Joy in Giving: Supporting Homeless Families in Snohomish County

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On a Friday evening in a Northgate hotel ballroom Nicole Allen, founding member of Beneficial Ventures, helped host a community celebration that doubled as a snack packing party for children in need in Snohomish County Washington. A monetary donation given to Washington Kids in Transition by Beneficial Ventures was turned in to thousands of individually wrapped snacks for the packing party, and largely made the effort possible.

In just over a half hour, around 4,000 individually wrapped food items were wrapped in snack bags, ready to be distributed to children who spend hours a day on school busses.

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The donation arrived in all its glory via Costco.com where we could easily choose food items that work well for the children.

Mostly sticking to organic where possible the food items are specific to the needs of the children, with guidance from Washington Kids in Transition.

Each bag was packed with the following items:

  1. Protein power. Includes anything from a jerky, mac and cheese, to a protein bar.

  2. Fruity sweet. Organic apple sauce, organic fruity snacks, or orange cups.

  3. Salty/Crunchy. All the favorites, goldfish, cheese its, and cheese/cracker combos.

  4. The secret ingredient. JOY! (and a note) This is where the love comes in, adding something special to the bag.

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Joy Notes

Positive messages infused with love, encouragement, and hope went into the bags packed. We used colorful pens, stickers and bright messages to add a little heart to the snacks.

The organization

Washington Kids in Transition is a 501(c)3 non-profit based out of Snohomish County, Washington. They ensure kids and families experiencing homelessness have access to food, education, and housing resources.

Through its donations, Beneficial Ventures is currently collecting funds supporting two resource drives with Washington Kids in Transition:

  1. Food as a necessity. Over 30,000 snack bags are provided to at risk children every year. Transitional housing is located all over the county, and the children attend the original school from before they moved. Because of this many children spend hours on the bus, and these snack bags provide much needed nourishment.

  2. Gift Card Drive. All families love to have a treat or something special to share around the holidays. This gift card drive allows families in the Wa Kids program to receive $10 gift cards that they can choose how to spend.

With the holidays coming up, the Gift Card Drive is the current focus. If you would like to contribute to this drive click below to be taken to the online funds option:

International Coastal Cleanup Success! September 15th

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Beneficial Ventures was very pleased to be able to donate a potion of the proceeds from a recent land sale to support Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and their involvement in the International Coastal Cleanup on September 15th.

Our team turned out at Carkeek Park and at the Mukilteo beach along with hundreds of others to pick up trash on our public beaches to help protect #orca, other wildlife and promote public safety on our beaches.

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It feels great to engage in transactions that do good in our communities! #TransactionsforGood

Innovative Design + Commitment to Going Green = Amazing Home

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In 2007, Davey and Shari Engstom embarked on creating their dream home on the site of Davey's 1920s Wallingford cottage, that he has owned since the early 1990s. The resulting 5-star BuiltGreen home, completed in 2009, not only maximizes what are still cutting edge energy and water conservation strategies, but artfully captures the elegant old-world charm of a European mountain chalet. Learn more here

This collaboration between the owners, architect, Dan Stettler and Beckman Builders is a prime example of how a deep green home not only saves  resources and money, but provides a remarkably comfortable and peaceful place to live. Thanks to an innovative "twist" you can catch a view of Mount Rainier from the master bedroom thanks to a 23 degree rotation of the upper floor. Even though all that Wallingford has to offer awaits right outside the door, one feels transported to a holiday cabin while inside the home.

The main floor and upstairs maximize light, which highlights the stunning salt-cured Douglas Fir floors, posts and beams. The kitchen seamlessly hides appliances, including a kegerator, within custom wooden cabinetry. You really have to experience the home yourself to appreciate all that it has to offer!

The lower level is fully wired and plumbed with 9-foot ceilings and the same beams featured throughout the home. It currently serves as a full bike and ski shop, but the options for this space are endless.

LOCATION

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Address – 4511 Thackeray Pl NE, Seattle, WA 98105
County – King
Area – Wallingford
NWMLS Listing # – 1369392

INNOVATIVE GREEN FEATURES

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Radiant Heat - wood/gas hybrid radiant heating system including a beautiful and efficient soapstone Tulakivi stove centerpiece.

Solar Water - Domestic solar hot water heating.

Solar Energy - 7.2kW solar panels to generate electricity.

Hardwood Floors - Recycled “Trestlewood” flooring, posts and beams from the Great Salt Lake.

Insulation - High performance insulation in walls and roof.

Soundproof Windows - High performance tilt/turn windows.

Ventilation - High performance ventilated façade system.

Rainwater Cisterns - 3000 gallon rainwater collection cisterns for toilets, wash machine and garden. Costs average 17cents/day

Pervious driveway - for rainwater infiltration.

Copper power-pipe - for heat recapture. Costs average less than $1/day


If you are interested in learning more about this home, or would like to talk about purchasing a green home in the Seattle area, please call our green home specialist Rebecca Sayre 206-291-8528.