South End featured partner: Nourish Pierce County

As part of SENCo’s work plan for 2019, we are actively supporting Nourish Pierce County’s efforts to make sure that no one in our region goes without food. A few facts that you may not know about our partner organization:

  • Nourish Pierce County’s headquarters are in SENCo’s district service boundaries.
  • Nourish Pierce County was formerly known by the name FISH Food Bank, but was rebranded under the organization’s new leadership.
  • Nourish Pierce County has a mobile food bank location at Giaudrone Middle School, 4902 S Alaska Street every Monday from 4:30PM – 6:30PM. (Important note: the food banks will be closed Monday, May 27th in observation of Memorial Day.)

“Nourish Pierce County provides nutritious food and support services to people in need with compassion, dignity and respect. Through our network of seven food banks and two mobile food banks serving seventeen additional sites, we provide food directly to people in need across Pierce County, Washington. In 2018, Nourish shared 6 million pounds of food with 61,000 individuals, meaning that 7% of the Pierce County received food from one of our food banks. In Tacoma alone, we served more than 25,000 people last year, 12% of the city. In the past six months, we started service at two new locations within Tacoma, at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and at Tacoma Community College.”

At SENCo, we are proud to sponsor monthly food and monetary donations collected at our community meetings held the third Monday of the month, 7:00PM, at Tacoma Fire Department Station #8.

To learn more about Nourish Pierce County and how you can get involved through donations or volunteer efforts, please contact Travis Weller, Grants and Communications Manager by email travisweller@nourishpc.org, calling 253-383-3164, or by visiting their website https://nourishpc.org/.

Community Council of Tacoma

Per the City of Tacoma Municipal Code, the Community Council of Tacoma (CCOT) is a coalition of the independent Neighborhood Councils meant to serve as a forum for discussion of issues of broad interests. While each Neighborhood Council may send up to 3 representatives to the CCOT, community members are always welcome. Click here for the March 28, 2019 CCOT Agenda.

The next meeting is this evening, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Tacoma Municipal Building (747 Market St, Tacoma, WA 98402), Room 16 at 6 p.m. The Executive Board is holding elections, and the 2019 work plans/ budget will be discussed.

Unable to make tonight’s meeting? The CCOT meets every 4th Thursday at 6 p.m. (Room subject to change.)

Monthly Photo Contest

South End Neighborhood Council is proud to announce our first Monthly Photo Contest!

Theme: Spring in the South End

Deadline: 5 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2019

Prize for best photo will be announced at the South End Neighborhood Council meeting at 7 p.m. on April 15, 2019, and the winner will be contacted directly. Monthly prizes subject to change. {Think $5 gift cards: no trips to Hawaii. Sorry.}

All submissions should be emailed to senco253@gmail.com. Please include photographer name, phone number, email address, location photo was taken, year (recent submissions only unless otherwise requested), and confirmation that we may share your photo whether selected or not. If a portrait is submitted, please ensure you have the subject’s permission beforehand.

Rules: Contest open to residents of South End Tacoma. Photos submitted must be the property of the person who submits it for consideration. Photos submitted may be displayed on SENCO’s website and social media; if used, the photographer will be credited. The winning photo will be selected by the Board. If there are no eligible entries, prizes will be distributed the following month. This is a neighborhood council contest: please use your best judgment about what is appropriate to submit. If you are under 18, please ask your parent to submit your work on your behalf. {Rules subject to change.}

This contest is not open to seated South End Neighborhood Council members or their immediate families.

Thank you!

 

 

[Featured Image: Cherry blossoms near Mann Elementary School. Photo credit: Suzanne Skaar]

Community Connections

The Tacoma South End Neighborhood Council is hosting its first community forum on June 1. If you know of an organization that serves our community and would like to be a part of this event, whether by sending a speaker, tabling at the event, or provider materials, please email us at senco253@gmail.com.

More information may be found here.

Thank you!

February 2019 Agenda

Greetings!

Here is the Agenda for the South End Neighborhood Council’s February 25 meeting. We meet at 7 p.m. at the Tacoma Fire Station located at 4911 S Alaska Street. We look forward to seeing you there.

Microsoft Word: SENCo February 25 Regular Meeting

PDF: SENCo February 25 Regular Meeting

 

 

Board Announcements

Thank you to everyone who attended and voted at the Monday, January 28th meeting. We would like to officially announce that our Executive Board is as follows:

Chair: Athena Brewer

Vice Chair: Suzanne Skaar

Corresponding Secretary: Christina Rupp

Recording Secretary: Penny Grellier

Treasurer: Daniel Thomasson

We also wish to welcome new Board Member Christopher Winters to the South End Neighborhood Council.

We will have many exciting opportunities for others to get involved in the South End Neighborhood Council. Our next meeting will be February 25 at 7 p.m. at 4911 S Alaska St, Tacoma, WA 98408. If you would like to be added to the agenda, please email senco253@gmail.com.

On behalf of SENCO, we look forward to working with you!

Suzanne Skaar, Vice Chair

 

 

January 2019 General Meeting

We have received SENCo Board Member Applications from the following well-qualified individuals:

David Thompson
Nikie Walters
Christopher Winters

They will each be given a few minutes to speak to their interest in the board position and share information about their experience at the January 28 General Meeting. The vote will take place at the same meeting. Residents and those who work in the South End Neighborhood are allowed to vote on the incoming board member. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to the Facebook event in order to assist with the preparation of ballots.

We recognize that the previous application had outdated submission instructions. If you submitted an application by January 18 but do not see your name listed here, please contact us immediately. Thank you.

SENCo Meet and Greet: 1/12/2019 11 a.m.

Are you considering applying for the South End Neighborhood Council’s current Board opening? Do you live in the South End? Are you at least 18 years old? Do you want to work with others to improve our neighborhood’s access to resources, representation, safety, and more? Come meet with current Board members on Saturday, January 12, and grab an application! We will be at the Moore Library from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. This is an informal meeting, and children are welcome.

The deadline to apply to be on the Board is January 18. Applications are also available online here.

The vote for the new board member will be taken at the January 28 general meeting. We meet at 4911 S. Alaska St. (Fire Station #8), Suite B, Tacoma, WA 98408 at 7 p.m. Please click here to respond to the Facebook event and share with friends. (RSVP is not necessary, but it will help us with planning purposes.)

Thank you for your support!

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Link Expansion Construction Site Q&A

The following is an announcement from Sound Transit:

 

East Tacoma Community Meeting: 38th and Pacific Staging Area

Walsh Construction Co. II, LLC, Sound Transit’s general construction contractor for the Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension, has sub-leased the property located on the southeast corner of S. 38th Street and Pacific Avenue (“Rite Aid” lot) for staging of equipment and storage of various materials such as rail, construction trucks, utilities and stockpile materials for hauling to work zones or off site.

Please join Sound Transit and the contractor, Walsh Construction Co. II, LLC, at a drop in meeting to discuss any questions you have regarding the staging area located on S. 38th Street and Pacific Avenue.

Location: Eastside Community Center (Social Hall)
Address: 1721 E 56th St., Tacoma, WA 98404
Date: Saturday, January 12, 2019
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (presentation starts at 1:30 p.m.)

To learn more, Contact Wilbert Santos, wilbert.santos@soundtransit.org or (206) 370-5516
To request accommodations for persons with disabilities, call 1-800-201-4900 / TTY Relay: 711 or email accessibility@soundtransit.org.
To get more Sound Transit updates, go to soundtransit.org/subscribe

 

For more information about the January 12 meeting, click here.