How to join, donate, volunteer, or make an ad payment

The Eastlake Community Council is a volunteer organization, so donations and annual dues go a long way, and your time and skills are welcome and needed. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, or owns property in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood. Members are mailed ballots to vote in ECC’s annual elections and receive the Eastlake News by hand delivery and/or e-mail. Volunteers are welcome and need not donate or pay dues. To volunteer with ECC, donate, join with dues or renew them, or pay for an ad you placed in the Eastlake News, see below. For questions:

Purchase an ECC membership

Please click on one type of membership you desire:

One-year Individual Membership
One-year Student / Senior / Low Income Membership
One-year Business Membership

Donate or volunteer (ECC membership not required)

Please click on one or more of these options:

Donate to the ECC
Volunteer in ECC activities (need not be a paid member or donor)

Pay ECC for an advertisement that you placed in the Eastlake News; or make another kind of payment

Please click on one or both of these options:

Pay ECC for your ad in the Eastlake News Please specify your business name and the the newsletter date(s) in which your ad or ads appeared.
Make another kind of payment to ECC Please describe the type of payment or the purpose of the payment.

Opportunities for volunteers and donors

Much of what makes the Eastlake neighborhood special has happened through volunteer efforts and donations. The Eastlake Community Council welcomes your involvement whether or not you are a dues-paying member. There are opportunities to match anyone’s set of interests and skills.

One way for us to hear from you is if you to hit “submit” after checking one or more of the ten listed volunteer categories above and/or writing in the space labeled “Suggest something new” about any additional volunteer skills, interests, projects, suggestions, or anything you wish to donate. Or if you prefer, just write to ECC at or phone (206) 322-5463.

Below is a detailed listing of volunteer needs, and please feel free to suggest something new. If possible, please specify your offered skills, interests, or assignment.

• Help with the ECC web site, data base, or social media
• Organize an Eastlake art walk or other art event
• Organize local businesses to sponsor art pieces for utility poles such as in the University District
• Help steward one of Eastlake’s parks, trails, shorelines, or the Colonnade off-leash area
• Campaign for a new park, walkway, or sidewalk or for improvements in an existing one
• Organize for a traffic signal (stop light) crossing Eastlake Ave. (such as at Newton, Howe, or Blaine streets)
• Review building proposals or legislation
• Organize your block or dock for emergency preparedness or crime prevention
• Research neighborhood history
• Help organize the Eastlake photo and document archives
• Digitize photographs or documents in the Eastlake archives
• Door-to-door Eastlake News distribution to a block or dock in your vicinity
• Make a video about Eastlake or its history
• Clean up the “A-board” that publicizes community meetings
• Be your building or dock’s contact with the Eastlake Community Council
• If you’re a health care professional, let us know that you are willing to be contacted to help in a disaster
• If you are a ham radio operator or have a satellite phone, be a contact for the neighborhood to turn to in emergencies
• Do a survey of businesses and institutions in Eastlake that have an Automatic Electronic Defribrillator (AED)
• Help inventory Eastlake’s trees
• Help fight graffiti

• Computer projector
• Free use of a conference room for ECC board meetings and/or public meetings

Refund/cancellation policy for payments made to the Eastlake Community Council

Following is the policy of the Eastlake Community Council (ECC) regarding refund or cancellation of various kinds of payments it may receive.

Dues and donations. ECC welcomes and needs donations and membership dues. Throughout its history since 1971, ECC is aware of only one case in which a refund of a donation or a membership dues payment was requested (and in that case it was granted–membership dues refunded a few weeks after they were paid). Should ECC receive such requests in the future, it will address them on the following basis.

While dues may not be refunded for the portion of the membership year that has already passed, ECC will refund the pro-rated amount for the remaining portion of the membership year from the date it receives such a request in writing, addressed to ECC, c/o Lake Union Mail, 117 E. Louisa St. #1, Seattle, WA 98102.

Donations made to ECC in previous years are not refundable. However, ECC will refund any donation made within the past year if it receives a signed request from the donor, addressed to ECC, c/o Lake Union Mail, 117 E. Louisa St. #1, Seattle, WA 98102; or to

Advertising payments. A great deal of volunteer effort goes into producing and distributing the quarterly Eastlake News. In order to encourage local business, ECC keeps the advertising rates so low that they barely pay for the newsletter’s printing costs. ECC will consider requests for refunds of advertising payments already made; and requests for cancellation of invoices not yet paid for advertisements that have appeared in the Eastlake News. ECC will approve requests it deems reasonable, but reserves the right to decline. Please first discuss the issue with the Eastlake News advertising coordinator, who will likely be able to able to work out an arrangement. If that is not possible, a signed refund or cancellation request may be submitted along with a written explanation to ECC, c/o Lake Union Mail, 117 E. Louisa St. #1, Seattle, WA 98102; or to