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

Filed under: 10 Question Profile — seattleworks @ 10:18 am

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?


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.

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


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