Seattle should aid nonprofits
Gilda’s Club is a cancer-support organization that provides free services to anyone living with cancer, along with their family and friends. We are located at Broadway and Union. Our support groups, classes and lectures begin at 6 p.m. each night. Our groups were full until the city changed the free parking time from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. [“City blinks on parking — in one part of town, at least,” page one, Feb. 14].
We are only talking about three to four blocks. The pay lot next to us went from $3 to $12 for a few hours. Without free street parking at 6 p.m., many of our patients cannot afford to come here anymore. Is it really a hardship for the city to work with a nonprofit that provides services to thousands for free?
We have written to every single City Council person and the mayor numerous times about our parking situation. We have been told that we would get help but so far, no one has responded. We may have to move out of this neighborhood after 11 years of service just so we can continue our work.
–Anna Gottlieb, Gilda’s Club, Seattle