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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!

Scroll down to see past donation recipients.

October 2022 Donations

  • League of Women Voters Washington is a nonpartisan organization that is fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice. The League encourages citizens to register and vote and to participate in government and politics. Nominated by Sherry Dawley
  • National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington is a multi-partisan grassroots membership organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in appointed and elected offices at all levels of government through recruitment, training, and PAC support for endorsed women candidates. Nominated by Debbie Carlsen
  • Common Power works to foster, support and amplify a democracy that is just and inclusive. We provide creative on-ramps to civic fieldwork, expand the people engaging in and benefiting from it, and sustain this effort by investing in the next generation of leaders. One of the key things they do is organize hundreds of volunteers to mail get out the vote postcards to known areas of voter suppression and sponsor voter registration events. While they work in several states, they were founded here in Seattle and are headquartered here. Nominated by Sherry Dawley

Spring into Service

Taking Care of the Earth and Each Other

Let’s Celebrate Earth Day!

Love Mother Earth: Recycle Drop Off

Sundays, April 3 and 10, 9am-12pm

Let’s Celebrate Earth Day by taking extra good care of her.

You’ve probably been ordering a lot online for this past year and you’ve gathered quite a collection of packing materials! With all your time at home, have you sorted through all your “stuff” and have old electronics you’d like to get rid of?

It’s hard to know how to responsibly dispose of some items. Let us help you by offering this opportunity to drop it all off and we’ll get it to the right places for you!

What you can bring:


  • Clean white Styrofoam blocks, like those used to pack new electronic products, appliance/furniture/computer packaging, picnic/shipping coolers; clean and dry take-out containers (look for the #6 or EPS inside the recycle symbol; when you bend it should break and snap with loose beads; remove tape & labels)
  • Plastic wrap and bubble wrap; packing peanuts. For pictures or more info, see
  • Most electronics, working or not, whole or in part, including but not limited to:
  • Scrap metal of any kind ferrous and non-ferrous
  • Washers and dryers; Water heaters, Water coolers
  • Small appliances, blenders, toasters, coffee makers, bread makers, kitchen wear, metal pots
  • Computers and computer Accessories
  • Desktop PC Computers, Servers, Server racks
  • Scanners and Copiers, Fax Machines and All-In-One devices
  • Laser and Inkjet Printers, Printer cartridges, toner cartridges
  • Radios, Receivers, Speakers
  • CD Discs, DVD Discs, Media
  • Cell Phone Batteries/ Laptop Batteries
  • Stereo Equipment, DVD Players, VCR Players
  • Cellular Phones and Accessories, Chargers
  • Cable TV Converter Equipment
  • Metal furniture, metal file cabinets, metal desks, metal shelving, metal window frame (please no glass)
  • Lawnmowers (please no gasoline)

For more information, see

Garden Party

Saturday, April 9th, 9am-12pm

Let’s clean up our CSL Seattle landscape with a socially distant garden makeover and tidy up work party. Activities will include:

  • weeding the beds around the buildings
  • cutting back plants that are overgrown on the walkways
  • moving plants around to better suit the landscape/plant configuration
  • planting new plants

Masks are optional. Bring your own weeding, hand clippers, other garden tools. Questions? Contact Valerie Tims

Earth Day Neighborhood Clean Up Challenge

Friday, April 22

In honor of Earth Day, let’s each make a difference where we live and clean up our own neighborhoods on Friday, April 22 and post your results to Facebook.

It’s recommended to use gloves, and if you find masks, please break the ear loops so they are not such a hazard to wildlife.

It will be fun to see the bags and bags of garbage we all collect, and our social media posts can help to inspire others do join the challenge!

Green Lake Clean Up

Saturday, April 16, 10-12pm

Let’s clean up CSL Campus and our neighborhood just in time for our Easter services!

Gather at CSL and pick up bags and gloves if you need them. We’ll clean up around the campus and move toward Green Lake, as time allows.

Such an easy thing to do, and it makes such a difference!

Contact Marilyn Gregory


Rebuilding and Refreshing Together

Saturday, April 30 from 9am-2pm

You’re invited to come together and help refresh the CSL Green Lake Campus and grounds. As more congregants are returning to in person services and activities onsite here at Green Lake, we are aware of many projects that require some loving attention.

All skills welcome but no experience necessary; minimum age 16 (or 14 if accompanied by adult). We can use helpers willing to feed our volunteers, too.

If you have any questions, please email Tim or call 206-245-7006.

Note: Our annual Rebuilding Together Seattle project has been scheduled for date this Fall. Stay tuned for details.


CBW Monthly Giving

Past Create a Better World Monthly Donations

September 2022 Donations

August 2022 Donations

  • Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club – Children and students can be given free school supplies as well as electronics/toys, books, haircuts and more. There is a one time per year giveaway. Nominated by Marilyn Gregory

  • Project Cool – For children dealing with the daily chaos of homelessness, school can be an important source of stability. For over 33 years, Project Cool has supported more than 36,500 homeless students. Every fall through Project Cool, Coalition members and volunteers make sure that hundreds of unhoused students start the school year off right with the supplies they need. In addition to school supplies for students, the Coalition also regularly provides training for staff working with youth and unaccompanied minors to help them advocate for and support the educational rights of homeless students. Nominated by Marilyn Gregory

  • YWCA programs in Snohomish County – The YWCA serves thousands of families every year who are rebuilding their lives from homelessness, poverty and domestic violence. This year’s back-to-school program is providing gift cards for school supplies and clothes so that parents can shop for exactly what their children need to start the school year right. Nominated by Sherry Dawley

July 2022 Donations

  • Terra-Forma Education – Summer CampTerra-Forma Education offers many unique programs based on a model that incorporates the concepts of mythic journey and magical realism with environmental education. In these programs, participants of all ages interact with characters in a complex story that is forming around them. Nominated by Janell.

  • Next Thought Gathering supports those 18-35 in exploring conscious spirituality.  Join group members in-person every 1st Sunday to explore a different topic. Nominated by Cathy.

  • Coyote Central sparks creativity in young people, putting tools in their hands to build skills and forge their futures. Nominated by Marilyn.

June 2022 Donations

  • Alliance for Gun Responsibility works to end the gun violence crisis in our community and to promote a culture of gun ownership that balances rights with responsibilities. Nominated by Sherry.
  • Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, founded a few weeks after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2013, Grandmothers Against Gun Violence is a growing grassroots non-profit organization with ~1,200 members from over 30 states and a vision to eliminate gun violence in all our communities. Nominated by Marilyn.
  • Washington CeaseFire is dedicated to reducing gun violence since 1983. Nominated by Sherry.


2022 Ukraine Donations

Please consider donating to a cause that is helping the people of Ukraine.  Also, check with your employer to see if they are matching donations (many are):

Here are a few suggestions from well-vetted charities.

May 2022 Donations

  • Puget Sound Keeper protects and preserves the waters of Puget Sound. “On the water every week, stopping pollution every day.” Nominated by Marilyn Gregory.
  • Earth Corps brings together young adults from the US and other countries for a yearlong leadership training program in Seattle which includes restoration projects along shorelines, trails and forest. Nominated by Marily Gregory
  • Environmental Coalition of South Seattle – ECOSS leads industry, small businesses, communities and government to practical and sustainable environmental solutions. They deliver strategies and results in stormwater compliance, pollution prevention, electrical vehicles, solar energy and recycling. Nominated by Laurel Tomchick.

April 2022 Donations

  • Washington Environmental Council Conservation NW Northwest Energy Coalition’s mission is to connect the big landscapes, restore iconic wildlife and protect our natural heritage for future generations. Nominated bv Diana Sergi Khoury
  • Shelton View Forest Stewardship Assoc. mission is to is to preserve the Shelton View Forest for current and future generations. Nominated bv Diana Sergi Khoury
  • The Adopt a Stream Foundation Northwest Stream Center was established to ensure that Pacific Northwest streams continue to provide healthy spawning and rearing habitat for salmon, trout, steelhead, and other wildlife. At the same time, serve our growing population by providing clean drinking water, applicable knowledge via environmental education, and beautiful places for rest and relaxation. Nominated by Lynn Widell Perry

March 2022 Donations

  • Pasado’s Safe Haven work to increase compassion for all living beings and to eliminate animal cruelty. Nominated by Laurel Tomchick
  • Imagine Peace for Pups was founded by two good friends and animal advocates, Lisa Clark and Lisa Nelson, in the Seattle, Washington area. Nominated by Marilyn Gregory
  • Pigs Peace Sanctuary is a place of tranquility and happiness located one hour north of Seattle in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing a safe home for unwanted, abused or neglected animals in need and we are committed to spreading the message of compassion and respect for all animals. Nominated by Marilyn Gregory

February 2022 Donations

  • East West Food Rescue prevents WA farmers’ crops from going to waste by transporting their excess harvest to food banks. Their services were especially important during the pandemic (restaurant) shutdowns and closures. Nominated by Diana Sergi Khoury.
  • YWCA Central Area Food Bank distributes food weekly to residents in YWCA emergency shelter and transitional housing, as well as low-income families throughout the community. Nominated by Lisa J. Trigg.
  • Teen Feed works with the community to offer support to meet basic needs, build strong relationships, and ally with homeless youth as they meet their future off the streets. With the tremendous support of the community, Teen Feed responds to the most basic needs of homeless and at-risk youth in the following focus areas: healthy meals and lives, youth support coordination, street outreach, healthcare access, and engaging the community through service. Nominated by Edan Zebooloon.

January 2022 Donations

  • Dress for Success Seattle provides career clothing and job retention services for women re-entering the workforce or entering for the first time.

  • Treehouse offer children, youth and young adults who have experienced foster care and their caregivers can shop for high quality clothing, shoes, school supplies, toys, books, free tickets to events and other essentials at the Treehouse Store.

  • Facing Homelessness invites all of us to come closer, and to contribute our unique passions and skills toward the effort of ending homelessness.

2021 Donations – September-December