Seattle's karaoke hotspot Bush Garden looks to late 2024 reopening, new future

Exciting news about Bush Garden opening at Uncle Bob’s Place later this year!  Follow the link in our bio to learn more.

KUOW – Seattle’s karaoke hotspot Bush Garden looks to late 2024 reopening, new future


DVCHAP Program Highlight: InterIm CDA - Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence

InterIm CDA’ DV program was given the opportunity to share the good work we do for the DV survivors in the community. This is the link for an article which was published on the Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence.


Washington State Medal of Valor ceremony awarded to Donnie Chin

“Donnie watched over us for nearly 50 years.  He saved hundreds of lives and made the world a better place.  He was humble and thought that he was just doing his job.  Donnie ultimately gave his life protecting our community.  He was our hero, our brother, our friend.  He was a hero, but not for how he died but how he lived.”  (Connie Magorty, February 21, 2024)

Donnie Chin was awarded the Washington State Medal of Valor at a ceremony in the Washington State Capitol Building on Wednesday morning –A  bittersweet and emotional gathering to honor and remember our beloved CID guardian angel and hero, Donnie Chin.  Thanks to Donnie’s sister, Connie, for helping everyone understand who Donnie was and what he meant to our CID community.  And thanks to Washington State Representative, Sharon Tomiko Santos, for nominating him.


Clean Water, Sustainable Building, Green Jobs Symposium & Career Fair 

Clean Water, Sustainable Building, Green Jobs Symposium & Career Fair

Hands-On Demonstrations | Breakout Sessions | Networking | Resume Help

March 6, 2024

4-7 pm

South Seattle College – Georgetown Campus

6737 Corson Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108

You are invited to meet in-demand employers in the fields of clean water, sustainable building, and green jobs! Attend and participate in hands-on demonstrations, break-out sessions, networking, resume help, and other skill-building activities. This event is free and open to the public, including people in all stages of careers and education.

Job Seekers: RSVP with this QR code or click here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VM8KH5J

Sponsored by King County Wastewater Treatment Division and South Seattle College – Georgetown Campus / Sustainable Building and Science Technology program.

PDF of the flier: https://sustainablebuildingscience.technology/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2024/01/Final_Green-Jobs-Symposium-and-Job-Fair.pdf

JPG of the flier: https://sustainablebuildingscience.technology/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2024/01/Final_Green-Jobs-Symposium-and-Job-Fair-scaled.jpg

Exhibit Application/Interest: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R8NNYPS


2023 Gift Drive! ~ Thank you donors, supporters, volunteers, CID and InterIm CDA

The Chinatown International District is one of the most impoverished communities in Seattle. InterIm CDA serves many of the neighborhood’s low-income, immigrant, refugee, Asian, and Pacific Islander residents through all our community-building programs and services. To further provide emotional and material support, InterIm initiated an end-of-the-year gift drive for our clients and community residents.

InterIm CDA and CID residents would like to thank our supporters for the many thoughtful gifts we received. We initially hoped to get 200 gifts for our gift drive; however, with our supporters’ help, we could provide 441 clients and residents with gifts. We would also like to thank the score of volunteers who helped to organize our holiday party and wrap, transport, and hand out gifts.

The gifts embraced and provided cheer for many of the recipients. We are grateful for those who participated in this effort to make the holiday season and New Year good for our community.

We want to thank the following companies and individuals for providing gifts to this project:

  • Marpac Construction
  • Enterprise Community
  • Gates Foundation’s Gates Asians in Philanthropy Employee Resource Group
  • Expedia Group Volunteers in partnership with Asian Community at Expedia
  • Starbucks Pan-Asian Partner Network
  • ProvidenceSwedish
  • Sound Transit
  • King County Metro Transit
  • Walsh Construction Company
  • Site Workshop
  • International District Emergency Center
  • Mai and Rob Ketcherside
  • Elaine Ikoma Ko
  • Leslie Morishita
  • Teresa Woo
  • Elaine Ishihara
  • Family of Carl and Marie Ooka
  • Mercedes Luna
  • Ann Kawasaki Romero
  • Liana Woo
  • Vivian Chan
  • Valerie Pang
  • Sharon Tomiko Santos
  • Ken Daffon
  • Anca Boldan
  • Lynette Seigafo
  • Sarah Mac
  • Peter Kim
  • Jilian Carlo (for Jaysen and Qilian)
  • Anhkhoa Lam (for Alfred)
  • Gary Lee
  • Erin Shigaki
  • Cindy Domingo
  • Erin Demmon
  • Sharon Maeda
  • Delight Roberts and Ethan Im
  • And several anonymous folks

Caption: On December 10th and 11th, InterIm Community Development Association and volunteers delivered gifts to Chinatown International District Residents.


Register for WILD (Wilderness Inner-city Leadership Development) Program Fall 2023!

Registration is open for WILD’s Fall 2023 term! WILD (Wilderness Inner-city Leadership Development) is a youth program that empowers youth of color (ages 14-18), primarily those who come from immigrant and refugee Asian Pacific Islander families, to learn about environmental justice and civic engagement. In our programming, youth will engage in leadership development, intergenerational community in the CID, and outdoor adventures while earning their choice of a $100 stipend or 20 community service hours for participating in the 10-week program. Our fall program will run from October 18 through December 14 and will meet on Wednesdays from 3-5pm and Thursdays from 4-6pm at 310 Maynard Ave S. For more information, please reach out to skili@interimcda.org. 


Welcoming our new WILD Manager, Sky Kili - and also, thank you to King Conservation District

Welcoming our new WILD Program Manager, Sky Kili – and also, thank you to King Conservation District

InterIm CDA would like to welcome our new WILD Program Manager, Sky Kili. Sky has a background in sustainability, community organizing, and youth development. We want to thank Malika Aiyer, who worked as our Program Manager for one year and was with the program for a year and a half. Malika oversaw several successful projects with the WILD program, which included developing our Seed to Plate curriculum with the youth and outdoor experience programming.

We also want to thank the King Conservation District (KCD) for their continued support of the WILD program and our Danny Woo Community Garden. Their support has and will continue to provide the resources to create more significant food equity and food access in the CID and provide greater development opportunities to disadvantaged youth. KCD’s support has allowed youth participants to gain leadership skills and a greater understanding of sustainability. Here are photos of our WILD youth and elders from the community teaming up to prepare culturally relevant foods together.


Photos of the 47th annual pig roast in the Danny Woo Garden in July 2023

Thank you to all who joined us at the annual pig roast last month! And huge thanks to those who provided financial support and donated food and time, including our pig roast sponsor Enterprise Community Partners, our gardeners and community members, Tai Tung, Fort St. George, Uwajimaya,  and Starbucks. And very big thank you to our garden staff, KaeLi Deng and Kathryn Tehl for all their work on the event!

Volunteers picked up food donations from around the CID neighborhood. Photo credit: Huilan Huang.

 

Here are some of the delicious food donations! Photo credit: Huilan Huang.

 

Asian Pacific Islander Coalition Advocating Together for Health (APICAT) volunteered to help set up for the event. Photo credit: Lynette Seigafo.

 

More youth engaged as volunteers with senior gardeners to host the pig roast. Photo credit: Lynette Seigafo.

 

The pig was roasted in the pig roast pit by volunteers who take shifts from Friday evening all night long through Saturday morning turning the pig. Photo credit: InterIm CDA

 

Long time pig roast volunteer Marcus preps the fully roasted pig for the potluck on Saturday. Photo credit: InterIm CDA.

 

People gathered on Friday to enjoy food, games and catching up with one another in the garden. Photo credit: InterIm CDA.

 

On Saturday, gardeners enjoyed a potluck lunch including the roasted pig. Photo credit: InterIm CDA

 


Department of Neighborhoods Food Equity Fund grants InterIm CDA Danny Woo Garden and WILD $100,000

Department of Neighborhoods Food Equity Fund grants InterIm CDA Danny Woo Garden and WILD $100,000

Seattle – The City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) has awarded the Danny Woo Garden in Chinatown-International District (CID) and the Wilderness Inner-City Leadership program $100,000 through the Food Equity Fund to support intergenerational learning programs and infrastructure upgrades and repairs that will support community needs in the garden. The Food Equity Fund is a DON program whose purpose is to invest in community-led work that contributes to an equitable and sustainable local food system.

Specifically, this funding will support operations in the Danny Woo Garden in the following ways:

  1. Provide equitable and culturally specific food sources in the Danny Woo Garden for low-income, immigrant, refugee, Asian, and Pacific Islander elders in the CID;
  2. Provide intergenerational information sharing and learning between elders and API youth about food systems, food justice, and food security through the garden to maintain cultural and ethnic food traditions;
  3. Provide funds for infrastructure repairs to maintain sustainable food systems in the garden.

The Danny Woo Garden was created through community activism in 1975 and since then has been a vital source of food security and of maintaining culturally appropriate sources of food for low-income, immigrant, refugee, Asian, and Pacific Islander elders in the CID. Currently, 66 elderly residents utilize close to 100 plots in the 1.5-acre community garden. Over the years, the Danny Woo Garden has fed hundreds of elders. It has also improved their physical and mental health by providing space to be physically and socially active.

Funding will support programs that bring elders and youth together to learn about seed-to-plate practices, culturally specific recipes based on what gardeners have grown, the physical health value of maintaining a healthy diet of ethnic produce, and more. InterIm CDA’s youth program, Wilderness Inner-city Leadership Development (WILD), engages 40-100 low-income API teens ages 14-19 in year-round programming, and the Danny Woo Garden provides a live outdoor classroom for WILD programming that supports two tenets of WILD youth programming: Building intergenerational relationships between API immigrant elders and youth; and learning the value of an organic, culturally relevant garden’s place in a low-income BIPOC community food system. 

Time spent together in the garden among elders and youth creates conversations and experiential information-sharing among generations around concepts of food justice in low-income immigrant and refugee populated communities. Youth gain a holistic understanding of how critical it is for underserved, immigrant communities and individuals to grow what they eat and have access to healthy, organic, culturally relevant, sustainably grown produce.

“Our vision for food equity and sustainability is to honor what our CID community of immigrants and refugees has given up when they’ve left their home countries, usually out of necessity, by giving them space to hold onto their cultural food practices,” said Pradeepta Upadhyay, Executive Director of InterIm CDA. “We also want to ensure this knowledge is passed down to younger generations. We want these culturally unique ties to the land and growing practices to continue here in the CID. This is why we’ve created infrastructure in the garden to support a learning environment for youth.”

Funding will also support much needed infrastructure repairs and ongoing maintenance in the culturally and ethnically responsive garden including for the pig roast pit, chicken coop, one toolshed, the outdoor cookery, maintaining a seed library to offer free seeds to the CID community and garden visitors, cisterns, a boardwalk that allows access to the garden plots, flower beds, and fences and handrails necessary for safety of the elders.

“The garden gave the land back to the old folks who left it in the old country to strike it rich here. They never realized how much they missed the earth,” wrote Bob Santos in his memoir, Humbows Not Hotdogs, about seeing how the creation of the Danny Woo Garden gave back to the elders in the CID and how much they’ve used the garden. This funding helps support this legacy in the CID.

For more information on all awardees, see the DON press release.

Contact: jwasberg@interimcda.org

 


47th Annual Pig Roast Volunteer Recruitment

47th Annual Pig Roast: July 21 and 22

Summertime’s in the air – and in the CID! Which means the pig roast is coming up! Join us on July 21 and 22 for the 47th annual pig roast. Volunteer registration for the pig roast is now live; see shifts here. We roast the pig all night long Friday into Saturday morning will be in need of help all 24 hours. Contact volunteer@interimcda.org for more information. And come one come all for the Friday community gathering with food and drinks and enjoying the garden. We can’t wait to see you and catch up with you all!

Special thanks to Enterprise Community Housing for their support of the pig roast!