Community Voicemail Advocacy


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 to find your district and email your legislators.

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

7 Ridiculously Useful Tips For Job Hunters


The dreaded, daily, servitude that burdens your already tired and weary shoulders. Beaten, bedraggled and crestfallen you slump out of your bed at 6am, ready for another day of instant coffee, TPS reports and habitual sighing.

If any part of that sounds like you -or your daily routine – then there’s a good chance that it’s time for a change. Or, if you’re entering the workforce for the first time, and this is what you’re expecting from a job market that’s not too friendly to young people and graduates, then fear not – there are options.

If you’re so inclined, many of those options exist in the tech industry, which is experiencing an ever growing roster of successful companies, huge investments and even a Mike Judge TV show (the only true metric of success).

In response,young people, graduates and experienced employees are flocking towards either building their own startup or working for an exciting tech company. But the popularity of these companies means that you will need to stand out – in a big way. Read More. Click here for 7 Ridiculously Useful Tips for Job Hunters.

Weekly Job Postings: JOB LISTINGS 5-18-15

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Green Living

Every Drop Counts “Outdoor Irrigation”

  • Install drip irrigation where possible. Periodically check drip systems for clogged or broken tubing or emitters.
  • Use soaker hoses where drip isn’t possible. Stake a soaker hose to desired locations in flower beds, around trees and shrubs and in gardens. Determine the optimal pressure and watering time. Too much pressure causes soaker hoses to spray rather than sweat. Fasten soaker hoses to a hose timer and turn on the timer. You can regulate excess water pressure with a multi-port manifold and hose timers to supply several soaker hoses with ease.
  • Automate sprinkler systems. Use electronic or mechanical timers and soil moisture sensors to help water efficiently. Use an automatic timer or set a timer to remind you to turn off sprinklers. Use a kitchen timer if you can’t install an automated system.
  • Use hose-end shut-off valves for hand watering. Turn off the water as you move the hose from plant to plant.
  • Repair leaks. Especially bad hose connections.
  • Water early in the morning or in the early evening when the air is still and evaporation is minimal.
  • Install a rain sensor that allows your irrigation system to automatically shut-off when rainfall exceeds a certain amount.
  • Inspect irrigation systems and fix leaks, broken/clogged sprinkler heads.

Use a rain barrel to harvest rainwater from gutters for watering gardens and landscapes

Public Service Announcement: New Drug on the Streets of Spokane

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What it is: Alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone (a synthetic stimulant) aka Flakka
How it’s done: Vaping, snorting, eating, smoking
Reported effects: Murderous rage, paranoia, ultra-violence, running around screaming
Is it real: Yes—multiple reported instances of individuals arrested while high on flakka
Famous victim: Naked intersection guy

It’s worse than, more addictive, and cheaper than meth ($5 for a dose).  It’s being compared to bath salts.

Please Read:

**Please continue to be aware of your surroundings and do not engage with individuals who appear to be high.  Call 911 if you need.**

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Green Living

HEALTHY HOMES “Keep Your Home Contaminant-Free”

  • Purchase and install carbon monoxide detectors for each level of your home and within 15 feet of each sleeping area.
  • Don’t use foggers or aerosol sprays to eliminate pests.
  • Leave asbestos-containing materials undisturbed.
  • Perform a radon test of your home.

Limit use of products that contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).