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CHI Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care needs volunteers to assist us in providing comfort and compassion to those nearing the end of life throughout Pierce County.
Comforting activities can include:

  • Providing respite
  • Hospice House support
  • Running errands
  • Making phone calls
  • Sewing projects
  • Recording life stories
  • Visiting someone who is isolated

Interested volunteers need to be at least 16 years of age and be available one to four hours a week. We support volunteers by providing comprehensive on line and one-day classroom training as well as one-to-one mentoring and ongoing education. The next one-day training takes place Saturday Sept. 28.
To Become a volunteer or to get more information, log onto www.chifranciscan.org and look for Hospice and Palliative Careunder “Our Services” at the top of the page or call 1 (855) 534-7050.


The Pierce County Council voted 6-0 on Tuesday, June 25 to adopt Ordinance 2019-32s2, a supplemental budget that supports ferries, property clean-up and permitting.
“The budget enhancements approved by the Council today align with our priorities to strengthen public safety, resolve blighted properties and provide support to some of our most vulnerable residents,” said Council Chair Doug Richardson.
Investments include:

  • $350,000 to the Blighted Property Maintenance Fund for abatement and clean-up activities.
  • $45,000 for a Human Trafficking Awareness campaign.
  • Allocates $490,200 to the Pierce County Ferry Fund for law enforcement services, maintenance and repair.
  • Authorizes $415,00 for the Chambers Bay Regional Park Event Lawn project.
  • Provides for the hiring of a limited duration employee to address increased permit volumes.

The County’s first biennial budget (2020–2021) will be presented to the Council in the fall.


Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, extreme-value grocery retailer, HAS launched its ninth consecutive Independence from HungerFood Drive to combat food insecurity. Now through July 31, the month-long campaign will collect cash donations and pre-made bags of nonperishable foods in-store at Grocery Outlet’s 320 locations that will be distributed directly to local food agencies across the country.
According to the USDA’s latest analysis of Food Insecurity in America, 15 million households suffer limited access to food sources and suffer from food insecurity (USDA, Household Food Security in the United States in 2017). Eachindependently owned and operated Grocery Outlet store is committed to giving back to the local community and have partnered locally to bring the community together in providing families nutritious food.
“At Grocery Outlet, our main focus is offering value and giving back to our local communities. Each year, our success in doing so through IFH has grown due to the commitment of our employees, owner-operators and charitable partners,” said Eric Lindberg, CEO at Grocery Outlet, Inc. “As we continue to grow as an organization, our goal is to leverage our presence in order to expand the awareness and success of the Independence from Hunger campaign.”
Since its launch in 2011, the Independence from Hunger campaign efforts have collected more than $5 million nationwide. Customers can contribute in the various ways:

  • Give $5, get $5. Donate $5 or more in a single transaction in-store or online and you will receive a coupon for $5 off a future purchase of $25 or more.
  • Pick up a pre-made bag that is complete with an assortment of groceries selected by the local food agency and then place it in a collection bin at the front of the store.
  • Donate online by visiting Grocery Outlet.com/Donate. Online donations support the San Francisco bay area community through Grocery Outlet’s partnership with Alameda County Community Food Bank.

“Since 1946, our core values have been built around our desire to both provide and give back to our local communities,” said MacGregor Read, vice chairman at Grocery Outlet, Inc. “Our customers and communities alike are the foundation of our success. We feel it’s important to continue supporting these communities in every way possible.”
Customers can make a difference by visiting their local Grocery Outlet and participating in the Independence from Hunger food drive. For more information, visit GroceryOutlet.com.


The Tacoma City Council is looking to fill two positions on the Transportation Commission, including District Nos. 3 and 4 positions, each to serve a three-year term.
The Transportation Commission advises the City Council on transportation-related matters, such as short-term and long-range transportation planning, compliance with local, regional and federal transportation regulations, bike, pedestrian and mass transit-related planning initiatives, and parking and capital improvement plans. Commission members are recommended by the Infrastructure, Planning, and Sustainability Committee.
The Commission consists of 11 members – nine voting members appointed by the City Council, with representatives from each of the City’s five Council Districts, who bring a range of perspectives and expertise that focus on the City’s long-term vision for mobility options throughout the city, and two non-voting members appointed by the City Manager.
It is recommended that the members appointed reflect the following categories of special interest/discipline: professional engineering sector, construction/private business sector, bike and pedestrian/mass transit sector, planning/urban growth sector, environmental/sustainability sector, general community, and ADA community.
Commission meetings occur the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. For additional information on the Transportation Commission, please visit their website at www.cityoftacoma.org/government/committees_boards_commissions/transportation_commission. All members must be Tacoma residents. If your Council District is unknown, please visit govme.org.
Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Tuesday, July 9. To apply, please visit cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication or contact Jessica Jenkins at (253) 591-5178, servetacoma@cityoftacoma.org, or the City Clerk’s Office, Room 11, Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., Tacoma, WA 98402.


Tacoma City Council is looking to fill three positions on the Board of Building Appeals (BOBA) for a five-year term each, consisting of a Building Owner Representative, General Contractor, and Fire Department Representative.
Applicants should have knowledge and/or experience in design and/or construction related to building, fire, mechanical, plumbing, and/or energy code.
The BOBA is a quasi-judicial board consisting of seven members who are recommended by the Infrastructure, Planning, and Sustainability Committee and appointed by the City Council.
Duties of the BOBA include:

  • Review and provide recommendation for approval to Council for new editions, amendments, and proposed changes to the City’s Building, Mechanical, Plumbing, Fire, Dangerous Building, Minimum Housing, and Energy Codes.
  • Holding hearings and make decisions on appeals of orders, decisions, or determinations made by the Building Official or Fire Chief relative to the application and interpretation of the Building Code, Mechanical Code, Plumbing Code, Fire Code and Energy Code.
  • Hear appeals of orders or decisions made by the Hearing Officer for the Dangerous Building Code or Minimum Housing Code.For additional information on the Board of Building Appeals, visit their website or contact Sue Coffman, Planning and Development Services, at (253) 594-7905.Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Tuesday, July 9. To apply, visit cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication or contact Jessica Jenkins at (253) 591-5178, servetacoma@cityoftacoma.org, or the City Clerk’s Office, Room 11, Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., Tacoma, WA 98402.


    Happening now, digital signs at all Link light rail stations will provide real-time arrival information for riders. The information, which had previously been available only at the Capitol Hill and University of Washington Link stations, informs riders of the anticipated arrival time for the next three trains. The information for the signs comes from the same source that provides information to the Capitol Hill and University of Washington stations.
    In addition, Sound Transit will have the ability to interrupt real-time arrival information to update riders in the event of a service disruption. This allows for the signs to have more relevant information during those times by displaying specific messages until full service is restored. This feature can be activated for the entire alignment at once, or at individual stations or groups of stations as needed.
    Sound Transit plans to replace the current digital signs with a new passenger information system that will improve accuracy, timeliness and readability. The new system, which will be introduced in 2023, will provide a unified experience across transit modes and communications channels and enhance the agency’s ability to deliver types of information.


    Freestone Capital Management recently awarded five students with its second annual Freestone Future Leaders Scholarship. The winning recipients, including graduating high school seniors and current college students, were selected for their strong leadership, problem-solving abilities and determination to help their communities. They will each receive a $5,000 scholarship for the 2019-20 academic year.
    Through the Future Leaders Scholarship, Freestone is committed to contributing $100,000 to support 20 students over four years, empowering them to pursue their goals and ease the financial burden often associated with higher education.
    “As tomorrow’s leaders, these deserving students show great ambition and potential,” said Gary Furukawa, founder of Freestone Capital Management. “We are honored to support their dreams of higher education and encourage them as they pave the way to a fulfilling future for themselves and their communities.”
    The 2019 winning students are Alexis Skinner from Blaine, attending Saint Martin’s University; Quinn McElroy-Fuchs from Portland, attending the University of Portland; Muskaan Agarwal from Issaquah, attending the University of California, Berkeley; Stephanie Flores from San Francisco, attending the University of La Verne; and Tristan Cunningham from Tacoma, attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
    Each of the scholarship recipients displayed a commitment to improving their communities, a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for meaningful extracurricular activities. Freestone received hundreds of applications during the submission period, which were evaluated by a selection committee for strength of personal narrative, community involvement and more.
    “This scholarship helped me say yes to my first-choice school,” said Quinn McElroy-Fuchs, a 2019-20 scholarship recipient. “I plan to study nursing and was accepted to several schools including the University of Portland, which offers one of the best nursing programs and can potentially open the door to great opportunities for me in the future. But due to the cost, I was hesitant to enroll. Once I was awarded the Freestone Future Leaders Scholarship, I felt confident to say yes, knowing that I have financial assistance to count on.”
    Freestone launched the Future Leaders Scholarship in 2018 and each year awards $25,000 in scholarships to five students in Washington, Oregon and California. For full scholarship details and to monitor for future scholarship applications, please visit the Freestone Future Leaders Scholarship website at https://www.freestonecapital.com/freestone-future-leaders-scholarship.


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