Charity

Senior Centers, Community Cornerstones

I had breakfast this morning, Thursday 10/4/2018, at Seattle’s Greenwood Senior  Center, part of the complex of services provided by the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA). I’m fortunate, I was able to make a miniscule contribution to the Center to support the gathering, simultaneously a fundraiser and a celebration of the Center’s accomplishments and connections. I…

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Our most vulnerable neighbors

Cane over chair

I’m a registered service provider with the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington (BIAWA), the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Sound Generations, a social services agency for seniors. I teach a bare-bones organizing class for BIAWA clients. The Society approached me after one of its clients found me online and decided I would be a good…

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The Best of Networking

I met this sweet sweet boy, Maroon, on Wednesday 5/23/2018 while having a grand time networking at the Greater Seattle Business Association‘s Power Connect: South. He’s up for adoption through Burien C.A.R.E.S. (Community Animal Resource & Education Society). His person had to give him up in a domestic violence situation. I’ve promised my son I’ll never…

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Sharing the Unforgettable – The WE Movement

My son’s school adheres to the principles of, and is a fierce participating member in, the WE Movement.   We.org Me into WE We is Everyone We Are the Change We Are a Global Community I am WE   Simple, even childish. 12,300 schools in North America and the UK, involving 1,000s of students, teachers, neighbors,…

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Building Villages – Charitable Donations

Little Boy Bundled in Jacket

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a fan of the Big G. Goodwill. I like its mission, I like the way it accomplishes its mission. Frankly, when I’m making charitable donations on behalf of my clients, it’s sooo darned convenient – Goodwills are as common as Starbucks and mushrooms out here. My Goodwill runs are…

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Monroe Lip Sync 2018

Friends of mine have poured their blood, sweat, tears, hearts, souls and courage into Monroe Lip Sync, a fundraiser for college scholarships for Monroe High School students, every year since 2004. The Show must go on is a time-honored phrase originating in circuses – even if the elephants stampeded, the Show went on, to keep…

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Mark Wahlberg makes it local for Duvall Valley Bombers

I stumbled on this while waiting for a manager at my bank – The Woodinville Weekly, Vol. 42 No. 23, March 12, 2018 Front Page  (and page 6)  featured this terrific article, Duvall Valley Bombers Mark Wahlberg helps propel Cooperstown trip fundraiser, about his spontaneous, heartfelt support for a local boys baseball team, the Duvall…

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Charitable Choice

My elderly cat Snickers died on Saturday 1/20/2018. On Sunday, I brought his things to Homeward Pet, my favorite shelter in Washington, without hesitation, to honor him and quietly make emotional space for a new pet someday. But recently, I had to rescind my recommendation of a non-profit, Missy’s Rescue, because I’d read very troubling…

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Endorsement and Non-Profits

It’s disheartening, but I have to retract my endorsement of a non-profit named Missy’s Rescue because bad press it is receiving is disturbing. The sources of the information are credible, the history of troubling activities dates back 10 years, and for my satisfaction, that’s enough. I have to have only above-reproach recipients for my clients’…

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