Category Archives: Community

After Stepping Down, RVC Founding ED Vu Le Reflects on Six Years of Collaborative Leadership and Capacity Building

by Eric Card and Stacy Nguyen

It’s a transition that Vu Le has been looking forward to — though he is quick to note that his days are just as busy as ever, just in a different way. Le’s calendar used to be packed with meetings, whether they be appointments with community leaders, funders, donors, other nonprofit executive director — or whether they were ardent reminders that he needed to give himself enough time to get to the airport and through security so that he didn’t miss flights that took him all over the country and the world to speak on the importance of building up powerful voices for grassroots and community-based organizations led by POCs . Continue reading After Stepping Down, RVC Founding ED Vu Le Reflects on Six Years of Collaborative Leadership and Capacity Building

Culinary Dreams Blossomed into Mimi’s Bakery and Floral

by Jessie McKenna

This article first appeared as a blog post for Beacon Business Alliance (BBA).

For 30 years, an unassuming little bakery on Beacon Ave just south of Columbian Way has quietly churned out baked goods for Beacon Hill and beyond. Eight years ago, Nga Do (“Nn-yah Doh”) bought Mimi’s Bakery and Floral and started living her dream as a culinary queen and florist extraordinaire—and if you have a large event to pull off, she’s got you covered there too. Continue reading Culinary Dreams Blossomed into Mimi’s Bakery and Floral

Black Santa Tradition Continues Thriving in South Seattle, Central District

by Susan Fried (words and photos)

The tradition of mirthful children sitting on Santa Claus’s lap for pictures started at the Frederick and Nelson’s downtown Seattle department store in the 1940s. 75 years later, the practice is now so ubiquitous, you can’t throw a rock during the holidays without hitting someone dressed as Jolly Saint Nick. Continue reading Black Santa Tradition Continues Thriving in South Seattle, Central District

Girmay Zahilay Sworn in as Newest County Councilmember at Franklin High School

by Chetanya Robinson

Girmay Zahilay, the King County Council’s newest member, chose to be sworn into office on Sunday evening at Franklin High School, a place close to his heart. It was a place where Zahilay, born in Sudan to Ethiopian refugees and raised in the South End, found himself and found community. Continue reading Girmay Zahilay Sworn in as Newest County Councilmember at Franklin High School