Get connected to community-based organizations throughout the City

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Community Connector, our new online portal where you can easily learn about and connect with community-based groups throughout the City. Whether you have a specific interest or just want to connect with your neighborhood, you can easily find an organization that fits your needs.

Community Connector also serves local organizations by providing them a platform to promote their work, reach new people, and engage with other like-minded organizations.

The Community Connector is part of the new Community Resource Hub, our online one-stop-shop for City resources, information, and tools to help community members connect and engage with city government and with each other. The site includes “how-to” documents, videos, websites, tip sheets, links to discounted City resources, and more. You can learn more about the Community Resource Hub here.

List Your Organization

If you would like to have your group listed in the Community Connector, follow these steps:

  1. Follow this link to the Community Connector portal:
  2. Search to make sure your group is not already in the Community Connector by entering a keyword or group name in the search box.
  3. Click on the blue “Add Your Group” button.
  4. Input your organization’s information into the simple online form. This information includes group name, meeting location, mission, social media links, etc.
  5. Submit the form by clicking the blue “Submit” button at the bottom of the page.
    The information you submit will be reviewed by our staff for content and relevance. If something needs to be updated before your group is added to the database, we will contact you with questions.

Spread the word to other community-based groups who you think may benefit from being listed on the Community Connector.

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City’s new Community Involvement Commission gets to work

Many of you may be wondering what our Community Involvement Commission (CIC) has been up to, so we wanted to provide a quick recap and update.


The commission was established last year and has been focused on creating best practices for outreach and engagement and developing guidelines and recommendations for how to achieve equitable and inclusive community involvement. They have been meeting since August 2017. In that time, they have:

  • held seven in-person meetings
  • adopted a decision-making process
  • created bylaws
  • elected co-chairs
  • recruited 2 new commissioners
  • laid the foundation for creating a work plan

The commission has also held five internal briefings with representatives from: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods leadership, the Mayor’s external relations and outreach team, Seattle Department of Transportation’s Transportation Equity Program, the Office of Planning & Community Development’s Equitable Development Initiative, and the Your Voice, Your Choice participatory budgeting program.


Their meeting with the Your Voice, Your Choice (YVYC) team highlights a good example of the role the CIC can play in shaping future outcomes. At the September meeting, the YVYC team provided an overview of their program plans for 2018. The commissioners offered feedback and asked some tough questions to help guide the program team in tackling equity concerns. One of their suggestions centered on the YVYC team’s plan to create a Steering Committee to help guide the program on issues of equity and accountability. CIC members pointed out that participation on such a committee would require time and resources that many people from underserved communities do not have. They suggested offering compensation to Steering Committee members in order to address this concern and create more access for communities of color and individuals with lower income.

The YVYC team left that meeting with a lot of ideas and went to work to find ways to incorporate the feedback they received. The final program updates reflected many of the CIC’s suggestions, including the creation of a consultation fee for YVYC Steering Committee members: these members are now being compensated $50/hour in recognition of their time, talent, and commitment to shaping the future outcomes of the program.

This is just a small example of the impact the CIC can have on City projects and programs. But it is these kinds of small steps that can really begin to have a big impact.

Get Involved

As the commission continues to build a foundation and create a comprehensive work plan, they welcome your feedback and input. Here are ways you can get involved:

Contact Danielle Friedman, CIC staff liaison, to request time on their agenda or ask general questions: or 206-256-5973.

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城市开放日 (Citywide Open Houses)

市议会会议 / 公众评论  (Public Hearings with City Council)



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Introducing the Community Resource Hub: your “one-stop shop” for City resources and information

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods announces the Community Resource Hub  – an online portal of City resources, information, and tools to help community members connect and engage with city government and with each other. The site features “how-to” documents, videos, websites, tip sheets, links to discounted City resources, and more.

“To create opportunities and broaden accessibility, we are constantly striving to make improvements,” said Kathy Nyland, director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. “The city has so many valuable resources available that we wanted to create a “one-stop shop” to make it easier for community members. Their requests are what inspired the Community Resource Hub.”

The portal is divided into three sections:

Get Informed provides the basics of government, along with information on City resources and opportunities.

Get Engaged shares useful web tools to help people connect and engage with government and with each other.

Get Organized provides City resources for those ready to organize their neighborhood or community.

Here are a few highlights of the new Community Resource Hub:

  • The Community Connector website is a crowd-sourced list of community and not-for-profit organizations to help Seattleites connect with organizations that share their interests.
  • Our Accessing City Government video series shares information on how government works, how to access it, how to connect with it, and how to use your voice within it.
  • The Add Your Voice webpage is where you can find opportunities to give your input and feedback on a variety of City plans and projects.
  • Get Informed Toolbox provides links to information, workshops, and resources that are free or discounted.
  • Get Organized Toolbox has tip sheets and templates for organizing a neighborhood/community group, such as successful meeting tips, recruitment ideas, and publicity tools.

New tools and resources will be coming online throughout the year, so visit often to Get Involved, Get Engaged and Get Organized.

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Seattle’s Service Plan

Over the last year, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has been tasked with creating a new citywide framework for community outreach and engagement with a strong focus on equity and inclusion. Our recently published citywide service plan, Serving Seattle: Get Engaged, is our roadmap to accomplishing this work.

This plan was created in partnership with Cities of Service, a national nonprofit organization, to explain the City’s initiatives for volunteerism and service and to encourage active participation within communities. Ultimately, it will serve as our guide for effectively working with volunteers, expanding citizen engagement, and helping Seattle residents feel like they are partners and collaborators with the City.

Serving Seattle is an essential, living document that establishes the City’s goals and means, will evolve over time with City priorities, and will be key to the successful implementation of our collaborative volunteering initiatives. It demonstrates how our commitment to equity and inclusion will guide our efforts and strategies as we target community needs, set clear outcomes, and identify best practices.

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