Community Events & Announcements

SOAR Putting the Pieces Together Event:  The Transformational Power of Community Knowledge and Wisdom

Deep knowledge and wisdom already exist within our diverse communities.  SOAR is committed to raising authentic community voice so that programs and policies truly respond to community interests and needs.

Program elements will all relate to the theme of raising individual and collective voices so that community knowledge and wisdom can lead to positive change. Content will include spoken word and musical performances, “short-talk” presentations by members of the community who may not usually have a public platform, World Café table conversations, graphic recording, presentation on ways to make our collective knowledge actionable, many opportunities to network with and learn from community members and professionals, and resource tables.

Date: Friday, August 26, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Renton Technical College, Building I – Roberts Campus Center, Renton
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Seattle-King County Resource Day & Job Fair

This one day event provides a connection to community service providers and resources all in one location.

  • FREE Backpacks (while supplies last/children must be present), door prizes, raffle drawings and more!
  • Resource check-list: education, job training, employment, financial services, home ownership and health services.

Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Location:  Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

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For more information contact Lydia Assefa-Dawson at 206.574.1356 or or Thu Thai Duong at 206.588.4900 X 3081 or 

Financial Inclusion Summit: Assuring People with disAbilities Access to Mainstream Financial Services

Join National Disability Institute, Financial Empowerment Network – Seattle-King County, Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, Bank On Seattle-King County, Washington Access Fund, and CARES of Washington, among other thought leaders from government, finance and the disability community, for the Financial Inclusion Summit: Assuring People with Disabilities Access to Mainstream Financial Services.  Download a flyer here>

DATE: Friday, September 16, 2016
TIME: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
LOCATION:  Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room, 600 Fourth Avenue (Between Cherry and James St), Seattle

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This Summit will bring together leaders in government, the financial services sector, the disability and asset building communities and Fortune 100 companies to discuss strategies for improving financial access for individuals across the spectrum of disabilities.

Join us on September 16th in Seattle with like-minded peers and colleagues to design the next generation of collective efforts that seek to fulfill the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act to bring people with disabilities more fully into the economic mainstream.

If you require additional information, assistance or an accommodation to participate in the event, please contact Kathy Brannigan, National Disability Institute Communications Director at

South King Repair Café

Next one!
Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, 3 to 6:30 p.m.
Federal Way City Hall
33325 8th Ave S, Federal Way, 98003 (external).

Brought to you by the King County EcoConsumer program, City of Federal Way (external) and the South King Tool Library (external) project.

Do you have a broken lamp, pair of ripped jeans, or busted chair sitting around? Don’t trash them – bring them to the free Repair Café! Skilled “fixers” will be there to help you repair your damaged or broken household items.

Residents are encouraged to sign up in advance and describe what small household items you plan to bring for repair. Walk-ins are welcome and everyone will be assisted as time is available.

We can only work on items small enough for one person to easily carry in. Please do not bring any items that are leaking, dangerous, use gasoline, or have a strong odor. We can’t make appointments for specific times, and you must be present during the repair. No guarantees an item can be fixed, or that attempting to fix it won’t break it even more. For items needing product-specific parts, we’ll try to determine what’s needed so you can purchase it at a store or online and finish the repair yourself at home.

The goals of this event are to keep stuff out of the landfill, conserve resources and save you money!

If you plan to bring a household item or article of clothing for us to work on, please sign up in advance if possible to let us know what you’re bringing, so our fixers can be prepared. To sign up to attend, or if you have questions, please contact Tom Watson at 206-477-4481.  Learn more>

Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

Thinking about buying a home? Do you have questions about qualifying? Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle Homeownership division invites you to a free seminar that meets the criteria for various Washington State Housing Finance Commission down payment assistance programs. Professionals will be on hand to answer your questions about becoming a homeowner. These classes will provide an overview of the home buying process for first time homebuyers as well as returning families to the home buying market. Each class is from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm at Miller Community Center 330 19th Ave E Seattle, Washington 98112. Lunch will be served.

Class Dates
Saturday, August 21, 2016
Saturday, September 18, 2016
Saturday, October 16, 2016
Saturday, November 20, 2016

Registration is Required.  To register and/or for more information contact 1 800 368 1455 or Call for information regarding classes in Spanish.

2016 WA State Fathers Network Conference: Raising Awareness to Empower Fathers

Date: October 8, 2016
Time: 8:45 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Tyee Middle School, Bellevue, WA

Who should attend? Men who have a child with special health care needs in their life.