April 6 COVID-19 Special Edition: Chinese Community Alliance Donates $140,000 to EvergreenHealth, "Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Give Blood," Spring Vegetation Management Practices Underway, Census 2020, Resources for Residents in Need of Food, CKC Closure, and More!

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April 6, 2020

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Chinese Community Alliance Donates $140,000 to EvergreenHealth

This morning the Chinese Community Alliance, which consists of 65 Chinese organizations and community churches in Washington state, joined City of Kirkland Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold and Dr. Jeff Tomlin CEO of EvergreenHealth, to deliver a check for $140,000 to be used for personal protection equipment for healthcare workers at EvergreenHealth.

We appreciate everyone that contributed to this amazing donation. Please join us in thanking the Chinese Community Alliance and all of the amazing healthcare workers at EvergreenHealth. 

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A Message from Public Health - Seattle & King County: Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Give Blood

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New donors are needed now to step-up and save a life, and for donors to make this a generous and consistent habit. All types of blood are needed for cancer treatment, trauma cases, and many other situations. The process only takes an hour and actual donation time is about 10 minutes.

Bloodworks Northwest has more information on coronavirus, who is eligible to donate blood, and donation locations at www.bloodworksnw.org/coronavirus.

Bloodworks is accepting donations by appointment-only in order to comply with social distancing guidelines. You can make an appointment for donation by visiting www.bloodworksnw.org or by calling 800-398-7888. For more information on the importance of donating blood, please visit the Public Health Insider blog by Public Health - Seattle & King County

Kirkland Small Business Relief Fund Accepting Applications through 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 7

The Kirkland Small Business Relief Fund (Relief Fund) is accepting applications from eligible Kirkland-based small businesses and small not-for-profits through 5 p.m., tomorrow (Tuesday, April 7). Applications will be accepted online only, and the application form can be found on the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce webpage

The City of Kirkland, the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce (Chamber), and Banner Bank’s Kirkland branch collaborated to create the Kirkland Small Business Relief Fund to provide immediate grants to qualifying small businesses and small not-for-profits in Kirkland impacted by COVID-19. The Relief Fund received initial seed funding of $250,000 from Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, and is open to additional contributions from any interested individuals and organizations to be used in later rounds of funding.

The Relief Fund is open to all qualifying applicants; applicants do not need to be Chamber members to apply. The Chamber will act as the fiscal agent for the Relief Fund and will manage all contributions. A committee comprised of members from the Chamber, Banner Bank, and other business leaders will review all applications and make all decisions regarding dispersal of grant funding.

For more details on the eligibility requirements, see the City's latest press release, or visit the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce webpageNote: the application asks for a City business license number. For this please use your UBI number. If you do not know your UBI number, or whether you have a Kirkland business license endorsement, you can look it up here: https://secure.dor.wa.gov/gteunauth/_/

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City Begins Spring Vegetation Management Practices Along Guardrails

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With the arrival of spring, City Public Works staff begins its annual vegetation management treatments along guardrails on Juanita Drive, Holmes Point Drive and in other areas of the City.

Guardrails have been selected as an area in which chemical application is the best control option for noxious weeds and invasive species due to a variety of maintenance challenges, including their positioning along busy, narrow roadways and other accessibility issues. Each location of chemical treatment is identified by area-specific City signage outlining the locations being treated, the purpose of the treatment, the name of the chemical treatment being used and the method of application.   

Chemical control is only one facet of the City’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, which uses a variety of hands-on tactics, including weed pulling, mowing and the reintroduction of native species to a landscape. Manual techniques make up 96 percent of the City’s invasive shrub and groundcover removal, much of which is accomplished by volunteers.

When implemented, chemical control strategies adhere to stringent policies and practices outlined in the City’s IPM program, which strives to minimize environmental impact, reduce risk to people and animals, and limit potential interaction with pollinators.

City staff who engage in chemical control strategies are trained and licensed through the Washington State Department of Agriculture, and use methods to minimize the application of chemical products. All chemical application techniques align with industry best practices for vegetation management.  

Visit our website for more information on the City’s Integrated Pest Management program.

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Census 2020 is Happening Now!

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The 2020 Census helps determine how much federal funding comes to our community for things like improved roadways, health clinics, schools, fire departments and much more.

Our community needs your response to help make future improvements. Make a positive difference for Kirkland today by filling out your Census online, by phone or mail. Visit the United States Census 2020 webpage for more information. 

Resources for Residents in Need of Food

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Thanks to a partnership between Sound Generations and the City of Kirkland, homebound residents unable to obtain food due to the impacts of COVID-19 will not go hungry. If you or somebody you know is homebound and needs food delivered, please call 425-207-4777 and let a Sound Generations staff member connect you to resources. The only requirement is Kirkland residency and there are no age restrictions. Callers will be connected with a Sound Generations volunteer who will arrange logistics.

Homebound callers who lack the financial resources

For those who cannot afford to purchase food, Sound Generations volunteers can arrange for pickup from the local food bank. Contact the Sound Generations call center at: 425-207-4777.

Non homebound residents with limited income

If you have limited income and are able to pick up food, Hopelink will provide two weeks’ worth of food for each member of your household. Pickup is at Hopelink, located at: 11011 120th Avenue N.E. in Kirkland. Pickup days and times are: 12 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information, visit the Hopelink website.

For residents with children 18 and under

The Lake Washington School District is providing breakfast and lunch five (5) days a week. Children to not have to be Lake Washington School District students to be eligible for meals. For more information on this program, visit the Lake Washington School District website.

The City of Kirkland recently mailed an informational postcard to each residential address in Kirkland to connect residents who are homebound with needed services. Information on that card, and additional resources for residents impacted by COVID-19, can be found at: http://kirklandwa.gov/ResidentSupportCOVID.

Temporary Closure on the Cross Kirkland Corridor Starts April 6

A section of the Cross Kirkland Corridor in Totem Lake will be inaccessible to the public starting in the evening on Monday, April 6. Construction crews will close the trail between 120th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 124th Street for at least two weeks. Orange detour signs will direct trail users to go around the construction site using 120th Avenue Northeast, Northeast 116th Street, and 124th Avenue Northeast, as outlined in the map below.

This closure of the CKC is necessary for Northshore Utility District's Emergency Wastewater Conveyance Plan Sewer Force Main project.

The City of Kirkland urges everyone to practice proper social distancing at this time. City crews will soon add temporary signage along the Cross Kirkland Corridor reminding people walking, jogging, and biking to practice social distancing. Ongoing City of Kirkland construction projects are essential activities as defined in the Governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order. All construction activity must abide by social distancing requirements and appropriate health and worker protection measures.

For more information on the CKC, visit the City website.

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Cancelled Events

Because physical distancing is critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19, the following events are cancelled:

KU Kids at Kirkland Urban
10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 11
The Fountain Court at Kirkland Urban
For more information, visit: https://www.kirklandurban.com/event/KU-Kids/2145540093/  

The Kiwanis Club of Kirkland's 46th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 12 
Peter Kirk Park
For more information, visit: https://kirklandkiwanis.org.

ORCA Card Service
Wednesday, April 15, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 
Kirkland City Hall
For more information, visit: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro/fares-orca/neighborhood-pop-up.aspx

The Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce
All Chamber events through the month of April are cancelled
For more information, visit: https://kirklandchamber.org/

Kirkland Performance Center
All Kirkland Performance Center shows through April 30 are postponed
For more information, visit: http://www.kpcenter.org