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Reclaim your streets... play on them!

SDOT’s Play Streets Pilot Program is making it easy for families to have more space to play

Who doesn’t need more space in their life to play? Seattle Department of Transportation’s pilot program, Play Streets, offers communities a new and creative way to safely play on our urban streets. Neighborhoods that join Play Streets receive a free permit to temporarily close their streets to traffic when they choose to, so that both kids and adults can play in the streets. The department determines whether a street can be closed based on the following:

  1. street doesn't exceed one block
  2. no arterial streets
  3. each intersection has clear visibility
  4. the neighborhood has to support the play street

 

Depending on their location, Seattle streets may be converted into Play Streets as much as the community desires it. For example, warmer summer days might prompt a neighborhood to host a Play Street twice a week. From limitless chalk art, to hopscotch or 4-square, to skating, yoga, or kickball--the possibilities are endless for neighbors to connect with one another and safely play together.

 

Learn more about how to turn your street into a Play Street at: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/playstreets.htm

 

Welcome Sylvia Moss, CoolMom's Communications Coordinator

CoolMom's new Communications Coordinator brings public relations, public affairs and project management experience to support CoolMom

Sylvia Moss is delighted to join CoolMom.org as Communications Coordinator. She brings to CoolMom's team more than a decade of experience in communications, education, public affairs and program and project management across both nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

Sylvia's background includes an MA in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University, a BA in English Writing from George Mason University, and a Certificate in Public Relations and Strategic Communications from the University of Washington.

As a soon-to-be-mom, (38 weeks pregnant when this was written) she looks forward to using her communications skills to engage and unite families to advocate for a healthy planet, even in seemingly small ways. Look for more on her background under the staff section of our website.

Shop Whole Foods Interbay Today for a Chance to Give to CoolMom

Interbay Whole Foods Market on Elliott Avenue offers customers a chance to donate to CoolMom at the register until August 3rd!

Need to do some grocery shopping? Care to double your "support local" efforts--buying local produce while supporting a local org? Shop at the Interbay Whole Foods, bring your reusable bag, and you can choose to give CoolMom your 5-cent refund until August 3rd.

Here's how Whole Foods describes the program: "Did you know that Whole Foods Market gives customers a 5-cent credit for reusing their own shopping bags? Did you know that we also have a program where customers can donate that credit to local nonprofit organizations? If you are a customer who reuses bags to save paper, consider donating your credit to our designated non-profit. Thanks to all our environmentally conscious customers for supporting the following organizations."

We appreciate Whole Foods' support and encourage everyone to bring their bags to shop at the Interbay Whole Foods and support CoolMom from the end of July until August 3rd!

Now Hiring - Communications Coordinator

Join the CoolMom team and work for a healthier planet!
Now Hiring - Communications Coordinator

You can help make programs like Think Outside the Car a success!

CoolMom is a nonprofit organization based in Seattle, WA whose mission is to unite moms and families to make informed lifestyle choices, protect our climate, and advocate for a healthy planet. Established in 2007, CoolMom’s vision is a healthy planet for kids and families. CoolMom works with the environmental community to help moms and families reduce their carbon footprint through our programs. Climate change is shaping our children’s future. It is the most important issue of our time. If we do not take important steps in all levels of government and in our communities and homes, we will leave behind little resources and challenging times for our children.

CoolMom is directed by a volunteer board and operates with the help of neighborhood chapter leads. For more information, please visit www.coolmom.org.

We have many wonderful volunteers and successful programs. For example, our Think Outside the Car project helps educate and connect a community. The program allows for families and residents to get involved through community. It promotes better health, cleaner air, and money and energy savings for families. We also encourage families to start Walking School Buses and Bike Trains. One elementary school took on this campaign in the Spring of 2011 and reduced their car idling by more than 88%!

Our newest project is the Local Low Waste Lunchbox. The project promotes local low waste lunches in partnership with local food suppliers and low waste products.

The Need: CoolMom needs a Communications Coordinator who can promote and implement our successful programs.

Your Mission:

• Conduct outreach to engage members, coalition partners, and the public in our campaigns.

• Gather and write inspirational stories for the website including the Tip of the Month.

• Coordinate CoolMom’s social media presence, including Facebook and Twitter.

• Write and distribute a monthly email newsletter.

• Communication maintenance duties such as responding to inquiry emails, maintaining contacts, and attending monthly board meetings

• Duties may include occasionally presenting CoolMom’s policy goals in legislative sessions or other forums.Your Skills & Interests:

• Enthusiasm, energy and a passion for our mission!

• Ability to engage and work with the community, members and environmental nonprofits in the area.

• Excellent communication skills, written and oral.

• Knowledge of the climate change crisis preferred.

• Prior nonprofit experience preferred.Your Commitment:

• We anticipate about 10 hours a week working from home.

• This position starts as a volunteer position with stipend. As program funding is secured by theBoard, the Communication Coordinator position may turn into a paid position.

Position is open until filled; first consideration will be given to applications received by May 16, 2014. Please send letter of interest and resume to Sonja Ling at info@coolmom.org.