Seattle Works

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

The Bridge – Sat 9/26 September 29, 2009

Filed under: Lead,The Bridge — seattleworks @ 9:13 pm

Here’s some photos from Saturday’s session of The Bridge, our board leadership training program.

Our next session is Wednesdays 10/14, 10/28 and 11/11 6-9pm in Capitol Hill. Over the course of the series, participants learn about roles and responsibilities of nonprofit and public board members and complete personal skill and interest assessments.

Thinking about taking your leadership up a notch? Not sure where to start? Or thinking joining a board might be right for you? Sign up for The Bridge!


HandsOn Schools – Concord International Elementary September 25, 2009

Filed under: Corporate Projects,HandsOn Schools,Hot Projects,Team Works,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 10:06 pm

Thanks to everyone who joined us to help the students at Concord International School “travel with their minds”. We had a great crew, including six Team Works teams, Hot Project volunteers, American Express employees and volunteers from the school community.

Extra big thanks to American Express and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for the funds to make these projects possible.

This is the first of three major projects at Concord this year. Stay tuned!



photos by Anthony Harris


Welcome Steph! September 24, 2009

Filed under: Our Team,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 9:47 pm

I go by many names, but prefer Stephanie or Steph. I’m the newest AmeriCorps VISTA member working with Seattle Works for the year. I’m from Southeast Alaska- where I do not live in an igloo nor do I have a pet penguin. However, I do have an Alaskan Malamute and have to worry about bears getting in my garbage.


 This isn’t my first time in Seattle; I graduated from UW in ‘02, where I majored in American Ethnic Studies.  After school was a whirl of activity, including traveling (Europe, Asia, Australia, & Africa) and living in Chiang Mai, Thailand- where I taught English & worked with a Burmese NGO. I also worked in Alaska tourism, at a bookstore, as well as worked at 4 of the last 5 Olympics (I missed Salt Lake City).


 Last year, I decided to try out the East Coast, moved to Vermont, and went back to school at the SIT Graduate Institute. Vermont was a lot like Alaska- except for there wasn’t an ocean. I find I go a bit crazy when I don’t live near the ocean- so VT not having an ocean was a major defect on its part. Good thing they have great apples, pumpkins, maple syrup, and the festivals to go with them.


 While in VT, I studied Sustainable Development and found that within that, my particular interests are the policy advocacy and community development aspects.  Now, I’m in the off campus phase of my master’s degree program- which brings me back to Seattle and to Seattle Works. I’m really excited to be part of an organization that emphasizes the importance of community development & community involvement.  


 What’s my favorite color? The color of the sky, the ocean and my eyes.


PARKing Day

Filed under: Grab bag — seattleworks @ 9:38 pm

PARKing Day is a very cool initiative that asks the question “What should public space be used for?”  Does it make more sense to build parks, or parking spaces?  While Seattle does a pretty good job of having both, PARKing Day has become an international event to encourage a re-thinking of our urban greenspaces. 


I set up our spot in conjunction with Isaac Cohen of the Cal Anderson Park Alliance in front on of Molly Moon’s on Capitol Hill (and boy was it nice to smell the waffle cones all day).  We had some green blankets and Astroturf on the ground, courtesy of PAWS, as well as a giant chessboard, potted plants, deck chairs, board games, candy, and coloring books.  Lots of people stopped by, and a few stayed to play some vigorous games of subjective Guess Who (my new favorite) or chess, and to lounge around on Tara’s now infamous and amazingly comfortable blue chairs.





Cities of Service launches September 11, 2009

Filed under: Grab bag,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 9:55 pm

From Points of Light Institute President, Michelle Nunn. hmm, will Seattle join the list?

This has been such an extraordinary week, and today marks a true moment of triumph and humility for those of us who have been energized and re-inspired by the power of service to change the world, transform ourselves and transform our nation.


Yesterday I had the great honor and privilege of participating with New York’s Mayor Bloomberg and other leading mayors in the launch of Cities of Service, a bi-partisan coalition of mayors from across the country who will work to engage millions more Americans in service.


The initiative was catalyzed by the tremendous example of Mayor Bloomberg who has created an extraordinary blueprint for service in the City of New York. These 17 mayors pledged to commit millions of citizen service hours and to use volunteerism as an active part in social innovation in our communities.


HandsOn Network is proud to be one of the national nonprofit partners with ServiceNation and AARP and others who can work with mayors and other city leaders to scale service and deepen citizen impact. This momentum builds on the longstanding work of our HandsOn Network Action Centers who serve as partners and resources to Mayors and cities.