Thursday, September 11, 2008

Thank you for making service sexy

I wonder how many folks meet a nice person to date or befriend while participating in service? Just another reason to get involved in your community right :) Now don't go up to just anyone, check out their style and commitment to public service first hehe.

Ok so here are some cool opportunities to do service and mingle:

Check out some of Seattle Works programming. To sign up, go to

** The Bridge **

Thursdays 10/16, 10/30 and 11/13 6-9pm


$150 program fee, includes meals; scholarships available

The Bridge is a dynamic training program designed to give you the basics in nonprofit and government board service. Over the course of the series, you'll learn about roles and responsibilities of nonprofit and public board members and complete personal skill and interest assessments. Plus, following the course, we help connect you with a community leadership role.

Learn more and sign up for The Bridge

** Hot Projects **

These one-time opportunities, led by fellow Seattle Works volunteers, give you the opportunity to experience different organizations and activities without making a long-term commitment. Plug in where you can!

Sat 9/20 10am-2pm - Help Give Families Healthy Homes! - Featured Monthly Hot Project with Team Works

Each month, Team Works volunteers focus on a different community issue area. This month we're digging in at "Healthy Spaces." Join team ‘Bring on the Sun’ and be part of the Team Works forces working to improve healthy spaces around Seattle. Volunteers will clean one to three bedroom apartments for families in transition. The YWCA aims to improve the quality of life for women of all ages, races, and faiths, and their families. They provide services that meet critical needs, promote self-sufficiency, reduce violence and achieve equal opportunities for all people.

Tues 9/23 6-9pm - Check out Photographic Center Northwest

Help Photographic Center Northwest put its facilities back in order for the start of the fall quarter! They will be getting a new roof put on the building shortly and before their doors open again to the public things will need to be tidied up a bit. Volunteers are needed to help with everything from painting and sweeping to setting up enlargers and computers. If you’ve ever wanted to get hands on experience with photographic facilities this will be a great opportunity!

Sat 9/27 10am-2pm - Hot Organic Farm!

Garden with us and help show off Marra Farms! Lettuce Link is a creative emergency food and gardening program that provides fresh organic produce, vegetable seeds, plant starts, organic gardening supplies, assistance and information to low-income people throughout Seattle. As the cost of organic produce is prohibitive for people struggling to make ends meet; Lettuce Link - and their host, Marra Farm - fills an important role in our community. On 9/27, Marra Farms will be hosting both Solid Ground’s Fall Fest and King County’s Farm Tours. Volunteers are needed to help set up for the party, grill food for guests AND weed and harvest the gardens.

Sat 9/27 10am-2pm - Seattle Goodwill

As Seattle goes green more and more people are recycling AND donating used items as opposed to throwing them away. Help Goodwill stay on top of the donations by sorting good and preparing them for sale. Volunteers will sort and tag merchandise; all proceeds of which go to support Goodwill's education programs.

Sat 10/4 11.30am-3.30pm - Set up for Emerald City Swank

Volunteer for us – Seattle Works – and help set up for our biggest and snazziest fundraiser of the year. The evening of October 4th will be our sixth annual Emerald City Swank bringing almost 500 people together to wine, dine, bid and mingle, all in support of our programs and mobilizing people in their 20s and 30s to get involved in our community. There is much to do to prepare; tasks range from distributing bidder cards and decorating tables to organizing silent auction items, setting up check in and picking up deserts. Help us engage a generation by ensuring that people have a good time and spend lots of money at the auction!

Sat 10/4 5-11.45pm - Swanky Volunteers Needed!
Volunteer for us - Seattle Works - at our biggest and snazziest fundraiser of the year. On October 4th we'll host our sixth annual Emerald City Swank bringing almost 500 people together to wine, dine, bid and mingle, all in support of our programs and mobilizing people in their 20s and 30s to get involved in our community. We need help running doing everything at the event from checking people in, to moving silent auction items, helping the auctioneer recognize bids, and checking people out. If you haven’t been it’s definitely an experience to be had. It can be a long haul, but there’s fun mixed in, it’s for a good cause and we’ll be most grateful for your support!


Some board positions that are open:

I am on on the board of Safe Futures, so I can tell you it is a fabulous organization

Safe Futures Youth Center in West Seattle is looking for board members to join a fun and hard working young professional board. We are looking for young professionals in the business, law, fundraising, education field to help us support the work of Safe Futures to prevent gang violence and create alternative programming for at- risk kids. You can check out all the things they do to help youth in the community online at:

The Board of Directors is actively recruiting new members!

SafeFutures Youth Center welcomes qualified and motivated candidates to join our growing Board. In general, the Board provides:

Support for SFYC's mission
Promotion of SFYC's visibility in the broader community
Commitment to regular meeting and committee attendance
Financial support and connections to potential funding sources

If you would like more information about becoming a Board Member, please contact Sorya Svy, Executive Director, at (206) 938-9606 ext. 106 or or Mark Manuel, Board President, at


Children's Response Center Advisory Board Position Open. The Children's Response Center, a program of Harborview Medical Center, provides services and support for children and youth under the age of 18 who have experienced sexual assault or other traumatic events. Services are also available for non-offending family members and children and youth who display sexual behavior problems. The purpose of the Advisory Board of the Children's Response Center is to support the mission of the Center by recommending policy, providing financial and advisory support, and increasing public awareness through community education. The Advisory Board of the Center is responsible for assisting the Director in carrying out the goals and objectives of the organization. The duties and responsibilities of a board member include: Development of a thorough understanding of the function of the Center and the needs of the children served; Attendance and active participation in monthly board meetings; Active participation in at least one of the standing committees as identified in the bylaws; Advocacy for the Center in the community and at all levels of government; Participation in the development of the goals and objectives of the Center with the Director and staff; Active involvement in helping to raise sufficient annual financial support for the Center; Personal financial support of the Center based on ability to contribute. For more information, please contact Volunteer Services at 425-467-3384 x3384
ATTENTION OUTDOORSY TYPES! Volunteers are needed to help children and adults with disabilities enjoy outdoor seasonal activities. Instructors, guides, lodge chaperones, van drivers, rock climbing instructors, cycling techs and more. Share your expertise and make a real difference. We also need help with events and admin (auction assistance, etc.) Outdoors for All is a customer driven organization where each year more than 2,000 children and adults with disabilities exercise their abilities thanks to the training and support of more than 600 volunteers. 206.838.6030.


South Lake Union Chamber Volunteer Wanted (South Lake Union Neighborhood)

The South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce is looking for a part time volunteer to help collect and post "event" information on the Chamber's Website -

Volunteers will also have the opportunity to write community interest articles in the SLU Chamber Newsletter.

The area around Lake Union is bustling with community events and activities. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive list of all community events for the benefit of our residential and business community, as well as out-of-town visitors.

This volunteer opportunity is well suited for anyone looking to learn about community organization at the grass roots level.

Please call the South Lake Union Chamber directly with your inquiry – (206) 547-2577 or email The South Lake Union Chamber is non-profit business association,

Have a wonderful day!

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