Civic Coffee Recap: World Food Day

January 2, 2023 — Over centuries of human history, food has become more than just a survival necessity. Food cultivates cultures and relationships with one another. Unfortunately, one in 15 older adults in the U.S. currently experience food insecurity—defined as lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life.... Read More

Ombuds Volunteers Needed in King County

January 1, 2023 — No one was hit harder by the COVID-19 pandemic than residents of long-term care. Living in “restricted” situations for much of the past year and a half, our family and neighbors living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities experienced prolonged social isolation. In addition to the harm that can result from isolation itself,... Read More

Serve Your Community with United Way’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign

December 31, 2022 — Tax season will be here before you know it. For many, particularly folks without the resources to hire a professional accountant, tax season can be a confusing and stressful time of the year. Are there any new credits to claim? Have the income brackets changed? Why isn’t my refund as big as I was expecting,... Read More

A Case for Providing Oral Health Care for All Veterans

December 30, 2022 — Reflecting on the past two-plus years of COVID-19, we have experienced impacts in different ways. Most of us have been impacted in some way. Some of us contracted the disease. Others have family members or friends who suffered or continue to suffer with COVID-19. Did you know that, among those hospitalized with COVID-19, diabetes and... Read More

Statewide Advocacy for Long-Term Care Services and Supports

December 29, 2022 — Members of the Aging and Disability Services (ADS) Advisory Council are gearing up for the 2023 Washington State legislative season. This follows a historic 2022 session that saw many advocacy wins for long-term care services and supports. The 2023 session that convenes on January 9 will run 105 days until April 24 (sine die—a Latin term legislative... Read More

Get Outdoors Over the Holidays to Enhance Well-Being

December 22, 2022 — When you were a kid, did you find joy in spending time outdoors? For me, as a kid, embracing activities in nature was as natural as breathing. Today, my outdoor pursuits are more intentional but nonetheless enjoyable. And necessary. One positive outcome of the pandemic has been looking for ways to weave more outdoor activities... Read More

Innovative and Transformative Solutions for Inclusion, Accessibility, and Equity

December 15, 2022 — “The complex and interconnected crises facing humanity today, including the shocks resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and other countries, a tipping point in climate change, all pose humanitarian challenges of an unprecedented nature, as well as threats to the global economy. Most often, in moments of crises, people in vulnerable situations... Read More

The Spirit of Giving

December 15, 2022 — Right on the heels of Thanksgiving, many of us celebrate a season of giving. We may celebrate one or more of the winter festivals of light—Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or others. With light comes hope, and with hope comes compassion and caring. We may celebrate Solstice and the change of seasons. With appreciation for Mother Nature... Read More

Preparing for Stormy Months Ahead

November 28, 2022 — Summer’s extended stay meant warm, dry weather for much longer than anticipated this year. That doesn’t mean that the cold, rainy, and sometimes wintry weather we’re used to isn’t just around the corner. Windstorms, heavy snow, and other inclement weather events can result in power outages in our area. Seattle City Light has a few... Read More