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And… they’re off! February 10, 2014

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This Saturday, Seattle Works’  teams set off to begin their spring round of group volunteering. The day was cold (okay, really cold) but the morning of volunteering and the afternoon beers kept our hearts warm. Thirteen teams set off across Seattle to make a difference over a wide-range of nonprofit missions. From sorting shoe donations at Redeeming Soles to facility help at Seattle Public Schools, this group of nearly 200 volunteers did some serious damage, Seattle Works-style.

Check out just a few of the pictures from Saturday’s events! Many thanks to our inspiring Team Works teams and our nonprofit partners for making this morning possible.


Team “Blood, Sweat, and Beers” spent the morning at the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library


A thank-you note was found in an audiobook about how this instrument changed a life.


Team Awesomesauce worked at Redeeming Soles, sorting footwear donations







The A-Team got an A+ for braving the cold!


Patrick Bradshaw thinks Seattlelites use Patagonia or North Face Jackets in the rain rather than umbrellas December 9, 2013

Patrick_Bradshaw_Headshot21. Name: Patrick Bradshaw

Neighborhood: Wallingford

Occupation: Marketing Operations Manager

Years in Seattle: 13

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

Gas Works Park, anytime I am there it reminds me of why I love this city.

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

Through Team Works, the first project I did was to help fix up the Rainier Valley Cultural Center.

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

The best meal I have had in Seattle was Steak with lobster medallions at El Goucho.  However, a more reasonable place lately has been UNEEDA Burger in Fremont.

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

I serve on the Board of Directors for the North Helpline, which provides a food bank and emergency services to the people of North Seattle.

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

Lighthouse Coffee or Lama G’s

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

Fun.  Memorable.  Community.

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?


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

The most memorable volunteer experience I have was taking inventory of a thrift shop on pieces of paper.  While not the most practical or well organized project it certainly provided some of the best memories.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

Someone who doesn’t use an umbrella on a rainy day, they just wear their North Face, Patagonia, etc jacket to stay dry.

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.


President Obama to Millennials: I Want You to Help With Climate Change! December 4, 2013

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Christine McMullin, guest blogger– obama

With all the bad press about Millennials lately, you would think that we can barely get out of bed to confront the coffee pot in the morning, let alone make lasting change in the world.

There is one person, at least, who disagrees: President Obama.

In November, he specifically called out Millennials as the ones who would lead the charge in reducing climate change and environmental regulation in general. It’s the “leaders of the future” that he wants to engage, and he wants to engage them now.

Leading Change as a Millennial

From the executive order that the White House drew up, it’s more than a seat at the table that Millennials will get; it’s the chance to be part of the action.

Nuclear.power.plant.DukovanyObama recognizes that not all change has to come from the legislative branch (we’ve all been party to how that’s going) and seems to have decided that enacting change at the grass-roots and “bottom-up” level will be more effective.

What does this mean for Millennials? The chance to do exactly critics accuse us of: be part of the process. As Melia Ungson says, “…when Millennials are in positions of power, we know that climate change will be high on the agenda, and therefor understand that it is out generation that will reap the rewards or manage the clean-up of whatever actions we take or do not take in the coming months and years.”

How Can I Help?

Government officials seem to be waking up to the value in bringing us into the conversation. After all, as Millennials, we want to change the world. We want to volunteer for causes we care about, we want to do something, whether it’s giving money or time. See the Millennial Impact Report for a fascinating look at how our generation connects with causes:

So, to help, take up the charge! Engage with your favorite cause! Get your friends excited about it! Share news on social media!

The executive branch has realized the impact that we can make: “They [Millennials] are the leading edge of where the country is headed ideologically as well as demographically,” one senior White House aide said.


Guest Post: Hello from London! November 26, 2013

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Irina, Seattle Works Volunteer Program Coordinator: Well hello there, Seattle Works community—miss me yet?! Let me tell you, as awesome as London is, I miss seeing the daily impact Seattle Works volunteers, donors, staff and supporters make—but reading the blog and stalking Facebook posts helps!Image

Being the ever-so-sentimental person that I am, I always carry this SW pin with me:


The other day, as I was staring at Parliament and Big Ben (so lovely), I thought—Seattle Works is kind of here with me, through this pin. Fancy that. So I took a picture (see below). And it turned out pretty awesome. And I wanted to share it with all of you. Congratulations—you have vicariously visited these two amazing places!

Then I thought, how cool would it be to make a collage of all the places that SW has seen—and alas, I write a blog post (as a “guest” blogger—fancy!).

Since it’s been freezing here, I haven’t had the chance to take any other amazing landmark picture, BUT I went to an night food market (how Seattle does that sound?!) and took this:


I would have taken a picture of the hot buttered rum, but I drank that faster than I could say “cheese”. 

Carrying this pin around with me is a friendly reminder that once you participate in anything Seattle Works related, you always feel a sense of community. Every day, I know the staff are working hard to provide awesome programs, as well as give you a voice and make an impact. And the fact that I can feel this sense of accomplishment all the way across the pond—well, it’s quite amazing.

As the holidays approach, and everyone is in the giving mood, make sure you keep that good spirit throughout the rest of the year—so that if you ever need something to smile about, or a way to give back, you know where to go. Or I can always take a few more pictures to make you happy.

Long, cheesy story short: I miss you all! I know you’re doing wonderful things and I cannot wait to hear what was accomplished in 2013—something that I’m happy I was a part of. Cheers!


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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About: Frause is a fully-integrated communications firm providing a comprehensive suite of services from public relations and marketing to social media and digital design.

For more information on Team Works:
Phone: 206.324.0808


Hi, my name is Jessica! November 15, 2013

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Hello Seattle Works! My name is Jessica Frederick and I am joining the community as the Development and Communications Manager!

Volunteerism was my first step through the door to the nonprofit sector. Growing up, my family deeply valued community involvement; whether it was with the Girl Scouts of America or the Seattle Shakespeare Company, my childhood was full of rich, meaningful volunteer activities.

Deciding to pursue volunteerism professionally, I joined the Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet as a Volunteer Coordinator. “Do you want to sign up for a Nutcracker performance?” is still a regressive go-to for starting a conversation. (No really, do you?)

I am thrilled to connect with this amazing organization, and our many nonprofit partners and community stakeholders, and I want to know what you value and prize in your own connection to Seattle Works.

Non-professionally, I just had a huge revelation the other day getting to know a co-worker. His challenge? He could decipher my personality by the TV shows I watched. I rattled off the list: Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Boardwalk Empire, The 329_604943022278_9734_nLeague/Workaholics, Archer, etc. After a thoughtful pause, he returned with the assessment, “so you’re a frat guy.”

Frat guy.

Somewhere, a mental “ding-ding-ding!” sounded and I came to the fabulous realization that, indeed, this sci-fi-nerdy, arts-obsessed girl was indeed, half-frat guy. So let’s grab a coffee, talk sports (Go Hawks, Dawgs, Sounders!), and get to know why Seattle Works is important to you.

Phone: 206.324.0808 ext 6


Travel to Peru with Seattle Works July 22, 2012

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This year, Seattle Works is bringing you a partner program opportunity with Crooked Trails to travel to Peru to build smokeless ovens in the village of Vicos, high in the Andes Mountains.

Crooked Trails is an expert in sustainable traveling!  They provide immersive travel programs in support of indigenous peoples around the world.  For their trips they allow the host communities to take the lead, meaning that you have been invited to come to the village of Vicos and the community has developed the project that you will work on.  It’s an experience of true cultural exchange unlike any other.

The team of volunteers will be creating smokeless cooking stoves for the village.  These concinas mejoradas or “better kitchens” are becoming necessary for improved family health, saving money and conserving natural resources. These kitchens are designed to replace open fire pits which are currently what most families in Vicos use to cook.

A “better kitchen” means a stove, constructed in adobe with a steel plate on top plus a chimney to carry the smoke outside.  The warmth produced by these stoves will keep the entire room up to 15 degrees warmer – and take a fraction of the burning material as the current set up does.

Each family that has been chosen to receive a “better kitchen” is responsible for making adobe bricks and providing local materials and labor to help. You will be helping the families to build, as well as fund the rest of the project.  In about two days, the selected family and up to four volunteers will be able to complete an entire kitchen.

It’s not all work and no play though! Your late afternoon and evenings will be open for you to visit neighboring farms and families, eat around the fire with your host family, explore the area and sing and dance with all the new people you’ll have gotten know.

An unforgettable Machu Picchu extension is available and highly recommended – it is truly one of the great wonders of the world.

The service trip will be from Friday 10/19 to Sunday 10/28 and the optional Machu Picchu extension will be from Sunday 10/28 to Thursday 11/1.

The application deadline is September 4th.  Find out more details about this unforgettable experience and sign up.

We will also be having a happy hour get together at El Camino in Fremont on Thursday August 16 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Come meet people who are involved in global and local community programs and find out more about Seattle Works, Crooked Trails, and the Young Professionals International Network as well as our unique opportunity.

RSVP on the Facebook event.