5/6: Jennifer Caringer, Helping Hands in WA

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Jennifer Caringer details the depth of volunteerism and rapid-response meeting of needs during the COVID-19 Emergency via the grassroots group Helping Hands in Washington.

Interview begins at 6:32.


  • Candidates for public office no longer need to submit a filing fee petition with registered voters’ signatures if they cannot afford to pay the filing fee.
    • Candidates may simply submit a petition without signatures during the COVID-19 State of Emergency, since signature gathering runs counter to social distancing protocols.


  • Tacoma Pride, which had been scheduled to take place as a street festival in July, has been cancelled by hosts in light of the COVID-19 emergency.
    • The Rainbow Center will instead facilitate a month-long recognition of LGBTQ Pride through businesses hosting window displays, family-friendly activities that allow for social distancing, social media-based campaigns, and Pride flags being flown at City Hall and at the Tacoma Dome.
    • More info is expected in the coming weeks at TacomaPride.org.
  • The Broadway Farmers Market opens tomorrow, May 7th, with modifications
    • Stay home if you are sick
    • One shopper per household
    • wear a mask
    • shop quickly
    • let vendors touch and bag all produce and items
  • City Council members are hosting the second T-Town Hall tomorrow evening 6 to 7:30pm. The topic will be Immigration. Information on joining the virtual town hall via zoom is found at CityOfTacoma.org/coronavirus, or by calling (253) 215-8782 and entering the access code 820 7578 8412.


  • The Lakewood Municipal Court phone line has resumed normal hours, and will be answered Mon-Thurs 9am to 4 pm with an hour break at noon, and on Fridays 9am-12pm.
    • Apart from in-custody hearings and emergent issues, all matters scheduled for May will be rescheduled to June.
    • Those with questions regarding court dates may contact the court at (253) 589-2489 or via email at CityCourt@cityoflakewood.us.
  • The 62nd Airlift Wing will be conducting an honorary fly-over for first responders and health care workers on Friday starting at noon, following a path that takes two C-17 jets over 30 Washington hospitals.
    • Auburn, Federal Way, Tacoma, and Puyallup hospitals will be able to see the jets just before and after the 2 o’clock hour.
    • A complete flight path and schedule is available on Facebook at 62AirLiftWing.