Seattle Works

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

Thank You Michael and Elyn! August 14, 2012

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Last Friday was Michael and Elyn’s last day at Seattle Works.  They, and the other 16 DukeEngager’s that were in Seattle this summer all wrapped up their eight-week terms with their respective nonprofits and returned home to prepare for the upcoming school year. Never heard of DukeEngage before? Read more about the incredible program.

While they were here they worked on a TON of things including: social media handles, metrics/tracking, half-year update, Swank auction item procurement, the Ballot Party, data clean-up and entry, our corporate project at Seattle Vocational Institute, 10 question profiles and so much more!

Team Seattle Works! From left to right, Page, Katie, Jenna, Eleanor, Elyn, Tara, Andy, Bevin and Michael

Thank you to both Michael and Elyn for not only choosing to spend your summer in Seattle, but for choosing to spend it with Seattle Works!  We appreciate all of the help you provided our team and wish you continued success in your futures.  Cheers!


Global Happy Hour! w/ Seattle Works, YPIN, and Crooked Trails August 9, 2012

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Join us for a summer Happy Hour at El Camino in Fremont!  Meet people who are involved in global and local community programs and find out more about the work of Seattle Works, YPIN, and Crooked Trails.  Plus, learn more about a unique opportunity to join a team of volunteers on a service trip to Peru this Fall.  See you there!

When:  August 16, 2012 @ 6:30 – 8:30pm

Where:  El Camino – 607 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Cost:  Free and open to all!

Find out more information or RSVP on the Facebook Event.


Hot Projects: Walk, Run, Roll for Thought! August 7, 2012

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Last week, Seattle Works volunteers helped out in the second annual Walk, Run, Roll for Though! hosted by Brain Injury Association of Washington, Headstrong, and Brainworks.
Last year over 50 families and survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury came out for the first walk.  It was a great success!  One family brought 20 family members and friends down from Skagit County to walk for their 20 year old daughter who is still in a wheelchair.  Another young man got up from his wheelchair so he could walk across the finish line.  It is a truly inspriational event!
This  year, our volunteers did another great job and this was what Headstrong had to say about them:
A Heartfelt Thanks to Will Brenes and the 30+ great volunteers from Boeing and SeattleWorks!
You gave up your Sunday mornings and showed up with fabulous energy to help make the 2nd Annual Walk, Run, Roll a great event!
You helped set up signs and tables, guided folks to parking, made sure they got their t-shirts, fueled everyone with bagels and coffee, cheered them on as they walked, ran, or rolled, and were there with wheelchairs if anyone got tired. You made everything run smoothly. You stayed late until everything was packed up. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and support to all our participants.
There were profoundly touching moments from the family that wore their daughter’s artwork on their t-shirts to the young man who was determined to roll his wheelchair over the finish line under his own strength, and more.
Last year we had 50-70 attending, this year we had 240-250. We are excited for next year to be even bigger and would love to have you join us again.
We’ve heard some great ideas for next year, including a t-shirt design contest, an additional course loop for competitive runners. We’ll keep you posted when we start our planning for 2013.
All three organizations have Facebook pages and we’ll be posting photos soon. Our organizations websites are below if you’d like to learn more about our work with people recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury or are interested in other volunteering opportunities with us.
Thank you again from all of us on behalf of the families of HeadStrong, BIAWA and Seattle BrainWorks!
Thank You All!
– Desiree, Headstrong

This event was part of our Hot Projects, one-time volunteer commitments without any long-term obligation.  Check out our Hot Projects Calendar to sign up for upcoming opportunities.

Ballot Party Recap! August 2, 2012

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First of all, thanks to everyone who helped make our Ballot Party last night a success!   Thanks to everyone who took the time out of their evening to come out, and special thanks to all the volunteers on our Election Committee for planning the event and making it happen!

The happy hour Ballot Party was hosted by Seattle Works and took place at the Nabob on 819 5th Avenue North in Queen Anne.  Guests came out for a fun evening of mixing and mingling with fellow voters while learning about the election and having a few drinks.

Don’t worry if you missed out though, because we’ll be planning more election related activities in the near future..  Just follow us and keep a look out for what’s to come.

Lastly, a reminder that Primary Ballots must be postmarked by August 7!


Team Works: Team C3 July 31, 2012

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Meet Team C3: Care, Contribute, Cherish

For all folks who care about giving back to their community, Contribute their valuable time and effort and Cherish the memories and friends they make in the process…


This picture was taken at their first project on Saturday, July 21 at the Seattle Center Foundation.


The rest of Team C3’s Team Works Projects will take place at:

– Science Materials Center on Wednesday, August 22

– North Helpline Food Bank on Saturday, September 15

– Eastside Baby Corner on Saturday October 20


Voter Registration On Facebook, First for WA! July 27, 2012

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Here’s some cool election policy news for the state of Washington!

“Washington State will become the first in the nation to use Facebook for voter registration. The secretary of state will soon unveil an application on its Facebook page that allows residents to register to vote and then “like” the application and recommend it to their friends, according to this Seattle Times article. While you’re at it, make sure you like United Way of King County too!”

Public Policy Update,United Way of King County

While we’re on the topic, here’s some important dates to note on your calendars:

Primary Election

July 30 – Deadline for new Washington State voter registration (in person only)

August 7 – Primary

General Election

October 8 – Deadline for voter registration, address change and other updates

October 19 – Start of 18-day voting period (through Election Day).  Ballots are mailed out and Accessible Voting Units (AVUs) are available at voting centers.

October 29 Deadline for new Washington State voter registration (in person only)

November 6 – General Election

For my voting information, visit


Seattle Works, An Innovation Hub July 17, 2012

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Seattle Works recently became a part of a new HandsOn Network strategy called Innovation Hubs (iHubs).  HandsOn Network is an enterprise of Points of Light and the largest network of 250 volunteer action centers across 16 countries around the world.  The centers help people to find and engage in volunteer opportunities in their local communities.

HandsOn Network is using iHubs to engage “a cohort of our strongest, most progressive market leaders to formulate innovative approaches and pilot best-in-class initiatives with the intent of scaling the most impactful opportunities to benefit the entire network, and ultimately, the communities we serve.”

Last year, through a competitive application process, we were selected along with 9 other affiliates to comprise the initial iHub cohort.  As part of iHubs, we received leadership development training, coaching and $30,000 in seed funding to launch our own concepts of innovation from resources by Points of Light’s Service Generation Campaign.  HandsOn network is planning to expand to 30 iHubs by 2014.

The full article can be found on the Points of Light Blog.