Press Releases

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

    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 hard work here.   We Heart Seattle Board President Kevin Dahlgren commented “Local businesses are telling us that they are getting crushed by the sheer volume of trash and unauthorized parked vehicles and tents. We won’t…

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

    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 reference to “excess housing” is not something we usually hear in a conversation about homelessness but Housing Connector is tapping this resource by lowering rental barriers and partnering with property owners.”   ??We Heart We Heart Seattle is excited…

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

    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 from the Leary Triangle encampment in Ballard. While cleaning the area, volunteers from the two non-profit organizations actively engaged with residents of the encampment, many of whom worked side…

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

    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 today by the folks living on-site and felt the energy from working together.”  We Heart Seattle sees this individual engagement and empowerment as key to their success to date – success which includes…

  • A Message from We Heart Seattle founder, Andrea Suarez

    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+ volunteers and has removed over 300,000 pounds of trash and 10,000+ needles from our public spaces. That’s 150 tons of trash from almost 90 litter picks and pop-up events covering some 20 parks and public…