The Lake City Collective (LCC) has formed to create a unified voice among the mosaic of cultures in the Lake City neighborhood to increase capacity and political agency among communities of color, immigrants and refugees. The group is working to build bridges across the diverse Lake City Community to begin to build consensus on and advocate for shared needs and goals in the many public and nonprofit planning processes that are actively seeking their input.
Community leaders Peggy Hernandez, Cesar Garcia and Tsegay Berhe, established the Lake City Collective to build the capacity of marginalized populations to address issues like economic development, affordable housing, displacement, early learning, across the ages programing, and all aspects of livability in our Community.
The Children’s Home Society of Washington as the lead agency along with senior partners, Lake City Future First and the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance received a $550,000 implementation grant to help move the work of the “Imagine Lake City Together” action plan forward.
Council Member Debra Juarez Provides Update on 33rd Ave. Park
Debra Juarez who chairs the Seattle City Council Committee that oversees parks provided this brief update in her recent newsletter along with these renderings. “Construction of this park, on 125th and 33rd Ave NE, will now start at the end of this year, and it will open next year.”
We are so excited to expand our senior meal program, but we can’t do it alone. We need a volunteers to fill a variety of positions to provide more hot, nutritious meals to North Seattle seniors. Below are our greatest volunteer needs. If you don’t see something that is right for you, please forward these opportunities to a friend or neighbor who might be… our need is great! And don’t forget that every volunteer shift includes a delicious, made-from-scratch lunch as a small token of our gratitude.
Over the past week, 72 solar panels were installed on the roof of Hellbent Brewing Company (http://www.hellbentbrewingcompany.com/), the largest solar system on a brewery in our state, right here in Lake City! While installing the system, Edwin Wanji, owner of Sphere Solar Energy (http://spheresolarenergy.org/), and Jack Guinn, owner of Hellbent Brewery, invited local teens in Lake City to learn about the large solar project and to learn about careers in the solar industry. The teens were able to see and touch the solar panels while learning about how they produce clean energy!
In addition, the Lake City teens learned about the potential of solar energy to transform how our planet produces energy and learned about the humanitarian solar projects Edwin and his team have worked in countries like Haiti and Honduras.The Hellbent Brewery solar project is an example project for the ‘Solarize Lake City’ initiative started by local community leaders to address climate change. Thanks to community leaders like Edwin Wanji and Jack Guinn who are thinking local and acting global, we are empowering our youth in Lake City to be the next generation of leaders.