Volunteer Opportunities

Date and Time: April 20, 2015 – April 27, 2015 From 1:00 am to 1:00 am
Agency: U-District Foundation Mentoring
Description:  Start now during Spokane Gives Week. Give to the community and a child. We match children to you for a one-on-one match based on your interests and backgrounds. It easy and fun and every one of our mentors tells the same story – “I get so much more from this relationship than I give!
Event Contact: Mike


 Computer Lab Support

Date and Time:  9am to 9pm Tuesday 4/21 through Friday 4/24
Location: Inland NW Baby; 15303 E. Sprague
Description: Inland NW Baby has received a large influx of donations over the last few weeks and needs help sorting to get caught up.  Sorting involves inspecting items for stains, tears, etc and then sorting by gender.  All volunteers are welcome, even for an hour or two
Event Contact: Julie Sheldon


Waitress/Server

Date and Time: Ongoing
Location: Women & Children’s Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen; 1620 N. Monroe
Description: “Receive as much as you Give”.  Become a server at Women & Children’s Free Restaurant on a Tuesday or Wednesday.  Must arrive no later than 2:45 PM and plan to stay as late as 6:30 PM.   Dress code is clean and tidy.  Must wear closed toed shoes, shirt with sleeves (no tank tops), please bring a current food handlers card that  you can obtain through the Spokane Regional Health Departments web site.
Event Contact: Karen Orlando at (509) 324-1995
Bus routes: 24


 Tour de Cure

Date and Time: Ongoing
Location: American Diabetes Association  315 W Mission # 20
Description: The American Diabetes Association needs volunteers to help out with this years Tour de Cure, both in the days leading up to the event and on the day of the event. Possible tasks leading up to the event include manning information booths at events, distributing event information throughout the community, serving on a committee. Possible tasks on the day of the event include rider sign-in, setting up and tearing down the event site, helping to prepare the routes, and route marshals.
Event Contact: (509) 624-7478
Bus routes: 22, 27


 

Community Voicemail Advocacy

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We need your help to save funding for Community Voicemail and 211!

The proposed state budgets from the House and Senate just came out and the Senate budget cuts Community Voicemail and the 211 referral system. It is important for both House and Senate legislators to hear from you over the next week while they are hashing out the final budget.

Please call the Legislative Hotline at 1.800.562.6000 and leave a message for your State Legislators that says:

Please fully fund the Community Voicemail and WIN 211 programs. Everyone needs a way to stay connected and to access critical resources to help them move out of crisis. Lifeline does not serve everyone and Community Voicemail provides a vital service for people who will otherwise fall through the cracks.

If you are online, you can also go to http://www.leg.wa.gov to find your district and email your legislators.

Please call soon if you can. Thank you for your time and help.

Free Arbor Day Activities at Finch Arboretum, April 25th (11am – 2 pm)

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On Saturday, April 25th bring your cameras and kids to walk and learn in the spring air. Arboretum hosts will tell Arboretum history and tree stories.  Master Composters will share all there is to know about bringing life to soil. There will be a Tree City U.S.A Planting Ceremony.  Kids Activities include making Arbor Day flags and bird seed ornaments. City Arborists will have their Big Rigs including the big Bucket Truck out to see. Even though perfect spring weather may not be here in time, there are indoor and outdoor activities for everyone. Dress for the weather and have fun!

Green Living

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Every Drop Counts: In the Kitchen

      Whip up a batch of big water savings

  • Plug up the sink or use a wash basin if washing dishes by hand.
  • Use a dishwasher; and when you do, make sure it’s fully loaded!
  • While you’re at it, scrape that plate instead of rinsing before loading it into the dishwasher.
  • Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.
  • Thaw in the refrigerator overnight rather than using a running tap of water.
  • Add food waste to your compost pile instead of using the garbage disposal.

Free Trees!

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Spring is in the air and the Forest Spokane Initiative is looking to give away 2,000 trees this year to Spokane residents! The Residential Tree Program aims to plant trees to help reduce stormwater runoff.

There are two free tree giveaway events in 2015 as part of the Residential Tree Program. The first event will be held this spring on April 17th and 18th. The second event will be held near the end of October (exact dates to be determined). One thousand trees will be offered at each.

Trees available on the day of the events are first come, first serve as long as supplies last. Residents living within the city of Spokane are eligible to receive up to two (2) free trees each. A variety of tree species are available between the sizes of four to seven gallons.

The City’s Office of Neighborhood Services is working with three local nurseries that will have the tree stock available on the day of the event.

  • Blue Moon Nursery: 1732 S. Inland Empire Way Spokane, WA 99224
  • Spokane Conservation District: 210 N. Havana St. Spokane, WA 99202
  • Home Fires Nursery: 2919 S. Geiger Blvd. Spokane, WA 99224

View the FREE TREE species list (PDF 3.4 MB) to see species offered by location.

If you would like to choose your free tree(s) species prior to the event, contact your local neighborhood council to receive a free tree voucher and pre-select the tree species before the event. To find out which neighborhood you live in, visit the neighborhood’s page.

As part of the Residential Tree Program, Greenleaf Landscaping & Nursery is offering a special deal for Spokane residents. Greenleaf has reserved 300 deciduous and coniferous tree species for residents to purchase at $95 per tree, Spokane residents are eligible for up to 2 trees. With your purchase Greenleaf will deliver and install your new tree(s) directly on to your property at a time convenient for you. View the Greenleaf Tree flyer (PDF 1.2 MB) to view a list of trees offered.

Forest Spokane

The Residential Tree Program is part of the Forest Spokane Initiative. The goal of forest spokane is to plant 10,000 trees in the city as a way to mitigate stormwater from entering into our stormwater system and the spokane river.

Residential Tree Program Membership

See the forest for the trees, be a part of something bigger! Help the Initiative reach its goals of mitigating stormwater by planting your FREE TREE in the right place. In order for your tree to help mitigate stormwater the leaves and branches need to overhang at maturity over a sidewalk, street, driveway or walkway. But you also want to plant your tree in the correct location by taking into account the tree maturity size when selecting the proper location. Each of the participating nurseries can help you in choosing the correct tree species for your home or visit the Forest Spokane Initiative to learn more about choosing the right tree.

Event Sponsors
Residential Tree Program Sponsors

Community Voicemail Advocacy

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We need your help to save funding for Community Voicemail and 211!

The proposed state budgets from the House and Senate just came out and the Senate budget cuts Community Voicemail and the 211 referral system. It is important for both House and Senate legislators to hear from you over the next week while they are hashing out the final budget.

Please call the Legislative Hotline at 1.800.562.6000 and leave a message for your State Legislators that says:

Please fully fund the Community Voicemail and WIN 211 programs. Everyone needs a way to stay connected and to access critical resources to help them move out of crisis. Lifeline does not serve everyone and Community Voicemail provides a vital service for people who will otherwise fall through the cracks.

If you are online, you can also go to http://www.leg.wa.gov to find your district and email your legislators.

Please call soon if you can. Thank you for your time and help.

Scam Alert

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City of Spokane utility customers should be aware of scammers claiming to represent City utilities who threaten to shut off water unless immediate payment is made. At least one local organization has received such a call, which is very similar to scam calls reported by other local utilities in recent months.

Last summer, the Spokane Police Department and Avista Utilities worked jointly to get information out to consumers about such fraudulent calls. Read the news release about that effort.

In the report the City received, the local organization was told by the scammer that they needed to pay $650 immediately to keep the water on. The organization was instructed to buy a prepaid card, a type of payment that can’t be easily tracked, at a local grocery store to pay the amount allegedly owed. In this case, the organization was current on its City utility bill.

The City never takes such an aggressive approach to working with customers who are past due on accounts. Customers who are past due on their accounts are contacted multiple times before ever facing the possibility of having their water turned off. Additionally, after those contacts, the City will place a door hanger at a residence or business 24 hours before turning off water.

If you receive a call that you believe is suspicious, end the call. To confirm if a call is legitimately from the City, please call the Utility Billing office directly at 509.625.6000.

Anyone who believes they have contacted in this way or has been a victim of this scam is asked to call Crime Check at 509.456.2233 to file a police report.