Seattle Works

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

That’s a lot of glue sticks September 30, 2010

Filed under: Volunteer — seattleworks @ 9:37 pm

Thank you to our volunteer teams that helped out with the 5th annual Stuff the Bus!  Check out these impressive numbers and the impact they made:

Even more results from Communities in Schools and their Stuff the Bus campaign can be found here:


What people are saying about HandsOn Leadership September 28, 2010

Filed under: HandsOn Leadership,Lead — seattleworks @ 5:50 pm


Feelin’ the push to do more?  We sure have! And as a result, we launched HandsOn Leadership.     



It’s a leadership training program that gives you the knowledge and tools to create your own volunteer opportunities in our community. The coursework covers project management, leadership, community engagement and done in a day volunteer project development.  After you learn all about it, you get to create your own large-scale volunteer project!     




The first HandsOn Leadership project was done at Hamlin Robinson School, a place dedicated to meeting the educational, social and emotional needs specific to students with dyslexia and related language difficulties.      

Photos compliments of a Seattle Works volunteer: Jesse Stanley (     


Hear it straight from the horse’s mouth:     

“The HandsOn Leadership training was a lot of fun and we learned a lot in the process.  The training was well organized and the trainers/staff were really helpful throughout the whole experience.” – HandsOn Leadership participant     

“Thank you so much for the HandsOn Leadership project with Hamlin Robinson!  I would like to send big compliments from our Board of Trustees.  We had a meeting last night and they were deeply impressed with your work!  I have also heard from our volunteers that were there during the project and they had a blast!” – partner from Hamlin Robinson School

Feel the push. Do something more with HandsOn Leadership.


What do you hope to take away from The Bridge? September 16, 2010

Filed under: The Bridge — seattleworks @ 8:15 pm
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We kicked off another session of The Bridge this week and wanted to share some of what our participants had to say.  After all, they say things much better than we do. 

Here is a visual of responses gathered from the question, “What do you hope to take away from this course?”

Diverse perspectives, a range of experiences, completely intelligent and heart-felt.  We hear ya, and we hope to exceed your expectations.

The Bridge is our dynamic training program designed to give you the basics in nonprofit and government board service.  We’ll have one more course this year in November in case you want to step on up:



Welcome Kathleen & Tegan! September 13, 2010

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Hola Kathleen!

I’ve recently discovered that I’m the baby of the Seattle Works staff.  I come to Seattle fresh from Kenyon College (a small liberal arts school in rural Ohio) where I majored in Political Science and took a lot of Spanish classes along the way (it was basically a second major).  After college, I said good bye to the cornfields and indulged my traveler’s instinct by moving to the West Coast.  Born and raised in Arlington Heights, IL, a suburb of Chicago, I developed a love for the urban life from afar as I pined for the skyscrapers, dirty streets, and rich culture of the big city, which is part of what brought me to Seattle a little over a month ago.  The coffee was also a big pull.  So far, Seattle seems like the perfect place for me to explore my favorite things: good food, the beautiful outdoors, great books, new music and the touch of quirkiness I’m always looking for in life.

I spent the majority of my time in college involving myself in volunteer activities and organizations.  Whether it was tutoring, organizing a fundraiser, or blazing trails at our nature center, I couldn’t get enough of giving back to the community.  Community service is such a great way to expand circles of awareness and to build relationships.  I knew I wanted to pursue a job after college that would let me continue understanding why volunteering can be so powerful.  That’s why I am so excited to be working at Seattle Works.  I know I’m going to learn a lot about the nonprofit world and what makes people tick in terms of giving their time and energy to beneficial causes.  As the new Volunteer Connections Coordinator I’ll be focusing on the Board Works program and our newest HandsOn Leadership program.  HandsOn Leadership is shaping up to be a new, kickin’ opportunity to take volunteering to the next level and I can’t wait to see where it’s going.  I look forward to meeting people throughout the year, and I’m eager to hear new ideas! 

Oh…and GO SOUNDERS!  (For any fellow soccer fans out there.)

Howdy Tegan!

Nerdy Reference #1: Tegan. An unusual name right? Look up Daleks. In doing so, you may come across the character that inspired my parents when it was time for naming their first-born.

Speaking of birth, I was born and raised in Colorado and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Anthropology, emphasis Archaeology, in 2007 (Nerdy Reference #2: think Indiana Jones…only female…and not as tall). But instead of heading out into the field afterwards, I realized that what I truly wanted to do was work in a museum, focusing on education and program development. Finding an artifact is exciting, but what I really enjoy is teaching others about what’s found and why it should be preserved. That’s what brought me to Seattle (UW Museology Department HERE I COME).

For Seattle Works, I will be acting as the Volunteer Leadership Coordinator, working with Kathleen on developing The Bridge and HandsOn Leadership. I am really excited about expanding my non-profit knowledge and meeting others my age that are helping and shaping their community by becoming involved.

We’re glad you’re here.  Go team go!


Urban Rest Stop takes us to the fair September 9, 2010

Filed under: Hot Projects,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 12:34 am

To their street fair of course!  A team of our volunteers spent part of their Saturday helping out at this hot project to celebrate Urban Rest Stop’s 10th birthday.  The day was full of fun, happy people, rubber duck races, cake and dunk tanks!


The Urban Rest Stop (URS) is a hygiene center that provides free restrooms, showers and laundry facilities to homeless men, women and children within a clean, safe and dignified environment.  They also help connect families to other services in our city.  Since 2000 they have helped nearly 30,000 people. 

Happy Birthday URS and cheers to another ten!


Hot Project Proof September 2, 2010

Filed under: Hot Projects,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 11:11 pm

A small (but apparently very mighty) group of volunteers worked hard last night at Magnuson Park.  The mission of the Magnuson Community Center Bird-Friendly Landscape is to provide backyard wildlife habitat education, demonstration and stewardship to Community Center visitors.

Check out the before and after pictures.  I bet at first glance, you wouldn’t have guessed these photos are of the same space:



Like the looks of this?  There’s more work to do and we have another hot project next Wednesday (9/8) that could use your muscle.  Sign up:


Bridge survey results that made my day September 1, 2010

Filed under: Lead,The Bridge — seattleworks @ 1:13 am

I learned something new today. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say that I received confirmation of something I already believed.

According to our most recent program participant survey….

  • 63% of Bridge participants are serving on a board, commission or committee.
  • This compares with 20% of participants in programs other than The Bridge serving on a board, commission or committee.

It is true that some people who are motivated to sign up for The Bridge are going to join a board, commission or committee with or without our training program and placement assistance. But 63% versus 20%?  That’s huge.

And that confirms…

THE BRIDGE IS THE REAL DEAL. We give you the basics in nonprofit and public board service, and we help you connect with a community leadership role.

Interested? Spots are open for our September class. Jump in!