Seattle Works

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

LIHI Volunteer Spotlight Features Seattle Works! March 28, 2012

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From the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) at home newsletter:

“Seattle Works volunteers and residents of LIHI’s sustainably-designed Denny Park Apartments joined forces this month to prepare an on-site community terrace garden for spring. After much weeding and pruning all planter boxes are ready for the resident community to start planting vegetables, herbs and flowers. This on-site resource gives low income tenants and opportunity to learn gardening skills and offset their food expenses by growing their own food. Thank you Seattle Works for helping our residents get a head start on their gardening projects!


For more information about volunteering with LIHI, please contact Ania Beszterda-Alyson:


Want to volunteer with Seattle Works?

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It’s a chance to meet a group of new people, learn about four different community organizations and give back! Our next round of Team Works kicks off with a party on Tues 4/3, so join a team today!


Seattle Works Day Countdown Begins! #SWDay March 27, 2012

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And what better way than a funny photo to kick things off?

Say hello to Tyler, our Operations Coordinator and Andy, our Data Coordinator – also known as coloring phenoms!  Every week we’ll be posting updates and coloring in our white board wall to show a progress update on how many people and teams are signed up to join our largest day of service on Saturday May 19th!

Seattle Works Day fun has only just begun.

Form a team and sign up today!


The Hunger Games, Juju Style March 26, 2012

Filed under: Team Works,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 4:49 pm

Are you a part of The Hunger Games frenzy?  Well this Team Works team, took a different take on this craze and flipped the focus to Hunger Action Week!

The challenge is to feed yourself on only $7 per day for a whole week, as an exercise of empathy and to see a peak into others’ lives.  Hunger Action Week just wrapped up, but it’s not too late to check it out, educate yourself or make a donation and support ending hunger in our community.

Check out team Mr. Miyagis Juju’s blog! They blog about every volunteer project and nonprofit organization that they help out.


Camp Sealth News features Seattle Works Volunteers! March 23, 2012

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Camp Sealth is located on Vashon Island (which is actually just a hop skip and a jump away) and has been in operation since 1920!  It’s owned and operated by Camp Fire USA and features year-round resident and day camps in the summer, environmental education for schools in the spring and fall and hosts retreats and events for nonprofit groups from September to June.

Last week a team of Seattle Works volunteers helped them out:

Read the full post from Camp Sealth!

Thank you for hosting such a great project Camp Sealth!


AmeriCorps Week with “the A-Team” March 15, 2012

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After coming onto the Seattle Works staff in early September, this month marks the six month anniversary (confetti, please!) that Ellen, Jenna, and I  have been working at Seattle Works. Our work on the HOL, Hot Projects & Team Works, and The Bridge programs, respectively, is made possible through AmeriCorps. There are about 85,000 opportunities provided for volunteers to engage in AmeriCorps each year and we are part of the State and National program and make up part of the team that serves more than 2,900 nonprofit groups nationwide.

To celebrate AmeriCorps Week (10th-18th) we’ve been attending several events around town, but we also wanted to let the SW community know more about what a week of service looks like for the three of us. Here’s what the “A-Team,” as Tara calls us, is up to this week:


“I’m busy kicking off a new round of Team Works by training new captains and getting everything in our new admin system as well as prepping for the Kick Off party which will involve team trivia.”


I’ve been getting ready for the upcoming HOL training that starts next week (confirming trainers, working on curriculum, communicating with participants, managing scholarship applications).I’ve also been receiving applications for projects to be offered next time, as well as checking in with current participants and partners and collecting feedback about their experiences so far.”


“I’ve been following up with a new group of recent Bridge graduates after our two recent Bridge trainings, providing them with resources for getting connected to a nonprofit board or public commission.  I’m also currently in the process of updating and strengthening the Bridge curriculum with the help of our outstanding volunteer faculty!”

As our term of service comes to a close in early August, we’ll be taking all the knowledge and skills that we’ve gained this year and doing our best to prepare the next group of AmeriCorps volunteers that will be joining the Seattle Works team and who will carry on the programs that we’ve come to know so well.




Transitional Resources Gets Transformed by Seattle Works Volunteers! March 13, 2012

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We had a group of volunteers make a big difference over the weekend! Here is some praise for the work that was done at the Hot Project – a one-time volunteer project that anyone can sign up for! Each Hot Project is led by a Seattle Works volunteer who helps to coordinate the details with the volunteers and the hosting organization.  We call these awesome people Project Coordinators. Hats off to Kari, the Project Coordinator for this particular Hot Project.

“Hello Fabulous Seattle Works Volunteers,

Thank you so much for giving your time and skills to Transitional Resources last Saturday! It was so refreshing to walk into work today and see the scrubbed porch and freshly painted walls, bathrooms, and railings. Staff and clients have been talking all morning about the bright new look around here. Your work really did make a big difference. I made a little photo collage of the volunteer project and attached it here. Enjoy!

If you ever want to learn more about TR or join our mailing list, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

We are so appreciative of your support!

Thanks again,”

Yemaya, Fund Development Manager at Transitional Resources


Youth in Focus thrilled with HandsOn Leadership team and project! March 9, 2012

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“As a result of the current Youth in Focus Traveling Show photography exhibit being installed by our HandsOn Leadership team, Mad Pizza’s been added to the South Lake Union Art Walk list of venues. In addition, the show’s great installation has been cherished and celebrated by one of the very-proud-feeling Youth in Focus students and his mom who visited the show to see his work hanging in person every day of Mid-Winter Break! We’re very happy with the work that Jordan, Waylon and Shelley are doing, and are very grateful to be one of the beneficiaries of the Seattle Works HandsOn Leadership program.

Thanks again,”

Kat – Program Director for Youth in Focus


We’ve got another round of HandsOn Leadership training starting on Wed 3/21 – get more info and sign up now!