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


Homework Help volunteers needed at Greenwood and Broadview libraries next school year

June 27th, 2017 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library needs Homework Help volunteers at 11 libraries – including Greenwood and Broadview – for next school year.

Homework Help volunteers support students by helping them understand homework assignments, develop literacy and mathematics skills, and prepare for college and careers. Volunteers mentor students in all academic subjects and may also specialize in college-prep subjects, like English and science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields.

Most of the students are first-generation Americans who speak a language other than English at home. Volunteers interact with students of all ages in small groups and individually.

Volunteers will provide Homework Help once a week when public schools are in session, and a commitment throughout the school year is requested. Visit www.spl.org/homeworkvolunteer for more information. Volunteer applications are due by Monday, July 31.

Homework Help volunteers are needed from Sept. 11, 2017, through June 14, 2018.

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Greenwood Library needs volunteer tutors and homework helpers for next school year

May 31st, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Library will offer homework help and skills-building tutoring from 4:30-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday beginning in the fall. This free program is open to anyone in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Besides homework help, students can get one-on-one reading support and play math skills games.

It is administered by the library but staffed by adult volunteers. Volunteers are asked to commit to a certain shift every week, from Sept. 11, 2017, through June 14, 2018. For more information or to apply, see the library’s Homework Helpers page.

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Reminder: Neighborhood Matching Fund workshop at Greenwood Senior Center is May 17

May 2nd, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is hosting spring workshops for community groups interested in applying for the grants from Neighborhood Matching Fund for community-led projects such as cultural festivals, community space improvements, public art and community organizing. This year the fund will award $3.2 million dollars.

The May 17 workshop will be at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., from 6-7:30 p.m. RSVP by calling 206-733-9916 or go online.

NMF has two funds – the Small Sparks Fund and the Community Partnership Fund. The Community Partnership Fund provides funding up to $100,000 with two more opportunities to apply in 2017. The next deadline for applications is Monday, June 26 at 5 p.m. The Small Sparks Fund provides funding up to $5,000 per project, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This fund is perfect for community activities for Spring Clean, Night Out, Parking Day, and others.

More than 5,000 projects have occurred across the city since this program began in 1988. To learn more about the Neighborhood Matching Fund and its support to community-initiated projects, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund. If you have questions about the program, call 206-233-0093 or email NMFund@seattle.gov.

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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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Volunteer tutors needed for Daniel Bagley Elementary

August 25th, 2015 by Doree

Non-profit Invest in Youth needs volunteer tutors to work with students at Daniel Bagley Elementary by Green Lake, which pulls students from Phinney Ridge and Greenwood.

Volunteer tutors are needed once a week, starting the first week of October through May.

Each tutor is matched with the same student for the whole school year and the pair works together on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for an hour once a week. Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session.

For more information or to apply to be a tutor, please visit our website: www.investinyouth.org or contact Alison at aallen@investinyouth.org. Can’t commit to the full school year? Become a substitute tutor or share this with your friends who might be interested.

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Senior Services looking for volunteer drivers to help seniors get to medical appointments

March 11th, 2015 by Doree

Senior Services’ Volunteer Transportation is looking for more drivers to help senior citizens get to and from medical appointments. Volunteers use their own vehicles, should have a clean driving record, and some weekday availability.

For more information, contact Hilary at 206-748-7588 or hilaryc@seniorservices.org. You also can fill out an online volunteer driver application.

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Greenwood Food Bank needs volunteer delivery drivers and assistants

February 22nd, 2013 by Doree

Volunteers of America’s Greenwood Food Bank is in urgent need of drivers and delivery assistants to help pick up food donations from local grocery stores. Drivers are needed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Delivery Assistants (who ride along with the driver) are needed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.


  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • A valid drivers’ license
  • Background Check
  • A copy of your Driver’s Abstract

Duties include:

  • Pick up donations from grocery stores using the food bank vehicle (a Sprinter van)
  • Help load and unload truck
  • Occasional delivery of pre-packaged food boxes to home delivery clients
  • Occasional warehouse help when not needed as a driver’s assistant

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Greenwood Food Bank needs 3 Lead Volunteers

June 28th, 2012 by Doree

The Greenwood Food Bank, inside the Community Resource Center at 9041 Greenwood Ave. N., needs three Lead Volunteers.

Help your community and build leadership skills by joining the Greenwood Food Bank as a Lead Volunteer. The Volunteers of America Greenwood Food Bank is seeking three dedicated volunteers to take on management roles in the organization: a Food Bank Lead Volunteer, to direct food distribution and operation of food bank distribution center; a Warehouse Lead Volunteer, to manage the food bank warehouse and monitor inventory; and a Volunteer Food Bank Coordinator, to supervise the daily operations of the Greenwood Food Bank as a whole. Please contact Volunteers of America at (206) 782-6731 orgreenwoodfoodbank@voaww.org for more information.

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Zoo’s volunteer ‘pond watchers’ will monitor amphibians at Carkeek Park

February 22nd, 2012 by Doree

More than 50 volunteers with Woodland Park Zoo’s “pond watch” program will fan out at Carkeek Park this Saturday morning to survey amphibian egg masses in ponds and wetlands.

Oregon Spotted Frog. Photo by Dana Payne, Woodland Park Zoo.

The volunteers have already completed special training. They will be armed with hip waders, digital cameras, GPS units, and other monitoring tools.

Eight amphibian species will be monitored under the new regional program: western toad, Northwestern salamander, northern red-legged frog, Pacific tree frog, Oregon spotted frog, rough-skinned newt, long-toed salamander and American bullfrog. This project will provide critical population data, which over the long term can help determine if amphibian declines or fluctuations are occurring.

The ancient class of amphibians includes salamanders, newts, an obscure group of legless creatures known as caecilians and, of course, the icons, frogs and toads. Because their skin is so permeable, amphibians are known as sentinels of the planet, signaling an early warning when something is not right in the environment.

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