Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The Helpline's mission and services have never been in greater demand or more important. As we grow we need to be as smart as possible about how we use our limited time and resources, including our fundraising. Our first responsibility is to spend your dollars as efficiently as possible with a clear focus on providing direct client services. To ensure we're doing that, our board recently brought in a respected non-profit consultant to evaluate our business model. She came back with insightful, excellent recommendations. One of her key findings was that the resources required to run the annual Christmas tree lot simply do not pencil out as we look to the Helpline's future. As much as we love the tree lot and the community it creates with our decades-long partnership with Boy Scout Troop 72, it has become clear that we cannot justify the time and work it demands.
Accordingly our board has made the difficult decision to end our involvement with the tree lot. Importantly, we look forward to working with the Scouts on this transition so the Queen Anne tree lot tradition can continue. We are currently looking at ways to continue community involvement over the holidays.
As another step toward effective management of time and resources, we have hired an Operations Manager. I am so delighted to welcome the newest member of our team, Claire Jesse; her start date is March 28. Claire brings a wealth of experience, a strong passion for nonprofit and social justice work, and fresh ideas about how to most effectively run our office and serve clients. Read more about Claire's background, below, and stop by to say "hi!"
Lisa Moore, Executive Director
Operations Manager Claire Jesse    
My interest in human services began at an early age, volunteering with my parents in the L'Arche communities and with migrant worker communities in Mt. Vernon while growing up in the Montlake neighborhood here in Seattle. I went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Portland and worked for a year as a manager of a rural orphanage in South Africa. I later worked in mental health with youth and social work with the chronically homeless population at Sound Mental Health, as well as several years in project administration and human resources with the Department of Medicine at UW.
Realizing my commitment to the nonprofit sector, I entered the Masters in Nonprofit Leadership program at Seattle University and will be graduating in June 2017, completing a strategic planning practicum with Casa Latina by the summer. I have a passion for improving systems that serve the most vulnerable of our society, serve on the Board of Technology Service Corps, a youth leadership organization through Garfield High School, and am committed to racial and gender equity in my work. In my spare time, I am likely taking dance classes, adding to my vinyl collection, eating out on Capitol Hill, exploring with my nephew, and hiking Discovery Park with my husband!
Mark Your Calendars

Saturday March 25 - Windermere Annual Shred Event at Coe Elementary School includes a clothing drive for the Queen Anne Helpline. Windermere Shred Event

Tuesday May 10 - GiveBIG, a day of online giving

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

Saturday July 15 - Annual Queen Anne Day including the Helpline Fun Run, Queen Anne Festival, and Merchants Sidewalk Sale

Clothing Bank - Men and Women
  • Men's casual pants - Dockers, jeans, khakis
  • Backpacks, small suitcases, duffel bags
Food Pantry 
  • Pasta and sauce
  • Mac and cheese
  • Canned meat (tuna, etc.)
  • Granola bars
  • Individual juice boxes
Hygiene Bar
  • Razors
  • 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.  
Heartfelt thanks to the following groups or individuals for their fantastic support!
Nielsen Brothers Flooring for donating and installing our new carpet. Clothing banks and board room are next!

The amazing volunteers who together spent 26 hours moving furniture for us. Victor, Owen, Kristen, Trish, Putri, Jack, Don, Monique, Kathy & Julissa, you guys rock!!

Brewery Running Series who are donating a portion of all proceeds to us. Check them out! Brewery Running Series

The too-many-to-name generous donors who have been bringing by food, clothing, and more on a regular basis. Our clothing bank has never been so full. While we typically have 4-5 pairs of men's shoes, we currently have a whopping 44 pairs! A huge shout out to Sharon Lindenau and Susan Dittig who spend a lot of hours sorting, tagging, and organizing the clothing so our clients can have a dignified, fun shopping experience.


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