Blog & Stories

  • 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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  • Living alone through COVID-19: Gloria’s Story

    Living alone through COVID-19: Gloria’s Story

    Gloria, a PNA Village elder, says the Village has made her a bit spoiled during the pandemic. “I feel like a queen,” she says, “eating all this delicious food!” She gets a meal delivery and lunches from the Greenwood Senior Center every week. Until the stay-at-home order, she was traveling to the Center twice a week (getting rides from a PNA Village volunteer) for lunch, socializing, and meetings. She misses all that and tries to keep up with friends on the phone, but it’s not the same for this self-described “people person and activist.”...

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  • Virtual Zumba keeps seniors active and connected

    Virtual Zumba keeps seniors active and connected

    Who put the Zoom in Zumba? Find out by trying the now-online dance class that’s helping to keep seniors connected and engaged. Zumba exercise classes at the Greenwood Senior Center have been a popular staple over the years, offering both a 30-minute toning session followed by an hour of aerobic dance three days a week. “My last class teaching at the center was March 9th,” says Zumba instructor, Penny Fuller, who at 78 remains an energetic teacher. Undaunted, Penny learned how to hold classes online via the video-conferencing app, Zoom, and she’s been teaching from her Magnolia condo ever since. “I’m thrilled to be able to do this,” she says. And so is one of her longtime students, Terry Hudgens, now recovering from an arduous year of treatments for breast cancer. ...

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  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Kevin Kozel

    Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Kevin Kozel

    The name Kevin Kozel might ring a bell and that’s because he’s a writer for the PhinneyWood blog... The spotlight is now turned on Kevin because he’s a volunteer writer and his contribution to the PNA and community is greatly appreciated. Kevin’s story kicks off this new monthly series called Neighbors Helping Neighbors, with the aim to thank volunteers like Kevin and get to know them better....

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  • NW Fine Arts Competition is live; featuring Jurors’ Choice Winner Martha Thomas

    NW Fine Arts Competition is live; featuring Jurors’ Choice Winner Martha Thomas

    Enjoy eclectic art from 20 Pacific Northwest artists in our online "show." Check out artists' websites, meet Jurors' Choice Winner Martha Thomas, get to know the jury, and maybe even purchase your favorite piece! ...

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