Get ready to shred & recycle at free Saturday event

This Saturday, March 25th, Windermere Queen Anne brings its annual shredding and electronics recycling event to Coe Elementary. The service is free and you can also bring along clothing donations for the Queen Anne Helpline (adult sizes only please) at the same time.

As we near the end of tax season, take some time to pull together any documents for secure on-site shredding. The electronics recycling takes old computers, TVs, monitors, and batteries.

Swing by Coe Elementary this Saturday between 10am and 1pm for the free event. The dropoff area will be on 6th Ave W between W McGraw St and W Smith St, and it’s a fast, easy, and free way to purge your house of papers and old electronics!

Queen Anne Helpline seeks new Board Members

The Queen Anne Helpline has open positions on its Board. You can learn more about the Helpline’s mission and current board members here. If you’re interested in serving on the Board of an impactful local nonprofit, check out their listing below:

Interested in giving back to your community? Looking for a way to make a meaningful impact? Queen Anne Helpline, a community based social service agency, has openings for new board members. We are interested in individuals who have strong local connections (Queen Anne, SLU and Magnolia) and with Development and/or Events Management experience. To learn more send an email to Lisa Moore, Executive Director:

Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree Lot opens this Saturday

QA Helpline Tree SignWait! Don’t rush out and buy your Christmas tree on Black Friday! Wait one more day and buy it at the annual Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree Lot. The tree lot opens this Saturday and runs through December 18th – or when they run out of trees. And, this year, they are expecting a shortage of trees so shop early for the best selection.

The Queen Anne Helpline partners with Boy Scout Troop 72 for the tree lot, with all proceeds benefitting Helpline programs that assist neighbors in need. Volunteers staff the lot, and it’s a great way to get a tree right here on Queen Anne, help others, and probably see a neighbor or two!

The tree lot will be in the north parking lot of the Upper Queen Anne Safeway, alongside Boston St.

Take note of the operating times and shop early before the trees disappear!

Mondays through Thursdays: 2pm to 8 pm
Friday: 2pm to 9 pm
Saturdays: 9am to 9pm
Sundays: 9am to 8pm

Make plans now to swing by the Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree Lot for your holiday tree needs!

Queen Anne Helpline’s Holiday Groceries for Families: pick up extras while you shop this week!

Helpline logoFollowing the success of its Thanksgiving Groceries for Seniors program, the Queen Anne Helpline is launching a new program for at-risk families with children. The Helpline aims to deliver 100 holiday food bags to local families via its new Holiday Groceries for Families program.

While you’re out shopping this week for Thanksgiving groceries, consider signing up to volunteer for the program. The Helpline has provided a list of non-perishable food items for the program, all you have to do is sign up, pick out the grocery items, and drop them by the Helpline office at 311 W McGraw St.

Pre-qualified families can pick up the groceries between December 1st and December 22nd, so getting the groceries to the Helpline in the week following Thanksgiving is key.

A gift card for purchasing perishables such as dairy, meat and produce will be included in each grocery bag. The Helpline needs donors and volunteers to provide food and/or pack the bags – all you need to do is sign up here.

If you have questions, you can call the Helpline at 206-282-1540, Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm, or visit their website. Thanks for helping the Helpline!

Queen Anne Helpline’s Thanksgiving for Seniors volunteer program is back

Helpline logoThanksgiving is next Thursday, it’ll be here before you know it. As you plan your holiday grocery shopping, you can also help local seniors enjoy the holiday, thanks to the Queen Anne Helpline and its partnership with All Saint’s Church. Following on the success of last year’s Thanksgiving for Seniors, the Helpline is repeating the program and seeking both donations and volunteers to make it a success.

Via the program, low-income seniors in Queen Anne, Magnolia and South Lake Union can sign up to have a bag of groceries delivered to their door the day before Thanksgiving.

You can donate specified food items from the Queen Anne Helpline’s list or volunteer to pack grocery bags or deliver groceries to local seniors.

Go to this site today to sign up, slots are filling up fast!

Queen Anne Helpline seeks Christmas Tree Lot volunteers

QA Helpline Tree SignIt’s that time of year, as we head toward the Thanksgiving holidays, the Queen Anne Helpline is making plans for its annual Christmas Tree Lot – and that means a call for volunteer cashiers!

The Christmas Tree Lot will be in its usual spot in the north parking lot of the Upper Queen Anne Safeway. The Helpline partners with Boy Scout Troop 72 to sell Christmas trees and holiday decorations to raise money for helping neighbors in need.

Volunteer cashiers are needed to help Queen Anne neighbors buy their holiday trees, and if the weather is chilly, the temporary Christmas Tree Lot trailer is heated! Volunteers need to be 16 years old or older, younger volunteers are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Sign up here for a slot and do so soon – these fun volunteer opportunities are filling up fast! And, remember to buy your tree right here on Queen Anne and help the Helpline at the same time!


The Queen Anne Helpline Coat Drive needs more coats!

Helpline logoThe third annual Coat Drive for the Queen Anne Helpline is halfway over – but unfortunately, the goal is still a long way away. We first posted on the Coat Drive at the beginning of the month, so consider this a gentle reminder if you have coats or jackets to donate.

qa-helpline-coat-driveThis coat drive comes at a critical time, as the Queen Anne Helpline is in desperate need of coats. The weather has certainly turned a corner and we’re firmly in our cool Autumn days and even cooler nights. A gently used coat would be welcomed by many in our community who are in need of assistance.

It’s easy to donate, just drop your new or gently used coats in the bin at the Queen Anne Umpqua Bank (1630 Queen Anne Ave N) through the end of October. And, if you happen to find yourself in Magnolia, there’s a donation bin in the Magnolia Umpqua Bank as well.

As always, thank you in advance for helping the Helpline!

Third annual coat drive for the Queen Anne Helpline begins today

qa-helpline-coat-driveDuring the entire month of October, you can donate new or gently used coats for the Queen Anne Helpline at Umpqua Bank. It’s the third year for this coat drive led by Queen Anne resident Stephanie Kastner.

Last year, the Coat Drive for the Queen Anne Helpline resulted in over 160 donated coats. This year, the goal is to break that record – and you can help!

Drop off new and gently used coats at the collection bin at the Upper Queen Anne Umpqua Bank (1630 Queen Anne Ave N), or, if you happen to be in Magnolia, at the Magnolia Umqua Bank (2236 32nd Ave W). Stephanie will also have collection bin at the Queen Anne Farmers Market on both October 6th and October 13th from 3pm-7pm (market hours).

Thanks to Stephanie Kastner for running the coat drive for the 3rd year in a row, and thanks in advance to all who donate coats this October!

Help the Helpline fill its food pantry for neighbors in need

Back in August, we put out the call for men’s clothing for the Queen Anne Helpline’s clothing bank. The Helpline was in desperate need for men’s clothing and the response was fantastic (thanks, readers!).

screen-shot-2016-09-24-at-10-16-09-amNow, the Helpline needs your help again, this time to help fill its pantry shelves. The Helpline needs food to stock its emergency food shelves and take-home food bags for neighbors in need. The Helpline keeps these shelves stocked with non-perishable food items, so items that are shelf-stable are ideal.

Specifically, they need: peanut butter, crackers (packaged in sleeves, like Ritz or Saltines), individual serving juice and milk boxes, canned vegetables (corn, green beans, etc.), pasta sauce, granola bars, and fruit /applesauce cups. Any other non-perishable foods are welcome as well. Help fill the near-empty shelves!

Donations can be dropped off at the Queen Anne Helpline office at 311 W McGraw St between the hours of 9am and 4pm Monday through Friday. However, please call 206.282.1540 first to make sure a Helpline staff member or volunteer is available to accept your donations.

Help the Queen Anne Helpline fill its clothing shelves

Helpline logoThe Queen Anne Helpline needs your help! The clothing bank is running low on men’s clothing, so check your closets for donation items and help out the Helpline and the neighbors in need that it serves.

This summer, the demand for men’s clothing has been unusually high, and the shelves are near bare – see the photo below from the Helpline, it needs your help!

Queen Anne Helpline mens shelves

The Helpline gladly accepts any and all gently used, clean adult clothing and shoes, but are especially in need of the following for men:

  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Pants
  • Jeans (high need)

Donations can be dropped off at the Queen Anne Helpline office at 311 W McGraw St between the hours of 9am and 4pm Monday through Friday. However, please call 206.282.1540 first to make sure a Helpline staff member or volunteer is available to accept your donations.