Adopt-a-Street newsletter, Issue 10
Promoting civic responsibility and community pride as well as enhancing Seattle's quality of life through clean streets and beautiful neighborhoods.
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or (206) 684-7647

End of Year Wrap Up 2017

First Hill Improvement Association Volunteers

Members of Sigma Psi Zeta at a recent clean-up event

Huge thanks to all the volunteers that helped to make Seattle a cleaner city in 2017! Volunteers spent countless hours picking up litter and debris to help keep Seattle a place we are all proud to live. Some impressive statistics from the program this year are:

  • 287 clean up events
  • 91 Spring Clean events
  • 5,393 volunteers
  • 16,034 volunteer hours
  • 3,880 bags collected; 58,000 lbs

We want to remind you that even though it’s cold out, your help is still needed! Winter tends be a little slower and quieter for everyone so plan a clean-up to keep yourself busy this season. Bundle up in a warm jacket and your favorite gloves, grab some friends, and keep cleaning! Thanks again for all the volunteers’ hard word work this year!

Waste-Free Community Matching Grant

Seattle Public Utilities has just launched our matching grant for community projects focused on waste prevention. This grant aims to fund projects that support community leadership and innovation, increase community access to waste prevention opportunities, and overall reduce waste. Grant award amounts range from $2,000 to $15,000; applications are due February 23rd. For more information visit

Please share with anyone that you think is a good fit for this grant!

Volunteer Spotlight

Hear what Gwen Wessels has to say about one of her volunteer events:

“On a cold but sunny day in November, 81 sixth graders plus faculty and staff amassed on the front lawn of University Prep School. Their mission: clean up Dahl playfield and the local neighborhood. Eight teams went out and conquered! With the support of the Adopt a Street program they all had bright orange vests, gloves, litter pickers and bags. It was great fun to watch these teams head into the playfield and the neighboring streets around the school. They were only out for an hour, but they brought back a lot of litter! I overheard one of the faculty that had been in Dahl playfield share that the field was so clean now one could eat off the ground!

It was a great event! Thank you SPU for the supplies. Thank you University Prep for asking for a service project. I’m sure we’ll do this again.”

Thanks Gwen, we love hearing stories about youth involvement!

New Addition to the Team!


Darby Jenny – Volunteer Coordinator, Intern

In October, we welcomed Darby Jenny as our new intern Volunteer Coordinator. Darby is an undergraduate at the University of Washington pursuing a double degree in Environmental Science and Resource Management, and Mathematics. She is happy to be your new point of contact for the Adopt-a-Street program and is looking forward to getting to know all the volunteers.


How to a Adopt a Street

Haven’t been actively volunteering for a while? Do you want to start your own volunteer group or take on a neighborhood cleaning project individually?
View instructions here

Photo & Stories

If you have photos or short stories about your volunteer event and would like them to be featured in our newsletter, please send them to: or

Contact Us

Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave - Suite 4600
P.O. Box 34018
Seattle, WA 98124

(206) 684-7647


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