Earth Day Celebration: Spring Has Sprung!

 

I can’t believe it, spring is officially beginning! Daffodils are blooming, the temperature is slowly but surely climbing and the sun isn’t hiding behind so many rain clouds. What better way to appreciate this beautiful Seattle weather than by celebrating Earth Day outside with your community in Seattle’s largest forest?

This year Earth Day falls on Saturday, April 22, and from 10:00am until 2:00pm Nature Consortium and Earth Corps are co-hosting a fun volunteer opportunity within the vast West Duwamish Greenbelt as part of a Duwamish Alive! day of service. This celebration will be complete with live musicians, as well as creative art projects through Nature Consortium’s EcoARTs Progam. Located at Pigeon Point at the Pathfinder School (1901 SW Genesee St), you can still sign up for this volunteer work party here!

Since 2006, Nature Consortium and Earth Corps’ Earth Day events have brought hundreds of volunteers together in annual collaboration surrounding the restoration of local natural sites. The West Duwamish Greenbelt, highlighted in Nature Consortium’s Urban Forest Restoration Program, has suffered long-term impacts of logging and is now facing severe degradation. Volunteers at this upcoming Earth Day event will have the opportunity to participate in the restoration of this forest by working on invasive plant removal, mulching, and site maintenance.
The West Duwamish Greenbelt, extending over 500 acres, is the largest contiguous forest remaining within Seattle. This forest provides important ecosystem services to the Duwamish Rivershed and is home to local wildlife such as bald eagles, salamanders and hawks. Plants within this forest benefit our community as well, as they help filter pollutants out of the air and reduce the effects of global warming. Better yet, the West Duwamish Greenbelt is in town. You don’t even have to leave Seattle to experience this spectacular forest!

If you plan on making it to Nature Consortium and Earth Corps Earth Day celebration, be sure to sign up here and come prepared with long pants, closed-toed shoes and a water bottle. Rain or shine, the tools, gloves and training will be provided! You won’t want to miss it, this celebration is the perfect chance to participate in Earth Day by giving back to the Seattle community while being immersed in our city’s natural beauty.

If you can’t make it to this year’s Earth Day event but you’d like to help with these organizations in the future, you can use these links to find scheduled volunteer opportunities with Nature Consortium, Earth Corps and Duwamish Alive!

Happy Earth Day to all, and to all a great spring!

—–

Sara Parolin
DNDA Marketing Intern

Strong winds and possible power outages 3/10

The National Weather Service is forecasting strong winds early Friday morning.  Winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts to 50 miles per hour will occur from 1 AM to as late as 10 AM over Western Washington.  This would include impacts associated with downed trees and tree branches including isolated power outages.  Public Health – Seattle & King County would like to highlight risks associated with power outages.

 

How to stay healthy if you lose electricity:

Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Translated carbon monoxide information for communities with Limited English Proficiency

Avoid eating spoiled food during power failures

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to keep the cold air inside.
  • Refrigerated foods should be safe if the doors are kept closed and the power is only out for a few hours.  Foods that remain frozen are not a risk.
  • Some foods that have spoiled may still look and smell fine.  When in doubt, throw it out!
  • More on food safety during power outages: http://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/preparing-yourself/protect-food.aspx

Medical needs at home

  • If possible, charge or store extra batteries (check with your medical supply company and get information regarding a back-up power source such as a battery or generator) for medical equipment.
  • Call 911 or visit an emergency department if a medical emergency arises.

Destination Delridge 2017: The Funnest FUNdraiser!

As DNDA’s Winter quarter marketing intern, I was excited to volunteer at the 2017 Destination Delridge event. Destination Delridge was a celebration and fundraiser for Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA). I was impressed by how well organized and calm the event was. There were plenty of volunteers, and the event went off like clockwork. Metropolist, the venue, looked amazing. It was a modern, industrial space, but made festive with strings of lights.

Everyone was so warm and gracious. I greeted people at the door and took photos. I spoke with Lisa Raven, with her long green hair, and even longer stilts. She had learned her craft from some “circus folks” where she used to live.

Jabali Stewart, the M.C., was a confident and dynamic speaker from The Bush School. He had led a Diversity workshop for DNDA, and was impressed with how open DNDA’s staff were to examining their values on diversity, and how open they were to change. He said, “These folks get it!”

Monica Elenes, a member of Youngstown Anchor Tenants Totem Star and Arts Corps, sang and played on guitar a beautiful rendition of “Waiting on the World to Change”. Carlynn Newhouse, also a Totem Star and Arts Corps member, performed a spoken word piece that described her experience as a young black woman today. Her honesty and authenticity sent gasps through the audience, and they could barely wait to burst into cheers at the end!

I had the pleasure of meeting some Cooper Artist Housing residents, and asked what it’s like to live at Cooper/Youngstown. They shared how much they love that they’re able to afford it and work on their various art projects, collaborating and supporting each other. They had become close friends, and had found Community.

DNDA Executive Director David Bestock gave a short speech about DNDA’s recent accomplishments and highlighted last year’s merger with Nature Consortium. A short, touching video about Art (classes, dancing, music at Youngstown), Nature (sustainability, environmental education within the Delridge neighborhood) and Neighborhood (housing, community events). The food was great and beautifully presented. The “Dessert Dash” items were appealing to the eye and the palette. A big hit! I had worked on procuring the desserts, so it was fun to see the final results.

Cheryl and Fausto from AU Dance Collective danced a mellow, contemporary duet. She perched on his shoulder, she flipped, she balanced—it was a lovely dance! Jabali auctioned off more raffles items, including Chihuly tickets, a sweet theater package and Mariners tickets.

After the performances and presentations, the stage turned into a dance floor! Everyone had a great time. Earliest estimates were that the Destination Delridge event raised over $85,000! I will always remember the warmth and generosity of the people at the Destination Delridge event. It made my heart glad!

-Dee Smolar

Destination Delridge 2017!

It’s Destination Delridge time again!

It’s my pleasure to share with you our plans for the 2nd annual Destination Delridge fundraising party, coming right up on Friday February 24th, from 6-9pm at Metropolist in SoDo.  Last year’s party was a hit, and we’ve got another great one in store for you.  Tickets are selling, get yours now!

We’ll have performances from AU Dance Collective, poet Carlynn Newhouse, singer/songwriter Monica Elenes, and more.  There will be a dessert dash, wine toss,

Ed Murray, Seattle Mayor, David Bestock, DNDA’s Executive Director, and Willard Brown, DNDA’s Director of Housing and Environmental Programs, at Destination Delridge 2016

raffle, and interactive artwork.  Plus, a delicious dinner, drinks, and a short program highlighting our recent accomplishments and growing momentum.
Then, stick around after dessert for a kickin’ dance party with mix maestro DJ Jyun Jyun.  Don your “urban formal” attire, and get ready for a great party, all in support of our groundbreaking programming here at DNDA.

We’ve had quite a year.  In 2016, we celebrated 20 years of DNDA and 10 years of our Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.  We led 9 events as part of our Delridge Cultural Events Series, we engaged over 175 students in experiential environmental education at our Wetlands Restoration & Stewardship Project, and we welcomed more than 45,000 people through the doors of our Youngstown Cultural Arts Center for classes, workshops, and programs rooted in youth arts and social justice.  Aaaaand, we merged (!) with longtime partner and Youngstown tenant Nature Consortium, bringing their amazing 18-year program under DNDA’s wing.  We are excited to sustain and grow all of Nature Consortium’s programming, including the Urban Forest Restoration Program, EcoArts Program, and the annual Arts In Nature Festival at Camp Long.

Come party with us on Friday February 24th to learn more, and to support our innovative and integrated programming model here in Delridge!  We are leading efforts in our community to offer ALL of our neighbors access to affordable housing, arts & culture, vibrant green spaces, education, and affordable healthy foods.

Join us, won’t you?

You’re Invited: Destination Delridge 2017

Dear Friend of DNDA, Youngstown, and Nature Consortium,

We invite you to be a part of our upcoming event, Destination Delridge.  Please join us as we celebrate DNDA’s continuing legacy of groundbreaking community work in Delridge and beyond.

February 24, 2017 will be an exciting evening filled with fabulous food, drink, live entertainment, music, art and interactive games.  Mingle and connect with 200 attendees who share your passion for social justice and our community, as we gather to support DNDA, Youngstown, and the addition of Nature Consortium as a DNDA program.  The evening’s venue, Metropolist in SoDo, incorporates urban elegance with turn of the century industrial style, and provides the perfect space.  Most importantly, proceeds from the event directly benefit the community that DNDA serves through affordable housing, arts and culture, preservation of green space, food justice, and education.  Now more than ever, your involvement and investment ensures that we can continue our vital programming, and our ongoing commitment to amplify the voices of all who live, work, and play in Delridge.

For the past 20 years, DNDA has brought together neighbors, non-profits, businesses and local government to build community. Together, we have built and preserved affordable housing, designed and developed a trail along Longfellow Creek, and brought a new library to the community. Today, our Cultural Events Series, Wetlands Restoration & Stewardship Project, Youth Programs at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, seven Affordable Housing sites and Nature Consortium’s Restoration work all showcase our vision for this community and the incredible potential that exists in Southwest Seattle.

Ticket page can be accessed here.

Thank you for your support,

David Bestock

DNDA Executive Director

206-935-2999
david@dnda.org

www.dnda.org
www.youngstownarts.org
www.naturec.org

WE HAVE A DREAM! MLK Day of Service Community Workshop

On Saturday, January 14th, United Way, King County and the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) will bring you “We Have a Dream” Strengthening Community and the Futures of Our Youth Through Storytelling.

In King County, youth of color are being disproportionately referred to the juvenile justice system at a rate higher than their white peers. This disparity directly correlates to the deprivation of opportunities for youth of color and to socioeconomic inequality between whites and minorities.

King County has had a courageous response, implementing Peacemaking sentencing circles, working with Creative Justice, an arts-based restorative justice program, and developing Family Intervention and Restorative Services, a reception center for youth to “cool-off” and receive support as opposed to entering the system for charges related to family violence.

Even with the current strategies for impact, disparity is still present.

Through this workshop, DNDA and partners will steer a community conversation around restorative and alternative justice practices to raise awareness about racial inequity present in the conventional juvenile justice system. This event, supported by United Way of King County, will activate volunteers as partners to engage in storytelling, peacemaking circles, help foster emotional connections, and brainstorm realistic strategies for change. Snacks will be provided, open to the general public.

Guest Speakers

  • Judge Wesley Saint Clair – Chief Juvenile Judge, King County Superior Court
  • Saroeum Phoung – Peacemaking Circle Facilitator, CEO and Founder of PointOneNorth Consulting Consulting LLC
  • Jason Clark – Equity and Justice Advocate, King County Superior Court
  • Marcus Stubblefield – Systems Integration Coordinator, King County Youth Service

The event will take place at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle 98106 from 1:00 – 4:00pm!

Please see the poster and flyer attached and share within your networks.

Check out the Facebook event here.

REGISTER here.

DNDA is hiring!

DNDA IS HIRING! We are looking for the best to join our team and are in need of a Communications Specialist and Development Associate. Read about the position and then follow the links below to apply! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Communications Specialist:

Program Description
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) is a non-profit serving the Delridge Neighborhoods of Southwest Seattle. For the past 20 years DNDA has advanced its mission through a range of approaches — including the development, ownership, and management of affordable housing and community facilities, the operation of the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center with its full range of arts and youth programming, social justice and environmental initiatives, and collaboration with community partners to advocate for and implement neighborhood improvements.

Position
The Communications & PR Specialist will be responsible for oversight of the strategic communications plan (to include comprehensive branding, public relations strategy, and marketing); driving communications strategy and brand development initiatives; public communications, including strategic communications planning, public relations, media relations, social media strategy; and marketing. The position may also assist with event management, sponsorships, and grant proofing. A collaborative, team-approach work style is essential. This is a part-time position, working primarily out of the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center and reporting to DNDA’s Development Manager. 20 hours/week, paying $16-20/hour depending on qualifications. For an interested candidate with all relevant qualifications, this position may possibly be combined with the currently posted Development Associate position, under the discretion of DNDA’s management. The position is open until filled.

Responsibilities
• Help develop and implement a comprehensive Communications plan, including branding, public relations strategy, and marketing
• Drive communications strategy and brand development initiatives
• Public communications, including strategic communications planning
• Public relations, media relations and social media strategy
• Proof read grant materials as necessary
• Support other staff and board in cultivating relationships with major donors
• Recruit and manage Marketing Intern(s)
• Help coordinate fundraising events, campaigns, and appeals

Professional qualifications, experience, and attributes
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Exceptionally strong attention to detail
• Strong time and project management skills
• Technical savvy with databases (Salesforce preferred), Word and Excel
• Graphic design experience and understanding of Adobe Creative Suite and/or similar software
• Ability to make sound decisions in a manner consistent with the essential job functions
• Understanding of communications tools and tactics, including print and social media
• Excellent people and collaboration skills, strong team player
• Interest in working in a diverse work environment committed to social justice practices
• Ability to work with detailed information with a high degree of accuracy and confidentiality
• Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently

To apply, please e-mail resume, cover letter, and three professional references.
Please reference the Communications and PR Specialist position in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No calls, please.

Development Associate:

Program Description
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) is a non-profit serving the Delridge Neighborhoods of Southwest Seattle. For the past 20 years, DNDA has advanced its mission through a range of approaches — including the development, ownership, and management of affordable housing and community facilities, the operation of the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center with its full range of arts and youth programming, social justice and environmental initiatives, and collaboration with community partners to advocate for and implement neighborhood improvements.

Position
The Development Associate will be responsible for writing and proof-reading grants, submitting grant reports as instructed, entering donor information into Salesforce/database, stewarding relationships with institutional, individual, and corporate funders, and helping plan and coordinate fundraising events. A collaborative, team-approach work style is essential. This is a part-time position, working primarily out of the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center and reporting to the Development Manager. 20 hours/week, paying $16-20/hour depending on qualifications. For an interested candidate with all relevant qualifications, this position may possibly be combined with the currently posted Communications Specialist position, at the discretion of DNDA’s management. The position is open until filled.

Responsibilities
• Research potential funding sources
• Coordinate with Executive Director, Development Manager and other staff to compile relevant project information and all necessary grant materials
• Work as an important team member in a small, results-oriented development team
• Write & proof-read grants as needed by agency
• Satisfy all grant reporting requirements in a timely manner
• Enter grant and donor records into CRM/Salesforce/database, and run reports as needed
• Support other staff and board in cultivating relationships with major donors
• Help plan and coordinate fundraising events, campaigns, and appeals

Professional qualifications, experience, and attributes
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Exceptionally strong attention to detail
• Strong time and project management skills
• Technical savvy with databases (Salesforce preferred), Word and Excel
• Knowledge of the nonprofit/funding landscape
• Ability to make sound decisions in a manner consistent with the essential job functions
• Understanding of communications tools and tactics, including print and social media
• Excellent people and collaboration skills, strong team player
• Interest in working in a diverse work environment committed to social justice practices
• Ability to work with detailed information with a high degree of accuracy and confidentiality
• Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently

To apply, please e-mail resume, cover letter, and three professional references.
Please reference the Development Associate position in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No calls, please.

 

 

Super Cooper 10

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Cooper Artist Housing & Youngstown Cultural Arts Center are 10 years old, and we’re celebrating with an art exhibition at City Hall November 1 to December 21!

Super Cooper 10 features over 40 works of art from Cooper’s own 20+ visual artists, and Youngstown volunteers and staff. Paintings, sketches, sculptures, prints, sprays and dolls are just some of what you’ll see in this show. Come celebrate with us Thursday, Nov. 10, from 3:30-6p, and enjoy music, poetry and expressions from Youngstown and Cooper’s vibrant communities!

Light refreshments served.

Click here for more info about the show.

UPDATE: Wetlands & Stewardship Project

The Wetlands & Stewardship Project is an ongoing community effort spearheaded by the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) to acquire, restore and protect the natural wetlands located at 23rd Avenue SW & SW Findlay Street in West Seattle.  The project has picked up momentum through this summer season with passionate volunteers and our friends at Nature Consortium joining in our efforts.

Over two days in July, twelve members of  the community helped to remove invasive species from the border of the wetlands site, clearing 1,311 sq. ft. of Himalayan Blackberry, English Ivy and Nightshade.  The volunteers also removed trash that was found throughout the site. The space that is cleared will be replanted this Fall with native species that will create a healthier, more dynamic wetlands buffer!

Visit us here, as well as on Facebook and Twitter for updates on this project, as well as our other DNDA programs.  If you are interested in volunteering, or becoming a Wetlands Steward, contact Director of Housing and Environmental Programs, Willard Brown. 

To learn more about the Wetlands & Stewardship Project, click here.

 

             

Before, Middle, and After Shots of the Site:

Before & After

Upcoming Volunteer Work Parties:

08/27/2016 10:00am-2:00pm – Delridge Wetlands Cleanup and Removal of Himalayan Blackberry 

 10/01/2016 10:00am-2:00pm – Delridge Wetlands Cleanup and Removal of Himalayan Blackberry 

 10/22/2016 10:00am-2:00pm- Duwamish Alive Coalition event at Delridge Wetlands 

Arts In Nature Festival 2016

This past weekend, Seattle’s only campground Camp Long, transformed into a magnificent prairie of art, music, dance, and community at Nature Consortium’s annual Arts In Nature Festival.  The festival had over 2,000 attendees throughout the two days, over 55 amazing talented visual and sound installation artists, poets, musicians and dance performers, a puppet show and other art activities. The cabin installations were inviting and interactive, and had many activities for kids as well as for the whole family.  There were four stages around the camp that hosted various art and music activities. There was also rock climbing sponsored by Camp Long. Etienne was rocking the meadow with African moves with attendees dancing and having a great time. For the Saturday evening main act Big World Breaks exploded on the Nancy stage and had the audience up on their feet dancing to their funky reggae sound.  Face painting, henna, and poetry workshops were other fun features of the festival. The Seattle Housing Authority’s Project Yesler Mobile Art Studio, engaged kids giving them personal easels and painting materials giving them DIY art stations. Other vendors included Café Avole, selling traditional Ethiopian coffee, food, and other beverages.  Mobile Mavens Food Trucks provided attendees with Gai Box, Picnic, and POPs Ice cream food trucks that left everyone feeling full and refreshed! Overall, the festival was a huge success and next year will be even better!

We’d like to thank all of the performers, artists, and volunteers who helped to make this festival possible.  We’d also like to extend our gratitude to all of our wonderful sponsors:

Boeing  Nucor   Seattle Parks and Recreation   Northwest Folk Life  Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association     Quality Press,    Lens Communications     The Stranger     KUOW 94.9   West Sound Wildlife Shelter   West Seattle Natural Energy   Seattle Housing Authority  Sodo Kitchen Fremont Brewing Company    Georgetown Brewing Company  Cafe Avole

If you attended the festival and would like to provide feedback, please take a moment to fill out the festival survey.  Your responses will help us grow and prepare for an even more successful event in 2017.

Don’t forget to check out Nature Consortium and DNDA’s other activities we have year round. You can find more information at the links below:

DNDA Website

Nature Consortium Website

Pictures By Paul Bestock & Nancy Winberg