A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Seattle Pacific University students to volunteer in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge on Saturday

September 21st, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Pacific University’s annual “CityQuest” program introduces new students to community service organizations throughout the area by having them volunteer for a day before fall classes start.

More than 700 SPU students, faculty and staff will spend part of this Saturday volunteering at more than 25 locations throughout Seattle, including Taproot Theatre, 204 NW 85th St., and Emmanuel Bible Church, 503 N. 50th St.

At Taproot, the volunteers will clean up interior and exterior spaces, as well as landscaping. At Emmanuel Bible Church, they’ll be doing deep cleaning for the Union Gospel Mission men’s shelter space as well as light yard work and landscaping.

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PNA Village volunteer recruitment happy hour on Jan. 14

December 28th, 2016 by Doree

The PNA Village is hosting a volunteer recruitment happy hour at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Building, Room 1.

Join us for an informational happy hour and learn how you can help the PNA Village reimagine aging by volunteering for your neighborhood elders. The goal of the PNA Village is to create a strong and active intergenerational community that reimagines aging by offering elders opportunities, combined with support, to fully engage in this next phase of life. Village Volunteers provide services like transportation, help with small projects in and around the home, and social interaction. Volunteering is flexible and easy, volunteer whenever and however you chose and make a difference in how your neighbors chose to age! Bring a friend and join us for drinks and snacks. We’ll visit with each other, hear stories from current volunteers, and celebrate a new vision of aging in place. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Village at village@phinneycenter.org or 206-789-1217.

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PNA Village looking for 30 new volunteers as it expands to Ballard, Broadview and Bitter Lake

May 16th, 2016 by Doree

PNA Village, which provides volunteers to help seniors “age in place,” recently expanded to Ballard, Broadview and Bitter Lake and needs 30 new volunteers to help members with rides to doctor appointments and errands, household chores, basic home repairs, and companionship.

Call 206-789-1217 or email village@phinneycenter.org to learn more and sign up for an upcoming training date:

  • Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Greenwood Senior Center
  • Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Greenwood Senior Center
  • Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1-3 p.m. – Greenwood Senior Center

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PNA Village needs volunteer drivers

January 27th, 2016 by Doree

The PNA Village, an “aging in place” program to help seniors remain in their communities, needs volunteer drivers to take clients to appointments and on errands.

Volunteers should be available during weekdays, and have a reliable car and a good driving record.

See the PNA Village volunteer webpage for more information about volunteer opportunities.

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PNA Village looking for volunteer drivers

December 11th, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Village program is recruiting volunteer drivers to escort senior citizens to various destinations, such as doctor appointments and running errands.

The PNA Village, a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, is a community group dedicated to supporting people in the Phinney-Greenwood area who choose to stay in their homes and neighborhoods while staying active and engaged as they age.

We need volunteer drivers to transport members to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, just-for-fun outings and more. Volunteers choose when and how often they drive. Trips are usually within the Phinney/Greenwood/Ballard area.

If you’d like to give some of your time and energy to help people remain happily in their own homes as they age, please volunteer to be a driver. Contact Liz at (206)789-1217 or lizw@phinneycenter.org for more information.

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Volunteer with local nonprofits at Seattle Works Day on May 18

May 8th, 2013 by Doree

Volunteers will fan out across the city on Saturday, May 18, to help improve neighborhoods as part of Seattle Works Day. They’ll work from 12-3:30 p.m., then finish the day with a party at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion.

Volunteers pay $30 to participate; that includes a T-shirt and the party.

You can find a project to work on or sign up your team online.

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Christ the King school collecting canned food for food bank

January 24th, 2013 by Doree

Christ the King Catholic School’s Student Council is collecting canned food to benefit the Lake City Food Bank and North Helpline. So far they’ve collected 1,461 cans, and hope to have 2,013 cans by next Wednesday.


The goal of the canned food drive is to help students become aware of the growing need for food during difficult economic times as well as having CKS students do their part to contribute to their community. CKS students have a long history of volunteering and service to their community at large. In working with the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Christ the King Parish, they now have a working relationship for a very worthy cause.

Christ the King Catholic School, 415 North 117th St., also is hosting an open house for preschool through 8th grades at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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PNA officially launches new PNA Village, services to begin April 1

February 3rd, 2012 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association has officially launched its newest program, PNA Village, which is designed to help people remain in their homes and neighborhoods as they age. PNA Village services will begin on April 1, but membership sign-up is open now. The PNA also is seeking more volunteers for the program.

A volunteer kick-off event is set for 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, at the PNA’s Community Hall, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the brick building. RSVP at 206-789-1217.

While it’s primarily designed for seniors, the PNA Village is open to everyone of any age who lives in the boundary area: between North 50th and 105th streets, and from Aurora Avenue North to 15th Avenue NW.

The concept of Villages is a growing national movement enabling communities to support and serve each other through a network of volunteers in combination with vetted businesses. Members of the Village are in close contact with the program coordinators, who establish a complete profile for each member to best serve them in times of need or crisis.

The PNA Village relies heavily on local volunteer support. Whether it’s driving a neighbor to the doctor, changing a light bulb, or planting a spring bulb – a wide variety of volunteer opportunities are currently available. If you’re interested in volunteering for this program you can e-mail village@phinneycenter.org or call 206.789.1217.

Over the coming years, the PNA Village will grow and expand to meet the needs of its membership. For a complete list of current services and more information on PNA Village membership, visit the PNA website at phinneycenter.org/village. You can also subscribe to the PNA Village mailing list by sending an e-mail to village@phinneycenter.org with “Subscribe” in the subject line.

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Teens in Public Service seeking applicants for summer jobs

March 3rd, 2011 by Doree

Seattle-based nonprofit Teens In Public Service (TIPS) is accepting applications from teens ages 15 to 19 who want a summer job that combines community leadership with volunteerism.

TIPS, founded in 1997 by a Seattle mom and her daughter, (Maureen Brotherton and Tia Heim) who wanted to create more rewarding job opportunities for teens, is now in its 15th year of placing teens at local non-profits. TIPS selects teens for internships at charitable organizations by matching their talents and interests with the needs of over 75 local non-profits. Teens serve at no cost to the non-profit, but earn a paycheck through TIPS.

You will find TIPS interns organizing a talent show for children with special needs, comforting a 75 year-old woman as she struggles with Alzheimer’s and providing a meal and a smile to a homeless man in downtown Seattle.

“Our internships give teens the chance to earn money as well as open their eyes to the needs of their community,” Cathy Michalec, TIPS Executive Director, said in a press release. “Our hope is that these teens will continue to be involved with their communities long after their internships are over.”

Teens can submit an application online. For more information, call the TIPS office at 206-985-4647.

Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, adult mentors or others who can attest to the applicant’s character. Teens must be between the ages of 15-19, and must be 15 by June 1.

Each intern will work 20 or 30 hours per week for eight weeks, and five of those weeks must be consecutive.
The deadline for applications is Friday, March 25.

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