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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.

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.

A Season of Service

Operation Warmth: Winter Coat Drive

Through January 31

Is it time to re-home or share your bountiful supply of coats? How about gifting a nice warm coat to our friends in need!

Here’s how you can join in: Donate new coats, adult sizes only; hooded and rain repellant especially of interest. Donations will be gifted to Facing Homelessness. If you’re donating gently used coats, please launder them prior to bringing them to CSL to protect all in this Covid-19 environment. Please check all of the coat/jacket pockets for any items and ensure that coats/jackets are empty before being donating.

How to Donate: You can purchase online and have your coats sent directly to CSL’s Administrative Office at 6301 Woodland Place N, Seattle WA 98103, or drop-off your donations at the Center on Sundays between, 9am-12 pm, through January 31.

 

We Praise and Raise you all!

We are a mighty and generous community of people.

Your loving hearts are making a huge difference to so many this Holiday Season and will continue to do so over the winter.

  • Through our Facebook fundraiser and online shopping portal we were able to fulfill every request that came in for CSL families and Solid Ground/Broadview Shelter residents. – the Shelter was also blessed with much needed extra strollers and car seats.
  • Thanksgiving Meals – 75 warm homecooked meals delivered to the UnHoused near Greenlake
  • Blessing bags – 192 were delivered to Mary’s Place
  • Holiday Cards- 136 Greeting cards were written and sent out
  • Coat Drive – 52 coats were collected so far and delivered to Facing Homelessness

Your Create a Better World Team: Valerie, Tim, Cathy, Patric, Diane, Marilyn are so grateful to partner with such a beautiful community to make these Holiday Service Projects such a terrific success once again.

Soup-er Bowl

Jan 16-Feb 13, 2022

Join CSL in winning the fight against hunger during our 9th annual Soup-er Bowl Food Drive benefiting area food banks.

Donate canned food items at the Center on Sundays, have your donated of canned food shipped to our Administrative Office, or make a monetary donation.

Learn more about Soup-er Bowl and all the ways to give >>

CBW Monthly Giving

Past Create a Better World Monthly Donations

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.