Letter from Dar’Nesha Weary
Dear Friends and Members of the Community,
As we begin of the second week of our PNA closures, I want to say thank you for your support and for your patience in this unusual time at the Phinney Neighborhood Association. I also want to say thank you to the PNA staff for all of their hard work in continuing to serve our community.
At the PNA, we build, engage, and support our community, connect neighbors and foster engagement. This mission has been our guiding principle for the past 40 years, and it continues to guide us as we work to overcome together the challenges we face today with COVID-19.
Despite our closure, we are working to offer services the best we can. Among our efforts is the continuation of the Hot Meal Program that serves our most vulnerable and mostly unsheltered neighbors, the work of the PNA Village that attends to elders aging in their own homes, and the launch of the PhinneyWood Business Community Connection online guide to support local businesses in light of COVID-19 distancing guidelines. We are also in conversation with the Seattle Public Schools to re-open our Whittier Kids childcare to serve our local essential workers free of charge.
At the same time, the PNA needs your help. We are moved and inspired by the outpouring of offers to help as we work to slow the spread of COVID-19 and serve those most impacted. Your individual actions will make the difference.
It’s fitting that the theme to the 2020 Annual Auction was Don’t Stop Believin’ and we decided to appropriate Don’t Stop Believin’ to be the moniker for the fundraising campaign we are launching today. Don’t Stop Believin’ will serve our most critical current needs and our future ability to serve the community.
Your generosity will help determine the continuity of our programs and services, as well as the very sustainability of the PNA.
We are also continuing the collection of grocery store gift cards to distribute to low-income families. In addition, our Hot Meal Program partner has dramatically reduced the amount of donated food due to COVID-19, thus we created an Amazon wish list of items to help fulfill the increased need.
I find tremendous hope in the kindness, generosity, and love of the many community members working to see us through this difficult time. This is a defining moment for the PNA and our community. Our efforts today and the months ahead will support our neighbors and community. Though we are standing six feet apart, we can do this together.
Please join us.