Monday, August 25, 2008

Museums are neat.... so is getting involved

The Wing Luke Museum in the International District is awesome. It just opened in the last few months in its new home after an extensive remodel. Check out two cool exhibits that have to do with Civic Engagement displayed there:

Our Voice. Our Democracy: Civic Engagement in the Asian Pacific Islander American CommunityAug. 20-Oct. 26. New Dialogue Initiative Gallery at the new Wing Luke Asian Museum. (719 S. King, Seattle). This New Dialogue Initiative exhibition examines voting and civic engagement in the Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) community and dialogues around the question: "What does it mean to be actively engaged in our democracy?" Photographs, artifacts and multimedia about civic participation are featured.
Mixed Race and Mixed EthnicitySept. 5-March 14. Wing Luke Asian Museum. (719 S. King, Seattle). This exhibit examines the diversity and complexity of community and identity from a mixed Asian Pacific Islander American perspective.
Here are some opportunities to get involved with transportation, education and environmental issues in Seattle.

Help plan future bus serviceKing County Metro Transit and Sound Transit are looking for a diverse group of community members from Southeast Seattle, Skyway/West Hill, Tukwila, Burien and SeaTac to help plan changes to local bus service for 2009 and beyond. Application deadline is July 31. For more information about serving on the Transit Connections sounding board: or call Sarah Luthens at 206.684.1154.

Become a Master Home Environmentalist VolunteerDeadline Aug. 31. The American Lung Association of Washington is now accepting applications for the Master Home Environmentalist Fall 2008 Volunteer Training. Classes are held Sept. 9-Nov. 11 at our Seattle office. This free 35-hour training meets Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m., and occasional Saturdays. Volunteer applications due Aug. 31. For an application or more information, contact Casey Coulombe at 206/441-5100, or visit

Family and Community Engagement grants Highline Public Schools is seeking grant proposals from community members and organizations to increase academic achievement and family and community engagement in Highline schools. 206.439.4447

Oh Monday

Here are some events coming up to look into:

Please join the Nonprofit Assistance Center, Former Secretary of State Ralph Munro & Former State Representative Velma Veloria for a “Meet and Greet” Date: September 10, 2008 Time: 5-7 pm Location: Rainier Community Center 4600 38th Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98118 Our elected officials need to hear from communities of color and refugee & immigrant communities! Meet with Representatives Hasegawa, Hudgins, and Kenney City Councilmembers Burgess and Godden & King County Executive Ron Sims to raise our voices on issues that impact our communities. Thanking you in advance! We will see you there! Sponsors include: Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS), Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), API Women and Family Service Center (APIWFSC), Horn of Africa Services (HOAS), Inter*Im Community Development Association, Iranian American Community Alliance (IACA), UW’s MBA Business Diversity Club, Minority Executive Director’s Coalition (MEDC), National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum - Seattle Chapter (NAPAWF), Organization of Chinese Americans of Greater Seattle (OCA-GS), United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 21, Refugee Federation Service Center (RFSC), Seattle Women’s Commission, Solid Ground, Somali Community Services Coalition (SCSC), Tabor 100, Washington Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce
ACLU of Washington and the Women's Sports Foundation present “Tying the Score: Celebrating Women in Sports” at the Seattle Storm vs. Atlanta Dream WNBA game. September 12, 2008 5:00 pm: Pre-game event in the Alki Room (map). A conversation between Nancy Hogshead-Makar, winner of four Olympic medals, and Anne Levinson, Seattle Storm co-owner, Moderated by Sarah Dunne, ACLU of Washington Legal Director 6:15 pm: Reception in Key Arena’s XO Communications Board Room, open to ticketholders only 7:00 pm: Tipoff RSVP here for the pre-game events

Here are a few opportunities to volunteer:

Advisory Committee Member (Renton, WA)

The Computer Network Technology program, at Renton Technical College, is in need of volunteers to serve on its Curriculum Advisory Committee(CAC). Applicants need to be employed or maintain a business within the Information Technology industry, preferrably in the networking field. Generally, CAC members serve minimally a one year term, and meet 3-4 time per year (once per academic quarter). CAC members provide insight, evaluation, and recommendations to faculty and staff involved in the implementation and maintenance of resources (hardware, software, textbooks, curriculum content, etc.). If you are interested in joining the Computer Network Technology Curriculum Advisory Committee, you may contact one or more of the following people: Dante Leon (Dean of Technology) 425-235-2352 X5501; Bill Sanderson (Instructor) 425-235-2352 X5765; John Marshall (Instructor) 425-235-2352 X5765; Additional information about the CNT program can be found at .
Non-Profit Educational YMCA Volunteers Needed (U-Dist.)

Volunteer Positions are available for the University Family YMCA's before and afterschool programs. If you need volunteer hours, want real-world educational experience, or need to fufill an internship, the YMCA is a great place to do such things. Our values based programming strives to make great leaders by focusing on respect, responsibility, honesty, caring, faith, and fun. If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to

Kid's University
University Family YMCA
5003 12th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Rock Climbing Volunteers at Vertical World Seattle

Outdoors for All's rock climbing programs require volunteers to serve as belayers, help with fitting harnesses and helmets and provide overall encouragement and supervision. Come volunteer and climb after the program at Vertical World at no charge! (This applies to program dates only) Our Custom Events program is looking for volunteers to support and belay participants from the Mercer Island Parks and Recreation program. You must be belay checked 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the program. Location is at Vertical World in Seattle, WA. Rock climbing volunteers are needed from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm and must be at least 16 years old. Occurs weekly on Tuesdays from November 4th to 18th. Please contact Shelia Zentler for more information at 206.838.6030 ext 206 or by email at . For more information regarding Outdoors for All programs or volunteer opportunities, please contact: Missy Gresen, Outreach Manager 206.838.6030 x214

Looking for Cycling Volunteers

Join us for a fall cycle along the Green River Trail leaving from Cecil Moses Park. We are seeking volunteers to help be a cycling buddy for one of our many participants and van drivers. Cycling is one of our most popular volunteer roles. Come join us to find out why!! Start location is at Cecil Moses Park. Cycling buddy volunteers must be at least 16 years old--volunteer time from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Van Drivers must be 21 or older--volunteer time from 8 am to 4 pm. For more information regarding Outdoors for All programs or volunteer opportunities, please contact: Missy Gresen, Outreach Manager 206.838.6030 x214

Friday, August 22, 2008

Grant Workshop

Hey Check this out:

Application materials for the 2009 Building Communities Fund (BCF) grant program are now available on the CTED web site. You can go directly to the BCF web page by following this link: Grant workshops will be held in both Seattle and Moses Lake. If you would like to attend either workshop, please RSVP with the number of people attending to If you have any questions, please contact our staff at the email address above, or by calling 360-725-3075. Western Washington Workshop (Seattle) Wednesday, September 3, 2008 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. The Radisson Hotel Gateway Grand Salon 18118 International Boulevard Seattle, WA 98188 (206) 244-6666 For direction & parking information: Eastern Washington Workshop (Moses Lake) Thursday, September 4, 2008 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Big Bend Community College Room 1870 C 7662 Chanute Street NE Moses Lake (509) 793-2222 For direction & parking information:

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Statewide Governor's Board and some cool websites

Happy Tuesday,

I have some cool stuff to share with you. I found some great websites that will definitely keep you interested and engaged in the Seattle community and upcoming events.

One is: This website definitely has a political bent but it provides lots of great information about events in Seattle. provides information on upcoming events, actions, and meetings as well as links to organizations and resources in the Seattle area related to progressive activist issues.

Two is: This is a local conference that focuses on race and social justice issues locally in Seattle. They are currently l0oking for folks to sit on the planning committee for the conference but even if you don't have time to plan, you should definitely attend. If you would like to join the Planning Committee or to be added to their outreach list to receive planning updates please email Brenda Anibarro at or call (206) 684-4514.

Third is: This website is for all persons who live or work in King County (in Washington State) who wish to volunteer and register as official Citizen Councilors. Registered Citizen Councilors agree to meet informally, in small groups, a few times each year, to consider important issues, to listen to the opinions of other Citizen Councilors, and to provide their anonymous opinions on issues back to the auditor, county Council members, and the general public. This is an important opportunity for local people to communicate with the county and I have heard it is quite fun!

Fourth is: This website is an online philanthropy website that is just getting started but is trying to engage young professionals withopportunities to do philanthropy in an accessible way. They are looking for feedback so check them out.
A last opportunity worth checking out is the Governor of Washington has multiple committees that she looks for people to sit on. They are currently recruiting for several boards including the Affirmative Action Policy Committee. Check it out!

The Governor's Affirmative Action Policy Committee (GAAPCom) is in the process of recruiting individuals for recommendation to the Governor for committee appointments. The GAAPCom advises the Governor, state agencies, and higher education institutions on policies and practices that affect the state work force in the areas of affirmative action and diversity. The committee consists of representatives from groups such as: African-American, Asian or Pacific Islander, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Hispanic/Latino, Women, Persons with disabilities, Disabled Veterans, Vietnam-Era Veterans, and Persons over the age of 40. To be considered for membership on the Committee, the successful candidate should have competencies in the areas of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and/or Diversity as it relates to Outreach, Recruitment, Retention, or Training and Development. The 15 committee members serve three year terms. Candidates must be able to commit to a minimum of five meetings a year and be active on one or more subcommittees of the full Committee. Members are expected to locally represent the GAAPCom through active involvement with groups protected by affirmative action and other diverse communities. Appointed members from community based or private organizations will be reimbursed for travel costs to attend meetings. All committee members serve as non-paid volunteers. We would like to recommend to the Governor a list of qualified candidates by September 15, 2008. Please share this opportunity within your networks. If interested, please go to the following link to download an application. Applications can be completed and submitted on line at: For more information or to receive an application in large print or Braille, please call or email La'Tonja Hunter at (360) 664-6228 or

Enjoy the day :)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Yay for Friday! Some ways to get involved!

Good afternoon, What beautiful weather we are having! I saw a couple of opportunities that you might be interested in. All of these opportunities offer different ways to get civically engage in Seattle. Two opportunities to work with Executive Service Corps of WA- Disaster Relief and Arts and Culture This opportunity is similar to the MBA Youth Service Corps I posted last week but if you don't have an MBA but would like to do consulting for arts organizations or around disaster relief, this is a great opportunity to check out! Help Nonprofits Prepare for the Next Disaster! Emergency Preparedness Volunteer Recruitment Did you know that nearly half of the health and human services organizations in New Orleans are estimated to have closed their doors after Hurricane Katrina? Would you like to take action to better prepare Northwest community organizations for the next earthquake, windstorm, or major power outage? The Executive Service Corps of Washington (ESCWA) is a nonprofit organization of 170 volunteers who provide management support, consulting services, training, and leadership coaching to more than 60 nonprofits and schools each year. ESCWA is looking for volunteers with experience in general planning, business continuity planning, or training. Volunteers will help ESCWA establish a new service to provide emergency planning While the requirements of each assignment vary, in an average planning project a volunteer consultant will be involved with a client for an average of 6 hours a month over the course of 6 months. To find out more, go to To volunteer, fill out the form at and indicate your interest in emergency preparedness or business continuity under "Other Information". If you have questions, contact our Member Relations Manager at ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Building Capacity in Arts and Cultural OrganizationsExecutive Service Corps of WA - Springboard Volunteers with planning and facilitation skills needed for new program for small and mid-sized arts and cultural organizations. Many small and midsized art organizations report that they are standing on shaky ground. Along with financial challenges, organizations face leadership turnover, lack of administrative infrastructure, and the need to more effectively build audiences. The Executive Service Corps of Washington (ESC) is a nonprofit organization of 170 volunteers who provide management support, consulting services, training, and leadership coaching to more than 60 nonprofits and schools each year. ESC has developed Springboard to assist small to mid-sized arts and cultural organizations in building both capacity and sustainability. This fall 5-8 organizations will be enrolled in Springboard with the program beginning in February. Three people, including at least one board member, will be involved from each participating organization in order to improving the retention of knowledge in a high turnover environment. Arts leaders who have previewed the Springboard program, which is based on a program piloted in 2002, see it as a way of addressing the issues keeping so many arts and cultural organizations from fulfilling their mission. The program is being supported by funding from the 4Culture, Mayors office for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Nesholm Family Foundation, and The Boeing Company. To find out more, go to To volunteer, fill out the form at and indicate _________________________________________________________________ Childhaven is an excellent organization that is centrally located in Seattle and has multiple locations. I have sent many folks to Childhaven and you learn alot, right away. As a volunteer, you give these children some of the only positive attention they may get throughout the day... really powerful, important work! Volunteer with Childhaven! Childhaven is a non-profit organization focused on therapeutic childcare for abused, neglected and at-risk infants and children ages one month through five years. Volunteers are one of the greatest methods of support Childhaven receives. There are many different ways to volunteer your time at Childhaven, but classroom volunteers are the most needed. The Eli Creekmore Memorial Branch in Burien/White Center is particularly low on classroom volunteers right now, and is looking for some caring and committed individuals to help work with the infants and children there. Please visit (Volunteers link) for additional information on how to become a classroom volunteer and help Childhaven stop the cycle of abuse and neglect. ________________________________________________________________ United Way is a great organization and you can do alot with them! Whether it is donating money, time or services, United Way is a great place to check out. This opportunity give you the power to organize your peers and gather supplies for homeless and youth. Get your office behind it! Organize a Community Resource Exchange supply drive (Seattle/King County) United Way of King County's Community Resource Exchange brings community members and organizations together to connect homeless individuals and families in King County to immediate services, all in one place, in one day. You can help by donating supplies to be distributed to those in need at this powerful community event! Organize a Community Resource Exchange supply drive at your company, school or community group. Select an item to collect from the list below. Then visit and we'll send you materials to help get the word out about your drive. Supplies must be delivered to United Way by September 5 and will be distributed at the Community Resource Exchange September 12. Items needed: • Backpacks • Books for children and adults • Reading glasses • Sleeping bags and blankets • Winter hats and gloves • Small sewing kits • New socks • New underclothes • Travel-size toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, razors) For more information visit or e-mail Have a nice day, enjoy the sun!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Some neat things to do

Hey folks, here are some cool opportunities to get involved and some nifty events coming up:

Friends of Seattle
The Friends of Seattle Board of Directors seeks highly qualified and motivated applicants for the following positions on its Steering Committee.
* Membership & Marketing Director * Technology Director
We are looking for candidates who are passionate about urban issues and political participation, and who want to see reform and visionary change in Seattle. We seek people with leadership potential who can make a personal time commitment to invest in Friends of Seattle's growth and development. *****These are volunteer positions******

About the Friends of Seattle Steering Committee:
What does the Steering Committee do? The Friends of Seattle Board of Directors has delegated responsibility for operating the organization to a Steering Committee. Its functions are both operational and strategic. The Steering Committee chooses candidates and issues to endorse; approves community partnerships; plans public events; represents Friends of Seattle in the broader community; and participates in strategic planning. Some Board Members also participate on the Steering Committee, and people often join the Board after successful service on the Steering Committee.

Who is on the Steering Committee? Steering Committee Members are leaders and activists who believe in reforming Seattle politics, building community, and changing policies affecting urban life. They * Serve in ways that are comfortable and suit their own backgrounds, means, and circumstances; and * Build camaraderie and relationships on the Steering Committee by working together for the success of Friends of Seattle. Read about current Members of the Steering Committee by visiting

To apply go to their website at :
Help with Development of a Parenting Program (Seattle/UW)
Reply to: eckatz@u.washington.eduDate: 2008-08-11, 2:52PM PDT
The Family & Friends Project at the UW Department of Psychology needs parents to help us develop a new parenting program. Volunteers are needed for a group on Wednesday, 8/13. Participation entails attending one parenting group trial session from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Groups will be held on the UW campus in Seattle. Volunteers will recieve reimbursement for parking or bus travel, a $10 coffee card, and dinner during the group. If you are interested in volunteering, please reply to or call 206-919-0604 to speak with our volunteer coordinator.
The Beach Comes Downtown: Volunteer at Seattle Sandfest! (Westlake Center & Westlake Plaza)
Reply to: courtenay.bennett@bbbs.orgDate: 2008-08-11, 4:53PM PDT
Volunteer at Sandfest and get the t-shirt! This is a one-of-a-kind volunteer experience. Seattle Sandfest takes place on Saturday, August 23rd along Pine St and Westlake Park. Attendees will participate in activities, listen to live music and enjoy professional sand sculptures with proceeds benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound. Sandfest goers also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite sculpture built by community sponsors. We have positions available for active people who'd like to get down and dirty and pack sand for sculpting, to volunteers who will interact with attendees, and everything in-between. There are a number of opportunities for corporate and community groups to work with sand (and even build a sculpture!) prior to Sandfest during general business hours on Tuesday, August 19th, and on Friday, August 22nd. Other volunteer shifts run periodically throughout the day and during Sandfest on Saturday, August 23rd between 8:30am and 10pm. If you like to be active, work with a team, or engage in the community, we have a perfect fit for you! Please contact Courtenay Bennett at or 206.763.9060 x238 for more information and to sign up. Shifts are filling up, and will continue on a first-come, first-serve basis. See you in the sand…
Travel Writing - culturally sensitive and curious online community
Reply to: comm-792167666@craigslist.orgDate: 2008-08-11, 12:22PM PDT
Niche Travel Guide( is a space for culturally sensitive and curious travelers to come together and share ideas, tips and experiences. We believe that each place in the world is unique and offers its own richness and learning opportunities. Our goal is to build a community around this concept to help travelers find these qualities wherever they may travel. Niche Travel Guide is seeking globally minded individuals to write travel articles. We are looking for short articles(100-600 words) on anywhere and anything as long as it is consistent with our mission. We are also seeking feature articles(600-1500 words). This is a great opportunity to help grow an online community with a wonderful mission and make your writing more visible. Additionally, we are happy to link to contributors' websites. Submitting:

Friday, August 8, 2008

Fun in the Sun

Hey folks, late post this afternoon.

There are lots of cool events going on this weekend but definitely check out the Tattoo Expo, its an anual thing, great music and live tattoos.

Also the KEXP BBQ and City Chase Experience event are worth checking out

SEATTLE TATOO EXPO - 7th Annual Expo
Friday, 8/8, 12pm – Sunday, 8/10, 10pm
The 7th Annual Seattle Tattoo Expo is expanding and taking over Seattle Center with tattoos, music, art and more as part of a three-day exhibition and celebration of tattoo art and culture. A one-of-a-kind event, the expo features over 200 of the world's most renowned tattoo artists and innovators who will be showcasing their talents through seminars, demonstrations and onsite tattooing for expo attendees.

Also the KEXP BBQ and City Chase Experience event are worth checking out

If you are looking for a cool committee to join and work on Mexican arts and culture in the Phinney Ridge area, I have an opportunity for you:

Dia de los Muertos planning committee (Phinney Ridge)
Reply to: comm-788770239@craigslist.orgDate: 2008-08-08, 2:14PM PDT
The Phinney Neighborhood Center(PNC)seeks volunteers to plan and support the annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)celebration. This year's celebration will take place on Friday, November 7th 2008. The event is free, and is a traditional Mexican celebration for families featuring a procession, art show, live music, craft events, and cocoa. Please contact the PNC Arts Coordinator at the following email address for additional information and upcoming events planning dates. Ven a celebrar una fiesta familiar tradicional Mejicana en el Phinney Neighborhood Center 11/7/2008. La cuarta celebración anual del Día de Los Muertos estará caracterizada por una procesión tradicional, un show de artes y presentaciones musicales.

Alrighty folks, have a wonderful weekend! Stay safe and enjoy the nice weather!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

The sun is coming out

Hey folks,

I am still ill and my brain hurts but I am trying to work like a champion.

Check out the Seattle Weekly, the best of Seattle is out and in print.

Also, the World Affairs Council is a very cool organization that works to promote Young Professional Events around world affairs and politics in Seattle.

World Affairs Council seeks programming board members

The Board of the Young Professionals International Network (YPIN) of the World Affairs Council is currently seeking individuals to serve on our programming board for a year starting in September. YPIN is a fun way to be active in the international community in Seattle and board members gain valuable event planning experience and networks with people in the public, private, and non-profit sectors who work in international affairs. YPIN is looking for creative and outgoing individuals to serve as General Program Coordinators on its 2008-2009 Board of Directors. We are also specifically looking for people with marketing and communications experience to help grow our membership and get the word out about the fun things that we do. YPIN is led by a board of young professionals from the greater Seattle area from diverse backgrounds. Our members range from foreign-born Americans to those who just like to learn more about the world around them. Many of us speak different languages, have traveled or lived abroad, and enjoy hanging out with people with international worldviews. If you fit this profile, you should apply! General Program Coordinators make up the bulk of our board members. As a GPC, you will help plan, assist with, and strategize about YPIN events. GPCs must have the ability to organize and support conventional events (e.g. lectures, small group discussions, happy hours, parties) as well as envision new events that YPIN has not tackled thus far. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, innovative, and looking to gain board experience and event-planning abilities. It’s also great if you have big networks of friends or colleagues who may be interested in international affairs. We ask that all GPCs organize 3-4 events per year, as well as assist on a few others. There is no financial requirement to sit our the YPIN board though we hope you will become an active member with the World Affairs Council. If you are interested, please email your resume and a letter of intent to by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 15th. In your letter, please answer the following questions: a) What do you think YPIN’s purpose is? b) Why are you interested in serving as a YPIN board member? d) What skill sets and experience do you possess that will best serve YPIN? Please note that candidates must be able to attend board meetings on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:00-7:30 p.m. A one-year term on the board runs from September through August of the next year. A full board retreat, including newly elected members, is planned for the third weekend in September (it is super fun and you won’t want to miss it!). We will follow up individually with select candidates in August and host a meet-n-greet with all prospective board members as well. Last year, we had about 18 applicants for 4 positions so be sure to put your best foot forward. If you have any questions, please email the board at You may also visit and click on the Young Professionals link to learn more. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you soon. The YPIN Board Beth, Ellie, Gabe, Ismael, Michele, Nigel, Patrick, Ryan, Sacha, Sean, Stanley, and Sylvie P.S. YPIN is now on Facebook! Look us up in groups and join today!

If you are an artist or want to be check out these opportunities:

Artwork Opportunity: Breaking Boundaries Project The King County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee is seeking image rights to an original artwork, which captures the spirit of the theme for the County’s 2009 celebration: Breaking Boundaries. The most competitive images will be those which visually articulate an idea around the theme while highlighting one of Dr. King’s many values including courage, truth, social justice, equity, compassion, dignity, humility and service. An honorarium of $500will be offered for rights to the selected image of an artwork by a King County-based artist. The artwork remains the property of the artist. Deadline: Monday, August 25, 2008 Application Information: PDF Attached or visit 4Culture's home page at _______________________________________________ The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs seeks to purchase existing two-dimensional artworks by emerging artists for SPU's Portable Works Collection. Please forward the following link to those who may be interesting in applying.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Sickness in Seattle

So I am sick so this will be a fast post.

Here are some important meetings coming up in the community: If you haven't seen State Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos speak, go see her because she is an excellent speaker and she is a politician worth checking out. She is very committed to local issues.

CCCJ MEETING NOTICE Community Coalition for Contracts and Jobs (CCCJ) meeting will be on on Tuesday August 5, 2008 at 6:00 PM at the Central Area Motivation Program (CAMP) 722 18th Ave. in Central Seattle. State Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos will be the guest speaker. CCCJ meets the first and third Tuesdays of every month at CAMP with a mission to insure equal participation for African Americans on contracts and jobs created by our tax and consumer dollars. For further information call 206-353-5770. Please forward to everyone you know and encourage them to come and hear about all of the positive things happening to support economic parity and justice and inclusiveness for the Black community.

These are also an important meetings because of transportation and tolls to and from the Eastside:
Open houses feature toll scenarios for SR 520 bridge CONTACT: David Grant, Public Information Officer, 425-452-4158 or BELLEVUE – A special committee set up to study various tolling plans to raise money for construction and maintenance for the State Route 520 Bridge will hold an open house in Bellevue, one of six scheduled events. The 520 Tolling Implementation Committee, named earlier this year by the state Legislature, will meet 5 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6, in Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. N.E. The purpose of this and the other open houses is to gather feedback on the scenarios, which could also impact Interstate 90, SR 522 and other major roadways in the area. On July 23, the Committee announced four possible tolling scenarios, and discussed the possible revenue that each scenario could raise to rebuild and maintain the 520 bridge. The other open houses, all from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with a presentation scheduled at 6 p.m., are being held: Tuesday, Aug. 5, in Seattle at the Naval Reserve Building at South Lake Union, 860 Terry Ave. N.; Thursday, Aug. 7, in Kirkland at the Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave.; and Wednesday, Aug. 13, in Mercer Island at the Community Center at Mercer View, 2040 84th Ave. S.E. For more information, including the scenario results presented at the July 23 meeting, visit the Tolling Implementation Committee website at

This is another interesting opportunity I came across. If you are interested in serving in a different capacity, as a volunteer consultant for start up businesses and public service orgs:

Dear MBA-Level Professional, Nonprofit Director, or Small Business Owner:

USA Leadership Corps is a national, volunteer-driven strategy consulting group.
We help nonprofits and small businesses achieve greater success from their fundraising, marketing, and other business planning initiatives.

Our volunteer consultants provide this support because they desire to...
* Make meaningful, dynamic contributions to society,
* Enhance their resumes for future employment or graduate school opportunities,
* Refine their existing leadership, consulting, and project management skills.

Please visit to learn more about the program.

Thank you!
USA Leadership Corps

Also, if you are a nurse and you are looking to volunteer your services, check out:
Nurses needed to give flu shots for MS fundraiser.

Where: Various office buildings in the Seattle and Eastside area
When: This fall, weekdays, October-November. Most shifts 10am to 2pm.
What: Administer flu shots
Who: RNs, LPNs, ARNPs with current Washington State license
Why: Raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis; raise awareness of MS
How: Contact Lisa Daly at 206-633-2606 or

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of King County (MSA) is a local charity that supplies direct services to King County residents living with MS. We provide counseling, social work, in-home PT/OT, hydrotherapy and yoga classes and educational programs about the disease. MSA also operates a totally accessible house for people disabled by MS who would otherwise need to live in a nursing home, and provides volunteer helpers to clients who live in their own homes but need some assistance to do so. Our mission is to help local people with MS continue to lead productive lives.

Since 1998, MSA has offered a totally professional flu clinic experience, at comparable costs and the opportunity to make a charitable contribution. MSA of King County is a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization with the mission of providing vital direct services to local people living with Multiple Sclerosis. The Flu Shot Clinics are one way of raising funds for rehabilitation, social work, housing and other services. WWW.MSAKC.ORG
Lastly, Seattle Works, a non-profit that engages young professionals in service has put out their candidate guide.

If you are interested check out the website at:

Ok dok, thats all for now,also, sickness in August is nothing I would recommend. :) My brain hurts.

Monday, August 4, 2008

A couple of cool websites to check out

Hope you all had a nice weekend!

A couple of cool websites to check out that give you more information about events/ civic engagement stuff in Seattle are:
I am excited about the potential of daily candy. It is a website sort of like this blog that e-mails out things going in Seattle, things to know about , places to shop etc. Sometimes it is hit or miss because they are working on a national level but all of the stuff I have been sent so far is worth at least a look.
Search and raise $ for your favorite charities. if you are wondering how searching the internet can support your favorite local charity, check out this website run by yahoo where everytime you search and anytime you purchase something online, money is donate to the charity of your choice. Both organizations I sit on the board of use this as an additional fundraiser. If you need some ideas for charities, let me know.
The coolest new website that I just found is teach street. I am really excited about it and it is a local website. Seattle-ites can find over 25,000 local classes using TeachStreet's directory of local learning. No matter what you want to learn, or what neighborhood you want to learn it in, there's probably someone teaching it near you. On TeachStreet, a free Seattle based website you can... -- Find classes -- Read reviews -- Connect with great local teachers.

Ok, and lastly another volunteer opportunity that for many might be enjoyable.

Washington Beer Commission is looking for volunteers to help the 2nd Annual Oktoberfest on September 12th & 13th at Pyramid Alehouse, just south of downtown Seattle. Volunteers are needed in the following areas: • Set-up—help build the event before everyone gets there • Ticket booth—help welcome the guests and move the lines quickly at the Ticket Booth • Merchandise/WABL booth—help with merchandise sales and sign up new WABL members and serve the WABL Beer. • Brewery help—make sure to collect tokens for every taste serve and occasionally help brewers pour beer. Volunteers will receive free admission to the event and a volunteer t-shirt. No drinking allowed before and during the shift. Please check the drinking policies on the web site. You must be 21 or older to volunteer. For Festival details and volunteer information please go to and check out the volunteer page. The event will feature fall seasonals by over 30 Washington breweries, Oompah and Accordion Jam on stage and Brewers Oktoberfest Showdown, all under a big Oktoberfest-style tent. All the proceeds will go to the Washington Beer Commission. The Washington Beer Commission, the very first Commission of its kind in the nation, was formed in July 2007 to promote world class beer made in the state of Washington. More information at

Check these out if you are interested and have a good one!