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Hot Project Volunteers Rock the Afterschool Math and Science Kit Build January 18, 2013

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A Saturday morning, bright and early, 25 awesome volunteers came out to help Washington Alliance for Better Schools build over 70 afterschool math and science kits.

This doesn’t sound too challenging right? Well each individual kit has something like 10 – 35 items in them. Plus, each of those items have to be counted out or measured – which is seriously time consuming.  A job that would have taken days without the extra help from these volunteers.  In just four hours all the kits were built and ready to be handed out to the volunteers at their training the next week!

Where do these kits go?

Each kit is headed out to a classroom in one of thirteen different school districts from West Seattle, to the south end, all the way up to Everett and beyond!  Boeing employees volunteer to deliver six weeks worth of after school programming either in mathematics or science.  They either go into 4th and 5th grade classes, or 6th – 8th.

This program allows the students to hear from people that use these skills every day in their jobs!  It also gives them the time and opportunity to perform cool experiments like building a water wheel to explore energy, or playing probabilty games.

Does this kind of easy volunteering sound like something that you can do?  Do you have four hours on a Saturday to donate to an organization that needs your help?  If so, check out our Hot Project calendar and sign up when you can!

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What makes an activist? January 15, 2013

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We got a tip to check out this awesome infographic that Column Five Media put out about social activism in young adults- and it’s pretty interesting! Seattle Works is full of community activists so we couldn’t help sharing.

The first step is defining what participating in social activism means. Much like Seattle Works believes you can give your time, money, skills, and voice Column Five Media defined activism as donating time, donating money, participating in rallies, participating in fundraising, boycotting or supporting businesses, participate through texting, subscribing to newsfeeds, organize group events, and contacting representatives.

This launched a debate in the offices- does subscribing to a newsfeed really make you an activist? Or is this a classic example of “lowering the bar” to include ‘slactivists’?

By their definition though 7 out of 10 American young adults are activists. Compared to just 38% who met the definition in 2010. A pretty dramatic jump! Other interesting tidbits include that 3 in 5 activists are women, and 3 in 5 are educated and in the workforce.

What’s our number one issue? Quality education! Followed closely by access to education and cancer.

Want to learn more? Check out the facts and figures yourself and let us know what you think. Is asking if people would be more likely to buy from a company that supports a cause they care about if price and quality were equal as effective a measure as asking how often they seek out a company that supports a cause? We want to hear your thoughts!

Afterwards get involved yourself- have you checked out our HandsOn Leadership training (it starts Saturday!) or hot projects?

 

Yale Varty shows that there is power in numbers January 14, 2013

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1. Name: Yale Varty

    Neighborhood: Queen Anne

    Years in Seattle: 20

    Occupation: Management Consultant

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

Kerry Park at dusk or dawn, for the one of the best views of Seattle.

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

Three years ago I started to help the Accenture team plan our involvement in Seattle Works Day, and have enjoyed doing so since.

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

I get hankerings for Tavolata’s Rigatoni, Quinn’s burger, and Bitterroot’s ribs.

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

While I have participated in other great events in the area, I have been most active with my involvement with Seattle Works.

6. Which coffee shop do you frequent most?

Toss up between Caffe Fiore on top of Queen Anne or Joe Bar in Capitol Hill.

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

Fun, Productive, Impactful

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Sounders, but have had to split my support whenever Chelsea FC comes to town.

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

This last Seattle Works Day, the we met with the Parks department supervisors for our designated improvement area in advance to make a plan for what we intended to tackle in our 3 hour window. In the first hour of the event, we had far exceed the expectations of the parks department. They said, “I guess we’ll just keep going?” and we just kept going. It showed the power of what can be accomplished just by getting a group of people together for a few hours, and I knew it was going on all across Seattle at the other sites.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

Expecting schools and work to be cancelled at the first sign of snow flakes. Using the phrase, “Is that a Tom Douglas restaurant?”

 

 
 
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.

 

Hot Project Coordinators Hit The Ground Running! January 12, 2013

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Wednesday 1/9/13 was pretty great: I met our fantastic Hot Project Coordinators – and they received the information needed to be an awesome and effective coordinator!

Here’s some of what they learned:

  • Why their leadership is so essential: they keep everyone up-to-date via email, facilitate attendance, help manage projects, lead the group in reflection and plan social outings. Sounds like a pretty important role to me!
  • Requirements: they have to coordinate 3 projects every quarter (1 each month, 3 in 1 month and nothing the other 2 – they can switch it up), and attend at least 1 out of the 3 events we will hold yearly. Now, we won’t break anyone’s arm to enforce these – but it’s nice to have some guidelines.
  • Why attendance is so important: we want to know which projects are successful, and be able to show awesome results to our Board of Directors, HandsOn Network affiliates, major donors, etc. Essentially, we want to brag about our volunteers!
  • Have fun: this is the most important lesson! Volunteering and giving back should be fun – and we can’t wait to hear all the stories for 2013.

Here were some of the questions the coordinators had for us:

  • Q: Can we somehow show on the calendar which projects need coordinators, and which don’t?
  • A: Yes, yes we can! We are looking into what will work best.
  • Q: Will we get in trouble if we don’t hit the 3 projects every quarter requirement?
  • A: Of course not! We understand you have jobs, friends, family, etc. While we would like our coordinators to be that involved – we can always work something out.

Want to join this awesome community? You’re in luck – we start recruiting for new Project Coordinators in Feb! Email me at irina@seattleworks.org and we’ll get you started!

 

Annual Giving Campaign Wraps Up with Great Success! January 8, 2013

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Our 2012 Annual Campaign was a rockin’ and rollin’ success! We raised $17,207 from 257 donors that made an average gift of $67.

That’s a lot of people showing love and support to Seattle Works.

This incredible accomplishment could not have been possible without an amazing group of volunteers, our Rock Stars. These people braved it all – they made their friends, family members, strangers on the street – listen to them about their experiences with Seattle Works, why they support and love the organization, and convinced them to give a gift. We cannot recognize them enough for their hard work, dedication, and love. So, here’s a little bit about each of our Rock Stars – their involvement with Seattle Works. Without this group of people, we could never have reached our goal!

 

Adriane Musuneggi Seattle Works Board of Directors, The Bridge Alum, Social Media Committee Chair
Adrienne DiCasparo Seattle Works Board of Directors
Amy Rainey Social Media Committee Co-Chair; Seattle Works Day (SWD) Team Captain
Andy Clark Seattle Works Staff
Ashley Kolberg Team Works Team Captain
Ben McCarthy Seattle Works Staff
Benjamin Peters Seattle Works Day Team Captain 2012; Team Works participant
Bevin Wong Seattle Works Staff
Bex Bradley Team Works Team Captain
Brittanie Bender Seattle Works Board of Directors
Carlo Caldirola-Davis Elections Committee member
Catherine Weatbrook Community Partner Representative (woo hoo Small Faces!)
Charlie Sullivan HandsOn Leadership Alum
Ellen Frierson Seattle Works Staff Alum
Erica Ellis Social Media Committee
Gillian Murphy Seattle Works Board of Directors
Irfan Shariff Social Media Committee; SWD Team Captain
Jadine Semanske Team Works participant
Jennifer Boehme Kumar The Bridge & HandsOn Leadership Faculty; Annual Campaign Committee
Jon Liechty Seattle Works Board of Directors, Invest Task Force
Jordan Bailey HandsOn Leadership Alum, Invest Task Force
Karianne Stinson Annual Campaign Committee, The Bridge Alum
Katie D’Amato Seattle Works Board of Directors, Team Works participant
Katie Tiehen Seattle Works Staff
Laura Ford Seattle Works Board of Directors
Liz Morris HandsOn Leadership Alum
Megan Szerwo Elections Committee
Ngoc Do Team Member participant
Nick Brown Seattle Works Board of Directors
Nick Peyton Seattle Works Board of Directors, Annual Campaign Committee
Sam Cross The Bridge & HandsOn Leadership Alum
Sarah Haeger Seattle Works Board of Directors
Sergey Smirnov Seattle Works Board of Directors, The Bridge Alum & Faculty, Invest Task Force
Shane McNamee Seattle Works Board of Directors
Tara Smith Seattle Works Staff
Thomas Buford Seattle Works Board of Directors, Team Works participant; Annual Campaign Committee
Trinh Duong Team Works Team Captain
Tyler Bosma Seattle Works Staff Alum
William West Seattle Works Board of Directors, The Bridge Faculty Alum

The funds raised during the Annual Campaign will ensure Seattle Works keeps rockin’ in 2013. In the first two months alone we’ve got: Hot Projects, Team Works, The Bridge & HandsOn Leadership for you to jump in on. Plus we’re launching a couple new ones that we have been working on: Invest & a Lead Alumni Network.

 

Liz Morris fuels her professional productivity with lattes January 7, 2013

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1. Name: Liz Morris

    Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

    Years in Seattle: 10

    Occupation: Small Business Manager

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

Far too many amazing choices! Cal Anderson Park is an excellent place to see the diversity of Seattle. Suzzallo Library on the UW campus is stunning, and the Mt. Baker Ridge Viewpoint is an incredible place to watch the sun set.

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

As a Team Works team captain in 2008. It was a great opportunity to meet other young professionals, learn about nonprofit organizations doing powerful work in our community (such as Northwest Harvest and PROVAIL), and to actually participate in supporting their missions. The excellent programming and support provided by Seattle Works leadership and staff helped our team in experiencing really successful volunteer events, and I’ve been hooked on Seattle Works ever since!

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

For the consistent and affordable deliciousness: Machiavelli’s on lower Capitol Hill serves up incredible Italian food that rocks my world every time…they have a fantastic penne with roasted pepper pesto, and I always get it with a gorgonzola salad to start, some red wine, and an unladylike amount of their olive bread with balsamic vinaigrette. SO GOOD! It’s a great date night spot, too!    For the overall extra-fancy experience:  I had a 4 hour family-style meal at Sitka and Spruce in the Melrose Market one evening, and every single thing that I ate was something new to me and excellent. That, combined with wonderful company and a very accomodating sommelier, led to the overall best dining experience I’ve had in Seattle!

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

I volunteer with Magnuson Nature Programs as an extension of my experience with Seattle Works HandsOn Leadership training, and also volunteer with Seattle Public Library.

6. Which coffee shop do you frequent most?

Mioposto in Mt. Baker is a small neigborhood cafe right across the street from my office, and their lattes fuel my professional productivity!

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

Energizing, illuminating, consistent

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

I like them all, but I love my Huskies. Go Dawgs!

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

My brother, Dad and I volunteered with the Special Olympics when I was still in elementary school, and it sticks in my memory as the first time I realized that my time and energy could contribute positively to the experience of others.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

A deeply held conviction that Seattle is truly one of the best places in the world to live, and a desire to repeatedly test that conviction through actively seeking diverse experiences such as travel, employment, escapades in nature, Underdog sports leagues, etc. That, and a pronounced Vitamin D deficiency.

 

 
 
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.

 

There’s No Excuse to Not Volunteer – Especially With These Tips! January 4, 2013

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The HandsOn Blog from HandsOn Network published an awesome article with 9 different ways to make volunteering a part of your new year. Starting to volunteer may scare people: where do I go, how do I begin? Don’t let these thoughts halt your efforts to make your community a more connected and active place! Here are some great tips on how to get started:

1. Find a cause you care about: we know you aren’t going to pull blackberry bushes all year if you hate gardening. Find what you love.

2.  Find a way to help: you may care about a lot of things – but then you actually have to help that cause. Find organizations that can help you find volunteer opportunities that support your cause – like us!

3. Do a little research: chances are, there’s more than one organization that supports your cause. Look over the different opportunities and see which one sparks your interest the most.

4. Sign up for a project: it’s really easy – we promise. Check out our Project Calendar to see just how simple it is.

5. Remember it’s okay to ask questions: don’t be shy and ask away! Our job is to make you feel excited and comfortable.

6. Show up ready to have fun: we want our volunteers to have a blast! Be open to new ideas, new tasks and new people – you’ll be surprised at just how fun volunteering can be.

7. Take time to reflect on your experience: to better understand how your work strengthens the community, take a few minutes to think/talk about what you have done. You’ll feel even more awesome!

8. Keep making a difference: volunteering once is great; volunteering on a regular basis is even better! If you loved the organization you volunteered for – great, keep coming back. If you didn’t quite fit in – that’s also great, because now you can try out a different organization.

9. Pass it along: come one, come all! Get your whole family volunteering. Or bring your best friend. Involve the people you care about in a cause you care about. And then take some goofy pictures. Sounds awesome to me.

 

Read the full article for all the details on how to make 2013 (and every year after) the year of giving back: http://handsonblog.org/2013/01/03/9-ways-to-make-volunteering-a-part-of-your-new-year/?sf8310327=1