Spotlight with Gary Shipe

Each week host Gary Shipe brings you the issues affecting the Northwest and the people making a difference in our community. It?s compelling conversation with local leaders, and KKNW is dedicated to presenting you with issues that matter - including education, health and the environment.


Spotlight with Gary Shipe

Spotlight with Gary Shipe 01.13.2019

This week we have an interview with Executive Director Melissa King and Program Manager Marni Kurtz from a terrific mentor program called Athletes For Kids. Athletes For Kids is unique in that it pairs up high school athletes with younger kids with special needs or disabilities. Growing throughout some of the high schools on the eastside now for 16 years, Athletes For Kids not only enhances the lives of the young "buddies", but the high school mentors as well. Always looking to expand, you can volunteer, donate, or just learn more about Athletes For Kids online at
00:27:28 1/13/2019

Past Episodes

This week our guests are Ned Delmore, the Executive Director, and Jim McFarland, the Director of Marketing & Communications at St. Vincent de Paul Seattle/King County. With a mission to prevent homelessness and help neighbors achieve self-sufficiency, St. Vincent de Paul puts their experience to work. St. Vincent de Paul has been in Seattle for 99 years, and with deep roots like that they have learned that by going to the source of a neighbor's life and visiting them in their homes, they are able to see, hear, and understand the severity of the need and find a way to intervene to prevent an eviction. Last year St. Vincent de Paul volunteers went on over 15,000 home visits, assisting over 40,000 men, women, and children living in poverty. Learn more online at
00:28:06 1/6/2019
Our guests this week represent the Muslim Community Resource Center in Redmond. Khizer Sheriff is the Executive Director, his wife Nikhath Sheriff is the Founder & CEO, and their daughter Nehath Sheriff is the Director of the Medical Clinic that MCRC operates. The Muslim Community Resource Center (MCRC) is led by a group of community volunteers passionate about helping the less fortunate in our community. Their focus is to connect those in need with relevant resources and service providers in our community. Among their many comprehensive services, once a month they operate a free medical clinic to provide culturally competent healthcare for individuals and families who lack access to basic health services. Through volunteer doctors and nurses they offer general health care, physical exams, screenings, heart health and referrals. They hope to expand in 2019. Learn more online at or call 1-888-404-6272.
00:00:00 1/2/2019
This week we'll speak with Emily Meltzer, the Director of Development & Communications for Accelerator Y, the social services arm of the YMCA of Greater Seattle. Emily tells us of the 1500 young people who find themselves homeless on any given night in the Seattle area. The YMCA is the largest provider of housing for homeless young adults in King County, offering a variety of programs including rapid rehousing, transitional housing, and permanent housing?especially for those who are exiting foster care and/or who are experiencing homelessness. One unique way this story is being told is through a new program called Unheard Seattle. The Y has introduced different local artists to tell the stories of youth experiencing homelessness in their words put to music. You can listen to these songs and support these efforts at
00:28:03 12/16/2018
This week on Spotlight with Gary Shipe, Sunday at 5a: This week we hear from CEO Barry Gourley and Director of Communications Claire Acey at Children‚??s Therapy Center. Children‚??s Therapy Center is a pediatric therapy organization that strives to maximize the potential of children with special needs from birth to 18. Barry and Claire demonstrate that the benefits of speech, occupational, physical, and social therapy can be life changing, not only for the children, but their families as well. Learn more online at
00:00:00 12/2/2018
This week on Spotlight with Gary Shipe, Sunday at 5a: This week we meet Ronald Lim from Bloodworks Northwest and Bill Harper with Degree 37. Degree 37 is a software developer that works with non-profits like Bloodworks NW to engage millennials and young people and to make it easy to donate blood. Bill tells us that his own need of 33 surgeries and use of 267 units of blood made it personal for him as he worked on the Bloodworks App. He tells us that donating blood is the best and easiest as well as most effective way to save a life in an afternoon. You can download the App at Google Play or the Apple App store or by texting blood to 91985 Learn more online at
00:00:00 11/25/2018
This week on Spotlight with Gary Shipe, Sunday at 5a: This week we speak with the Executive Director at Mary‚??s Place, Marty Hartman. Mary‚??s Place operates shelters and programs in Seattle to provide love, hope and a new future to homeless women and their children. There are a number of ways the public can support Mary‚??s Place: their annual No Child Sleeps Outside campaign through the end of the year ($17 a night will bring a child inside), Giving Tree Tags, Brooks Holiday Fun Run. Learn more online at and
00:00:00 11/18/2018
00:28:06 11/18/2018
This week on Spotlight with Gary Shipe, Sunday at 5a: This week we speak with The March of Dimes and their efforts to reduce the number of premature births. Long time volunteer and Leadership Team member Stephen Berry along with the Director of Maternal Child Health and Government Affairs Kasey Rivas speak about the programs and resources of the Washington Chapter of the March of Dimes. The discussion ranges from raising awareness for November 16th, World Prematurity Day to some pilot programs such as the treatment for pregnant women with chemical dependency at Swedish Hospital. Learn more online at
00:00:00 11/11/2018
This week on Spotlight with Gary Shipe, Sunday at 5a: This week we‚??ll hear from Executive Director of the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) Leonard Garfield. The 100th anniversary of Veterans Day (then called Armistice Day) took place on November 11th, 1918 as World War One came to a close. It was a time of wrenching extremes that pulled Americans between the poles of fear and hope, between deepening cynicism and broadening optimism. MOHAI‚??s current exhibit, World War 1 American tells the story and opens a window to our current conditions. Through original artifacts, images, voices, interactives and multimedia presentations, WW1 America tells the extraordinary stories of Americans‚?"both legendary and unsung‚?"during this turbulent time. Special ceremonies and events will take place at the museum Veterans Day weekend to commemorate the end of WW1. Learn more online at
00:00:00 11/4/2018

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