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We Heart Seattle joins forces with local businesses to tackle trash, while offering individuals a path to work  

PRESS RELEASE – December 15, 2021   We Heart Seattle recently teamed up with Hilton Garden Inn volunteers to remove 6500 pounds of trash from the Dexter and Mercer encampment.  Another day last week, We Heart Seattle removed 8000 pounds of wood, metal and debris from the RV camp on Northlake Way, working side by side with several RV residents along with individuals participating in We Heart Seattle’s innovative work first program. See the fruits of their hardContinue reading “We Heart Seattle joins forces with local businesses to tackle trash, while offering individuals a path to work  “

We Heart Seattle partners with Housing Connector to tap housing opportunities for families and individuals experiencing homelessness  

PRESS RELEASE – December 15, 2021   We Heart Seattle has joined forces with Housing Connector to tap excess housing capacity in Seattle for those most in need.   Housing Connector offers qualified community partners such as We Heart Seattle access to an exclusive Zillow-supported listing platform of housing quickly available to prospective tenants.  We Heart Seattle then works with potential tenants to assess whether they are the right fit for listed housing and offers ongoing case management support to those accepted into the program.    We Heart Seattle founder and Executive Director Andrea Suarez commented “A referenceContinue reading “We Heart Seattle partners with Housing Connector to tap housing opportunities for families and individuals experiencing homelessness  “

We Heart Seattle gains support from businesses and neighbors by continuing to go where others will not

PRESS RELEASE – November 16, 2021 After learning that some City trash removal contractors don’t clear slopes, We Heart Seattle swung into action this past weekend, removing 2500 pounds from the slopes of Kinnear Park. With this latest effort, the group has now cleared close to 10,000 pounds from that park in recent weeks.    We Heart Seattle also teamed up this past weekend with Seattle Compassion Services to clear 4000 pounds of trash and debris fromContinue reading “We Heart Seattle gains support from businesses and neighbors by continuing to go where others will not”

We Heart Seattle tackles trash in Ballard while empowering individuals to be part of the solution 

PRESS RELEASE – October 29, 2021  In a single day, We Heart Seattle cleared 4,000 pounds of trash from a street-side encampment in Ballard.  What made this October 23rd clean-up event particularly special was that people living on-site pitched in to help, hauling trash and discarded furniture to volunteer-driven trucks. Working side by side, the We Heart Seattle team also connected two individuals with resources allowing them to potentially relocate.   We Heart Seattle Executive Director Andrea Suarez commented that “we were thrilled to be welcomed here todayContinue reading “We Heart Seattle tackles trash in Ballard while empowering individuals to be part of the solution “

A Message from We Heart Seattle founder, Andrea Suarez

PRESS RELEASE – October 27, 2021 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+ volunteersContinue 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 keeps making a difference in Denny Park  

PRESS RELEASE – August 15, 2021   We Heart Seattle was back in action this weekend at Denny Park connecting people with resources and offering a helping hand.  Having already cleared close to 30,000 pounds of trash from this park and the surrounding area, We Heart Seattle volunteers regularly visit Denny Park to help maintain the reclaimed urban oasis and engage with those who frequent the park. This past weekend, We Heart Seattle helped a couple in Denny Park lay plansContinue reading “We Heart Seattle keeps making a difference in Denny Park  “

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