Community centers offer a wealth of information about activities for families, sports programs for youth, neighborhood meetings on local issues, and opportunities to connect with fellow residents. For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/Parks/centers.asp
Reflective of the community’s diversity, most major faith communities are found here in West Seattle. www.thechurchcouncil.org
Duwamish Native American Community
West Seattle has a proud heritage of being the “first” community – home to a beloved Duwamish Tribe. www.duwamishtribe.org
Libraries are the historical beginnings of many communities. The city of Seattle public library system opened its doors in 1891. The West Seattle Branch was the City’s second branch and opened in 1910 with funds received from Andrew Carnegie. West Seattle is now served by four public library branches. For more information: www.spl.org
Additional Library Services
K-12—West Seattle is in the greater Seattle School District which supports a growing population of school age children, K-12. The School District oversees ten elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools, and one alternative school in greater West Seattle. Our growing student community is also served by several well-regarded private schools. Call Seattle Public Schools for details— (206) 252-0000 www.seattleschools.org
West Seattle is home to South Seattle College. From G.E.D.s to bachelor degrees, South serves a variety of students and celebrates its diversity. With a supportive faculty and hands-on approach to teaching, the academic dreams of our students are turned into reality. Students, including community members taking advantage of expansive adult learning options, thrive in South’s supportive environment. For more information on how South can help turn your academic dreams into reality, visit www.southseattle.edu.
Local Service Agencies
Seattle Police—(non-emergency) (206) 625-5011 2300 SW Webster. Front desk: (206) 733-9800
Seattle Fire Department—(non-emergency) (206) 386-1400 www.seattle.gov/fire/about-us/fire-stations
Food Lifeline (206-545-6600 www.foodlifeline.org
Safe Futures Youth Center (206) 938-9606 www.sfyc.net
Senior Center of West Seattle—(206) 932-4044 www.sc-ws.org
Southwest Youth & Family Services—(206) 937-7680 www.swyfs.org
USPS Post Office Alaska Junction—4412 California Ave SW
USPS Post Office Westwood Village—2721 SW Trenton St
West Seattle Food Bank—(206) 932-9023 www.westseattlefoodbank.org
West Seattle Helpline—(206) 932-4357 www.wshelpline.org
WestSide Baby—(206) 767-1662 www.westsidebaby.org
White Center Food Bank—(206) 762-2848 www.whitecenterfoodbank.org
West Seattle & Fauntleroy YMCA—(206) 935-6000 www.seattleymca.org/locations/westseattle
The City of Seattle maintains a local office authorized to receive payment for public utilities and respond to citizen inquiries.
Southwest Neighborhood Service Center— 2801 S.W. Thistle St., (206) 684-7417 (Dept of Neighborhoods District Coordinator on staff at this location)
West Seattle Block Watch
The Seattle Police Block Watch Program began in 1972. In 1979, it was recognized as an “Exemplary Project” by the United States Department of Justice’s National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. Roughly 30% of Seattle neighbor-hoods are currently involved in Block Watch, compared to a national average of 8-11%.
Block Watch is simple to begin and can improve the security of your neighborhood while increasing your sense of community. Your officers are committed to providing the best enforcement efforts possible to the citizens of West Seattle. Block Watch is an effective venue by which citizens can partner with officers to strengthen the West Seattle community. Contact West Seattle’s Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mark Solomon, at (206) 386-9766 or [email protected] to learn how to get involved.
West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network
The West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN) was founded in 2010 to help educate, support and network the Block Watch groups throughout the S.W. Precinct. The network holds monthly meetings as well as social events. Visit www.wsblockwatchnet.wordpress.com; email [email protected] or call (206) 424-0040. And, look for us on Facebook and Twitter!
West Seattle’s Emergency Communication Hubs
The hubs are our designated community gathering places in case a major disaster, such as an earthquake, would make it impossible to get information and help in the usual ways. The West Seattle hubs are part of a citywide radio network that will be activated during an emergency. Even if phones, power, internet, roads and/or bridges are out, the hubs can communicate with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management and from neighborhood-to-neighborhood.
Pre-determined hub locations will allow our community to quickly come together to collect information regarding scope of damage, needs and resources. You can come to a hub to provide information or request help. You can also volunteer your help, skills, resources, tools and equipment! The hubs can help connect those with needs to those with resources or provide us all with much-needed information.
City services may be limited or unavailable. Be sure to have a 3-day or longer supply of emergency provisions (water, food, medicines, first aid supplies, etc.), for yourself and for those who depend on you, including your pets!
West Seattle Be Prepared is an all-volunteer group that promotes disaster-preparedness education and, in the case of a catastrophic event, activates neighborhood-based hubs.
State Senator Sharon Nelson
I’m honored to be serving as State Senator for West Seattle and the other wonderful communities that make up the 34th Legislative District. As a state legislator, I recognize that economic development is key to strengthening the social fabric of our communities. In our community, the West Seattle Chamber continues to serve as a leader in developing our vibrant communities, promoting tourism and growing our local economy, and I commend their accomplishments over the years. Your involvement with the Chamber is so important to our community. Please don’t hesitate to contact my office to share your ideas and concerns, or let me know if there’s any way I can assist in your efforts in making our neighborhoods one of the best places to live and work in the country.
Sharon Nelson State Senator, 34th Legislative District www.leg.wa.gov/senate/senators/pages/nelson.aspx ww.senatedemocrats.wa.gov/senators/Nelson/default.asp
State Representative Eileen Cody RN
It is a high honor to represent the 34th district in Olympia. West Seattle, Vashon, and Burien are energizing, dynamic places to live and tour due to our beautiful landscape, waterfront, parks, and the unique and exciting places to shop and dine.
I greatly appreciate the work of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce and each of its members. Your work is an invaluable contribution that helps our community thrive and makes this one of the most desirable places to live in our state. I am excited about working to keep our community and local economy energized. I look forward to opportunities to improve our quality of life, by improving access to health care, investing in our schools, and infrastructure updates to add healthy transportation alternatives, and making our roads and sidewalks, and businesses even more attractive, inviting, and accessible to our residents and visitors.
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about issues or ideas that would make our home an even better place to live.
Warm regards, Eileen Cody State Representative, 34th Legislative District www.housedemocrats.wa.gov/roster/rep-eileen-cody/
State Representative Joe Fitzgibbon
I am proud to serve as your State Representative and appreciate the work of the West Seattle Chamber that promotes local businesses and improves our quality of life. I look forward to continuing to work to make West Seattle an even better place to live and work by investing in our schools and transportation network. We are lucky to have such a rich array of places to shop, dine, and play in West Seattle, and I hope you will join me in continuing to support our local businesses.
Sincerely, Joe Fitzgibbon State Representative, 34th Legislative District www.housedemocrats.wa.gov/roster/rep-joe-fitzgibbon/
King County Councilmember Joe McDermott
As a lifelong resident of West Seattle, it is my great honor to represent you on the King County Council. In fact my first job was in the Junction, where I earned my high school movie money (and college beer money) scooping ice cream at Husky Deli. Like you, I know that thriving small businesses are the heart of our community.
For more than eight decades, the West Seattle Chamber and its diverse coalition of local nonprofits, schools, churches, and businesses has dedicated itself to improving the lives and livelihood of our neighbors across West Seattle, promoting unity and collaboration to encourage economic growth, tourism, and investment in our neighborhoods. Thank you to the West Seattle Chamber and all the businesses, organizations, and individuals who make West Seattle a uniquely warm and welcoming destination. I look forward to working together to ensure many successful decades to come.
Joe McDermott King County Councilmember, District 8 www.kingcounty.gov/McDermott.aspx