Gabby Ryan

November News You Can Use

Gabby Ryan, Community Program Coordinator, 509.625.6858

Friday, November 17, 2023 at 4:13 p.m.

As the end of the year approaches, the City’s Office of Neighborhood Services celebrates the work accomplished this year and is preparing for the work ahead in 2024!

The Office of Neighborhood Services highlighted important programs and upcoming dates in this month’s News You Can Use video.

First, how beautiful is the Finch Arboretum?! The fall colors provided a beautiful backdrop to the video, and if you listen closely, you can hear Garden Springs Creek trickling through the arboretum. We are lucky to have access to such a wonderful place! Find out more about the Finch Arboretum.

Onto the news that you can use…

Spokane Neighborhood Leadership Academy

The free Spokane Neighborhood Leadership Academy (SNLA) is a five-month program designed to equip new and emerging neighborhood council leaders with knowledge, skills, and resources to increase engagement and effectively address their priorities.

Participants will:

  • Develop essential skills for leading volunteer teams, including communicating effectively, facilitating meetings, delegating, resolving conflict, and more.
  • Learn how to create inclusive, welcoming spaces and collaborate with people of diverse identities, personalities, and abilities.
  • Become familiar with Spokane’s municipal structures, processes, and resources to better serve their neighborhoods.

People from underrepresented communities and identities are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications for the 2024 cohort are open! Apply by Friday, Jan. 5, 2024. Learn more on Gonzaga University’s website.

Snow Season

Snow response is a collaboration between the City and the community. Working together, we can make winter conditions better for everyone. Here is what you can expect:

  • Snow season operations are Nov. 15 – March 15
  • Weather conditions are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Priorities are arterials, hills, hospitals and school routes
  • Materials are located throughout the City for efficiency
  • Full-City plow during heavier snowfalls takes about three days
  • Snow gates are used to reduce snow berms when possible
  • Crews work to keep snow away from sidewalks when possible

A variety of information on the City's Snow Response Plan is available online. Follow the City of Spokane on Twitter and Facebook for information when it snows. Use the Snow Removal map to track the progress of plows during Full-City Plow events.

A Season for Recognition

The work that our community volunteers do is crucial to what makes Spokane a great place to live. There are a couple of opportunities this season to recognize volunteers for their positive impact in the community.

Community Assembly Awards and Good Neighbor Celebration

Community Assembly is accepting nominations for the Good Neighbor Award, Spirit of the CA Award, Jeanette Harras Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award. All information on eligibility for these awards can be found online. Nominations for these awards are due Friday, Dec. 1, 2023.

The recipients of these awards will be recognized at the Good Neighbor Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 16 from 9 to 11 a.m. at The Hive, 2904 E. Sprague Ave.

Washington State Volunteer Service Awards

Serve Washington announced nominations are open for the Washington State Volunteer Service Awards. The purpose of the awards is to honor acts of kindness that individuals, families, service groups and organizations perform in communities across the state of Washington. Nominations are open to anyone who has performed any type of service—formal or informal—in the past year.

Nominations that demonstrate all types of volunteerism; neighbors helping neighbors; giving time to hospitals; disaster preparedness efforts; supporting food banks; delivering meals; participation in national service; and those who informally give their time, care, or assistance to meet challenges are sought.

Nominations are due Friday, Dec. 22, 2023, 5 p.m. Submit your nomination.

Getting Involved in Your Neighborhood

Neighborhood Councils (NCs) are independent organizations consisting of residents who live within a certain boundary that meet to maintain and improve the quality of life in Spokane, increase resident participation in local decision-making, and form an effective partnership between the City and neighborhood residents.

There are 29 NCs within three districts recognized by the City of Spokane. Find out which neighborhood council you live in.

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