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The finished product February 18, 2011

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We are happy to report that the mural at Concord International School is finished and installed.  ROUND OF APPLAUSE!

This mural began a year ago and has had tons of love poured into it by volunteers, parents, students, teachers, the list goes on and on. 

You can read about the previous Concord International School projects here:

and here:


Wow, that mural is a thing of beauty.  Special thanks to Stephanie Heffner, former Seattle Works AmeriCorps*VISTA that put a ton of hard work into the HandsOn Schools projects and especially into those projects at Concord.  Look at that work pay off!


Friday Funday! June 25, 2010

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Once a month our staff does Friday afternoon fun.  We rotate who gets to plan the staff fun because as it turns out, we all have a different idea of what fun means.  This month was Stephanie’s turn and we started things off with a potluck. 

Warning:  the following pictures may cause some drooling.


Yum!  Later on today, depending on those looming clouds, we’re either canoeing or competing in a board game tournament. 

Happy Friday to all!


Give me an “S” November 16, 2009

Filed under: Grab bag,Swank,Team Works — seattleworks @ 10:32 pm

What makes for a great rainy Sunday afternoon in Seattle?


Seattle Works, Swank auction items, Seahawks, Sea Gals, and Kell’S.

Ok- some beers and appetizers don’t hurt either.


About 30 people came Sunday to Kell’s to cheer on the Seahawks, meet a Sea Gal, and have a chance to win an autographed Sea Gal calendar.


Thanks to those who purchased tickets for the event at Swank, our Team Works volunteers who came, Kell’s, and the Sea Gals for a fun afternoon.





Are you prepared for natural disaster? 10 ways you could be. November 5, 2009

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Over the years, I’ve watched major disasters unfold in the news. While I was glued to the TV, radio, and internet waiting for updates and trying to figure out what I could do to help those who lived so far away; in the back of my mind I was always grateful. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I was grateful that I didn’t live in a place that has regular incidents of hurricanes, tornado’s, or earthquakes. Part of me just couldn’t fathom why people would live in a place that was so dangerous.

At a recent disaster preparedness training put on by the Red Cross at an AmeriCorps event, I was reminded how wrong my thinking really was. Flooding, earthquakes, wildfires, earthquakes, volcanoes, drought, avalanches, severe storms, tsunamis, flu outbreaks, dam failures, nuclear plant failures- as for disasters, Washington is one of the few states that is pretty much susceptible to them all.

Once the reality that we actually live in a very dangerous place sunk in, the training reminded me that there are some very simple (and inexpensive) steps we can take to prepare ourselves. While there was a lot of really useful information at the training (and I highly encourage you to visit Red Cross Washington<> for more information), here are the top 10 CHEAP things I learned that you can do to prepare yourself for a disaster.

1. Disasters can, will, and do happen in Washington. Obviously some areas of Washington are more susceptible to certain disasters than others. Take some time to learn what disasters could potentially happen in your area.

2. Meet your neighbors. Such an easy thing to do and yet for many people such an easy thing not to do. Like many of my friends, I rely on Metro to get around- which means none of us have cars. In an emergency, is their a neighbor that has a car that would be willing to let you ride along? Is there someone to knock on your door if you live alone? Is there someone in your neighborhood that might need some extra assistance in the event of an emergency? Get out and meet the people, now.



HandsOn Schools- Brighton Elementary October 5, 2009

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Thank you to UBS and everyone who joined us on Saturday to brighten up the playground at Brighton Elementary. Wow- what a transformation! With all the color from new game lines, US map, the mural, and fresh mulch & plants, the common thought Saturday afternoon seemed to be “I wish I could be here on Monday to see the kids’ reactions”. If the enthusiasm of the kids who joined us on Saturday is any kind of indicator, there are going to be a lot of excited kids on Monday.

Brighton Elementary before:



Brighton Elementary during:




and AFTER!





Welcome Steph! September 24, 2009

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I go by many names, but prefer Stephanie or Steph. I’m the newest AmeriCorps VISTA member working with Seattle Works for the year. I’m from Southeast Alaska- where I do not live in an igloo nor do I have a pet penguin. However, I do have an Alaskan Malamute and have to worry about bears getting in my garbage.


 This isn’t my first time in Seattle; I graduated from UW in ‘02, where I majored in American Ethnic Studies.  After school was a whirl of activity, including traveling (Europe, Asia, Australia, & Africa) and living in Chiang Mai, Thailand- where I taught English & worked with a Burmese NGO. I also worked in Alaska tourism, at a bookstore, as well as worked at 4 of the last 5 Olympics (I missed Salt Lake City).


 Last year, I decided to try out the East Coast, moved to Vermont, and went back to school at the SIT Graduate Institute. Vermont was a lot like Alaska- except for there wasn’t an ocean. I find I go a bit crazy when I don’t live near the ocean- so VT not having an ocean was a major defect on its part. Good thing they have great apples, pumpkins, maple syrup, and the festivals to go with them.


 While in VT, I studied Sustainable Development and found that within that, my particular interests are the policy advocacy and community development aspects.  Now, I’m in the off campus phase of my master’s degree program- which brings me back to Seattle and to Seattle Works. I’m really excited to be part of an organization that emphasizes the importance of community development & community involvement.  


 What’s my favorite color? The color of the sky, the ocean and my eyes.