Events

Nov
21
Thu
Ballard Tool Library Open
Nov 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Hours:
Sundays, 2pm to 5pm
Tuesdays, 11am to 1pm
Thursday, 5pm to 8pm
Saturday, 9am to 11am (starting 9/8/2018)

This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Nov
23
Sat
Ballard Tool Library Open
Nov 23 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Open Hours:

Sundays, 2pm to 5pm

Tuesdays, 11am to 1pm

Thursdays, 5pm to 8pm

Saturdays, 9am to 11am

This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Nov
24
Sun
Ballard Tool Library Open
Nov 24 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Open Hours:

Sundays, 2pm to 5pm

Tuesdays, 11am to 1pm

Thursdays, 5pm to 8pm

Saturdays, 9am to 11am

This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Ballard Farmers Market Gleaning
Nov 24 @ 2:45 pm – 5:00 pm

The generous farmers at the Ballard Sunday Farmers Market donate fresh produce for our hungry neighbors.  Our Market Gleaning project is looking for volunteers to help collect the produce from these generous farmers every Sunday for delivery to the Ballard Food Bank.

If you are interested in helping with the gleaning project on Sundays, 3:30pm – 5:00pm, contact Jennifer.

Teams of gleaners rotate so the commitment is no more than once per month, 3:30-5pm, on Sundays.  Early Spring is a great time to join up — it’s a little slower and less hectic, and you can learn the ropes before things pick up again as we move into warm weather.  The more volunteer teams we have, the less often each team will be put onto the schedule — many hands make light work!

Interested?  Please contact Jennifer for more information or to sign up.

Nov
26
Tue
Ballard Tool Library Open
Nov 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Open hours:

Sunday, 2pm to 5pm

Tuesday, 11am to 1pm

Thursday, 5pm to 8pm

Saturday, 9am to 11am (starting 9/8/2018)

This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Dec
1
Sun
Ballard Farmers Market Gleaning
Dec 1 @ 2:45 pm – 5:00 pm

The generous farmers at the Ballard Sunday Farmers Market donate fresh produce for our hungry neighbors.  Our Market Gleaning project is looking for volunteers to help collect the produce from these generous farmers every Sunday for delivery to the Ballard Food Bank.

If you are interested in helping with the gleaning project on Sundays, 3:30pm – 5:00pm, contact Jennifer.

Teams of gleaners rotate so the commitment is no more than once per month, 3:30-5pm, on Sundays.  Early Spring is a great time to join up — it’s a little slower and less hectic, and you can learn the ropes before things pick up again as we move into warm weather.  The more volunteer teams we have, the less often each team will be put onto the schedule — many hands make light work!

Interested?  Please contact Jennifer for more information or to sign up.

Holiday Party & Barter Fair
Dec 1 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sustainable Ballard is hosting a community holiday barter and celebration on Sunday, December 1 from 4pm to 6pm.   This event brings together the community, encourages creativity and sharing, creates friendships and offers people a relaxing and enjoyable alternative to the more commercial holiday gift buying experience.

There will be food, drinks and music!  All invited to the party whether or not to participate in the Barter Fair.  But if you do wish to barter …

What could you make?  Do you make jam?  chocolates? pies?  cheese?  beer?  Do you make jewelry?  do you knit?  Does your pig find truffles in the forest?  Can you walk a neighbor’s dog?  House sit?  Baby sit?  would you teach fiddling?  or cooking?  Any of these and other things and services like it would be great to trade at the Barter Fair!

barter fair 2013In past years, barter items have included:

  • hand-made scarves, jewelry and pottery
  • home-grown or foraged produce
  • home-made jams, truffles, dried fruit, granola, beer and other delectable goodies
  • services such as dog-walking, tax assistance, home-sitting, massage and more

Please join us!

Dec
3
Tue
Ballard Tool Library Open
Dec 3 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Open hours:

Sunday, 2pm to 5pm

Tuesday, 11am to 1pm

Thursday, 5pm to 8pm

Saturday, 9am to 11am (starting 9/8/2018)

This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Free Letters Home @ Whittier Heights Tiny House Village
Dec 3 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

A letter home.  That could be the first small step to reconnecting homeless individuals with their loved ones, to re-establish a relationship long neglected, or simply to say “I’m ok”.

FLH September 2014

Free Letters Home™ offers the homeless community the opportunity to reestablish relationships and connect with loved ones via a mailed letter or card. Volunteers from this organization set up a table and offer greeting cards, postcards, stationery, stamps, help and encouragement in hopes that our guests will take the opportunity to write and mail a card or letter.  The support of Sustainable Ballard and its members through generous donations of cards, stamps, and volunteer hours has been key to the success of this project. At Free Letters Home™, we know we can’t solve all of someone’s problems with a letter and a stamp, but we can offer dignity and respect to our neighbors and let them know they are validated and cared about by the community.

When Bev, the leader of this project, first read about Free Letters Home™ in a magazine, the power of that simple act struck her as something she could easily support.  Then she checked out their website and saw that no one had yet volunteered to serve the Ballard area, and she thought “I can do that!”.  Bev and her loyal volunteers have been going to Nyer Urness House on second Tuesday evenings monthly since July 2013.  Over 300 pieces of mail have been sent.  In August of this year, we moved our second location to the Whittier Heights Tiny House Village, every other Tuesday afternoon @ 3:30pm:  Aug 27, Sept 10 & 24, Oct 8 & 22, Nov 5 & 19, and Dec 3 & 17

Volunteers show up with supplies and serve about a half dozen people on each visit.  Sometimes letters are already written and waiting for her to mail.   Sometimes the sender needs a little more assistance (“I have lousy handwriting, can you write it for me?”).  But mostly, volunteers just help people re-establish relationships.  Like the woman who was thrilled to be able to write to friends and loved ones.  The woman writing to her son, who is in prison.  Or the man who hadn’t spoken with his brothers since their father passed away, and wanted to reconnect.  That’s what it’s all about.

I am sure that I even saw a few skips of joy in her feet as she left the table to get started on her letter.

If you’re thinking “I can do that!”, here’s how you can help:

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  • Volunteer!  To help on Tuesday evenings, contact Bev; to help on Tuesday afternoons, contact.
  • Donate supplies:  Stamps, stationary, envelopes, stickers and pens are always needed.
  • Holiday card donations are also needed.  While some people like writing their own words, others prefer a pre-written message.  Mail donations to us at 2442 NW Market St, PMB 286, Seattle, WA 98107 christmas cards 2014or contact Bev directly at the link below.

Project ContactBev Beppler

Dec
5
Thu
Ballard Tool Library Open
Dec 5 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Hours:
Sundays, 2pm to 5pm
Tuesdays, 11am to 1pm
Thursday, 5pm to 8pm
Saturday, 9am to 11am (starting 9/8/2018)

This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods