Seattle Works

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

Becky Chen enjoys running at Greenlake and Lake Union September 30, 2013

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Line #2 Baking/Condiments, Snacks, and Meal in a Box.1. Name: Becky Chen

Neighborhood: Ravenna

Occupation: Finance

Years in Seattle: Born & raised

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

Greenlake & Lake Union for running. Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, Belltown, and Ballard for good restaurants and occasional nightlife

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

Joining a Teamworks team in January 2009.  After that, I became a regular member of Mr. Miyagi’s Juju!

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

Too many to name, but the first one that comes to mind is the 4-course supper @ Staple & Fancy Mercantile.  Amazing variety of flavors!

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

Seattle Works is my main one!  Other ones I’ve been involved with in the past are United Way King County and the Artsfund

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

If I have time my favorites are Espresso Vivace, Zoka, or Victrola.  Usually I’m  in a hurry and Starbucks is easy to access, and they have good rewards.

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

teamwork, friends, community

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Sounders…since I think soccer’s the most interesting to watch

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

The most recent memorable experience was Operation Nightwatch in June, where we cleaned the apartments and the common areas for the low-income seniors that lived there.  It was great to see the difference we could make in a few hours to their daily lives, and to hear their stories..

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

-loves coffee  -loves the outdoors and goes skiing, hiking, biking, or related activities  -owns more than a couple pieces of North Face, Patagonia, or Arc’teryx gear  -doesn’t usually have an umbrella on hand  -drives a Subaru, SUV…or a hybrid car  -lives in Seattle proper

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 of yourself to info@seattleworks.org

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

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Are you Good & Ready? September 24, 2013

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photo 5Did you know that only 15% of Americans are prepared for an emergency or natural disaster? September is National Preparedness Month and Seattle Works is pairing up with Points of Light to help Seattle get Good & Ready!

This past Saturday, we worked with Target as part of the Good & Ready initiative to help families in Rainier Vista create preparedness kits to take home.

photo 2Our colleagues at the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, Neighborhood House, the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club and Seattle Housing Authority helped us pull off the event, which created 200 kits for local families!

Kits included water bottles, dust masks, garbage bags, hand sanitizing wipes, hand-crank flashlights, whistles and first aid kits. We sent families home with resources to continue creating disaster preparedness plans. A huge thanks to Target for sponsoring the event and providing families with the essential items they need to get started preparing for disaster.photo 4

 

 

We also have to give a special thanks to volunteers from FEMA Corps who were a huge help pulling off the event!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to learn more about how you can get Good & Ready?  Visit http://goodandready.pointsoflight.org for great resources, or join us Saturday, September 28 at The Armory at Seattle Center from 10am-2pm to build your own kit!

 

Jay See thinks that nothing rivals a Seattle summer September 16, 2013

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Jay See1. Name: Jay See

Neighborhood: Wedgwood

Occupation: Securities Compliance

Years in Seattle: 41 except for College in Pullman

 

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

Anyplace with a great view of our city.

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

Swank.  I can’t remember which year it was.

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

My Mom’s lasagna.  The first restaurant meal I thought of was anything at Il Terrazzo Carmine.

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

I chair a PAC called Graduate Washington. I also work with the Washington State University Alumni Association and the Ballard High School Foundation.

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

Van Gogh Coffeehouse in Wedgwood.

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

Community, Charity & Awareness.

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Sounders.

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

My first was in High School when I served on a community committee that helped refresh Golden Gardens park.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

You don’t travel out of State in the Summer since you know that no place has better Summers than us.

 

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 of yourself to info@seattleworks.org

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

 

Countdown to Swank: What should I wear? September 14, 2013

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Need a good excuse to go out in the city and pick up a new pair of heels? How about that gorgeous cocktail dress you just saw on the rack at Nordstrom? Would you prefer a tuxedo and a fancy silk tie? Or a perfectly fitted suit?!

If so, then Swank is the answer for all of the above! Our event at Fremont Studios is the perfect excuse to get dressed up and go out on the town to mingle with all of your friends (and support Seattle Works while you’re at it).

We think these folks look rather Swanky! Hopefully they give you a good idea of what people where to this over the top gala:

   

We are now less than a month away from SWANK!  It’s time to get shopping (maybe in your friends’ closets) and get deciding on what you’ll wear to this fabulous event.

SWANK is Sat 10/12, 6pm at Fremont Studios

Have you gathered your friends and gotten your tickets? http://www.seattleworks.org/swankregister.  You don’t want to miss out on this year’s SWANK!

 

 

Wishing #SWBevin a Fond Farewell September 11, 2013

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Say it ain’t so! After nearly four years of outstanding service, Bevin Wong is moving on up to the next phase of her career.

And because no one likes a boo-hoo blog post, least of all the ever-sunny Bevin, we’re going to focus on all the good that has come of her time on our staff. Including…

Four Seattle Works Days! That’s about 4,500 volunteers, $260,000 in support for Seattle Works and an unfathomable number of t-shirts, tacos and keg cups.

A truckload of corporate projects! From Starbucks to Starwood she’s delivered outstanding customer service and connected our partners with high quality volunteer days.

– Three “Rock Star” Campaigns! Before 2010, we had never raised a significant amount of money from individual donors (other than current and former board members) outside of our events. Over the past three years our annual campaign has grown to raising $17,000 from more than 250 donors, fueled by an enthusiastic army of SW volunteers asking their networks to invest in us.

One website conversion! (thanks for not quitting then B.)

Three election seasons! We’ve improv’d, we’ve trivia’d, and we’ve mixed and mingled with the goal to connect YOU with the candidates and issues on your ballot.

Approximately 156 Weekly Updates! Plus eblasts, plus fb posts, plus tweets, plus blogs. Best of all, Bevin honed her craft as our online content lead and then trained and mobilized everyone our on team to communicate as Seattle Works across our channels.

Though it all, Bevin has been one incredible team player. It’s not just about what Bevin has done, it’s how she’s done it. She’s brought dedication, professionalism, flexibility, reliability and an non-stop positive attitude. It’s hard not to enjoy working with someone who laughs so easily.

We’re excited for you Bevin. We’re sad.

And we’re a little jealous that you get to drink at Swank this year and we don’t.

With great appreciation, The Seattle Works team

We will miss you!

 

Nick Wilhelmy spends his free time enjoying Seattle’s record stores September 9, 2013

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Nick Wilhelmy

1. Name: Nick Wilhelmy

Neighborhood: Belltown

Occupation: Sourcing Associate at Denali Sourcing Services

Years in Seattle: 3

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

I’m a huge music fan, so I frequent a lot of record stores and clubs. Silver Platters, Everyday Music and Easy Street for the album; Showbox, Nuemos and Crocodile for the live show.

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

I was a VISTA for their sister organization

in Olympia, and got to work with Seatle Works’ amazing team on a few projects.

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

Tilikum Place has the best breakfast in the city.

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

I organize a lot of volunteer events for my office, but no commitments. The great thing about volunteering for SW is you get to work with so many different nonprofits.

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

Cherry Street- there’s one right below my apartment and the coffee is great, too.

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

Best. Nonprofit. Ever.

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

I’m not a sports guy. I never give any thought to the teams beyond cursing the I90 traffic they cause.

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

I volunteered at an all-ages, no-alcohol nightclub in my Wisconsin hometown for eight years. It was so great to work together with a group of like-minded people toward a cause I care about.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

A friendly demeanor and an open mind (and probably a couple of tattoos).

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 of yourself to info@seattleworks.org

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

 

Countdown to Swank: Dessert Dash September 7, 2013

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The most decadent portion of Swank, the Dessert Dash, is a favorite every year among attendees.

Never heard of a dessert dash before? Here’s how it works:

You begin by browsing a table loaded with desserts—from sweet to salty, and everything in-between.  Hello gorgeous!

 

After cruising the desserts, you will return to your table where everybody has the chance to decide how much they would like to bid.  Each table’s total bid is then collected by a runner. Each table only knows the amount they donated—not that of any other table.

Once all the amounts are tallied, the table with the highest combined bid gets to visit the dessert table first, and stake claim to their dessert.  Make sure you pick someone who is ready to run because all of the other tables will be making a mad dash for the desserts too!

Later the dessert is plated and served for your table to indulge in.  This becomes quite competitive and we fully support friendly competition at Swank.

 

We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of the bakeries and bakers who have donated (and continue to donate!) items for the Dessert Dash!

Interested in donating? You still have time! Fill out this quick form or contact Andy@seattleworks.org

PS – if you haven’t gotten your tickets for Swank yet, what are you waiting for? http://www.seattleworks.org/swankregister