Saturday, April 10, Kenney Annual Fundraising Brunch, The Kenney, 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW

(from The Kenney Newsletter) Are you looking for a fun and exciting way to become involved at The Kenney?  Saturday, April 10th is our Annual Fundraising Brunch and we are looking for bright and energetic volunteers to help run the event.  Volunteer positions for this event include greeters, servers, raffle ticket sellers, set up & clean up crew and more.  
If you are new to volunteering at The Kenney sign up at this link  http://www.thekenney.org/volunteer.html

For those of you who have volunteered in the past and would like to be a part of this special event, please contact Katie Tompkins, Marketing & Foundation Assistant at  (206) 937-2800 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.g

Monday, March 15, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Youth and Families Initiative Workshop, Denny Middle School, 8402 30th Avenue Southwest

Please see the bottom of this email for full description 

Thursday, March 18, 6:00-8:30 pm;  Fauntleroy/Barton Neighborhood  Combine Sewer Overflow Control Alternative Public Meeting, Southwest Community Center ,2801 SW Thistle St.

Monday, March 29,  6:00-8:30 pm, Morgan/Murray Neighborhood Combine Sewer Overflow Control Alternative Public Meeting, Southwest Community Center, 2801 SW Thistle St.

King County has identified several alternative means for CSO controls in the Barton and Murray areas. CSOs happen in older parts of the city during heavy rain events when stormwater flows entering the wastewater system can exceed system capacity. CSO control projects will help manage peak flows from areas in the Fauntleroy and Morgan neighborhoods, limiting overflows of untreated stormwater and sewage into Puget Sound.  King County’s CSO Program works to protect public health and the environment and to meet requirements for CSO Control 

How you can participate

  • Visit the CSO Program Web page to learn about King County’s work to reduce combined sewer overflows

www.kingcounty.gov/environment/wastewater/CSO.aspx

  • Attend public meetings to view presentations on alternative means to accomplish CSO control, ask questions, provide input
  • Contact us:

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Contact Meredith Redmon at 206-263-6534

Saturday, March 27, 9:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m. Thursday,  Tree Planting Party, Fairmont Playground, 5400 Fauntleroy Way SW 

Help us plant trees in West Seattle! Join your Rotarians, Boy Scouts, friends, neighbors, community leaders and

City Officials at the Fairmont Playground.  Activites:

  • Planting Trees
  • Pick up litter and spruce up green spaces
  • Learn more about getting involved

Tools will be provided and refreshments will be served!

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 206-684-7389

Youth and Families Initiative Information - and a question for you

Normally I only send out Morgan Junction community specific information, and sometimes items that might affect the community.  However, I have a new dilemma.  The new Mayor seems to busy launching initiatives that affect the entire city, and certainly could have an affect in our community.  It’s hard for me to gauge interest in these city wide initiatives.  So as a test case, since there’s a workshop scheduled in West Seattle, I’m going to pass the information about the Youth and Families Initiative on pretty much as I received it.  I would very much like to know if you would like to see future announcements of city wide initiatives, so please drop me just a quick yes or no, I’d really appreciate it.

Cindi

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Dear fellow Seattleites,

Mayor Mike McGinn invites you to participate in the Youth and Families Initiative, a major initiative announced during his inaugural address.  The first of five large group meetings is tonight at the Rainier Community Center from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Versions of this invitation have been translated into Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrigna, Chinese, Oromo, Russian, Thai, Amharic, Cambodian, Somali, Korean and Vietnamese (attached).

The children and families of our city are facing many difficult challenges. As a community, we need to talk about what we want for our kids and how best to create a healthy, positive and equitable environment for all families in our city.

Toward this goal, Seattle’s Department of Information Technology has created an online embeddable form for collecting community input for the Youth and Families Initiative (attached).  The form, designed to be embedded in blogs and web sites, extends the online outreach outside of the Mayor’s Office.

Let’s start a discussion together and come up with a plan that works.

Please join us in attending one of five workshops, where trained facilitators will lead participants through the beginnings of this group discussion.

Monday, March 15, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Youth and Families Initiative Workshop, Denny Middle School, 8402 30th Avenue Southwest

Activities for kids older than three years of age and light refreshments will be provided at each meeting. If English is not your primary language and you would like translation or interpretation, please notify the Department of Neighborhoods at 684-0464 so we can work to provide the best resources available.

“Our goal with the Youth and Families Initiative is to get input from everyone in Seattle who cares about these issues,” said Mayor’s Office Community Engagement Coordinator Sol Villarreal. “We realize that not everyone is going to be interested in attending or able to attend one of the large group workshops, so in order to make sure we’re hearing from a representative sample of the population of the city, we’re also going to be holding up to 100 Community Caucuses around the city.  The idea is that instead of asking someone to come to us, we’re going to go to them to make sure that their voice gets heard.”

Each Community Caucus will elect one delegate to send on to the Kids and Families Congress on June 5 at Seattle Center.

It is only together that we can solve the deep, complex problem of how to create an equitable community for our great city’s youth and families. There is no one solution, no one program or person who can point our neighborhoods in the right direction.

We ask that you join us at the beginning of this discussion so that we may all work together toward the common goal of a stronger community.

Please visit http://www.seattle.gov/engage to get involved in the Youth and Families Initiative.

Web site: http://youthandfamilies.seattle.gov/

Facebook: Youth and Families Initiative

Youth and Families Initiative Information part II, announcing 100 Community Caucus special meetings as requested

Have you heard about Mayor McGinn's effort to reach out to every community in Seattle through the Youth and Families Initiative?  He wants to know the critical issues that face your children, your families, and your communities everyday so he can work to make Seattle a better place for every community, not just a few.

Our goal with the Youth and Families Initiative is to get input from everyone in Seattle who cares about these issues. The process is beginning with 5 citywide workshops throughout the month of March where the general public can participate in sharing concerns and issues. We realize that not everyone is going to be able to attend one of the large group workshops, so in order to make sure we’re hearing from a representative sample of the population of the city, and especially from historically underrepresented groups and communities, we’ll also be holding up to 100 Community Caucuses around the city.

Each Community Caucus will be an opportunity for a group that wants to make its voice heard to meet, with a facilitator, in a living room, coffee shop, community center—anywhere where people gather naturally in a community; the idea is that instead of asking you to come to us, we’re going to go to you to make sure that your voice gets heard.

Each Community Caucus, like each small table at the large group workshops, will elect one delegate to send on to the broader Kids and Families Congress on June 5th at Seattle Center, so holding a Community Caucus will be a great way to ensure that your group’s voice is heard as the Initiative moves forward.

So, why am I contacting you? We want your community to be involved and we need your help to do it.  We are looking for individuals, groups, or organizations interested in hosting a caucus for their community.  We've worked to make this process as painless as possible for you. All we ask is that you bring together at least 10 people from your community to talk with a facilitator about the the issues and concerns they feel most impact Seattle.  Facilitators can be provided or we can train you to facilitate your own caucus.  We'll also provide all support materials and any other help you might need!

Sound interesting? Want to get involved or know someone else who may want to? Have questions about how it works?  Please do not hesitate to contact me by email or phone.

Looking forward to working with you,
Beth Richer
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Beth Richer
Seattle Youth and Families Initiative
Organizer
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