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Green Lake Based NonProfit PROVIDE NOW Finds Unique Way To Help Others

September 9, 2020 7:38am
Photo via Provide Now

Non profits across the region are feeling the pressure as more and more people reach out for essential services and supplies due to economic hardships associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. We recently learned of two local women who launched a non profit earlier this year to help those in need. Their non profit is called Provide Now and it has roots right here in Green Lake. Here’s our conversation with co-founder and Green Lake resident Alex Taylor.

Seattle Greenlaker: How is Provide Now different than other nonprofits? 

Alex Taylor: Provide Now creates gifts-in-kind donation registries; we list items that charities need and donors can purchase listed items for those charities. Our mission is to promote transparent donations of material items to equip nonprofits and communities with the resources necessary to thrive. 

Seattle Greenlaker: You mentioned you launched during COVID. Was this because you saw a need during this time of COVID-19 or had it been planned to launch previously? 

Alex Taylor: We saw a need during the time of COVID-19. Our thought process was, “We can stand around and do nothing OR we can launch imperfectly and try and make a difference.” So, we decided to change our initial structure and in March set our website up as a crowdfunding platform that we kept open until the end of May. In July we re-launched our nonprofit as our intended gifts-in-kind platform. 

Seattle Greenlaker: Can you tell me more about the Marketplace you launched within Provide Now? 

Alex Taylor: Provide Now is similar to Amazon’s Wish List registry except there are a few major differences that set us apart:

  1. Provide Now does not make money off of the items that we list on our website. 100% of the purchase a donor makes is used to purchase that intended item. Provide Now only makes money through additional donations and grant funding. 
  2. Provide Now is a 501c3 so any items purchased on our website are tax-deductible. 
  3. Provide Now tries to source as many of the products as possible from local vendors (e.g. we only source our animal products from All the Best and Pet Pros, both Pacific Northwest-based companies), minority and women-owned businesses (The Honey Pot), USA manufactured, or items that use organic material (Maggie’s Socks)
  4. Lastly, we work closely with our associated organizations to determine drop-off days. Many nonprofits and government agencies have limited space available for housing in-kind donations, so Provide Now tries to do larger drop-offs to reduce their administrative work. This means less time spent on filing paperwork for the gift-in-kind donations and instead of getting those items to the people (or animals). 
Provide Now Founders Gigi Gillie (left) and Alex Taylor. (Photo via Provide Now)

Seattle Greenlaker: Can you tell me about your Green Lake connection? 

Alex Taylor: Gigi and I met at the University of Washington in 2009 (not too far from Green Lake) and during my time in college, I would run the inner-loop during the spring and summer. 

My husband and I just moved to Green Lake this past November. Every week, Gigi and I meet at my house as our “work station.” 

Seattle Greenlaker: What are your plans for the future? 

Alex Taylor: Provide Now would like to expand its reach of the nonprofits and community organizations as well as increase our donorship. 

Seattle Greenlaker: Anything else you think we should know? 

Alex Taylor: Here at Provide Now, we really believe that a lot of small impacts can lead to a big difference. If 100 people came together and each person purchased a pair of wool socks, 100 people experiencing homelessness would have a better chance at keeping their feet dry and infection-free this winter.

We wanted to make a platform where people could donate in smaller capacity and then see a tangible result. On our Instagram page, we post photos of the items we drop-off to show people that their donation is making a difference. It’s really amazing and powerful to see carts full of donations that individuals made. One small act can truly make such a difference.

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Supporting Local Green Lake Food Businesses

September 8, 2020 6:58am

As restaurants and bars continue to navigate operations during COVID-19, one of the saddest realities is that many may not make it. Some are pivoting or expanding in new ways to try to keep their businesses afloat. As in many neighborhoods, Green Lake has some unique places that have been around for decades and they could use some love and patronage.

Since the beginning of the pandemic we have tried to encourage our Green Lake neighbors to get out and support restaurants. We aren’t saying you have to dine in, but with curbside pick up readily available, if you have the means, its a great time to get out there and support our local food scene.

One in particular that we haven’t mentioned a ton on the blog is Latona Pub. Katie from Latona pub recently reached out to us and shared that “The Latona Pub has been a fixture in the Greenlake neighborhood since 1987 and is one of the last freestanding post prohibition taverns in the city. It’s been a launching pad for 100+ special collaborations with NW breweries & the scene of many special beer events including first releases of all-stars like Manny’s Pale Ale by Georgetown Brewing & debuts by beloved breweries like Holy Mountain, Cloudburst and Stoup. Even though we can’t enjoy a beer release at the pub like we once did we still are involved with collaborations.”

She also mentioned that they launched their crowler canning program where you can now get a 32 oz. shelf stable beer (that’s enough for 2 pints) to enjoy at home. They also have a full food menu available online: https://latonapub.hrpos.heartland.us/menu. Current hours Wednesday + Thursday 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., Friday – Saturday noon – 9 p.m. and Sunday noon – 8 p.m.

Another place that should be on your radar opened just 8 days before the pandemic started called The Wick. The coffee shop is in the Triumph Seattle motorcycle shop on Aurora Ave and Winona Ave. After being forced to close temporarily not long after they had their grand opening, they returned this summer with a full menu of coffee and espresso as well as baked goods and bagel sandwiches to go.

One of the many things that makes Green Lake great is the chance to experience great food and beverages right here in our neighborhood. If you need other ideas for great local spots, please check out the Green Lake restaurants section of our blog.

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Green Lake Has A New Wine Store, Meet Rae Vino

September 1, 2020 7:38am
Photos via Rae Vino

Rae Vino, a natural wine shop, opened recently in Green Lake at 321 NE 72nd Street near the Green Lake Village complex. The owners, a husband and wife team, named their shop after their daughter and love of Italian culture. The company was founded in 2018 but opened its physical location in Green Lake just a few weeks ago on August 12.

The shop sells a variety of natural wine produced locally and around the world. They also offer a quarterly wine club where members can purchase a quarter, half or full case of featured wines. This quarter one of their features highlights “Fearless Females,” wine by trailblazing female wine producers.

It is clear from their website that their passion for natural wine runs deep: “Like many others, we’ve always enjoyed wine but hadn’t known that much of what we were consuming over the years was made industrially, using synthetic agrochemicals in the vineyards and various additives and forms of processing in the winery. Why would corporations manufacture a product with potential for negative health consequences and subpar quality? Whether for increased volume, shelf-life stability, or other unjustifiable reasons, the motivation is undoubtedly profit. But just as we scrutinize what we eat and reject the use of artificial preservatives, hormones, processed foods, and unethical treatment of farm animals, monitoring what we drink is of equal importance.”

They go on to explain why natural wine is so important:
“This is real wine in its original form, a labor of love that we hope becomes mainstream with your help in spreading awareness of small businesses like ours and of the artisans taking painstaking measures and no shortcuts in nurturing what mother nature has given us.”

Rae Vino offers in store or curbside pickup. Rae Vino plans to host tastings in the future and may expand into a wine bar as well.

Rae Vino hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Thursday: 2 pm to 7 pm
Friday & Saturday: 2 pm to 8 pm
Sunday: 12 pm to 5 pm

321 NE 72nd Street
Seattle, WA 98115
support@raevino.com
(206) 913-2122
raevino.com


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Help Shape Green Lake’s Future With Green Lake Community Council

August 12, 2020 9:26pm

Green Lake Community Council will hold board elections this September and is asking the Green Lake Community for participation in several available positions. Here’s more from the Green Lake Community Council.

“Community Councils have a long history in Seattle, and have played an important role in many neighborhoods. The design of new commercial developments, changes at Green Lake Park, improvements to pedestrian safety and much more has been influenced by Green Lake Community Council.

In September, the council will hold board elections. There are a variety of roles from Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary to At Large roles.

If you are interested in playing a bigger role in your community, please contact us. You can reply to Forrest Corbett at Fcorbett@comcast.net or use the contact form on our website. We’re happy to chat with you about the roles and see how the community can best utilize your service.”

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Green Lake’s Shelter Lounge Opens The Snack Shack

August 11, 2020 8:48am
Photo via Shelter Lounge Green Lake’s Facebook page

Green Lake has a new cafe style walk up window. It’s called The Snack Shack and it is part of Shelter Lounge Green Lake. The window opened this week at the southern side of the Shelter Lounge (near the Starbucks).

Their Facebook post announced the opening August 10th:
“We are really proud to introduce Snack Shack to the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle!
Proudly serving @caffevita coffee & espresso!
We have a full lineup of Seattle SuperSonics themed sandwiches, canned beer, wine & cocktails! Locally sourced honey, mustards, chocolates, & hot sauces!
Our version of that sweet, creamy, frozen, orange drink that you remember as a kid…you might remember it as some that rhymes with Smorange Shmulius 😉 We call ours the Slick Squeeze – made with fresh squeezed orange juice and blended to order!
Fresh salads, charcuterie, protein kits and other grab and go snacks!
Come see us right next door to our @shelterlounge Green Lake location! Follow us for updates and rotating menu features!”

When Shelter Lounge opened back in 2015 the owners told Seattle Greenlaker that the area where the Snack Shack stands now was slated to be an ice cream window. That move was intended to be a sweet homage to the former building, a Baskin and Robbins. While that never happened, The Snack Shack seems to be the prefect solution to our current COVID-19 way of life. A safe, walk up window where food can be taken to be enjoyed at home or at the park.

In a time when few restaurants are opening, sadly quite the opposite, we are happy to see a business expanding. Green Lake’s Shelter Lounge had been closed for a few weeks while they worked on this project.

Snack Shack’s hours and full menu will be announced soon. For updates, go to their website.

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Black Joy and Mindful Movements Read By Library Interns Starts Next Week

August 11, 2020 8:15am
A few of the books that will be read by library interns during the 3 part program.

The Seattle Public Library and Greenwood’s The Bureau of Fearless Ideas are hosting a series of live stream book readings featuring Black authors/illustrators. The readings will be read by Black teen library interns Leeah, Ruth and Asemayet.

Seattle Public Library Intern Ruth will be one of the interns reading during the live stream event. (Photo provided by SPL)

The program is free and geared towards early-learning programs. Here is the full program booklist.

Click the links below to join the live stream on these date and times. Please note that due to copyright laws these readings will not be recorded.

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, 7:30 – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Sep. 1, 2020, 10 – 10:30 a.m.

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Public Input Needed On Green Lake Community Center And Evans Pool Design

July 27, 2020 1:52pm
Yellow zones indicated Zone potential locations for the future home of Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool

After a review of potential future homes for the Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool a recent public poll determined that people favored both sites staying in or near where the structures are currently housed on the eastern side of Green Lake. Now Park designers have created three options for that area and are requesting the public’s online input by August 20th.

Seattle Parks and Recreation Department are also hosting an online presentation of the options this Wednesday Noon – 1 p.m. To register go to their site.

For more information about the history of this project as well as the next steps, go to the Green Lake Community Center Redevelopment page.

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Green Lake Outdoor Exercise Equipment Vandalized

July 22, 2020 7:08am
Photo by Erica Grivas

Last week someone sawed off parts of the exercise equipment in Green Lake near the outdoor amphitheater. The area, managed by the Seattle Parks Department, was open to all to use for free and contained exercise rings and exercise bars.
Chatter on social media sites like NextDoor had people asking if this was done by the Seattle Parks Department perhaps in a measure to safer social distance?
Seattle Parks and Recreation Spokesperson Rachel Schulkin said it was a result of vandalism and that their crews found “the whole thing disassembled in pieces.”
She added she didn’t know yet what the costs would be if they were to be replaced.
If you saw the person/people sawing off the structure you are encouraged to contact the police using the non emergency help line.

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Stay Healthy Streets Survey Input Needed By July 15

July 9, 2020 3:54pm
Photo via SDOT

Several streets around Seattle have been closed to vehicle traffic in an attempt to open areas for people to safely walk/bike in the time of social distancing. It is called Stay Healthy Streets and Green Lake’s starts at East Green Lake Way N and ends at N 63rd St and West Green Lake Drive.

There were murmurs from the city that some of these streets would stay closed to traffic forever. I received several emails from Greenlakers wondering what that would mean for Green Lake. Some expressed concerns this would create circuitous routes to get to Phinney and Aurora Ave with that street closed.

Well, now is your time to speak up. SDOT has created a survey asking people if they would like the Healthy Streets to be permanent. The survey closes July 15th.

Click here to take the survey.

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The Future of The Green Lake Community Center

June 20, 2020 9:53pm
Green Lake Community Center via Wikipedia

Seattle Parks and Recreation just announced the results of the recent survey asking the community about the future of the Green Lake Community Center. Spoiler alert: the future Community Center will likely go near where the current structure is now. Read on to find out the full story:

“Seattle Parks and Recreation thanks community for input on Green Lake Community Center & Pool location and announces dates for next input opportunity

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) would like to thank the nearly 6700 people who participated in learning about the Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool replacement project and the 3200 people who provided input on the future location of the facility. Seventy-five percent (75%) of survey participants selected the current location as their preferred option. When evaluating reasons to select a site, survey respondents identified the following as their top priorities:

  • Access to parking and drop-off (61%)
  • Pedestrian access/walkability (59%)
  • Access to transit (46%)

Given the overwhelming support for the current location and the site’s connections to transit and the greater community, SPR has made the decision to locate the new facility in the area where the existing center sits today. SPR will be conducting the next Online Open House (July 22-August 20) and the live Online Public Meeting (July 29 at 12 p.m.) to gather community input on three possible locations for the new building within the vicinity of the current facility and gather community input on current and future programs at the community center and pool.

The community center (built in 1928) and pool (built in 1955) structures are at the end of their usable life and SPR is working with the Green Lake Advisory Council and the greater north Seattle community on the replacement of the facility located at 7301 E. Green Lake Dr. N. 

For additional questions about project please contact David Graves, Strategic Advisor, at 206-684-7048 or David.Graves@seattle.gov.

As SPR plans for the new center and pool, we will continue with the facility stabilization work in 2020 to ensure the building is functional and usable for the public until the new center can be constructed. Stabilization work involves replacing the boilers and the air handling system at the facility. For more information please contact Garrett Farrell at garrett.farrell@seattle.gov or 206-233-7921.

More information for both projects can be found here http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/green-lake-community-center-projects.”

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