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East Jefferson County Fire & Rescue, Part 2

(Airdate: July 22, 2021) Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can continues her discussion with District 1 Fire Chief Bret Black of about the extraordinary skill sets of our East Jefferson Fire & Rescue combination volunteer and career fire department. Learn how response time and serving a rural region located at the water’s edge has this fire district leaning heavily on volunteer support offering a breadth of experiences for those who serve us in these moments of crisis. Join us on this second part of our 2-part series as we discuss the training involved, career opportunities and the impact of volunteers to the mission of this critical service to our local community.

East Jefferson County Fire & Rescue, Part 1

(Airdate: July 8, 2021) East Jefferson Fire & Rescue (EJFR) is a combination career and volunteer department serving Port Townsend and the surrounding area. District 1 Fire Chief Bret Black found this attribute of his new position attractive. New to Jefferson County, Chief Black was equally drawn to the unique aspects of our rural region. Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can had the opportunity to discuss with Chief Black the attributes of readiness along with how we can do our part to support this important service in our community. Join us for the first part of a two-part series to learn more about fire safety, hazard prevention and readiness for your family.

Embracing Our Foster Children & Their Families

(Airdate: June 1, 2021) There is a “triad of care” supporting foster kids and their families in our community. Gary Frogner, Volunteer Coordinator of Office Moms and Dads and Elsa Golts, of Foster Care Support of Jefferson County speak about their organizations, which intertwine along the timeline of the children during the most critical and upsetting moments when they initially enter foster care. Listen in as Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can speaks with these passionate and caring folks assisting those families who have children living in dependency in real and tangible ways.


(Airdate: May 18, 2021) Has the thought of a child without a birthday cake ever crossed your mind? Hard to imagine, but it happens. Cake4Kids is powered by an amazing and compassionate group of volunteers who are mostly home-bakers. They bake the cake at home and deliver it to one of our partner agencies who support the youth. Cake4Kids supports the family by providing a custom birthday cake so every child can celebrate their special day “like any other kid”. Listen in to Everybody Can as Missy Nielsen talks with Cynthia Castro Sweet. Learn how these sweet gestures bring smiles to these families.

4H Club – More than Cows and Cookies

(Airdate: May 4, 2021) 4H is an organization that believe in the power of young people is America’s
largest youth development organization – empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. with the skills to lead for a lifetime. Listen in as Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can chats with Cliff Moore WSU Extension Office Director about how 4H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. Whether it’s learning to build a robot, care for a horse, or do great photography, 4-H volunteer leaders and staff make sure that youth have a safe place to dive right into what they want to learn.

Jeff Co WA Trash Task Force

(Airdate: April 20, 2021) Join Missy Nielsen on Everybody Can as she discusses with Dave Winters and Stephanie Moran, two individuals who discovered they share a passion and joined forces to tackle the growing problem of garbage found on our beaches, trails and just about anywhere these two go on a walk. Dave and Stephanie describe how their daily walk evolved into the Jefferson County WA Trash Task Force, uniting their efforts and inviting others to join in. Listen in and hear about best practices for collecting waste and how you can participate to reduce this growing problem in our county.

Students for Sustainability Take Action

(Airdate: April 6, 2021) This student-led organization is dedicated to taking action to mitigate climate change not only at the local level, but also advocate for changes at community and state levels. These students have pressed legislative changes such as the straw ban and have presented their work to aspiring Washington state middle school students also committed to protecting the environment. Listen in as co-presidents Lochlan Krupa and Hailey Gallagher, discuss with Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can their legislative efforts towards an “idling ban” as well as their plans for a demonstration native garden. Join us!

Everybody Can airs alternate weeks on Tuesdays or Thursdays, in the noon hour.

WSU Extension – Extending Opportunities since 1865

(Airdate: March 16, 2021) The Washington State University Extension Office of Jefferson County is a resource that provides educational programs and brings to our community the broad resources of a major university. Join Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can as she discusses with Cliff Moore, Director of the WSU Jefferson County Extension Office, the history, the opportunities and the ongoing programs that serve our county.

Bringing in a Little Light – PTHS Students Stepping Up

(Airdate: March 2, 2021) On this episode of Everybody Can, Missy Nielsen speaks with PTHS students Melanie Bakin and Grace Wentzel, representatives from the Key Club and InterAct Clubs of Port Townsend High School. These student-led organizations prioritize community outreach while developing leadership skills. Join us for this conversation as we discuss the impact this has had for these inspiring students and the community members they touch.

Contagion of Another Kind – Stepping Up

(Airdate: February 16, 2021) Each of us has the opportunity to participate and shape the community we choose to live in. From time to time we run across folks who fly far under the radar, serving our community in the most humble and discreet ways. Consider the journey of these individuals and the contagious impact they have on our community. Join Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can as she speaks with Kevin Campbell and the Gardening Crone on F Street about how they both found a way to give back to the community in their own unique way.

Citizen Scientist – Connecting with the World Around You

(Airdate: February 2, 2021) As part of the Port Townsend Marine Science Center team, Betsy Carlson oversees the Citizen Science projects. Around the world folks of all ages engage in citizen science – participating in projects in which volunteers and scientists work together to investigate real world concerns, “crowdsourcing” that has the added bonus of giving volunteers a real sense of community. On this program, Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can discusses with Bets what it means to be a Citizen Scientist and the role of Citizen Science at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center.

Jefferson County Arts & Heritage – Share Learn and Be Inspired!

(Airdate: January 19, 2020) Today’s guests, Jefferson County Historical Society Executive Director, Shelly Leavens and Tara McCauley, Director of Education and Public Programs, describe how this iconic nonprofit engages the region with unique and diverse stories of Jefferson County. Through collections, research, exhibits and programs, they bring our community together to share, learn and be inspired by the arts and our local heritage. From their First Friday Speaker Series to their recent “Dear 2020” letter campaign, we learn how JCHS endeavors to engage our community and foster programs that bring life to history and culture into our lives.

Live the Dream, Give Back, Be a Camp Host!

(Airdate: January 12, 2021) Volunteer Hosts serve as ambassadors of State Parks helping to achieve the state park mission to connect all Washingtonians to their natural and cultural heritage and provide memorable recreational and educational experiences. Listen as Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can converses with Jessica Norton, Washington State Parks Volunteer Coordinator, on the importance of camp volunteers as they strive to keep our parks welcoming and special places for the public to enjoy.

The Best of Everybody Can

(Airdate: December 22, 2020) Each year, on Everybody Can we reflect on those moments that embodies the hopes and challenges, the good work and heartwarming moments that inform our volunteers and non-profit organizations. Unlike any other year, living under the lens of social isolation and illnesses, we learned much from these conversations and how our nonprofits and volunteers faced these unique times. Listen in, reflect and rejoice in the fortitude of the good folks in our communities as we look back at 2020.

Christmas 4 Children- Santa’s Helpers go Virtual

(Airdate: December 8, 2020) Christmas 4 Children, 19 years running, is supported by community organizations and individuals bringing holiday cheer and gifts to those families challenged by economic stresses. Kelly Liske talks with Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can about the opportunities and challenges this holiday season as Santa’s helpers adjust to the Pandemic protocols. Learn how you can be a virtual Santa’s helper and make this heartwarming need to come to fruition.

United Good Neighbor Campaign 2020…. Give Jefferson! Give Hope.

(Airdate: November 24, 2020) The extraordinary impacts of COVID-19 triggered an unprecedented demand for aid, and challenged local organizations to rapidly respond with essential programs and safety-net services. Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can speaks with Megan McClaughlin of United Good Neighbors in how our community can rally around these needs. Listen in and learn how you can participate through the Give Jefferson campaign.

Port Townsend Education Foundation Inspiring Students and Supporting Teachers, Part 2

(First airdate: November 10, 2020: From resources and supplies to academic opportunities, P.T.E.F. has awarded nearly $500,000 in grants over the past 12 years. Grant recipients, Jef Waibel and Logan Stegner discuss with Everybody Can host Missy Nielsen the impact these grants have had on their teaching and their students as the district continues to adapt to COVID-19 Pandemic policies. Please, join us!

Port Townsend Education Foundation Inspiring Students and Supporting Teachers, Part 1

(First airdate: October 27, 2020) Holly Petta, President of the Port Townsend Education Foundation (PTEF)- speaks with Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can about their efforts to offset the financial gaps our school district faces. Port Townsend public schools are critical to the economic health and overall vitality of our hometown. Take a listen to learn more about their legacy and work to strengthen and support our schools.

Olympic Neighbors – Creating Home & Community for those with IDD

(First airdate: October 13, 2020) Olympic Neighbors serves people with intellectual developmental disabilities and their families. Claudia Coppola and Bob Wheeler discuss with Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can their efforts and challenges as they work to  provide  housing and  life skills support to those with IDD. Everybody Can airs on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:40 pm.

Resiliency of the Heart – Art Matters

(Airdate: 9/29/2020) Local 2020, through action groups, works toward local sustainability and resilience – integrating ecology, economy and community through action and education. For the past three summers, “Resiliency of the Heart Action Group” has  hosted monthly art happenings. All ages worked together to create art, music, poetry, and photography.  Listen in as Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can speaks with Adrianna Santiago about how Covid 19 has both inspired and created challenges to this Local 2020 group.

Everybody Can airs on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:40 pm.

A Botanical Ark in Port Townsend

(Airdate: September 15) Biodiversity is a keystone issue for continued health and wellness across the spectrum of our lives and planet. Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can speaks with Sue Milliken and Kelly Dodson of the Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy whose  mission  is focused on threatened and vulnerable plants both wild and cultivated.

Everybody Can airs on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:40 pm.

Chaos, Coffee and Covid – Recovery Cafe

(Airdate: September 1, 2020) Catching up with Recovery Cafe manager Brian Richardson and volunteer extraordinaire Tom Young, we learn how a non-profit in the midst of opening with hopes to provide a vital service stays the course during our Pandemic. Consider the progress and promise of this community space with Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can.

Resilience and Hope – Skillmation Mentors Making a Difference

(Airdate: August 18, 2020) Skillmation, an organization focused on sharing skills through connecting those who seek to mentor in our schools,  brings us up to date on their response and adaptations to their programs for our Port Townsend School District. Co-Founders Ben Bauermeister and Martha Trolin along with their Mentor Connector Dr. David Scherer describes to  Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can a vision of hope and resiliency for our students in this new school year. Everybody Can airs alternate weeks on Tuesdays or Thursdays, in the noon hour.

Habitat for Humanity During COVID-19

(Airdate: July 21, 2020) The critical need for housing that has been laid bare by the Coronavirus. Permanent, affordable, healthy and low cost housing is  urgently needed. Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity offers that opportunity. Executive Director Jamie Maciejewski speaks with Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can to catch us up on how this organization is doing.

Cultivating Community in Crisis

(Airdate: July 7, 2020) From wildlife habitats and watersheds to working farms and forests, Jefferson Land Trust invests in the preservation of place as well as the folks who inhabit it. Rebekah Korenowsky, Engagement Coordinator, shares with Missy Nielsen on Everybody Can the community building and volunteer opportunities that have arisen out of their shift to the virtual realm.

Bayside Housing

(First airdate: June 23, 2020:) Bayside Housing – Transitional Solutions & Support – provides housing and social support services for community members in need of transitional housing. Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can discusses with Development Director Lesley Shipley, Bayside’s unique partnership with The Old Alcohol Plant, a hotel and dining house. This compelling discussion identifies the pathways and sense of community provided for those challenged by housing costs and wage disparity.