Bothell woman is city’s ‘dream volunteer’

BOTHELL — Mickey McKay does whatever’s needed.

That’s why the people at the Bothell public works department call her their “dream volunteer.”

McKay, 57, of Bothell, has been helping out at the city for a little more than a year.

A retired accountant, McKay does office and computer work, in addition to setting up for events like the Sustainamania fair in May.

“It’s good for me because having not worked for awhile, I missed that social interaction,” she said. “I get to work in an office. I get to utilize some of the skills I have. I kind of keep up on what’s going on in the city.”

About 150 people volunteer for the City of Bothell at any time, a city spokeswoman said. Some work outdoors or only during emergencies.

McKay lives in Bothell with her husband, John, and their golden retriever, Molly.

She volunteers a couple of days a week, working closely with Sabrina Combs, the city’s recycling and public services projects administrator.

McKay is helpful and efficient, Combs said. She spent more than 200 hours volunteering for Bothell in 2011.

“She’s phenomenal,” Combs said. “I can’t say enough happy, joyous things about Mickey.”

McKay said she loves learning about public works, something she never thought about before. She learns about recycling, sustainability, street maintenance and more.

The city is glad to have her, Combs said.

“She has that wonderful attitude of just wanting to be part of the community and helping out her community, which is fantastic,” Combs said.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449;

Want to help?

For more information about volunteering for the City of Bothell, call 425-489-3437 or go to

More in Local News

Fatal car crash reported on Highway 92 near Lake Stevens

The 3 p.m. accident and investigation stopped traffic in both directions near Machias Road.

Firefighters come to the rescue and give mom new stroller

Donations to the Good Neighbor Program covered the $143.20 cost.

Mayor tries new tactic to curb fire department overtime

Stephanson says an engine won’t go into service when the only available staff would be on overtime.

Cheering families welcome Kidd, Shoup after 6 months at sea

“I get back Daddy back today,” said one homemade sign at Naval Station Everett.

Paine Field fire chief will be allowed to retire

In his letter, the airport director noted Jeff Bohnet was leaving while under investigation.

Stanwood man, 33, killed in crash near Marysville

Speed may have been a factor, the sheriff’s department said.

County plans to sue to recoup costs from ballot drop-box law

A quarter-million dollars could be spent adding 19 ballot boxes in rural areas.

County frees up $1.6M for Everett’s low-barrier housing

The plan appears on track for the City Council to transfer land ahead of next month’s groundbreaking.

Jamie Copeland is a senior at Cedar Park Christian Schools’ Mountlake Terrace campus. She is a basketball player, ASB president, cheerleader and, of course, a Lion. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Cedar Park Christian senior stepping up to new challenges

Jamie Copeland’s academics include STEM studies, leadership, ASB activities, honor society.

Most Read