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Help us feed the homeless in January!

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Vijya & Associates hopes you will join us in a volunteer opportunity we’ve been participating in for several years now–Operation Nightwatch. The 4th Tuesday of every other month, we make a trip to a warehouse store, buy enough food to feed 200 people and then head to the dispatch center in the central district of Seattle. Once there, we chop, dice, slice, boil, and cook until the first people arrive.

» When: Tuesday, Jan 24
» Time: 8:00 – 9:30pm
» Where: 300 14th Ave South, Seattle
» RSVP: (206) 418-6260 or vijya@vijya.com
» Last minute questions? Call Vijya on her cell (206) 650-4885 or Ben Curtis, Dispatch Center Manager (206) 323 4359

As we start serving the food to those waiting to hear if they will be fortunate enough to get into a shelter for the evening–the time flies and we are cleaning up and heading home before we know it. Each time is a humbling experience, and we are newly reminded of how fortunate we are to have food and shelter and the support of friends and family.

We share this with you because we would like to invite you to take part with us the feeling of community and sharing. Giving back is one way we show that we truly care!

Want to feel like Santa this year?

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Holiday Stockings for Angeline House

For several years now, the members of Emerald City Business & Professional Women (ECBPW) stuff 300 Christmas stockings for the homeless women served by Angeline House – a women’s day shelter in the Belltown neighborhood. This year is no different.

The stockings are filled with toiletries, socks, gloves, and goodies. Their goal is to give these women a little something special at this wonderful time of year. “We want them to know that they are not forgotten,” says an ECBPW representative. “For so many of these women, this is their holiday.”

The ECBPW members have donated many of the items necessary. Due to the large number that they are filling, they are asking members of our community for help. If you would like to donate goods, time, or funds to this rewarding project, here is how you can help!

1) Goods they need include: socks and scarves, individually packaged goodies…candy, chips, cookies, nuts, hot chocolate or specialty teas, paperback books, individual beauty and hygiene items, and, of course, jewelry! Contact me to coordinate your donation at vijya@vijya.com or 206-418-6260. 

2) Want to feel like Santa? Volunteers are needed on Monday, December 12th to help fill the stockings. They’ll be meeting at the Best Western Executive Inn at 200 Taylor Ave N in Seattle at 5:45pm. I’ll be there and hope you can join me! 

3) To give a monetary gift, checks may be made out to ECBPW Foundation (a non-profit 501(c)3; #37-1423219) and sent to ECBPW Foundation, c/o Dolores Gohndrone, 1511 3rd Ave #520, Seattle WA 98101.

Help us feed the homeless in November!

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Vijya & Associates hopes you will join us in a volunteer opportunity we’ve been participating in for several years now–Operation Nightwatch. The 4th Tuesday of every other month, we make a trip to a warehouse store, buy enough food to feed 200 people and then head to the dispatch center in the central district of Seattle. Once there, we chop, dice, slice, boil, and cook until the first people arrive.

  • When:  Tuesday, Nov 22
  • Time:  8:00 – 9:30pm
  • Where:  300 14th Ave South, Seattle
  • RSVP: (206) 418-6260 or vijya@vijya.com
  • Last minute questions? Call Vijya on her cell (206) 650-4885 or Ben Curtis, Dispatch Center Manager (206) 323 4359

As we start serving the food to those waiting to hear if they will be fortunate enough to get into a shelter for the evening–the time flies and we are cleaning up and heading home before we know it. Each time is a humbling experience, and we are newly reminded of how fortunate we are to have food and shelter and the support of friends and family.

We share this with you because we would like to invite you to take part with us the feeling of community and sharing. Giving back is one way we show that we truly care!

A big THANK YOU to all our volunteers!!

Help us feed the homeless in September!

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

 
Vijya & Associates hopes you will join us in a volunteer opportunity we’ve been participating in for several years nowOperation Nightwatch.

The 4th Tuesday of every other month, we make a trip to a bulk grocer, buy enough food to feed dinner to nearly 200 people and then we go to Operation Nightwatch – in the central district of Seattle.  Once there, we chop, dice, slice, boil, and cook until the first people arrive. 

  • When:  Tuesday, September 27
  • Time:  8pm-9:30pm
  • Where:  300 14th Ave South in Seattle
  • RSVP: (206) 418-6260 or vijya@vijya.com
  • Last minute questions? Call Vijya on her cell (206) 650-4885 or Ben at the facility (206) 323-4359

As we start serving the food to those waiting to hear if they will be fortunate enough to get into a shelter for the evening–the time flies and we are cleaning up and heading home before we know it. Each time is a humbling experience, and we are newly reminded of how fortunate we are to have food and shelter and the support of friends and family.

We share this with you because we would like to invite you to take part with us the feeling of community and sharing. Giving back to our community is one way we show that we truly care! Let us know if you can join us – vijya@vijya.com or (206) 418-6260. 

July 2011–what a great turnout!
Thank you to all the volunteers including: Charlese Jackson, Vanessa Lono, Sheila O’Sullivan, Kim Carroll, David Leen, Anu Goel & sons Deven & Dhruv, Nancy Bennett Evans.

Volunteer w/Us: Operation Nightwatch – July 26

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Vijya & Associates hopes you will join us in a volunteer opportunity we’ve been participating in for several years nowOperation Nightwatch.

The 4th Tuesday of every other month, we make a trip to Costco, buy enough food to feed dinner to nearly 200 people and then we go to Operation Nightwatch – in the central district of Seattle.  Once there, we chop, dice, slice, boil, and cook until the first people arrive. 

Once we start serving the food to those waiting to hear if they will be fortunate enough to get into a shelter for the evening – the time flies and we are cleaning up and heading home before you know it. Each time is a humbling experience, and we are newly reminded of how fortunate we are to have food and shelter and the support of friends and family around us.

Operation Nightwatch is a Christian ministry seeking to meet the physical, social, psychological, and spiritual needs of Seattle’s night community. They are dedicated to serving the poorest of the poor by caring for the homeless men, women and children late at night.  They provide emergency dispatch to shelter, hotel vouchers for families, meals, blankets, and pastoral care for those in need. The services they offer are free of charge and are all funded principally by contributions from individual donors. They are staffed by hundreds of volunteers. They do not require any religious activity for access.

We share this with you because we would like to invite you to take part with us the feeling of community and sharing. Giving back to our community is one way we show that we truly care! Let us know if you can join us – vijya@vijya.com or (206) 418-6260.

Vijya, Charlese and Nancy cleaning up

Christmas Stockings for Angeline House

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

For several years now, the members of Emerald City Business & Professional Women (ECBPW) stuff 300 Christmas stockings for the homeless women served by Angeline House – a women’s day shelter in the Belltown neighborhood. This year is no different.

The stockings are filled with toiletries, socks, gloves, and goodies. Their goal is to give these women a little something special at this wonderful time of year. “We want them to know that they are not forgotten,” says a ECBPW representative. “For so many of these women, this is their holiday.”

The ECBPW members have donated many of the items necessary. Due to the large number that they are filling, they are asking members of our community for help. If you would like to donate goods, time, or funds to this rewarding project, they would appreciate your help!

Goods they need include: socks and scarves, individually packaged goodies…candy, chips, cookies, nuts, hot chocolate or specialty teas, paperback books, individual beauty and hygiene items, and, of course, jewelry! Contact me to coordinate your donation at vijya@vijya.com or 206-418-6260.

Want to feel like Santa? Volunteers are needed on Monday, christmas_stocking-2961December 13th to help fill the stockings. They’ll be meeting at the Best Western Executive Inn in Seattle at 5:45pm. I’ll be there and hope you can join me!

To make a cash donation, checks may be made out to ECBPW Foundation (a non-profit 501(c)3; #37-1423219) and sent to ECBPW Foundation, c/o Dolores Gohndrone, 1511 3rd Ave #520, Seattle WA 98101.

The King County Department of Assessments website may not sound exciting…but it’s worth a visit

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

You may just find photos of your house from its early days!

Vijya & Associates is a frequent visitor to public record websites as part of our routine research for buyers and sellers alike. Some of you may use the county online services to pay your property taxes, but have you looked up the eReal Report on your home? Just enter your address or parcel number at King County Department of Assessments to locate the property report, and then select PROPERTY DETAIL. Scroll down a bit and click on the blue camera icon Blue camera to see all the available photos for your property–you might even get to see the “now” and “then” versions of your home along with the floor plan!

The county has photo records dating back decades, so we hope you’ll take a moment to look up your own place and that you’ll get a kick out of how it looked back in the day.

Wallingford house "before"

Wallingford house "then"

 

Wallingford house "after"

Wallingford house "now"

 

A big THANK YOU to our Operation Nightwatch Volunteers for feeding the homeless this month!

Friday, October 1st, 2010

I really want to take a moment here to give a heartfelt “thank you” to our September volunteers–Charlese Jackson, Nancy Bennett Evans, Ashish & Mita Pandya, Girish & Dipti Faldu, and Terry Kegel–for giving their time and energy at our last Operation Nightwatch evening in Seattle’s central district.

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We meet up at the Dispatch Center on 14th Avenue South at around 8 o’clock and head for the kitchen to gear up in aprons and plastic food prep gloves. We have an hour to prepare enough meals to feed almost 200 people and so we get moving, putting together plates of sandwiches and snacks.

The doors open at 9 o’clock and we work to keep the line moving quickly, handing out trays to each of the hungry diners as they pass through the serving area. It doesn’t take long for all the tables to fill up with some of the neediest people in the city, each hoping that after dinner, they will be fortunate enough to get into a shelter for the night instead of having to sleep outside.

Between the camaraderie and fun of working together, the time just flies by. Before we know it, we have the kitchen cleaned, dishes washed, and everything put back in its place. By 9:30 we are saying our good-byes, each of us feeling a bit humbled and a lot grateful for what we have in our lives.

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“Itty Bitty Camps”

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Jennifer Kakutani is a client of mine and founder of the Seattle-based outdoor program Itty Bitty Camps, which helps parents and toddlers connect with nature together.

Pond Day at Itty Bitty Camps

Pond Day at Itty Bitty Camps

Also check out Petals and Moss for Jennifer’s arty inspirations on bringing nature into our homes.

While Jennifer is out exploring with her pint-sized pals, you can find her husband Taho and his famous crew at the legendary Pike Place Fish Market throwing fish and having fun with customers!

Lunch with Lilly

Friday, March 26th, 2010

On March 4, I attended a very inspiring luncheon, hosted by the University of Washington Women’s Center, with womens’ rights activist Lilly Ledbetter, whose fight against pay discrimination culminated in the eponymous Fair Pay Act signed into law by President Obama in 2009.

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My family and me with Lilly Ledbetter

Lilly had worked for nearly 20 years at a Goodyear Tire plant, when she discovered, through an anonymous note, that her salary all those years was as much as 30% lower than that of males doing the same work! In 1998, Lilly brought suit against Goodyear and won back pay and damages. However, the Supreme Court reversed the decision because she hadn’t brought suit within 180 days of when the discrimination started.

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Ledbetter with moderator Kathi Goertzen (Komo 4 News)

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is a direct response to Lilly’s case, stating that the 180-day statute of limitations for filing an equal-pay lawsuit resets with each new discriminatory paycheck. Now, at 70, Lilly is a mother and grandmother in Jacksonville, Alabama, where she continues to fight for pay equity.

As a Advisory Board Member with the UW Women’s Center had several opportunities to spend one-on-one time with Lilly. As someone who deals with people’s homes every day, her story really touched me. Everyone has to live somewhere and fair pay affects every aspect of life. For me it talks about where folks can afford to live, the schools they can enroll their children in, and the general quality of their life. Glass ceilings like the one Lilly encountered can have a huge impact on families and the homes we live in.

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UW Women's Center Advisory Board and Staff w/Lilly Ledbetter