Years in Seattle: 10
2. Where is your favorite place to go in Seattle?
The salmon ladder at the Locks in Ballard, just after a stop for a pastry from Besalu.
3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?
Aside from fun?! It’s hard to remember what my first interaction was. I think I first learned about Seattle Works when a friend invited me to Swank. A year or two later, I became a volunteer and a hot project leader, followed by a Team Works team captain, a bridge participant, and finally a board member. It has been a fun ride!
4. What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in the Seattle area?
Hmm, probably dinner at the Corson Building. I had a sandwich from Paseo today for lunch, and that might be a close second.
5. Are you involved with any other Seattle nonprofit organizations?
I attend quite a few fundraisers and galas, but I’m not currently volunteering with any other organizations. At some point, I’d love to get involved with Children’s Hospital since they are walking distance from my house and play such an important role in my community.
6. Which coffee shop do you frequent most?
Zoka near U Village.
7. What three words best describe your experience with Seattle Works?
Fun, gratifying, dirty.
8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?
Hmm… Rockies! (Sorry, I have to stay true to my hometown.)
9. What is your most (or first) memorable volunteer experience?
Before I moved to Seattle, I was living in Boulder, CO. I volunteered for a while with a bilingual Kindergarten where most of the students were recent immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries. One day, as I was leaving the playground for the day, a precocious young man named Luis called me over and said, “Hey, Laura! Quiero darte un besito.” That just cracked me up. On a more serious note, so many of my volunteer experiences with Seattle Works leave an impression on me. The organizations we support make an incredible impact on our community. As I learn about the different challenges Seattleites face, I feel closer to my community and become more informed about what I can do to make the biggest impact with my time and financial support. It’s satisfying to know that my work through Seattle Works enables so many organizations to do good work for others.
10. What makes someone a Seattleite?
You’re a Seattleite when you finally understand the difference between rain and showers. It took me forever to understand that, and the day I figured it out, I decided I could really call this place home.
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.
P.S. In case you’re interested, the inspiration behind these interviews comes from NY Mag’s weekly blog post.