Seattle Works

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

A new fence for Lettuce Link! March 29, 2011

Filed under: HandsOn Leadership,Lead — seattleworks @ 6:10 pm

HandsOn Leadership is a program that starts off as a training class, forms small teams of dedicated volunteers and results in serious impact with (and for) a community partner.  Say hello to another successful HandsOn Leadership project!

A team of four volunteers, Amy, Ethan, Emily, and Genevieve, first learned all about project management, community engagement, project development and team building before setting out to plan and find resources for their fence building project. 


Lettuce Link is a program run by our partners at Solid Ground.  It creates access to fresh, nutritious and organic food, seed and gardening information for families with lower incomes in Seattle.  When finished, the site in Rainier Valley will not only provide space for a neighborhood garden, but also serve as a community gathering space complete with picnic tables, and learning opportunities for children.  The fence was a crucial step in completing the space, providing protection for the space from cars and pedestrians that often tread on the land. 

Before building, the team then attended a community meeting (complete with an interpreter because of the Rainier Valley’s language diversity) to gather feedback and keep them informed of their plans to install a new fence and shed at the Lettuce Link farm there.  They asked members of the neighborhood to join them in volunteering, and then chose weekend dates in March for the fence building. 

This past weekend, the team had their first project of the build and the turnout was inspiring.  Looking around, there were three different work parties going on, many people from the community pitching in to improve their neighborhood.  Amy said, “When you look around, it’s amazing how much volunteerism there is right in this little section of land.  It’s 360 degrees of volunteering.”


The team took the lesson of neighboring and used it perfectly!  We can’t wait to see the finished product.

HandsOn Leadership is ready for you. Are you ready to do something?


Sign up for Team Works and see for yourself what everyone is talking about! March 26, 2011

Filed under: Team Works,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 7:16 pm
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A new round of Team Works is kicking off a week from today! 

Now is your chance to sign up for a team like Happy Hour Helpers, Helping Hands or Lovin’ Servin’ Seattle and get in on the action. Here are some of the things that our project hosts have said about Team Works teams:

  • “This is Kat from Missing Pet Partnership. The work party you sent to help us last weekend was completely awesome! We accomplished so much work that it nearly made me cry!”
  • “Please let your volunteers know how much we appreciate their enthusiasm and hard work.   I was amazed at how much got done.  It was great to be able to take the harvest over to the food bank.  Fresh local greens are rare in winter!  I appreciated how flexible everyone was about changing tasks and doing the seeds.  That was also a big help.  For me it is such a pleasure to see a group of young people getting together and having fun while doing something meaningful. ” – Aviva from Community Harvest of SW Seattle
  • “Thanks Seattle Works volunteers for helping out on Feb 22nd!  Your contribution to Justice Works! is invaluable.  I appreciate your helping hands and your smiling faces.  Your work at the Thrift Store helps to keep our organization up and running.  Thanks again!”
  • “The Team Works team was great!  Our program staff was wowed by the group’s enthusiasm and hard work, and we are ever so grateful to have a bright, happy, clean space now to prepare wholesome and nutritious meals for our kids.  I guess the theme of the group was people who are new to the area, so it was a great opportunity for us to welcome them to Seattle and introduce them to the many programs and activities we offer.  Actually, we always really love working with your teams, so thanks for sending them our way!” – Phinney Neighborhood Association
Pretty amazing. Join a team and they could be bragging about you! 

2011 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Award Winner March 9, 2011

Filed under: Board of Directors,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 6:49 pm


Jaxon defines passion and service to his community. He is a visionary, a catalyst, an organizer. He humbly and boldly leads by example and creates a spirit of service and democratic engagement in his wake. He has volunteered with Seattle Works at over 60 projects in the past five years and has led teams or served as a board member for the last three. Ask any number of participants how they came to volunteer and the answer is simply – Jaxon Ravens.

Many people submitted nominations verifying why Jaxon is so deserving of this award.  Here are a few of their comments:

  • – “Jaxon gives tirelessly to the Seattle Works community and the greater Seattle community. He is a connector and is always doing his best to introduce those around him to new adventures.”
  • – “Jaxon has endless energy for getting people together to do good things. Jaxon has encouraged me to get to know many people I wouldn’t otherwise know, and participate in activities I wouldn’t have otherwise attended.”
  • – “Without Jaxon’s inspiration and friendship I would never have become involved as a Seattle Works volunteer. Through Jaxon’s enthusiasm and inspirational presence, I found volunteering to be compelling, fun, and rewarding.”

From all of us here at Seattle Works, we thank you Jaxon and are thrilled that you’ll be receiving this honor for all of the work you’ve done for us and for our community!

**Photo compliments of one of Jaxon’s teammates: Jesse Stanley.


Welcome to our ‘hood community partners! March 4, 2011

Filed under: Volunteer — seattleworks @ 5:54 pm
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This week we opened up “our house” to all of our community partners  as a way to introduce them to new staff members, share our programming options with them and most importantly to convey our main goal: for our volunteers to get involved with their organizations!  Partners we’ve known for years and years, brand new people that we haven’t worked with yet and everyone in between came to share the morning with us.

We asked our partners to tell us how they use Seattle Works volunteers, how they would like to use them, their favorite ways for inspiring volunteering and more specifically what appeals to people in their 20s and 30s.


Sampling of feedback we heard:

  • Partners notice that our generation likes to work together and see the impact and difference that we make.
  • Direct contact with people benefitting from the volunteers’ work, providing the big picture of how the volunteer project fits with the larger community issues helps to inspire more volunteering!
  • An amazing trait of the nonprofit sector is the energy and willingness to collaborate with each other! Our community partners were eager not only to learn from us, but to learn from each other and share what they’re doing in order to move forward together and better serve our community.

Do you know of a nonprofit organization in the are that could benefit from working with Seattle Works volunteers? 

Tell Randi ( and if we aren’t working with them yet, maybe we can be soon!