This week marks my 6 year and 11 month anniversary on the Seattle Works staff. I just did the math and it turns out that six years and eleven months is 21% of my entire life.
Six years and eleven months is longer than I attended any single school, longer than any romantic relationship I’ve been in (present one excluded), longer than I’ve held any other job.
After that amount of time, you have a pretty good understanding of what you’ve gotten yourself into.
And it turns out that what I’ve gotten myself into is an optimistic, action-oriented, welcoming, occasionally hilarious community that legitimately makes Seattle a better place to call home.
In a culture where people wring their hands about polarization, about people not being connected, about distrust, Seattle Works is a place where cynicism comes to die.
More than 120 different organizations benefited from the help of Seattle Works volunteers this year, totaling up some 18,000 hours of service. Those volunteers came to Seattle Works because they wanted to make a difference. They may not have known what issue or cause it was going to be yet, what it was going to look like, or how to get started. But they knew they wanted to DO SOMETHING.
For the past 21 years (including the last six years and 11 months of my life) Seattle Works has been the place for a new generation to get connected with community involvement. It’s the place where a spark of interest can be kindled into a lifetime of service and engagement.
I’ve seen it first hand for almost seven years now, and I can confidently say it’s an organization we want around for the long term. Our community needs Seattle Works.
When you make a gift to Seattle Works, you’re investing in the future of connecting volunteers, developing emerging leaders and inspiring dialogue. It’s a sure bet.