Everybody Can

Put a Wrap on Recycling

(Airdate: March 21, 2023) Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can visits with the Port Townsend High School Students for Sustainability (SFS). This year they traveled to Olympia to advocate for Washington state’s WRAP Act, (Washington Recycling And Packaging Act ) which included packaging and bottle bill provisions. This act intends to extend producer responsibilities for certain packaging and paper, create a container deposit system that includes reuse targets, “truthful labeling” rules, and minimum recycled content standards for items like plastic thermoform containers, food tubs and single-use cups. While the bill ultimately did not move forward these students are not dissuaded and plan on bringing this bill forward at next session. Join us as we speak with the leadership team of the Students for Sustainability at P.T.H.S. 

Jeffco Repair to the Rescue

(Airdate: March 7, 2023) What do torn sweaters, broken lamps and dull knives have in common? JeffCo Repair! Yes, Jefferson County Repair group, sponsored by the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, in partnership with Local20/20 Beyond Waste Action Group are invested in educating our community in how to assess repair options as well as providing modest repairs on a range of household items. Listen in as Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can speaks with Mandi Johnson of the Port Townsend Marine Science Center and Dave E, master fixer and volunteer about the opportunities to hang onto that beloved item, diverting it from the landfill.

Dirt Therapy Sprouts Hope

(Airdate: February 21, 2023) The Answer for Youth (TAFY), located in Port Angeles, is a drop-in center for homeless and at-risk community members under the age of 35. For nearly 14 years, Susan Hillgren, founder and director of TAFY, tells Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can that we “meet them where they are at.” Learn how this organization has responded through the years; from laundry services to holiday gatherings. Supported by their very own greenhouse sales at their “The Sprouting Hope Greenhouse”, clients can also get a bit of “dirt therapy”. Join us for this uplifting conversation.

Marine Wildlife Hospital

(Airdate: February 7, 2023) Casey McClean, Executive Director and Founder of SR3 Sealife Response Rehab and Research, along with board member Ken Bach discuss with Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can the critical work of SR3, the Pacific Northwest’s only hospital dedicated to marine wildlife. This rehab center located in Des Moines WA focuses on responding, rehabilitating, and researching the condition of our Salish Sea and the wildlife that it inhabits. Join us for this compelling conversation and discover how you can get involved.

Bayside Housing, A Safe Place to Call Home

(Airdate: January 19, 2023) Heather Dudley-Nollette, Director of Development of Bayside Housing, joins Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can to discuss their mission: to provide transitional housing to our community members in need of housing. Through a unique partnership with The Alcohol Plant. Bayside Housing also provides social support to assist residents resourcing their efforts to stabilize their lives. Listen in and learn how housing advocacy strengthens our community.

Solitary Soldiers of Service ~ Volunteering in the Shadows

(Airdate: December 27, 2022) This episode highlights a subset of volunteers: those individuals independent of nonprofit associations who serve humbly and discreetly from behind the scenes. More often than not, these folks choose to remain unnoticed. Missy Nielsen, host of Everybody Can, was able to convince one of these solitary soldiers of service to speak on what inspires and informs their decision to volunteer in this way. Join our conversation with videographer and storyteller Dennis Daneau, and be inspired to consider in what unique way, large or small one can make a difference in the lives of others.

JeffCo Parks and Rec Center

(Airdate: December 13, 2022) Missy Nielsen interviews Chris Macklin, head of of the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Department to acquaint us with the multiple opportunities to get involved with the recreational offerings of this department. With a county-wide reach, these programs have impacted hundreds – from toddlers to seniors. Listen in to hear how rewarding it is to work with our youth through this invaluable resource: Jefferson County Parks and Recreations and its recreation center.

Give Jefferson Give Hope

(Airdate: November 15, 2022) Give Jefferson is an annual fundraising campaign that facilitates a highly targeted effort focused on frontline needs in Jefferson County. This campaign has vetted recipients, providing a focal point for donors to consider supporting these organizations with the assurance that their donations are stewarded well. Missy Nielsen speaks with Jenn Kingfisher, Director of Community Partnerships and Heather Dudley Nolette of Bayside Housing, one of the nonprofit organizations looking towards this funding to support their efforts in providing transitional housing and support. Join us to consider how you might give hope.


(Airdate: November 1, 2022) Last year the Jefferson Land Trust offered up a selective timber harvest free of charge to 16 local non-profits.  Tim Lawson, board member of the Land and Trust and member of the Splinter group talks with Missy Nielson about a relatively new concept known as Community Forestry, a unique opportunity to manage a working forest as a resource to benefit the community that surrounds it.

ECHHO – Helping is their Middle Name

(Airdate: October 18, 2022) Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can speaks with board member Nancy Budd Garvin about the support services that ECCHO provides to support independent living in our community, or for simply recovering from an illness. From transportation assistance to loaned medical equipment, this organization has volunteer opportunities that allows you to set your own schedule or conveniently dovetail your errands to a helping hand.

The Power of a Pen – Healthcare for All

(Airdate: October 4, 2022) Formed in November 2016, Whole Washington is a grassroots coalition of healthcare professionals and volunteers from all over Washington State endeavoring to put healthcare for all on our legislative docket. Join Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can as she discusses with Lori Bernstein and Linda Bradshaw the impact of collecting signatures, and expands upon the understanding that your signature is one of  the most direct tools of democracy each of us has.

Friends of Fort Flagler

(Airdate: September 29, 2022) Jefferson and Clallam Counties are abundant with natural spaces, and Fort Flagler is one of those special places, nestled on Marrowstone Island. Our Washington State Park’s budgets fall short of the many needs in our parks and the Friends of Fort Flagler help to span that gap. Join Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can as she discusses with Deisy Bach, Board Member the benefits and opportunities to help span the gap while taking in the beauty of our Olympic Peninsula.

Film, Food, Fun

(Airdate: September 6, 2022) The Port Townsend Film Festival is going live again! Connecting filmmakers, film lovers and communities, Volunteer Coordinator Chuck Moses, spotlights for Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can a few of the special opportunities to get involved with this signature Port Townsend multi day event of over film, food and fun.

State Park Unique Opportunities – From Boat Docks to Gift Shops

(Airdate: August 9, 2022) Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can discusses with Valerie Roberts, Washington State Park Volunteer manager, about the unique volunteer opportunities beyond the “camp host” position. From gift shops to boat docks, join us as we learn about the diverse range of volunteer opportunities. 

Carnegie, Community and Kindness

(Airdate: July 26, 2022) PT Public Library’s Unexpected Offerings. The Port Townsend Public Library, founded in 1898 by volunteers, continues to rely on community support for programming and services. This Carnegie Library offers much more than a stroll through the book aisles. Join Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can as she converses with Library Director, Melody Sky Weaver, about the unexpected offerings and resources this historical community centered institution.

County Fair’s Importance to Rural Communities

(Airdate: July 12, 2022) At the long-awaited return of the Jefferson County Fair this August, the bounty of our region’s unique and thriving farming heritage will be on full display once again. Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can discusses with Fairground Manager Danny McEnerney updates on the fairgrounds and the historical community and educational values county fairs brings to a community.

Olympic Neighbors

(Airdate: June 28, 2022) Living Meaningful and Inclusive Lives. Executive Director Claudia Coppola and volunteer Al Latham share the inspiring story of the Olympic Neighbors, an organization serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Join Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can as they discuss their mission to empower residents to discover what they want in their lives and to help them to achieve those goals. Learn about the inclusive activities within our larger community of Port Townsend that help these folks to connect and be in community.

Bakers Rise to the Challenge

(Airdate: May 31, 2022) Community Loaves Founder Katherin Kehlri joins Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can to share the story of how passionate bread bakers produce fresh baked bread for their communities in need throughout the Puget Sound. Listen in and learn about the newest “Hub” located here in Port Townsend.


Camp Hosts Roll Out the Welcome Mat

(Airdate: May 26, 2022) Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can converses with Valerie Roberts, Washington State Parks Volunteer Manager on the valued role of Camp Hosts who help to keep our parks welcoming for the public to enjoy. Join us as we discuss the frequently asked questions about how one can volunteer as an “ambassador” to the state parks.

Stop and Smell the Rhodies ~ Rhody Fest 2022

(Airdate: May 3, 2022) In 1935, a local businessman convinced Hearst Metrotone News to come and film the blooming rhododendrons in Jefferson County. Hearst provided “short subjects” to theaters throughout the United States. Thus was the inspiration for Port Townsend’s annual Rhododendron Festival. Join Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can as she discusses the return of our most beloved festival with Rita Hubbard and Mary Crozier. From Bed Races to Pet Parades this festival hearkens us to come out and “Smell the Rhodies.” Join us for this conversation!

Recycling Styrofoam

(First airdate: April 5, 2022) On this episode of Everybody Can, we explore the world of recycling Styrofoam. Difficult and expensive to recycle, Styrofoam is not accepted in much of Washington’s residential recycling programs. The PT Styro Recyclers are working to mitigate this gap in our community. Polly Lyle and Judith Minzel discuss with host Missy Nielsen the process, the partners, and the potential for this organization to impact our growing environmental waste stream on the Olympic Peninsula.

The Chimacum Center – Cultivating and Sowing Equity

(Airdate: March 22, 2022) Working in partnership with land and farming partners, along with grassroots and organizational allies around the region, The Chimacum Center works towards cultivating relationships, sowing sustainability and growing a more vibrant and equitable rural community. Through land-based interconnection, arts, advocacy, and education their vision is broad and their impact deep. Host Missy Nielsen talks with Executive Director Melissa O’Neill about the vision they have for our community and the place we all call home.

PT Heritage Association

(Airdate: March 8, 2022) The Port Townsend Heritage Association is coming out of COVID-19 and putting on the Port Townsend Victorian Heritage Festival for 2022, on April 29, 30 and May 1.  KPTZ’s Missy Nielsen talks with board president Tracy Wirta and board member Kathy Knoblock about what’s going on.  Learn more about how to get involved!  

Public Hygiene ~ A Look behind the Plumbing with PHLUSH

(Airdate: February 22, 2022) PHLUSH is an acronym for “Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human”. Through education and advocacy, PHLUSH consults with local governments and citizen groups to provide equitable public restroom availability, prepare for sanitation disasters and, recently, focusing on the linkages between our local housing challenges, public hygiene, and sanitation justice. Everybody Can host Missy Nielsen speaks with advocate and co-founder Carol McCreary to help us better understand the “plumbing” behind the effort to bring this topic to the forefront of our community discussions.

Covid: How It’s Schooling Us

(Airdate: February 8, 2022) Skillmation, a non profit organization focused on connecting community members to our students, has returned to Everybody Can. Host Missy Nielsen discusses with Executive Director Martha Trolin the urgent and compelling need for more support in our schools. Listen in and learn how the Pandemic leaves in its wake students who are grappling with the impacts of isolation, limited activities and learning under the cloud of Covid.

The Production Alliance – Building Community Through Celebration

(Airdate: December 14, 2021) Host Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can speaks with a couple of rising stars in our non-profit sector here in Jefferson County. Danny Milholland and Megan Claflin from The Production Alliance organization, commonly known as TPA, works to uphold cultural traditions through inclusive, annual gatherings that celebrate community and improve the quality of life for those living in Jefferson County. Listen in and hear how they are in partnership with the Jefferson County Historical Society, to present the 10+ year tradition of First Night – an all-ages New Year’s Eve extravaganza, celebrating light, music, and forward momentum.