Everybody Can

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.

Stepping Up in the Midst of COVID Chaos

(First airdate: June 9, 2020) During this time of Covid Chaos and social distancing, folks have found creative ways to support and respond to the needs of others. Continuing our “Stepping Up” series Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can speaks to a couple of folks who stepped up. Fred Hammerquist, an avid outdoorsman and national park advocate for the Washington National Park Fund, managed to shake his cabin fever while serving his community. Joy Winfrey leans into her quilting skills, launching a mask-making challenge. Please join us to discover the micro-moments that are the building blocks of caring communities such as ours.

Behind the Doors of Next Door

(First airdate: May 26, 2020) NextDoor, a social platform relied upon by many in a community to exchange information and resources, relies on volunteers. Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can, speaks with volunteer and “Lead” Dan Needles about his role as a “Lead” and the value of this on-line community bulletin board to our community.

Spring into Action – WSU Extension Master Gardens

(First airdate: May 12, 2020) WSU Master Gardener Bridget Gregg and volunteer Karen Seabrook join Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can to talk about the varied resources and programs offered through the WSU Extension office. From plant clinics to lectures, this organization offers gardeners of any skill level enrichment, support and opportunities to dig in and get involved.

Strangers Helping Strangers

(First airdate: April 28, 2020) Small moments of serving others happen every day in our community, now more than ever. Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can speaks to a few of those folks who have stepped up through digital platforms to reach out and help others during our Covid crisis.

From Wearable Arts to Unmasked Expression

(First airdate: April 14, 2020) Learn how the Port Townsend Wearable Arts group pivoted their focus by launching a Wearable Art Mask Contest in response to our community’s recent Stay at Home policy. Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can talks to Margie McDonald and Tina McCleese about the cancellation of this favorite annual event, their outreach in schools and their effort to inspire and provide a place of artistic expression during this difficult time.

Angels Among Us – Olympic Angels

(First airdate: March 31, 2020) Olympic Angels are volunteers who walk alongside the children and their caretakers in the foster care system. On this episode of Everybody Can, Missy Nielsen checks in with Jefferson County Branch board members Ian Hanna and Beau Ohlgren about the “angels” and their efforts to support those working in foster care.

Civic Engagement at the Local Level

(First airdate: March 17, 2020) City council member Monica Mickelhager and volunteer Debbie Jahnke describe the opportunities to step into a more active role in our communities – specifically city involvement. Learn about their pathways as engaged citizens – volunteering, serving on advisory boards and more. Listen and consider what opportunities are calling you.

Who are the Rotarians and What Do they Do?

(First airdate: March 3, 2020) Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can debunks “secret handshakes” and “attendance penalties” myths with past president Pete Leenhouts of the East Jefferson County International Rotary Club. Listen in and learn as Pete shares the global and local impacts of this service organization as well as its inclusive and fun programming offered throughout our community.

Families, Fisherman, Fins and Fun!

(First airdate: February 18, 2020) Hannah Seligmann and Jim Pearson of the NOSC (North Olympic Salmon Coalition) converse with host Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can about the focus of their organization, habitat restoration and education on the North Olympic Peninsula. NOSC, one of 14 Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups, offers multiple opportunities to get outside with their on-going site projects and more.

Recovery Cafe – Community, Connections and Coffee

(First airdate: February 3, 2020) Brian Richardson of the Dove House Recovery Cafe and Americorps’ Recovery Coach Ben Casserd share the progress being made at the Olympic Peninsula’s first Recovery Café with host Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can. Learn how you can support the launch of this unique membership-based support system for folks along the road to recovery .