Seattle Works

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

Oh So Dirty 30s lend a hand July 30, 2013

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We’d like to share with you one of the AWESOME projects that our Team Works programming is taking on in our community! Last Saturday, the Oh So Dirty 30s helped out with the Magnuson Community Center Sustainable Landscapes Project. The team had the opportunity to weed, mulch, and groom the pant beds- all while having a great time. As an included bonus, the team even finished the irrigation system connections and installed new lines at the Resource Conservation Landscape.

Want to get involved? We LOVE our volunteers! A new Team Works cycle is starting on Wednesday, October 9th. You will have to opportunity to volunteer, meet people, and learn about different nonprofits. Over the course of 4 months, your team will serve a different organization one Saturday out of the month. Don’t miss out– come join the fun: http://www.seattleworks.org/teamworks

Curious about what kind of people join a Team Works team? The answer is everyone, take a look for yourself! Our team descriptions: http://www.seattleworks.org/twteams

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Nathan Hambley thinks being a Seattlelite means being civically engaged July 29, 2013

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1. Name: Nathan Hambley

    Neighborhood: Eastlake

    Occupation: Public Relations

    Years in Seattle: 13

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

Elliott Bay Books

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

A work party to clear blackberry bushes and ivy on Capitol Hill.

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

Probably a tasting menu at the original Mistral in Belltown back in 2000.

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

Seattle CityClub and Seattle Chefs Collaborative.

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

Voxx on Eastlake. It’s a block from my house and they serve Lighthouse, my favorite coffee.

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

Educational, fun, inspirational

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Hawks

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

Probably canvassing for a local political race on Whidbey Island, which is where I grew up. I was in high school at the time.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

I’d say a love of the outdoors (while not minding the rain too much), reading and being civically involved. That might just describe me, but I do know we rank near the top in terms of literacy and civic engagement, so I’m going with 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

 

Are you ready to rock the hill? July 25, 2013

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Capitol Hill Block Party is this weekend- and you know that we will be in attendance! Six stages will host over 100 of the best Northwest and national bands and DJs. This event features independent booths, food trucks, non-profits, and local pro-music politicians.

Money from the Block Party is going towards The Vera Project (www.theveraproject.org), KEXP (www.kexp.org), and The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, along with other charities.

The gates open at 3pm tomorrow. So what are you waiting for? Get your ticket at http://capitolhillblockparty.strangertickets.com/CHBP

 

Do you heart our parks? July 24, 2013

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This Friday is Love Parks Day! Which sounds exactly like our kind of holiday. Of course- you could easily celebrate by sipping an italian soda in your favorite park (I’ve been putting in enough hours at Seven Hills Park reading that I have the sunburn to prove it!), but if you’re looking for something more service minded you can come volunteer at Lincoln Park!

REI will be leading some yoga sessions to get you in that limber blackberry pulling state, and if you register before hand you get free lunch. Free food and free swag? Count me in!

Friday the 26th get pulling, the volunteer event will be going on from 10am to 2pm and the only thing that’s missing is you.

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Summer at Seattle Works- full speed ahead! July 23, 2013

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This past weekend, I had the opportunity to go to Bite of Seattle at the City Center. The weather was gorgeous, which means that everyone in Seattle (and their dogs, of course!), trekked into the city to get a bite at the festival. There were vendors for ages, bands playing live music, and children splashing in the fountain.

 

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Wandering among the booths, there was never a smooth traffic flow. It was similar to the stop-and-go perils of 5:00 traffic in Seattle. I had to weave throughout people and avoid strollers while still taking in the exciting sights and smells of a festival.

In the world of volunteerism, you can have many opportunities thrown at you at once- my best example is during the holiday months of November and December. However, during the summer months, we enjoy relaxing and vacation, and service can sometimes slip our minds.

In my traffic analogy, I think of Seattle Works as the traffic light for volunteers in Seattle. We work to make sure that young professionals can always have the opportunity to give back. Even throughout the summer months, we offer programming for those who want to volunteer in a one-time commitment and separate programs for those who want to sample different organizations over a four-month period.

This may be a stretch, but In addition to acting as a traffic light, Seattle Works is the radio playing in your car as you travel throughout the city. Volunteering should always be a good time, and I hope that everyone who gives back thoroughly enjoys the experience.

 

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So go ahead and brave the traffic, crank up the radio dial, and join Seattle Works this summer!

 

Hot projects: http://www.seattleworks.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Calendar_Page

 

 

 

Brittanie Wade has a Seattle Works experience defined by leadership, energy, and growth July 22, 2013

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1. Name: Brittanie Wade

    Neighborhood: Bellevue

    Occupation: Finance Manager

    Years in Seattle: 4.5

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

Home. Lol. I spend a lot of nights out at dinner with friends and other activities. I absolutely love quiet time on my couch with my television.

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

I had heard much about Seattle Works and interacted with volunteers and board members on a personal level. Surprisingly, my first direct interaction with Seattle Works was when I met with Tara to discuss board leadership. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

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

I love the restaurant Toulouse Petit. They serve the best New Orleans food in the area. Everything on their menu is absolutely fantastic!

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

I’m an avid volunteer with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. We conduct service projects each month, mostly for youth in the Seattle area. I was also a recurring volunteer at Bellevue Youth Theatre when I first moved to the area.

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

Hmmm… I’m not really a coffee drinker. However, I like any coffee shop with frozen drinks and tasty snacks.

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

Leadership. Energy. Growth.

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Sounders. They seem to be the most fun.

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

My most memorable volunteer experience was actually planting trees with some of my best friends during college in Washington, DC. It didn’t seem like an “amazing” volunteer experience at the time. However, I now really appreciate it because every time I visit D.C. and drive past the tree, I remember my college days with my girls.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

A Seattleite is born and raised in Seattle. If you absolutely LOVE Seattle and never want to move, then you can be considered a Seattleite as well.

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

 

MCON2013: Millennials and Nonprofits July 19, 2013

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Yesterday was an exciting day of conversation and thought provoking ideas on mobilizing the Millennial generation. MCON2013 featured 15 speakers, ranging from the woman who oversees NPR’s social media marketing strategy to the man who co-founded the Yes To brand (ever heard of Yes to Cucumber face wash anyone?) to Sophia Bush.

 

Seattle Works had the opportunity to listen in on this conference!

 

Why Millennials?

As Millennials age into the real world, we are taking the social sector by storm in new ways. Millennials work collaboratively, interactively, and entrepreneurially to affect positive change. We have grown up with a plethora of learning and technology. This is a connected generation that prefers to work alongside peers, friends, and colleagues to bring about change.

 

 

This conference is an annual event sponsored by Achieve Guidance. The question is: are nonprofits and institutions ready for Millennials?

 

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MCON2013 Highlights:

-83% of Millennials connect using smartphones

-49% of mobile Twitter users are between the age of 18 and 34

-75% of Millennials like, retweet, or share content on social media

-Millennials respond to emotion and make decisions upon the value groups they most strongly identify

-Millennials get involved to follow passions, meet people, and gain expertise

 

Millennial Impact Report 2013 Highlights:

-Millennials want their contributions to help achieve tangible results for a cause

-Websites and search engines are primarily used by Millennials for info-gathering, finding volunteer opportunities, and donating online

-They will act quickly in a number of ways to volunteer- as long as the opportunities are present and the barriers to entry are low

-Peer influence plays a huge role in motivating Millennials to volunteer, attend events, and give

-Millennials are most likely to get hands-on with causes when organizations offer a range of volunteer opportunities

 

Hear what Millennials are saying: http://www.themillennialimpact.com/2013Research

Achieve Guidance: http://www.achieveguidance.com/

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