2022 Neighbor Day Recognition – Entrance Porch

2022 Neighbor Day Recognition – Entrance Porch

Over the previous two years, we’ve witnessed the true that means of neighborhood and seen individuals throughout the town step as much as assist each other with compassion and kindness. To acknowledge these acts of kindness as a part of our annual Neighbor Day celebration, we requested neighborhood members to submit nominations for individuals, companies, and organizations who they really feel went above and past to assist assist their associates and neighbors.

Beneath is what we heard from neighborhood, in their very own phrases:

Barbara, Bitter Lake. “Barbara moved to our neighborhood slightly over a 12 months in the past to assist her pal who has medical wants. She shortly realized that there was a gaggle of people that had established their housing in Bitter Lake park and talked with the group that was supporting our unhoused neighbors to seek out transitional and everlasting housing and provided to assist. From then on, Barbara spent hours daily for a lot of, many days speaking with the Division of Social and Well being Providers and different businesses securing housing and protecting different fundamental wants. She walked, biked, or bused with these neighbors to get or exchange ID playing cards, money checks, go to physician’s appointments, or run another errands. She additionally spent many days and nights on the camp, problem-solving, distributing meals, cleansing up, navigating conflicts, and easily being neighbor — no judgment, no questions requested. She has many tales to inform as a result of she’s constructed lasting relationships with lots of our NOW principally housed neighbors. She’s purchased specifically embellished truffles for birthday events and raised cash for funeral bills for one of many individuals who moved to the tiny home village –and sat with their companion via the funeral. When her personal bike was stolen by one of many individuals residing on the park, she talked with the neighborhood established there, recouped her bike, after which reminded the one who stole it in a jokingly, sort approach that it was her bike. Barbara additionally took care of our canine, Luca, free of charge after we traveled to Colombia to dad’s funeral who died of COVID, and through that week she even taught Luca methods to shake.”

Nominated by: Victoria Garcia, neighbor

Dustann Jones, West Seattle. “Dustann is the volunteer Amenities Chair at Neighborhood College of West Seattle (CSWS), a play-based preschool for 3 to 5-year-olds. Not solely has he headed up enchancment initiatives to make CSWS a extra COVID cautious area, however he additionally reliably reveals up when surprising constructing wants come up. His dedication to the amenities at Neighborhood College has created an surroundings the place constant early childhood schooling will be offered to college students and households. When flooding occurred within the faculty solely hours earlier than we had been scheduled to host a COVID vaccine clinic, Dustann was there to handle the difficulty and guarantee there have been no interruptions to the occasion. Throughout our second vaccine clinic, Dustann introduced his complete household out to take away snow from the car parking zone in order that attendees would have secure entry to the constructing. Thanks, Dustann for all that you simply do for Neighborhood College of West Seattle!!”

Nominated by: Whitney Younger, co-board member

Howard McOmber Sr, Renton. “Howard has volunteered to feed the homeless for at the very least 20 years in Renton with REACH. He has volunteered to assist households even when my mother [his wife] handed from most cancers 10 years in the past and when his grandson handed from drug poisoning in August 2021. All through COVID, Howard – who will probably be 80 this 12 months – has been feeding the homeless, caring for households, and serving to make shelters or day locations for the homeless. Howard makes everybody really feel essential as a result of everyone seems to be essential to him. He reveals everybody methods to assist others and has been this fashion perpetually. Howard is cheerful and compassionate about serving to the homeless and has at all times been neighbor and champion. Howard has at all times reached far above and much past to carry out acts of kindness and assist the individuals in the neighborhood.”

Nominated by: Shallae DeMers, daughter

Mary Cole, Queen Anne. “Whereas strolling our canine close to our dwelling one night in the summertime of 2021, my spouse Mary noticed an older girl wrestle to stroll up her stairs together with her grocery baggage. She requested if she might assist deliver the baggage as much as the door. The girl was completely happy to have the assistance, they usually chatted a bit. Mary discovered that our neighbor was 93 and not too long ago fell down her steps, requiring a number of stitches in her head. She stated she felt unsafe and wished to maneuver to a retirement dwelling, however her grownup son was residing together with her and he or she didn’t know who would take care of him. Mary has a brother who was in the identical scenario 4 years prior, and he or she efficiently discovered supported housing providers for him. Mary went dwelling and typed up a web page with instructions on methods to get housing assist, and introduced it to our neighbor. We later discovered that her son was permitted immediately. This was a large weight off the shoulders of their total household, and all of it started due to serving to a neighbor carry groceries up her stairs.”

Nominated by: Richard Cole, partner

Koji Intelkofer, Ballard. “Koji has been instrumental within the P-Patch program, particularly at Greg’s P-Patch in Ballard. He has guided many people in studying about vegetable gardening and is there serving to others with their plots. He’s at all times accessible for us and advocates for this system with Metropolis officers.”

Nominated by: Valerie Gleeson, fellow neighborhood gardener

Lisa Clarno – The Kismet Co., Ballard. “Lisa owns a hair salon in Ballard. She has helped so many individuals in the neighborhood throughout COVID by doing outside haircuts and touring to entrance porches to provide the immune-compromised individuals the enjoyment of getting a haircut. Lisa is at all times preserving the neighborhood clear by selecting up different individuals’s trash and canines’ poop. Lisa smiles and waves to everybody and by no means discriminates. She may be very sort, at all times prepared to assist somebody in the event that they want it. As a small enterprise proprietor, she retains an eye fixed out for different small companies close by and is closely concerned in the neighborhood. She has gone above and past to serve these round her and in her neighborhood!!”

Nominated by: Sally Clarno, daughter; Alexis, neighbor

Ruth Callard and Nancy Helm, Freeway Estates Neighborhood Orchard, Inexperienced Lake. “In 2010, Ruth and Nancy organized a small group of neighbors to clear a bit of land of their neighborhood adjoining to I-5 that had been overtaken with invasive vegetation. They planted the primary fruit bushes and started making use of for grants and organizing volunteers to assist flip the land right into a public area. Now, individuals develop greens and fruit for native meals banks and the neighborhood, and flowers for pollinators. Yearly Ruth, Nancy, and different volunteers preserve the area and host free occasions which might be open to all (Cider Fest, Spring Plant Sale, instructional lessons, summer time program at McDonald College). The location initially had no water in order that they wrote grants to buy and set up large cisterns. Volunteers proceed to place in plenty of hours and laborious work to maintain Freeway Estates Neighborhood Orchard a welcoming area for all to take pleasure in. Throughout the peak of the pandemic, many individuals discovered it to be one of many few locations they might go, together with mother and father whose kids not might attend faculty in particular person. Lots of the vegetation and bushes have been donated or grown by volunteers.”

Nominated by: Sue Hartman, volunteer

Jonathan Ragsdale and Janet Becerra, Pancita. “I’m nominating Pancita, particularly the cooks, Jonathan and Janet, who we get to work with at YouthCare. We have now about eight completely different applications accepting meal donations presently, and Pancita has been donating to 6 of them! They’ve been donating twice a month and have labored laborious to make sure that they donate good high quality meals. Just lately, we’ve had an uptick in Latin American purchasers coming into our applications. We shortly discovered that these purchasers had been lacking the cultural connection that meals permits them to have. All of a sudden, we had been hit with back-to-back requests for good high quality Latin meals, however had no donors to satisfy them. Pancita appeared and has been donating to us ever since! Pancita and its staff have given our purchasers a possibility to reconnect with meals the that reminds them of dwelling, and I couldn’t be extra grateful. Jonathan and Janet are EXACTLY what our neighborhood wants and have stepped up to make sure our youth have high quality meals made with love!!”

Nominated by: Alexis Silva, companion group

Petra Erickson-Rogers, Cherry Hill. “Petra is a 9-year-old neighbor who has positively impacted our block since transferring in, beginning with enthusiastically agreeing to weekly outside bell ringing in honor of well being care staff. She inspired her household and different neighbors to take part. It was a small factor that helped all of us take care of the pandemic. Due to the place we stay, she grew to become conscious of the Black Lives Matter protests and the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest. Petra made a Black Lives Matter signal that also hangs on her entrance porch. She grew to become conscious of homelessness and poverty and put out a field with objects that folks in want might take. When she noticed me selecting up litter she wished to hitch, and now, we choose up litter collectively on our block each month. Petra is aware of extra of our neighbors than I do and he or she brightens everybody’s life.”

Nominated by: Mary Pat DiLeva, neighbor

Nicole DeKay, Greenwood. “In Could of 2020, my neighbor Nicole DeKay began a ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ Backyard, a spot the place neighbors might supply and take free vegetation and plant begins. In December of that 12 months, she realized the necessity for meals safety in our neighborhood and turned that area into the Greenwood Interurban Path Little Free Pantry. She constructed the coated construction, together with shelving, and later put in a fridge/freezer! Neighbors each donated meals and accepted meals as wanted. Nicole was additionally in a position to safe donations from farms that had been providing their produce and began selecting up weekly donations from the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church Meals Financial institution to share with neighbors on the pantry. Presents of Hope additionally donated many non-food objects. This place has introduced plenty of coronary heart and soul into our neighborhood. It has helped when individuals wanted meals, and likewise made alternatives for others to share what they’ve and unfold kindness. I occurred to come back throughout the pantry in the future when occurring a stroll. It blew me away! I had wished to start out one thing related the place I stay, but it surely wasn’t doable as a renter. After I acquired dwelling, I excitedly emailed Nicole and thanked her for beginning one thing so great. As time went on I grew to become extra concerned and wish to do no matter I can to assist Nicole and the pantry. When individuals had been coping with worries in regards to the pandemic, job losses, and meals insecurity, Nicole created a optimistic area that introduced individuals collectively.”

Nominated by: Naomi Mittet, neighbor

The Station Espresso Home, Beacon Hill. “Throughout the pandemic, and all through this harsh winter, The Station made certain that our neighbors experiencing houselessness might get heat and get free espresso of their store. They assist pop-up outlets and are a secure place for individuals of coloration, trans of us, and houseless of us. The Station not solely welcomes everybody, but it surely has additionally been fastidiously and lovingly created as an accessible area for all to collect. Folks experiencing disaster or homelessness are at all times welcomed and revered and might depart fed and caffeinated in the event that they select. Their enterprise goes past espresso – it’s the unofficial Beacon Hill neighborhood middle, and it often helps native artists, artisans, distributors, creators, and occasions, with an emphasis on lifting up the work of individuals of coloration. Our neighborhood is endlessly fortunate to have a enterprise that treats everybody as their neighbor and their pal.”

Nominated by: Naomi Fonkelstein, patron and neighbor; Brittany Pratt, neighbor.

Sarah Leal, Roxhill. “Sarah is an incredible neighbor! She organizes and hosts Nationwide Evening Out for our block each August. She is at all times prepared to canine sit; helps her younger son earn slightly cash by taking neighbors’ rubbish bins to the curb every week (a service that’s a lot appreciated); and hosts playdates and crafts for the neighborhood youngsters. My household and I really feel so fortunate to have a neighbor like Sarah.”

Nominated by: Destinee Sutton, neighbor

Margaret Pyfer, Highland Park. “Margaret goes above and past each single day. She retains our neighborhood secure by informing us of crimes in addition to the optimistic neighborhood information.”

Nominated by: Candace O’Neill, neighbor

Larry Seaside, Bothell. “Canyon Firs improvement in Bothell includes a wide range of neighbors from us ‘oldies’ who’ve lived right here for 35 years, to the fortunately welcomed younger, new households. Most of all, there’s Larry Seaside, the considerate neighbor who stored us all sane via the previous Covid years. Larry employed meals vans to park in entrance of his dwelling, from Pecos Invoice to Macho Burger and past! The road of hungry neighbors snaked across the nook, standing the advisable six ft aside that Larry chalked on the sidewalk. We socially distanced dined on one another’s garden whereas having fun with a much-needed social hour…all due to Larry. Larry’s expensive spouse, Trudy, handed away final 12 months. Neighbors gathered to assist him. Regardless of such overwhelming unhappiness, Larry continued to supply Canyon Firs with Friday meals vans and a neighborhood social life that may proceed for so long as all of us stay right here.”

Nominated by: Suzanne Beyer, neighbor

Janette Adamucci, Leschi. “Within the early days of the pandemic, Janette acknowledged the shared alley on our block as a shared area for gathering. By means of stay-at-home orders and lots of fearful months (or really, years!?), Janette acknowledged that being outdoor and at a secure distance was nonetheless permissible. As such, she started to collect all of the neighbors who lived adjoining to the alley for a once-a-week completely happy hour, affectionately referred to as the “Again Alley Blissful Hour,” or the BAHH. The BAHH not too long ago celebrated its two-year anniversary, an unbroken streak of neighbors coming collectively as soon as every week for an hour to have a drink and chat. Whereas the neighbors on the alley actually knew and acknowledged one another in passing, there was not a common depth of information between every neighbor. These gatherings allowed for brand spanking new conversations and friendships that may not have so simply bloomed. As new neighbors have moved into the neighborhood, Janette continues to increase invites to newcomers. Underneath Janette’s group, our magical, particular little block has come to kind an actual neighborhood in a second when human connection was hardest and most wanted.”

Nominated by: Evan Smith, neighbor

Police Chief Diaz. “Chief Diaz is a strong chief and has a coronary heart for the neighborhood. He has respect for his groups and we’ve confidence in his management. I can say, I really feel like issues have improved security-wise in my neighborhood in Rainier Valley.”

Nominated by: Abdi Isaak, Seattle Resident.

Roger Roffman, Laurelhurst Park. “Roger is a quiet ‘rock’ in our neighborhood. He has at all times been the one to achieve out to every newcomer, domesticate relationships with out being intrusive, have fun neighborhood achievements, and commemorate those that have moved away. He maintains a web based roster, now as much as 56 people or households, which facilitates the distribution of knowledge on emergency procedures, catastrophe preparedness, and different civic matters. With all of us busy going about our personal lives, Roger supplies a standard thread that offers us that sense of neighborhood that we discover so useful. He epitomizes the “Above and Past” spirit of this initiative and we hope he will probably be acknowledged accordingly. “

“On a one-to-one foundation, his common canine walks alongside the block enable us all extra possibilities to attach and be a part of our neighborhood. Roger performs an enormous position in preserving us related and ensuring we’ve each alternative to foster the relationships that make our neighborhood so heat and welcoming. He’s a stellar instance of the kindness we have to maintain our neighborhoods wholesome and thriving.”

Nominated by: Kathryn A Gardow, Kendra Azari, Otero and James Flowers, Dean Jordan, Sally Marks, Brian Wallace, Doug Peltonen, Jonathan Himschoot, David Bradlee, John Sterry, Jerry Tonkovich, Kristi Stoddard, Emily Hansen, Beryl Schulman, Mazen Kader, neighbors; Laura Calvimonte, former neighbor.

Stephanie Morales/The Liink Venture, Central District. “The Liink Venture is a cooperative retail area, artwork gallery, and occasion area however it’s so far more than only a bodily area. It’s a idea in regards to the energy of connection. It’s about realizing that when you could have the fitting individuals in the fitting room something can occur and it does organically. And that we’ve every part that we’d like proper right here amongst us.

Stephanie is making huge alternatives for artists of coloration and offering a platform for individuals to point out their skills. She is devoted to her neighborhood and desires some assist to maintain doing the wonderful work she is doing.”

Nominated by: Kendra Azari, artist

Jim Hand, Westwood Heights. “Jim lives in the identical constructing as my mother, the place there are about 200 residents. Jim is at all times providing to assist neighbors, by offering rides to the physician; journeys to/or selecting up issues from the grocery retailer; serving to with small condominium associated chores; serving to maintain the constructing/property clear and tidy; doing wellness checks if residents aren’t answering cellphone calls; and far, far more. He can usually be discovered exterior the constructing when the climate is sweet, speaking to tenants, sharing amusing, or providing assist as wanted. He by no means asks for something in return, and he by no means says no! In case you need assistance he’s the primary one there! Jim at all times has a form phrase for neighbors, and is really the epitome of a unbelievable neighbor – I want all of us had a neighbor like him!”

Nominated by: J. Rush, pal; Marilyn Rushmer, neighbor/pal

Betty Jean Williamson, Beacon Hill. “For the previous ten years Betty Jean, with the assist of a small loyal board and group of volunteers, has created and led Beacon Arts to learn the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Its most up-to-date success has been to generate assist for Historic Seattle’s buy of the Beacon Hill Backyard Home as a historic web site that will probably be used for native organizations and occasions. Fifteen years in the past Betty Jean was concerned with Rockit House, which segued into Beacon Arts serving to to stage occasions, produce artwork gala’s, music and poetry, and the harvest pageant Pear-a-dise on the Backyard Home. Just a few years in the past, the group added Beacon Hill Significant Motion pictures to its applications. She collaborates with different native teams such because the Beacon Hill Retailers Affiliation, El Centro de la Raza, native companies, Jefferson Park teen program, and Seattle Parks and Recreation to forge actual liveliness and neighborliness. To construct and preserve momentum and publicize all of the above, she produces a quarterly publication and coordinates web-based updates on native occasions. In addition to Betty Jean’s successes prior to now and current, her imaginative and prescient and enthusiasm are very important for future success. By providing internships and management mentoring alternatives, she widens the world of community-based assist for the humanities. Betty Jean is sensible, affected person, and sort. Mushy-spoken however resourceful and chronic, she is aware of methods to get the job performed.”

Nominated by: Jonis Davis, Christina Olson, Jay Hollingsworth, Maria Batayola, Estela Ortega, and Miguel Maestas, neighbors.

Cameron and Pete Moore, C&P Espresso, West Seattle. “C&P Espresso is nestled in West Seattle in a century-old Craftsman home. Nineteen years in the past, Cameron and Pete Moore began a espresso home that blossomed right into a beloved neighborhood gem that has turn into a beating coronary heart of the neighborhood. Earlier than the pandemic, it was a gathering place—the place {couples} acquired married; kids celebrated birthdays; households had memorial providers; ebook golf equipment and curiosity teams exchanged concepts and viewpoints; musicians jammed; writers and artists shared their skills; and most significantly, individuals gathered to speak to one another nose to nose. Even throughout the darkish days of the pandemic, the ebullient crew of C&P welcomed the West Seattle neighborhood by opening window service and welcoming of us to seek out respite in the back and front yards among the many backyard vegetation and twinkling lights. The doorways are actually open and as soon as once more persons are gathering, skills are showcased, and particular causes are illuminated. C&P is deeply rooted in neighborhood assist and engagement. They sponsor fundraisers (for the native foodbanks, Toys for Tots, Westside Child, Washmask.org), function neighborhood causes (the Whale Path, PoetryBridge), and different native small companies/organizations (ie Paper Boat Bookshop, Seattle Yarn). We’re so fortunate and lucky to have such an exquisite gathering place in West Seattle the place we are able to soak within the kindness and generosity of Cam and Pete and their crew. C&P Espresso is a particular place!”

Nominated by: Junko Whitaker, buyer, neighbor, artist.

Andrea Suarez, We Coronary heart Seattle, Downtown. “We Coronary heart Seattle is a volunteer-driven group cleansing up deserted homeless encampments all throughout the Metropolis whereas constructing significant relationships with a few of our metropolis’s homeless. Everyone seems to be welcome to assist in their humanitarian help efforts. Founder, Andrea Suarez, began by cleansing up round her personal neighborhood and her preliminary efforts was a non-profit group with many enthusiastic volunteers and supporters. A result’s that bizarre residents have the flexibility to affect the well being of their neighborhoods and advocate with Metropolis officers and departments to do what’s greatest for our metropolis surroundings.”

Nominated by: Erika Irwin, follower; Kathleen Brose, supporter; Kerry Flener, mom; Jan Hickling, supporter; Louise Ekins, pal; Denice Chase, supporter; JT Hammond, volunteer; Katy Rice, volunteer; Angie Gerrald, volunteer; Linh-Co Nguyen; Stacy Watson, volunteer; Natalie Margolis, supporter; Sarah Meyerhans, volunteer; Kay Mesirow, supporter; Rebecca Laszlo, founding board member; Sara Intriligator, neighbor; Ruby Morales; Magda Indrova, volunteer; Jennifer Bruce, supporter; Jessica Haselby, volunteer; Goker Tuncol, resident; Dennis Thireault, volunteer; Bret Wirta, volunteer; Dana Hurley, volunteer; Christine Neal, follower; Peggy Keene, volunteer; Jolene Hartnett, resident;

Kelly Brown, North Helpline, Lake Metropolis. “I’m nominating Kelly Brown for the best way she dealt with North Helpline’s work in the neighborhood. When the pandemic struck, everyone was scared. Many companies shut down, and amongst these to had been many Social Providers like meals pantries or foodbanks. Kelly selected to not shut down, however employed extra workers and created groups of workers and volunteers to work two-week shifts at a time. After one group’s shift was over, the following group stepped as much as keep open, run the meals financial institution and serve our pandemic-struck communities. This plan proved extraordinarily helpful when an worker fell sick with COVID. Due to our new insurance policies on cleansing and sanitation and our groups that had been put in place, no breakout occurred and the company was in a position to keep open. If any workers on a group felt unwell, they had been despatched dwelling, the situation was scrubbed down completely, and the following group got here in and stepped up. During the last two years, this plan proved extraordinarily helpful. North Helpline was in a position to keep open, which was extraordinarily impactful on the caseload of House Supply Shoppers. Going from 25 homebound of us to 250! Enterprise practices and concepts like that serve the neighborhood in methods nobody sees. As a result of when everyone seems to be pressured to remain in or homebound due to well being situations, or a Pandemic, unable to work, immediately many people discover they’ll’t afford to purchase the groceries and are asking for assist for the primary time of their lives. North Helpline rose to the problem. They met the neighbors exterior and continued to deliver alevel of excellence that serves these neighbors of better North East Seattle with dignity and compassion, preserving meals on the desk and a roof overhead.”

Nominated by: Jenn Eaglespeaker, worker

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Charles Wright, Holly Park. “Charles holds this neighborhood collectively. From bringing meals to new neighbors to fixing lawnmowers and vehicles. Whether or not he’s chasing burglars or rising an enormous backyard and sharing produce with the neighbors, everybody is aware of Charles. At Halloween, he offers out full-sized sweet bars, and in the summertime youngsters come dwelling with full packing containers of wholesome popsicles. He teaches about why he has beehives, methods to develop meals, and why it’s essential to assist the native meals financial institution. At any time when there’s a break-in, he’s there to restore the door or window. He is aware of each neighbor it doesn’t matter what language they converse. He’s been a fixture for 40 years and would love the chance to honor him! He’s a hero in my ebook.”

Nominated by: Eileen Gibbons, neighbor

Michelle McIntosh, Lake Metropolis. “Michelle embodies the philosophy of neighborhood wellness in each her private {and professional} existence. Regardless of being a nurse supervisor in an infection management via the peak of the pandemic, she made time to determine a neighborhood pantry (and a neighborhood fridge) in her personal entrance yard that’s stored absolutely stocked year-round and is used consistently by others who stay close by. Regardless of having a younger household herself, hers is the house within the neighborhood the place others go after they discover themselves in hassle—typically for his or her subsequent meal, typically for literal shelter in a disaster. Michelle additionally advocates for cyclists and security in north Seattle and past, serving as a form of ‘bike matchmaker’ for these in her intensive community who wish to decrease their automotive use but in addition have younger households and/or restricted funds. The place many people wring our fingers on the crises throughout us, she enacts options one particular person at a time, and there’s no one she gained’t assist. Briefly, Michelle desires what’s greatest for her neighbors, and can seemingly cease at nothing to make sure a greater high quality of life for us all.”

Nominated by: Molly Whittaker, pal

Doug Sohn, Ballard. “Doug has performed a lot as a principal at Adams Elementary College and a pacesetter of our college neighborhood. He has stored mother and father, lecturers, and college students calm and secure via the pandemic: guaranteeing we’ve sufficient PPE, exams, and further filtration. He coordinates the distribution of present playing cards to households needing additional help or experiencing monetary hardship. Doug stored us fed when every part was closed and provides had been laborious to come back by, and continues to distribute meals to households each week. He is aware of each scholar’s title and face (over 400 youngsters) and makes certain all of them have the assets they should really feel secure and welcome to allow them to proceed to study below difficult circumstances.”

Nominated by: Jennifer Vickers

Ray, Central District. “Ray is a one-man site visitors circle upkeep man! He cleans up trash and weeds, maintains the tree, and teaches his little ones methods to be good neighbors. He additionally maintains the road in entrance of his home, all with a smile. Ray and his spouse at all times embellish for the vacations and also you’ll usually see them strolling across the neighborhood.”

Nominated by: Whitney Rearick, neighbor

Karen Gardner, Lake Metropolis. “I’ve been dwelling doing distant work for the previous two years since we went into lockdown. Being dwelling gave me the chance to satisfy my neighbors and actually get to know them. Karen lives proper subsequent door and he or she has turn into certainly one of my closest associates. There’s a 10-year age distinction between us, however we’re extra like sisters than associates. She and I began day by day strolling via our neighborhood. We share so many pursuits and quirks. She is a shiny spot in what has been a really laborious time. Karen stocked my fridge when my husband was recovering from surgical procedure. She lent an ear and was at all times accessible to share amusing or a shoulder to cry on. She is so clever and sort. Karen is a shining instance of neighbor; at all times prepared to run an errand, choose up groceries, and assist out in any approach she will. This can be a easy story, however she was a lifeline throughout Covid difficulties. Karen is one of the best neighbor and has turn into my lifelong pal.”

Nominated by: Sandra Lowe, neighbor

Northeast Seattle Collectively, Wedgwood. “North East Seattle Collectively (NEST) is a digital village that helps our neighbors age in place and stay safely of their properties and neighborhood with the assistance of our neighbors. NEST builds and strengthens our neighborhood by connecting older adults with one another and with assets to age efficiently within the locations they name dwelling. They nurture neighborhood by forming and supporting actions like pickleball and Feldenkrais; curiosity teams for poetry, science, and pictures; plus assist teams and lecture collection to interact the NE Seattle neighborhood. NEST additionally coordinates an intergenerational volunteer community to help our getting old neighbors in performing duties that they’re not in a position to do, corresponding to climbing ladders to alter mild bulbs, mild yard work, and help getting round city, simply to call just a few. In 2021, NEST went above and past by aiding members with scheduling their COVID-19 vaccinations and coordinating rides. These efforts resulted in 99% of NEST members getting vaccinated. NEST is an incredible instance of neighbors serving to neighbors.”

Nominated by: Nancy Connolly, former board member

Vashon Interfaith Council to Forestall Homelessness, Vashon Island. “They’ve gone above and past in serving to to ease the struggling of individuals right here on Vashon.”

Nominated by: Christopher Phillips, neighbor

Paula Mueller, Queen Anne. “My first actual contact with Paula was via the Metropolis of Seattle’s Blockwatch program, with which I actually have served as a Blockwatch Captain for fairly just a few years. Every Blockwatch Captain was impartial, however Paula felt that each one Queen Anne Blockwatch Captains wanted to be in communication with one another. Consequently, she organized the Blockwatch Captain’s Community for Queen Anne Hill. Due to questions of safety related to the Hillside Motel on Aurora Ave, Paula grew to become lively in working with the property proprietor to assist handle the crime related to the vacant motel. As well as, she ran for a Queen Anne Neighborhood Council place and was engaged in making a publication and getting neighbors concerned within the Council’s actions. Her spectacular work with the Council resulted in her being elected Chair and dealing intently with a number of of the Council’s committees. Due to Paula, I’m actively concerned with the Queen Anne Neighborhood Council its numerous committees. Lastly, Paula has labored on quite a few efforts to scrub up a number of metropolis greenbelts on the east facet of Queen Anne Hill.”

Nominated by: Amy Carlson, neighbor

Yolanda Hong, Magnuson. “Yolanda cooks and bakes just about each single day for native shelters and meals banks! She volunteers for every part! I can’t consider anybody extra deserving to be acknowledged for his or her efforts. I don’t even know the complete scale of what she does as a result of she simply will get right down to enterprise and doesn’t flaunt her volunteerism.”

Nominated by: Rachael Rose, pal and neighbor

Victoria Shutts, Meadowbrook. “I’m nominating Victoria as a result of within the final 12 months, she has arrange one of the best meals pantry in entrance of her home to assist our neighbors who may have slightly additional assist. Now you assume you’ve seen a meals pantry however you haven’t seen one till you go to the Shutts Meals pantry. What began off as a easy meals pantry has expanded in the midst of a 12 months to an affair. She now serves cold and warm drinks, at all times ensuring she has sizzling espresso for the early am guests. You may get a heat meal throughout the chilly months or ice cream when it’s 100 levels out. There are toiletries, heat socks and gloves, and to-go baggage for individuals who have to pack some to go. To high all of it off, there’s a tent so that you don’t have to face within the rain and a seat if you wish to relaxation a second and revel in your meal there. Victoria works endlessly each morning and night to maintain it clear, stocked, and welcoming to all guests. On high of this, she goes above and past for these needing assist. She not too long ago raised funds to maintain a household from getting evicted from their dwelling and helped an unhoused gentleman get the medical care and provides he wanted. Her pantry lets you “store’ with dignity as a result of she treats everybody who stops by with nothing however respect.”

Nominated by: April Lee, neighbor.

Casa Latina, Central District. “When my husband, Kristian, died in 2019, the employees of Casa Latina had been instrumental in serving to me transfer into my new dwelling on Queen Anne. This was the third time I had used their “Day Employees” providers, all through the years, in serving to me transfer The employees had been at all times very respectful, on time, and sort. I might rent them, once more, in a heartbeat. 💜”

Nominated by: Dolores Maria Rossman, consumer

SouthEast Seattle Senior Middle, Rainier Valley. “Being older means battling invisible boundaries to being wholesome, and too usually, doing it alone. Many seniors wrestle in our neighborhood to get sufficient vitamins to remain wholesome. They’ll’t afford wholesome meals, lose their urge for food or the motivation to eat from loneliness, aren’t cell sufficient to get to native shops, or could also be bodily unable to prepare dinner. SouthEast Seattle Senior Middle (SESSC) shortly pivoted its in-house Neighborhood Eating program and mobilized its volunteers to make sure our getting old neighbors wouldn’t go hungry throughout the pandemic by hand-delivering greater than 400 nutritious lunches per week. A yummy meal and a heat ‘hey, how ya doing!?’ can go a great distance for our neighbors who’re homebound and remoted. This work nonetheless continues right this moment! In April 2022, SESSC formally re-opened its doorways to our getting old neighborhood and started rolling out in-person programming. These applications empower older adults to holistically age nicely and make thoughts, physique, spirit, and neighborhood connections. At SESSC, getting old nicely is a proper–not a privilege. The Middle is on the forefront of guaranteeing our senior neighbors keep wholesome, cared for, and fed!”

Nominated by: Briana Stevenson, board member.

Rainier Valley Meals Financial institution, Rainier View. “They do wonderful work on a regular basis however did significantly wonderful issues throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Nominated by: Robert Valentine, volunteer

Lisa Anderson, Magnolia. “Lisa organized a neighborhood get-together at the beginning of the Covid lockdown. Each Friday the complete block will get collectively to blow bubbles and wave to bus drivers. That custom continues two years later.”

Nominated by: Antony Andersen, pal

Heather McNair, Licton Springs. “Heather does all she will for anybody who asks. There have been many occasions she has gone out of her approach to assist me, to the purpose the place I’ve dubbed her the ‘Queen of Kindness.’ As of 4/12, I’m unable to drive for six months. I do know I can ask her to run to the shop, choose one thing up from a member of our Purchase Nothing group and drop it off to me, or anything, and she is going to exit of her approach to try to do it. Heather won’t solely do that for me, she is going to do it for anybody who asks. And it’s not like she doesn’t have anything occurring. She has purchasers she works for and takes care of. Her autistic grownup son lives together with her, and he or she makes certain she is dwelling to prepare dinner for him daily.”

Nominated by: Janet Wilson, neighbor fellow Purchase Nothing member

Sue Hartman, Tangletown. “Sue Hartman is a neighborhood treasure and concrete agriculture legend. Since retiring as grownup backyard supervisor at Tilth Alliance, she has shared her veggie and flower rising expertise with a number of neighborhood teams and actions, together with Freeway Estates Neighborhood Orchard (FECO), Associates of Meridian Playground (FOMP), and the Tilth Alliance Edible Plant Sale. Sue is at all times beneficiant together with her time and information. At FECO she is accountable for rising recent greens for native meals banks. She grows veggie begins at her dwelling after which nurtures them fastidiously on the FECO neighborhood backyard till harvest. At FOMP, Sue expertly identifies fascinating and invasive vegetation and coaches volunteers as to when and methods to handle all of them. Sue is sensible, enjoyable, and sincere. We’re so fortunate to have her caring for our neighborhood vegetation and folks, too.

Nominated by: Barbara Burrill, pal & fellow volunteer

Aljoya Senior Residence Gardeners, Northgate. “In 2006, due to a grant and plenty of vitality from a gaggle of volunteers, an exquisite, little identified 1/3-acre parcel was remodeled right into a superbly landscaped, fairy backyard, and P-Patch Neighborhood Backyard. Over time, nonetheless, volunteer vitality and the backyard itself pale, leading to a uncared for, little-used area by our neighborhood. Growing older didn’t serve this backyard nicely, however getting old gardeners had been about to assist put it aside!! Enter the senior gardening group from Aljoya Senior Residence. They compost, weed, and develop over 240 kilos of produce yearly for the Lake Metropolis Meals Financial institution. One of many members, Gitte Zweig, had a imaginative and prescient to make use of her appreciable pruning expertise to deliver this overgrown backyard again to life. Underneath her tutelage, blackberry was conquered, dozens of cardboard packing containers had been laid down, and 10 yards of wooden chips had been unfold over this space to quell morning glory, future blackberry tendrils, and weeds. An orchard was planted below her course, new perennials, grasses, and shiny flowers grew within the entry backyard to greet canine walkers and guests to the backyard. Pleasure is seeing how the gardeners from the Aljoya Senior Residence and Gitte remodeled a weed patch into a spot that’s now often visited by households with kids in the neighborhood and neighbors who simply need a gorgeous place to stroll, see the p-patch plots, and benefit from the view. The Maple Neighborhood Backyard is exclusive in that it’s each a park and p-patch, and in that regard, it’s a surprise for kids to see how issues develop, for workplace staff within the neighboring workplace constructing to take pleasure in a picnic lunch, to permit enjoyment of the outside in an more and more city/dense Northgate neighborhood, and to permit individuals of all ages/walks of life – seniors, kids, condominium dwellers, and lovers of nature, to take pleasure in a revitalized peaceable place. Extra foot site visitors created a park that’s used as a park and is as soon as once more a neighborhood asset. This award nomination is being submitted to showcase the contributions of the gardeners from the Alijoya Senior Residence and to provide a posthumous thanks nomination to Gitte Zweig. Implementing the imaginative and prescient of a revitalized neighborhood backyard is one thing Gitte did with all of the tenacity, talent, and bodily potential in her energy. She left the backyard final summer time, saying it had turn into an excessive amount of. Our backyard was unhappy to study she had handed just some weeks after leaving. The backyard owes Gitte a lot for her previous contributions, and to the continued contributions of the gardeners from the Aljoya Senior Residence who energize our backyard to make our neighborhood stronger daily.”

Nominated by: Alice Hanson, gardener

The Market Commons Workforce, Pike Place Market. “The second you enter the Market Commons, you’re greeted by the nice and cozy smile of both Velma Cherokee Chaney or Crystal Barnard Dixon. From connections to social providers to only some pleasant dialog, Crystal and Velma are round to make sure that The Market Commons looks like ‘the lounge of Pike Place Market.’ Combining their various backgrounds with their love for the Market, these ladies work in tandem to make sure each neighbor who walks via the door receives the correct assist and connections to not solely survive, however thrive. Lead by Crystal Dixon, Director of Strategic Affect, who has been the visionary for this program and inspiration to the entire neighborhood and her group – Stella, Velma and Kathryn – The Market Commons launched emergency applications to maintain the small companies of the Market not solely surviving, however thriving, the Market workforce assist via every part and lots of of market residents secure, feed and from isolation. Crystal sees the neighborhood middle because the pure extension of Pike Place Market’s intention to create a secure and wholesome neighborhood for all. “It’s a as soon as in a lifetime alternative,” Crystal remarks. “We are able to create a neighborhood middle so rooted within the values of Pike Place Market.” Velma is able to reply your questions and make you’re feeling at dwelling! The Market Commons is Velma’s first full-time position after interning and volunteering for social service businesses all through Seattle. She is captivated with giving again and supporting the seniors who’re an integral a part of the Market neighborhood! It was nonetheless pretty new at first of the pandemic and have become completely important for the emergency response to small companies, staff and senior residents within the Market. Each day these ladies carry out numerous acts of kindness for lots of of individuals. We’re so honored to have them in our midst.”

Nominated by: Lillian Sherman, colleague

Than-Nga “Tanya” Nguyen/ChuMinh Tofu, Little Saigon. “I’m nominating Tanya and ChuMinh Tofu for his or her generosity and activism within the Little Saigon neighborhood. For the previous 3.5 years, Tanya and the restaurant workers have been getting ready and cooking meals every Sunday for anybody within the neighborhood who’s hungry. Than-Nga’s heat, generosity, robust love, and community-centered values have organized a constant group of volunteers to assist this rising undertaking. I wish to uplift her energy and willpower on this nomination as nicely. Throughout the pandemic, when the variety of individuals needing assist elevated, and small companies in Asian communities had been hit laborious by a lower in enterprise and a rise in anti-Asian racism, Tanya continued to supply the meals and area for the meals. She additionally elevated their scope from 50 meals to typically 200 meals over a single weekend. She is a neighborhood chief that continues to remind us that public security, public well being, accountability, and therapeutic are all collective obligations which might be solely doable if we’ve relationships with one another and handle one another. Tanya teaches us that each one persons are deserving of care and understanding and that we must always respect the company and dignity of each particular person.”

Nominated by: Chloe Huber and Alex Chuang, Sunday meal volunteers

The opinions expressed and knowledge contained on this article had been generated by and are reflective of particular person neighborhood members and don’t essentially replicate the insurance policies, plans, beliefs, conclusions, or concepts of the Metropolis of Seattle.