Help Greenwood Businesses after Gas Explosion

Help Greenwood Businesses after Gas Explosion

From Abbey Norris

Let's help the Greenwood businesses that were damaged by the explosion caused by a gas leak on March 9th! Those affected include Mr. Gyros, Neptune Coffee, G&O Cyclery and others along Greenwood Ave.

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Update #7

over 2 years ago

Hi Friends, I just wanted to share that I dropped off the check at the PNA this week. I met their development director, and he shared how grateful they are for the incredible community support. They have been working hard to distribute the funds carefully, so that employers and employees are still able to get their insurance claims. They have also been able to help some of the residents who lived above Gorditos with finding temporary living arrangements, while the building is under repair. I am impressed by their transparency!

While at PNA, I met a guy named Forest who worked at the G&O Family Cyclery building bikes. He was kind to come over and thank me for raising money to help the neighborhood. Forest said that he was one of the lucky ones because he already had part-time work with two other jobs, but some of his co-workers were still looking for work. He also said that they cyclery has been working to find a new space in Greenwood to move their inventory and set up shop while they rebuild their space. These are small business owners that are truly committed to the neighborhood.

The last thing I wanted to share is that the PNA will be putting out a report later this year to show how the funds have been distributed. You can follow updates on their relief efforts here: http://phinneycenter.org/greenwoodrelief/index.html

Thank you again for your support! I hope to see you in Greenwood for a beer or coffee soon.

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This morning at 1:45am a tragic gas leak lead to a huge explosion in the Greenwood Neighborhood of Seattle. It was enough to jolt my husband and I out of bed, thinking an earthquake had happened. There were several businesses destroyed in the explosion (Neptune Coffee and Mr. Gyros), along with neighboring businesses who have suffered losses and will likely be closed for days. This page is to support the businesses, and their employees as they will be displaced from their place of work. I have been in communication with the Phinney Neighborhood Association about distributing any funds raised, and will post updates on this site on how the funds will be used.

Please help to get the doors open on these businesses that we - neighbors and Seattleites - care so deeply about.

My name is Abbey and I live 6 blocks from the site. I work in fundraising professionally, and hope to do a small part to help this community get back in business. More updates to come soon. Feel free to email me at anorris8@hotmail.com with questions.

Thanks for helping to spread the word!

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Abbey Norris posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #7

Hi Friends, I just wanted to share that I dropped off the check at the PNA this week. I met their development director, and he shared how grateful they are for the incredible community support. They have been working hard to distribute the funds carefully, so that employers and employees are still able to get their insurance claims. They have also been able to help some of the residents who lived above Gorditos with finding temporary living arrangements, while the building is under repair. I am impressed by their transparency!

While at PNA, I met a guy named Forest who worked at the G&O Family Cyclery building bikes. He was kind to come over and thank me for raising money to help the neighborhood. Forest said that he was one of the lucky ones because he already had part-time work with two other jobs, but some of his co-workers were still looking for work. He also said that they cyclery has been working to find a new space in Greenwood to move their inventory and set up shop while they rebuild their space. These are small business owners that are truly committed to the neighborhood.

The last thing I wanted to share is that the PNA will be putting out a report later this year to show how the funds have been distributed. You can follow updates on their relief efforts here: http://phinneycenter.org/greenwoodrelief/index.html

Thank you again for your support! I hope to see you in Greenwood for a beer or coffee soon.

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Abbey Norris posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #6

This is it. The finish line! Thanks for the great support everyone! Way to save the neighborhood :)

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over 2 years ago

Update #5

Friends, this campaign will end this Weds, 3/16. If you know anyone that is still considering giving, now is a good time to reach out to them! I'll be delivering a check in person sometime in the next week to PNA. Thanks, all!

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Abbey Norris posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #4

I finally was able to drive Greenwood Ave tonight to get a glimpse of the destruction. The street is mostly clear, but every other business has it's windows boarded up for a block in each direction. And, there are frequent signs saying "will open again soon" or "this may not look like a door, but please come in". The place where the Neptune Coffee and Mr. Gyro used to stand is now a heaping pile of rubble with a fence surrounding it and construction equipment on all sides. It's amazing how fast the crews have gotten to work, but pieces of debris remain scattered on rooftops of buildings nearby. There's still so much to do to get these businesses thriving again. In the meantime, thanks for your support!

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Abbey Norris posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #3

Everyone, thanks for the contributions! I am so impressed by the community outpouring of support -- the GoFundMe site has raised over $30k as of this morning, and there are several other places collecting contributions as well! The Phinney Neighborhood Association now has a process in place for distributing funds , so any gifts made here by 3/16 will go directly to them to manage. For details on relief efforts and other volunteer opportunities, you can visit: http://phinneycenter.org/greenwoodrelief/index.html

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Abbey Norris posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #2

I've been in touch with the Phinney Neighborhood Association about how best to distribute the funds. They are meeting today and will be in touch. There's also another GoFundMe site set up that I have reached out to about combining efforts: https://www.gofundme.com/neptunegreenwood#_=_

More to come.

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Abbey Norris posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #1

@phinneywood reports: Neptune coffee, Greenwood Quik Stop & Mr. Gyros are completely destroyed from the gas explosion. http://ow.ly/ZfSe0

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