community involvementBeing a Zipster isn't just about sharing cars. Our members inspire us to reach out into the community and make a difference. We're proud to be working with organizations that are setting examples around the globe.
Feet First is an advocacy organization that promotes walkable communities. They envision people walking every day for their health, transportation, environment, community and pleasure. And while we realize that some trips require a car, we can appreciate a good day's walk. Feet First advocates for pedestrians in discussions with government agencies, developers and community groups to make walking safer for everyone. They also produce neighborhood walking maps, organize walks in transitioning neighborhoods, propose safety solutions for pedestrian areas, and work with students, parents and teachers to encourage walking to school.
Zipsters are helping keep Seattle's streets litter-free through Adopt-A-Street, Seattle’s Public Utilities program. Quarterly cleanups in Capitol Hill along E Pine Street keep the streets squeaky clean. (And members' good deeds are usually rewarded with goodies like snacks, free lunch or free driving time.) Look for the next date in your Zipcar Newsletter or follow us on Twitter to hear more.
Cascade Bicycle Club
Cascade Bicycle Club, a non-profit organization based in Seattle, Washington, serves nearly 10,000 members and the Puget Sound bicycling community. Zipcar is a proud supporter of their vision to create a better community through bicycling.
Cascade Land Conservancy
The Cascade Land Conservancy envisions a region that combines spectacular landscapes, a vibrant economy and great places to live. Cascade Land Conservancy believes that to preserve the precious lands of our region, we need to ensure that our cities are places where residents can walk and bike to work and school, with many housing options and nearby access to open space. As Washington State's largest independent land conservation and stewardship organization, the Conservancy engages thousands of volunteers in year at work parties on CLC lands and Seattle's forested parklands. For opportunities in your neighborhood, please visit www.cascadeland.org/get-involved/Volunteer.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. Their mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $600 million in research specifically targeting blood cancers.
Pike Market Senior Center & Downtown Food Bank
Each holiday season, Seattle Zipsters sing their hearts out in the Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition to raise donations for the Pike Market Senior Center and Downtown Food Bank. This helps older adults receive nutritious food, community services information and local service referrals at the senior center, and allows the food bank to support over 2000 households annually, including the elderly, disabled, working poor and homeless. Together, they help ensure that all residents of downtown Seattle have access to healthy meals.
Zipster are all about helping make the world around them a healthier, happier place to be. It's a big job - but we've got big hopes. That's why Zipcar is proud to support Solid Ground, who are dedicated to achieving a just and caring community for everyone - free from poverty, prejudice and neglect. Their 27 programs help 35,000 families in King County every year overcome homelessness, hunger, domestic violence and other traumas associated with poverty. By using Zipcar, you're helping support Solid Ground and helping people in need get back on it.
The World Is Fun
Could you use a little more fun in your life? (Don't say no. Who could say no to that?) Meet The World Is Fun, or TWIF, a 100% volunteer run organization that connects individuals, businesses, and those in need of—you guessed it—a little fun. TWIF encourages people to participate in a creative community that enriches Seattle with the common belief that "yes, the world is fun." Learn more or volunteer now. 'Cuz we all need a little fun.
Transportation Choices Coalition
Transportation Choices Coalition brings together citizen groups, businesses, public agencies, and concerned individuals across the Washington area who want to see the state's transportation system reformed. Their goal of bringing real opportunities to take a bus, take a train, ride a bike, or walk — as well as drive alone — is one we can really get behind. This means expanding city transportation systems to meet Washington's growing needs now. We agree that the decisions we make now and in the future will have enormous impacts: on our health, environment, economy, and quality of life. Their work to educate Washington residents about making smart transportation choices that work for them makes for a perfect partnership, don't you think?
Way to Go Seattle: One Less Car Challenge
If you've been contemplating making the transition to a car-free household, the City of Seattle wants to help by giving you a little encouragement. Whether you test the water with a trial break-up of take the plunge and get rid of that car, they have incentives, tips and tricks to help you out along the way.
StartingBloc is dedicated to supporting young professionals interested in using business as a tool for social change. Through their fellowship program, StartingBloc works with college students and recent grads to give them the tools to help drive social, economic, and environmental innovation throughout their careers. They partner with businesses, universities, and other organizations that set an example as a force for creating both profit and positive social change. We are proud to support StartingBloc!
Connect with a community that shares your passion for all things green. Your Garden Show is a social network for gardeners, by gardeners that connects greenthumbs with knowledge, tools and resources for sharing inspiration, best practices for sustainability and real-time environmental observation. They believe that more (and better) gardeners help build stronger local communities. And we happen to agree.