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Julie Bianchi always orders a chai tea latte December 31, 2012

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1. Name: Julie Bianchi

    Neighborhood: West Seattle

    Years in Seattle: 5 (spent most of the rest on Whidbey Island)

    Occupation: Nonprofit Fundraising Consultant at Collins Group

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

Alki Beach in the early morning before the crowds arrive.

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

When my husband and I participated in the Bridge program. We are both serving on boards thanks to that experience.

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

The prix fixe menu at Six Seven at the Edgewater. The view makes it even better!

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

I serve on the board of the Northwest Development Officers Association. It’s an amazing hub for resources, networking, and inspiring the Northwest’s hardworking fundraisers.

6. Which coffee shop do you frequent most?

The two closest coffee shops to my office on Capitol Hill: Stumptown and Kaladi Brothers. No matter where I go though, I always order up a chai tea latte.

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

Hopeful. Refreshing. Community.

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Seahawks. There was a stretch of a few years where I spent most Sundays in the fall at Qwest Field.

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

My most memorable volunteer experience was in high school when I had the opportunity to plan a service day for my entire school. It was an amazing feeling to shut down the school and see my classmates out in the community serving others. I think it was that day that I knew my calling was in the nonprofit sector.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

A willingness to stick out ten months of gray days for two months with gorgeous views of the mountains and sound.

 
 
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.

 

Washington is 9th in the nation for volunteering! December 21, 2012

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At Seattle Works we recognize volunteering is worth a lot. And 171 billion is a lot of money. That’s how much researchers estimated the worth of all volunteer hours in the USA for 2011!

The Corporation for National & Community Service in partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC). just released their findings about volunteerism in America. We’ve selected some of the most interesting tidbits to share with you.

  • 64.3 million Americans (more than one in four adults) volunteered through a formal organization last year, an increase of 1.5 million from 2010
  • In addition to formal volunteering, two out of three Americans (65.1% or 143.7 million individuals) volunteered informally by doing favors for and helping out their neighbors
  • The top three metro areas for volunteering are Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (37%), Rochester, NY (34.8%), and Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA (33.4%)
  • Parents between the ages of 26 and 50 with school-aged children volunteered at a significantly higher rate than non-parents in this age range

We weren’t surprised to see Seattle in the top three. After all, we’re lucky to spend every day matching eager volunteers to great organizations. Keep up the good work Seattle- maybe next year we can be number 1! And find the full survey here.

 

Rock Star Comments Keep ‘Rollin” In December 19, 2012

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The Annual Campaign is still rollin’ along! We have about $1,300 left to hit our $17,000 goal by the end of the year! That’s an incredible display of how our Rock Stars have been truly ROCKIN’. If we get 38 more donors to give $50 each, we’ll hit the target!

So here are some more comments that have made us laugh, feel all warm and fuzzy, and show appreciation for our awesome Rock Stars:

-Your wonderful volunteers have been so helpful with our charity, Bicycles for Humanity Seattle. Thank you! Susan & Frank Finneran
-Thanks, again! Keep up the good work!
-Hurrah!
-Thanks for all you have done for Small Faces
-Go Seattle Works!
-In honor of Nathan Box
-Cash Donation from Employees of Performance Kia
-Keep Rocking It Brittanie
-We’ll always give whatever we can to help Seattle Works keep on rockin’. Miss you all!
-Happy Birthday, Tyler! And yay! Go Seattle Works! You’re a love for a lifetime.
-THANKS to all of you for the work you do in our community!!
-Seattle Works staff, volunteers, organization is wonderful!
-Keep up the great work!
-Thomas is awesome.
-Seattle Works is a great cause!
-Please continue rockin 🙂
-Thank her for asking
-I heart Seattle Works!
-Can’t say no to Erica!! She’s wonderful…
-Because Sarah Haeger Rocks.
-To support Truffle Shuffle
-Ashley rocks!
-Wish I had more to give
-Merry Christmas –good luck!
-Way to go Liz!
-Save the world, kitty!
-Seattle Works rocks!!
-Lizzy Rocks!!
-Pushing you over the top!
-Go, Amy, go!
-Hi Tara!
-The ultimate (team gold) Rock Star!!
-Good luck toward your goal!!!
-I wish it could be more!
-She rocks!! So proud of everything she does!
-Seattle Works is a wonderful organization with an amazing staff that helps others to rock their community!!
-Bevin’s a tremendous asset to Seattle Works!

Please consider giving to Seattle Works this season. No gift is too small or too large to make an impact in the community.

Give today! https://seattleworks.ejoinme.org/?tabid=330448

 

Stephanie Blucker isn’t finicky when it comes to coffee shops December 17, 2012

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1. Name: Stephanie Blucker

    Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

    Years in Seattle: 11 total: 10 here, 10 away, 1 since I moved back

    Occupation: Writer/editor

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

Gas Works or Discovery Park

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

Doing a Hot Project at the Seattle Animal Shelter

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

Revel!

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

Seattle Animal Shelter, Seattle Women’s Chorus (Flying House Productions)

6. Which coffee shop do you frequent most?

Whichever is closest when the need strikes (I’m not finicky)

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

Engaging, productive, social

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Mariners or Sounders – no American football, please

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

Working on small farms through WWOOF New Zealand

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

Unconditional love for this awesome city!

 
 
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.

 

Meet Samanta Cross, a true Seattle Works Rock Star! December 14, 2012

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that we think our programs are top-notch–but as much as we love what we do, we know we’re only half of the equation. Without our volunteers and community partners, we can’t make the connections that make a big difference in this city we love!

So what happens when Seattle Works’ programs and stellar volunteers combine forces? A lot, if you’re Samanta Cross! Hot Project volunteer, Annual Campaign Rock Star, HandsOn Leadership and Bridge alum, Sam is the kind of person we feel lucky to have in our corner. Though she just started with Seattle Works earlier this year, she’s taking off! Because she’s already participated in three of our programs this year, we asked Sam to talk a little about her experience with Seattle Works and this is what she had to say:

1.       Which Seattle Works programs have you participated in this year? Hot Projects, The Bridge, and HandsOn Leadership. As a result of those last two, I’m working on theRockstar fundraiser right now, as well as a really awesome project with The World is Fun (it involves walls, paint, and international street artists!). We have a new project of sorts going on as well, but that one is still in the making, so I still don’t have lots of details to share

2.       What drew you to Seattle Works—and why do you keep coming back? Back in Mexico I used to do a lot of volunteering and leadership programs, but my husband is form the US, so we decided to come live here for a while. When my husband and I moved to Seattle last year, we didn’t know anyone. In fact, we had never been to the city before! (he is from MI). Which was a very cool, adventurous feeling at first, but got a bit lonely after some months. Then, while trying to network to find a better job, I met Cate Bardelson. She told me about SW and how awesome it was, and it seemed like it was exactly what I needed to meet people and get back into volunteering. Now I keep coming back for many reasons. For example, Hot Projects are an awesome way to give back without feeling overwhelmed. Programs like The Bridge and HandsOn Leadership are perfect to continue learning and a great way to network. And honestly, it is just invigorating to be surrounded by people who care about making a difference, who are passionate about their communities and willing to give their time and enthusiasm to a good cause! Every time I do something with SW, I leave feeling energized, even after a long day!

3.       What has been your most memorable experience with Seattle Works so far?

Well, they have all been good experiences in one way or another. Getting my hands dirty un-attaching wheels from bikes that would go to Africa was surprisingly satisfying on an early Saturday morning! And I really enjoyed The Bridge, just because there were so many inspiring people there! But HandsOn Leadership probably takes the cake because on top of it all, it connected me with a project that I am really, really excited about!! Seriously, it is going to be awesome!

4.       What’s your next step—Seattle Works-related or otherwise?

Right now my attention is focused on the Rockstar fundraiser. After that, my goal will be to make our project with TWIF a huge success! Come January I will be joining a team for that new project I mentioned in Q#1. Between that and continuing to search for a job I love and finishing my Masters degree, I think I’m in for a very busy 2013. But far from daunting, I find that exciting! My schedule is finally going back to what it was in Mexico: lots of volunteering, lots of challenges, lots of opportunities to give back and share and grow. Seattle has finally started to feel like home

Want to help Seattle Works continue supporting incredible Seattleites like Sam? Give today! https://seattleworks.ejoinme.org/RockStar

(From all of us at Seattle Works–thanks Samanta!)

 

Five programs, one partner, years of service at Magnuson Park!

We pride ourselves on having a great reputation for being the place people can to go for fun and accessible volunteer opportunities–giving as little or as much of their time and skill as they want. That’s not to say, though, that over time, we don’t make a long-lasting impact on the organizations we work with.

Just look at what Seattle Works volunteers have done–via five of our programs!–at Magnuson Park, for example. We’ve worked with Emily Bishton, Program Director at Magnuson Nature Programs for six years now on many projects at the Magnuson Children’s Garden and Magnuson Community Center. We asked Emily to tell us a little bit about her experience with Seattle Works and this is what she had to say:

1.       Which Seattle Works programs have you worked with?

HandsOn Leadership, ChipIn, TeamWorks, HotProjects, Seattle Works Day

2.       What kind of work have Seattle Works volunteers done at Magnuson?

For 6 years, TeamWorks, Seattle Works Day, and HotProject volunteers have been a vital part of keeping the Magnuson Children’s Garden sustainable.  They have helped weed and mulch the shrub and perennial beds, pathways and gathering areas, helped to renovate our “Rolling Hill” lawn, painted the background for our big garden mural, set tree stump stools in place, plant new additions, and much much more. In 2011, a TeamWorks group helped staff our annual Fall Harvest Celebration, where we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Magnuson Children’s Garden!

Over the past 5 years, TeamWorks and Hot Project volunteers have also helped to build and maintain 2 demonstration landscapes at Magnuson Community Center: the Bird-friendly Landscape which was completed in 2009, and the Resource Conservation Landscape which is close to completion. They have helped remove invasive weeds, build healthy soil, and plant and mulch hundreds of native shrubs, perennials, and groundcovers in approx 6,000 sq ft of landscape beds!

For the past year, 3 amazing graduates of the HandsOn Leadership program have been volunteering to help plan and participate in the building of the Resource Conservation Landscape, and to help run many educational programs for children and adults that have been a part of the stewardship events. They have raised funds to provide free Magnuson Nature Programs for low-income residents of Magnuson Park through writing a Seed Grant and making a successful presentation at the inaugural ChipIn event.  They also helped write an irrigation system grant application to the Dept. of Neighborhoods, and to write progress reports to the Magnuson Community Center Advisory Council.   The 2 members whose employers have volunteer hour matching funds programs designated Magnuson Nature Programs as recipient, which has already raised over $1200.00 to help sustain and build future nature education and stewardship programs. It would take another page to list all the ways these individuals have made a huge impact with the over 350 hours they have combined to volunteer in 2012!

3.       What keeps you coming back to Seattle Works?

The stellar individuals that staff all the Seattle Works’ programs we have participated in, and the dozens of fabulous individual volunteers who have given so generously of their time, whether for a day or a year, that we are so fortunate to have benefited from.

4.       Do you have a favorite SW-volunteer-related story? Was there a time your team/volunteers went above and beyond? Made you laugh? Anything!

If I had a better memory (or wrote things down) I could list the ways that almost every team and every individual has gone above and beyond, but here’s a few:

  • Working for hours in the pouring rain, and remaining cheerful and enthusiastic!
  • Weeding the same Morning Glory in the Children’s Garden that they weeded the year before!
  • Staying after the event was supposed to be over to help with extra cleanup!
  • Hauling around heavy stuff like landscape rocks and wet soil that “oldsters” like me (and some of the other leaders) can’t do anymore!
  • Sharing creative energy as well as physical!
  • Providing inspiration to everyone at Magnuson Park who works alongside them, sees them in action, or sees what they accomplish!

Seattle Works pulls the pieces together to bring long-time support to organizations in our community, year after year. Want to help us keep helping fantastic nonprofits like Magnuson Nature Programs? Give to Seattle Works today: https://seattleworks.ejoinme.org/RockStar

(… and thank you, Emily!)

 

The Verdict Is In – Seattle Works is Pretty Awesome! December 13, 2012

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Last week, we gave you a list of many organizations that Team Works teams volunteered for. You may be thinking, “Well, of course they make their teams sounds awesome – it’s their job. Maybe these organizations didn’t enjoy the company of Seattle Works volunteers!” (very Grinch-like, we know – but hey, we don’t know what you’re thinking!).

Well, here’s something to soothe your restless thoughts: quotes taken from emails, FB posts, tweets – and whatever else I could get my hands on – to show just how appreciative our community partners are!

At ROOTS Young Adult Shelter, our volunteers help provide healthy meals so their guests, who seek shelter and food nightly, can get the nourishment they need!

  • Chelsea Stevenson – ROOTS: “I facilitated the project last Thursday, October 25th and thought it went just great. All of the volunteers showed up promptly and were very attentive to their tasks. Everyone worked hard and it was great to have them as we were very prepared for shelter that night. Thank you for your support in the work we do here at ROOTS!”
  • Leah Gustitus – ROOTS: “It has been a huge help on our end to have the crews come in and help with dinner!”

Amigos de las Americas has counted on help from our volunteers 2 years in a row to send groups of 25 teenagers to Latin America to work on community development projects by helping send out letters.

  • Tara Martin – Amigos de las Americas: “Seattle Works volunteers have helped us in past years.  Last year I got to meet some, and they were a great help!”

Our volunteers have accomplished tasks such as clearing out remaining invasive plants to planting trees and ground covers to mulching. Hard work  but they always manage to have a great time!

  • Kari Olson – Friends of Interlaken Park: “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.”

Once a month, our volunteers sort donations, including clothing and toys, and fill orders of essential items for children. With the help of our volunteers, WestSide Baby is able to process and give out orders faster – ensuring that each family gets what they really need.

  • Maria Groen – WestSide Baby: “Without exception, Seattle Works volunteers are energetic, focused and fun!  WestSide Baby is very grateful for the support we get from Hot Projects and Team Works volunteers. Seattle Works is the best!”

Help keep up this amazing work. Donate to Seattle Works today, and keep your community rockin’! https://seattleworks.ejoinme.org/RockStar