Seattle Works

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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

Filed under: 10 Question Profile,Team Works — seattleworks @ 7:10 am

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: and send a photo of yourself to

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



Team Works Through Word of Mouth! August 28, 2013

Filed under: Team Works,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 4:06 pm

I constantly talk about how awesome Team Works is — and I’m not lying. But if I’ve learned one thing at Seattle Works, it’s that hearing things through word of mouth (preferably from the mouth of someone super cool) is the best way to get people involved. So, without further ado, here is a compilation of tweets that show a day in the life of a Team Works teammate:

“We put the anchors on our kiwi arbor on backwards…. we’ll fix it! @SeattleWorks#teamworks #theperennialmillenials

“Weeding the spinach! @SeattleWorks#teamworks #perennialmillenials

“I told you we’d fix it! Just flipped the board on top. @SeattleWorks #teamworks #perennialmillenials

“Building a kiwi arbor for Marra Farms! @SeattleWorks #teamworks#theperennialmillenials

“The flowers are so pretty at Marra Farms!!! @SeattleWorks #teamworks#theperennialmillenials

“We’re working on recruiting some independent vounteers to our team. @SeattleWorks#teamworks #theperennialmillenials

“Finishing up by planting some lettuce! Thanks for another great project, Marra Farms! @SeattleWorks #teamworks


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As you can see, by becoming a Team Works volunteer, you get to experience many emotions:

1. Happiness — obviously from weeding!

2. Accomplishment — who doesn’t love fixing things?! Can you say hero?

3. Awe and appreciation — sometimes it’s difficult to find time to appreciate nature. Well, when you spend 4 hours in a garden you do!

4. Inspiration — meeting other volunteers that aren’t a part of Team Works and talking about it helps promote and inspire others to get involved regularly. And who knows — maybe they’ll even join your team next round!

5. Understanding — when you’re all finished with the project, you have an understanding of the organization and why the work that you’ve done is so important. There’s no better feeling.

Now that you’ve seen the action via tweets, are you ready to join Team Works, volunteer with a group of like-minded and fun individuals, all while giving back to your community? I thought so. Email Irina:, or visit our Team Works page to learn more!


Calling All Captains–Team Works Captains, That Is! August 21, 2013

Filed under: Team Works,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 11:57 am

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — being a Team Works Team Captain is AWESOME. So if you’re awesome and you love being around awesome people — what are you waiting for? Here are Team Captain responsibilities in a nutshell — try to contain your excitement while reading:

1. Recruiting teammates: you know that friend you’ve been trying to drag to a volunteer project? Here’s your chance — lure them in with promises of swag (shirts, water bottles, tote bags or gloves!) and parties (two to be exact).

2. Leading your team: you coordinate projects, send information and are the hero of the group if something goes wrong!

3. Encouraging social activities: despite its name, Team Works isn’t all work — it’s also very much play. You encourage activities outside of projects. Bonding with your teammates over food and beer? Yes please!

4. Promoting volunteerism: you obviously believe in civic engagement. So by telling your friends, co-workers, family and strangers your volunteering stories, you’re not only promoting Team Works, but you’re also promoting community engagement. You’re a modern-day John F. Kennedy (you know — because he issued and promoted the Peace Corps in 1961).

5. Organization variety: you work with and learn about four different community organizations each round. Learning the ins and outs of organizations is fascinating, a good way to network and a great way to learn about different community issues.

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So — are you ready to become a Team Captain for the October-January round? I thought so! Check out the dates below and email for more information on how to get started!

Tues 9/10: Team Captain Orientation, 6pm-8pm

Thurs 10/9: KickOff, 6pm-8pm

Project 1: 10/12 10am-2pm

Project 2: 11/9 10am-2pm

Project 3: 12/14 10am-2pm

Project 4 & CoolDown: 1/11/14 10am-2pm & 3pm-5pm


Oh So Dirty 30s lend a hand July 30, 2013

Filed under: Team Works — seattleworks @ 2:12 pm

We’d like to share with you one of the AWESOME projects that our Team Works programming is taking on in our community! Last Saturday, the Oh So Dirty 30s helped out with the Magnuson Community Center Sustainable Landscapes Project. The team had the opportunity to weed, mulch, and groom the pant beds- all while having a great time. As an included bonus, the team even finished the irrigation system connections and installed new lines at the Resource Conservation Landscape.

Want to get involved? We LOVE our volunteers! A new Team Works cycle is starting on Wednesday, October 9th. You will have to opportunity to volunteer, meet people, and learn about different nonprofits. Over the course of 4 months, your team will serve a different organization one Saturday out of the month. Don’t miss out– come join the fun:

Curious about what kind of people join a Team Works team? The answer is everyone, take a look for yourself! Our team descriptions:


KickOff Your Volunteering! June 13, 2013

Filed under: Team Works,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 11:42 am

The KickOff Party for the June-September round of Team Works this past Tuesday was insane. And no, not in the oh-man-what-did-I-do-last-night kind of way, but in the oh-man-there-are-so-many-awesome-people-who-want-to-make-an-impact kind of way.

While it was a smaller crowd than usual–the conversation was inspiring. Not only did Team Captains and teammates get to meet one another, but they also bonded with other teams over pool, food–and of course, volunteering. They discussed which projects they had this upcoming round, which projects have been their favorites in the past and why. There’s nothing better than hearing a snazzy group of individuals talk about giving their time to make an impact in their community. Can we say go Team Works teams?!

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So whether you’re new to Seattle, or have been here your whole life and want to expand your network–Team Works is the perfect program for meeting new people and supporting your community all at once! Plus, you get a fun CoolDown Party at the end of the round to celebrate your volunteering success. Doesn’t get much better than that.

And the best part? It’s not too late to register for this round! The first project is this Saturday 6/15! If you’re going to do one cool thing today–do this. Sign up now:

Questions? Email Irina at


Team Works–the Future of Volunteering. June 11, 2013

Filed under: Team Works,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 10:00 am

Well, in a nutshell: Team Works is awesome. If you need a little more persuasion, here it goes…

1. When you volunteer, you feel great–you’ve just given your time to your community. High five.

2. Team Works is one step up from regular volunteering. Not only do you feel great afterwards, but you are surrounded by people who value volunteering and community just as much as you do. So, what does that mean? Well, I think it’s safe to say that Team Works is the future of volunteering.

3. Future? You’re probably wondering how. It’s simple: not only do our teams love getting together for monthly Saturday projects, but they also love getting together outside of their projects. They have built relationships through giving back together. So not only have you made an impact, but you’ve also gained an awesome group of volun-friends! What’s better than that?

4. Not much–unless you haven’t joined a Team Works team yet! It’s not too late. The KickOff Party is tonight at The Garage, and the first project is this Saturday 6/15. Register now:

5. Want to see what teams do when they get together? See below!

“Afterwards, BVM went, per tradition, to celebrate a good day and of course, have that beer!”    BVM Blog

“And a blog about this project wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Flying Pie Pizzeria!”

PM BlogAnd my favorite blog post of all (probably because I also love cheese):

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So, what do you say? Are you ready to take your volunteerism to the next level and meet wonderful people who are just as passionate about making an impact as you are? Join Team Works today:, or email Irina at for more information!