Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Beacon Food Forest Helps Family Maintain Connection to Agricultural Roots of Mam Culture

We recently connected with community gardeners Nazario and Everilda from the Beacon Food Forest P-Patch to learn more about Mam culture, growing up in Guatemala, and their deep connection to growing food. The community garden allows the couple to teach cultural traditions to their kids and pass their customs down to the next generation.

Read more on the Front Porch Blog.

Other City News

Mayor Harrell Announces One Seattle Day of Service on May 20: Registration has opened for the second annual "One Seattle Day of Service," which will be held in neighborhoods across the city on May 20, 2023. View the list of projects and sign up to participate.

New Legislation Provides Sick and Safe Leave for Gig Workers in Seattle: Mayor Harrell signed new permanent paid sick and safe time benefits into law for app-based workers. The legislation builds on past historic efforts to extend paid benefits to gig workers at the beginning of the pandemic. Learn more about this historic legislation.

Technology Matching Fund Grant Applications Due Monday, April 17: The City of Seattle’s annual digital equity grant, the Technology Matching Fund, will allocate a minimum of $90K to projects aimed at closing the digital divide. Read about the fund and hear about previously funded projects.

Applications Open for Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program: The 2023 Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program application period is open through May 19. This year, the Program will provide an e-Benefit card valued at $80 (one-time distribution) to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmer's markets. Apply for the Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program.

Provide Input for View Ridge Playfield Play Area: Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to provide input on play area design and play equipment for the View Ridge Playfield. The project will install new play structures for children of all abilities. Learn more about the project and get information on the community meeting.

Seattle Advances Zero-Emission Freight & E-Cargo Bike Delivery: The City of Seattle’s Transportation Electrification Blueprint identifies an ambitious goal for 30 percent of all commercial good delivery to be zero-emission by 2030. Read more about this goal and other key actions the City has taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

Registration for Summer Day Camps Begins Tuesday, April 18: Browse a wide range of exciting summer activities for participants from preschool and school-age care camps, to nature camps, and camps for youth with disabilities. See the full 2023 Summer Camp schedule.

In The Community

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Seattle Man Creates Supportive Space for Parents and Teachers Inspired by After-School Program

A community leader in Seattle is using his personal experience to mentor kids and provide a space for parents and teachers to find support. Jesse Rhodes recently became the board chair for the After-School All-Stars Puget Sound Chapter. The program provides free, comprehensive after-school programs that keep kids safe and help them succeed in school and life. Rhodes also wanted to extend support to parents and teachers. He recently took ownership of Poco Bar & Lounge and plans to use the bar to grow the community’s social resources to provide support for educators and parents.

Read full story in King 5 News.

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Seattle Summit Addresses Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Economic Issues

The summit, which took place at the end of March at Seattle City Hall, marked the third stop for the federal government delegation who has been hosting summits to meet with community members to discuss opportunities for local businesses amid the pandemic and anti-Asian hate. Limited outreach and language barriers have inhibited members of these communities from applying for federal grants, jobs, and programs, according to a press release on the event.

Read more in Crosscut.

Share Your Feedback

Public Feedback Wanted on Initiative Aimed at Ending Traffic-Related Fatalities: Seattle Department of Transportation has recently published a draft review of their Vision Zero initiative to better understand a recent rise in serious injuries and deaths on Seattle streets. Take a short survey to help identify opportunities to reduce traffic-related harm.

Share Your Thoughts on Side Sewer Maintenance Incentives: Seattle Public Utilities is asking for public input about maintenance incentives for side sewers to learn what options the community is most likely to use as the program is developed. Provide feedback on maintenance incentives by taking this short survey.