The RASKCAL Reporter| Issue # 49| March 2021

The RASKCAL Reporter

In this Issue:                                                                                            March 2021


art by Tori Shao

Seattle-King County Public Health recently provided this statement given the recent events: 

“We’re in solidarity with our diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander neighbors in King County in the midst of a growing rise in anti-Asian hate crimes.

“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, anti-Asian racism and xenophobia have shaken and traumatized our communities. We denounce racism, colorism, and any actions taken to harm someone because of their race or place of origin.

“In response to this hate, we see art as an important form of community healing. Today, we’re sharing art pieces from some incredible local artists — Che Sehyun, Yvonne Chan, Toka Valu, and Tori Shao — who have shared their art with us to celebrate the power of community care, the healing potential of our traditions, and the vision of collective liberation.”

Cross-posted from Public Health Insider.

RASKC honors Volunteer of the Month: Gabrielle Patterson


Meet Gabrielle! RASKC is very honored to name Gabrielle Patterson as Volunteer of the Month. She contributed a total of over 6,500 hours from 2013- 2020, both as a foster volunteer and a Dog Walker. Not only did Gabrielle help a number of challenging dogs and needy kittens, she also provided loving care to two cats with severe skin issues that took quite some time to clear up. Thank you, Gabrielle!

To read an interview with Gabrielle, go to our website or blog.

Limelight shines on Exceptional Youth: Elsie Leonard


Meet Elsie!  RASKC is super happy to award Exceptional Youth recognition to Elsie Leonard. A sophomore at Monroe High School, Elsie started volunteering on regular shifts on RASKC’s Kirkland Pet-Care Team in March 2015 with her mom. They continued doing so until the pandemic, and we look forward to their returning when it’s safe. Thank you for your service, Elsie!

To read more about this Exceptional Youth, go to our blog.

Spotlight shines on Outstanding Volunteer: Angela Hayes

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Meet Angela! RASKC is enormously pleased to name Angela Hayes as an Outstanding New Volunteer. She volunteers both on our Covington Petco Cat-Care Team and as a foster volunteer. Thank you for your service, Angela!

To read more about this Outstanding New Volunteer, go to our blog.

Pride in our Partners: Seattle Meowtropolitan Café!


RASKC commends Seattle Meowtropolitan, a cat café and foundation in Seattle, that has entered its sixth remarkable year of operations- despite all of the COVID restrictions. Meowtropolitan provides interactive experiences for cats and people, adoption opportunities, and a super fun gift shop- in person and online. Additionally Meowtropolitan offers in-person all-levels “yoga time with cats,” led by professional instructors in Viniyoga- a breath-centered practice that brings focus and peace of mind while stretching and stabilizing one’s body.

Co-founder and co-owner Andrew Hsieh launched Meowtropolitan in December 2015, after about 15 months of planning, fundraising, renovations, and waiting on permits. All of Meowtropolitan’s co-owners and co-founders are proudly Asian American. RASKC recently spoke with Andrew.

To read an interview with Seattle Meowtropolitan’s Andrew Hsieh, go to our blog.

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