Giving Back This Fall

An Executive Director of a non-profit that I admire greatly recently asked me to meet for coffee/drinks. We met and shared good food, tasty drinks and enjoyable conversation. Towards the end I was asked if I’d consider joining their Board of Directors.

I haven’t accepted but do plan to visit their next board meeting to see the group in action and to see if I’d be able to contribute. I also wanted some time to think about how joining a second non-profit board (while working F/T at another non-profit and coaching/volunteering at Franklin HS and volunteering at Treehouse once a month) would affect my ability to really help out in an effective way.

It feels good to be asked but I want to make sure it’s a commitment I can keep.

Well if you’re looking for ways to give back or get involved this Fall – here are a few suggestions:

DiscNW’s Youth Development FunDinner Auction
10/8/11 – 5pm – Montlake Community Center

The Youth Development Fund supports and promotes youth participation in Ultimate Frisbee activities throughout the greater Seattle area. It encourages populations traditionally deterred from participation in not just Ultimate, but from sports in general, by barriers such as finanical need and gender inequality. Many local young athletes who participate in YDF suppported activities benefit from the unique attributes of Ultimate as a sport. In addition to physical fitness, participants gain important life skills, such as improved dispute resolution, since Ultimate is a self-officiated sport.  
 
* My housemate and I are cooking dinner for 4 people in our beautiful West Seattle home. Most likely a combination of Korean and Japanese cuisine. Drinks/cocktails/wine provided. My housemate Doug used to work at Canlis and now is at Seastar and has a great wine collection!
 

Seattle Works Hot Project with Lettuce Link at Marra Farms
10/8/11 – 10am to 2pm – Marra Farms

Lettuce Link (an innovative food and gardening program growing and giving since 1988) creates access to fresh, nutritious and organic produce, seeds, and gardening information for families with lower incomes in Seattle. They work on creating food justice and teach about sustainable food production. Lettuce Link is a program of Solid Ground. Solid Ground is committed to building a community free from poverty, prejudice, and neglect where all members stand confident with the skills needed to achieve their dreams. Volunteers will tend and maintain Lettuce Link’s Giving Garden. Work outdoors in the fresh air weeding, mixing compost, creating paths, fixing fences, hauling wood chips, doing minor repairs, or harvesting vegetables.
 
826 Seattle’s After School Tutoring
Mon-Thu from 3pm to 6pm – Greenwood
 
Thank you for your interest in helping 826 Seattle! Since most of our programs occur during weekday mornings and afternoons, we are looking for volunteers available during those times. We do have occasional openings for weekends and evenings, and we contact potential volunteers as those opportunities arise.
 

Treehouse Donation Drives
All Year Long

Foster parents receive up to $300 from the state each year to clothe a growing child. It’s just not enough. Thanks to the generosity of individuals and businesses in our community, Treehouse distributes clothing, school supplies, and much more to local foster kids through our Wearhouse, a unique store where kids and caregivers shop for free – allowing foster parents to stretch the family budget just a little bit further. 
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About franknam

Just a boy in a world trying to do good, teach others, laugh, and eat tasty food. I dig snowboarding, the PacNW, all things NYC, ultimate frisbee, and anything well-made.
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