Blog & Stories

  • Members Make Us…

    Members Make Us…

    This month, we're launching our annual PNA Membership Campaign to show our appreciation for our incredible members, and to (hopefully) engage new folks to join. For the last 41 years, members have been the backbone of the PNA. Our staff spent some time reflecting on some of the stories that our neighbors have shared with us—especially in this past year—of ways that being part of the PNA community has impacted their lives. We know that the PNA wouldn’t exist without our members. Members make us—and our community—Meaningful, Engaged, Motivated, Build(ers), Essential, Resourceful, and Strong(er). ...

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  • Greenwood Senior Center gets a lift for accessibility

    When folks return to the Greenwood Senior Center when it's safe, they'll be greeted with a new feature: a platform lift to navigate the two-story building, plus more space improvements. This much-needed accessibility project was funded by the King County Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy. Learn all about the project, and watch mini video updates on the progress. ...

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  • PNA Play Passage promotes active fun

    PNA Play Passage promotes active fun

    More fun for the kiddos! The PNA Play Passage is a grant-funded, play-focused project comprising painted elements in the lower lot and nature-based play structures like rocks, logs, and climbing elements in the outdoor classroom south of the Blue Building. Check out a video tour and learn about the project!...

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  • Stewarding our historic site: Brick Building electrical study

    Stewarding our historic site: Brick Building electrical study

    Keeping up with our historic buildings is critical, although perhaps not as exciting as some of the other work that we do. Right now, we’re finishing up an electrical assessment and documentation update of our Phinney Center Brick Building, funded by a 4Culture Preservation Special Projects grant. ...

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  • Feeling isolated? PNA Village can help

    Feeling isolated? PNA Village can help

    The PNA Village program has been supporting our older neighbors since 2012, and amidst the pandemic, is providing essential services to keep Village members connected to the community and safe at home. As we enter winter, we are increasingly concerned—not about how people will get their groceries or prescriptions; we’ve got that figured out—but how people will get through these darker days while coping with isolation. The Village now has a free option called “Friend of the Village” specifically for anyone who is struggling with isolation but may not need other volunteer services at this time. Membership includes access to all Village online events and activities, weekly check-in calls, outdoor distanced visits, and a growing list of ways to connect neighbor to neighbor....

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  • Connecting to community: Meet Randi and Dennis

    Connecting to community: Meet Randi and Dennis

    We’ve told you many of the things we’ve worked on during this unusual year – from childcare to meals delivered and served. Before we close the books on 2020, we want to share with you one last story – one that reaches to the heart of the PNA: connecting with each other and building a community. Meet Randi and her husband Dennis, who just moved to Seattle in April... "With the pandemic, making new friends has been a challenge. Folks you meet on the street hustle by at a social distance of six feet. Neighborhood hang-outs like churches, libraries, and coffee shops that would normally serve as gathering spots for long-time Seattleites and newcomers alike, are closed due to lock-down. But a true bright spot has been the Phinney Neighborhood Association's Greenwood Senior Center with its range of programming, delightful staff and volunteers. Dennis and I are active participants in several of the zoom-based activities and feel that we have made friends even though we have met none of them in person."...

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  • Neighbors helping neighbors: Janelle Abbott

    Neighbors helping neighbors: Janelle Abbott

    Janelle Abbott is a local artist and designer, making zero waste clothing from reclaimed materials. She has been volunteering at the PNA Village and Hot Meal Program for six years, most recently using her sewing skills. Meet Janelle and learn 10 fun facts about her....

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  • Looking back and moving forward {video}

    Thank you for your support of the PNA and your involvement with us and the community; we hope you are finding peace and health as this year winds down. 2020 has been a hard year - that goes without saying. But the PNA is resilient and we’ve had so many opportunities this year to give to, receive from, and partner with our community... We hear time and time again how people lean on us for support, stability, essential services, and community celebrations. Right now, a lot is up in the air. We hope it brings comfort to know that our buildings and the people in them (or from home and on Zoom) are still humming away and finding new ways to do this work. In a 2 minute video, hear from some of our staff, volunteers, and members of our business community about what’s been happening around the PNA. And we hope you'll support our work for the year to come....

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  • Winter Festival, then and now

    Winter Festival, then and now

    Many of you have enjoyed the PNA’s Winter Festival for as long as you can remember. That’s because it’s PNA’s oldest event—it turns 40 this year! (Although we’re virtual for this one). During those years, only a handful of people have coordinated the event—two are a mother-daughter pair. Ann Bowden held the reins for eight years, beginning in 1986 and she’s still a dedicated volunteer. Three years ago, her daughter, Jessie Hammer, took over as Winter Festival coordinator. What’s it like “passing the torch?” How does it feel to run an event you’ve been a part of since you were a child? What changes have the two of them seen over the years? We invited the two of them to reflect a bit on their experiences with this beloved PhinneyWood event....

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  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Stacia Hofmann

    Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Stacia Hofmann

    Stacia Hofmann, a small business attorney, is a volunteer at the Greenwood Senior Center's Tech Mentoring Program. Albeit not having a tech or engineering background, Stacia is inspired primarily by her grandmother who was quite tech savvy and has been a mentor since 2017. She found that once seniors learn a new technology's basic behavior and characteristics, they are able to take it and run with it. Lately, she’s been helping seniors over video chat and says, “I learn from them too, like fun hobby or niche apps.” Read more and learn 10 fun facts about Stacia!...

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