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National Conference on Volunteering and Service 2013 June 27, 2013

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Last week, five of us ventured out to Washington D.C. to attend the ever-so-inspirational National Conference on Volunteering and Service, hosted by Points of Light.

Conference was huge–4,000+ people from different backgrounds, organizations, and practices came together. There was dancing (specifically between Karl Rove and Donna Brazile), volunteering, learning, leading – and showing that service can and will unite to improve our communities.

Now, before we get to the good stuff, here’s a picture of our team looking snazzy in D.C.!

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We all took something from Conference – whether it was meeting someone we admired, realizing that we’re doing a great job, or just plain learning something interesting – and we’d like to share some of the awesomeness with you!

Irina: My favorite “ah-ha” moment was when I heard Jeremy Heimans speak about the organization he co-founded, Purpose. Purpose is a global home for building movements and new ventures that use the power of participation to change the world. While I was completely in awe of the organization, I was more impressed with how passionate Jeremy was about civic engagement. It made me realize that what we do at Seattle Works is essential in uniting our communities. I came back from Conference even more energized and excited about the mission of Seattle Works!

Tomilyn: Learning about building civic movements was an incredibly powerful seminar. Normally we’re focused on our use of media in small picture terms – how many likes do we have? Will enough people sign up for my class? This took those great responses to a whole new level, showing how enough people can ban together to create a movement and real civic change.

Ben: It was awesome to realize just how much Seattle Works does – and that we’re really good at what we do! Throughout the conference not only were we mentioned, but people were soliciting our opinion on social media, board training and general volunteer engagement.

I learned a great deal by chatting with representatives from other HandsOn Network affiliates throughout the country. Gaining insights into how they mobilize volunteers, train board members and the wide variety of different programming within the network. It was great to meet other people and learn from their expertise. Being part of this Network is just an incredible resource not just for us to learn from what others are doing–but to also enlighten other organizations on Seattle Works best-practices while we all work towards a more engaged community nationwide.

Katie: My top moment from the conference was helping facilitate a session on innovation across the HandsOn Network. I had great conversations about how Seattle Works builds a “culture of innovation” in our office – and got to share CommonWealth with our peers across the country! It really drove home that we’re doing really innovative stuff at Seattle Works – and others are watching!

Tara: I was moved, and inspired to act, by the stories of HandsOn Network affiliates who responded to Hurricane Sandy. It’s one thing to hear on the news that the storm caused $50 billion in damage or that large sections of New Jersey were without power for up to six weeks. It’s entirely another thing to hear from people who responded to the need and helped mobilize volunteers in setting up shelters, organizing donations, restoring shorelines and gutting homes. Some of these groups had a pre-existing disaster response plan and some of them figured it out along the way. Across the board, I was amazed by their dedication and ability to rise to the occasion. It has moved the nagging thought at the back of my mind that Seattle Works should have a plan for our role in a time or crisis to a project I’d like for us to tackle this year.

There’s an underlying theme in what everyone learned: just like our affiliates, Seattle Works is doing great things! While working M-F 9-5, sometimes we don’t stop to realize that we’re actually living out our mission – to connect volunteers, develop emerging leaders and inspire dialogue. Thanks to Conference, not only did we meet passionate people, have fun, learn new practices – but we also confirmed that we’re pretty awesome!

Interested in learning more about what happened at NCVS 2013? Read the highlights here. 

We’re looking forward to Conference 2014 – Atlanta, here we come!

 

Coralie in Seattle June 25, 2013

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I’m Coralie and I am from Gastonia, NC- about 20 min southwest of Charlotte. I am entering my 2nd year at Duke, and for right now I’m an Evolutionary Anthropology major with a minor in Global Health.

I am working in Seattle with DukeEngage, which is a civic engagement program. There are 15 other students in the program who are interning with various nonprofits in the Seattle community. I chose Seattle because I was excited about hiking, the outdoors, and the eclectic culture.

This is my first time ever coming to Seattle and so far it’s everything I expected and more! I enjoy running and country music and anything having to do with being outside. At Duke, I’m really involved with Dance Marathon which benefits the Duke Children’s Hospital and I am helping to start a pre-Physician’s Assistant group. I hope to attend PA school following graduation.

I love to travel, and I hope to visit all 50 states before I turn 50. Right now my count is at about 38- so things are looking up. I am obsessed with Duke basketball and even camped out for tickets for a month for the Duke vs. UNC game. I am looking forward to attending a Sounders game this summer and learning all about the city.

 

Eric Shellan knows Seattle is the best city in the world June 24, 2013

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1. Name: Eric Shellan

    Neighborhood: Ballard

    Occupation: Online Organizer at the education advocacy non-profit Stand for Children

    Years in Seattle: Going on 6

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

Kerry Park at night after stops at Via Tribunali and Molly Moon’s.

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

Joining the Election Committee! In the spirit of bipartisanship, they were looking for Republicans. And lucky for me — as a Democrat working for gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna — I was the closest thing they could find in Seattle!

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

It’s a three-way tie between the Mariachi Mac and Cheese from Beecher’s, corn grits from Tolouse Petit and a sandwich from Peso’s.

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

CityClub and more recently 826 Seattle.

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

When I was living in the University District, you could find me at Cafe Solstice almost every day. But now I work above Le Fournil Café, so I’m there a lot!

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

Awesome, earnest and civic-y.

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Mariners. C’mon, garlic fries!

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

Volunteering with the student government at the University of Washington. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

If you know Seattle is the best city in the world — not just think it, but know it.

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 Tomilyn at tomilyn@seattleworks.org

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

 

Angela Bertrand loves all the Seattle Parks June 17, 2013

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1. Name: Angela Bertrand

    Neighborhood: Greenwood

    Occupation: Office Assistant at a Learning Center

    Years in Seattle: 3

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

I love exploring all of the parks in the summer time- Discovery, Carkeek, Greenlake, the Arboretum… So many great options!

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

I saw an ad for Hands-on-Leadership on my neighborhood blog and signed up! Since then I’ve also done the Bridge and have had a Team Works team for over a year now.

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

SO MANY! Right now I’m picturing the pasta from Local 360… but anything from Carmelita is amazing as well.

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

Yes! I work closely with Zeno (who I first became involved with through Hands-on-Leadership) and I also volunteer as a running buddy for Girls on the Run.

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

Typically, we just have fresh ground coffee at home with beans from Herkimer.

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

Empowering, Fun, connection-building.

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

…Not much of a sports fan.

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

My Team Works team volunteered at the Duwamish Greenbelt in November battling blackberries… While we were there, we discovered (and saved) an entire tree no one even knew was there!

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

The absolute need to head outside the minute the sun comes out because you never know when it will leave for weeks (or months) at a time.

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 Tomilyn at tomilyn@seattleworks.org

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

 

KickOff Your Volunteering! June 13, 2013

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The KickOff Party for the June-September round of Team Works this past Tuesday was insane. And no, not in the oh-man-what-did-I-do-last-night kind of way, but in the oh-man-there-are-so-many-awesome-people-who-want-to-make-an-impact kind of way.

While it was a smaller crowd than usual–the conversation was inspiring. Not only did Team Captains and teammates get to meet one another, but they also bonded with other teams over pool, food–and of course, volunteering. They discussed which projects they had this upcoming round, which projects have been their favorites in the past and why. There’s nothing better than hearing a snazzy group of individuals talk about giving their time to make an impact in their community. Can we say go Team Works teams?!

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So whether you’re new to Seattle, or have been here your whole life and want to expand your network–Team Works is the perfect program for meeting new people and supporting your community all at once! Plus, you get a fun CoolDown Party at the end of the round to celebrate your volunteering success. Doesn’t get much better than that.

And the best part? It’s not too late to register for this round! The first project is this Saturday 6/15! If you’re going to do one cool thing today–do this. Sign up now: http://www.seattleworks.org/twteams

Questions? Email Irina at irina@seattleworks.org.

 

Team Works–the Future of Volunteering. June 11, 2013

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Well, in a nutshell: Team Works is awesome. If you need a little more persuasion, here it goes…

1. When you volunteer, you feel great–you’ve just given your time to your community. High five.

2. Team Works is one step up from regular volunteering. Not only do you feel great afterwards, but you are surrounded by people who value volunteering and community just as much as you do. So, what does that mean? Well, I think it’s safe to say that Team Works is the future of volunteering.

3. Future? You’re probably wondering how. It’s simple: not only do our teams love getting together for monthly Saturday projects, but they also love getting together outside of their projects. They have built relationships through giving back together. So not only have you made an impact, but you’ve also gained an awesome group of volun-friends! What’s better than that?

4. Not much–unless you haven’t joined a Team Works team yet! It’s not too late. The KickOff Party is tonight at The Garage, and the first project is this Saturday 6/15. Register now: http://ht.ly/lTu1q

5. Want to see what teams do when they get together? See below!

“Afterwards, BVM went, per tradition, to celebrate a good day and of course, have that beer!”    BVM Blog

“And a blog about this project wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Flying Pie Pizzeria!”

PM BlogAnd my favorite blog post of all (probably because I also love cheese):

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So, what do you say? Are you ready to take your volunteerism to the next level and meet wonderful people who are just as passionate about making an impact as you are? Join Team Works today: http://www.seattleworks.org/teamworks, or email Irina at irina@seattleworks.org for more information!

 

Emily Schwartz doesn’t take sunshine for granted June 10, 2013

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1. Name: Emily Schwartz

    Neighborhood: Ballard

    Occupation: Financial Manager’s Assistant

    Years in Seattle: 27

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

The Kangaroo & Kiwi Pub on NW Market Street in Ballard – always lively, fun people, great food

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

I started volunteering for Hot Projects a few years ago and loved how convenient and efficient the program was!

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

Fish Tacos (Tacos Bacalao) at Agua Verde in the University District. The tacos are great on their own, but they are also served with incredible pureed black beans & green rice. There is nothing better than sitting out on the patio on a sunny Seattle day looking out over the lake with a delicious fish taco in hand!

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

I have coached CYO volleyball for elementary school girls for the past 10 years. This year I am coaching for the St. Alphonsus/St. John team! I also volunteer occasionally with the United Way of King County through my office.

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

Caffe Migliore downtown on the corner of 4th Ave and University St. I love that I can walk in there every morning and they know my name and my drink. I even have an account on file with them so I don’t have to break out my wallet!

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

Inspiring, Convenient, and Fun!

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Go Sounders! Enough said.

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

Seattle Works Day 2012! It was my first time participating in Seattle Works Day and it was fantastic. I was able to get about 20 of my co-workers to sign up and we had a great time at our sight and at the after party!

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

I have never met people who are more aware of and appreciative of their natural surroundings. Seattleites take no ray of sunshine for granted and take advantage of the relatively few sunny days we are granted! Even if we’ve grown up our whole lives in the Northwest, the sight of Mt. Rainier still takes our breath away.

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 Tomilyn at tomilyn@seattleworks.org

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