The Farm to Table partnership has been nominated for an annual Sustainability Leadership Awards from Sustainable Seattle. The program is being recognized for efforts to raise the bar for sustainability, with a nomination in the Resource Impact category. Award winners will be announced on January 31, 2014 during a celebration at the Museum of History and Industry. Through the efforts of staff in HSD’s Aging & Disability Services (ADS) and Youth & Family Empowerment (YFE) divisions, the Farm to Table program connects senior meal sites and Seattle child care programs to local area farms with the goal of providing local, organic produce to some of Seattle’s most under-served communities, serving 1250 children and seniors at 50 different meal sites throughout the city. The program also provides training in seasonal menu planning, scratch cooking and nutrition education to staff at participating sites. Sustainable Seattle is a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainability in the Central Puget Sound, nationally, and internationally.
HSD’s Aging and Disability Services, along with sponsoring partners King County and United Way of King County, have completed the 2014-2015 Update to the Area Plan on Aging. This is a biennial update to the 2012-2015 Area Plan on Aging for the King County region. The 140-page document is full of good information, including updated population profile data and a summary of accomplishments. The update also provides information about staffing, budget, plans for the next two years, and new and revised goals and objectives. The update will guide the work of ADS for the next two years.
The City of Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is seeking investment proposals from qualified organizations for programs designed to prevent homelessness and support housing stability for low-income people with HIV/AIDS and their families in King County. Approximately $1.2 million is available for the period of July 1, 2014 – December 31, 2015. The deadline for proposal submittals for this Request for Investment (RFI) is 4:00 p.m. on December 12, 2013. For more information and to view the application, please visit this Web site.
The Seattle Human Services Department has awarded the 4C Coalition $75,000 as part of the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) Group Mentoring Request for Qualifications (RFQ) funding process. The 4C Coalition will provide group mentoring services at the three SYVPI network sites (southwest, southeast and central Seattle). SYVPI group mentoring will support youth at-risk of perpetuating or being a victim of violence in a safe and structured environment. The 4C Coalition is a community-based nonprofit organization that provides mentoring and mentoring support to vulnerable youth in King County.
The October Senior Coffee Hour sponsored by the Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens, features Dave Sowers, Washington State Department of Transportation, who will speak about the SR99 tunnel project. The event is on Thursday, Oct. 17th, 10-11 a.m., in the Central Building, 810 3rd Avenue, 1st Floor Conference Room, in downtown Seattle.
Sign up now for affordable health care. Open enrollment is from Oct. 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. See this video for more information.
HSD is seeking candidates to serve on the Mayor’s Council for African American Elders. The council advises City officials on policies, programs and services of benefit to older African Americans. Members must reside within King County and serve without compensation. The Mayor’s Council on African American Elders is a council of up to 12 members. See this press release for details.
Raise the minimum wage? The mobilization of low-wage workers nationwide calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage has sparked a massive economic debate. Would a wage increase boost the local economy or lead to job cuts? What’s a fair minimum wage? Host Brian Callanan moderates a live, interactive, televised discussion with a panel of business owners, lawmakers, economic experts and low-wage workers. Join the conversation!
When: 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10
Doors open at 6 p.m., audience instructions at 6:30 p.m.
At $9.19 per hour, Washington state has the highest minimum wage in the country. But is it enough to live or raise a family on in Seattle? And how would a mandate to raise the minimum wage impact local businesses and their employees? An initiative calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage for the city of SeaTac’s hospitality and transportation workers is on the Nov. 5 ballot. Could Seattle become the next city in Western Washington to vote on a $15-an-hour minimum wage?
On the panel speaking in favor of raising the minimum wage is Lori Pfingst of the Washington State Budget & Policy Center and fast-food worker Carlos Hernandez. Speaking against raising the minimum wage is small-business owner Dan Bent of Bent Burgers and Todd Myers of the Washington Policy Center.
Seattle Speaks – presented in partnership by Seattle Channel, CityClub and Town Hall – is an Emmy-award winning program with a real-time, multimedia format featuring audience polling meters, online polling, social media, e-mail and video segments.
Knowing what to do if an earthquake struck our area better prepares our community to survive and recover quickly from a real seismic event. The Seattle Human Services Department is a staunch supporter of the 2013 Great Washington Shake Out, which is the largest earthquake drill in the United States. This multi-state earthquake drill, which can be conducted in as little as 60 seconds, is an opportunity to practice how to stay safe during and after a seismic event. This will be the second year that this drill will be formally conducted in the Washington area. We strongly encourage you, your school, business or organization to participate by taking part in the drop, cover and hold on exercise on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 10:17 a.m. More information is available online on how to plan your drill at this Web site. If you plan to participate please register here so you can be counted.
Service providers, caregivers, and case managers: Receive up-to-date information about electric and water rate discounts and emergency utility payment assistance programs at the City of Seattle’s ENERGY, UTILITY AND RESOURCE SUMMIT on Oct. 24th, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Garfield Community Center, 2323 E Cherry St., Seattle 98122.
RSVP by Oct. 10th. Questions? Contact Cynthia Ellison at Cynthia.firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-733-9035 or Brenda Sevilla-Miranda at Brenda.Sevilla-Miranda@seattle