Kamiak is a real estate investment firm that acquires, develops, and operates niche multifamily and commercial assets in the greater Seattle region.
Kamiak is a real estate investment firm that acquires, develops, and operates niche multifamily and commercial assets in the greater Seattle region.
Nonprofit people are busy and don’t have time to spare. That’s why Washington Nonprofits supports those who teach nonprofit people to make every learning event excellent and action-focused.
PLAN A WORKSHOP or WEBINAR
We have created a few resources to help presenters get ready for a workshop or webinar.
In addition, we recommend trainers follow the kite method described in the book Instructional Design That Soars: Shaping What You Know Into Classes That Inspire by Guila Muir. Washington Nonprofits delivers regular “Train the Trainer” workshops.
MORE ON WASHINGTON NONPROFIT WEBINARS
Over the past few years, we have been inspired by experts (like Eureka) pushing on the webinar format for better learning experiences. Typical Washington Nonprofit webinars now have:
LEARN MORE FROM OTHERS
Mark Nilles at Humentum has put together two helpful (short) videos on how to create an engage workshop and how to determine what kind of session to offer.
And for a quick video on how people learn, we appreciate Ulrich Boser’s work in this area. Click here for his recent TEDx Talk on how we learn.
If you are interested in being a part of our growing community of trainers who spend time thinking about adult learning and effective presenting, let us know! We will add you to our list so you hear about upcoming events.
Ezell’s Famous Chicken is celebrating 35 years in business on February 3rd. In it’s 35th-anniversary celebrations Ezell’s is recognizing and honoring pacific northwest legends and bridging the work of local nonprofits that are creating legacies all of February for
Black History Month.
Ezell’s Famous Chicken is a household name to metro Seattle and suburbs across the state. Ezell’s Famous chicken celebration of their 35th-anniversary gala on 2/23/2019 at the Space Needle will be a historic night in Seattle’s history books.
February 23rd will earmark more than a night to enjoy good company, food and the beautiful Chihuly Glass House and Space Needle. It is an evening to highlight Legends like Lenny Wilkens
– former Seattle SuperSonics player, coach and founder of Lenny Wilkens Foundation, Jordan Babaneaux- former Seahawks player, Jesse Winesberry former State Rep, Bob Donegan, CEO of Ivar’s and Nate Miles Eli Lilly who have long roots and legacies in Seattle while uplifting the future generation of small business owners and nonprofits that are grassroots.
Since February 3rd, 1984 Ezell’s has been a part of employing inner-city youth in the Central district and now throughout the Puget Sound Region. Lewis said he and Co-Founders still has relationships with many of the teens that worked for them in the early years and are mentors to some. They have been inspirational in some starting their own businesses.
Ezell’s is forming a foundation to highlight and support small business owners and nonprofits who have demonstrated a mission to prevent youth violence in inner urban cities. Ezell’s will highlight and support these organizations through introducing them to decision makers, and a network that is larger than their current network. Each awardee has demonstrated working with youth in youth prevention, mentoring, education and entrepreneurship.
The awardees are local young emerging leaders.: Kendrick Glover (GEMS) and Dominque Davis
(Community Passageway) are both receiving Mentoring Youth awards Crystal Townsend (Be Bold Be You) she will receive an unsung hero award for the expansion of her work with single moms and lastly, Jamie Elmore former employee of Ezell’s and now local nonprofit leader of (Alopecia Support Group)
Lewis Rudd, President of Ezell’s Famous Chicken said, “As a black owned and operated business
in Seattle for 35 years is indeed a legacy, we are proud of. The old saying it takes a village to raise children is the concept we live by at Ezell’s. It takes a community to raise a business and if it wasn’t for the community Ezell’s would not be a success”. He views the Awardees as being in the business of raising children and saving lives.
In the month of February Ezell’s is available for demonstrations with chicken, interviews about
the gala and legacy awards and we are inviting media to attend the gala or the VIP ceremony.
About Ezell’s Famous Chicken:
Ezell’s Famous Chicken was started over 30 years ago as a family-owned and operated business February 3rd, 1984.
The story began when the family moved from Texas to Seattle. Shortly thereafter they decided that they’d start a business making chicken like they used to back home in Texas. Lewis and the family saw their mission as simple: Provide FRESH and high-quality chicken and
GOOD homemade side dishes served with FAST and courteous service. In short, Ezell’s Famous Chicken had to be Fresh, Good and Fast!
The family opened the first store on February 3, 1984, in Seattle’s Central District at 501-23rd
Avenue, across from Garfield High School. Since then, they have built the family business into a
Since the very beginning, the founders of Ezell’s Famous Chicken knew they had a product that
the public would love. Their recipes called for using high-quality ingredients and preparing
everything fresh daily. All they had to do was get customers to “just try it once,” and they would
return for more.
Ezell’s Famous Chicken has become a household name in Seattle and developed a loyal
following throughout the Pacific Northwest. Today, there are several locations, a dedicated
catering division and two mobile food trucks to serve the growing customer base.
, the leader in mentoring African American youth, announced the appointment of James E. Armstrong, Jr. as Chief Executive Officer. The appointment is an exciting start to the year in which the organization is positioned to deliver greater mentoring and empowerment opportunities to youth and more community outreach through both longstanding and new partnerships.
Armstrong is a seasoned leader with a proven record of success in multiple nonprofit organizations, including fund development and global program delivery. In his most recent role as Executive Director at the American Diabetes Association, Armstrong oversaw fundraising, operations, program development, board governance and strategic direction for the states of Alabama and Georgia. John spent 17 years with the YMCA, working at local associations and the national headquarters. During his tenure with the YMCA John established collaborative partnerships with housing authorities, hospitals, colleges and universities. John raised over $30M to support capital projects, programs and annual support for YMCA’s in the United States, Mexico, South Africa, China and Brazil.
“As the 100 continues to transform in order to meet the changing and growing needs within the communities we serve, our network of mentors and leaders stand ready to eliminate the obstacles and barriers that disenfranchised citizens face daily,” stated Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., Chairman, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. “We are excited to welcome CEO Armstrong aboard to support transformation and the development of new partnerships.”
The Chairman and staff of the 100 headquarters hosted a CEO Welcome Reception on Monday, January 14, 2019 at one of Atlanta’s most popular venues, The Gathering Spot. Mr. Armstrong was embraced by corporate partners and leaders from the business, education and civic communities, as members from the metro Atlanta chapters welcomed him to the organization.
“I’m excited to join the executive leadership team and bring to this CEO position the knowledge and perspective acquired as a former 100 chapter president, stated John E. Armstrong, Jr., CEO, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. build on the organization’s history and look forward, with great expectation, of furthering the mission of the 100, stated John E. Armstrong, Jr., CEO, 100 Black Men of America, Inc.” It what will undoubtedly be an eventful year, CEO Armstrong has already proven he is up for the challenge. In his first 10 days he has participated in strategic planning, visited multiple corporate partners across the U.S. and attended an annual fundraiser hosted by 100 Black Men of Greater Houston. View Reception Photos.
About 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
100 Black Men was founded as an organization in New York City in 1963. The national organization, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. began with nine chapters in 1986 as a national alliance of leading African American men of business, public affairs and government with a mission to improve the quality of life for African Americans, particularly African American youth. These visionaries included businessmen and industry leaders such as David Dinkins, Robert Mangum, Dr. William Hayling, Nathaniel Goldston III, Livingston Wingate Andrew Hatcher, and Jackie Robinson. Since inception, the vision emerged and grew to over 10,000 members impacting over 125,000 underserved, underrepresented minority youth annually. Visit www.100blackmen.org for more information on the programs and initiatives of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and their global network of chapters.
“Ten years after the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, women are still paid significantly less than men, undermining their economic security and well-being. The Leadership Conference applauds the introduction of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which recognizes the pay discrimination that women experience throughout their lifetimes and takes concrete steps to move all women closer to equal pay. This much-needed bill would help eliminate pay disparities for women, particularly for women of color who experience the largest wage gaps.”
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights along with a broad coalition of organizations signed a letter to Congress, urging the swift passage of The Paycheck Fairness Act. This letter can be found here.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation’s nearly 3,000 local health departments. NACCHO hosts the regularly scheduled NACCHO Podcast Series Podcast from Washington.
On this week’s episode, Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the end of the five-week Government shutdown and the three-week continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open while Congress and the President work out a deal for longer term funding. They also discuss the measles outbreak in seven states. Later in the program, Ian Goldstein talked with Chief Medical and Scientific Office of the All of Us Research Program Dr. Kelly Gebo. The All of Us Research Program is a historic effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health. By taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology, researchers will uncover paths toward delivering precision medicine. Dr. Gebo, and Mr. Goldstein discussed the goal of enrolling one million participants in the research program. They also discussed how local health departments can use the depth, data, and research potential of All of Us. Later in the program, Ian Goldstein talked with Chief Medical and Scientific Office of the All of Us Research Program Dr. Kelly Gebo. The All of Us Research Program is a historic effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health. By taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology, researchers will uncover paths toward delivering precision medicine. Dr. Gebo, and Mr. Goldstein discussed the goal of enrolling one million participants in the research program. They also discussed how local health departments can use the depth, data, and research potential of All of Us.
February is the month to celebrate love and hearts. Since 1964, February has been known as American Heart Month throughout the United States. For the Protiva family of Omaha, Nebraska, February truly is a month to celebrate selfless gifts from the heart. Their son, Abel Falcon, is alive and able to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year because of the new heart he received nearly two years ago.
The Protiva family’s transplant journey started when Wendy was 20 weeks pregnant. Wendy remembers she and Jason were shocked when they heard the words ‘heart condition’ during a pregnancy checkup that was supposed to reveal whether they were having a girl or a boy. From that day forward their lives were changed … completely and forever.
Abel Falcon Protiva was born in January 2017 with a rare congenital heart defect called Hyploplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) in which the left side of the heart is severely underdeveloped. Without life-prolonging
Wendy and Jason had prepared for the day of Abel’s birth by researching HLHS nonstop for 19 weeks; they thought they were ready for anything. Twelve hours after their baby was wheeled off to his first open heart surgery, Jason and Wendy finally got to see him again. Abel was grey and had tubes coming from everywhere. He remained intubated for several days while his lungs regained strength. During his recovery the doctors discovered a leaky valve in his heart. His medical team went back and forth about whether or not to do surgery again and eventually decided to open his chest and make the repair. The surgery went well. Abel spent a couple more weeks in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) before he was moved to the heart floor, which was one step closer to home. Just a few days shy of his one month birthday, Abel was discharged to home.
“Home. Children’s Hospital of Omaha had become our home. It was all we knew. It took quite a bit of adjusting once we got to our house but it was our new normal. Our daily routine consisted of six medications in the morning and six in the evening. We had to monitor and record our baby’s food, oxygen saturations, weight and heart rate every day. It became second nature and we were finally starting to enjoy being at home when we were thrown another curve ball. Exactly one month after we came home, we found ourselves checking back in to the hospital because Abel was diagnosed with heart failure at his routine, one-month checkup,” said Wendy.
A test done during that appointment showed that his previously repaired tricuspid valve was leaking at an alarming rate causing his heart to work overtime. Wendy and Jason were told that Abel’s feedings and weight gain would determine the next move. If he was unable get through this set back on his own, a heart transplant would be his only chance of survival.
“As scary as that sounded, a heart transplant was in the back of our minds all along,” Wendy said. “Whether it be at two months, two or 22 years of age, HLHS kids will inevitably need a new heart. We never imagined it would be this soon, but if a transplant would save his life we were ready.”
Wendy and Jason met the transplant team, started a massive amount of paperwork and set up meetings with a variety of specialists who would play vital roles in their family’s eventual transplant journey. A transplant coordinator at Children’s Hospital of Omaha suggested Wendy and Jason consider fundraising for transplant-related expenses and introduced them to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA). Wendy did a significant amount of research and in early May called COTA’s 800 number to ask questions and learn more about how COTA might be able to help. There were many family members, friends, work colleagues and neighbors who were anxious to find something they could do to help the Protiva family, and it seemed to Wendy that COTA was the perfect way people could make a life-saving difference.
COTA is a 501(c)3 charity so all contributions to COTA in honor of Abel are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law, and COTA funds are available for a lifetime of transplant-related expenses. COTA uniquely understands that parents who care for a child or young adult before, during and after a transplant have enough to deal with, so COTA’s model shifts the responsibility for fundraising to a community team of trained volunteers. A COTA fundraising specialist trained the family’s volunteers and walked them through the entire process. These committed friends and family members started working to raise funds for transplant-related expenses.
“COTA was, without question, the perfect option for us. Once we became a COTA family contributions and support started rolling in,” Wendy said. “It was unbelievable and the best kind of overwhelming.”
At this point in his transplant timeline, Abel was stable but very weak. Wendy and Jason started to get anxious as they waited for insurance approval of their baby’s heart transplant. They watched Abel struggle to eat and breathe. His blood pressure was inconsistent and his oxygen saturations were alarmingly low at times.
“Early one morning Abel’s arm began twitching while I was holding him,” Wendy said. “It was only the slightest bit, but it was noticeable enough and very concerning to a mom of a heart hero. Abel was having seizures. Before I knew it there was a team of nurses and doctors at the bedside trying to maintain his oxygen levels and pushing medication to stop the seizures. Abel was rushed out of the room for an emergency MRI; we were told we would be heading back to intensive care. The scans clearly showed Abel had suffered a stroke.”
Fortunately, in babies, the brain can recover a lot more quickly from a stroke. That was true in Abel’s case and he bounced back immediately. The doctors were amazed once again by Abel’s resilience. In the midst of Abel’s stroke recovery, Wendy and Jason were told their insurance company had approved his heart transplant. But because of the complications from the stroke, Abel’s neurologist wanted to wait to add him to the heart transplant list. Abel’s family understood but found it hard to continue to be patient.
Once Abel was stable, he and his parents moved back to the heart floor and it was six days before ‘the roller coaster’ struck again. One night when Jason was at his bedside, Abel stopped breathing. The doctors and nurses immediately started CPR and a code was called. The compressions went on for 10 minutes without him responding so a heart and lung bypass machine, i.e. life support, was ordered. Abel’s guardian angels were watching over him that night. Once again, the baby’s life was saved from a potentially fatal outcome. It was decided Abel would now be in the PICU where he could receive constant care. On the morning of April 21st, Abel was officially added to the heart waiting list.
Wendy recalls, “At this point you have no control over your excitement but we learned after several days you just have to be patient. We tried so hard not to freak out every time the phone rang, thinking it was THE CALL. Abel remained stable and intubated while we patiently waited. We rarely got to hold him because it would stress him out and cause his blood pressure to rise. This was very devastating for us but we had to stay positive and keep the faith. Mother’s Day passed … all I was hoping for was a new heart for my son.”
“On the morning of May 18th around 7:15 I attended cardiac rounds outside of Abel’s room just like every other morning. I expected there to be no new updates so I did not record it like I normally did. They started presenting Abel’s case talking about his meds, feeds, how he did the night before … I was tired and my mind started to wander. Then our transplant coordinator spoke and caught my attention. She said Abel did in fact need an X-ray that morning and needed to go NPO (nothing by mouth). The doctor asked her why and she said, “Because he’s going to the O.R.” Me, still clueless, asked, ‘Why?!’ “WE HAVE A HEART,” she said.
Abel’s heart transplant was tentatively scheduled for that afternoon, which turned into that evening and then into the next morning. Abel went into the operating room at 2:00 a.m. on May 19th. Wendy updated family and friends via a series of text messages:
3:38 a.m. – Dr. Hammel just came in to say he is about to get started prepping Abel for when the heart arrives. 4:01 a.m. – Heart is in the air.
4:45 a.m. – Heart has landed (at Eppley) should be here in 30 mins. Abel is doing great and things are going as planned.
5:47 a.m. – (Picture messages of the surgery and of Abel’s old heart – they brought it in for Jason and I to look at in person.) Wow. Just wow.
6:06 a.m. – It is in ….and it is pink and beating … and it fits!!! Started beating on its own!
Abel was only on bypass for 106 minutes and in surgery for a little over two hours, which was absolutely incredABEL, according to Wendy. Abel came off the ventilator four days later. He immediately looked happy. He was smiling, yawning and coughing — things he had not done in over a month.
On June 7, 2017, a COTA representative flew to Omaha to officially train a group of friends and family members who were actively fundraising for transplant-related expenses. Wendy and Jason took Abel home on June 10th — 22 days post heart transplant.
“Our team of amazing volunteers has organized several COTA fundraisers in honor of Abel,” Wendy said. “COTA has been such an important part of our family’s transplant journey. COTA has been here to support us emotionally and financially. COTA’s staff members have been a source of compassion and encouragement for us and our volunteers. COTA stepped in and became a source of hope for our family just like they are for other transplant families throughout the nation. They have been such a crucial part of Abel’s journey — we even received several calls from COTA’s President.”
“We are incredibly grateful that COTA will be by our side throughout this lifelong journey,” Wendy said.
Today Abel loves being outdoors, loves his riding toys and loves his puppies. He has continued to grow and thrive. Wendy says his medical team is amazed by his recovery. The Protivas have gone from tri-weekly appointments to only going to Children’s Hospital of Omaha every six months. Abel sees feeding specialists monthly but is working hard to get his G-tube removed. The daily medications originally sent home with Abel have been cut in half over time, and his last two heart catherizations have come back with zero rejection.
Wendy is excited the family, including big sister Kaya, are finally able to do things ‘normal’ families do like take vacations, go on bike rides, go to the zoo and enjoy holidays with their extended family members. Abel welcomed a new little brother with open arms in August 2018. He and Deacon have become the best of friends. Abel is so helpful and gentle; Wendy is confident his strength will inspire his brother as they grow older.
One of the family’s biggest highlights of 2018 was meeting Abel’s donor family. “We had the most wonderful time getting to know them yet, we hardly scratched the surface. We look forward to a lifelong friendship and hope to somehow thank them for the gift of life received Abel received. We were completely heartbroken to learn of the sudden loss of their daughter, Pressley, and are confident we can lessen their grief with the promise of a full life renewed. Pressley shines through Abel every day,” Wendy said.
This Valentine’s Day, Abel will be eating his favorite foods and doing his favorite things, which will undoubtedly include running, laughing and playing with baby brother, Deacon. Wendy and Jason will be remembering Abel’s heart donor angel, Pressley, with love.
For more information about the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), or to find a COTA family in your area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recipients Named at Inspire Positive Aging Awards Luncheon on June 26, 2019
What does a protestor at Standing Rock, a fitness guru in his 90s, a Washington’s first Nursing Home Ombudsman, and a master Wii bowler all have in common?
Answer: they are all former recipients of Sound Generations’ Inspire Positive Aging Awards (IPAA)!
Now in its 14th year, IPAA celebrates older adults in King County who inspire those around them to age well and live their best lives. The 2019 IPAA nominations are now open, and people of all ages are invited to submit an application for an older adult
(60 years or older) who inspires them.
The nomination form is available at inspire-award.org. Forms must be received or postmarked by April 30, 2019.
All nominees will be celebrated at the Inspire Positive Aging Awards Luncheon, to be held on June 26, 2019 at The Bellevue Hilton. This unique, festive tradition brings together hundreds of people from diverse communities throughout King County.
A video featuring highlights from the 2018 awards ceremony is available at this link: youtube.com/watch?v=Z2jFCj2HJrM
Any individual aged 60 and older who lives in King County, WA is eligible for nomination. Nominations may be submitted by anyone who wishes to participate. Individuals can nominate more than one deserving older adult.
This year, Sound Generations will recognize recipients in the following six categories:
Advocacy + Activism
Recognize someone committed to advancing his or her community through positive change.
Express your gratitude for someone who contributes time and energy to helping others.
Health + Wellness
Celebrate someone who promotes health living and inspires you to do the same.
Acknowledge the contributions of someone who works to improve the lives of people of all ages.
Show your appreciation for someone who inspires you to broaden your horizons.
Recognize a single person whose attributes have touched and inspired you in a unique way.
Award recipients receive prizes that include a $200 Visa gift card. Each individual who nominates one of the award recipients receives a $50 gift card.
Requests for hard copies of the form or questions regarding the awards may be directed to IPAA@soundgenerations.org.
Sound Generations, formerly Senior Services, is the most comprehensive non-profit agency serving older adults and their loved ones in King County. Established in 1967, we support over 64,000 people on their aging journey through community connections and accessible services. Our integrated system of quality programs includes six Community Partner Sites. More than 2,400 volunteers join forces with dedicated staff members to make our work possible and efficient. Learn more at www.soundgenerations.org.