People’s Academy for Community Engagement Now Accepting Applications

People's Academy for Community EngagementSeattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications to the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE), our civic leadership development program for the next wave of community leaders. The fall session begins September 27 and runs through December 6.

During the 10-week program, 25-30 emerging leaders (18 years and up) will learn hands-on strategies for community building, accessing government, and inclusive engagement from experts in the field. PACE has a strong focus on Seattle’s community and neighborhood organizations and the city’s governmental structure and processes.

Fall sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Miller Community Center. Topics include: Approaches to Leadership, Government 101, Community Organizing, Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement, Meeting Facilitation, Public Speaking, Conflict Resolution, and Sustaining Involvement.

Tuition for the 10-week program is $100. Tuition assistance is available. To apply, visit The application deadline is Friday, August 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Given the popularity of the program, PACE will be offered three times a year: winter, spring and fall. The winter session will begin in January of 2017. For more information, visit our webpage and for questions, email

Volunteers Needed to Advise on First Hill Development Plans

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking community members to serve on the Standing Advisory Committees at Harborview AND Virginia Mason Medical Centers. The role of each committee is to provide feedback on projects planned and under development by the institution to ensure it complies with its Master Plan. The Master Plan describes zoning rules, long range planning of the property, and transportation planning.

Who can apply: Community members who have experience in neighborhood organizing and issues, land use and zoning, architecture or landscape architecture, economic development, building development, educational or medical services, or an interest in their neighborhood’s future!

Meeting locations and frequency: Typically 1 – 4 meetings annually for 2 years. Meetings are held at the institution’s (Harborview or Virginia Mason) campus in the evening.

How to apply: Send a letter of interest indicating which institution’s committee you are interested in serving on to or to PO Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649 by March 7, 2016.

To learn more about the program, visit or contact Maureen Sheehan at 206-684-0302 or

For more information about each medical center’s advisory committee, visit:

For general information about the Advisory Committees visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

Deadline Approaches for Matching Funds to Support your Neighborhood Project

Othello+Intl+music+nwlrSeptember 2 workshop for interested applicants
Application deadline is October 5

If your group needs funds to do a neighborhood project, our Neighborhood Matching Fund may be able to help. However, you’ll need to be quick because the application deadline for the Small and Simple Projects Fund is Monday, October 5 at 5:00 p.m. This fund provides awards of up to $25,000 to for community-building projects that are matched by community contributions.

To learn about the Small and Simple Projects Fund, visit This is the last opportunity in 2015 to apply to this fund.

The final workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at University Heights Community Center (Room 209), 5031 University Way NE. The workshop provides an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements. To RSVP, go online at or call  206-233-0093. The workshop is open to all.

Our Neighborhood Matching Fund staff is available to advise groups on ways to develop successful applications and projects. You are strongly encouraged to call 206.233.0093 or email to discuss your project idea with one of our project managers.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Program awards matching funds for projects initiated, planned, and implemented by community members. Its goal is to build stronger and healthier neighborhoods through community involvement and engagement. Every award is matched by a neighborhood’s contribution of volunteer labor, donated materials, in-kind professional services, or cash.

New P-Patch coming to First Hill

By next year, Horiuchi Park will have a new feature – a P-Patch community garden. To help design the P-Patch, the Yesler Terrace and First Hill communities are invited to a meeting on October 11 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Yesler Community Center (917 East Yesler Way). There will be food and children’s activities available. 

Funded by Seattle Housing Authority with assistance from the HUD Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, the new community garden will provide a place for community members to grow fresh organic food and connect with neighbors. The legacy of the parks namesake, the late artist Paul Horiuchi, will be honored throughout the design process and construction of the community garden through artistic elements and historical context of his work.

When complete, the Horiuchi P-Patch community garden will be managed by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program.

For more information about the meeting or the site, contact Nate Moxley at or 206-733-9586.

Today’s hours for Neighborhood Service Centers

Here is a list of Neighborhood Service Centers that serve as Payment and Information Service sites and today’s hours of operation due to weather conditions:

Lake City: Open – 9:00-5:00
Closed for lunch 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Ballard: Open – 9:00-5:00
Open for lunch

University: Closed

Central: Open – 9:00-5:00
Closed for lunch 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Southeast: Open – 9:00 – 5:00
Closed for lunch 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Delridge: Open until 3:30 p.m.

West Seattle: Closed

Neighborhood Service Centers are open today

Below are the  Neighborhood Service Centers’ hours of operation for today, Monday, Nov. 22.  All centers are open, however, most NSCs will be closing for lunch with the exception of two locations.
Lake City:
9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Closed for lunch 1:00-2:00

9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Closed for lunch 1:00-2:00

10:00 am-6:00 pm
Closed for lunch 2:00-3:00

9:30 am – 7:00 pm
Open for lunch

9:00 am-5:00 pm
Open for lunch

West Seattle:
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Closed  for lunch 1:00-2:00 pm

10:00 am-6:00 pm
Closed for lunch 2:00-3:00 pm

Capitol Hill, First Hill, Madison Valley, Madison Park, Denny-Blaine, Madrona and Montlake Neighborhoods winners in CleanScapes contest

These neighborhoods are located in CleanScapes Thursday collection area and are the winners of the 2009/2010 $50,000 Neighborhood Waste Reduction Rewards competition!

Residents in Thursday’s neighborhood collection area reduced their garbage, recycling and yard debris by 19% during the competition period and will receive a $50,000 community improvement project selected by the community and installed and maintained by CleanScapes.

During the first three months of the competition they produced an average of 177 tons of garbage, recycling and yard waste every week. By March they had reduced their weekly waste generation to an average of 142 tons per week. Click here to find out how much waste your neighborhood reduced!

We want your community project ideas!

Between now and July 31, Seattle residents have the opportunity to submit project ideas for construction in the Thursday collection area, which includes parts of Capitol Hill, First Hill, Madison Valley, Madison Park, Denny-Blaine, Madrona and Montlake. Projects should be improvements such as a public benches, playground equipment, neighborhood kiosks or community garden structures that will be accessible to the public.

Please submit your proposed project ideas by July 31 using the Community Project Proposal form and email to CleanScapes at or mail to:

Attn: Education Outreach
5939 4th Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98108

The Project Selection Committee, consisting of representatives from Community Councils in the winning area, will choose the $50,000 improvement project(s).

Click here to read CleanScapes’ May 6, 2010 press release.
Read the Seattle Times story here.

Thomas Whittemore, New East District Coordinator

Thomas Whittemore is the new East District Coordinator, replacing Jose Cervantes, who retired at the end of March, after 31 years working for the City.  Thomas has worked for the department of neighborhoods for nine years, serving as a Neighborhood Matching Fund project manager, Involving all Neighbors program manager, Planning Outreach Specialist and Acting District Coordinator for the Central and Greater Duwamish Districts.  The Neighborhood District Coordinator acts as a liaison between the general public and city officials. The East District includes the Capitol Hill, First Hill, Pike/Pine, Miller and Madison neighborhoods. 

In an interview for the Capitol Hill blog, Thomas stated, “Part of my job as district coordinator is working with underrepresented populations, which is inspiring to me,” “I hope to bring that passion to the East district, no matter who the underrepresented are. My role is to bring community issues forward, not as an advocate, but as facilitator.”

Thomas can be reached at 684-4574 or