WSBWCN has been awarded a Technology Fund grant!

As noted at our recent meeting, we’ve been awarded a Bill Wright Technology Fund grant! We’ll  receive $4000 to develop and implement an online system to efficiently network the Blockwatch captains in Southwest Seattle. The tool will enable residents in areas with public safety concerns to do research and create/update their Blockwatch information online. We’ll look at ways that this project will mesh with, not duplicate, the tool currently being developed by Code For America.

On Thursday, September 22nd, we attended the City Council briefing to the Energy, Technology and Civil Rights committee which heard the grant recommendations with details regarding each project. This event was followed by a reception in the Mayor’s Office. Deborah Greer spoke on behalf of WSBWCN and our proposed project.

I’ve posted a few of our photos below. The City’s TechTalk blog post has links to Seattle Channel video of the briefing and a slideshow of award recipients with the Mayor.

We were happy to see that this past Monday (10/3), the full City Council approved the grant recommendations!

WSBWCN at City Council hearing - photo

Deborah Greer (3rd from L) represents WSBWCN at City Council committee hearing on 9/22/11

Deborah Greer / WSBWCN at Seattle City Council committee hearing on 9/22/11

Deborah Greer / WSBWCN at Seattle City Council committee hearing on 9/22/11 (broadcast on the Seattle Channel)

Mayor McGinn at Technology Fund grant recipient reception

Mayor McGinn at Technology Fund grant recipient reception on September 22nd

Our first Fall WSBWCN meeting is tomorrow!

As noted, the main presentation on our agenda (posted here) is about obtaining grants for your BW group or neighborhood.

The meeting runs from 6:30 until 8 PM, but feel free to arrive anytime after 6 PM if you’d like to meet & talk with your fellow Blockwatch Captains & some of the officers from the SW Precinct.

We hope to see you there!

Update 10/7/11: If you missed the meeting (& haven’t seen this already on our Facebook page); here is a link to coverage of the  meeting by the West Seattle Blog and a write-up about our recent Bill Wright technology grant award by the West Seattle Herald.

Community Builder Awards follow-up

Deanie had jotted down a few words for the award ceremony in case we had an opportunity to say a public thank you. Since the presentation did not allow for that, we post it here for *everyone*.

On behalf of the WS Blockwatch Captains’ Network, we are grateful for this opportunity to thank the Seattle Neighborhood Group for this recognition of our efforts to strengthen and enhance our West Seattle communities. We also wish to thank, for their essential and important cooperation, every WS Blockwatch Captain who has volunteered by stepping up to serve the families, neighbors, and businesses of West Seattle.

Also, thanks go to the efforts of the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council and the West Seattle Blog, for providing opportunities where WS citizens can stay informed about crime and public safety issues which might impact them.

Finally, we offer our most sincere thanks to the SW Crime Prevention Coordinator Benjamin Kinlow, Lt. Norm James who is in charge of Operations for the SW Precinct and Captain Steve Paulsen, our SW Precinct Commander.

Without the engagement and cooperation of each of these committed people, any success in developing a BW network would have been very limited. Deb, Karen and I are humbled. The work Kelly McKinney and the Seattle Neighborhood Group does encourages efforts such as ours and we look forward to what we hope will be a long productive relationship with all of the caring folks there.

Finally, I think it is fair to say that, in the process of organizing and growing our WS BW Captains’ Network, each of us has been deeply gratified to meet so many engaged and pro-active neighbors throughout the Southwest and Delridge neighborhoods who improve the quality of life for so many, quietly and with little accolade. We are so very glad to have this opportunity to say thank you to each BW captain and every pro-active BW participant and that we share the honor of this award with each one of them.

Below are a few photos from the reception ceremony for the 2010 Community Builder Awards on October 14th.

Community Builder Award recipients with Chief Diaz

2010 Community Builder Award recipients with Chief Diaz

West Seattle Blockwatch Captains' Network founders with Chief Diaz

West Seattle Blockwatch Captains' Network founders with Chief Diaz

West Seattle Blockwatch Captains' Network founders with Capt Steve Paulsen

West Seattle Blockwatch Captains' Network founders with Capt Steve Paulsen

Community Builders!

Today we (Deanie Schwarz, Deborah Greer & Karen Berge – the West Seattle Blockwatch Captains’ Network founders) will receive a 2010 Community Builder Award from Seattle Neighborhood Group for our efforts to establish this network!  We are very excited & honored to have been nominated.

http://www.sngi.org/welcome/annual.php