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Patrick Bradshaw thinks Seattlelites use Patagonia or North Face Jackets in the rain rather than umbrellas December 9, 2013

Patrick_Bradshaw_Headshot21. Name: Patrick Bradshaw

Neighborhood: Wallingford

Occupation: Marketing Operations Manager

Years in Seattle: 13

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

Gas Works Park, anytime I am there it reminds me of why I love this city.

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

Through Team Works, the first project I did was to help fix up the Rainier Valley Cultural Center.

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

The best meal I have had in Seattle was Steak with lobster medallions at El Goucho.  However, a more reasonable place lately has been UNEEDA Burger in Fremont.

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

I serve on the Board of Directors for the North Helpline, which provides a food bank and emergency services to the people of North Seattle.

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

Lighthouse Coffee or Lama G’s

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

Fun.  Memorable.  Community.

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Seahawks

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

The most memorable volunteer experience I have was taking inventory of a thrift shop on pieces of paper.  While not the most practical or well organized project it certainly provided some of the best memories.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

Someone who doesn’t use an umbrella on a rainy day, they just wear their North Face, Patagonia, etc jacket to stay dry.

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.

 

Lacey Patzer is new to Seattle but has found a home with Team Works December 2, 2013

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Lacey Patzer1. Name: Lacey Patzer

Neighborhood: Renton

Occupation: Program Coordinator at UW

Years in Seattle: 8 months

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

Fremont

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

I joined a Team Works team shortly after moving here, and I’m still on it!

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

I LOVE Pie in Fremont!

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

I’m Communications Chair for Habitat Young Professionals, the YP affiliate of Habitat for Humanity of Seattle-King County.

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

The Rotunda café on the first floor of the Health Sciences building at UW… I’m too lazy to go anywhere else

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

Fun, Laid-back, Difference-making (that counts, right?)

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

I don’t follow sports, but I really like the scarves that Sounders fans wear

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

I think one of my first volunteer experiences was packing healthy dinners for people at a food shelter in my hometown… I barely remember it, so I was probably like 6 at the time and probably not very helpful.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

When you ask “why would you eat fried cheese?” and you are completely serious.

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.

 

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.

 

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

FRAUSE, Nov 15 —

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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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.

 

 

Kristin Elia is Eternal Blue, Forever Green! November 11, 2013

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Gopal Rao1. Name: Kristin Elia

Neighborhood: Queen Anne

Occupation: Political Director

Years in Seattle: 3.5 years

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

Olympic Sculpture Park

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

The Bridge this past February!

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

The grilled wild King salmon at Ponti Seafood Grill – so perfect!

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

Most of my direct volunteer work right now is through the Seattle Works LeadNOW committee, but I’m a supporter of great organizations like Futurewise, Fuse, the Washington Bus, and the Washington Trails Association.

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

Seattle Coffee Works – if you’ve never sat at the slow bar and let their coffee experts drop some knowledge on you, then you are missing out!

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

Fantastic, Uplifting, Network

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Eternal blue, forever green Sounders ‘Til I Die!

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

I spent time during my senior year of college volunteering with a local school, helping a 6th grade class with one-on-one tutoring and other activities. Many of the students struggled with reading and language issues and their tenacity was truly inspiring. I became very close with the class and by the end of the year, they were all asking if they could come to my graduation ceremony and wish me farewell! It was incredibly memorable to have something as simple as volunteering a few times a week become one of my favorite senior year experiences!

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

Opinionated about their coffee and beer, never using an umbrella despite the constant rain, and passive-aggressively telling you how it is.

 

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.

 

Gopal Rao finds joy in teaching young kids science October 28, 2013

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Gopal Rao1. Name: Gopal Rao

Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

Occupation: Product management

Years in Seattle: 1

 

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

Seward Park, leading from a run along Lake Washington Blvd.

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

with the lively and fun bunch of the Social Media Task force. A shout-out to them for all the good work they do.

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

I will have to say the Paseo’s Caribbean sandwich.

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

Not at the moment.

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

StumpTown on Pine, or sometimes Kaladi Brother’s coffee.

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

Engaged. Social. Progressive.

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Soccer is my game, so will have to say Sounders.

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

Teaching young kids science. It’s a great feeling to see the excitement on their faces either from the the learning or from the mischievous thoughts running in their heads. All in all, you end up learning a lot from them as they from you.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

One who doesn’t notice the rain and takes it as just another bright sunny day…

 

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.