Seattle Works

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

“In this economy, nobody can afford to volunteer.” August 31, 2012

Filed under: Hot Projects,Team Works,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 9:45 am
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Taken from the Points of Light Blog: Seven ways volunteering grows your mental and emotional well-being

The author argues that volunteering benefits the volunteer more than the recipient, and not just in the “feel-good” rainbows and unicorns way.

Her seven reasons are:

1. Volunteer Builds Closer Bonds  – “… the better the relationships, and the more of it you have, the longer and happier you’ll live.”

2. Volunteer Expands Your Social Life – “… volunteering presents an opportunity to make friends with people from all walks of life, not just from your cozy littler comfort zone.” Hello Team Works! The goal of Team Works is for people to get to know each other, while also getting to know different nonprofit organizations. Check and check.

3. You Matter – “One of human being’s greatest desires is to be wanted.” We need volunteers, which means we need YOU.

4. Novel Experiences – “… if you’re bored with the ins and outs of your life, volunteering is a great way to shake things up without paying for it.”

5. Initiates Re-examination of Your Life – “What novel experiences do is initiate a re-examination of your life… Sometimes you are so deep in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you don’t even realize you are living a life untrue to yourself.”

6. Improves Your Health – According to The Health Benefits of Volunteering, a government report: “There is no association between receiving social support and improved health. It’s the ones who gave social support who have lower rates of mortality, even after they controlled for socioeconomic status, education, marital status, age, gender and ethnicity.”

7. It Gives You Purpose – I think this one speaks for itself.

And a cheery note to end on… the blog post also includes the tip five regrets of the dying, all of which volunteering helps fulfill.

Read the full post: http://www.pointsoflight.org/blog/2012/08/27/seven-ways-volunteering-grows-your-mental-and-emotional-well-being?sf5746892=1

Looking to add some purpose to your life?  We offer at least one project every week that is a one-time commitment. Check out the calendar and sign up when you can! http://www.seattleworks.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Calendar_Page

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Seattle Named #1 City to Work for Gen Y-ers! August 29, 2012

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Payscale (the smart folks behind this finding) defines Gen Y workers as people with birth years 1982 – 1993. That makes me personally, a very clear Gen Y-er. Turns out it’s a good thing I live in Seattle!

 

This report finds that Seattle is the best place in the nation for workers ages 18 – 29.  It also found that Gen Y-ers prefer smaller firms with more flexibility and the opportunity to be entrepreneurial.  We also want to meet people our own age, max out our pay and avoid time-wasting commutes.

Do you agree?  Do you think Seattle is the best place to live?

 

Check out the article and infographic on Geekwire and the full report with tons of information about Gen Y at work: http://www.payscale.com/gen-y-on-the-job

 

Nathan Hartman’s experience with Seattle Works is “just getting started” August 27, 2012

Filed under: 10 Question Profile — seattleworks @ 7:00 am
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1. Name: Nathan Hartman

    Neighborhood: Broadview

    Years in Seattle: 19

    Occupation:  CPA

2. Where is your favorite place to go in Seattle?

Green Lake

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

Being approached by current volunteers to help with the Bridge.

4. What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in the Seattle area?

Steak at El Gaucho

5. Are you involved with any other Seattle nonprofit organizations?

I work with many as clients of my firm.  I also act as Treasurer of Seattle Classical Christian School.

6. Which coffee shop do you frequent most?

Uptown Espresso

7. What three words best describe your experience with Seattle Works?

Just getting started.

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Seahawks

9.  What is your most (or first) memorable volunteer experience?

A mission/service trip to Honduras after high school.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

Independent, casual, intelligent, conscientious, passive, umbrella-less.

 
 
This weekly 10 question profile is Seattle Works way of highlighting and saying THANK YOU to all that our volunteers, leaders, community partners, board members, committee members, etc do for our community! We’re asking the same 10 questions to various Seattle Works participants as a fun way to feature the different ways to be involved with Seattle Works and in Seattle.

Want to be profiled? Fill out this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5KP5CY3 and send a photo to yourself to Bevin at bevin@seattleworks.org

P.S. In case you’re interested, the inspiration behind these interviews comes from NY Mag’s weekly blog post.

 

Visa Volunteers Meet Blackberry (and snakes) for the First Time! August 23, 2012

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Yesterday afternoon a team of 11 employees from the CyberSource Bellevue office dug in at Marymoor Park with King County Parks.  We worked on habitat restoration at Marybelle Pond which is right next to the climbing wall.  It is one of two ponds used as a filtration system to help protect Lake Sammamish from the pollutants that come from the city.

 

 

      

 

The team cut, pulled and dug up blackberry, thistle and a bunch of other invasive plants threatening the pond and native species. We had run ins with bees, tons of bugs and even a very small garden snake that we disrupted.

One of their volunteers said “As a frequent visitor to Marymoor Park, I was happy to give back to such a valuable community resource. I enjoyed being out in the Seattle summer sunshine with my co-workers and experienced the true value of teamwork in the process.”

 

Thank you Visa Volunteers!

 

Three Ways Volunteering Can Help You Land Your Dream Job – from NWjobs August 21, 2012

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There was a great article written last week to confirm and convince you that volunteering is an excellent route to take to help you land a job.

Read the full article!  http://blog.nwjobs.com/careercenterblog/2012/08/three-ways-volunteering-can-help-you-land-your-dream-job.html

The three reasons included in the article are:

  1. You’re at the center of the networking world.
  2. You gain experience.
  3. You can bolster your confidence.

 

Not sure where or how to start?  Seattle Works is the answer! There’s at least one project every single week for you to plug into on our project calendar.  Read about the volunteer opportunity, sign up and then show up! It’s that easy.

 

Kathleen Weber says YouthCare is awesome! August 20, 2012

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1. Name: Kathleen (Katie) Weber

    Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

    Years in Seattle: 2

    Occupation:  Looking! update: new job starts this week!

2. Where is your favorite place to go in Seattle?

Probably Cal Anderson park. If it’s a nice day, it’s a great place to just sit in the sun. I love watching games at Bobby Morris or catching the occasional dodgeball game in the tennis courts. It’s got to be some of the best people watching in the city.

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

Well…I worked for Seattle Works as an Americorps member ’10-’11. That was also the first year I lived in Seattle, so I hadn’t really had any experience with SW prior to that!

4. What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in the Seattle area?

Ahh this is too hard. Anything I get at Machiavelli (on Pine, near Melrose). It’s always like an hour+ wait, but it’s worth it. No frills Italian deliciousness. And I love the neighborhoody atmosphere there.

5. Are you involved with any other Seattle nonprofit organizations?

Yeah, I volunteer at YouthCare’s Orion Center as a GED tutor. YouthCare is awesome!

6. Which coffee shop do you frequent most?

Analog – on Summit. It’s like 2 blocks from my apartment so I have no reason to go anywhere else! And the guys who started it are really nice and awesome coffee nerds. Very different from being coffee snobs– they’re totally into making delicious coffee, but without the pretension.

7. What three words best describe your experience with Seattle Works?

Communal. Friendly. Educational.

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

I KNOW I AM I THINK I AM I’M SOUNDERS TIL I DIE.

9.  What is your most (or first) memorable volunteer experience?

I think the tutoring that I do is generally the most memorable. I can’t think of a specific time, but I walk away with stories every day. The kids are not even much younger than I am, but they make me laugh with how ridiculous they can be almost always. Being a regular volunteer somewhere is super rewarding. People remember you and you really feel like you’re having an impact on their day.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

This is lame, but just living here and knowing the city pretty well. I think having a grasp of neighborhoods and haunts outside of your own makes you a Seattleite. Then again, I think being a terrible driver also makes you a true Seattleite, so I’ll never call myself one! That, and complaining about the heat when it’s 70 degrees out. Come on, people!

This weekly 10 question profile is Seattle Works way of highlighting and saying THANK YOU to all that our volunteers, leaders, community partners, board members, committee members, etc do for our community! We’re asking the same 10 questions to various Seattle Works participants as a fun way to feature the different ways to be involved with Seattle Works and in Seattle.

Want to be profiled? Fill out this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5KP5CY3 and send a photo to yourself to Bevin at bevin@seattleworks.org

P.S. In case you’re interested, the inspiration behind these interviews comes from NY Mag’s weekly blog post.

 

Chip In! Recap August 16, 2012

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Last Tuesday night, a group of 40 people joined Seattle Works on a rooftop in Belltown for food, drinks and a stunning view – and to put their money to work in their community.  It was our first Chip In! event, and we raised just under $1,000 in 90 minutes to support the work of some of our star HandsOn Leadership teams!

So how did it work? A $20 entry fee bought attendees 4 $5 chips to donate to one of the three teams pitching projects at the event. Teams from Explorations in Math, Magnuson Nature Programs and Youth in Focus were on hand to share their work and get the crowd excited about their upcoming projects. We kept things fast-paced and fun, with organizations pitching their projects in two minutes or less.      
And succeed they did!

  • Explorations in Math took home $305, which will buy 61 take-home math games for families who attend MathFests across Seattle area this year.
  • Magnuson Nature Programs earned $270, which will provide three field trips for students at Sand Point Elementary to visit and learn about their local ecosystems at Magnuson Park.
  • With $360 in hand, Youth in Focus will provide opening night receptions to celebrate traveling shows of student photography around the city.

Thanks to all of our HandsOn Leadership teams for volunteering to participate in the event as well as Ninkasi Brewing for providing delicious beverages- and all of you who showed up to Chip In!

Stay tuned this fall as Seattle Works develops even more ways for you to invest your money in your communities. Sign up for our Weekly Update to stay in the loop!