Seattle Works

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

Rally with us to Restore Summer! June 7, 2011

Here at Seattle Works we absolutely refuse to believe that it isn’t summer.


When summer actually does get here (in August), we’re going to throw an ice cream party for all those cool folks that sign up to spend some time with us this summer!

Will you be one of these elite/extra-special/uber amazing types?

What qualifies you for the ice cream shindig in August? Any/all of the following:

*The Bridge – starts Tues 6/14

Our training class in nonprofit and government board service. Starts ONE WEEK from today, so jump on it before we run out of room.

*Team Works – kickoff Tues 6/14; first project Sat 6/18

Volunteer with a team of 15 people one Saturday a month, for the next four months.  You’ll get a chance to meet some cool people, and volunteer at four different projects. And we throw in a party at the beginning and end – pretty sweet deal (kinda like ice cream).

*HandsOn Leadership – starts Wed 6/29

Get trained in project management (and many other areas) and then work with a local nonprofit partner to help them create, develop and implement a project that they really need your help with.  This is your opportunity to help out at a different level.

*Join a Committee!

We need help with our Swank Procurement Committee! Swank is our annual gala and an incredible event. Help us plan, execute and procure the items that makes this gala awesome. Email Rachel:

Elections Committee! Do you care about the upcoming election? Want to help make sure your peers make an informed vote? Join our Elections committee and be an integral part of how we decide to make the elections exciting, relevant and engaging. Email Bevin:

*Hot Projects – two or three projects offered every week ALL summer long

One-time volunteer opportunities at Seattle Marathon Association, Hamlin-Robinson School, MEOW Cat Rescue, Food Bank at St. Mary’s, Communities in Schools, etc.

*Project Coordinator

Take the Hot Projects one step further: lead a project! We’ll train and support you, and you’ll work as the liaison between the nonprofit that’s hosting the Hot Project and the volunteers that have signed up. Email Kym:


C’mon – who’s with us?


Team Works, in the holiday spirit December 21, 2009

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They’re serving food and collecting donations:

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They’re exchanging gifts with one another, and donating gifts.

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They’re building a human Christmas Tree?

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Oh Team Works teams, how we love you.

p.s. registration for our January-April round opens on Tuesday, 12/22!


More Team Works pics December 3, 2009

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We got two more team photos this week.

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Team Younger & Wiser, in tree-hugger mode

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Team Happy Hours, post-project at the Luna Park Cafe

No, it’s not a Team Works requirement that you be highly photogenic. But it definitely seems to be working out that way… even the rain can’t keep these folks from looking good.


Team Works: Team Photos November 23, 2009

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We asked our Team Works teams to submit a team photo from their most recent project. Check them out!


      Team Happy Hours                                                        Team Drink on                                             


Team Blue Steel                              

                     Team BBC

Overachievers Your Mom’s Team even made a video:

Thanks to those teams that participated. You look great!


PARKing Day September 24, 2009

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PARKing Day is a very cool initiative that asks the question “What should public space be used for?”  Does it make more sense to build parks, or parking spaces?  While Seattle does a pretty good job of having both, PARKing Day has become an international event to encourage a re-thinking of our urban greenspaces. 


I set up our spot in conjunction with Isaac Cohen of the Cal Anderson Park Alliance in front on of Molly Moon’s on Capitol Hill (and boy was it nice to smell the waffle cones all day).  We had some green blankets and Astroturf on the ground, courtesy of PAWS, as well as a giant chessboard, potted plants, deck chairs, board games, candy, and coloring books.  Lots of people stopped by, and a few stayed to play some vigorous games of subjective Guess Who (my new favorite) or chess, and to lounge around on Tara’s now infamous and amazingly comfortable blue chairs.





Pics and thanks from our 8/1 project at Arbor Heights Elementary August 17, 2009

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Need an excuse to smile?


“I’ve been receiving nothing but praise and thanks from many members of our Arbor Heights Elementary community. People are really excited about the painting that you did!

Thanks so very much from all of us at Arbor Heights Elementary. We couldn’t have completed this project without you!” – Katie Sowers




WTA & Seattle Works at Mt. Rainier August 7, 2009

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WTA Trip Blog- Part One

It’s been about five years since I did trail work with the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps in Colorado, so when given the opportunity to lead a Seattle Works crew on a reconstruction project at Mt. Rainier, I jumped at the chance.  What better way to spend a weekend then working with good people in beautiful scenery?

10 of us set out Friday evening, equipped with S’mores ingredients, sleeping bags, and some of the most elaborate tents I’ve ever seen.  Reporting to the trail head on Saturday morning at 8:30 we met up with some other Washington Trails volunteers, as well as our fearless Trail Leader Yarrow and his second in command Lynn.  After our safety talk we were outfitted with hardcore green hard hats and off we went, tromping up the Glacier Basin Trail as it wound through old-growth forest to our first work site.  Project #1 was shoveling and hauling up loads of gravel from the river bed to backfill an already built rock wall and bring it up to tread.  An energetic and enthusiastic bucket line was formed that wound its way up the incline from the river to the wall.  Bicep-building for sure, but spirits were running high.  After lunch (and, we’ll admit, maybe a break or two) it was time to tackle a variety of little tasks that needed finishing along that section of trail.  A little after three we finished up hot, sweaty, and dusty, stored the tools and hiked back out to have some cool drinks and cookies (thanks WTA!).

After a strenuous but successful first day, some of the group opted to go for a hike, while others decided to bask in the sun down by the rapidly running, glacier-fed river coming down from the mountain.  And one person decided to actually get IN the water in a very shallow calm spot, even though it was honestly cold enough to make your bones hurt.   That night was dinner, which ranged from shrimp cooked over the fire, to plain turkey dogs, to my own TJ’s instant meal, and the most impressive, fresh Pad Thai made by our resident chef (which she graciously shared. Mmmmm).  Dinner was followed by plenty of S’mores (with milk and dark chocolate) and funny conversation around the campfire, until people decided to turn in with the realization that we had to get up extra early the next day to break camp before heading out to work.

Sunday was another scorcher, and the main activity for the day was wrestling with giant rocks as we worked on rebuilding a rock wall that had been hastily completed to move equipment through but wasn’t really sturdy enough.  If you’ve never had the opportunity to try to manipulate boulders that weigh more than you, well, maybe it’s time to start.  Plenty of breaks, Trader Joe’s Sweet, Savory, and Tart Trail Mix, and Yarrow’s bag o’treats kept everyone going, even though progress was a little slow.  Other projects for the day included ramping up some stairs and clearing out debris. 

Finally, we finished up the trip with a BANG- pulling the detonating string to explode some boulders that were in the path.  In a very safe manner.  It was pretty darn cool.

So a big thanks to my awesome crew, who made the weekend so much fun, as well as to Yarrow, Lynn, and WTA for helping make this project happen!  Anyone who’s interested in volunteering through them can check out for more information on this and other trail work parties.

Stay tuned for some blogs from the crew themselves!

And for more amazing photos: