This year’s Seattle Works Day was my first as a participant rather than a fan on the sidelines preoccupied with other commitments. I had been wanting to take part for years, and I was so excited to finally be able to join in! My high expectations of the event were exceeded – I had a GREAT experience!
I was working with the public team (Seattle Works Team) at B.F. Day Elementary in Fremont clearing out a swath of the property for play-space expansion. It was hard physical work, and everything was well-organized but flexible, allowing each person to organically find tasks that suited them. I felt like efficiency was maximized without sacrificing the thoughtful details that often made me forget I was “working.” I felt very valued as a volunteer and well taken care of. I couldn’t believe how much we got done in just a few hours!
I met a lot of fun and interesting people, learned more about how awesome Seattle Works is, and felt good about being able to help out with a project that will really benefit our community.
Working hard and then playing hard; accomplishing a lot of important work with many hands in a relatively short time, all while raising some money for and awareness about Seattle Works, made for an ideal day. I feel grateful to have been able to participate, and I’m looking forward to SWDs in the future and other SW projects in between!
Seattle Works Day 2012 participant
Group photo of volunteers at B.F. Day Elementary School