Why did I decide to get involved with TWIF? Well, for one, I really liked the name. It’s not often that I encounter non-profits with such catchy, and yes, fun-loving monikers. Last month, as I explored their main site, and perused this blog for the first time, I fell in love with the humorous writing, the fervid search for all things fun and cultural in Seattle, and the overarching commitment to helping the community.
I also was impressed by their mission and the way they get stuff done. TWIF isn’t a traditional volunteer organization. They organize events that benefit some of Seattle’s most influential and important charities (think Orion Center, The Compass Center and Treehouse), and then create unique, amazing and fun volunteer activities around them.
Take, for example, Beard and Stache Festival. This yearly event is now a mainstay for any bearded or mustachioed individual looking to earn some recognition for their follicles. A beard and stache bash, on its own, is pretty awesome, but TWIF takes it a step further. The money raised by this event goes to Treehouse, a Seattle non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of foster kids. TWIF raised $11,000 for Treehouse during the first three years of the festival. And as it becomes more well known and popular, that number will only go up.
As I continued reading the blog, I encountered even more reasons to get involved. The various posts by different volunteers displayed enthusiasm, passion and knowledge. This impression was later reinforced when I met with the volunteer team on October 3. We’re a diverse group of individuals with one, very important thing in common: we want to serve our community, and have a darn good time doing it.
TWIF proves that while supporting your community is rewarding on its own, there are ways to squeeze even more out of the experience by putting a fun spin on things.
So, in a nutshell, the world really is fun!
And I look forward to blogging about it.
-Maggie is proud to be a new blogger for TWIF.