Back to School; Free ORCA Cards for Students; Free Health Care Clinic; Budgeting with Lorena

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September Means #BackToSchool!

Congratulations to all of the students who returned to school this month!  And a mighty congratulations to Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Education Association on reaching an agreement on a new teachers’ contract.

To celebrate the kick off of another school year, my office delivered more than 20 backpacks and #BackToSchool supplies for Seattle students to YWCA.

Every year, thanks to generous donations from YWCA supporters, the YWCA provides nearly 2,000 backpacks, with much needed school supplies, to every child in its program, from kindergarteners to high school seniors.

We appreciated the opportunity to give back to our community in this manner and want to give a special thank you to Sunrise Identity, who donated the backpacks! Thanks also go to our City Council Communications team and Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office for participating!

Click here to open Seattle Public Schools’ 2018-2019 Academic Calendar.


ICYMI: Free ORCA Cards for All Public High School Students Now Available

Thanks to the leadership of Mayor Durkan, Councilmember Rob Johnson (Dist. 4, Northeast Seattle) and Councilmember Mike O’Brien (Dist. 6, Northwest Seattle), the ORCA Opportunity program will provide free ORCA passes beginning this year to all high school students at Seattle Public Schools and Seattle Promise scholars!

The pass provides students unlimited access to public transportation throughout the year.  ORCA Opportunity will continue to allow free ORCA cards for eligible middle school students enrolled in Seattle Public Schools that are not eligible for an ORCA card from the Seattle Public Schools.

If your high school student still needs their free ORCA card or if you have questions about the program, please email or call 206-256-ORCA (6722).

Thank you to our partners at Seattle Public Schools, King County Metro, Seattle Colleges and the Seattle Department of Transportation for their work to make this a reality.

FREE Medical, Vision & Dental Clinic in 1 Week!

In just one week, volunteers with the Seattle/King County Clinic will convene healthcare organizations, civic agencies, non-profits, private businesses and volunteers from across the State of Washington to produce a free health clinic at the KeyArena at Seattle Center. The four-day volunteer-driven clinic provides a full range of free dental, vision and medical care to underserved and vulnerable populations in the region.

The upcoming clinic is scheduled for September 20–23, 2018 at the KeyArena at Seattle Center located at 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109.

Patients seeking care should know the following:

  1. All are welcome! Patients DO NOT need ID or proof of immigration status
  2. Limited number of admission tickets distributed at 5:00 AM each day in the tent on Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center (corner of 2nd Ave N & Thomas St)
  3. One ticket per person, good for that day only
  4. Tent opens at 12:30 AM each day
  5. Patents admitted to Clinic in KeyArena starting at 6:30 AM in ticket number order
  6. Highest demand for tickets is Saturday & Sunday
  7. No advance registration: FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED
  8. Patients cannot receive dental and vision care in the same day
  9. FREE PARKING in two locations:
    1. 1st Ave Garage, 220 1st Ave N
    2. Mercer St. Garage, 650 3rd Ave N
  10. Come prepared for a long day with food, comfortable clothing, and any daily medications
  11. See flyers linked below for additional details

Prospective patients can click here for a one pager to learn more about the clinic.  All materials and information are available in multiple languages here.

Coming Soon: Budgeting with Lorena

Budget season is right around the corner! And that means a lot of things: long meetings, confusing acronyms, and the deliberation of our 2019-2020 Biennium City Budget.

My office wants to make this budget season as easy to digest as possible. With that said, I’m excited to introduce our new project in the next couple of weeks: Budgeting with Lorena!  Each week, I hope to answer your budget questions, provide you with a brief overview of what to expect in the week to come, and give you the NEED-TO-KNOW information items.

Click here to start submitting your budget questions. Our first episode will be posted on September 24th — stay tuned!

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