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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 to start the conversation. You can also support CBW year-round using the donate button above and putting “CBW” in the Donor Note/Comment field.

Support CBW with company matching funds! Some employers offer company matching for donations. All company matching funds to CSL Seattle go directly to support Create a Better World programs. Ask your employer if about matching funds!

A Season of Service

Upcoming Service Opportunities

Annual Create a Better World Spring into Service Fair

Save the Dates: March 17, 24 and 31

Come visit us as we present this years’ service activities and offer sign-up sheets for our upcoming opportunities. Being of service together is a wonderful way to make new friends, connect with others, and build community; and you can help to create a better world in real time. One project at a time!

Earth Action

Save the Dates: March 17, March 24 and 31

Visit the table during the Spring into Service Fair and speak with a member of the Earth Action Committee. You’ll learn about all the wonderful ways this committee is working to have a positive impact with a deep commitment to the environment. Whether you’re passionate about conservation, sustainable practices, or simply want to make a positive impact yourself, your involvement is crucial in shaping a better world for current and future generations.


Let’s Celebrate Earth Day!

Love Mother Earth: Recycle Drop Off

Save the Date: Sundays April 7 and 14, 9am-12pm

Let’s Celebrate Earth Day by taking extra good care of her.
You’ve probably been ordering a lot online over this past year and accumulated quite a collection of packing materials! Have you taken the time to sort through all your “stuff” and found 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 them all off, and we’ll get them 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
    • Flat Screen Computer monitors (no CRTs please)
    • Desktop PC Computers, Servers, Server racks
    • Laptop and Notebook Computers
    • Scanners and Copiers
    • Laser and Inkjet Printers
    • Fax Machines and All-In-One devices
    • Printer cartridges, toner cartridges
    • Circuit Boards/Motherboards
    • Radios
    • Receivers, Speakers
    • CD Discs, DVD Discs, Media
    • Cell Phone Batteries/ Laptop Batteries
    • Home Entertainment
    • Small Answering Machines
    • Stereo Equipment
    • DVD Players, VCR Players
    • Cellular Phones and Accessories
    • Cable TV Converter Equipment
    • CB’s
    • Chargers (cell phones)
    • Remote Control Handsets
    • Satellite TV Equipment
    • Scanners
    • Typewriters
    • Metal furniture, metal file cabinets, metal desks, metal shelving,
    • metal window frame (please no glass)
    • Lawnmowers (please no gasoline)

For more information, see

REDUCE YOUR USE OF PLASTIC! Download a doable calendar with daily tips on ways to keep plastic use at a minimum.


CSL Plant Sale

Save the Date: Sunday, April 21, 9am-12pm 

Is it really time to garden already? Short answer: yes! April is a great month in the Pacific Northwest to begin planting an edible and pollinator friendly garden to enjoy all year round. Enjoy the indoors, too, with house plants that add beauty to your world, no matter what the outdoors is doing. Included are native plants that thrive in any weather. The Create a Better World team is excited to invite you to ou,r popup Plant Sale, where you can stock up on spring plant starts, house plants, native plants and many varieties of dahlia tubers.

We have chosen varieties that grow well in our Maritime Northwest climate, so come choose from our organically and locally grown plant starts. Spring is an ideal time to plant because nature takes care of the watering for you and temperatures are warm enough to start tending to your garden. You will find:

  • Easy-to-grow veggies for beginners such as lettuce, greens and peas.
  • Many varieties of dahlias tubers that will brighten any garden and bring months of flower power
  • Native plants that go the distance to establish the foundation of a garden and provide habitat for wildlife.

We celebrate Earth Day (April 22) by hosting the Plant Sale on April 21 at CSL to share with you the Earth’s bounty. All proceeds from this plant sale will be used to fund monthly donations to non-profits that Create a Better World facilitates.

Forms of payment accepted to purchase plants are cash, checks made out to Center for Spiritual Living, Venmo, and credit card payments.

Contact Valerie Tims at


Rebuilding and Refreshing Together

Save the Date: Saturday April 27 from 8am-4pm

Prep Day: April 20

The Annual Rebuilding Together is back.

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

If you have any questions, please contact Tim by phone 206-245-7006 or email


Spring Mom & Baby Blessing Bag Donation Drive

Collection Dates: April 14, 21

Assembly Dates: April 28 1-3, 12:45 – 2:45pm

Bring donation items/funds to CSL: April 14, 21, and 28; Sunday 4/28 hours are 12:30-2pm. A team will put together bags for delivery to Mary’s Place, Angeline’s Day Center, and Birthday Dreams.

Mommy items requested: 

New Panties (all sizes), Towel/wash cloth sets, Hairbrushes/accessories, Journals/pens.

Baby items requested: 

Large Diapers (size 4-6), Pull-ups (4T-5T), Baby Wipes, Diaper Cream, Sippy Cups, Bibs, Pacifiers, infant Hygiene Kits, Baby Swaddle Blankets, and Children’s Books (toddler to teen).


Shredding Day

Date: TBD


Phinney Neighborhood Garage Sale

Save the Date: Saturday May 18, 9am-1pm

CSL Seattle is joining the Phinney Neighborhood Association in their annual neighborhood-wide garage sale. You will be invited to donate items to CSL for resale at the Garage Sale here on our Campus.

This is a fundraiser to support of CSL community volunteer groups and activities.

More information will be shared soon.

If you’d like to volunteer please contact Sarah Loron at


Pasado’s Safe Haven  –  Day of Compassion Work Party!

Save the Date: Saturday June 1, 10am-2pm

Join us in helping care for the animals at Pasado’s in Sultan, WA!  We don’t have a project yet, but it may include lifting 30-40 pounds, bending and weeding, walking on uneven ground for some distance, and other physical activities. If you have limitations that may impact your ability to participate, please let us know so they can plan our project accordingly. In the past we have moved rocks, painted the hen house, cut back a trail, cleaned floors, organized a shed – the options are unlimited!

Bring a lunch, water and mud boots!

Contact Rev Karen Cleveland, 206-715-4865 or Marilyn Gregory.





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!


March 2024 Donations

Technology Access Foundation

Nominated by Andrea Weatherhead
TAF Mission: We build collaborative relationships with public education to create access to transformative systems of learning for students and teachers of color to eliminate race-based disparities in an increasingly diverse society.

Women Empowered (Y-WE)

Nominated by Dominic Yuriar
Young Women Empowered (Y-WE) cultivates the power of diverse young women* to be creative leaders and courageous changemakers through transformative programs within a collaborative community of belonging. We envision a society rooted in social justice where all young women* live their truth, achieve their dreams, and change our world.

Youth Speaks Seattle

Nominated by Rose Palmer
(YSS) is a youth-serving poetry collective with a focus on making programs accessible to Queer / BIPOC youth, or anyone who finds their story pushed into the margins. We use creative writing and performance arts to develop identity, build community, and celebrate each other’s stories out loud.


February 2024 Donations

  • Rainier Valley Food Bank

    Nominated by Marilyn Gregory
    The primary emergency food resource for Seattle’s most racially, ethnically, and economically diverse neighborhood and home to many people of color, immigrants, and refugees who regularly face systemic obstacles to living wage employment, affordable housing, and food security.  DONATE


  • Food Bank at St. Mary’s

    Nominated by Sherry Dawley
    Located in the Central District, we serve over 171,000 clients each year through a diverse mix of services that includes walk-in, home delivery, no-cook bags, hungry children, and mobile food bank.  DONATE


  • Meals on Wheels

    Nominated by Sherry Dawley
    There are many circumstances that can make shopping or preparing food difficult for older adults. That’s where Meals on Wheels steps in, offering relief to older adults and caregivers by delivering reliable, nutritious meals on a weekly basis.  DONATE



January 2024 Donations

YouthCare opened the Orion Center in 1984. At the time, it was one of the first programs in the nation to receive a federal grant enabling six agencies working with runaway and homeless youth to co-locate in one building. These multiple partners created a constellation of services—thus, the name Orion. Located on the corner of Denny and Stewart, the Orion Center serves as a safe and welcoming place for young people ages 12-24 throughout the day.


Friends of Youth serves King County with a focus on the Eastside. Their list of provided services is long, but their housing program includes the operation of two shelters, The Landing and Youth Haven. They also have Supportive Housing and Rapid Rehousing programs.


Angeline’s Day Center provides safety and support to women experiencing homelessness. More than 200 women each day access Angeline’s drop-in services, which include meals, laundry, showers, lockers, and connections to community resources.


October 2023 Donations

  • Feral Care Sanctuary / Bothell
    Nominated by Vicky Draper
    This organization fulfills a critical need for these animals, seen as neither domestic animals nor wildlife. They rescue, rehabilitate, and provide a forever-home for feral, abandoned, and otherwise unadoptable cats.
  • Homeward Pet Adoption Center 
    Nominated by Carmin Dalziel
    Homeward Pet’s mission is to transform the lives of cats and dogs in need through compassionate medical care, positive behavior training, and successful adoption while building a more humane community.
  • Pawsitive Alliance
    Nominated by Marilyn Gregory
    Pawsitive Alliance works across Washington to help homeless cats and dogs find loving homes, and prevent pets from becoming homeless. Our programs focus on increasing shelter adoptions, spay/neuter surgeries, and keeping pets in homes.