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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.

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.

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 www.styrorecycle.com
  • 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 www.1greenplanet.org.

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

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.

December 2021 Donations

  • Community Roots Housing envisions Seattle as a place where everyone – from teachers and artists to seniors on fixed incomes to young families – can set down roots and thrive. Their Mission: Community Roots Housing builds vibrant and engaged communities. Nominated by Lucca Danigelis.
  • Sound Foundations NW believes that every person living on the streets deserves a place that is warm, dry, safe and healthy.  That’s why they are now in full production, building tiny homes assembly line style.  This is as a result of our collaboration with the Low Income Housing Institute  which will help meet the demand for building several more tiny homes.  Tiny home villages provide people with transitional tiny homes as well as providing the essential services that they need and community. Nominated by Tim Brincefield.
  • YWCA of Seattle | King | Snohomish Counties works to help women and families find and maintain safe, stable housing. They envision a future where we overcome racial and gender disparities and reduce institutional and societal barriers that drive inequities in homelessness and access to permanent, affordable housing. The YWCA owns more than 900 units of housing and served more than 5,000 people with housing services in 2020. Nominated by Lynn Perry.

November 2021 Donations

  • FareStart transforms lives, disrupts poverty and nourishes communities through food, life skills, and job training. Nominated by Jerrie Paul.
  • Lifelong provides medically-tailored meals and groceries to persons living with HIV, cancer and other life-threatening conditions. 336,000 meals delivered last year. Nominated by Lynn Perry.
  • Meals on Wheels is a food delivery program that ensures more than 2,100 homebound older adults aged 60+ have access to nutritious meals in King County. Drivers deliver nearly 350,000 meals a year while offering a social connection and providing access to other services that can assist them as they age at home. Nominated by Marilyn Gregory.

October 2021 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.

September 2021 Donations

  • Real Rent Duwamish calls on people who live and work in Seattle to make rent payments to the Duwamish Tribe. Though the city named for the Duwamish leader Chief Seattle thrives, the Tribe has yet to be justly compensated for their land, resources, and livelihood.  You can do something today to stand in solidarity with First Peoples of this land by paying Real Rent.  All funds go directly to Duwamish Tribal Services (DTS) to support the revival of Duwamish culture and the vitality of the Duwamish Tribe. Nominated by Shannon Rae and the Diversity, Equity & Belonging Committee.
  • Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle (ULMS) empowers those we serve by providing programming and services designed to support and encourage self-sufficiency in all aspects of life. Our five areas of focus include  advocacy & civic engagement, education, housing, public health and  workforce development. Nominated by Edan Zebooloon and the Diversity, Equity & Belonging Committee.
  • Rainier Scholars cultivates the academic potential and leadership skills of hard-working, underrepresented students of color. By creating access to transformative educational and career opportunities and providing comprehensive support to scholars and families, we increase college graduation rates and empower new generations of leaders.