Seattle Works

A blog that documents all things Seattle Works…and much much more!

SAP volunteers prep supplies for kids in East King County October 23, 2013

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset  Every Fall since 2008, Seattle Works has worked with volunteers from the  Seattle SAP office at organizations all over King County. They’ve planted  trees, painted murals, got their hands dirty at community farms–and, last  week, helped sort clothing, toys, diapers and supplies that will go out to  hundreds of children and families across East King County this week! SAP at Eastside Baby 5

Thanks  to our friends at Eastside Baby Corner for hosting this group–demand for clothing and supplies is on the rise and Eastside Baby can’t do their  work without the help of volunteer teams like SAP!

SAP at Eastside Baby 4


Are you Good & Ready? September 24, 2013

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photo 5Did you know that only 15% of Americans are prepared for an emergency or natural disaster? September is National Preparedness Month and Seattle Works is pairing up with Points of Light to help Seattle get Good & Ready!

This past Saturday, we worked with Target as part of the Good & Ready initiative to help families in Rainier Vista create preparedness kits to take home.

photo 2Our colleagues at the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, Neighborhood House, the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club and Seattle Housing Authority helped us pull off the event, which created 200 kits for local families!

Kits included water bottles, dust masks, garbage bags, hand sanitizing wipes, hand-crank flashlights, whistles and first aid kits. We sent families home with resources to continue creating disaster preparedness plans. A huge thanks to Target for sponsoring the event and providing families with the essential items they need to get started preparing for 4



We also have to give a special thanks to volunteers from FEMA Corps who were a huge help pulling off the event!









Want to learn more about how you can get Good & Ready?  Visit for great resources, or join us Saturday, September 28 at The Armory at Seattle Center from 10am-2pm to build your own kit!


Starwood Hotels rescues local greenspaces! August 29, 2013

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photo 4 Hey Queen Anne and Kirkland: do your green spaces look a little more green this week?

Well, you might just have Starwood Hotels to thank for it! We had the great pleasure of organizing 400 Starwood Hotel employees from across the country last week at two massive restoration projects. With the help of our friends at EarthCorps and King County Parks, they:

- Cleared 1/4 acre of invasive species from the Queen Anne Greenspace

- Tackled invasive ivy at Kirkland’s 220-acre Big Finn Park








The groups were full of energy and worked tirelessly, knee-deep in branches, ivy and…plungers?

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We’ll leave it to our project leaders to sum it up, though:

“They far surpassed our modest expectations; they simply ‘wowed’ us! I noticed the front [of their tshirts] said ‘Caring about Communities,’ a sentiment which they embodied literally and figuratively. The people from Starwood were delightful, so kind and friendly. I know that is a part of their job, but the extent to which they demonstrated it came from the people they are.”

Thanks again to our friends at Starwood, EarthCorps and King County Parks for such a successful war against ivy last week!

Is your company interested in getting involved with Seattle Works? Check out our site and email Katie Tiehen, with questions.


Seattle Works, Starbucks and United Way team up to send 800 volunteers downtown! May 10, 2013

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Starbucks Volunteers at a Compass Housing site in Pioneer Square
Each year, Starbucks celebrates its Global Month of Service by sending its partners and customers out to volunteer in communities around the world. As we have for the past few years, Seattle Works–along with our friends at United Way of King County–got to help Starbucks pull off its local Month of Service efforts here in Seattle in April and the results were huge!lake union starbucks vols april 25 002

Over the course of five days, Starbucks sent over 800 volunteers to 92 projects at 24 nonprofits in the downtown corridor. Volunteers did everything from painting murals and apartment buildings to serving breakfast at shelters, treating women in transitional housing to a spa day and refurbishing used shoes for over 200 homeless men, women and children. Whew! photo

We heard only rave reviews about Starbucks’ volunteers from project hosts–“This is by far one of the best group experiences I’ve ever had”–and we were thrilled to get the chance to help connect them!

Thanks to our 24 project hosts for the incredible work they did in helping us pull of such a huge week–Capitol Hill Housing, Compass Housing, DESC, FareStart, Food Lifeline, Mary’s Place, New Horizons, Northwest Harvest, Operation: Sack Lunch, Pike Place Market Foundation, Plymouth Housing, Real Change, Redeeming Soles, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Parks & Recreation, Seattle YMCA, YWCA, The Y @ Cascade People’s Center, Treehouse, Union Gospel Mission, United Way of King County, Urban ArtWorks, Wellspring Family Services, and YouthCare!

Want to find out more about how your company can partner with Seattle Works? Check out our brand new site for more info on what we can do for you!


Local Cruise Lines Celebrate Earth Day and National Volunteer Week by Digging In at Golden Gardens April 28, 2013

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This week there was lots of volunteering happening all around the country, seeing as how it was National Volunteer Week, and Seattle was no exception.  Amidst a ton of other efforts, we helped out at a project with the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) at beautiful Golden Gardens Park on Tuesday.


CLIA is the world’s largest cruise association and is dedicated to the promotion and growth of the cruise industry.  26 of the major cruise lines serving North America are members of this group, including the four that participated in this event: Holland America Line, Seabourn, Windstar Cruises and Paul Gauguin Cruises.

The event was covered nicely by the Ballard News Tribune, and holy cow: Mayor McGinn even proclaimed the day: “Cruise Industry Employee Volunteer Recognition Day.”  Pretty impressive!

Over 50 people came out to dig in and ensure the beaches and parks of our city are preserved and taken care of. The invasive species didn’t stand a chance against this crew!


Big thanks to everyone that came out to volunteer, and to Seattle Parks and Recreation for hosting the project!


Chateau Ste Michelle Tackles Hunger–and Frozen Food–at Food Lifeline October 31, 2012

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What happens when you put a group of winery employees in a room with 4,200lbs of frozen food? They go to WORK! We had the pleasure of working alongside our friends from Chateau Ste Michelle at Food Lifeline yesterday, where we repackaged over 6,000 servings of frozen yellow beans and a truckload of assorted frozen groceries–which will hit the shelves of food banks and feeding programs around Western Washington later this week.


While we worked yesterday, we learned that more than 387,000 families in Washington State are unsure of the source of their next meal, yet millions of pounds of food end up in our landfills every year. Food Lifeline makes the connection between food companies, grocers, local restaurants and distributors to reduce waste and make sure food is making it to the people who need it most. Last year, Food Lifeline distributed over 35 million pounds of food–that equals about 27 million meals to its network of over 300 food banks, meal programs and shelters in Western Washington!

And it’s volunteers like Erin, Charla, Jan, Peter, Marina, Stephanie, Eileen, Kristen, Kim, Carey, Rebecca, Carol, Kimberly and Rebekah from Ste Michelle who make it all possible! Thanks to all for their incredible work tackling a mountain of frozen food–and Molly at Food Lifeline for being a fantastic host!


Visa Volunteers Meet Blackberry (and snakes) for the First Time! August 23, 2012

Filed under: Corporate Projects,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 12:51 pm

Yesterday afternoon a team of 11 employees from the CyberSource Bellevue office dug in at Marymoor Park with King County Parks.  We worked on habitat restoration at Marybelle Pond which is right next to the climbing wall.  It is one of two ponds used as a filtration system to help protect Lake Sammamish from the pollutants that come from the city.





The team cut, pulled and dug up blackberry, thistle and a bunch of other invasive plants threatening the pond and native species. We had run ins with bees, tons of bugs and even a very small garden snake that we disrupted.

One of their volunteers said “As a frequent visitor to Marymoor Park, I was happy to give back to such a valuable community resource. I enjoyed being out in the Seattle summer sunshine with my co-workers and experienced the true value of teamwork in the process.”


Thank you Visa Volunteers!


12 Benefits from Employee Volunteer Programs August 15, 2012

Filed under: Corporate Projects,Lead,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 8:23 am

The HandsOn Network blog posted this great article today that we wanted to share with you all!

Here’s the condensed list:

  1. Helps create “healthier communities.”
  2. Improves corporate public image.
  3. Enhancing impact of monetary donations.
  4. Improving relations with community and/or government.
  5. Building employees’ teamwork skills.
  6. Improving employee morale.
  7. Attracting better employees.
  8. Enhancing employee training.
  9. Improving employee retention.
  10. Enhancing corporate strategic goals.
  11. Enhancing employee productivity.
  12. Enhancing company productivity.

Read the full article – it’s quick and worth it:

Did you know that Seattle Works can help you and your company with this?  We can! We offer customized volunteer projects, leadership development training and more.  Those are 12 reasons you just can’t ignore. Let us help you! Contact


The Bridge at Boeing July 27, 2011

Filed under: Bridge Partners,Corporate Projects,Lead,The Bridge — seattleworks @ 8:40 pm

On Monday Seattle Works headed over to Boeing for a session of the corporate Bridge. 23 members of the LDE team (Boeing’s Leadership, Development, and Excellence team) came to learn more about board service. We covered board responsibilities, fundraising and how to make an ‘ask’, cross-cultural communication, strategies to cope with misunderstanding, and few in a few case studies along the way. The afternoon was complete with a panel featuring guests from 5 different local non-profits that Seattle Works partners with who are looking for new board members. It was a successful day, and great to see some potential connections already being made at the end of the day.

Thanks Boeing for letting us come and present – and thank you for this awesome certificate!


SAP makes a welcoming difference November 10, 2010

Filed under: Corporate Projects,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 8:02 pm

We offer a service called Corporate Projects, maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe not?  It’s where companies hire us to plan and coordinate a volunteer project for a group of their employees.  Sometimes there are huge groups of people, sometimes it’s a small team that wants to volunteer together.  No matter the size, we’re happy to help these groups out! 

It’s a win-win because our community partners get a dedicated group, usually during the day when we can’t normally recruit volunteers, and the employees get a few hours of quality time together making a positive difference in their community. 

See what I mean?  Win-win.

Our most recent Corporate Project was with a company called SAP (Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing) and they helped out Seattle Public Schools.  There are two elementary schools, Queen Anne and McDonald that are temporarily located at the Lincoln High School site this year. Since the students are in a new and unfamiliar building, we wanted to do something to make them feel welcome.  Enter SAP and their serious art skills. 





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