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Third Annual Downtown Night Out

For Immediate Release

August 1, 2014

 

Celebrating the Community and Crime Prevention in Downtown Seattle

Third Annual Downtown Night Out Against Crime brings neighbors, police together

in Pioneer Square

SEATTLE – Downtown residents and Seattle Police officers will come together from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5 in Pioneer Square for the Third Annual Downtown Night Out Against Crime.  Part of the National Night Out Against Crime program, Downtown Night Out will provide crime prevention tips, free food and live music as an informative and fun backdrop to meet neighbors and get to know the Seattle Police Department’s specialty units including K-9, mounted patrol and more.

 

Night Out has become increasingly popular in Seattle, with more than 1,200 neighborhoods participating in the event with block parties in 2012 and more than 1,400 neighborhoods celebrating Night Out last year.

 

Night Out Against Crime is an opportunity for individual neighborhoods to renew their commitment to the following:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
  • Send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

 

The Occidental Square event will feature games for kids, food trucks, live music, appearances by new Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole, mounted police, K-9 unit, and more.  A new element at this year’s event is a cornhole (bean bag toss) tournament between teams from different Downtown residential buildings.

The Downtown Seattle Association, Metropolitan Improvement District, Target, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Hotel Association, Seattle Police Foundation, Downtown Residents Council, and the Alliance for Pioneer Square are collaborating to produce this event.

For more information, press only:

Abel Pacheco, (206) 733-9372 or abel@seattlepolicefoundation.org

Randy Hurlow, (206) 613-3203 or randyh@downtownseattle.org

 

To view the official press release, please click here- Night Out Downtown Release

 

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Beds for Kids Form

Please help Officers Gallagher and Wade identify kids that need a bed. On September 6th, SPD, IKEA Seattle, and Seattle Police Foundation volunteers will be going around Seattle to deliver and assemble the beds. Please help us by filling out this form with families we can help. PLEASE NOTE: The beds will be delivered on a first come, first serve basis, and the number of beds available will be contingent on funding. Kids must be 18 years and younger.

Beds for Kids Project

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Seattle Police Department (SPD)  Officers Jeremy Wade and Ryan Gallagher are used to encountering difficult and challenging situations as Seattle Police Officers, but perhaps nothing touched them more than what they witnessed while responding to a 911 call in Seattle’s Central District. When they entered the home both officers were shocked and saddened to find two young girls living without a proper bed to sleep in.  Not content to ideally standby, the officers later returned to that same home with brand new twin beds from IKEA Seattle for the two young girls, both purchased from their own pockets. Officers Wade described the grandparents with whom the young girls were living with as “surprised and very happy” to receive the beds and the girls themselves, “very excited about getting the beds” and even spent a few hours decorating their new room.

Despite their act of kindness, Officers Wade and Gallagher did not want to publicize their efforts and were simply happy to provide a service to two children they witnessed needing help. However, both officers began to reflect and recognized that what they witnessed that night during that police call was all too common a sight in their line of work. As Officer Wade put it, “there are probably hundreds of kids without beds in the Seattle area.”

To address this need in our community, the officers wanted to expand their efforts and founded The Beds for Kids Project in order to insure that Seattle’s children have a suitable place to sleep every night. Beds for Kids will be working in conjunction with the Seattle Police Foundation (SPF) to bring attention to this important issue in our community as well as raise money – all of which will go towards the purchase of new IKEA bedding supplies for those most at-risk in our city, kids. Officers Gallagher and Wade, and the Seattle Police Foundation, are excited to be working with IKEA Seattle who is generously donating five thousand dollars in bedding supplies to this cause.

On September 6th the Seattle Police Foundation, IKEA Seattle, and SPD officers volunteering their own time will help assemble as many beds as we’re able to purchase and distribute to children in-need throughout Seattle’s five SPD precincts. “This is an exciting project for the Seattle Police Foundation to be involved in and a great opportunity to both engage and positively affect our community,” said Seattle Police Foundation President and CEO, Renée Hopkins.

So far the Seattle Police Foundation has received two thousand dollars in donations for the Beds for Kids Project but given the scope of this effort, we need much more. Any donation helps and all donations go towards providing each child with a complete IKEA  bed set. With your help and donations we can purchase the following items:

$25 – Purchases a pillow and sheets

$50 – Adds a pillowcase and blanket

$100 – Adds a mattress

$125 – Adds a bed frame

$300 – Purchases the entire bed set

Help Officers Wade and Gallagher provide a comfortable and warm bed for kids in our community by donating today.

www.seattlepolicefoundation.org/bedsforkidsdonate

Please help Officers Gallagher and Wade identify kids that need a bed. On September 6th, SPD, IKEA Seattle, and Seattle Police Foundation volunteers will be going around Seattle to deliver and assemble the beds. Please help us by filling out this form with families we can help.

PLEASE NOTE: The beds will be delivered on a first come, first serve basis, and the number of beds available will be contingent on funding. Kids must be 18 years and younger

Donate to Beds for Kids

June Newsletter

Become A Mentor!

The If Project is looking for female volunteers who are interested in mentoring incarcerated women before and after their release from Prison.

 

The mentors’ role is to assist the women with reentry, providing links to social, health and financial services, counseling and mental health services, educational opportunities, veteran’s benefits and general “rules of the road” once on the outside. Some of the women may have been in long enough not to know about up to date technology and the internet, ORCA cards, even establishing a bank account. Job training  and employment connections will also be critical.

 

We need a two year commitment and about 4 hours of contact per month. This includes weekly check ins with the mentees on the phone or through email and an in person contact at least once a month.

 

Research shows that the first 6 months out for a formally incarcerated person is critical – if they find success during that period, their chances of long term success sky rockets. Some of what you will be doing includes education referrals,  assisting with applications, job training and readiness referrals, housing referrals, referrals to groups that help them stay clean and sober, and helping them to find socially acceptable peer groups.

 

You do not have to have any experience in social services to mentor! We will provide you with training and support throughout the entire process. The work will be challenging but incredibly rewarding.

 

If you are interested, please fill out this Mentor Application and send it to melissa@theifproject.com.
Or you can find out more information by going to http://www.theifproject.com/get-involved/volunteer/.

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Thank You to Our Volunteers!

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President & CEO, Renee Hopkins, with community member of the year, Troy Meyers

We couldn’t do what we do to keep Seattle safe without the outpouring of support from the community, especially of our volunteers. April is Volunteer Appreciation month, and I would like to personally extend my deepest gratitude to those that offer their time and energy in support of the Foundation. Countless hours are committed by so many individuals to make all of our events a success, so choosing a volunteer of the year was a difficult decision to make. However, two volunteers stood out- SPD employee Michelle McRae, and community member Troy Meyers. Michelle and Troy have been there to stuff envelopes, register guests, assist in setting-up and cleaning up our events, and for these reasons and many more, I awarded them the first ever President’s Award. The Seattle Police Department, the Foundation, and our community is better off because of the sweat equity Michelle and Troy put into keeping our community safe.
Thanks again Michelle, Troy, and every one of our volunteers!
                                                                             
   Renee Hopkins

GiveBig 2014

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If you’ve been thinking about giving, or want to be sure your donation goes as far as possible, this is a great time to make a gift, small or large, to help keep our neighborhoods safe, and support the men and women who put on the uniform to serve our city.

Every dollar you give to the Seattle Police Foundation on May 6th is stretched thanks to The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG campaign. Last year, all donations made to the Seattle Police Foundation were stretched by over $1,000! GiveBig makes it easy to increase your impact!

  • Between midnight and midnight PDT on May6th, YOU MUST click here to donate to the Seattle Police Foundation through our Seattle Foundation page. Only by using this link will your donation be stretched.
  • Like” us on Facebook or “follow us” on  to stay connected with the Seattle Police Foundation.

About GiveBIG
The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who make our region a better place to live.

Stretch Your $$
The Seattle Foundation will distribute the GiveBIG stretch pool proportionally. In other words, if the Seattle Police Foundation raises 3% of all the money raised through GiveBIG, then we will get 3% of the stretch pool. The more you give, the more of the stretch pool we receive.*

* The Seattle Foundation will “stretch” all donations up to $5,000 per donor, per organization.

Win a Golden Ticket
Throughout GiveBIG, donors will be chosen at random from all donations made up to the time of the drawing. The winner will have an additional $1,000 and a round-trip airline ticket, courtesy of Alaska Airlines, given in their name to the same nonprofit that received their donation. The winner will also receive a $100 gift card, courtesy of The Seattle Foundation’s lead sponsor, Starbucks!

Where Does Your Donation Go?
The Seattle Police Foundation continues to operate in the most efficient way possible with approximately 80 cents of every dollar raised going towards programs and grants to support the Seattle Police Department. This far exceeds the Better Business Bureau’s industry standard of 65 cents per dollar raised going towards direct program support. To view our 2012 Annual Report please click here. Our 2012 financial statement is below:

Financials