Seattle Works

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

Guest Post: Hello from London! November 26, 2013

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Irina, Seattle Works Volunteer Program Coordinator: Well hello there, Seattle Works community—miss me yet?! Let me tell you, as awesome as London is, I miss seeing the daily impact Seattle Works volunteers, donors, staff and supporters make—but reading the blog and stalking Facebook posts helps!Image

Being the ever-so-sentimental person that I am, I always carry this SW pin with me:

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The other day, as I was staring at Parliament and Big Ben (so lovely), I thought—Seattle Works is kind of here with me, through this pin. Fancy that. So I took a picture (see below). And it turned out pretty awesome. And I wanted to share it with all of you. Congratulations—you have vicariously visited these two amazing places!

Then I thought, how cool would it be to make a collage of all the places that SW has seen—and alas, I write a blog post (as a “guest” blogger—fancy!).

Since it’s been freezing here, I haven’t had the chance to take any other amazing landmark picture, BUT I went to an night food market (how Seattle does that sound?!) and took this:

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I would have taken a picture of the hot buttered rum, but I drank that faster than I could say “cheese”. 

Carrying this pin around with me is a friendly reminder that once you participate in anything Seattle Works related, you always feel a sense of community. Every day, I know the staff are working hard to provide awesome programs, as well as give you a voice and make an impact. And the fact that I can feel this sense of accomplishment all the way across the pond—well, it’s quite amazing.

As the holidays approach, and everyone is in the giving mood, make sure you keep that good spirit throughout the rest of the year—so that if you ever need something to smile about, or a way to give back, you know where to go. Or I can always take a few more pictures to make you happy.

Long, cheesy story short: I miss you all! I know you’re doing wonderful things and I cannot wait to hear what was accomplished in 2013—something that I’m happy I was a part of. Cheers!

 

Sophie built a composting toilet and solar shower in Patagonia November 25, 2013

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Sophie Kauffman1. Name: Sophie

Neighborhood: Ballard

Occupation: Nutrition Incentives Coordinator

Years in Seattle: 2.5

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

Golden Gardens, Ravenna Park, or Discovery Park–rain or shine

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

I wasn’t a volunteer, but the rep from a nonprofit (Vittana) that got to work with volunteers! Seattle Works volunteers expanded our volunteer teams, did some serious problem solving, and helped us create video teaching tools for our volunteer programs.

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

Probably one that I cooked in my kitchen, but eating out it would have to be a meal I had at Delancey–everything had anchovies in it (including my cocktail).

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

Vittana, The Washington State Farmers Market Association (where I currently work), Cascade Harvest Coalition (where I volunteer), and occasionally Seattle Tilth (also where I volunteer)

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

Ballard Coffee Works! Or Ladro in Fremont.

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

Inspiring, Energizing, Lasting

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Sounders!

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

I volunteered in an eco-village/hostel in the Andes in Chilean Patagonia in 2009. While there I baked countless loaves of bread in a solar oven (including some cinnamon rolls), and helped to build a composting toilet and solar shower. It’s not applicable to my lifestyle now, but the work was done with instructions communicated in 3-4 languages at a time.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

A deep love for this city! You don’t have to be a resident–you can be a Seattleite in your heart.

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.

 

And our HandsOn Leadership teams are off! November 21, 2013

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Last night marked the kickoff of our fall round of HandsOn Leadership projects–and we are so excited for the work these teams are about to accomplish. What will they be up to in the next few months? Well, last night they created mission statements for their projects–here’s what they came up with:

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Helping Link
Helping Link assists Vietnamese immigrants in their effort to settle in their new country, strengthen the Vietnamese community and promote cultural harmony in Seattle. They use volunteers to provide ESL, parenting, job readiness, and computer literacy training; tutoring; youth leadership opportunities; citizenship assistance; and community building events. Helping Link also sponsors the Tet in Seattle Festival every year–at which the work of our HandsOn Leadership team will be displayed this year.

Project Mission: Create a visual exhibit to increase community awareness of services Helping Link provides and opportunities for the community to get involved in. The visual exhibit will be diverse, to serve  various events and purposes.

HOL Fall 2013 Teams 2Youth In Focus
Youth In Focus empowers urban youth, through photography, to experience their world in new ways and to make positive choices for their lives. Youth In Focus puts cameras in the hands of low income, at-risk youth and places them in a challenging environment surrounded by high quality talented teachers and nurturing adult volunteer mentors. They’ve graduated over 2,800 youth from their free program–and exhibits student photography all over the Seattle area.  The HandsOn Leadership team will help Youth In Focus reach out to new venues and work to schedule several student shows this winter and spring.

Project Mission: Establish sustainable relationships in the community in order to increase awareness and exposure by securing space, nurturing current relationships, and building new ones to showcase students’ work.

Want to learn more about HandsOn Leadership? Check out our website! HandsOn Leadership runs twice a year–and our next round kicks off in March 2014!

 

 

 

Guest Post: Frause takes to the streets for the arts! November 20, 2013

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Emily and Callen didn’t let any piece of trash slip by.

This past Saturday, Callen, Emily and I spent the afternoon at Fremont Abbey Arts Center, volunteering with our Team Works photo-61-e1384557616494-225x300group, a community volunteer arm of Seattle Works. Built in 1914 as a church, Fremont Abbey is now a nonprofit organization that puts on arts and cultural events, shows, workshops and trainings for people of all ages and incomes.

The Fremont Abbey is run in large part by volunteers and relies on help from groups like ours to set-up and execute arts and cultural programs for the community. As an attendee of some of their programs, including The Rounds, it was great to give back to an organization that is a vital part of the Seattle arts community.

Our task list for the afternoon was long.  After scrubbing down windows, walls and floors, we sanded down doors, painted a hallway and then took to tackling autumn leaves that had accumulated in walkways and stairways outside. We ended the day by cleaning up Fremont and 43rd streets, with trash-pickers in-hand and many “thank you’s” from the locals.

Of course the afternoon would not have been complete without some delicious (and messy!) sandwiches from Paeso, conveniently located right across the street.

We’re looking forward to our next Team Works day in December!

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For more information on Team Works:

http://www.seattleworks.org/teamworks
Phone: 206.324.0808
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SeattleWorks
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SeattleWorks
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/seattle-works

 

Ngoc Do lets you in on one of Seattle’s best kept secrets! November 18, 2013

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1. Name: Ngoc Do

Neighborhood: Pinehurst (North Seattle)

Occupation: Events Assistant with the Seattle Mariners

Years in Seattle: 10 years

 

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

Emma Schmitz Park in West Seattle is one of the city’s best kept secrets. A mile south of Alki, Emma Schmitz is a waterfront overlook, great for laying out, people watching, reading or enjoying a picnic.

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

Many years ago I worked for a non-profit that hosted a Seattle Works Day project.     I’ve been in Team Works (Go, A-Team!) for over two years. I attended my first SWANK last year and it was the best auction I’ve ever been to (and being an event planner, I’ve been to many).

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

There are so many! For my birthday this year, my coworkers took me to Mama’s Kitchen in Belltown. Best.Enchiladas.Ever.

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

I am Board Secretary and VP of Events for Seattle Opera’s BRAVO! Club, an arts organization for young adults ages 21-39 to interact, get involved, learn more, and get excited about opera.    I recently joined the Junior League of Seattle, an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

Starbucks. I don’t drink coffee that much, and the Starbucks Tazo Chai is far superior to any other coffeee shop chai I’ve had.

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

Friendships. Rewarding. Fun.

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Mariners!   Sounders are a close second though.

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

My first Team Works project was quite memorable. It was a rainy day and we were restoring a trail at Dead Horse Canyon. Digging trenches, redefining the path, moving gravel up the huge hill, weeding, spreading gravel. It was hard work, some people were literally knee-deep in mud, it was my first time meeting this great group of people, and it was absolutely incredible!

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

To me, a Seattleite is someone who calls Seattle (or the Eastside) home.

 

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.

 

 

Hi, my name is Jessica! November 15, 2013

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Hello Seattle Works! My name is Jessica Frederick and I am joining the community as the Development and Communications Manager!

Volunteerism was my first step through the door to the nonprofit sector. Growing up, my family deeply valued community involvement; whether it was with the Girl Scouts of America or the Seattle Shakespeare Company, my childhood was full of rich, meaningful volunteer activities.

Deciding to pursue volunteerism professionally, I joined the Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet as a Volunteer Coordinator. “Do you want to sign up for a Nutcracker performance?” is still a regressive go-to for starting a conversation. (No really, do you?)

I am thrilled to connect with this amazing organization, and our many nonprofit partners and community stakeholders, and I want to know what you value and prize in your own connection to Seattle Works.

Non-professionally, I just had a huge revelation the other day getting to know a co-worker. His challenge? He could decipher my personality by the TV shows I watched. I rattled off the list: Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Boardwalk Empire, The 329_604943022278_9734_nLeague/Workaholics, Archer, etc. After a thoughtful pause, he returned with the assessment, “so you’re a frat guy.”

Frat guy.

Somewhere, a mental “ding-ding-ding!” sounded and I came to the fabulous realization that, indeed, this sci-fi-nerdy, arts-obsessed girl was indeed, half-frat guy. So let’s grab a coffee, talk sports (Go Hawks, Dawgs, Sounders!), and get to know why Seattle Works is important to you.

Email: jessica@seattleworks.org
Phone: 206.324.0808 ext 6
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SeattleWorks
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SeattleWorks
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/seattle-works

 

Big issues, big giving–are you signed up for CommonWealth? November 14, 2013

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As we gear up for our next week’s CommonWealth kickoff, we’re learning a lot about this round’s issue focus–housing and homelessness. Did you know…

Want to do something about it, but feeling totally overwhelmed? Well, you don’t have to. When you join CommonWealth, you not only get the opportunity to learn more about some of the biggest issues affecting our community–but you get to join a team as committed as you are to supporting the organizations tackling them. Because when you put your minds and your money together, big things happen.

CommonWealth kicks off Tuesday 11/14–are you signed up?