Welcoming Gemma Aronchick to KPCF

In July, KPCF was delighted to welcome Gemma Aronchick to the Foundation as our Executive Director. We introduced Gemma to our KPCF community in our August newsletter, and if you missed that, here’s more about her (in her own words): Hello Kirkland! I’m Gemma Aronchick, and I’ve recently started as the Executive Director of the […]

Partner Story – Santa’s Mailbox

Each year, hundreds of young Kirkland residents write letters to Santa and drop them in Santa’s North Pole Mailbox that is located in downtown Kirkland. And each year Santa (well… many of Santa’s helpers) respond with return letters. Nope… it’s not via text, email, or any type of social media. It’s actual old-school letter writing […]

Kirkland Nourishing Network

The Kirkland Parks and Community Foundation (KPCF) is a proud supporters and partners with the Kirkland Nourishing Network (KNN). KPCF provided fiscal support during the initial months of the Covid-19 pandemic and jumped in to provide assistance with several feeding and education programs.  The Nourishing Network philosophy is that “no one entity can do it all, […]

Community Corner – Cold Weather Shelters

The weather and temperatures have turned! It seems like just yesterday we had odd 70 degree fall temperatures. The western Washington weather shift is tough for almost everyone but it’s particularly difficult and dangerous for people who are homeless. With leadership from the King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA) a regional cold weather emergency shelter […]

KITE STEM Challenge is a Winner for Lake Washington School District

KITE STEM Award Winner

For three weeks in 2018, students across the Lake Washington School District battled each other in a test of STEM skills, with thousands of dollars in prize money for their schools at stake. The KITE STEM Challenge (Kirkland Interactive Technology Experience) was a Google-sponsored challenge to all the schools in the district. Google selected the […]

Google partners with KPCF on Cross Kirkland Corridor project

In 2016, Google approached the Foundation to see if we would do a pilot project to test some geofencing technology they were using to provide signage on their campuses around the U.S. At the same time, the City of Kirkland was looking for ways to provide signage for vegetation along the Cross Kirkland Corridor (‘CKC’). […]