It’s time to vote for Josie Hazen, our nominee for 2017 FUTY Festival Volunteer Award of Excellence

Josie and her cats

We are excited to announce that Josie Hazen is Seattle Animal Shelter’s 2017 nominee for the FUTY Festival Volunteer Award of Excellence!

Josie is a volunteer extraordinaire. She joined our volunteer community in 2004 and since then has helped thousands of cats find their fur-ever homes and thousands of dogs have a blast at the annual Furry 5K! Josie is at the shelter every week serving as the lead of our Sundays 9-Lives volunteers, helps adopted cats succeed in their new homes via our Cat Adoption Follow-up Team, organizes the Furry 5K Shelter and also finds time to welcome and orient new volunteers to our program.

Josie always gives 200% to every effort. For example, although her 9 Lives shift requires only two hours a week, Josie usually works the entire afternoon (five to six hours), because Sunday is the shelter’s busiest day and she wants to ensure that our cats, the public, shelter staff and her fellow volunteers are all well-served. On the follow-up team, she was the first member to sign up for and complete the Cat Behavior and Retention Course, scoring 98 percent and instantly putting her new skills to work in counseling cat adopters. Josie has a “can do” attitude and promotes cooperation and teamwork.

Hosted by Mud Bay, the FUTY Festival is a celebration and thank you party hosted for animal welfare volunteers and staff of the Pacific Northwest. The top three FUTY Festival Volunteer Award of Excellence nominees will receive recognition during the celebration. Winners will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize, and Mud Bay will make a $1,000 donation to their organization. Voting closes on Aug. 6.

Please vote for Josie at to help us show her just how much we appreciate her!

Vote for your favorite Seattle Parks’ project this Earth Month

One of 3 parks projects has the chance to receive $20,000!

Through an initiative called “Parks Build Community,” one of three local parks and recreation projects will receive a $20,000 grant – and Seattleites get to choose which one.

This Earth Month, the National Recreation and Park Association, Disney | ABC Television Group and ESPN are collaborating to invigorate park and recreation programs and facilities across the U.S. including projects right here in Seattle through Parks Build Community — an initiative that gives back to the places that shape so much of our lives.

Seattle Parks and Recreation aims to make Seattle a better place to live by providing places and programs that encourage people to be active and healthy. That’s why from April 1 to April 30 we’re asking residents to vote on which project they’d like to see receive $20,000 in grant funding.

The project choices are:

  • Central Seattle Food Garden Expansion: This project would expand and beautify the Central Seattle Food Garden by upgrading the garden infrastructure and adding new multimedia educational signage in Seattle’s Central Area neighborhood.
  • Meadowbrook Teen Life Center Upgrade: Meadowbrook Teen Life Center, located in northeast Seattle, hosts about 100 teens daily for recreation activities. This project would upgrade the facility with flooring for exercise classes, newer kitchen equipment and a fresh coat of paint.
  • Rainier Vista Youth Environmental Leadership Institute Program: This project would support a six-week summer job program to teach young people on-the-job skills while working on projects involving urban farming, urban forest restoration and community leadership development in the Rainier Vista neighborhood.

By visiting, you can vote daily for your favorite project. At the end of April, the park project with the most votes will receive grant funding.

“Parks have immense power. They help families live healthier lives, connect kids to nature, increase kids’ access to sports and so much more,” said Barbara Tulipane, President and CEO of NRPA. “Parks Build Community is a great opportunity to share the power of parks during Earth Month while bringing essential funds to critical local park projects.”

This Earth Month, show how parks build your community and vote to improve local parks.

For more information and to vote, visit


The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of more than 47,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit  For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit