MTHS food drive extended to Dec. 7

Due to weather events, the MTHS Community Service Food Drive has been extended until Wednesday, Dec. 7. The school will end its food drive with a One Day Blitz on Dec. 7. Parents and community members are encouraged to share what they can. Students will be in the drop-off lane before school to collect cash and food…

Gesa Credit Union hosting Stock-the-Sock Holiday Toy Drive

Gesa Credit Union is partnering with Local Heroes groups across Washington for its 7th annual Stock-the-Sock Holiday Toy Drive. From now until Dec. 19, community members are encouraged to donate toys in the oversized holiday stockings found at every Gesa branch. All donations will be donated to Local Hero initiatives across the state. Examples of…

MTHS student supports foster kids with Eagle Scout project

Skyler MacKay was just four days old when he entered the foster care system. Adopted into an unsafe home, he spent five years there before going back into foster care at the age of 6. That’s when Lisa MacKay took him in, eventually adopting Skyler. Now her 14-year-old son is using his childhood experience to…

Snohomish County sets public hearings Dec. 6 on affordable housing, community development needs

Snohomish County is inviting all interested persons to offer ideas during two virtual public hearings Dec. 6 for local community needs for affordable housing, public facilities, infrastructure, public services and economic development projects to be funded with 2023 federal grant funds — and to provide input on 2021 grant performance. Snohomish County, in consortium with…

Food drive thanks from the Meadowdale HS Key Club

The Meadowdale High School Key Club offered it thanks for the generous donations received during its Nov. 19 food drive in support of the Foundation for Edmonds School District’s Nourishing Network. “Your contributions will help many families with children in the Edmonds School District,” Key Club Advisor Jenae Kirby said.

Snohomish County Superior Court to host National Adoption Day celebration Nov. 18

The Snohomish County Superior Court– in co-sponsorship with the Snohomish County Clerk’s Office and CASA Program — will join others across the U.S. Friday, Nov. 18 in participating in National Adoption Day. “We are so excited to be hosting this annual event,” said Judge Millie Judge, chair of the county’s Adoption Day Committee. “It’s a…

Washington Kids in Transition hosting virtual giving tree now through Dec. 3

The holidays are fast approaching, and Lynnwood-based Washington Kids in Transition is preparing holiday bags for McKinney Vento students, which by definition are children “who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nightime residence.” These youth are typically left out of community holiday programs because they do not have an adult to go shopping for them or fill…

A thank you for diaper donations

Meadowdale High School’s Key Club offered thanks to all those who donated to its recent diaper drive in support of Washington Kids in Transition. “The donated diapers and monies will assist many families,” club advisor Jenae Kirby said.

No mandatory drug treatment at Edmonds hotel shelter

Homeless people seeking shelter at new emergency housing in Edmonds will not have to agree to drug treatment before they are allowed to move in. The Snohomish County Council earlier this week – for the second time – voted not to make drug treatment mandatory at the Edmonds Best Value Inn, along with another hotel…

Mountlake Terrace’s Mercy House requests $250K in city ARPA funds

As the Mountlake Terrace City Council continues to look at ways to spend its allocation of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, a representative from Mountlake Terrace-based Mercy House Multiservice Center Oct. 18 made his pitch for a portion of the dollars aimed at COVID recovery. Don Osborne, a 33-year Mountlake Terrace resident who serves…

Reminder: Diaper drive for Washington Kids in Transition at Meadowdale HS Oct. 22

The Meadowdale High School Key Club is hosting a diaper drive for Washington Kids in Transition Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in front of the high school, 6002 168th St. S.W., Lynnwood. The organization, which assists homeless families in the Edmonds School District, needs diapers, wipes and ointment. Diaper sizes 4,…

Washington Kids in Transition needs diapers and supplies

Washington Kids in Transition, which helps families in need in the Edmonds School District, said it is running low on supplies for its diaper bank.The Lynnwood-based organization need diapers in all sizes but the biggest need is for sizes 4, 5 and 6. There is also a need for wipes and ointment.Here is how you…

Hazel Miller Foundation donates $250K to Lynnwood Neighborhood Center

The Hazel Miller Foundation has donated $250,000 to the Volunteers of America Western Washington’s Lynnwood Neighborhood Center (LNC), to be built next to Trinity Lutheran Church. Growing pockets of extensive poverty in South Snohomish County have a debilitating impact on the health, well-being and vibrancy of the whole community, the foundation noted in a press…

Council approves multifamily tax exemption program for developers in Town Center

The City of Mountlake Terrace will move forward with a multifamily property tax exemption (MFTE) program for the city’s Town Center. The council voted unanimously at its Monday, Oct. 3 business meeting to approve a resolution of intent to designate the Town Center subarea for the program, which offers a tax exemption for developers of…

Long-time Housing Hope CEO Fred Safstrom announces retirement

Fred Safstrom has announced his retirement as CEO of Housing Hope, which owns and operates 541 affordable housing units at 23 locations throughout Snohomish County. Two more projects for families are planned for South Snohomish County — one next to Edmonds Lutheran Church in Edmonds and the other next to Cedar Valley Community School in…

A focus on housing instead of homelessness: Panelists weigh in during Tuesday coffee chat

We think we have heard all the arguments about housing and homelessness: “Poverty, drugs, mental illness, job loss, divorce cause homelessness” “Left-leaning politicians and permissive policies bring in more homeless.” “We don’t want multi-family housing in our community” But what we have heard about housing and homelessness may not be “all the arguments.” – Detroit…

Reminder: Volunteers of America ‘Hope is Brewing’ fundraiser Sept. 30

Volunteers of America Western Washington (VOAWW) is hosting “Hope is Brewing,” a free virtual event Friday, Sept. 30 at 8 a.m. During the 45-minute livestream, hear from clients and staff about the impact VOAWW is making in the community, plus where the need is currently the greatest and how you can get involved. VOAWW has been…

Somers releases proposal for spending county’s remaining $85 million in ARPA funds

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers Thursdayreleased his proposal for the county’s remaining $85 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, which are federal dollars designed to address the public health, social, and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a county news release, the proposal reflects community pandemic recovery priorities identified during a four-month…