Food Banks Do More Than Feed Suburban Poor


Great video from MSNBC on how food banks help to stabilize a family in need.

Food banks do more than feed suburban poorSarah Nelson of Sister Carmen Community Center ( says food banks do more than just put food on the table. They can help struggling families get back on their feet financially. Lester Holt gets a first-hand look as he joins Joyce Welch at the Sister Carmen food pantry.

Can You Speak Vietnamese or Polish?


Can you read, write, and speak a foreign language? NK Fishline could use your help!

Specifically we are looking for people who can translate Vietnamese or Polish.  We are undergoing some changes to our front market structure and it would be great to be able to serve our clients who don’t speak English well or may have difficulty understanding the transition.

Please contact our Executive Director, Mary Nader, if you can help! Thanks!

Small Tasks That Make a BIG Difference at Fishline!


Want to volunteer?
Don’t have a lot of spare time?

The staff at Fishline has a multitude of simple and quick tasks that are easy to fit into an active week. However it’s those little things that add up and put a squeeze on our already busy schedules.

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Gavin — if you have time for any of these tasks!

Here is a list of some of the things we need help with:

• Maintain the lobby bulletin board—once weekly—30 minutes tops-discard outdated material and order what’s missing.

• Birthday gifts program for kids—once weekly—1 hour of fun “shopping” in the birthday boxes in Rae’s office.

• Shredding — that’s right:  shredding —once weekly-10 minutes tops-it’s a noisy job so best done before or after open hours.

• Creating labels for our Housing Solutions pamphlets-one time task-1 hour—print and stick-that’s it!

• Creating a poster of services available here at Fishline – one time task – needs to be big, bold and beautiful!

• Community Events Booth Manager(s)– knowledgeable and friendly person (or bring a friend along and make it a partnership) to explain all the good work Fishline does in the community—a few days a year.

• Investigator—sad but true, there a small number of fraudulent folks taking advantage—see Rae for details.

• News Specialist—do you read the paper EVERY day? We need someone to keep abreast of food bank relevant news and local obituaries that may name NK Fishline as a source for memorial donations.

• Community Outreach – working with the News Specialist find out who in the community needs help – and then work with Rae and Lucy to do outreach. May also involve arranging on site classes here at Fishline.

• Health Care Information Specialist – someone to gather all the health care relevant information and create a
 packet that a normal person can make sense of – time involvement is unknown –

• Reporter – a friendly articulate person to write our monthly volunteer newsletter – requires some interviewing and keeping abreast of all the schedules of events here at Fishline. 4-5 hours a month(?)

• Weed fighter – yep it’s that time of year – there are weeds growing in the front parking area and a thorny bush overgrowing right into the walkway! One hour sessions – as needed till Fall.

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator if you have time for any of these things! We’re glad to have you!

Community Events, Week of June 12


This week’s events:

On Wednesday, June 13,  Suquamish Church of Christ will host a community dinner between 5-7pm.  This is a weekly event. All are welcome!

On Thursday, June 14,  First Lutheran Church in Poulsbo will host their weekly community dinner between 5-6pm.  This is also a weekly event where all are welcome!

Also on Thursday, join us for a seminar at Kitsap Community Resources:  Introduction to Investing, hosted by American Financial Solutions from 5:30 to 7pm.

On Saturday, June 16, from 11:30 to 1pm Gateway Fellowship Church in Poulsbo will host a community lunch.  All are welcome!

Are you hosting an event that will benefit the needy members of our community?  Contact NK Fishline to add your event to our calendar!

Unique Poulsbo Tote Bags Created for NK Fishline!


Be green, give a donation to Fishline, and save our planet by buying the reusable, blue tote bags sold at Second Season and Marina Market.  Local artist, Michelle Amicucci, of FrontStreet Gallery in downtown Poulsbo, painted a beautiful watercolor painting depicting our scenic town. A blend of familiar icons, the Nordic flag, the red clock, and the hanging  floral baskets, capture the festive atmosphere of our hometown. Michelle graciously donated the use of her artwork to decorate the side of the Fishline tote bags.
Selling at $9.99 a tote these bags are perfect for all grocery and shopping trips. They are noticed and admired. It’s like taking a bit of Poulsbo with you every where you go.
The totes are great gift ideas for out of town guests and relatives. Why wrap a gift when you can “bag” it!