Seattle Works

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

Summer HandsOn Leadership kickoff, hooray! June 26, 2012

Filed under: HandsOn Leadership,Lead — seattleworks @ 4:44 pm

Last Thursday, eight dedicated HandsOn Leadership volunteers officially started work on three new projects, which they’ll be managing over the next few months. These volunteers recently participated in our first-ever HandsOn Leadership course to be offered on Saturdays instead of weeknights. They received training in project management, community engagement, fundraising, volunteer management, and leadership in order to prepare themselves to manage real-life projects for local organizations.

This round’s projects include:

  • Coordinating community outreach and planning a grand opening event for a new school playground at John Muir Elementary
  • Working with Seattle Center Foundation to help promote and increase community participation in three upcoming Seattle Takes Care events: World Vision School Kits Activity Tent, Union Gospel Mission Sock & Pant Drive, and the Operation Homefront Baby Shower for Military Families
  • Managing fundraising initiatives for Undriving, an organization that encourages use of car-free transportation options.

HandsOn Leadership volunteers, L-R: Howard, Rochelle, Alonzo, Mariam, Kai, Iris, and George.

Congratulations to our volunteers and project partners! You can read about past HandsOn Leadership project kickoffs here and here, or learn more about HandsOn Leadership.


New Summer Interns June 21, 2012

Filed under: Our Team — seattleworks @ 7:03 pm
From Blog Photos

Hey everyone! My name is Elyn and I’ll be a Seattle Works intern for the next 8 weeks! I just finished my junior year at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. At Duke, I’m majoring in Psychology, minoring in Chemistry, and working towards a certificate in Markets and Management Studies. As of now, I have no definite career path that I feel I must follow but I am strongly considering applying to Physician’s Assistant school.

I found my way to Seattle Works this summer through a civic engagement program at Duke called DukeEngage. The mission of DukeEngage is to empower students to address critical human needs through immersive service, in the process transform students, advance the University’s educational mission, and provide meaningful assistance to communities in the U.S. and abroad. The specific focus of the Seattle program is to partner participating students with non-profits in various service sectors to help address community needs in collaboration with Duke alumni.

Alongside 17 other Duke students, I’ll be spending the next 2 months working in the Seattle community. I decided to apply to the Seattle DukeEngage program because of my dear friend Claire McIlvenny. Last summer Claire completed the DukeEngage program and worked at Seattle Works. She repeatedly raved about the city of Seattle and Seattle Works which convinced me to apply. I’m so excited and grateful for the opportunity to live in Seattle and work at Seattle Works! Through my experience with DukeEngage and interning at Seattle Works I hope to fully immerse myself in the workings of the non-profit sector and learn more to find out if non-profit work is something I would like to pursue after graduating from Duke.

Some other random things about me: I have lived in Durham, NC, Chicago, Il, Austin, TX, San Diego, CA, and a tent in Krzyzewskiville (for 6 weeks) to hold a spot for the Duke vs UNC basketball game. As a college student, caffeinated beverages are near and dear to my heart so I’m excited to try out many of the different coffee shops that Seattle has to offer. I also greatly enjoy Zumba, pilates, and making/eating chocolate chip scones.


From Blog Photos

Hello, my name is Michael and I’ll be working with Seattle Works this summer as a DukeEngage intern!  I’m currently an undergraduate at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina where I am double majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Economics.  I am here in Seattle this summer with 17 other DukeEngage participants who are all working with various non-profit organizations around the city.

I decided to apply to DukeEngage to explore something different from my majors and because I didn’t have any summer plans.  I chose Seattle because it was a place I’ve never visited, so this seemed like a great opportunity.  Now that I’m here, I’m excited to get started with Seattle Works!


The Bridge Goes to Microsoft June 20, 2012

Filed under: Lead,The Bridge — seattleworks @ 5:22 pm

Last Wednesday Seattle Works packed up and took the show on the road. And by “show” I mean The Bridge training, of course! Seattle Works started partnering with for-profit corporations in 2009 when we coordinated a Safeco Bridge and we have gone on to work with Microsoft and Boeing. A large group of Microsoft employees came to the training last week, some of them to learn more about boards and to jumpstart their service, others to gain skills and ideas for the boards on which they are currently serving.

Katherine Taylor Hurley the Volunteer Program Manager at Microsoft Citizenship and Public Affairs said of the day, “We had 39 trainees join us for the all-day session, which I would say was one of our most successful yet. Great turn-out, highly-engaged audience and good energy from trainers and trainees alike.”

And our participants were having a good time too! Here is what the folks at Microsoft had to say:

“Fundraising was a great opportunity to learn about the most critical aspect of serving on a board. Given my novice understanding of nonprofit financials, the financial section was also very helpful.”

“This was highly practical content focused on the “how” of serving on a board. It gave me a lot to think about!”

“My most significant takeaway is that the business and financial model for nonprofits is dramatically different from corporations and they have many different stakeholders.”

“This training consolidated all info needed for structured fundraising and organizing nonprofit boards. It was useful to see all of it in one place!”

“Excellent instructors/presenters and super relevant content.”

“It was really important to get an overview of what it takes to succeed in serving on a board. I loved the bit of resources we received to read/research more.”

“Fantastic all around! Thank you very much for offering this opportunity!”

 Thank you to our supportive partners at Microsoft and to our dedicated volunteer trainers and nonprofit partners that helped to make this event happen!


Jennifer Boehme Kumar, Nonprofit Overview

Erin Welch, Financials

Julie Bianchi, Fundraising

Mike Quinn, Microsoft in the Nonprofit World


Elizabeth Hall, Child Care Resources

Judy Pigott, ArtsWest

Peg Giffels, Springwire

Interested in taking The Bridge? Find out more.


Community Partner Open House! June 11, 2012

Filed under: Our Team — seattleworks @ 10:07 pm

This past Friday Seattle Works opened its doors to our nonprofit partners for our summer Community Partner Open House.

Our friends from the YMCA of Greater Seattle, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, The C4 Group, CHOICES Education Group, Seattle Public Schools, Washington Business Week and Jewish Family Services stopped by for snacks and conversation about how Seattle Works can support the amazing work they’re doing in the community.

We were especially grateful to have Carol Ryan from Explorations in Math (EIM) share with the group her experience working with HandsOn Leadership and Team Works teams and now volunteering as HandsOn Leadership faculty.

We’ve talked about the incredible work Seattle Works teams do for EIM before  (, but it was a great opportunity to share it with our partners and illustrate the many ways their organizations can get involved with Seattle Works.

Thanks to everyone who came out!

If you missed it, we’ll be holding another Community Partner Open House in September. Email to make sure you receive the invitation!


Seattle Works – A Model for Other Cities! June 6, 2012

Filed under: Grab bag,Our Team — seattleworks @ 10:32 am

Last month we received this incredible email that truly touched us.  We had to share with you!

Hi! Our youngest son, 25, moved to Seattle last November and his experience with Seattle Works has been great! I’m so impressed with your model that I’d like to learn how to replicate it in our city. I am not a young, dynamic, emerging leader – I am “of a certain age” but still dynamic and really committed to community organizing for the good of the community and those who are seeking community.


I believe our city of about 120,000 with a private, 4-year undergrad and graduate university and a growing young professional community is ready and eager for something like this. Right now we have a plethora of nonprofits, many of which have their own volunteer coordinators. What we do not have is a coordinated network that is easy to access and plug into for young adults ready and willing to get engaged.


So, I’m pumped. Who can give me more information? Has your program been replicated in other cities? What kind of financial support do you need to begin? Can’t wait to learn more.


Great work!



Waco, Texas

Sent from my iPad


We’re so glad that we could pump you up Victoria!  And we’re thrilled your son found us and got involved in his new community.  Thank you for reaching out to us and sharing this happy note.  Cheers to you!


Take Care Tyler! June 5, 2012

Filed under: Our Team — seattleworks @ 4:00 pm

Yesterday we bid farewell to Tyler Bosma, our Operations Coordinator. After spending 50 months (or just over four years) with Seattle Works he has taken a great opportunity just down the road at the downtown Seattle Public Library!  We’re excited for him and his new venture, but also very sad to lose such a great member of our team.

We celebrated at one of his favorite places –  Highline on Capitol Hill. We ate lots of delicious vegan grub, shared our a favorite Tyler memories and laughed our butts off!  At the end of it, we concluded that we’d be lost without his help and calm presence on our team because Tyler is irreplaceable.  We’re going to miss him dearly, but we know this won’t be the last we see of him!


Washington State Gubernatorial Candidates Accept Invitation to Participate in Next 50 Debate 2.0! June 4, 2012

Filed under: Election,Influence — seattleworks @ 1:01 pm

Seattle Works has been partnering with lots of great community groups over the past few months to work on Civic Action Month for the Next 50 celebration which is happening in October 2012 at Seattle Center.

One of the key events of that month will be the Debate 2.0 Gubernatorial Debate! Stay tuned for more information, but this will be a can’t miss event with both an in person and online piece designed to give you a non-traditional debate.

What does that mean? It means audience participation, talking about the issues you care about – not arguing about them, it means making it accessible to both the politically active and yet to be politically active, and much more!

Full Press Release:

May 2012

Organizers of the Debate 2.0 gubernatorial debate event announced today that both major candidates for Governor have accepted invitations to participate in a unique debate event. Following Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna’s acceptance on Mar 26 of the Next 50 Debate 2.0 invitation, former U.S. Representative Jay Inslee accepted and confirmed the live and online event set for October 2012 in the Intiman Playhouse at Seattle Center.


A coalition of more than a dozen civic groups is producing Debate 2.0, and more than 200 institutional supporters and nearly 700 community volunteers of the Next 50 support the event. The goal of 2.0 is to build a culture of civic engagement around election debates, where citizens are active participants.


“You’re not being a Good Citizen just because you listen to both attack ads before voting,” said Mike Mathieu, Chairman of Front Seat, and co-chair of the Debate 2.0 Organizing Committee.


Debate 2.0 starts by rethinking the very structure and process of these vital civic events, reimagining debates as conversations, implementing several structural innovations and adding innovative technology that encourages meaningful dialogue between candidates and citizens — and between citizens themselves.


“Debate 2.0 lets candidates hear from citizens too. It’s less about winning and losing the debate, and more about informing and engaging citizens,” said Diane Douglas, Executive Director of CityClub, and co-chair of the Debate 2.0 Organizing Committee and Next 50 Civic Action Month.


In support of this format, the candidates will simultaneously address a large live audience of 450, a broadcast audience on Q13 FOX, and an online audience throughout the state. Q13 FOX Political Correspondent C.R. Douglas will facilitate the event.


“We’re very excited to be working with Next 50 on something that is so important to the future of our state.  Thanks to C.R. Douglas and the unique format built to engage the people our next Governor will serve, this event will be the definitive debate of the fall at the perfect time to give voters the information they need to make their choice and get that ballot in the mail,” said Q13 Fox News Director Jon Brady.


Debate 2.0 partner organizations include: CityClub, Ashoka Seattle, City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Compassionate Action Network, Countrywide Community Forums, Front Seat, Humanities Washington, Puget Sound Civic Communication Commons, Seattle Works, Social Venture Partners, Transportation Alliance, True Patriot Network, University of Washington Department of Communications Digital Media Program, Washington Bus.


Debate 2.0 is the centerpiece event of the concluding month of the Next 50, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. The month’s theme, Civic Action, is planned to precede the November elections. For more information on The Next Fifty and Seattle Center, visit or call 206 684-7200.


About Seattle Center, The Next Fifty, and Debate 2.0

Since its beginning 50 years ago, Seattle Center has served as a cultural and civic gathering place at the core of our region. In 2012, The Next Fifty at Seattle Center celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair and the physical legacy it left. The 74-acre Seattle Center campus, home to more than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations presenting nearly 5,000 events annually, exists to delight and inspire the human spirit in each person and bring together our rich and varied community. The 12 million visits to Seattle Center each year generate $1.15 billion in business activity and $387 million in labor income for King County.


Next 50 premier partners include:  Bartell Drugs, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Coca-Cola, Grousemont Foundation, Microsoft, Samsung, Seattle Center Monorail, T-Mobile, TPN (The Production Network) and World Vision. Funding and participating partners include:  206 Inc., 4Culture, City of Seattle, Global Health Nexus, Hill & Knowlton Strategies, KOMO 4 TV, KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, One to the World, Safeco Insurance:  A Liberty Mutual Company, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Washington Economic Development Commission.