Seattle Works

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

Ken Blucker enjoys swims in Lake Washington November 26, 2012

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1. Name: Ken Blucker

    Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

    Years in Seattle: 1

    Occupation: Attorney

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

Swimming in Lake Washington

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

A Hot Project with Nature Consortium at the Duwamish Watershed

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

Anything from Revel in Fremont.

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

I’m a board member with Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, and I’m a council member with United Way of King County Strengthening Our Communities Impact Council

6. Which coffee shop do you frequent most?

Starbucks, Stumptown

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

Volunteering with friends

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Sounders

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

On Seattle Works Day I volunteered at Jose Rizal Park and learned about Crime Prevention through Environmental Design – which I found to be a fascinating and effective way to deter crime in the community without confrontation or violence.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

When they stop cancelling outdoor activities due to the rain.

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.

 

Seattle Works Staff is Thankful For… November 22, 2012

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Why are you thankful to be a part of the Seattle Works team?

Andy – “What I love most about working at Seattle Works is that I can go to work every day and just be myself. I’m so fortunate to work with folks who are funny, friendly and open-minded.”

Tomilyn – “I’m thankful to work in an office full of people passionate about what they’re doing and eager to help each other out. I’m also thankful to be doing work that I truly believe in, work that directly impacts the community I love and helps develop emerging leaders in Seattle. And I’m thankful that some of my co-workers are amazing bakers.”

Bevin – “I fee so lucky to be a part of the Seattle Works team because every single week I get to hear and see the incredible impact our programs are having on individuals and our community.  I’m so proud to play a part in making life just a little bit better.”

Irina – “I’m thankful to be part of the Seattle Works team because I work around and with people who inspire me every day – whether it be our staff, our community partners, or our awesome volunteers. Seeing Seattleites come together to make changes leaves me in awe – and assures me that what we do here at Seattle Works is truly important.”

Ben – “I am thankful to be part of such an exceptional program that inspires people to become volunteer leaders in their community. Whether they are teaching the program, gaining the knowledge, seeking out volunteer leaders, or some mix of all; the amount of community involvement that I experience on a daily basis is a breath of fresh air from the hustle and bustle of daily life. I am thankful that we have such a large network of individuals who take their time to make an impact in their community.”

Katie – “Things I am thankful for…

– Getting to work with the savviest, sassiest, hard-working-est team in Seattle – we do a LOT with a little, and there’s no group I’d rather be stuck in a windowless room with for 2,000+ hours every year.

– Working for an organization that practices what it preaches! We know we can’t build a community of actively engaged Seattleites on our own – so we give people and organizations the resources they need to find their passion, make connections, lead and give back in whatever way makes sense for them.”

Tara – “I get to spend 40+ hours a week surrounded by positive, talented people who inspire me. I’m thankful to have a job where I mostly get to act like myself: absurd humor and a tendency to wear jeans can still equal professional. My work impacts more than a hundred local causes and organizations – at the risk of being too cheesy, that honestly feels like a gift to me personally to be able to do.”

From left: Tara, Katie, Bevin, Irina, Ben, Andy, Tomilyn

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

 

Frank Nam knows all the words to “Baby Got Back” November 19, 2012

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1. Name: Frank Nam

    Neighborhood: Lives in West Seattle. Serves in South Seattle.

    Years in Seattle: 15

    Occupation: West Coast Regional Director of Admissions for City Year

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

Lincoln Park in West Seattle. If the sunset looks amazing on my way home across the WSB – I’ll stop by Lincoln Park first to snap some photos and watch the ferries disappear into the Olympics.

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

Boy’s Group with Treehouse kids. I used to work at Treehouse and would drive the van for the boy’s group outings. I knew that if I left Treehouse I’d volunteer with that group to stay in touch.

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

Hands down it’s Maneki. The two things I have to get each time are the black cod miso and the salmon in a foil pouch. Amazing!

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

Just a couple… I used to work at Treehouse and still support them, I also sit on the board of 826 Seattle, I’m on the Youth Strategic Committee of the Northwest Ultimate Association, I coach ultimate frisbee at Franklin HS, and I am a co-founder of Southend Ultimate Program which runs AGE-UP (All Girl Everything Ultimate Program) out of Jefferson Park Community Center.

6. Which coffee shop do you frequent most?

Lately it’s been Cupcake Royale in West Seattle.

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

Inspiration. Community. Collaboration.

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Hmm… Well I should start off by saying that I grew up in NYC and NJ and the only Seattle team I’ve really rooted for was the Sonics. Bring back the Sonics! I also root for the two major Seattle ultimate (frisbee) club teams – Riot and Sockeye.

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

I had the honor of being a scholarship reader for the Washington State Governor’s Scholarship for Foster Youth through College Success Foundation. Reading the essays of foster youth who wanted to go to or were already enrolled in post-secondary was amazing!

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

A Seattleite: 1. Knows all the words to “Baby Got Back” 2. Carries reusable grocery bags in their car/back-pack/bicycle 3. Owns a jacket by North Face or Patagonia or REI 4. Doesn’t leave Seattle in the summer (why would you??) 5. Drink’s local beverages (microbrew, wine, coffee, root beer, etc)

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.

 

Taking Nonprofit to the Corporate World November 16, 2012

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This past Tuesday, The Bridge went to Microsoft. We delivered a customized version of The Bridge to about 25 Microsoft Employees.

What’s different you ask? Well, it’s a one day training from 9a-4p only for their employees. We cut a few things out, add a few other things, and before you know it – it’s The Bridge: Corporate Edition!


Things that stay the same:

  • Nonprofit Leadership
  • Introduction to Fundraising
  • Financial Management for Board Members
  • Nonprofit Board Q&A Panel

Things that Change: 

  • Board Simulation gets replaced with Microsoft in the Nonprofit World

What’s Microsoft in the Nonprofit World you say? It is delivered by the fantastic Mike Quinn from Social Venture Partners. The session covers nonprofit vs for-profit culture. What are people’s perceptions of Microsoft employees? What are Microsoft employee’s perception of nonprofits? It gives them to opportunity to gain understanding of both sides.

It was a great day filled with some great trainers. Jennifer Boehme Kumar, Service Bureau, lead us through the basics of the nonprofit sector; delivering some shocking statistics to participants. Then we moved on to financials with Nathan Hartman, Peterson Sullivan CPA. The group had great questions about how to read financial statements, legal responsibilities and other fiduciary issues. We quickly then had a great discussion in the Q&A Panel. Representatives from The Alexander Hamilton Friends Association, Community for Youth, Many Lights Foundation and Team Up For Nonprofits. We then took a nice lunch break and headed over to the Microsoft cafeteria, wood-fired pizza, fresh salads and pasta dishes – just to name a few things that this “cafeteria” has as options.

After our wood-fired pizza, we jumped right back on “the bridge.” Fundraising can be a scary, daunting task, if asked to do it, but Sergey Smirnov, Hamilin School & Seattle Works Board, made it sound fun and exciting to the participants; easing their fears and giving them helpful tips. After learning all about fundraising, Mike took it away with Microsoft in the Nonprofit World.

It was a great day, filled with great participation and questions about board service.

Do you want the opportunity to have The Bridge come to your company?
Contact Bevin Wong, bevin@seattleworks.org for information about our corporate trainings. 
 

My, What Great Work Was Accomplished This Weekend! November 14, 2012

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Every month, I’m impressed by the amazing work Team Works teams do all around this city. On Sat 11/10, 13 teams partnered with 13 organizations, including Seattle Goodwill, Washington Talking Book & Braille Library, and Friends of Interlaken Park, to tackle tasks such as removing plants, processing book players and setting up for the Glitter Sale.

The A Team, led by Team Captain Bex Bradley, worked with Friends of Interlaken Park to restore West Montlake Triangular Park by removing invasive plants, adding ground covers and trees, and mulching.

Kari, the project host, was also impressed: “Last Saturday was fantastic!  Bex’s team of 9 had to keep moving to keep warm…working in a mixed bag of tasks managed BIG satisfying results.” Way to go, The A Team! Below are a few pictures showcasing their hard work.

Before:                                                                  After:
The work our volunteers did was part of Beyond Park Borders, which is Friends of Interlaken Park’s campaign to engage and educate neighborhoods and volunteers that its up to us to take charge and steward city green spaces: parking strips, traffic circles, under bridges and under passes, private gardens and vacant lots of invasive vegetation and its seedlings, natural areas and parks like Interlaken Park!

Their campaign is awesome, and we’re thrilled our volunteers could be a part of it.

Next month, Sat 12/8, The A Team – along with the rest of the teams – will team up with more awesome organizations like Friends of the Burke-Gilman at Sand Point, Nature Consortium, and WestSide Baby to help with various projects.  Have a blast, Team Works teams!

Want to learn more about Team Works? Email me at irina@seattleworks.org. The next round is Feb-May, and registration begins Jan 2013!

 

Andy Y loves seeing the city and the water at the same time November 12, 2012

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1. Name: Andy Y

    Neighborhood: Lower Queen Anne

    Years in Seattle: 2.5

    Occupation: Consultant

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

Anywhere I can see the city and the water at the same time!

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

Seattle Works Day 2010

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

The halibut followed by coconut cream pie at the Dahlia Lounge

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

No

6. Which coffee shop do you frequent most?

Citizen

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

Friendly, Helpful, Enjoyable

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Sounders

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

SWD 2012 because I planned it for my company!

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

Unfazed by rain as a pedestrian, unable to drive in the… Sun, Rain, Clouds, Snow, Fog, Anything

 
 
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.

 

Speed Dating with Seattle Works November 10, 2012

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Wednesday night we gathered at Space at the Steps, GGLO for Speed Dating. Yes, you read that correctly! Speed Dating. But this wasn’t a typical speed dating! Every quarter, or so, The Bridge hosts a Board Speed Dating event for recent grads and alumni. Partner organizations come to mix and mingle and do first impression interviews with up to 4 prospective board members. It’s an opportunity for not only alumni to connect with organizations, but also for organizations to touch base with each other.

We had a great turn out, a total of 12 organizations and about 18 prospective board members were in attendance. Great connections were made in all different areas and the evening was a smashing success. Partners left pleased with the candidates they spoke with and the connections they made with other organizations.

Partner Organizations that were seeking new board members at Board Speed Dating included: The Alexander Hamilton Friends Association, Cares of Washington, Crooked Trails, Flash Volunteer, Habitat Young Professionals, HeadStrong, Heron Habitat Helpers, SafeCrossings Foundation, Seattle Works, The World is Fun, Undriving, and Youth in Focus.

Big kudos to all partners and participants that came on Wednesday night! We are excited to hear about the matches that come out of the event! A HUGE thank you to our friends at GGLO for hosting our event in your amazing space!

 

 

Want to be able to participate in Board Speed Dating and other Bridge related events? Take The Bridge! For additional questions, contact ben@seattleworks.org.