Seattle Works

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

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.

 

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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.

 

Look Who Got Swanky at the Preview Party! August 22, 2013

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Swank Preview Party was earlier this week… and it was awesome!  Just over 50 people gathered to hear more about Seattle Works, what we have planned for Swank this year and to soak up some August sunshine.

We had wine tasting, tasty appetizers, good company, games and prizes.

   

Wanna play the quick game from the party? We’d love you to!

  1. How many Hot Projects has Seattle Works hosted this summer (June – August)?
  2. How many people have been trained through The Bridge since the program began in 2005?
  3. How many nonprofits have we partnered with or served in the last two years?
  4. How many people participated in this year’s Seattle Works Day?
  5. In what year was Seattle Works founded?

The questions are hard, but the answers are below (so you can cheat – we’re all for it).  We also previewed a handful of the items guests at Swank can bid on this year including:

  • Private Party for 40 at Grim’s
  • Live Taping of THE SOUP!
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Russian Vodka Party
  • Snowshoe trip for 10
  • $100 of Dogs – Po Dogs that is
  • One month at Bar Method
  • … and MORE!

Check out the full description of the items and others: http://www.seattleworks.org/swankauctionitems   We’ll continue adding to this list as we get closer to the event, so check back.

If you have an item that you’d like to donate to Swank, we’d love to have it. It’s a great opportunity to get your product or business in front of 400 of Seattle’s emerging leaders.  You can contact us (Hilary@seattleworks.org) or fill out this quick form.

   

Have you grabbed your tickets to Swank yet? Go for it! Swank is Saturday, October 12th at Fremont Studios and we don’t want you to miss out:  http://www.seattleworks.org/swankregister

 

Answers:

1.61 Hot Projects, 2.1266 Bridge grads, 3. 263 nonprofits 4. 1126 Seattle Works Day participants 5. 1989 is when we were founded (almost 25 years ago!)

 

Megan Coppersmith Szerwo enjoys the mini donuts at Pike Place August 5, 2013

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1. Name: Megan Coppersmith Szerwo

    Neighborhood: Mercer Island

    Occupation: Communications for the Seattle City Council

    Years in Seattle: 30

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

My most favorite place to go in Seattle would have to be the Pike Place Market. My husband and I like to wake up early on the weekends and head down to the Market for breakfast (usually mini-donuts) and to pick up our groceries for the week.

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

My first interaction with Seattle Works was pulling lots and lots of ivy at Volunteer Park several years back during Seattle Works Day.

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

Anything at Osteria La Spiga. It’s so, so good.

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

In addition to helping out with the Seattle Works Election Committee, I volunteer on the Communications Alumni Board at the University of Washington and with the Kids At Heart Guild, benefitting uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s.

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

It almost seems wrong, but as a native Seattleite, I don’t drink coffee.  I do stop by Starbucks from time-to-time though, for breakfasts sandwiches and chai tea.

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

Rewarding. Fun. Educational.

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Huskies.

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

Throughout my high school years I served as my neighborhood’s Block Watch Captain. This included creating and distributing a newsletter, keeping a contact list and throwing the annual Seattle Night Out event.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

Someone who lives in or near Seattle, has a love of the city and gives back to their community.

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 to yourself to Tomilyn at tomilyn@seattleworks.org

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

 

Seattle Works Day – Over 4,000 Hours Invested in Our Community! May 29, 2013

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In case you missed it, Seattle Works Day happened Saturday, May 18th and it. was. epic.  That’s right, I said it.

How many other Saturdays have had over 1,100 people spread all throughout Seattle volunteering? Not many!  And after all of that hard work, we celebrated the day with a great AfterParty at Seattle Center.

Team Something Clever     Team 206    AfterParty Fun!

Were you there? Did you think it was awesome? Or not… either way, we want your feedback so we can make it better for next year: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SWD2013Survey

Did you miss it?  We missed you. Pretend like you were there by scrolling through the 700+ photos: http://www.flickr.com/groups/swday2013/  See? Epic was not an overstatement.   If your photos from the day aren’t there, upload them so we can see them!

Want to relive it?  Our tagboard tells the story better than we can. http://tagboard.com/swday  What the heck is Tagboard you ask?  It’s one of the coolest things you’ll see all year.  Tagboard is a social engagement platform that tells everyone’s story of their Seattle Works Day experience and then aggregates it all into one place for us to share!  Huge shout out of thanks to the people at Tagboard for letting us see instagram photos, next to tweets, next to vine videos, next to snaps from our photo booth and so on! #hashtag aggregation #FTW

tagboard!

Pat yourselves on the back. In one day, together we accomplished:

  • 4,060 hours of volunteer service
  • 37 different projects impacted by the great work of volunteers! Everything from park restoration, to stuffing quarterly newsletters, to sorting books to create a new library at an elementary school.
  • Over $70,000 raised for Seattle Works so that we can continue to connect volunteers, develop emerging leaders and inspire dialogue all year long!

Incredible.

And now, what’s next?  We hope that Seattle Works Day inspired you to do something more for your community. That can look like whatever you care most about and whatever you have time for.  Maybe you want to volunteer a few more times this year, or maybe you’re going to help out your neighbor the next time you see them in a bind, or maybe you’re going to decide to learn more about one organization you care about and figure out how you can help them most.  Whatever it is, we hope you do it.

what did you do today?  what will you do next?

Do you wish you could do Seattle Works Day every month? Join Team Works now and it’s essentially a smaller scale Seattle Works Day one Saturday a month, June – September. Check out the different teams you can join and then sign up to meet new people, volunteer at different organizations and get further involved!

Team Works     Team Works

Seattle Works is here to get you connected. If you’re looking to take the first step (or even your next step) into community engagement, we’re here to help you do it!

Do Something.  www.seattleworks.org

 

Microsoft Employees Join Seattle Works Day to Give Back and Have Fun! May 9, 2013

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SWD TeamMicrosoft has been a valued and generous partner to Seattle Works for many, many years – and this year is no exception.

Employees and friends/family of employees from Microsoft are forming three teams for Seattle Works Day!  They’ll be at:

Eckstein Middle School

A Seattle Public School that serves northeast Seattle students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Volunteers will be removing ivy to improve the safety and visibility for students and school staff.  The look and feel of our schools is important and sends a message to the students, community and families that we encourage learning and growth for all students while providing a safe, clean and beautiful environment.  The schools would be unable to maintain all of their sites without the help of volunteers like those from Microsoft!

Kubota Gardens

This garden is located in South Seattle and is composed of 20 acres of hills and valleys featuring streams, waterfalls, ponds, rock outcroppings and an exceptionally rich and mature collection of plant material.Volunteers will be planting trees, weeding the forest and removing invasive plants to allow future children to play along a future trail site that will climb the moutainside trail in a more gradual route.Volunteers!

Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust leads and inspires action to conserve and enhance the landscape from Seattle across the Cascade Mountains to Central Washington, ensuring a long-term balance between people and nature.  Volunteers will be helping us remove invasive species like blackberry and ivy along Issaquah Creek which will help improve the salmon habitat along the creek. Invasive plants are not conducive to a healthy salmon habitat and by removing them we will be helping them thrive.

Are you a Microsoft employee looking to join them? Great! Sign up now: https://seattleworks.ejoinme.org/swdmicrosoft

BIG THANKS to the team at Microsoft who has supported Seattle Works for so many years. We are very thankful to have their employees engaged with our community.

Seattle Works Day is Saturday, May 18th.  The volunteer projects run from noon – 3.30pm and then we head to Seattle Center for an AfterParty full of beer, tacos, ice cream and fun. If you don’t work for Microsoft, you can join the Seattle Works Team – we’d love to have you: https://seattleworks.ejoinme.org/swd

Hope to see you there!

 

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

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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: http://www.seattleworks.org/signup