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U-Help program offers another Spokane Gives opportunity

U-Help program offers another Spokane Gives opportunity

Spokane is working towards becoming a more compassionate community through Spokane Gives Week, but if you don’t have time to volunteer there are other ways you can be involved. One way is by making a donation to the City’s U Help program.


U Help provides one-time emergency assistance to low-income households to help pay their city utility bills. The Salvation Army runs the program free of charge which means every dollar of every donation goes directly to people in need.

Ponderosa Pine expected to be named official city tree

Ponderosa Pine expected to be named official city tree

Spokane City Council is expected to pass a resolution next Monday that would make Ponderosa Pine the official tree of Spokane. If passed, the Ponderosa would join the ranks of the lilac, the City’s official flower.

Dozens of volunteers prepared to spruce up Spokane Saturday

Spring is in the air and this Saturday hundreds of volunteers will roll up their sleeves to spruce up Spokane in the second annual "Cleaning From The Core."

For many of us, springtime means it's time to tidy up our homes, and the City of Spokane is no different.

"We want to put on our best face for all of our visitors and guests coming into town," Brian Coddington with the City of Spokane said.

Coddington said there are approximately 400 volunteers -- which is double the number who showed up last year -- who are ready to help pitch in and help clean up the city.

Volunteers will pick up litter, prepare flower beds and remove graffiti.

"When the mayor's initiative was shared with us, it was natural for us to be a part, the response we have gotten from our staff has been overwhelming," Traci McGlathery with Spokane Teachers Credit Union said.

STCU is the reason for the number of volunteers doubling this year. They're sending 200 people to help clean the city on Saturday.

"This is the center point of our city so to do what we can to make it pretty and restore it is an important part of our volunteerism," McGlathery said.

Spokane Gives projects in need of volunteers

Spokane Gives projects in need of volunteers

Spokane Gives Week kicks off with Cleaning from the Core on Saturday. Saturday’s event is fully staffed with volunteers, but there’s a few other projects that are in need of more volunteers next week.


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Spokane doctor brings first retina laser to Angola

Spokane doctor brings first retina laser to Angola

It took two years of fundraising and a mountain of paperwork for Dr. Eric Guilielmo of Spokane Eye Clinic to install a retina laser at a hospital in Angola, a country located on the southwest shore of Africa. Many of the patients there suffer from retinal eye conditions and up until Dr. Guilielmo brought the disassembled laser to the country there was nothing available to save them from blindness.

Inslee names April National Poetry Month in honor of Oso

Inslee names April National Poetry Month in honor of Oso

Governor Jay Inslee has declared April National Poetry Month in Washington and is hoping the state will use poetry as a way to send solace and well wishes to the communities affected by the mudslide in Oso.

Bloomsday posters on display at Downtown Library

Bloomsday posters on display at Downtown Library

From the very first Bloomsday poster that promised a Run with the Stars, to the more recent Hidden Runner posters, all 30 years of Bloomsday are on display at the Downtown Library.


The exhibit, on the third floor, highlights the entire span of Bloomsday, and features a variety of art and photography styles and artists. The posters have come a long way from the first poster, which advertised the race in all purple with a runner carrying a lilac bloom to the series that captured Bloomsday landmarks in the style of vintage travel posters.