March 23, 2017

COFFEE VETS LAUNCHES ’22 HEROES TO ZERO CAMPAIGN’ – AN AGGRESSIVE HUMAN CROWDFUNDING INITIATIVE TO COMBAT POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) FOR AMERICA’S VETERANS

he “22 Heroes To Zero Campaign” Will Assist In Generating Hope For An Illness That Is Difficult To Accept And Often Overlooked

Coffee Vets have announced the kickoff of “22 Heroes to Zero,” a human crowdfunding campaign to combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), an illness that is taking the lives of 20 + Veterans per day. The mission of the campaign is to raise funds and awareness to defeat PTSD and to encourage Veterans to seek help, and to obtain the best care possible. The campaign aims to raise $220K in 51 days via gofundme.com/22HeroesToZero and www.22HeroesToZero.com. [Read more…]

AAA’s Soap for Hope Toiletry Donation Drive Kicks off November 1, Benefits YWCA Women’s Center in Bellevue

AAA Washington is teaming up with seven Eastside charities to provide an opportunity for those in need to have a fresh start to their day. AAA Washington is kicking off its ninth annual Soap for Hope donation drive today to collect unused travel- and full-size toiletry items for local shelters, food banks and other charitable organizations across Washington and northern Idaho.

 There are two ways to donate toiletry items in Bellevue: [Read more…]

Google Announces $165,000 Sponsorship for “Open Outdoors for Kids” Initiative

Google Campout KirklandOn Saturday, October 22, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined Google to announce a $165,000 sponsorship to the National Park Foundation’s Open OutDoors for Kids, an initiative that helps connect more kids to their national parks through fun and engaging activities. The announcement was made during a campout held on Google’s Kirkland campus together with the U.S. Department of the Interior and YMCA for 60 Seattle-area elementary students.

“On behalf of Interior, I want to thank Google for their generous donation to help fourth graders from disadvantaged communities experience the great outdoors,” said Secretary Jewell.  “Spending a day and night on the Cross Kirkland Corridor for these youngsters is a reminder that there are accessible public lands close by every community that enable family, friends and kids of all ages to enjoy nature. Experiences like we’re having today not only provide meaningful learning opportunities, but also plant seeds that will nurture future generations of outdoor stewards.” [Read more…]

Kiwanis Bellevue Club Helps Spread the Wealth

bellevue-kiwanis walnutsTalk about a trickledown effect – The Kiwanis club of Bellevue makes an annual trek to Carlton Washington and spends the weekend harvesting walnuts donated by the Brown Bear Lodge and the Brown family. Club president Al Shot “We donate the majority of the finished walnuts to our Key Clubs. They will sell them to family and friends with the proceeds helping with their respective club expenses … mostly attending the annual DCON conference”.

The club supports International, Interlake, Newport and Bellevue high school Key Clubs, which last year’s sales helped with sending 146 students to 2016 DCON.

The nuts are hand packed by the club and will be available in mid-November – just in time for a favorite meal, hostess gift or office party. They are said to be the absolute sweetest tasting walnuts EVER since they grow in the elevation of Carlton WA … just like the delicious apples from there!

Contact Bellevue Kiwanis for nuts or interest in membership.

Become a volunteer naturalist on the Cedar River!

Volunteer NaturalistVolunteer As A Naturalist in Cedar River Watershed

Share your community treasure! Become a volunteer naturalist on the Cedar River and learn about one of the world’s amazing wildlife migrations, which runs through the heart of Seattle, Renton and on up into Maple Valley! Naturalists will receive 20 hours of training from fish and watershed experts in September. Then they’ll spend three days along the river in October, talking to the public about the spawning salmon and the natural and human history of the Cedar River Watershed. [Read more…]

Bloodworks Northwest Hosting Blood Drive at Whole Foods Market in Bellevue Thursday, July 14.

Bloodworks NorthwestBloodworks Northwest Blood Drive Thursday

Bloodworks Northwest is hosting a blood drive in partnership with Whole Foods Market in Bellevue (888 116th Ave NE) on Thursday, July 14.

Those who register to donate to Bloodworks Northwest at the Bellevue Whole Foods Market on Thursday will receive a complimentary pound of coffee. [Read more…]

Cedarbrook Lodge’s Savor Event Raises Over $400k for Food Lifeline

Savor: Sustaining Lives, Nourishing Hope 2016; photos courtesy Team Photogenic.Cedarbrook Lodge, Food Lifeline and a team of local celebrity chefs raised more than $432,300 to stop hunger in Western Washington at the fifth annual Savor: Sustaining Lives, Nourishing Hope benefit on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

The featured chefs at Savor included: Roy Breiman and Mark Bodinet of Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar; Armandino Batali of Salumi; Bruno Feldeisen of Semiahmoo Resort; Bobby Moore of Barking Frog; Jason Wilson of Miller’s Guild; Maxime Bilet of Imagine Food Innovation Group; and Eric Tanaka of Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen. [Read more…]

Walk MS brings people together to end multiple sclerosis

Walk MS Seattle 2016Walk MS and the Run MS Seattle 5K take place Sunday, April 10

Walk MS Seattle and the Run MS Seattle 5K will bring people together on Sunday, April 10, to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. The Run MS Seattle 5K features a mostly flat, professionally-timed run along the Burke Gilman Trail and a technical t-shirt (included with registration). Walk MS takes place following the run, and both events provide an opportunity for people living with MS and those who care about them to connect, join together, be inspired and raise critical funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter.  [Read more…]

Earl Thomas III Guardian Angel Foundation Funds Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission Search and Rescue Blankets

In the name of its Winter Coverage community outreach program, the Earl Thomas III Guardian Angel Foundation made a $15,000 donation to provide 2,100 blankets for Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission.

The Mission’s supply of specialized wool rescue blankets that cover the body head-to-toe, are biodegradable and offer warmth, even when wet, had been depleted for four weeks.

Search and Rescue vans distribute 600 wool rescue blankets each week to those on the street. The last one-night count in January 2015 found 3,772 of unsheltered individuals in King County alone. For many, the blankets separate life from death and are also accompanied with friendly conversation, hot cocoa, supplies and an invitation back to the shelter for a warm bed.
“The Guardian Angel Foundation’s gift will not only enable thousands of unsheltered individuals to survive cold nights, but also help individuals forge a relationship with our Search and Rescue team that provides a crucial point of contact when these individuals are ready to take steps in rebuilding their lives,” said Linda Lynch, the Mission’s director of gift in kind.
The mission of the Earl Thomas III Guardian Angel Foundation is to provide resources and assistance to children and families in need. For more information, please visit earlthomas.org.

LUVO and Russell Wilson Team Up with Hopelink to Donate 900 Meals to Bellevue Food Bank

Luvo CEO Christine Day & Hopelink CEO Lauren Thomas

Luvo Inc., a forward-thinking frozen food company that offers chef-created, nutritionist-approved meals made from high quality ingredients, teamed up with Hopelink, a community action agency serves homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities in the greater-Seattle area, to donate 900 frozen meals to the local Bellevue Food Bank.

Luvo’s CEO Christine Day and several team members were on hand at the Bellevue Food Bank at 14812 Main Street on December 15, to pass out free meals and to provide nutrition education; further supporting the Company’s mission of making it easier for people to eat nutritious meals that taste great and are made from real ingredients like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats raised without antibiotics. The 900 meals were donated on behalf of Luvo and Brand Ambassador Russell Wilson,
quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, in efforts to positively impact food insecurity in the Seattle area with this nutritious donation for the greater good.
“Luvo is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Hopelink and to be able to give back to the Seattle community, which is a special place for Luvo and of course our brand ambassador, and Super Bowl Champion, Russell Wilson,” said Christine Day.  “Russell joined the Luvo team in the summer of 2015 and has helped us to spark a change in the way consumers eat and think about food, by bringing communities affordable frozen meals that offer full-servings of fruits and veggies, with nourishing whole grains and delicious flavors.  Our donations to the Bellevue Food Bank is a great example of these combined efforts.”
Known as a leader on and off the field, Wilson has become an advocate for raising awareness among younger generations about the importance of healthy eating and staying active. In working together, Luvo is dedicated to supporting Wilson’s various volunteer initiatives throughout the year, which includes giving back to the Seattle community in various ways.
“The support and encouragement I have received from the entire Seattle community since joining the Seahawks in 2012 is something I truly cherish and is just one of the reasons why I’m so passionate about giving back,” said Wilson. “With Luvo as a partner, we’re able to teach community members about the importance of nutrition and how eating healthy can positively impact their lives on and off the field,  while also making a difference for those who might not have access to healthy meals, through organizations like Hopelink.”
Hopelink was founded in 1971, and has since grown into one of the largest nonprofits in the area, serving about 65,000 low-income people every year. The organization has a number of different programs that work to serve as a network aimed at helping people get back on their feet. Some programs including emergency and transitional housing, food banks as well as energy assistance are geared towards those needing shorter term assistance in times of crisis, while other programs aim to help people exit poverty for good including adult education, help finding a job, family development programs, transportation services, help with budgeting and finances
“We were honored to have Christine Day and the rest of the Luvo team here at the Bellevue Food Bank to help personally deliver the meals they are donating to those in need in our community,” said Lauren Thomas, CEO of Hopelink. “Our mission at Hopelink is to promote self-sufficiency and to help people make a lasting change in their lives through education and opportunity. This wonderful donation of 900 meals will support these goals and the people we serve in our great community.”
About Luvo
Luvo (www.LuvoInc.com) is creating the next generation of frozen food, with a focus on great taste, convenience and nutrition. The company was founded on a simple idea: To love our food — how it tastes, what it does for our health and how it makes us feel nourished and happy. Luvo develops, manufactures, markets and sells healthy retail food products and frozen ready-made entrees. Luvo works with its suppliers to ensure the quality of its ingredients, giving top consideration to eco-friendly practices that promote sustainability and ethical sourcing and products that are environmentally sound and health sustaining.