Puget Sound Access

Interesting guests and compelling conversations about local issues.

Sunday, September 24
5:30am –

This week we speak with chef and owner of Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, and founder of Pure Food Kids Foundation, Kurt Beecher Dammeier.
Kurt has a goal with his food and restaurant businesses; that of changing the way America eats. Along those lines he tells us of his non-profit Pure Food Revolution campaign in which he’d like to see improved transparency in both food manufacturers and restaurants to list all ingredients in all of the food and beverages they sell. He’d also like to see changes in how food is advertised and marketed to children, as well as the return of Home Economics to our schools in an updated format that teaches how food is grown, basic nutrition, and simple food preparation methods.
Kurt is passionate about this and you can tell from this interview.

Learn more online at www.purefoodrev.org or www.purefoodkids.org

You can follow them on facebook and twitter as well.


Sunday, September 17
5:30am –

Our guests this week are all about helping children, women and families on the Eastside facing hardship or violence. Jennifer Schmidt is a Past President and current Chair of Operation School Bell and Adina Gillett is a member of the Assistance League of The Eastside.
The signature program of AL Eastside is the annual Operation School Bell which offers children and their parents the opportunity to shop for new back to school clothes at local Fred Meyer stores. The ensuing positive self image created translates into a more positive overall school experience.
Jennifer and Adina also tell us of the other philanthropic programs of Assistance League Eastside, Help4Homeless, Starting Over Support for women and children fleeing domestic violence, and their Assault Survivor Kits.
One of their key fundraisers takes place the first Friday of December, their Holiday Home Tour.
Learn more online at www.aleastside.org Look for them on Facebook as well.


Sunday, September 10
5:30am –

This week we talk with the Executive Director of the Kirkland Performance Center, Jeff Lockhart.
The Kirkland Performance Center is a non-profit enterprise that aims to enrich, educate, and entertain through performances that ignite the imagination and connect audiences and artists.
Part of the Kirkland community for almost 20 years, Jeff tells of the lasting connections and impact that a small public performance center such as the KPC can have.
The upcoming season is also discussed. Highlights include Byrds founder Roger McGuinn, Kenny G, and the return of Imagination Theatre’s live radio dramas.
Learn more online at www.kpcenter.org

Sunday, September 3
5:30am –

Our guests this week are a non profit that helps other non profit groups.

Rainier Valley Corps promotes social justice by cultivating leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between the diverse communities of Seattle. They do this through Fellowships with Community Based Organizations that don’t have the resources or capacity to fully function yet; through Leadership Coaching; Operations Support; and Block Granting.

Jaleh Sadravi is the Development Director and Suyoung Yun is an RVC Fellow working at Families of Color Seattle. They share the challenges and successes that Rainier Valley Corps has with local community based organizations.

Learn more online at www.rainiervalleycorps.org and www.focseattle.com or email them at info@rainiervalleycorps.org

Sunday, August 27
5:30am –

This week our guest is Larry Colagiovanni from King County Search and Rescue. Larry is the Chair of the Seattle Mountain Rescue, which is one of eight units of King County Search and Rescue. These are the folks that drop what they’re doing at work or at home to save lives when a call comes in about a camper wandering off trail and losing all sense of direction, or when a family doesn’t return from a kayak excursion, or when an unprepared hiker becomes injured in the wilderness.
King County SAR is an all volunteer not-for-profit organization and is not part of the county sheriff’s office. Larry tells us how very closely the do work with the sheriff’s office and how they respond to emergencies. And being an all volunteer group, he let’s us know that they are always welcoming more members and donations.
Learn more online at www.kingcountysar.org or www.seattlemountainrescue.org

Sunday, August 20
5:30am –

This week we have three guests to talk about supporting wounded service members. Brittney Hamilton is the Executive Director of Operation Ward 57, Brandon “Bonesaw” Jones is the Public Affairs spokesman with the Puget Sound Chapter of the Brothers In Arms Motorcycle Club, and Retired Staff Sergeant Chaz Allen will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Rock & Rally for The Troops on Saturday, September 9th in Tacoma.
Operation Ward 57 is hosting its 7th Annual Motorcycle Run & Music Festival to Benefit Wounded Service Members. The event will benefit wounded service members, their loved ones as well as those that aid in their recovery through the programs of Operation Ward 57, a non-profit that supports wounded warriors.
Learn more about Operation Ward 57 and the Rock & Rally For The Troops online.