“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” – Author unknown.
On occasion, “Seattle”It will highlight amazing individuals from the local community in this magazine “doing the work”To improve lives and the well-being others. During the annual giving season, Seattle hosts many lavish events. There are other events that go unreported by the mainstream media. This is why we want to make it more visible.
You combine delicious barbecue, action-packed games, live performances and more than 1,700 people to create what you have.
It’s a great way to start the summer of 2022.
At a time when our nation seems wrought with polarization, United Way of King County’s first Annual Community BBQ was everything former Seahawks star Doug Baldwin Jr. and the nonprofit envisioned it would be — just a really good time. Baldwin hosted the event to help residents overcome more than two years’ Covid-19 pandemic isolation.
The four-hour, fun-filled festival also brought awareness to the United Way’s stated goals of fighting homelessness, helping students graduate and breaking the cycle of poverty, touching the lives of more than 600,000 residents in need in King County every year.
The event featured some of the best food vendors in the area, including C Davis BBQ, Jack’s BBQ, Seeking Kombucha, Freland Tamales and Askatu Bakery. Microsoft and other funding agencies generously supported the event. All guests who purchased community plates were able to enjoy a full meal at Renton Memorial Stadium.
The event also featured an Imagination Playground from KidsQuest Children’s Museum, a makeshift Space Needle built by Play-Well TEKnologies and a 24-foot dual lane slide from National Event Pros. The Washington Diamond Drill Team and the Renton High School Black Student Union dance team were highlights.
Children born during the Covid Pandemic were included in the group. Baldwin provided passes for all ages. The people could slide down inflatable slides and played games. After people had eaten so much popcorn, barbecue and cotton candy, many vendors were made to abandon the area. “sold out”Mid-afternoon signs available
And though Baldwin is still well known for his wide receiving prowess with the Seahawks (the convoy of autograph seekers that formed each time he stood in one place for a few moments proved that on Saturday), he has become one of pro sports’ most visible and philanthropic figures in his post-playing career.
And if it has been said that in today’s Instagram society, looking good and feeling good often trumps doing good and being good, then folks like Baldwin and the many dedicated volunteers with the United Way of King County demonstrate that, indeed, there are still those in our midst who inspire the rest of us.