Seattle Tilth cultivates a healthy urban environment by teaching people about growing food organically, conserving natural resources, greening their lawns, and supporting local food systems. Adult classes expound on organic gardening, food preservation, and urban livestock, whereas youth programs tour organic gardens, demonstrate how to grow plants, and inspire young palates with taste tests of fresh vegetables.
Seattle Tilth also engages local residents in food production with its community kitchens and Seattle Youth Garden Works (SYGW) program. At the community kitchen, people collaborate by cooking, cleaning, and sharing a meal together. SYGW empowers underserved youth, some of whom face homelessness, with an opportunity to work on a farm and sell produce as a way to gain valuable job and social skills.
Jubilee Women’s Center aims to propel women out of crisis situations by providing the resources to help them achieve safe housing and financial stability. Jubilee's clients live in a long-term community housing program for an average of 14 months. During this time, they can interact with other women experiencing homelessness and work toward new goals in a supportive environment. Jubilee’s education center sponsors classes for more than 50 residents each year in a variety of technology- and skills-oriented subjects including credit repair, word-processing, and interview skills. These programs aim to help women find jobs or increase their incomes so that they can attain stable housing and become self-sufficient.
Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliances elevates the sport of mountain biking in the Puget Sound region by contributing to trail preservation, organizing group rides year-round and by educating children and adults biking at all levels on safe and fun trail riding techniques. Mountain biking instruction is available in co-ed classes, while others are restricted to women only and children ages eight to thirteen. Once-weekly group rides provide a sense of camaraderie and group discipline, with most classes meeting in Issaquah or Kenmore and rides and trail projects all taking place within two hours of the city. Inexpensive memberships – $30 and up – help support the alliance’s education and trail repair efforts, offer bikers discounts at area biking stores and keep cycling enthusiasts informed about upcoming volunteer, social and educational opportunities.
For kids at SP Nation Camps, no two days are alike. During the exciting summer sessions, youngsters entering grades 1-3 engage with Seattle's vibrant art world through themed programs led by the area's seasoned artists and educators. Whether they're learning the finer points of the culinary arts or testing out their Sherlock Holmes accents during detective camp, kids expand their horizons with a blend of hands-on activities and immersive field trips. Themes change weekly, filling the entire summer with opportunities for enrichment.
This dedication to keeping summers educational is just one facet of SP Nation Camps' mission. They are affiliated with Sweet Pea Cottage, whose mission is to "enrich, inspire, challenge, and expand every child's world through an arts-based education," based on the belief that the arts are an integral component to a child?s whole development, both socially and scholastically. Those values have guided the nonprofit, which was founded in 2001 and currently serves over 250 children annually at three different campuses located in the Queen Anne, Sand Point, and West Seattle communities.
One day when she was leaving the Centerstone office in downtown Seattle, CEO Andrea Caupain met a homeless man outside the building. She stopped to talk to him and he explained that he couldn?t eat the food he had just picked up from the food bank. He had a week?s worth of fresh food, but no pot to cook it in. So, the next day she brought him a pot from home that he could use to cook his meals with from then on. This interaction reflects the core of Centerstone?s mission: to be a lifeline in the community.
Centerstone began in the '60s as part of the War on Poverty movement. Along with 29 other community action agencies formed in the state, it advocated for low-income individuals? rights in legislation and provided them with daily necessities through on-the-ground programs. Over the years it evolved and began offering services to anyone in need. Today, Centerstone provides energy, housing, and food assistance for families, seniors, immigrants, and people with disabilities who are having financial difficulties. Centerstone pays bills so people can keep their heat on in the winter, provides deposits for people trying to obtain a new apartment, and distributes food at a local food bank. Beyond helping clients meet their basic needs, Centerstone also teaches them life and money management skills.
While it?s impossible to know what Seattle?s skyline will look like in the future, the Seattle Architecture Foundation hopes that citizens at least have some input and interest in the developments. To do this, the organization arranges a slew of architecture- and design-related walking tours, lectures, youth workshops, and volunteer opportunities throughout the city. Ideally, the activities help people become more informed and enthusiastic about great design and more willing to become involved when the city finally launches into space.