Seattle Works

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Summer: when a surprising number of things happened August 11, 2010

Filed under: Grab bag,Our Team — seattleworks @ 4:23 am

It’s hit me recently that none of us at Seattle Works are really that great at keeping up on our blogging, and when we do, it’s always easier and more fun to post pictures of picnics or hilarity than to come up with thoughtful comments on the REAL WORK we are doing every day.

So, here’s my attempt! Summer, in a nutshell…

Team Works & Hot Projects – growing! Our project calendar is fuller than it’s ever been and people are still asking for more. Plus, we’ve got 13 teams kicked off for a June-September round of projects, a few higher than our summer standard.

 HandsOn Leadership – we piloted a brand new endeavor! Six fine folks went through our volunteer project management training course. Now they are working as two teams, with each team planning a service project to take place in the coming weeks. Way to step on up.

The Bridge – doesn’t normally happen during the summer, but this year it did! The spring session of our board training program filled up so fast that it was clear we had to find a way to squeeze in another offering before fall. We tried out the idea of whether people will dedicate three summer evenings to building their community leadership know-how. Turns out they will! Color us impressed.

 Strategic Planning – our current plan is wrapping on up, and we’ve been working for months on developing our course for the next three years. Summer has brought productive and useful conversations on how we set priorities and what our guiding principles are, along with refinement of the goals and objectives we developed at our spring board retreat. Drafting is in the final stages!

Our July board meeting also featured a conversation with Executive Director of the Washington State Commission for Volunteer & Community Service, Bill Basl, which brought us new perspectives and some insights on where volunteerism is headed.

Elections Task Force – a fine group of volunteers has been working to develop this year’s electoral-engagement strategy. Despite the raging success of our 2009 Ballot Party(, we determined that this year’s Primary was too un-sexy for even us to make an event out of it. Lots of unopposed candidates, and a lot of races affecting specific districts rather than the city-wide spree we had last year. Does that mean the Primary isn’t important? Heck no! Important isn’t always sexy after all. Instead, we spent our time and energy creating an online resource that preps you for the Primary and gives some basic insights into navigating our political maze. Check it out!

While summer is normally a slower time, it’s been exciting to have so much going on, we’re proud to be doing it and we’re glad you’re taking part in it! – Tara


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