April 22nd is Earth Day. It’s a globally celebrated annual holiday that began in 1970 to help demonstrate support for protecting and preserving the environment. Now, over 193 countries participate in Earth Day activities. One of the reasons I volunteer at Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop (ECA) is to help take care of the Earth every day, including Earth Day. We do that by staying consistently committed to the highest possible levels of reuse, recycling, and waste reduction.
Not only do we recycle the obvious things like paper and glass, but we go above and beyond by recycling other things used in the shop too, such as plastic bags, batteries, scrap metal, metal hangers, and fluorescent lights. We are also big believers in textile recycling, so we participate fully in it. All of the textiles that come into our shop are either sold in the shop for reuse, donated to another organization for reuse, or taken to a company that reclaims soiled, torn, and otherwise unusable textiles. As a result, we can happily say that we dispose of less than 1,000 lbs of waste each year.
Our eco-friendly practices have been recognized locally for several years now. The City of Kirkland has designated ECA as a certified “Green Business” each year since 2009. In addition, ECA has been named a “Best Workplace for Waste Reduction and Recycling” in King County each year since 2011.
Our planet needs all the help we can give it, especially now when it seems that many environmental policies may be revoked or scaled back. We at ECA will keep striving to protect and preserve the earth as we help those in need in our community, but we can’t do it without you. We deeply appreciate our donors, who actively help people in need AND help the planet by donating items to the thrift shop.
Have a glorious Earth Day!
Guest blog by Margaret Schwender. Margaret has lived in Kirkland for 34 years and is a volunteer at Eastside Community Aid. She also serves on Kirkland’s Human Services Advisory Committee.
DID YOU KNOW????
In 1986, the City Council adopted human service policies which established the City’s role in human services and instituted the Human Services Advisory Committee. The policy was created to ensure that adequate levels of human services were available to all Kirkland residents.
FUNDING OF HUMAN SERVICES
Since 1986, the City has devoted general fund dollars to support human service organizations. Funding levels are appropriated on a per capita basis. As a policy matter, the Council may adjust the annual per capita budget allocation for human services as it deems appropriate; once again demonstrating Kirkland’s commitment to support the growing needs of its residents.
The City defines human services as those services provided directly to individuals or families to meet basic needs for:
UPCOMING NEED: This year the Kirkland City Council voted to increase the membership of this committee to 7 appointed members, and the Human Services Committee will now be recognized throughout the Eastside as a Commission. If you have a calling to help support Eastside non-profit agencies, and would like to apply for a leadership position please contact: Leslie Miller, 425-587-3322, email@example.com. She is also a good resource for questions about human service programs in the Kirkland area.
I would like to give a shout out and thank ECA for supporting Camp Unity. Through a recent allocation of funds the ECA helped Camp Unity with their financial obligations to meet some of their current unmet needs while providing shelter to our Eastside homeless people.
Susan is a frequent volunteer at Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop, where she sorts, prices, and stocks merchandise to her heart's content. Before retirement, she owned and operated a consignment shop for women's plus size clothing in Seattle. Through trial and error and talking with customers, she learned a thing or two. An avid "thrift shopper," Susan loves to buy clothing, especially when she gets good quality and value for her money.
Copyright © 2018
Eastside Community Aid
Every donation makes a difference.
Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop is a 501c3 tax exempt nonprofit organization.
All donations made to us are tax deductible. Tax ID #91-1155373