Rainier Beach residents have been growing accustomed to the welcome sight of jovial faces greeting them along their daily treks through the neighborhood.
Corner Greeters, a project initiated by the Seattle Neighborhood Group as a part of Rainier Beach: A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth, places pop-up greeter stations throughout the area in places that have been designated as high crime spots.
The objectives of the stations are to encourage social engagement amongst community members, and deter future incidences of crime.
Along with smiles, the Greeters- who include community volunteers- provide public safety and legal information to passers by in addition to trinkets that match the theme of a particular station. Last week’s “Kindness Blossoms” station at the Rose Street Mini-Park, saw over 70 curious community members depart with flowers in hand and a better appreciation for the steps being taken to promote peace and unity within the neighborhood.
Corner Greeter events will be taking place over the next four weeks between 3:30 and 5:30pm at the following locations:
Wednesday, July 30th: Peace Revolutions at Mapes Creek Walkway Plaza (Near Saars)
Wednesday, August 6th: Fold In Peace at Intersection of S.Henderson and MLK Way South
Wednesday, August 13th: Peace Putts at Rainier Beach Safeway Parking Lot
Wednesday, August 20th: Harambee Drumming Circle at Rainier & Henderson Plaza
For more information on becoming a volunteer greeter you can visit: http://doodle.com/4eenicqnzbznewkg