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MAYOR ESTABLISHES YOUTH ENGAGEMENT TASK FORCE

Tacoma residents ages 13-19 are encouraged to apply by Nov. 27 for a spot on the Mayor’s Youth Engagement Task Force. The Mayor’s Youth Engagement Task Force is responsible for helping the City establish its very first Youth Commission and improve upon existing youth-focused programs.
“Young people are impacted every day by the decisions made in our community,” said Woodards. “Our youth should have a voice at the table and a way to weigh in on the policies we consider as lawmakers. It is never ‘too early’ to participate in shaping Tacoma’s future. The time is now, and I am looking forward to hearing the recommendations made by this task force.”
Prospective applicants will be evaluated by a group of community stakeholders as well as City staff. Finalists will be presented to the City Council for further consideration and possible appointment on Dec. 18.
Appointed members will serve from January 2019-June 2019, meeting twice a month for meetings approximately three hours long. Meetings will be held at City Hall, and various public spaces around Tacoma with food and travel assistance provided. Through the course of their work, members will:

  • Learn from key community and City leaders and build new relationships
  • Cultivate a deeper understanding of local government and civic engagement
  • Develop the standard for youth engagement in Tacoma
  • Gain public speaking, facilitation, organizing and communication skills
  • Receive a letter of recommendation and public recognition from the Mayor and City Council for their service
  • Receive two graded class credits through Next Move (Tacoma Public Schools students)

Questions or requests for additional information may be directed to Management Fellow Bucoda Warren at bucoda.warren@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 594-7925.

 

APPLICATIONS DUE JAN. 15 FOR NEIGHBORHOOD INNOVATIVE GRANT PROGRAM FUNDS

Residents and community groups in Tacoma’s eight Neighborhood Council districts can apply now through Jan. 15 for grant funding supporting community engagement or neighborhood improvement projects through the City of Tacoma’s 2019 Neighborhood Innovative Grant Program. The City accepts applications from formal and informal community groups that are at least two or more people. Apply at http://cms.cityoftacoma.org/cedd/Neighborhood-Council-Program/Program_Documents/InnovativeGrant/IG2017-InnovativeGrantApplication.pdf.

“This program is an opportunity for people who have ideas and projects to address blight, make public spaces more accessible or revitalize their neighborhood in a creative and inclusive way to receive funding to make their project a reality,” said Tom Ebenhoh, chair of the New Tacoma Neighborhood Council. “I have seen projects receive funding through this program that has reactivated community parks, cleaned up blighted areas and benefit the neighborhood. It really is about empowering residents to impact their communities at the most basic levels.”
Most grants requested and approved are in the range of $500 to $8,000. Each neighborhood council will select the projects to be funded within their respective neighborhood council district, limited to available funds in each neighborhood council.

“If you have an innovative idea to engage with your community and improve your neighborhood, we invite you to apply for a small grant to make it happen,” said Program Manager Shari Hart. “Over the years, we have funded hundreds of impactful projects through this program.”

More information is available at cityoftacoma.org/neighborhoodcouncils or by attending an informational workshop: Nov. 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Tacoma Police Department Sector 4 Substation (400 E. 56th St.) or Dec. 3, 4:30-5:30 p.m., at the Tacoma Police Department Sector 1 Substation (1524 Martin Luther King Jr. Way). RSVP’s to each workshop are appreciated and can be directed to shari.hart@cityoftacoma.org. Questions about the program can be directed to Shari Hart at shari.hart@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5208.

 

REALIZE THE DREAM OF SMALL BUSINESS SUCCESS

Small business success is within reach. Start Smart with workshops from the Pierce County Library System, in partnership with the Small Business Administration. Learn about the basics of starting a business, financing, marketing and business taxes through a series of free classes.

“In partnership with the Small Business Administration we help people pursue their passions and reach their goals of starting, owning and growing a small business,” said the Library System’s Executive Director Georgia Lomax. “The Pierce County community is full of small businesses and with workshops like these, those businesses are better positioned for success.”

Upcoming workshops (registration required):

  • Market Smart: Learn how to connect with customers. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6-8 p.m.at Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma
  • Start Smart: Learn fundamentals of starting a business. Monday, Dec. 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.at Lakewood Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Road S.W.
  • Your Legal and Tax Questions Answered: Navigate legal and tax resources. Monday, Dec. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.at Lakewood Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Road S.W.

Visit www.piercecountylibrary.org/calendar to sign up.

Visit www.piercecountylibrary.com for more information.

 

GET HELP AND GET HIRED WITH THE LIBRARY SYSTEM

The job market is competitive. Get the edge needed to enter the job hunt with confidence through free Get Hired workshops from the Pierce County Library System. Improve skills, brush up on job search strategies, and learn to use online tools and more with a variety of classes, in partnership with WorkForce Central and WorkSource Washington.

When people have the skills and guidance they need to walk into an interview with confidence, they gain an advantage. The workshops offered through Get Hired help people strengthen their skills and puts them on a path to success no matter what their career goals may be.

Upcoming events – visit https://jbc.mypcls.org/get-hired to register where indicated:

Get Hired Help: Job search process stalled? Want to learn more tech skills? Need to write your resume? Get help from library and WorkSource staff for tech and job-related questions.

  • Friday, Nov. 16, 2-4 p.m.at Key Center Pierce County Library, 8905 Key Peninsula Highway N.W., Lakebay
  • Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2-4 p.m.at Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma

Prepare for Job Interviews: Learn the benefits of pre-interview prep and how to respond to challenging questions in a positive way. All attendees will receive an interview survival handout. Registration required.

  • Friday, 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Key Center Pierce County Library, 8905 Key Peninsula Highway N.W., Lakebay
  • Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2-4 p.m.at Graham Pierce County Library, 9202 224th St. E.

Stress Management: Explore how stress impacts the job search and how to manage it, including: defining stress and its impact, job seeker depression, anxiety, self-confidence in the job search, PTSD and self-care. Registration required.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2-4 p.m.at Bonney Lake Pierce County Library, 18501 90th St. E.

Job Hunting for Mature Workers: Address issues such as over qualification or career changes. Registration required.

  • Wednesday, 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lakewood Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Road S.W.

Drop-in help sessions with WorkSource are also available:

  • Mondaysfrom 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. at Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma and University Place Pierce County Library, 3609 Market Place W., Suite 100.
  • Tuesdaysfrom 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. at Lakewood Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Road S.W.

See all the upcoming Get Hired events, access online employment resources, and register for classes by visiting gethired.pcls.us.

 

HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES REMODELED VITAL RECORDS OFFICE

At Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s remodeled Vital Records Office, you can get birth and death certificates as well as passports and marriage and pet licenses. A partnership between the health department and the Pierce County Auditor’s Office improves customer service with these expanded services.

You can tour the new office space during an open house on Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Health Department, 3629 S. D St., Tacoma. We will serve light refreshments. Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson and Health Department Director of Health Anthony L-T Chen, MD, MPH, will be on hand.

“Many people visit the health department to get a birth or death certificate. We want them to do more when they visit us to improve their customer experience,” said Anthony L-T Chen, MD, MPH, director of health. “Our partnership with the auditor’s office helps to make this happen,” he said.

The Vital Records Office now has:

  • self-serve kiosks;
  • signs in English and Spanish;
  • a larger waiting area with more lighting;
  • new furniture and paint; and
  • a play area to engage and stimulate children.

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office has staff in the Vital Records’ Office to offer services like passports, marriage licenses and pet licenses.

Vital records staff are at the auditor’s office in the Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St., Room 200, Tacoma, to offer birth and death certificate services.

Many of these services are available online. For Vital Records, go to www.tpchd.org/vitalrecords. Learn more about services from the Pierce County Auditor’s Office at www.co.pierce.wa.us/93/auditor.

 

ENROLLMENT OPEN FOR GET PROGRAM

The state’s GET program is now open for a new enrollment period, providing Washington families an opportunity to start saving for future college costs while their children are young. The 2018-2019 enrollment period runs through May 31, 2019.

The Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program opened in 1998, and since then, thousands of Washington families have saved billions of dollars to go toward their students’ future higher education expenses. To date, GET has distributed over $1 billion to more than 50,000 students who have used their GET accounts to attend college in all 50 states and 15 foreign countries.

As a 529 prepaid tuition program, the State of Washington guarantees that a family’s GET savings will keep pace with in-state tuition and state-mandated fees. While GET account values keep pace with in-state tuition, beneficiaries have the freedom to follow their ambitions wherever they choose, as GET can be used at nearly any public or private university, community college, or technical school in the country.

The GET program is one of two college savings options offered in Washington State. Washington College Savings Plans (WA529) launched the DreamAhead College Investment Plan this summer to create additional flexibility for families as they plan for the costs of college.

“The best approach is to start early and save what you can, when you can,” says Washington College Savings Plans Director Luke Minor. “Set realistic goals and get the whole family involved.”

GET’s website (get.wa.gov) offers details, charts, planning tools and answers for questions that families may have about the program. Accounts can be opened online, and the GET Contact Center staff is ready to help at (800) 955-2318 or GETInfo@wsac.wa.gov.

 

TACO TIME CELEBRATES VETERANS WITH A FREE COMBO MEAL

On Veterans Day – Sunday, Nov. 11 – all 80 Taco Time NW restaurants will celebrate all veterans and current service members with a free meal. Every military veteran is eligible for one free #3 Soft Taco Combo Meal. No purchase necessary, but must show proof of military service.

 

BROWN BEAR CAR WASH SALUTES VETERANS

Saying “thank you” to our military, Brown Bear Car Wash offers free washes to current or former members of the military on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11. The free “Beary Clean” washes will be offered at Brown Bear’s 26 tunnel wash locations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The offer operates on an honor system and no verification or documentation is required. Upon arrival, drivers should identify themselves as a current or former member of the military to the wash attendant. See www.brownbear.com for a list of Brown Bear’s 26 automated tunnel wash locations.

Brown Bear will also proudly donate $1 for every car washed on Veterans Day to Puget Sound Honor Flight. For the past four years, Brown Bear has donated more than $32,000 to support Honor Flight’s mission of transporting Western Washington war veterans to visit memorials in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit http://pugetsoundhonorflight.org/about.

“The Veterans Day event is our way of saluting those who currently serve our country and have made past sacrifices on behalf of all of us,” said Brown Bear Car Wash President Vic Odermat, who is a proud U.S. Marine veteran.

For more information about Brown Bear Car Wash locations and programs, visit www.brownbear.com.

 

HOPE AND HEALING COME TO THE ORTING VALLEY

More than three million young Americans between the ages of 12 and 25 suffer from drug addiction. Drug addiction is an issue that affects everyone, even here at home. In Pierce County, from 2012 to 2017, the number of opioid-related deaths rose to 423. The Orting Valley, which includes Sumner, Puyallup, Bonney Lake, Buckley, and Eatonville, has witnessed an acute problem of addiction for a long time, but in 2017, after a series of fatal overdoses, the community realized it was time for change.

After a year of planning and preparation, recovery is coming to communities in East Pierce County. The Recovery Café Orting Valley will provide residents with hope and healing to support their journey in recovering from drug addiction. Pierce County, along with many other friends and partners in the community, have come together to make this shared vision come to life.

The grand opening will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 17 at the Recovery Café Orting Valley, 113 Varner Ave. S.E., in Orting. The event will kick off with speakers whose support has been key to this project, including Pierce County Councilmember Derek Young, Pierce County Human Services Director Peter Ansara, District Superintendent United Methodist Church Reverend Kathleen Weber, and Killian Noe, the Founder of Recovery Café. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be followed by an open house tour of the facility. Guests will be treated to refreshments and snacks.

“Recovery Café is a proven foundation for peer support and recovery,” said Dennis Paschke, executive director of Recover Café Orting Valley. “This necessary resource in the Orting Valley will save lives and families from the devastation of addiction. Recovery Cafés in other areas have been extremely successful in helping their members on their journey to long-term recovery.”

Recovery Café Seattle reported in its last annual report that over 90 percent of their members reported the café helped them maintain their recovery.

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