It’s times like these where the truest sense of COMMUNITY shines like a bright light.  The mission of the Highland Park Improvement Club is to serve our community, to provide a place for people to feel connected, safe, and to foster positive community engagement today and in future generations.


Collectively we are refocusing our efforts to be a resource to the community in a new way, which changes every day. We have many things in work, under the excellent guidance and compassionate leadership of our Club Manager, Odetta Owen. We are currently serving as a hub for food preparation, storage and distribution to students and families of many local schools. Additionally, the Club is now listed with United Way and the Seattle PTSA chapter as a resource for families during the now 6 weeks that schools are ordered to be closed. We will continue to seek ways that we can be of service to the greater community and our impacted neighbors.

Thank you to all of our volunteers over the past couple of weeks that have worked together to buy, pack, and distribute lunches to kids and families over the last uncertain weeks, we couldn’t have done this without you! We expect the numbers to increase as we expand to 5 days a week and other school lunch programs face changes in their availability to our local students. And a big thank you for the generous donations that we have received to help us sustain our lunch program effort – we depend on donations to sustain this effort, and to expand our support to others for the months ahead. 

As always, HPIC is belongs to the community and is all-volunteer powered.  Please consider a donation or volunteering to help us sustain & grow our efforts, to continue to be the heart of our community, and to be there for all of our neighbors during this challenging time.


We’re excited to introduce our HPIC coloring page! Color this and put it in your window – show your love and solidarity! Thanks to our neighbor Sonya Rupnick for creating this artwork that reflects HPIC and our neighborhood and is perfect for coloring. Click on the image for a printable version, print and color as many as you like, and post in your windows so we can feel together even though we are apart.

And when we are finally able to gather again – which will be a very special event – we will ask everyone to take the colored artworks from their windows and bring them to the club, where we will create a collective display with them for everyone to see and feel connected.

The Highland Park Improvement Club (HPIC) – the heart of our community since 1919.

HPIC belongs to our neighborhood and is powered by volunteers.

We are following the guidance of public health officials in keeping people and the premises safe. We will update as things change. See the complete Letter from the HPIC Board from 03/15/20.

And, please click here to take our survey!

Ongoing and in-process:

HPIC has received a generous $50,000 grant from 4Culture for structural improvements and partial roofing for the building.

Thanks to 4Culture for supporting our neighborhood gathering space and recognizing its value with this grant. We look forward to these mostly hidden but important upgrades that will keep us strong.

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Highland Park Action Committee: All volunteer & not for profit. Our role is to be an advocate for Highland Park and to affect positive change in our neighborhood. Please join us on the 4th Wednesday of every month – Doors open at 6:30 pm – Meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Highland Park Improvement Club on the corner of 12th Ave SW and SW Holden. Email:  hpacchair@gmail.com