Neighborhood News Gleams

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Invest in Youth Seeks Tutors

Seattle based non-profit, Invest in Youth  is seeking tutors for elementary age students.

The organization  is currently looking for  role models to work one-on-one with elementary students at local schools, including Roxhill Elementary, Madrona Elementary, Thurgood Marshall Elementary, Daniel Bagley Elementary and Beacon Hill International.

Tutoring begins the second week of October, runs through May and takes place once every week at each school.

Each tutor is matched with the same student for the whole school year, and the pair works together on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for one hour each week. Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session.

 For more information or to apply to be a tutor, please contact Erika Chen at or visit:


$2.25 million in emergency funding provided to local immigrants and refugee groups

King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, and Seattle Foundation today announced a combined $2.25 million in emergency funding for critical services for immigrants, refugees, and other residents whose health, safety, and human rights are at risk.

The 38 nonprofits that successfully competed for the funding will provide a wide range of services, such as training for educators and mental-health providers who teach or provide treatment to immigrants and refugees. Other examples include providing critical legal services, preventing wage theft, launching a Know Your Rights campaign, and engaging the most vulnerable populations in the immigrant and refugee community.

“We proudly uphold the American promise that we are a nation that welcomes those fleeing oppression, seeking opportunity, and yearning for freedom,” Constantine said in a statement. “We have created partnerships that will reinforce King County’s reputation as an inclusive community where all are welcome to build a better life.”

The partnership between King County and Seattle Foundation – called the Resilience Fund – will provide critical services to a broad range of marginalized populations, including people in the LGBTQ community, African Americans, people who have disabilities, workers who earn a lower wage, and women.


Beacon Arts Showcasing Local Artists at Abandoned Warehouse and Store Front on Beacon Hill

For the last four months, the all-volunteer Beacon Hill arts council, Beacon Arts, activated a 6,000 square foot abandoned warehouse and store front located in the North Beacon Hill neighborhood in Seattle. This pop-up community arts space hosts local arts groups of all sizes and shapes including art classes, artist meetups, meditation classes, open mics, Hip Hop dance and Cypher just to name a few.
“Despite the fact that the building will be demolished at the end of the year (to make way for a large apartment complex) we decided to go ahead with project as a way to offer low cost space to artists in our community,” says Beacon Arts Board President Betty Jean Williamson.

 “As long time residents of Beacon Hill, we are trying to hold on to the character and culture of our rapidly changing neighborhood and help struggling artists have a voice in our city.”

Beacon Arts will host “Dozer’s Warehouse Art Show” opening on September 8, from 5pm to 10pm, featuring more than 65 emerging and established muralists, and will offer regular tours of the site prior to its demolition in December.

More info is available on Beacon Arts’ website.


Shooting Investigation at South Holly

On Sunday, August 27th at approximately 3:35 pm South Precinct officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 2400 block of South Holly Street.  Officers located an adult male with two gunshot wounds to his abdomen.  The victim was conscious and alert, and officers rendered first aid until the Seattle Fire Department arrived.  The man was transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.

The victim was uncooperative with officers at the scene and would not provide any suspect description.  A large amount of narcotics was located at the scene and submitted into evidence.

This remains an active and on-going investigation.