We visited World Vision’s warehouse in Fife to gather supplies for our White Center Spring Clean event, and are thankful for our partnership. We will be back soon! In related news, World Vision recently gave away 13,000 pairs of new shoes to the Highline School District. Read about it here!Post a comment
Archive for March, 2011
Our series opens with a very timely topic: Perspectives on the Federal Budget: Implications for Affordable Housing and Homelessness. Meaghan McCarthy, Senate Appropriations staffer to the Transportation & Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee and Douglas Rice, Senior Policy Analyst for Housing at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, will be on the line with us for the lunch hour to share their insights and to answer your questions.
Watch for emails and updates on upcoming “Learn at Lunch” sessions. Possible topics include: Federal Advocacy 101, Sustainable Housing, the Low Income Tax Credit Program, Federal Homelessness Policy, Section 8 Voucher Reform, Transforming Rental Assistance, What does the Community Development Fund do for you?, Strategies for In-District Advocacy, and Making Social Media Work for Advocacy. And feel free to contact us with suggestions for additional topics or guests.
Please join us on the 31st for a lively and informative hour with the experts!Post a comment
In January, Pat Thompson of YES Foundation connected the White Center CDA to the Union Gospel Mission’s (UGM) Department of Volunteer Outreach Services. UGM visited the White Center CDA office shortly after to discuss possible opportunities for UGM’s volunteer base. It’s no news that UGM is eager to get involved in White Center, so when they came to us we were happy to connect them with events and other faith-based organizations. We are excited to work with UGM in the next few months and look forward to partnering with them in the future. Here is a short list of activities that UGM will be involved in:
What: White Center Search and Rescue
What: White Center Spring Clean
What: Mt. View Elementary PTA’s Multicultural Night Dinner (courtesy of Family Connections, a White Center CDA program)
What: Habitat for Humanity/White Center CDA Housing Repair Project Surveys/Outreach
For more information about Union Gospel Mission, please visit www.ugm.org.Post a comment
Family Connections, a program of the White Center CDA, always puts on great events to help bridge school to home learning opportunities.
Learning Through Cooking is just one of the many family centered social networking gatherings central to Family Connections. Always planned by teachers and parents together, our literacy and math events bring new ideas about health and learning to White Center families.
The most recent school based activity helped to build stronger relationships between teachers and families through pasta salad and yogurt parfaits. The activities reinforced early numeracy through fractions and measurement, and further embedded literacy skills with reading, reporting and listening components. And it was delicious!
There are two more Learning Through Cooking nights scheduled for this school year, along with other important Early Learning and Parent Engagement events. Hope to see you out there in the community!Post a comment
The Seattle City Council’s Regional Development and Sustainability Committee gathered today to discuss annexation, amongst other topics. Above is a photo we took right outside of the Seattle Council chambers after giving individual testimonies regarding annexation. Even though everyone knows that we love White Center, we had to show it too, by wearing our “I Heart White Center” t-shirts in solidarity!
Councilmember Richard Conlin announced a new resolution calling for a decision on annexation by February 2012. The entire City Council will consider this resolution on March 28. You can view today’s committee hearing in full on www.seattlechannel.org.
Pictured, left to right: Peter Chum, Virgil Domaoan, Patty Julio, Sylvia See, Kate Stannard, Mohammed Al-Shimari and Julia Bautista. Photo by Ian Dapiaoen.
UPDATE, 3/21: View the aforementioned resolution here, download the PDF version here, and view/download the North Highline Potential Annexation Area map here. You can view this hearing at the Seattle Channel by clicking here. We also added a screen shot of Mohammed, 15, speaking at the hearing (see above).
UPDATE, 3/29: At the 3/28 full council hearing, City Council voted to move ahead with making a decision about annexation in February 2012 for a possible vote in November 2012. The Council also agreed to not get in the way of any efforts that Burien may want to make in annexing White Center. You can read yesterday’s resolution here. You can also watch archived video from yesterday here.Post a comment
White Center 8th Annual Spring Clean - Saturday, May 14, 2011
“Together for a Clean, Green and Healthy White Center”
(White Center, WA) - The White Center community is gearing up for its annual Spring Clean, an event that brings together volunteer youth and elders, business owners and residents, and diverse people together to work, clean and improve the neighborhood’s physical environment.
“I hear people all the time say this is the event they look forward to each year, and we’re proud of how its grown to be truly driven by community interests and people power,” said Aileen Balahadia, Executive Director of the White Center Community Development Association. The White Center CDA is a catalyst for a healthy community and new prosperity in White Center- so it’s a better place to visit, shop, and live. Asked why she participates in the Spring Clean event, White Center resident Julia Bautista Salinas said: “Everyone in White Center benefits from events like Spring Clean because it helps create a clean look for the community and helps erase negative nicknames. This event makes me proud to say I am from White Center”
In 2010, over 400 volunteers turned out for the Spring Clean event. Some of our projects were painting one block-long mural previously plagued with graffiti, picking up litter in the business district and around the community, giving out 25 planter boxes to businesses, removing invasive plant species at three parks, helping elderly and disabled families with trash removal, and hauling away four tons of garbage. Volunteers covered 70 neighborhood blocks and completed 19 individual beautification projects developed by local residents and groups.
The White Center CDA thanks our sponsors for their contributions to this year’s event: King County Housing Authority, King County Parks and Recreation, King County Food and Fitness Initiative, Impact Capital, Seattle Public Utilities, Waste Management and the White Center Chamber of Commerce.
Volunteers are needed! To sign up as a volunteer, contact Nhan Nguyen, Neighborhood Revitalization Program Manager at (206) 694-1082 or at email@example.com, and fill out the attached registration form. To register online, visit http://whitecenterspringclean.tumblr.com and you will see the link to register. Volunteers will receive a complimentary t-shirt, light breakfast, refreshments, and lunch.Post a comment
Courtesy of City Council Office:
There will be a Special meeting of the Seattle City Council Regional Development and Sustainability Committee on Friday, March 18, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. The agenda is attached and copied below.
The agenda is also available online:
Call to Order
1. Chair’s Report
2. Public Comment
3. RES. 31282
4. RES. 31283
5. Industrial Development District Update
6. Duwamish River Corridor Master Agreement (Bluefield) - Public Outreach and Design Response for Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Sites 1, 2, and 3
7. C.B. 117126
AdjournmentPost a comment
White Center Heights Elementary School’s Food and Fitness project is a school wide effort to get our kids moving more and eating well. Always on the lookout for local opportunities to walk that talk, Wellness Coordinator Rob Frisholz put together a team of runners who blasted through the rain. On March 13, several students took part in Burien’s Cove to Clover fun run. Event sponsors not only waived the race fee for our students, but also bought each of our runners a new pair of shoes.
Special thanks to Wellness Coordinator Mr. Frisholz and ELL Coordinator Mr. Huppe for organizing the day for WCH students. The White Center CDA was able to help provide transportation, documentation and cheerleading for our awesome runners. Great job, Dolphins.Post a comment