Seattle Works

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

Candidate Survivor: featuring Tim Burgess rapping, foil swans and tough political questions July 29, 2011

Filed under: Election,Influence — seattleworks @ 7:04 pm

Ohhhh wow I did not see this one coming.  I had heard that Candidate Survivor was a cool event, but it was SO much more.  In case you were not among the 500+ people at Neumos, here are two recaps from Candidate Survivor.  Go ahead and join the cool kids club who know which City Council candidates have skinny dipped in Lake Washington, as well as which ones support the tunnel and paid sick leave.

Seattlest Recap – featuring Jean Godden’s lesson on safe sexting:

Photo recap from the Washington Bus: OHMYGODITWASAMAZING:


Best part of the event – it was hilarious, there were real answers to tough questions and I left feeling better prepared to cast my vote in the August 16th Primary Election.  To that we say: Rock on Bus. We like the way you roll!



The Bridge at Boeing July 27, 2011

Filed under: Bridge Partners,Corporate Projects,Lead,The Bridge — seattleworks @ 8:40 pm

On Monday Seattle Works headed over to Boeing for a session of the corporate Bridge. 23 members of the LDE team (Boeing’s Leadership, Development, and Excellence team) came to learn more about board service. We covered board responsibilities, fundraising and how to make an ‘ask’, cross-cultural communication, strategies to cope with misunderstanding, and few in a few case studies along the way. The afternoon was complete with a panel featuring guests from 5 different local non-profits that Seattle Works partners with who are looking for new board members. It was a successful day, and great to see some potential connections already being made at the end of the day.

Thanks Boeing for letting us come and present – and thank you for this awesome certificate!


Hands on Leadership – Bringing the Sunshine Back! July 21, 2011

Filed under: HandsOn Leadership,Lead,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 10:11 pm

So, the weather has been pretty terrible these past few days, but that won’t stop us at Seattle Works! We can usually find something that will put a smile on our faces, and we especially love hearing great feedback about our teams.

One of our Hands on Leadership Teams from the Fall 2010 round has been working hard at Marra Farms. Leah Saltzman, Kate Thibault, and Jennica Prescott have been working with Lettuce Link/Solid Ground at their Marra Farms site in South Park to develop a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. This program would bring more fresh food to the South Park community as well as bring in some extra revenue for the farm. The team wrote the whole business plan for the CSA program from scratch, in conjunction with Sue McGann from Solid Ground. Once the plan was approved, they helped them pack the boxes after the June harvest.

Lettuce Link and Solid Ground are thrilled with the work that has been done and we all hope that this can be an ongoing program that will continue at the farm.

The ladies also got to witness their first, happy customer with her new box!

Congratulations everyone!


Beer View Mirrors at the Community Orchard of West Seattle

Filed under: Team Works,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 9:30 am

Beer View Mirrors, one of our awesome Team Works groups, kicked off their volunteering at the Community Orchard of West Seattle. The Orchard aims to be a source of free fruit for the neighbors in their community as well as being a source for local food security programs. The Orchard is also used for agricultural education information as well as being a site for community gathering. Despite the rain, the team got stuck in and broke off into small groups. One group build a plant bed next to a large storage container as the heat from the storage container would help the plants to grow, especially in the colder weather. The second group built bamboo trellises in the garden so that eventually beans could be planted on them. The last group got to plant more flowers in the garden area.


They got on with their work so efficiently that they even finished early! The team have been celebrating in true Seattle Works style too. The picture on the left shows the team hangout at Talarico’s and the picture on the right shows the Beer View Mirrors at a trivia night – here at Seattle Works we always encourage a little friendly rivalry, especially when Trivia is involved!


Check out more stuff that Beer View Mirrors are doing at their blog! It can be found here:

Do you have a cool Team Works story? Let us know!


Seattle Works Volunteer Nominated for MLS Works Award! July 20, 2011

Filed under: Seattle Works Day,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 7:07 pm

One of our Seattle Works Volunteers has been nominated for the M.L.S. Community M.V.P. award! Lisa Drake has won the Seattle Sounders FC nomination and now she faces competition from Community M.V.P.s from other M.L.S. teams.

Lisa, pictured in the black t-shirt, works at a non-profit, but also finds the time to volunteer at Seattle Works. Most recently she participated in Seattle Works Day on the Gorilla FC team, where she and her team helped out at the Wintonia Community Housing Project.

From Seattle Works Day 2011

Congratulations, Lisa!

For more information on how to vote for Lisa, check out the following article:

The overall winner will be the recipient of a $10,000 donation for the charity of their choice will be revealed on 7/27.

Get voting and show your support!


Empire State Of Mind July 8, 2011

Filed under: Election,Hot Projects,Influence,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 11:32 pm

Over the past couple of days, I’ve been watching the Millennial Donor Summit, to get the inside scoop on people like us. Who are we? What do we like doing? What are our relationships like?

Well, we are the most ethnically diverse group of ANY generation before us. We are becoming the most educated generation in history. We are always “plugged in” to our technology. And, perhaps surprisingly, we value marriage and parenthood above career and financial success. We like to give our time to helping others rather than our money. But we still give – and it’s helping.

What is your dancing like? Wait… what did you say? Well, here’s the funny thing that I also learned: social media for Millennials is like a dance party. Confused? Ok, let me explain. Matt Briton, a Millennial marketing expert, came up with this great analogy. For those of us who connect to others through social media, we need to be the DJ of the party. You need to understand the tone of the room. Who are your wallflowers? Who is dancing? Who is sitting at the bar? You have to make sure the music never stops! When people are at a party and the music stops, people start to leave. The cadence of the party needs to be consistent. Because that’s a huge part of what Millennials value: consistency. We need to entertain the right audience, and make sure that what we are offering is consistent with what our supporters want, and what our brand values.

Finally, what about our reputation? We seem to get a bad rep – after all, it is the 21st century – who even has free time anymore?

Well, you might be surprised – you do. And a lot of it.

Did you know that, as Americans, we watch 2 billion YouTube videos, play 24 million hours of solitaire, and spend 388 million hours on Facebook EVERY SINGLE DAY?

Let’s put that in perspective: it took 7 million hours (540 days) to build the Empire State Building in New York. 7 million hours of human energy. With just the amount of time we spend on Facebook every day, we could literally build 55 Empire State Buildings every day.

Now we’re not saying that’s something you should try, or that we even need 55 new Empire State Buildings every day… but next time you think of checking your Facebook page at work, or watching that YouTube video, maybe you could think about signing up for a HOT Project? Or making a donation to a non-profit? Or maybe researching volunteer opportunities in your area?

Be inspired. Make change. And who knows? There may be some free ice-cream waiting for you..