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November 30th, 2009 in Arts, Community, Events, People | No Comments


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November 30th, 2009 in Community, Faith-Based, Partners, People | No Comments


Through Project Empower, the Nonprofit Assistance Center (NAC) in partnership with the National Community Development Institute and the White Center Community Development Association will be releasing a Request for Investment (RFI) targeting grassroots faith and community based organizations:

  • With budgets of $500,000 or less
  • Based and serving targeted low income communities in and bordering SE and SW Seattle (including White Center, Boulevard Park, Skyway, Renton, SeaTac, Tukwila, and Burien.)
  • that provide services to assist:

a.    Low income individuals gain greater access to state and federal benefits and tax credits.

b.    Low income individuals find and retain employment, earn higher wages, and better quality jobs.

c.     Low income individuals in need of financial assistance or credit counseling and help them access Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) and other asset building strategies.

d.      The Homeless

e.      Elders in need

f.        At risk youth including Native American Youth; and/or

g.       Families in transition from welfare to work.

The Request for Investment (RFI) will have more detail and specifics regarding eligibility and minimum requirements to participate.

Project Empower is a 12 month collaborative project designed to strengthen the infrastructure and program delivery capacity of 15 faith and community based organizations selected through a competitive process.  Organizational selected will receive a package of on-site, individualized, culturally competent capacity building support that builds on existing assets while addressing the four core areas of 1) Leadership Development; 2) Organizational Development; 3) Program Development; and 4) Community Engagement.

NAC is planning to release the RFI between December 1 and 15, 2009.  Fifteen faith and community based organizations selected through the RFI will receive an array of capacity building support and a grant of $10,000 - $15,000 to address specific capacity building needs.  Each organization must designate staff and board members to participate in individual technical assistance as well as group training and peer-learning activities.  The RFI will be posted on the NAC website at www.nacseattle.org.  For an electronic copy, please email info@nacseattle.org and write in Project Empower RFI in the subject line.

Project Empower is funded by a Compassion Capital Fund (CCF) grant award from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration of Children and Families’ Office of Community Services.

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November 23rd, 2009 in Community, Events, Partners, People, Youth | No Comments


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November 20th, 2009 in Community, Education, News, Politics | No Comments


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November 19th, 2009 in Community, Education, News, People, Video | No Comments


The White Center CDA staff, along with parents and children from the CDA’s Family Connections program, were featured on a segment on King 5 Television regarding their Community Cafe program!

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Bao Nguyen, a member of the White Center CDA’s 2009 Resident Fellowship program.

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Edna Noga, Family Connections coordinator.

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Laushonda Barquet, Family Connections program assistant.

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Patricia Valasco, a Family Connections parent ambassador.

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Sarah Weir, White Center CDA’s director of Family Development.

Here is the article, with a link to the video at the end:

Learning for LIfe: Community Cafe brings parents, neighborhood together

by CAM JOHNSON / KING 5 News

Posted on November 18, 2009 at 2:41 PM

WHITE CENTER - It’s probably not the cafe scene you’re used to in Seattle.  Sure, there’s coffee and pastries.  They’re even free.  But the meeting, this time, is in the back of a school house.  It’s called a Community Cafe.

Organized by the White Center Community Development Association, Community Cafes invite parents from the neighborhood for a casual chat and supportive company.  Small groups of parents gather around decorative, inviting tables.  In the middle of the table is a big notepad and some pens.  A host at the gathering offers more than just coffee.  She also offers up a question about parenting.

What is special or precious about the first years of a child’s life?  That’s the first question offered.  Parents get busy with their answers.  Conversation starts slowly, but then picks up and becomes more lively.  Parents learn they’re truly in a supportive environment.  Parents start writing down some answers on the notepad that seem to represent a common thread.

“Ask Grandma!”  That’s one bit of wisdom a parent shares on paper.  Parents around the table all agree that when you’re confused about parenting or what to do, parents should feel okay about reaching out and asking for guidance from people who’ve been there. People like Grandma.

You can hear bits of conversation from each table.

“They’re always asking, asking, asking.  So many questions.  Sometimes its hard to answer all the questions they have,” said one woman, struggling a little with her English.

At another table, a mother shares her surprise that her toddler was learning her letters so easily.  “She said “M,” that’s for McDonald’s,” said the woman to the laughter of the other parents at her table.  “She was so little, but already learning so much,” she said.

No heavy subjects come up today.  But parents walk away feeling a little better about the job they’re doing.

“It gives me confidence to hear about the other parents’ experience,” said Patricia Velasco, a mother of two young children. “I think that helps me to be a better mother.”

The Community Cafe also helps a neighborhood like White Center build community bridges.

“We have people from so many different backgrounds, so many cultures,” said Sarah Weir, the Family Development Director for the White Center Community Development Association. “But that’s the beauty of it.  We can have different cultures, different beliefs but we all want what’s best for our children.  It’s easy to make a connection.”

Every community has its problems.  But that “connection” may help parents and neighborhoods find common solutions.

The hope is that more neighborhoods will adopt Community Cafes, bringing neighbors and parents together.

Source: King5 News (click on the link to watch the video!)

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November 18th, 2009 in Community, Education, Employment, Events, Housing, News, Partners, People, Politics, Youth | No Comments


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White Center Community Summit 2009

Presented by White Center Community Development Association

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Mt. View Elementary (10811 12th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98146)

9:30am - 4:00pm

Free Admission / Free Food / Free Childcare

Translation and Interpretation in 9 different languages

- Community workshops around Education, Housing, Safety, Health

- Resource Fair featuring many community partners

- Reveal of the White Center Neighborhood Plan

- Electronic polling regarding the many topics that affect White Center and its residents

- Diverse array of food

- Diverse lineup of entertainment

- Networking opportunities for services, employment

- How to become a member of the White Center CDA

And much more!

For more information, please contact Virgil Domaoan at virgil@wccda.org.

For general inquiries and how you can volunteer for the Community Summit, call the White Center CDA at (206) 694-1082.

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November 17th, 2009 in Arts, Business, Community, Events, People | No Comments


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November 10th, 2009 in Community, Events, Partners, People, Youth | No Comments


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November 10th, 2009 in Community, Education, Employment, Environment, News, Partners, People, Politics, Youth | No Comments


Courtesy of Puget Sound Sage, who recently gave Got Green (a green jobs and green advocacy group funded by the White Center CDA) a “Vision of Justice” award on Oct. 29:

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Puget Sound Sage’s year-long green jobs campaign has reached two milestones!
•    A first ever class of weatherization installers has completed the Laborers’ Union new weatherization training program, a majority of whom were young adults of color and
•    On November 5th the City of Seattle announced new contractor standards to ensure that new weatherization trainees will find jobs through the City’s low-income weatherization program.

Read the Seattle Times article here.

These achievements follow months of research, policy work, coalition and grass-roots organizing of Puget Sound Sage and its green jobs partners, the Laborers (LIUNA), Got Green, Climate Solutions, Sierra Club, Change to Win and Green For All.

The 19 new graduates completed a challenging two-week Laborers Union training program in Kingston, WA, where they learned general construction skills in addition to core weatherization competencies, such as caulking, insulating and duct sealing.

Ten of the graduates are from LIUNA Locals 242 and nine were unemployed young adults of color from low-income, urban neighborhoods, recruited by the Got Green Project.  Got Green is a community-based project led by young men and women of color to raise awareness in their communities about the benefits and opportunities resulting from the emerging green economy.

Michael Mann, Director of the City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment, provided details of the City’s new green jobs program, based on a proposal made in July by Sage, Got Green and the Laborers.

The City will require contractors in the City’s low-income weatherization program (called Homewise) to hire 75% of new workers from programs serving low-income people and disadvantaged workers.  The City has also established a goal of 50% of all hours worked be performed by these new workers.  The new hiring requirements will be in place for graduates to begin retrofitting Seattle homes as early as December 1st.

Read the Seattle Times article about the City’s announcement the recent weatherization training graduation event!

A weatherization contractor recently signed to a union signatory agreement, NW Green, came to the graduation and committed to hire from the group of new graduates. Sage and its allies will now advocate to make the Homewise green job standards a model for all of the City of Seattle’s residential energy efficiency programs and the model for other local governments in the region working on weatherization.

Sage’s green jobs coalition has proposed a similar “training utilization” model to the State of Washington’s Department of Commerce, which will be administering the $50 million in low-income weatherization stimulus funds Washington received under the ARRA in 2009.

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