Home Depot Community Impact Grants

Home Depot Community Impact Grants

The Home Depot Foundation offers grants, up to $5,000, to IRS-registered 501c designated organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.  The primary goal is to provide grants and volunteer opportunities to support the renovation, refurbishment, retrofitting, accessibility modifications, and/or weatherization of centers, schools, parks, community spaces and other similar facilities.

Deadline: Rolling basis until December 31, 2017. 

Click HERE for more information.  

GROUNDSWELL NW JUNE 2017 NEWSLETTER

GROUNDSWELL NW JUNE 2017 NEWSLETTER

There’s much for Groundswell NW to be thankful for this June. This year’s GiveBIG campaign brought in a record $3500 – many thanks to all our generous donors!

There were several Groundswell NW work parties in May – planting and cleaning up at Salmon Bay Natural Area and environs with Seattle Clean Street Collective: rain garden restoration and cleaning up on 14th Ave NW and more – thanks to our dedicated volunteers!

And a special thanks to Local Hero, former President and long-time board member David Folweiler, who is stepping down from the Board of Directors, but staying involved in Groundswell NW activities and as an advisor and mentor. David became involved with Groundswell NW as one of the leaders of the Ballard Corners Park project, skillfully steering that effort to create what has become an icon for both Groundswell NW and Ballard. He since has been a key contributor of several other Groundswell NW efforts, including leading the update of the Ballard Open Space Plan and administrating our Micro Grant Applicants.  Everlasting thanks for your passion and persistence!

While bidding a fond farewell to David’s efforts on the board, we also welcome a new board member, Susanne Daniell, and renew our call for others to join our ongoing efforts to empower NW Seattle to create, activate and care for parks, open space and habitat.

DAVID FOLWEILER, GNW Board Advisor

DAVID FOLWEILER, GNW Board Advisor

GROUNDSWELL NW MAY 2017 NEWSLETTER

GROUNDSWELL NW MAY 2017 NEWSLETTER

Gemenskap Park - credit Mithun, Inc.

Gemenskap Park - credit Mithun, Inc.

Just like the mason bees getting busy this spring pollinating the flowers that grow in our gardens and parks, Groundswell NW has been busy spreading wealth and providing mentorship to our community partners. We are pleased to be awarding Seattle Clean Street Collective with a $500 Groundswell NW microgrant to support their stewardship of Seattle green spaces, like their upcoming May 20 event at Marvin's Garden and Salmon Bay Natural Area. Learn more...

In park news, we are very excited to announce that Gemenskap park, the soon to be newest park in Ballard, just went out for construction bid in April with plans to start construction this summer. Groundswell NW, in partnership with the East Ballard Community Association, has been advocating for over 10 years to successfully bring this unique park into reality. Learn more...

Like the bees, we are asking you to pollinate our grant and mentorship programs with a donation through the Seattle Foundation's May 10 GiveBIG 2017 campaign. Your donation will allow Groundswell NW to continue to support groups, like the Seattle Clean Street Collective and the East Ballard Community Association, who are making a meaningful difference in our community.

Beat the rush and schedule your donation to Groundswell NW today.

Lastly, we invite you to join the EBCA on May 20 for Adopt-A-Street clean up, rain garden restoration and Greenstreet anniversary celebration.  Get your hands dirty & join us for planting, coffee, treats & connection. 

 

GROUNDSWELL NW APRIL 2017 NEWSLETTER

GROUNDSWELL NW APRIL 2017 NEWSLETTER

daffodils

The one thing I’ve learned about spring in Seattle is that the weather is uncertain. One day will be filled with sun, daffodils and cherry blossoms and the next will be cold, gray and rainy. This uncertainty doesn’t keep us from playing in our parks or working in our gardens. We just venture out in layers, prepared for what weather the day will bring. Similarly, the Groundswell NW board is experiencing its own spring of uncertainty. We are an 8 member all-volunteer board bringing together a mix of experience, expertise and enthusiasm to support our mission. It’s been my honor to serve the board as President these past two years, but my term will be ending soon and we do not have someone to take my place. We also have 2 long time board members, Dave Boyd and David Folweiler, who are transitioning to an advisory capacity. Due to these impending changes to our board, we are conserving our limited energy to focus on board development in lieu of delivering an annual report or hosting an annual meeting this spring.

If you or someone you know loves our mission, has nonprofit board leadership experience and the time to help us grow, please reach out to me at groundswellnw@gmail.com and we’ll don our layers, venture out together in this uncertain weather, and talk about the future as we stroll through your favorite NW Seattle park.

Speaking of favorite parks, one of my personal favorites is Ballard Corners Park. Groundswell NW has been a part of this park since its inception and continues to support the Friends of Ballard Corners Park through fiscal sponsorship and mentorship. Click here to learn more about this park and be sure to join their biannual work party this April 8. Check out the details of this event and more in our April events calendar below

 

GROUNDSWELL NW MARCH 2017 NEWSLETTER

GROUNDSWELL NW MARCH 2017 NEWSLETTER

Courtney, Jan, Dawn & Rachel at the end of "set up day", NW Flower & Garden Show. Set up volunteers not pictured: Kaitlin, Mark and Daniel. Thank-you!

Courtney, Jan, Dawn & Rachel at the end of "set up day", NW Flower & Garden Show. Set up volunteers not pictured: Kaitlin, Mark and Daniel. Thank-you!

February is a wrap and our display at the NW Flower and Garden Show was a big success. We spread the word on how you can take the tiniest of spaces, even the balcony of your apartment, and transform it into a sustainable garden that helps wildlife. A big thank-you to board member, Jan Satterthwaite, for designing and coordinating this huge effort. And thank-you to all of our volunteers who picked up donations for the display, helped spread the word and did some heavy lifting! If you weren't able to attend the show, but want to be inspired, be sure to download our display brochure, which includes a native plant list, design layout and resources. For more pics, check out our Facebook page and photo gallery.

With March coming into view, we are now asking you, our loyal advocates for parks, open space, and habitat, to take a step into becoming civically active and participate in the Dept of Neighborhoods new "Your Voice, Your Choice for Parks and Streets" process in which Seattle residents decide how to spend a portion of the City's budget on Park and Street Improvements. This is a new process that is replacing the traditional Neighborhood Park and Street Fund. Residents submitted ideas during February and then during March and May, citizen-driven Project Development Teams will be turning ideas into concrete project proposals. The City is seeking individuals to participate on a project development team for each City District. Time commitment could be as little as 2 hours. Learn more and sign up to join a team here. Stay tuned for June when the proposals will be up for general community vote.