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Create a Better World

Do you sometimes wish you could do more to make the world a better place? You can.

The Create a Better World (CBW) team creates opportunities for people like you who want to build community and make a difference in the lives of others. By guiding and supporting people to take action in the world, we are channels of God’s Love, Grace, and Power as we help transform ideas into reality through mindful service.

Through CBW, we have contributed to projects and organizations such as St Francis House, local Food Banks, Rebuilding Together, Habitat for Humanity, and the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI)—to name a few.

How to Get Involved:

You are invited to participate in one of our seasonal upcoming service opportunities listed below. If you are searching for another way to volunteer your time and energy or get more involved with the Create a Better World Team, we can match you to your specific interest or help you organize and lead your own effort. Contact Cathy Lindsay.

 

CBW Monthly Donations

CSL Seattle and Create a Better World supports charitable organizations to do their good work in the world by donating $100 to three local nonprofits every month. Recipients are nominated by CSL members and congregants. Monthly nominations can be submitted to Sherry Dawley and should include organization name, web site, and one sentence why you love this nonprofit. Let’s help others who need our support!

October Donations

  • Meow Cat Seattle in Kirkland, Nominated by Jeri Paul
    MEOW promotes lifelong relationships between people and companion animals, providing shelter and care for each precious life until adopted into a forever home.
  • Rooster Haus Rescue, Fall City, Nominated by Cindy Clay
    Rooster Haus Rescue is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and giving permanent sanctuary to neglected and abused farmed animals. Our sanctuary, located near Fall City, Washington
  • Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation, Nominated by Marilyn Gregory
    At Serenity, neglected or abused horses receive quality veterinary care, are socialized, and given essential training in preparation for adoption. As a result, the emotional and physical turnaround of these horses is nothing short of miraculous.

A Season of Service

Service Opportunities Oct 2021-Feb 2022

Blessing Bags

Now-Oct 24

Please join us as we share our abundance with our neighbors early this holiday season by creating Blessing Bags to be distributed by Facing Homelessness or given out individually.  In order to be mindful of Covid restrictions and keep healthy and safe, this year we’re asking Sangha’s or groups of friends within our community to work together to create your own blessing bags and drop them off at CSL. From there a member of the CBW committee will take them to Facing Homelessness to be handed out to our neighbors living outside.  Post on the CSL Facebook members page if your Sangha/friend group is participating and let us know how many blessing bags you’re going to make. We’d love each group to make at least 10 bags. Share photos as well!  Please drop off bags to CSL no later than Sunday, October 24th.

We’re going with a Halloween theme, so feel free to include some Halloween treats.

Suggested items to include in Blessing Bags:

  • Socks
  • Handwarmers
  • Foot warmers
  • Masks
  • Nonperishable food items in easy to open packages, not too hard or too chewy. The Facing Homelessness window of kindness has hot water available, so individual packets of tea, coffee, oatmeal and soup are nice.
  • Halloween candy
  • A note of Love and/or encouragement
  • Toiletry items can be included as well, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, razors, period supplies, etc.  However, any scented items should be packed separately from food items.

It is suggested to package all items in a 1 gallon ziplock bag.

Thanksgiving Meals

Nov 24-25

“When you have more than you need, build a longer table…”

This year at Thanksgiving we invite you to join us in making and taking a Thanksgiving dinner meal to our neighbors who are living homeless. There are many ways to participate in this giving activity: You can prepare food ahead of time and drop it off, you can join a small group of folks who will be packaging up meals, or you can be part of the group that will go out to nearby homeless encampments and hand out the meals in the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day.

To volunteer in any of these capacities click this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D4EAFA728A1FB6-cslseattle

Food items to be prepared include: turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, green beans, dinner rolls, pumpkin pie

Donated food is to be dropped off on Nov 24. Folks will gather to warm up food & package it up for distribution on Thanksgiving Day, Nov 25 between 10am and 1pm. Group to head out and distribute food on Nov 24 at 1pm.

Giving Tree

Nov 21-Dec 12

Once again we’ll have an online Giving Tree this year where you can view gift requests, place an order, and have gifts shipped directly to the women and children living at the Broadview (Downtown Seattle) Shelter, Transitional Housing Center and to CSL, who will then distribute them as requested.

To access the Online Giving Tree go to (stay tuned for an updated link as date nears) between Nov 21-Dec 12 and to choose gifts for women and children at the Broadview Shelter and CSL families. The Broadview Shelter continues to need our support so we will be sharing our gifts of joy with even more people in need this year. The need is very great and we would love to fulfill all requests.

Winter Coat Drive

Nov 21-Dec 13. (And through February 2022 as needed)

Donate new coats, adult sizes only; hooded and rain repellent especially of interest. Donations will be gifted to Facing Homelessness

How to Donate

  • You can purchase online and have your coat sent directly to CSL’s Administrative Office at 6301 Woodland Place N, Seattle, WA 98103 or
  • drop-off your donations Sunday during 9 or 11am services, or at the office Monday-Thursday, 10am-4 pm, Nov 21-Dec 13.

Holiday Card Writing to Congregants – 2nd annual

Nov 21-Dec 13

The joy of writing is matched with the joy of receiving a handwritten note or card. Put your penmanship to loving use and help us send a card or several this season. Make connections, spread cheer, and express gratitude for our community!
How to Participate:

  • If you would like to join the elves that are handwriting holiday cards (from the safety of your own home) to be distributed throughout our community during the month of December, please contact Valerie Tims valerieinseattle@yahoo.com or 206-778-9902 for more information. Card writing during Nov 21-Dec 13.

Soup-er Bowl

Jan 16-Feb 13, 2022

Stay tuned for details!