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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.
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LCFF’s Year in Review – 2017
As we look forward to another strong year in 2018, we wanted to take a brief moment to reflect back on some of the accomplishments of 2017. Thank you to everyone who supported our work, volunteered your time, attended an event or took part in the Lake City Community.
- Held 9 Community Conversations involving hundreds of people on important neighborhood issues
- Worked with our partners to complete a neighborhood planning grant that engaged over 5oo community stakeholders through survey’s, focus groups and community meetings resulting in an inclusive action plan
- Held 10 Live Music Concerts in our Lake City Mini Park
- Painted 2 Store Fronts at no cost to the business owners
- Worked with the Lake City Young Leaders to continue the mural projects that brought out hundreds of volunteers
- Held 7 Community Clean Up efforts throughout the neighborhood
- Promoted Small Businesses in Lake City through various events and programs
- Completed the 4th year of “World of Tastes in the Heart of Lake City” program with 450 “passports” circulated
- Worked with Seattle Department of Transportation to get street murals, crosswalks and stop signs on 28th Ave. NE and to address our Lake City Way medians
- Planted flowers along LCW with the Lion’s Club and Lake City Young Leaders
- Worked to shadow two new development projects through the design review process
- Supported the Lake City Young Leaders program with stipends for participation and leadership in Community events
- Worked with businesses and service providers to hold the Lake City Pub Crawl, Trick or Treat Walk, Bike Everywhere Day, Park(ing) Day, Roll and Read literacy event, two World Dance Parties and Pumpkin Palooza
- Conducted walking tours and discussions with Mayoral Candidates and at large City Council Candidates
- Helped to form the District 5 Business Coalition to create cohesion and dialog across the district and successfully advocate for the expansion of the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program to the north end
- Worked with the North Seattle Rotary to get an information kiosk installed at the Jackson Park Tutoring Center
- Held a fund raiser for our amazing Lake City Farmers Market and also maintained an outreach table throughout the market season
- Brought live children’s theater and live chickens to educate youth, with our partners from the Hunger Intervention Program, to Albert Davis Park
Lake City Lion’s Serving the Community Since 1940
There are so many people in the Community who are not aware of the incredible and positive impact that the Lake City Lions Club have had on the Lake City community. With the upcoming 12th Annual Olympic Hills Pancake Breakfast to benefit the school hosted by the Lions we thought we would share a little bit of the fantastic work the organization has done and continues to do in the neighborhood.
- They built the Lake City Community Center through donations and volunteer efforts
- Purchased a Medic Car for the Seattle Fire Department
- Donated funds to the City of Seattle to build Albert Davis Park
- Traded land to the City to build the Lake City Library
- Built Virgil Flaim Park
Their work continues today supporting North Helpline, Sacajawea Elementary, Olympic Hills Elementary and Nathan Hale High School. This past year they recycled 1500 pairs of eyeglasses and 50 hearing aids and continue to provide eyeglasses and hearing aids for those in need. The Lions provide a health screening unit to three elementary schools for vision and hearing screening. They provided over 200 dictionaries to third graders at four local schools. They are the ones that hang the flags along Lake City Way and work to keep the planters stocked and maintained along the business corridor. They regularly hold the Lake City Flea Market and are the group behind the Annual Fright Night event. They award scholarships and host the Annual “Back to School Barbecue at Virgil Flaim in support of families served through the North Seattle Family Resource Center. From painting out graffiti to awarding a handful of scholarships each year the work they do is invaluable.
As you can see, we are very lucky to have the Lake City Lions in our Community. Next time you see a Lion please be sure to thank them for all they do and have done for Lake City. The Club is always looking for new members. If you are interested you can contact Gordy Smith at (206)639-8813
Lake City Lions – Pancake Breakfast to Support Olympic Hills Elementary – December 2nd from 9am-11am at the Lake City Community Center with live entertainment. $6 Adults/$4 Kids/$20 for families (2 adults and 2+ kids)