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Meet the Interns! June 23, 2014

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Get to know our new interns, Martha and Natalie. They will be working with us this summer and getting to know the ins and outs of Seattle Works!



I’m from the northern VA area, just outside of Washington DC. I’m currently a rising junior at Duke University in NC where I’m pursuing a degree in Economics. My time in Seattle this summer marks my first time on the West Coast!

I;m interning here at Seattle Works through DukeEngage, which is a Duke program that offers volunteer opportunities to students at various locations throughout the world. Along with 15 other students, I’ve traveled to Seattle for a summer internship with a non-profit organization. I’m very excited to be paired with Seattle Works and look forward to working with such a great organization!

My favorite volunteer experience comes from my involvement with my high school community service club. I organized a school-wide benefit concert for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation that showcased many talented student musicians. Some of the reasons it’s still so memorable to me is because it was the first event where I was the team leader, and it was to benefit a foundation that I have supported for more than a decade. I could also see the change I was creating through educating the audience about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation which was very fulfilling to experience.

What interested me most about Seattle Works is the variety of service opportunities they offer to get the community involved in service. I look forward to being able to participate in their efforts to engage the Seattle community in service and through that learn more about how non-profit organizations work, as well as the Seattle community.

As I’ve never been to Seattle before, there are many things I’m looking forward to doing this summer during my free time. One of the things I’m most excited about is taking a ferry ride out to Bainbridge Island. Also, having never lived in a major city, I’m looking forward to acclimating to and experiencing city life.



Growing up in Tri-Cities, WA, I’m currently going into my Senior year at Central Washington University. Majoring in Communication Studies with minors in Non-Profit Administration and Web Design, I love non-profits, the work they do in communities and hope to work for one after I graduate next spring and move into the real world.

My favorite volunteer experience was last summer, when I was a volunteer/unofficial intern with Ignite Youth Mentoring in Richland, WA. Helping with anything and everything in the office, it was really fun to learn about what happening on a day to day basis to keep an organization up and running. During my time with Ignite, I got to help interview some of the kids in order to match them up with a mentor, which I loved, getting to figure out what qualities and attributes each child needed in a mentor in order to have a good experience with the program.

The thing that interested me the most about Seattle Works is the fact that they are so focused on getting the community involved. I have been interested in volunteer management and community engagement, and finding out that there was a whole organization focused on it blew my mind; I knew right away that I wanted to intern here.

Being from Eastern Washington, I am really excited to be in the “Big City” this summer, getting to explore a whole new area. For the most part when visiting Seattle, I’ve only gone to a few of the tourist attractions, so I can’t wait to be able to just pick an area and walk around until I find something new, whether it is a restaurant, shopping area, or just something random.


HandsOn projects are in–are you ready to take the lead? February 26, 2014

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So you’ve done the one-day volunteering thing for a while and now you’re ready to get your hands even (metaphorically) dirtier, right? Well we’ve got four new HandsOn Leadership projects waiting for you!

As Ben mentioned last week, we’ve got some new surprises in store for this round of HandsOn Leadership that will make you a rockstar volunteer project manager–and an even stronger leader. Our in-class time will use real-life projects from local nonprofits to build your skills and help you get to know your classmates. If you get attached to your project during the class, you’ll have the option to continue working on it with your team!

So, what are the projects?

Create an irresistible silent auction for the Alexander Hamilton Friends Association gala! Hamilton Friends helps high-achieving, low-income students make the successful transition from high school to college and beyond. This year, they’re hoping to raise $10,000 in the silent auction to support their work–the HandsOn Leadership team will help procure the items they need to make this year’s auction bigger and better than ever!

Be the Directors of Fun at the Arthritis Foundation’s summer camp for kids! The Arthritis Foundation’s KAT-FISH Camp is an annual family camp for kids and teens with arthritis. The HandsOn Leadership team will serve on the camp’s planning committee and plan all of the social activities for camp–think games, entertainment, icebreakers, talent shows and more!

Get Seattle to Walk Like MADD! Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s Walk Like MADD and MADD Dash 5k is a run/walk that engages victims, survivors and supporters to raise awareness about impaired driving and underage drinking. The HandsOn Leadership team will help MADD develop a plan to spread the word about the Dash and get more Seattleites involved!

Throw a party for young donors at Imagine Housing! Imagine Housing is the only nonprofit in East King County dedicated solely to providing affordable housing for the lowest-income families. Their work is supported primarily through donors–and Millennials play a critical part. The HandsOn Leadership team will plan and throw an event to get young donors excited about Imagine Housing!

HandsOn Leadership starts Weds 3/12–are you ready to learn and lead? Need more info? Check out our website, or contact Ben and Katie.



HandsOn Leadership gets a facelift February 13, 2014

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Every once and a while we must take a step back and look at our programming and identify ways in which we can improve the content, structure and overall feel. Some nip and tuck is sometimes the result of this type of evaluation.

Over the past several weeks Katie and I have been working hard to better understand how to prepare HandsOn Leadership participants with the tools and skills for completing projects with a nonprofit organization. And of course, in true Seattle Works form, figure out ways in which to make the training as interactive as possible.

We are excited to share with you the new and improved HandsOn Leadership:

Session One: Who are you as a leader?

The first session is all about getting to know others and getting to know yourself as a leader. Participants identify the project that is of most interest to them and are split into teams. Through interactive activities, you’ll learn about different work styles, practices in leadership and how you react to conflict.

Session Two: How do you manage a project in a nonprofit?

We walk you through how to work with nonprofits, breaking through some of the stereotypes, common misconceptions and the basics of how the nonprofit sector operates. You’ll get some project management best practices and have time to work with your team and representative from the project nonprofit on how to apply what you’ve learned so far.

Session Three: How do you put it all together?

Before coming up with your next steps and outline your project workplan, you’ll gain some more insights in project management. With plenty of team time to put everything you’ve learned to practice, you’ll present your plan to the group.

Next Steps: Execute the project!

Once you’ve completed the training, you’ll have next steps and a basic workplan to start your project with the nonprofit you’d been working on. Attend an orientation session with your nonprofit partner and new team to brainstorm how you’ll tackle your project–and then you’re off! You’ll work with your team to manage all aspects of the project on whatever schedule you decide works for you over the course of the following months. Seattle Works will check in along the way, but this is your chance to really put your skills as a leader and project manager to work!

So there you have it! Our new and improved HandsOn Leadership. I know you want to be part of it!

Sign up for HandsOn Leadership today! Our next series is Wed 3/12, 3/19 & 3/26, 6-9pm!


CommonWealth sends a check to DESC! December 4, 2013

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Our Fall 2013 CommonWealth team worked together over the last three weeks to build their skills as donors–and learn about this round’s issue area of focus: housing and homelessness. Last night, after researching nearly 50 organizations working on the issue locally and statewide, the group decided to send their donation to DESC!

DESC is a Seattle-based organization that works to end the homelessness of vulnerable people, particularly those living with serious mental or addictive illnesses, by providing mental health and chemical dependency treatment, 279 emergency shelter beds, and nearly 800 units of permanent supportive housing that serve over 7,000 people each year.

From the beginning, the CommonWealth team wanted to support organizations that provde a wide range of services to address the root causes of homelessness. DESC emerged as a perfect match–the team was impressed  by the diversity of their programs, their collaborative approach and their impressive results. As the team said themselves, DESC serves “the people we see every day,” and “empowers them to be a part of the community.”

Thanks to our CommonWealth team for the time and energy they invested this round–we’re thrilled to send their donation of $1,200 to DESC this week!


And our HandsOn Leadership teams are off! November 21, 2013

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Last night marked the kickoff of our fall round of HandsOn Leadership projects–and we are so excited for the work these teams are about to accomplish. What will they be up to in the next few months? Well, last night they created mission statements for their projects–here’s what they came up with:

HOL Fall 2013 Teams 1

Helping Link
Helping Link assists Vietnamese immigrants in their effort to settle in their new country, strengthen the Vietnamese community and promote cultural harmony in Seattle. They use volunteers to provide ESL, parenting, job readiness, and computer literacy training; tutoring; youth leadership opportunities; citizenship assistance; and community building events. Helping Link also sponsors the Tet in Seattle Festival every year–at which the work of our HandsOn Leadership team will be displayed this year.

Project Mission: Create a visual exhibit to increase community awareness of services Helping Link provides and opportunities for the community to get involved in. The visual exhibit will be diverse, to serve  various events and purposes.

HOL Fall 2013 Teams 2Youth In Focus
Youth In Focus empowers urban youth, through photography, to experience their world in new ways and to make positive choices for their lives. Youth In Focus puts cameras in the hands of low income, at-risk youth and places them in a challenging environment surrounded by high quality talented teachers and nurturing adult volunteer mentors. They’ve graduated over 2,800 youth from their free program–and exhibits student photography all over the Seattle area.  The HandsOn Leadership team will help Youth In Focus reach out to new venues and work to schedule several student shows this winter and spring.

Project Mission: Establish sustainable relationships in the community in order to increase awareness and exposure by securing space, nurturing current relationships, and building new ones to showcase students’ work.

Want to learn more about HandsOn Leadership? Check out our website! HandsOn Leadership runs twice a year–and our next round kicks off in March 2014!




Big issues, big giving–are you signed up for CommonWealth? November 14, 2013

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As we gear up for our next week’s CommonWealth kickoff, we’re learning a lot about this round’s issue focus–housing and homelessness. Did you know…

Want to do something about it, but feeling totally overwhelmed? Well, you don’t have to. When you join CommonWealth, you not only get the opportunity to learn more about some of the biggest issues affecting our community–but you get to join a team as committed as you are to supporting the organizations tackling them. Because when you put your minds and your money together, big things happen.

CommonWealth kicks off Tuesday 11/14–are you signed up?


SAP volunteers prep supplies for kids in East King County October 23, 2013

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset  Every Fall since 2008, Seattle Works has worked with volunteers from the  Seattle SAP office at organizations all over King County. They’ve planted  trees, painted murals, got their hands dirty at community farms–and, last  week, helped sort clothing, toys, diapers and supplies that will go out to  hundreds of children and families across East King County this week! SAP at Eastside Baby 5

Thanks  to our friends at Eastside Baby Corner for hosting this group–demand for clothing and supplies is on the rise and Eastside Baby can’t do their  work without the help of volunteer teams like SAP!

SAP at Eastside Baby 4