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Think Outside the Car Kick-Off, a Success!

On April 28th, CoolMom and Westside School hosted our first Think Outside the Car event promoting Walking School Buses, Bike Programs and No-Idle Campaigns in West Seattle elementary schools.
Think Outside the Car Kick-Off, a Success!

Think Outside the Car

CoolMom was joined by bikers and walkers of all ages. The day began with bicycle decorating, festive live music from BottleRockit and a bicycle rodeo courtesy of Cascade Bicycle Club. Children were busily decorating their bikes for two of our bike parades where we gave out prizes from Alki Bike and Board to the best dressed bicycles.

Many visitors took part in getting their Undriver License pledging to walk, bike or ride to travel to work, school or run their errands.

The Feet First Chicken was on hand to give safety tips on how to travel by foot and if you were lucky you caught her dancin' a jig with BottleRockit! It was quite a show.

To quench the little one's thirst after bike decorating and some mad pedaling during the parade, we served donated Organic Valley milk. For the hungry bellies of all ages, delicious food was sold by Lumpia World and Athena's. Some said Athena's served the best Gyro's in town and if you didn't get a taste of the sweet potato lumpia, you missed an amazing treat!

Families that attended the event also donated 13 bikes to Bike Works! Thank you to the West Seattle Community!

Big Thank you's go out to Westside School, all our volunteers and organizations that tabled the event!

Please contact CoolMom if you would like to help volunteer for Think Outside the Car.

Thank you to our sponsors:

SAFEWAY
American West Bank
Organic Valley

 

Volunteer Thanks!

Christina H.
Chas R.
Barbara L-S.
Scott W.
Laura E.
Kristy R.
Emily G.
Toni W.
Peter D.
Megan S.
Caitlin C.
Abby S.
Liz N.
Amanda S.
Don B.
Stevie R.
David K.
Darcy E.
Julia F.
Julie J.
Susan S.
Stu H.

GiveBIG May 2nd

One Day. Give Big and Get More! On Wednesday, May 2, the Seattle Foundation is hosting their 2nd year of GiveBIG, a community-wide day of online giving. Give to CoolMom on this day and your gift will get bigger!
GiveBIG May 2nd

giveBIG

Last year, about 900 local nonprofits (including CoolMom!) participated and a whopping 18,800 donations were made to regional nonprofits, totaling more than 3.5 million dollars.

A “stretch pool” of an additional $500,000 was provided by GiveBIG partners, bringing the total amount raised to more than $4 million. The stretch pool was distributed among the 900 nonprofits that received donations during GiveBIG. Each nonprofit received a portion of the stretch pool according to the percentage it received of the total amount of GiveBIG donations.

The average gift size was $189.99 and the most donations received by a single organization was The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

We are gearing up for year two! GiveBIG will be on Wednesday, May 2. Please mark your calendars and support CoolMom on this day of giving BIG. The more we raise on May 2 through the GiveBIG Challenge, the more of the “stretch pool” CoolMom receives.

To count toward the GiveBIG challenge, donations must be made between the hours of midnight and midnight (Pacific Time) on May 2, and they must be made through the Seattle Foundation website. Each nonprofit has a profile page set up and you must use a credit card to donate.

Throughout GiveBIG, donors will be chosen at random to have an additional $1,000 given to the charity that received their donation. Golden Ticket winners will also be eligible to win airline tickets, gift cards, and more!

Tell all your CoolMoms, friends, relatives, and neighbors to help support CoolMom in its efforts to affect climate change and build sustainable homes and communities to protect a healthy and safe future for our children.

With so many non-profits participating, why should you GiveBIG to CoolMom?

We believe in a healthy future for our kids and the planet. Halting and healing the planet's climate is the most sustainable way to achieve a healthy future.

  • We work tirelessly to advocate for climate change legislation and local initiatives
  • We are the only non-profit that intentionally organizes families into local neighborhood groups focused solely on climate change actions.
  • We give a loud voice for our children and our children's children to ensure a healthy and safe planet.

Sound like utopia? A chinese proverb says: When Sleeping Women Wake, Mountains Move.  CoolMom is awake. Empower us to move mountains and GiveBIG on May 2!

Questions about GiveBIG? Please contact our Director Terri Glaberson, terri@coolmom.org or 206-280-2828.

Thank you for your generous support of CoolMom!

Tea Fundraiser-Save the Date!

Tea Fundraiser-Save the Date!

CoolMom & SWS Tea Fundraiser

Join CoolMom and Sustainable West Seattle on May 19, 2012 for our joint Tea Fundraiser. CoolMom and Sustainable West Seattle share similar values of building sustainable communities.

Our event will include a silent and live auction, 50/50 Raffle, and Ask. We will serve light fare and beverages. Because the event is on Saturday, between the hours of 2 to 5 pm you can still make plans for both your morning and evening. You could also make it a date night, come to our fundraiser then head out to dinner!

Volunteer

Please show your support and volunteer several hours to raise money for our two deserving non-profits. There are many volunteer opportunities to choose from here. Volunteers will receive a free CoolMom T-shirt and a free raffle ticket.

Event Details

Date: May 19, 2012
Time: 2 to 5 pm
Location: 4106 SW Findlay Street, Seattle 98136 (West Seattle, corner of Findlay and 41st Ave. SW and home of one of our West Seattle CoolMoms!)
What: Silent & Live Auction, 50/50 Raffle and Ask. Yummy tea sandwiches and cookies, fruit and veggies to snack on and open wine and beer bar, plus tea and coffee. There will also be several flute players helping make the Tea festive!
Please save the date for our Tea Fundraiser. You may purchase tickets on brown paper tickets here. Tickets are $20 if purchased before May 2nd and $30 there after. Stay tuned for a list of Silent and Live Auction items.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

ORGANIC VALLEY

THE COHO REALTY TEAM

April 28-Think Outside the Car Event

West Seattle CoolMom is hosting the first Think Outside the Car Event on Saturday, April 28th from 10 am to 2pm. You won't want to miss this fun and exciting event!
April 28-Think Outside the Car Event

Think Outside the Car

Think Outside the Car (TOC) is working closely with four elementary schools in West Seattle: Arbor Heights, Gatewood, Lafayette and Pathfinder. We are helping these schools reduce air pollution and carbon emissions by building Walking School Buses, Bike Programs and No-Idle Campaigns at their schools. The project, funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, supports parent and student volunteers in creating these exciting new programs through fiscal sponsorship, materials and supplies, and planning.

To get the word out and get the community involved West Seattle CoolMom and TOC Steering Committee is having an event April 28th from 10 am to 2pm at Westside School located on 34th and Holden Street.

The Details.

Date: Saturday, April 28th
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Westside School Play ground on North Side of building, 34th and Holden Street

Please consider biking, walking or busing it to the event. Bus routes servicing this area are here. There will be a West Seattle Spokespeople ride starting at 9:30 am at Lincoln Park across from Kenyon Street. Get your morning coffee and donut to start your day!


Activities:

    • Cascade Bicycle Club's Bike Rodeo for kids ages 2 to 10 years
    • Bike Works demos- Bike Works will be collecting donated bikes and will perform 'how tos' for those novice bike riders
    • Bike Parade- kids will decorate their own bikes or make a Walking School Bus Vest at the event and ride or walk in one of the parades (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
    • Bean Bag Toss- toss a bean bag into our cut out Walking School Bus and win a button
    • Raffle drawing- announced at 1 p.m.
    • Undriver Licensing Station -create your very own Undriver License
    • Live music from BottleRockit
    • Delicious food sold by Lumpia World and Athena's

Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers for our event. Sign up here to help make this an awesome event. Volunteers will get a free CoolMom T-shirt and $ 5 gift certificate, details TBA.

Come on out to Westside School for our Kick Off event for Think Outside the Car. It's going to be a great time!

Thank you to our Sponsors

SAFEWAY

AmericanWest Bank

Organic Valley


To learn more about Think Outside the Car and how you can get involved go here.

2012 Green Home Tour

Are you curious about green building? Want to learn about how your home can be healthier for you and more environmentally friendly? Then come to the 2nd annual Green Home Tour on April 21 & 22, from 10am-4pm.
2012 Green Home Tour

Green Home Tour

A project of the NW EcoBuilding Guild, the 2012 Green Home Tour features a self-guided excursion to view up to 20+ local, healthy, and green new houses, remodels, and energy retrofits in the Seattle area and Eastside.

A Saturday EcoExpo at GreenDepot in South Seattle will feature green suppliers, sustainable products, and contractors, with food, fun, and entertainment. Sunday will feature energy-focused workshops at Green Home Solutions in North Queen Anne with demonstrations of blower door testing, duct-blasting, air-sealing, combustion safety, and more.

All events are kid-friendly and great for the whole family.  Programs and official tour map are available online at SeattleGreenHomeTour.org and printed in Seattle Natural Awakenings magazine, April edition.

Contact Cate O’dahl at 425-670-1342 or greenhometour@ecobuilding.org for more information.