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County Council recognizes Seattle Works


Local non-profit recipient of national Innovation Hub Award


The Metropolitan King County Council today recognized the regional efforts of Seattle Works, a local non-profit agency, and celebrated the organization’s national recognition as the recipient of one of ten Innovation Hubs awarded by the HandsOn Network.

“Seattle Works does wonderful work in our community” said Councilmember Bob Ferguson, the sponsor of the recognition. “For example, last May I had the honor of participating in Seattle Works Day in which more than 1,000 volunteers joined forces to donate over 5,000 hours of community service, on 32 projects throughout the city.”

Seattle Works was created in 1989 by a group of young adults to inspire others in their generation to become more involved with their community. Over the past 22 years, Seattle Works has connected volunteers to organizations, prepared young individuals for service on non-profit boards or committees, and inspired dialogue in the community through non-partisan forums and events.

Seattle Works is a member of the HandsOn Network, a partnership of over 70,000 non-profit organizations – all of which strive to create meaningful change in their community. Of these organizations, Seattle Works was selected as one of ten national Innovation Hubs.

The HandsOn Network selected Seattle Works because of their strong organizational leadership and their proven track record of turning out volunteers and new community leaders in the region.

The Innovation Hub award will provide Seattle Works with grant funding and executive leadership expertise to help develop a new blueprint of civic engagement for the 21st century.

Seattle Works Executive Director Tara Smith, and Board Members Nick Brown and Laura Ford were present to accept the recognition from the County Council.

“Nonprofits, schools and community institutions look to Seattle Works to gain effective volunteer teams, trained board members, and an infusion of new ideas and energy,” said Smith. “We exist to close the gap between emerging leaders and community causes seeking assistance. The Innovation Hub will help us improve and grow this process tremendously.”


WHEREAS, in 1989, a motivated group of twenty-somethings formed an organization to involve their generation in the Seattle community, believing that young people desired community engagement but needed alternatives to models of prior generations; and

WHEREAS, these founders understood the importance of giving back and sought means of community participation that matched their lifestyle; and

WHEREAS, for 22 years, Seattle Works has connected volunteers, developed emerging leaders, and inspired dialogue; and

WHEREAS, Seattle Works has become a provider of energetic volunteer teams that have created inventive programs recognized for their impact on the community; and

WHEREAS, nonprofits, schools, and community institutions look to Seattle Works to gain effective volunteer teams, trained board members, and an infusion of new ideas and energy; and

WHEREAS, last year, Seattle Works generated 27,205 hours of volunteer service in the form of 500 projects at 143 partner organizations; prepared 229 individuals for board service; and hosted a series of nonpartisan events to help people connect with candidates and issues on the ballot; and

WHEREAS, Seattle Works is a proud member of HandsOn Network, a partnership of more than 70,000 corporate, faith, and nonprofit organizations that are creating meaningful change in their communities; and

WHEREAS, HandsOn Network has designated Seattle Works as one of ten national Innovation Hubs that will develop new initiatives to build community engagement, citing its strong organizational leadership and track record for innovation;

NOW, THEREFORE, we, the Metropolitan King County Council, recognize


on the occasion of it being named a national Innovation Hub for its outstanding community service.

DATED this third day of October, 2011.

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