Community Service Committee

PSALA's Community Service Committee is a very active committee that works to provide visibility for the Chapter through organized participation in community service. As members of PSALA, our mission, in part, is to (1) support the diverse community in which we live and to work through our members’ collective time, talents and contributions; (2) to provide Chapter members with opportunities to reach out to others; and (3) to lead by example, encouraging our local organizations to increase their volunteer efforts in the community. The Co-Chairs of the Community Service Committee for 2014-2015 are Lisa Miner and Evelyn Dunagan.

PSALA is pleased to announce that for the 2014-15 chapter year it’s community service partner will be Rising Out of the Shadows (ROOTS). ROOTS is a young adult shelter that provides over-night accommodations for homeless youth ages 18-25. Through the services offered at ROOTS their clients are also provided with skills to help them lead successful lives, moving into permanent housing and finding steady employment. Through the generous support of our members and business partners, we were able to raise $1750 at the April 3 Networking event held at the Palace Ballroom. This money will be used to replace sleeping pads and provide over-night personal property storage bins. You can see below two other scheduled opportunities for our members and business partners to volunteer at ROOTS. For more information about ROOTS visit their website and see articles in future issues of Soundings.

Upcoming Events

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July 16, 2014 ROOTS: Team Serving Dinner

DATE: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
TIME: 7:30 PM (add to Outlook)
LOCATION: ROOTS, 1415 NE 43rd Street, Seattle, WA 98105
RSVP: Evelyn Dunagan

Description:

Please join us for an evening of team building and helping to serve the needs of those in our community by volunteering to prepare dinner for ROOTS.

ROOTS

ROOTS provides shelter and other essential services to homeless young adults. They build community, advocate for social justice, and foster dignity among low-income people. Over the last 5 years, ROOTS Young Adult Shelter has seen an enormous increase in the number of times homeless youth have been turned away because of a lack of space.

These young people are spiraling out of the foster care system and onto the streets, fleeing abusive homes and failing to find work opportunities to survive in this tough economic climate so they greatly need and appreciate the help of volunteers and other community support. PSALA is looking at additional dates during the Summer (July and August). If you are interested in working on additional team dinners or forming a team of your own (5 people), please contact Evelyn Dunagan or Lisa Miner.

(Dinner Meal Team - Any night of the week (except for Thursdays) starting in July ROOTS is looking for groups of about 5 people to cook dinner. From Sunday - Wednesday the time is 7:30 - 10:30 PM and from Friday - Saturday the time is 8:00 - 10:30 PM. They do need the group to be there for the whole time period. You can bring your own food, but don't have to.)


August 16, 2014 ROOTS: Newsletter and Cleaning Day

DATE: Saturday, August 16, 2014
TIME: 10:00 AM (add to Outlook)
LOCATION: ROOTS, 1415 NE 43rd Street, Seattle, WA 98105
RSVP: Evelyn Dunagan

Description:

Please join us for a Newsletter & Cleaning Day - On Saturday, August 16th, from 10 AM - 2 PM we're looking for a group of about 15 people to help prepare our quarterly newsletter (lots of folding), help with some shelter organizing, and cleaning (toilet scrubbing not required). Fun times will be had for sure while also helping to benefit our 2014 Community Service Partner, ROOTS.

ROOTS

ROOTS provides shelter and other essential services to homeless young adults. They build community, advocate for social justice, and foster dignity among low-income people. Over the last 5 years, ROOTS Young Adult Shelter has seen an enormous increase in the number of times homeless youth have been turned away because of a lack of space.

These young people are spiraling out of the foster care system and onto the streets, fleeing abusive homes and failing to find work opportunities to survive in this tough economic climate.

 
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