WHCA: Today we publicly recommit ourselves to prioritize equity and social justice in Skyway

Black Lives Matter: Prioritizing Equity and Social Justice in Skyway

A Statement from the West Hill Community Association Board of Directors

During this time of deep pain, suffering, loss, and violence that result from entrenched structural racism that pervades every system and facet of our society–including right here–West Hill Community Association (WHCA) is writing today to say that Black Lives Matter. In grief, anger, and solidarity, WHCA stands with our Black neighbors here and across the country.

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Hometown Heroes: West Hill Community Rallies Amidst Pandemic

by Beth Hintz

We’re inspired and motivated by how the West Hill community has risen to the challenge of keeping neighbors safe and healthy during both the global pandemic of the COVID-19 virus and the virus of anti-Black racism, and the resulting racial justice uprising we are experiencing today for Black Lives Matter. Here are just a few examples of local heroes in our midst who are working tirelessly to support residents in Skyway.

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WHCA Voter Assistance Booth T-Rex and Treasurer Micah Phillips at Skyway Library King County Elections Drop Box

Are You Ready to Vote in the 2020 Primary Election?

by Devin Chicras

There are several big primary races coming up in August, and your votes will determine who moves on to the November General Election. Our State Representative positions (37th LD) actually have the highest number of candidates of any district county-wide! We have some big decisions to make, so be sure you are prepared with our handy guide.

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Nevzat Cankaya of Nevzat's Espresso in Skyway has gift cards available for purchase April 2020

Skyway Strong: Who’s Open for Business in West Hill

by Devin Chicras (with help from WHCA Directors)

ℹ️ NOTE: This post will be updated regularly (first published 3/23/2020)

We’re actively compiling a list of which stores, restaurants, and services are open and how their operations have adapted to the COVID-19 health crisis in the Skyway, Bryn Mawr, and MLK Business Districts of Unincorporated West Hill (98178).

Looking for other community, business, or worker support, or how to find the latest trustworthy news and information about COVID-19? Check out our roundup here.

While we’ll do our best to keep local business info up-to-date, please contact the business directly to confirm details. Continue on for our latest list…

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WHCA Spring 2020 Quarterly Meeting Zoom Window

Persevering Amid Pandemic: Our Spring Quarterly Recap

by Devin Chicras

While the COVID-19 pandemic may have prompted us at the all-volunteer nonprofit West Hill Community Association to host our first-ever virtual Community Quarterly Meeting, it has also inspired an outpouring of support and togetherness (even while maintaining social distancing!).

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Takeout, checklist, and handwash icons imposed over a photo of downtown Skyway

Skyway Strong: COVID-19 Resources for West Hill

by Devin Chicras (with help from WHCA Directors)

ℹ️ NOTE: This post will be updated regularly (first published 3/23/2020)

Neighbors, we find ourselves in somewhat uncharted territory. We’re hyperfocused on the news, we’re figuring out childcare or homeschooling, we’re learning to work virtually or navigating unemployment. In this time of social distancing and quarantine, how do we find the resources we need to make it through, and if we have a tiny bit of bandwidth left – how do we help others to get through this with us? We’ve done our best to compile some resources, opportunities, and trustworthy sources of news below.

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King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay

New King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay Leads WHCA’s Winter 2020 Quarterly Meeting Lineup

by Devin Chicras

Our first community meeting of the decade brought dozens of neighbors together to meet our new King County Councilmember and learn more about the 2020 Census, a new recycling startup, how Skyway Park is expanding, and more!

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Rock the Vote 2020 Census Banner

Shape Your Future: Complete Count is Critical for April’s 2020 Census

by Devin Chicras

Whether you care about protecting the most vulnerable, attracting new growth, affordable housing, equal representation, funding roads, or emergency preparedness in our community, participating in the 2020 Census can have an impact on all of those issues and more – and every ten years, it’s also been the civic duty of every single person living in the United States since George Washington was President.

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West Hill Reads: Winter 2020

by Cindy Subjeck

Happy 2020 and welcome to our new feature, “West Hill Reads”! It is in the spirit of community that West Hill Community Association (WHCA) and King County Library System (KCLS) are working together to make literary recommendations featuring historically significant events that are important to our community. The goal is to inform, engage, and to educate the younger population of Skyway and the entire unincorporated West Hill area.

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How Prepared Are You for Winter Weather, West Hill?

by Devin Chicras

With plenty of winter weather on the way, let’s take a look at all the ways you can conquer anything the cold, snow, or ice can throw at us – from checklists and handy contacts to add to your phone to automatic alerts and more. How many of these tips did you already know about?

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WHCA Board Members in Photo booth by Derek Johnson Photographic at WHCA Halloween Takeover, October 28, 2019 - Caroline Walker Evans Photography

WHCA Presents: Some Things We Did in 2019

by Devin Chicras

WHEW, it’s been a YEAR. We’ve been super busy, and we’re glad to have been able to enjoy all the fun events and fight all the hard battles right alongside you, neighbor. We put together this roundup for you to chronologically lay out just what 2019 looked like for your all-volunteer nonprofit West Hill Community Association (WHCA).

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