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


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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GAIN cleans up our streets

December 5th, 2009 by Dale

Members of GAIN (Greenwood Aurora Involved Neighbors) were out this morning picking up litter and raking leaves from around trees and storm sewers on Greenwood Avenue from 80th to 95th and on major streets between Greenwood and Aurora.

Left to right, Nathan Hartman, Katie Hartman and Danny Clements pick up litter in front of the Greenwood Library.

Thanks, GAIN volunteers for beautifying the neighborhood! For more information about their cleanups every other month, click here.

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City Fruit harvests 4,000 pounds of fruit in Phinney/Greenwood

September 23rd, 2009 by Doree

City Fruit just sent us an update on their harvesting of extra fruit from neighborhood trees to donate to local food banks and senior centers. This season, volunteers with their Phinney harvest program harvested more than 4,000 pounds of fruit.

Thank you to all the fruit tree owners who donated fruit, and to all the wonderful volunteers who harvested the 4,000 pounds of fruit and took it to food banks, senior centers and low income childcare centers in Phinney and Greenwood.

City Fruit is also holding a canning class at the Greenwood Senior Center from 2:30-5 p.m. on Oct. 11. The cost is $25.

Participants will learn how to make jam using Italian prune plums. Each participant will go home with at least a jar of plum jam prepared during the class. Plums, jars and all other supplies are provided. All proceeds from the entrance fee will go toward funding the future of the Phinney harvest. Please contact Jen Mullen at phinney@cityfruit.org to reserve your spot. We can accommodate a maximum of ten people.

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