Seattle Works

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

Team Works: Team Photos November 23, 2009

Filed under: Team Works,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 11:14 pm

We asked our Team Works teams to submit a team photo from their most recent project. Check them out!


      Team Happy Hours                                                        Team Drink on                                             


Team Blue Steel                              

                     Team BBC

Overachievers Your Mom’s Team even made a video:

Thanks to those teams that participated. You look great!


From Radicals to Elder Statesmen: Seattle’s Four Amigos November 18, 2009

Filed under: Grab bag,Influence,Lead,Our Team — seattleworks @ 10:18 pm

The YMCA mixed things up with this year’s AK Guy Award for community service. For the first time, instead of honoring one person or a family, they honored four individuals – Larry Gossett, Bob Santos, Bernie Whitebear and Roberto Maestas. 

The Y said it best, calling this fantastic foursome “among the most influential and charismatic leaders in our community. Their activism for social justice and civic rights has changed the face of leadership in the Puget Sound region. Their vision for fully integrating minorities into the area’s social, economic and political life has inspired generations.”

Bonus: because these four have mentored so many emerging leaders through the years, Boeing and Microsoft sponsored extra tables so younger (and presumably broke-er) people could be there for the awards for free. Bring on a group from Seattle Works!

I knew a little bit about these four, but considered the luncheon to be not only a way to honor them, but a great local history lesson.



I mean really, would anyone ever have expected a hotel ballroom full of people in business attire recognizing people for civic involvement at an event where the words “black power” were mentioned?

I managed to video their acceptance speech, kicking off with “Uncle” Bob Santos doing what else… but karaoke, his signature form of creative expression.  (Somewhat) more serious remarks follow.  Worth a listen.

Video is in two pieces due to YouTube’s 10 minute limit. It’s about 15 minutes total.

Also, if you’re interested in learning more, KUOW did an interview morning of the event:

– Tara


Hi New House!

Filed under: Hot Projects,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 9:57 pm

Thanks to everyone who joined us for Sunday’s Hot Project. Though it was rainining, we did set up an awesome new house. We set up office furniture and apartments for homeless people with The Low Income Housing Institute. This could be very helpful to our community.

– SungWoo (Seattle Works intern)




Give me an “S” November 16, 2009

Filed under: Grab bag,Swank,Team Works — seattleworks @ 10:32 pm

What makes for a great rainy Sunday afternoon in Seattle?


Seattle Works, Swank auction items, Seahawks, Sea Gals, and Kell’S.

Ok- some beers and appetizers don’t hurt either.


About 30 people came Sunday to Kell’s to cheer on the Seahawks, meet a Sea Gal, and have a chance to win an autographed Sea Gal calendar.


Thanks to those who purchased tickets for the event at Swank, our Team Works volunteers who came, Kell’s, and the Sea Gals for a fun afternoon.





We’re heading to Thailand! November 12, 2009

Filed under: Service Trips,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 7:21 pm

Why? “I needed to just do something; I’ve travelled, and learned that it’s all about the personal connections you make, volunteering will offer that; as a geologist I was fascinated by the tsunamis of 2004 and my heart goes out to those that were affected; I’ve been to the Gulf Coast with Seattle Works and was inspired by others that have done the same to do this trip as well; I’m thinking about pursuing a “career” in volunteerism, thought this would be a good way to try it out.”

To do what? We’re traveling to the Andaman Sea, a beautiful area affected by the tsunamis, but not quite destroyed. As a result it’s been one of the areas slowest to rebuild as they were not eligible to receive government support. We’ll be assembling desks and helping to set up a school as well as harvesting mangrove trees in hopes that their fish population will come back!

Who all’s going? Team Captain Nora Robertson, Noelle Smithhart, Gordon Hofman, Andrea Eakin, Leigh Noble, Calsee Rob, Margaret Grove, Jan Burrell, Kevin Burrell, and fantastic Crooked Trail Guide, Todd Parks.

Thailand here we come!


Hot project-E.B Dunn Historic Garden Trust

Filed under: Hot Projects,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 7:19 pm

A note and some photos from the E.B. Dunn Historic Garden Trust – where we did a Hot Project Saturday, November 7.

“Thank you and your Seattle Works crew for braving the rainy Seattle weather and coming out to the Dunn Gardens… We were thrilled to have so much help.

 The beds look great, and the garden looks neat and ready for a winter rest.”




2010+ strategic planning kicks off at board “mini-retreat” November 11, 2009

Filed under: Board of Directors,Grab bag,Our Team — seattleworks @ 7:42 pm

Our 2005.2010 Strategic Plan is getting near the end of its life-span. Time to look forward!

Step #1 = Saturday’s “mini-retreat” – a one day strategy session for our board (plus Alison, Jan and me). The agenda:

1) a thorough review of our 20-year history, to get us grounding in where we’ve been

2) four discussion topics – Millenial Generation, Volunteerism/Giving trends, Seattle demographics and Education as a focus issue area for Seattle Works. With each topic, a sub-group of board members did some reading prior to the retreat, then met with their group to debrief at the retreat and lead a group conversation on the topic.  

3) update of our SWOT analysis – strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

Plus, a little bonding over a long lunch and sharing memories of where we each were in 1989, the year Seattle Works was founded. Kudos to Kathy for bringing her yearbook.

The board will continue to prep for 2010+ Strategic Plan over the next few months, leading up to a full weekend retreat in the spring where we finalizing things.

My conclusion: the board is smart, thoughtful and engaged. We’re in good hands.

– Tara




p.s. to see a full list of our board along with brief video bios, check out