GiveBig for NW Seattle Parks on May 3! For one day only, all donations given to Groundswell NW through GiveBig will be matched in part by Seattle Foundation. Grow your gift by marking your calendars now and joining our efforts to create community parks and habitat in NW Seattle. If you want to beat the rush, you can go online and schedule your donation today! You Need Parks and Parks Need You to support Groundswell NW through GiveBIG today!
Groundswell NW is looking for a new Treasurer! We're an all-volunteer 501c(3) nonprofit with the mission to empower NW Seattle to create, activate and care for parks, open space and habitat. We provide fiscal sponsorship, financial support and mentorship to community groups in NW Seattle. We also have a seat at the table in important city-wide decision making as it relates to parks, open space and habitat.
As our Treasurer, you will have a seat on our all-volunteer Board of Directors. You are passionate about parks and open space, and have experience in big picture financial and strategic planning applicable for a small nonprofit.
As the Treasurer, monthly activities include:
- Managing the budget
- Working with our dedicated project groups with fiscal sponsor activities (writing/depositing checks)
- Coordinating with the book keeper
- Sharing financial reports at monthly board meetings
As a Board member, activities include:
- Participating in monthly board meetings
- Participating in and/or mentoring community project groups
- Reviewing and selecting micro grant recipients
- Representing Groundswell NW at community events and civic meetings
In-person training and file transfer will be provided by our outgoing Treasurer, Frana. Average time commitment will be 8-10 hours a month. We’re asking for a 1-2 year commitment. This is a great opportunity for you to to get involved in shaping the future of your community!
Contact Dawn Hemminger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.953.3490 if you are interested in being our new Treasurer or to learn more about joining our board.
So you've met all of the requirements to certify your apartment balcony, backyard, schoolyard or business as a welcoming haven for local wildlife, now what? Here are 3 easy ways to certify your wildlife habitat with the National Wildlife Federation and help Groundswell NW meet our goal to certify 300 homes, 5 schools and 7 open spaces as NW Seattle Community Habitat:
1. Download this Washington State form, fill it out, print and mail along with a check for $25 to:
National Wildlife Federation
P.O. Box 1583
Merrifield, VA 22116-1583
If you apply via this form, you will receive a yearly membership with NWF, ensure a portion of your donation goes to State of Washington programs, AND receive a free yard sign! This option is the best bang for your buck.
2. Register and certify online for $20. This option will give you all the same NWF benefits as option 1, but does not guarantee any funds will go to Washington State, AND you have to purchase a yard sign separately if you want one.
3. Pick up a Washington state form at our Annual Meeting, Sunday Feb 21 from 6:30PM-8:30PM at Leif Erikson Hall and get inspired by our speakers, David Mizejewski and Cass Turnbull!
The city of Seattle is accepting proposals to the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund (NPSF) which supports improvements to neighborhood parks and streets proposed by the community. The deadline for applications is February 8, 2016.
The NPSF can be used for projects valued up to $90,000. Examples of park projects include minor playground improvements, trail upgrades, natural area renovations, park benches and tables, and accessibility improvements. Examples of street projects include sidewalk repair, crossing improvements such as curb bulbs, and pedestrian countdown signals; and traffic calming, such as traffic circles and radar speed feedback signs. Awarded projects will be completed in 2017.
To learn more about the fund or to propose a project, visit http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-park-and-street-fund. Any individual, neighborhood group, or business group is eligible and encouraged to apply.
Picture, for a moment, the last time you were in a Park. Maybe you were strolling through, walking your dog, taking your child to play, or seeking a peaceful spot to enjoy your morning coffee with a friend.
As you think about it, you realize that parks actually play a pretty important role in your life. You Need Parks.
But have you thought about how much Parks Need You ?
Parks Need You to keep them clean and safe, to care for their plants and trees and bring your family and neighbors together to enjoy them.
Many of the parks, open spaces and habitat in NW Seattle are cared for and loved by community groups, like Friends of Ballard Corners Park, East Ballard Community Association , Friends of Salmon Bay Natural Area , Whittier Heights Involved Neighbors , Friends of Crown Hill Glen , Friends of Sunset Hill-Shilshole Gateway , Sustainable Ballard , Friends of the Troll's Knoll , Friends of Thyme Patch Park , Ballard Greenways , and Friends of North Beach Park .
At Groundswell NW , we're honored to serve these community groups and many more in NW Seattle by providing mentorship, awarding microgrants, providing fiscal sponsorship, and advocating for your parks at the neighborhood and city level.
As much as these groups need us, We Need You! Show your support for Groundswell NW by making a year-end, tax deductible donation today.
Thank you for your support, and on behalf of all of us at Groundswell NW, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
President, Board of Directors
How would you spend $86,800 to improve this space at 17th Ave NW and NW Dock St? A new greenway along 17th Ave NW has opened up a portion of this intersection to become a new community space. Groundswell NW applied for and was awarded a NPSF grant to pay for amenities in this space. We want your ideas about how to improve this space. Please come meet with us on Sunday, 12/6, 4-6 PM at Ballard Swedish (5300 Tallman Ave NW). All are welcome!
The Whittier Heights Community Council (WHCC) has been part of the Groundswell NW family for many years since we worked together to build Baker Park. Now that the property next to Baker Park has been purchased to expand the park, the once sleepy WHCC is reawakening and bringing the Whittier Heights Involved Neighbors (WHIN) into the fold to bring a new breath of life into their mission to protect and enhance the things you appreciate about living in Whittier Heights.
The next phase will be to elect officers at an all-neighborhood meeting at 7 pm, Monday, January 11, 2016 at the Ballard Church (1460 NW 73rd St). Learn more about this event and RSVP here.
You may nominate yourselft and/or nominate others. Anyone who lives in the neighborhood is eligible to serve on the WHCC. Click here to learn more about the officer positions and the nomination process.
If you are a block captain, or otherwise well-connected neighbor, please share this with others you know as they hope to engage as many people as possible. They'll use NextDoor to communicate, but many neighbors don’t use it, so they're hoping to build a comprehensive email list. If you want to hear from WHCC, please go to www.whittierheights.us, fill out the form and join your neighbors on January 11 to celebrate the rebirth of the Whittier Heights community!