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“Do Something” is the tagline for Seattle Works, a local non-profit dedicated to developing people’s passions for volunteering. At Banyan Branch, we’re all about developing people’s passions, and I was excited to “do my part” as I pulled up to Marra Farm in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood on Saturday, May 19. The sunroof was open and sunny-weather music was blasting in my car stereo. I grabbed my camera, tossed a snazzy “Media Team” lanyard over my neck, and headed into the farm for my first stop on the Seattle Works Day trail. Ten minutes later, I was learning about how this gorgeous 4-acre farm supplied 22,000 pounds of produce for the local community and welcomed more than 1,800 volunteers last year.
That’s Seattle Works Day for ya, and Marra Farm was just one of 33 volunteer sites happening across the city. Simply amazing!
Banyan Branch’s volunteer team was responsible for (what else?) the social media storytelling of Seattle Works Day. Our task was to spread the word about SWD’s big impact, and we traveled to sites all over the city—Kinnear Park, Golden Gardens, Jose Rizal Park, Carkeek Park, and more—as we helped generate hundreds of mentions on social media and had the hashtag #SWDay trending on Twitter all day long. Seattle Works is a remarkable organization, and our company is proud to have supported its efforts to clean up our fair city.
Banyan staffers covered about 20 sites in a few short hours and snapped 400+ photos that you can view on the Seattle Works Flickr group.
At Marra Farm, which the Italian-born Marra family worked from the early 1900s until the 1970s when they sold it to King County, I met several members of the FedEx team assigned to this site. I also met Sue McGann, Marra Farm’s charismatic coordinator, who told me the farm is a staple of the South Park area and even educates local schoolchildren about the benefits of sustainable farming. The team’s task at Marra was to clean up the farm by pulling weeds, mowing lawns, and generally going above and beyond in the name of community service and camaraderie.
Here are a few other SWD highlights from the Banyan Branch team:
Amy Rainey, Account Manager
“I thought it was really cool that my friend Holly and her husband, Tom, led a team at Jose Rizal Park to celebrate her 30th birthday. Not only is Seattle Works Day an amazing event that brings together hundreds of volunteers to serve our city, it’s also a major fundraiser to help sustain and grow Seattle Works as an organization. Everybody wins!”
Orion Gousie, Influencer Relations
“At Kinnear Park, a volunteer told me that he first participated in Seattle Works Day because he had a crush on a girl who was doing it. Now they are married and he’s still volunteering.”
Katy Balatero, Research Analyst
“Seattle Works Day is a great way to participate in giving back to our communities in a way that is immediately tangible. It’s also a good opportunity for bonding with friends and coworkers and meeting other people who may have similar interests.”
Karl Baisch, Sr. Research Analyst
“The parks department budgets have been slashed and will continue to be slashed, and this is a huge help for them – what with the city removing garbage cans from parks and all the invasive plant species that are out there.”
Across the city, more than 1,000 volunteers contributed a eye-popping 3,800 volunteer hours in one day. Banyan Branch was thrilled to participate, and many of us are still hard at work creating photo galleries, YouTube videos, and other digital assets that Seattle Works can use to promote its organization throughout the year. Visit the Seattle Works programs page to learn more, or get involved yourself with Team Works or Hot Projects to keep the #SWDay momentum going.
From South Park to Lake Forest Park, Seattleites came out in force to clean up city parks, community farms, conservation districts, school playgrounds, and more. Seattle Works Day is one of the largest volunteer opportunities in the city, and we made sure everyone in the Emerald City knew just how big this day really was. Thank you, all!
Follow Seattle Works on Twitter and Facebook to see how it connects volunteers, develops emerging leaders, and inspires dialogue in the community.