar, the first $6,000 we raise! 


Why now more than ever ?   
  • The homelessness crisis in Seattle is visible everywhere we look. Queen Anne Helpline is part of the solution; last year we prevented 514 evictions, 148 utility shut-offs and moved 22 families into housing.
  • The city is booming, but not for everyone. With rising rents, one unexpected expense can quickly lead to an eviction or utility shut-off notice. In 2016 Queen Anne Helpline provided a financial safety net to 1,095 households.
  • The federal safety net is extremely tenuous. For seniors who depend on Social Security incomes, for veterans and others who rely on other government benefit programs, these are scary times. Queen Anne Helpline makes sure everyone has housing, food, and their basic needs met.
Our help can be large or small but it always makes a huge difference. Joseph just turned 93 years old. He is a homeless veteran who counts on us to help cover his $18 co-pay for his asthma inhaler. Trinity is a single mother who, through our case management services, we helped find flexible employment to accommodate her child care schedule, increasing her financial self-sufficiency. There's the family struggling with medical issues who we helped keep housed, children we provide food to so they can participate and learn in school alongside their peers, the young homeless man we helped move into permanent supportive housing. When you make a gift to the Queen Anne Helpline, you are helping all these neighbors, and so many more.
  • $50 provides enough weekend food for five children
  • $100 prevents a senior's utilities from being shut off
  • $300 prevents a family from becoming homeless
Help us create a vibrant, healthy community that works for everyone. Together, we're a vital part of preventing homelessness before it happens.Thank you for including us in your GiveBIG charitable contributions!
 
 
Warmly,  
Lisa
Lisa Moore, Executive Director
   
Case Management Helps Client Lower Utility Bills
  
Our Case Management Assistant has been helping clients apply for Centerstone's Energy Assistance program, which provides eligible clients a one-time grant to their utility bills.  Jose, a senior with English as his second language, was referred to this program due to his extremely high energy bills. In addition to assisting Jose with his application, our case management assistant worked as a liaison between Jose and the utility company and discovered that the cost of Jose's bill was due in part to a leakage. Through advocacy and dedication, they were able to get the company to investigate the leak and offer reimbursement options, set up payment plans, as well as receive approval for energy grants. These actions greatly reduced Jose's stress level and financial burden. Jose has now been referred to our case manager, who will continue to work with him on budgeting, managing bills, and medical issues.
Welcome New Board Members  

The Helpline is thrilled to welcome four new Board members: Charles Bookman, Krysia Johnson, Nancy Loverin, and Marisa McFarland.

Following four decades in transportation and strategic planning, Charles Bookman continues to "give back" to his community by serving on boards and commissions and through volunteer executive service. Since moving to Seattle in 2000, he has served on the Queen Anne Community Council, the Neighborhood District Council, and the Urban League. In this way, he continues to find solutions that improve quality of life. Married with two grown sons and four grandchildren, Charles lives in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood.   

   
Krysia Johnson moved to Queen Anne in 2010.  She is currently the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at Brooks Sports in Fremont and spent a number of years serving as the Treasurer of the John Hay Partners Board.  Krysia enjoys spending time with her husband Bjorn and daughters Wynne and Paige as well as running the Crown of Queen Anne Loop and exploring Seattle.


Nancy Loverin is the Employment and Education Resources Administrator for King County Department of Community and Human Services. She has over 30 years of working in public service in both management and direct service positions, notably in the field of employment and education. Nancy has lived in Seattle for 30 years, the last of 10 on Queen Anne. She is married and enjoys skiing and walking as her favorite activities. She is looking very forward to being part of the Queen Anne Helpline!

 
 
    Marisa McFarland is a long-time Queen Anne resident with a passion for helping people.  She and her husband have two-year-old boy/girl twins.  In her spare time, she likes to be active outside - hiking, biking, kayaking...or monkeying around on the playground.  Having worked in health care and volunteered in education, Marisa saw first-hand the unmet needs of families in our local Seattle communities.  She is excited to make a difference in the greater Queen Anne area! 

Mark Your Calendars

Saturday May 6 - Brewery Running Series, 11 am at Outlander Brewery and Pub in Fremont

Wednesday May 10 - GiveBIG, a day of online giving

Saturday May 13 - Brewery Running Series, 11am at Peddler Brewing Co. 

Thursday June 1 - Queen Anne Farmers Market opening day! 

Saturday June 3 - Bigelow Block Sale, a portion of the proceeds benefits Queen Anne Helpline

Sunday June 18 - Brewery Running Series, 11 am at Urban Family Brewing Co.

Saturday July 15 - Queen Anne Day including the Helpline Fun Run, Queen Anne Festival, and Merchants Sidewalk Sale
THANK YOU!
  
Heartfelt thanks to the following groups or individuals for their fantastic support!
 
Windermere Foundation for their recent generous grant to support our work with families.

Windermere QA who included a clothing drive as part of their shredding event. We received a ton of amazing clothing donations -thanks everyone!

The Brewery Running series and organizer Tonio Tello for including us as a beneficiary for these events. The first one happened April 15, the next is May 6 at Outlander Brewery and Pub - hope to see you there!

Gates Foundation employees who came by to visit and learn more about our work. We appreciated your thoughtful questions and attention during the time we spent together and look forward to future opportunities to work together.
HELPLINE WISH LIST

Clothing Bank - Men and Women
  • Men's casual pants - Dockers, jeans
  • Men's coats
  • Backpacks, small suitcases, duffel bags
  • Linens, especially towels and sheets
Food Pantry 
  • Juice boxes
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned soup/chili
  • Individual serving fruit cups
  • Crackers - in sleeves, like Ritz or saltines
Hygiene Bar
  • Any new, unused hygiene items, particularly shaving items and men's deodorant
Now you can easily donate items by checking out our Amazon Wish List and ordering there. When you order, please consider using Amazon Smile with Queen Anne Helpline as your designated charity: Amazon Smile.  

 

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
or visit our website:

Queen Anne Helpline
311 West McGraw
Seattle, WA  98119
206-282-1540