We Heart Seattle Blog

A Message from We Heart Seattle founder, Andrea Suarez

One year ago this week, a handful of volunteers joined me in Denny Park to participate in our first organized litter pick. We came together as like-minded citizens, frustrated by the degradation of our public spaces and determined to step up and take action. Fast forward to October 2021 and WE have become a movement! We Heart Seattle is now backed by 200+ volunteers and has removed over 300,000 poundsContinue reading “A Message from We Heart Seattle founder, Andrea Suarez”

We Heart Seattle clears more than 10,000 pounds of trash in two days, highlighting humanitarian and environmental crisis in our city

PRESS RELEASE – October 12, 2021   In a single day, We Heart Seattle cleared 6,500 pounds of trash from the ever-growing encampment at Dexter & Mercer.  Volunteers went on the next day to tackle massive mounds of trash and debris in historic Kinnear Park, hauling out an additional 3,800 pounds of trash. Again, making progress, but acknowledging the significant additional labor hours needed to fully restore Seattle’s second oldest park.  WhileContinue reading “We Heart Seattle clears more than 10,000 pounds of trash in two days, highlighting humanitarian and environmental crisis in our city”

We Heart Seattle offers a helping hand amidst a mounting humanitarian and environmental crisis in South Lake Union

PRESS RELEASE – September 21, 2021  We Heart Seattle offers a helping hand amidst a mounting humanitarian and environmental crisis in South Lake Union   We Heart Seattle has in recent days removed more than 20,000 pounds of trash from the encampment at Dexter and Mercer in South Lake Union.  Volunteers also connected dozens of individuals with resources and are continuing to develop meaningful relationships with those living in the encampment. The before and after photos of the clean-up efforts as shown here are a testament to the volunteer-led boots on theContinue reading “We Heart Seattle offers a helping hand amidst a mounting humanitarian and environmental crisis in South Lake Union”

We Heart Seattle gets the official 501(c)(3) nod from the IRS

PRESS RELEASE – August 25, 2021 We Heart Seattle has received IRS approval as a tax exempt 501(c)3organization. Since the first ad hoc trash picks in September 2020, We Heart Seattlehas attracted hundreds of volunteers and collected more than 250,000 pounds of trash and needles at approximately 80 events and pop-ups throughout the city. The group has also assisted 50 individuals with alternative housing arrangements and connected countless others to much needed servicesContinue reading “We Heart Seattle gets the official 501(c)(3) nod from the IRS”

We Heart Seattle helps community reactivate historic park and greenbelt

PRESS RELEASE – August 23, 2021 We Heart Seattle gathered with community members on Saturday, Aug 21st to celebrate the reactivation of MacLean Park and the greenbelt trails located on the east side of Queen Anne. Over the last eight weeks, volunteers have worked tirelessly to clear more than 50,000 pounds of trash, needles and bulky debris from abandoned encampments and illegal dumping in this area. Their work was complicatedContinue reading “We Heart Seattle helps community reactivate historic park and greenbelt”

We Heart Seattle’s boots-on-the-ground approach makes a difference, day by day, needle by needle

PRESS RELEASE – August 2, 2021   We Heart Seattle hosted another weekend clean-up on Sunday at the NE Queen Anne Greenbelt trail. More than 40 volunteers continued the painstaking work of reclaiming this once lush area from years of illegal dumping and neglect. Clocking in 1,000+ labor hours to date at this site alone, We Heart Seattle collected an additional 6,800 pounds of trash (bringing the total at this siteContinue reading “We Heart Seattle’s boots-on-the-ground approach makes a difference, day by day, needle by needle”

We Heart Seattle keeps showing up, looking to make a difference in our public spaces

We Heart Seattle was back at work this weekend clearing thousands more pounds of trash and needles from the NE Queen Anne Greenbelt trail.  Over the past few weeks, this all-volunteer group has cleared more than 35,000 pounds of trash from this site alone, a fraction of which you can see here.    We Heart Seattle is actively seeking help from City stakeholders to support citizen-led clean-up efforts and is poweredContinue reading “We Heart Seattle keeps showing up, looking to make a difference in our public spaces”

We Heart Seattle continues massive clean-up of historic greenbelt in NE Queen Anne

PRESS RELEASE – July 19, 2021  We Heart Seattle, a volunteer grassroots organization dedicated to making Seattle beautiful and safe for all, was back in action this weekend. Starting at the historic MacLean Park trailhead, some 30 volunteers fanned out down the NE Queen Anne Greenbelt trail all the way to Aurora Ave N.  This latest effort comes after numerous clean-ups in recent weeks, bringing the total debris removed fromContinue reading “We Heart Seattle continues massive clean-up of historic greenbelt in NE Queen Anne”

New Seattle Coalition Offers Hope for People, Parks, and Public Spaces

As a City, we need to greatly increase the efficacy of our response to unsheltered homelessness by focusing resources on behavioral health services and emergency and permanent housing. This includes addressing and considering the individual needs of each unsheltered person. By focusing resources in these areas, we can better support individuals and address the conflicts that can arise with encampments and other uses of public space. The City has declaredContinue reading “New Seattle Coalition Offers Hope for People, Parks, and Public Spaces”

These new proposals and plans need community support to become reality

Share the petition and help us reach the 20,000 supporter milestone! As our petition has quickly gained over 9,000 supporters, community leaders have stepped up with proposals to meaningfully address the humanitarian crisis that has been unfolding in Seattle for years. Councilmember Lewis proposes building 800 new tiny homes in 2021 Seattle City Councilmember Andrew Lewis, who chairs the city’s homelessness committee, has developed a bold new proposal to quicklyContinue reading “These new proposals and plans need community support to become reality”

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