The 2013-2014 PACE participants are getting ready to graduate! Last week’s session on Sustaining Involvement was the last of their 8-month journey to gain skills in leadership and organizing. The 26 participants have completed six community projects throughout the city and have attended eight skill-building sessions.
Sustaining Involvement focused on these questions: how do we sustain our organizations and how do we sustain ourselves so we can continue to serve our communities? Facilitators Marty Curry from University of Washington and Gregory Davis from the Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition emphasized the importance of evaluating the relevance and impact of groups we belong to, being inclusive, self-care, and collaborating across organizations. If you’d like to learn more about how good leadership and boards can help an organization continue to remain meaningful over time, here is one resource to help get you started: http://www.createthefuture.com/Board%20of%20Directors.htm
Join the City Neighborhood Council on Sunday, May 4 at 11 a.m. at the Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion for this informative conference regarding city of Seattle budget priorities. Let your voice be heard!
To help better inform the Conference program, please also take the quick CNC Budget Survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CNCBudget
This will be the first of a series of events designed to improve Community Connections with City Departments and Elected Officials.
The 2014 CNC Community Budget Priorities Conference is free and open to the public.
RSVP, questions or topic suggestions for the Conference OR to volunteer to help at this event, please reply to this email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2013, Seattle voters passed a measure amending our city’s charter to establish City Council districts. In 2015, voters will elect seven out of the nine City Council members by district. The remaining two positions will be elected “at-large” (city-wide) in positions 8 and 9. Find out the district you live in by clicking on the 2015 Council District Interactive Map and entering your address. Visit this website to learn more about the Seattle City Council Districts.
The Neighborhood Matching Fund is reminding all artists seeking an opportunity to present work at Seattle’s Neptune Theatre for the 2014 Nights at The Neptune: A People’s Theatre Joint to submit proposals to Seattle Theatre Group before April 25. Be a part of this cool series in which the Neptune Theatre is made available for free to artists and community organizations interested in creating and performing a public arts event of their own design. Learn more here.
(L to R:) Ed Pottharst, Minh Chau Le, Juan Martinez
The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Program is pleased to announce the addition of three new project managers who joined the team in March. Each one brings with them a unique set of skills that will perfectly complement and enhance the strengths of the program.
Minh Chau Le brings eight years of experience as a P-Patch community garden coordinator. She possesses a wealth of experience and working knowledge of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) NMF Program and P-Patch Community Gardening Program. She previously assisted several community gardens with implementing their NMF-awarded projects. Prior to working in DON, she worked for a market garden-based work training program for low-income and homeless youth.
Ed Pottharst is thrilled to join the Neighborhood Matching Fund team. As a neighborhood district coordinator for 13 years, he has worked in Queen Anne and Magnolia, Lake City and other North Seattle neighborhoods, and South Seattle neighborhoods. In addition, he helped plan and implement the People’s Academy for Civic Engagement (PACE). He looks forward to helping build stronger connections between DON’s wonderful programs and the communities we serve.
Juan Martinez has been a dedicated advocate for low-income families and underserved communities. He has a worked for a community organization that advocated for a progressive tax system to benefit working families. He was also a financial service specialist for the Washington Department of Social and Health Services where he worked with homeless families. Additionally, he also serves as a Commissioner for Seattle Housing Authority and was formerly on the board of directors of the Seattle Central Community College Foundation.