Adopt-a-Street newsletter, Issue 04
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

Off to a Great Start

Church of God volunteers

Church of God hosts the 2695th Worldwide Environmental Cleanup Campaign on February 8th at the UW Campus.

In 2014 almost 3,200 volunteers donated over 10,000 hours of their time to beautifying the streets of Seattle. Together they managed to collect a staggering 2,380 bags of trash, culminating in over 17 tons of trash. If you convert this amount to cubic feet, that is enough trash to cover the entire length of a football field to a height of two feet and a width of one foot. Thank you to everyone who volunteered with Adopt a Street in 2014.

This year we are off to a great start:

  • January - 186 volunteers helped out at 13 clean up events and collected 129 bags of trash.
  • February - 170 volunteers helped out at 10 clean up events and collected 197 bags of trash.
  • March - 134 volunteers helped out at 14 volunteer events and collected 108 bags of trash.

Volunteer events continue to be scheduled every month. Volunteer this year by emailing

Volunteer Stories

Volunteers from the NAAP

Volunteers from the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP- Seattle)

National Association of Asian American Professionals

The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP-Seattle) held its first volunteer event of the year on January 25, 2015 with the Adopt A Street program. Each quarter, teams gather to clean S Jackson and S King St in the International District, creating an opportunity to both bond with members of the organization and show their pride in the community.

With the mission statement, “We make leaders,” the fundamental pillars of NAAAP-Seattle focus on community service by working with other local non-profits from Habitat for Humanity to the Community Emergency Response Team, professional development events to give members tools to excel in the workplace, and social events for networking and meeting new people. Through NAAAP-Seattle, people have a chance to focus on their professional growth, make new friends, and have a sense of belonging.
  - David Eam, NAAP

Gaia's Temple

Last March while I was waiting for my volunteers to show an elderly couple drove up and asked if it was the day of the service and I said "No, it's next Sunday. We are cleaning the street today. Would you like to join us?" The woman declined and then drove away. Five minutes later a younger couple showed up asking the same thing and I explained the same and this time they were glad to help! We got done in no time with all the help! We then went out to a well-deserved lunch. What a great day it was.
  - Gina Mason, Gaia's Temple

Volunteering in Seattle

Two different volunteer groups

Left: Volunteers with the Church of God clean up 17th Ave on February 8th. Right: Heather Newby (L); Katie Howland (R) clean the Uptown/QA area on Feb. 14th

The Corporation for National & Community Service – that runs AmeriCorps, and other volunteer programs – frequently collects and analyzes data about volunteerism in the United States. According to the most recent completed survey (2013), Seattle had had the highest volunteer rate of all large cities on the West Coast, followed closely by Portland. Furthermore, the volunteer rate in Seattle (33.7%) was almost ten percentage points higher than that of the national average (25.4%).

Volunteering not only helps the local community, but also provides personal and professional benefits to volunteers. Benefits of volunteering include:

  • Lower occurrences of mental health illnesses (particularly for mature, Baby-Boomer volunteers)
  • Higher life satisfaction
  • Increased feeling of connection with the local community
  • Networking opportunities with local community groups/individuals
  • Skills that can be applied to future professional opportunities

Volunteering is an excellent way to give back and connect with the local community.

New Addition to the Team

Catherine Foster - Volunteer Coordinator, Intern

Catherine Foster - Volunteer Coordinator, Intern

In January, the Adopt a Street program welcomed a new intern to the program – Catherine Foster. Catherine is a current Graduate Student at the University of Washington studying Public Administration with a focus on Urban Policy and Public Finance.

Catherine has a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After graduation, she served as an AmeriCorps member for Our City Forest, an urban forestry non-profit in San Jose, California. Catherine then completed a second term of service with the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Skagit County in Mount Vernon, Washington.


Spring Clean

Join your neighbors for Spring Clean 2015, an annual community cleanup event from April 1 – May 31. All public streets are available to be cleaned and supplies are provided.

If you are interested in coordinating a Spring Clean event, email

Last year, Spring Clean attracted almost 2000 volunteers and together they collected over 1000 bags of trash!


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.

Photos & Stories

If you have photos or short stories about your volunteer event please send them to and we will feature them in our newsletter. Photos and stories should be submitted by September 4th..

Contact Us

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

(206) 684-7647


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