Live music, mouth-watering food, and the company of good friends and family — just add a sunny day to the mix and you've got the perfect recipe for the annual
South Lake Union Block Party in Seattle.
On Friday, Anna, Suz and I spent the day at the PEMCO booth talking with families, neighbors and fans of the South Lake Union neighborhood. The block party brings people together to sample food from local restaurants, groove to live bands and even participate in watermelon eating contests, all for a good cause.
The community selected a local South Lake Union nonprofit,
Immanuel Community Services (ICS), to benefit from this year's block party. ICS has been providing assistance to people in the community for over 35 years through the operation of a local food bank, community luncheon program, hygiene program and residential recovery program.
Not many people know about the ICS programs, though they assist 400-500 families annually in the Cascade and South Lake Union neighborhoods as well as the greater Seattle area. We learned that the Hygiene Center alone provides showers and clean clothes for 100 people every week, allowing them to live and work in the community with dignity. Visitors are given toiletries like razors, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes and soap, often made possible by the donations of local community members. In addition, ICS coordinates a community lunch that takes place on the last Sunday of every month. The free lunch is open to anyone who wishes to come, and more than 200 people are served each Sunday.
We had a great time at this year's block party and feel lucky to have been a part of something that supports such a good cause in the community.
Look for us in the coming weeks as we take our PEMCO show on the road! You can find us next at A Taste of Edmonds on Aug.14-16.