Seattle Works

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

Nick Peyton always says yes to Seattle Works May 27, 2013

Filed under: 10 Question Profile,Board of Directors — seattleworks @ 8:47 am

1. Name: Nick Peyton

    Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

    Occupation: Fundraiser for Pacific Science Center

    Years in Seattle: 8.5

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

Smith in Capitol Hill. Great food. Good drinks. Always an interesting crowd.

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

I was invited to the 2007 SWANK auction by Amy Wales and sat at Lee Harper’s table. I tried my luck at the ring toss and was not very successful.

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

The bone-in rib eye at the new Joule was amazing. I literally picked up the bone and started to gnaw it.

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

I volunteer with Puget Sound Grantwriters Association and help plan their annual conference. I am also a member of Northwest Development Officers Association.

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

Victrola, the now not-so-secret Starbucks in Capitol Hill, the Starbucks in the Armory at Seattle Center, and Forza in Fisher Plaza. I was a regular at the Starbucks next to Swedish Hospital (Hi Jo and Patrick!).

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

Always say yes.

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Sounders! 113 forever.

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

I volunteered on a bald eagle float trip this past January. It was amazing seeing more than 40 bald eagles while floating down the river on a very, very, cold morning.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

Always carrying an umbrella in your bag and never using 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: and send a photo to yourself to Tomilyn at

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


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation joins us for Seattle Works Day! May 7, 2013

Filed under: Board of Directors,Seattle Works Day — seattleworks @ 3:11 pm

This post was written by Adrienne DiCasparro – Seattle Works board member and lead of the Foundation’s Seattle Works Day team.

“I hope you’ll join me on Saturday May 18, for Seattle Works’ mission-based fundraiser and largest annual day of service.

Here are the top 5 reasons I am excited about Seattle Works Day.  I can’t wait to….

1) Work outside (in the sun) at a beautiful waterfront park

The foundation’s team has been assigned to an outdoor project at the lovely waterfront Carkeek park. So we will get to enjoy sunshine (fingers crossed) while giving back to our community!

2) Learn something new

EarthCorps is organizing our service project. They plan to get us ready to dig by sharing a brief history of Carkeek Park and reviewing the ecology of Northwest urban forests, their structure, plant species, and restoration techniques!

3) Get my hands dirty

We are going to use hand tools to remove unwanted plant life and prepare the ground for planting this winter.

4) Team up with colleagues, friends, and family

The foundation will cover registration for full-time employees, but we also encourage you to invite family and friends— they will just need to register separately.

5) Celebrate our day of service

Seattle Works is hosting an AfterParty for all participants at Fisher Pavilion in Seattle Center with food, music, and drinks. It will be a great opportunity to celebrate our hard work and come together as a community!

Seattle Works Day

Saturday, May 18, 2013

12:00-3:30pm Service Project at Carkeek Park
3:30-5.30pmCelebration at Fisher Pavilion

Adrienne DiCasparro works on the Giving Pledge team in the Executive Office and is on the board of Seattle Works. This year she is captain of the foundation’s Seattle Works Day team.”

Big THANKS to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for their generous sponsorship and support of Seattle Works.  We’re excited to have the team join us at Seattle Works Day!

This event is open to everyone – join us on Sat 5/18 for a day of community building and fun:


Networking Among Volunteer Leaders February 19, 2013

We pride ourselves on training Seattle’s next generation of community leaders. We do this through several different programs, including The Bridge and HandsOn Leadership. Each year, Seattle Works trains over 200 people to be volunteer leaders in the community – and now we’re taking it to the next level.

We are excited to announce our new alumni network: 


Why are we doing this?

Past Seattle Works participants are valuable assets to our organization and can serve as a helpful resource to one another for those currently participating in our training programs. Seattle Works will cultivate these relationships and facilitate mentorship opportunities.

How will it work?

As participants go through our training programs, or lead through Team Works or Hot Projects there will be more focus on creating a cohort of leaders. Each cohort then will become their own circle within LeadNOW. Our hope is that each circle will then stay in touch with each other, help each other with issues they are facing in their leadership development and serve as resources to one another. We’ll also have a few circles in place that will be interest area focused for members to join; this could include fundraising, finances or transition to executive committee.

What will LeadNOW offer?

Under LeadNOW, we will host several events throughout the year:

  • LeaderSip – monthly happy hour events featuring different discussion topics
  • Pop-up leadership forums & workshops
  • Online forums through LinkedIn
  • Lecture series focusing on nonprofit leadership, governance and volunteerism
  • And much more…

What do I have to do to be a member?

LeadNOW membership is simple:

  • Be a graduate of The Bridge or HandsOn Leadership; or,
  • Be a past or present Team Captain or Project Coordinator; and
  • Yearly membership fee of only $50

What are the benefits of membership? 

  • Access to exclusive online forums & resources
  • Invitations to all LeadNOW events; plus one event for free!
  • Access to a wide network of individuals who are making an impact in their community
  • Make new friends and connections
  • A community to go to for growth & development
  • Opportunities to join different circles within the network

Stay tuned for more information about when we will have the first LeaderSip!

To learn more or ask any questions, email 


Another Happy Swank Winner – Fremont Solstice Parade Package will be back! October 9, 2012

Filed under: Board of Directors,Swank — seattleworks @ 7:12 am

Sure you can always just walk up to the Fremont Solstice Parade, but why not go in style?


Last year, with the package I won from Seattle Works at SWANK, I didn’t have to worry about waking up at 4am to go out and claim a spot. Didn’t have to sit in the cold by myself fighting off would be encroachers like seagulls eyeing a piece of bread. No, my friends I just leisurely rolled out of bed, made our way to Fremont and found a prime location staked and ready for the festivities.

The Seattle Works crew (aka board of directors) had a basket of goodies waiting for us. Street chalk, yo-yo’s, decorative headdresses, bubbles!, OJ (with a certain bubbly additive), coffee, and they even had breakfast served from a nearby members kitchen! It was my first Solstice parade, and I don’t know if I will be able to replicate my first time (isn’t that always the case), unless maybe I bid on the package again this year…


Chris Tezak, 2011 winner of the Fremont Solstice Parade package at SWANK!

Huge thanks to Chris for taking the time to write this post and send us these photos.


Make sure you’re at SWANK to bid on this package (and more wonderfully Swanky experiences) Saturday October 13th. Get your tickets before it’s too late!


Why do you Swank? September 25, 2012

Filed under: Board of Directors,Our Team,Swank — seattleworks @ 8:23 am

We used our icebreaker time at the last board meeting to focus on SWANK!  Luckily our new AmeriCorps team was invited too, so everybody got to participate.

There were two sets of questions: one set for people who are SWANK veterans, and one set for those that get to experience SWANK for the very first time this year.

We asked our repeat offenders… Why do you SWANK?

  • High-energy, fabulous people spending an evening together for a wonderful cause.
  • It is a great night to celebrate Seattle Works.
  • To raise money for an awesome organization and attend the most happenin’ party in Seattle!
  • Because I get to dress up.
  • Great night for a great organization!
  • It’s a lot of fun and a great way to meet folks.
  • Because it is the single-largest source of revenue for Seattle Works and it is a great opportunity to share.
  • To stay young and swanky!
  • It’s one of the few events in Seattle that you can’t be overdressed for.
  • It’s the most fun way to support Seattle Works – no blackberry pulling [smiley]
  • Because I love good food, drinks and company!
  • Because I love getting all fancy, and seeing so many people supporting our organization.

So tell us – Why do you Swank?!


Seattle Works Board of Directors at Farestart August 9, 2012

Filed under: Board of Directors — seattleworks @ 7:34 pm

In late July the Seattle Works Board took their call to serve, well, literally. They bypassed their monthly meeting to spend the evening waiting tables at FareStart! The group had a blast serving a four-course meal prepared by Chef Bill Ranniger of Duke’s Chowder House, and working alongside FareStart students, volunteers and employees.
If you love food and community and don’t know FareStart, you should. The organization provides culinary job training and placement for homeless and disadvantaged individuals, transforming the lives of nearly 6,000 people in the past 20 years. FareStart hosts a weekly Guest Chef Night on Thursdays, with the aim of serving an excellent meal to the community while raising revenue for its programs. Servers for the night are always volunteers—and to date, the event has raised more than $4 million to support FareStart’s job training and placement programs! Check out their site for more information.
Thanks to the incredible—and patient!—staff at FareStart for hosting our Board. We’ll be back next year!

Board Retreat… SW Style April 17, 2012

Filed under: Board of Directors,Innovation Hub,Invest,Our Team — seattleworks @ 12:10 am

Every year our smart and hilarious Board of Directors ventures onto a ferry boat and heads out for a weekend away.  Not a weekend of relaxation, but a weekend of work.  Down and dirty, hard work… ok, and some fun too.

This year’s retreat goals?

1. Innovation Hub: inform the development of a two page snapshot due to HandsOn Network 4/15.

2. Build relationships.

3. Deepen board understanding of current programming, most notably HandsOn Leadership.


This year we returned to Camp Burton on Vashon Island.  The weather cleared up and so did the somewhat cloudy picture in our heads about what the Innovation Hub proposal would be.

We achieved many goals on this weekend away – including a ton of staff/board bonding time, a very entertaining role play on what our next program could look like and beating the heck out of a darth vader head shaped piñata.  Stay tuned!