All Things Green – TWIF Newsletter 3.17.2011

Happy St. Patricks Day!

May you avoid pinchy fingers and may the luck of the Irish be with you! If not, at least we are doing the best we can to help you make your own luck by informing you of fun events around town and ways to give back to the community.

TWIF Volunteer Opportunities
Did you know that in 2010 alone TWIF put in 1515 volunteer hours, valued around $34,000? Well, let’s keep up the good work! Hopefully our recent, and wildly successful Beard and Stache Fest put the Treehouse organization on your radar. Treehouse relies heavily on volunteer hours, so sign up for our May 7 opportunity to help sort new and used clothing for foster children in need. However, if your domestic inclinations are of a more culinary variety, then come join us at the Bake for Hopebake sale for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer. Whether it’s cupcakes or cookies, we need people to bake items for drop-off as well as volunteers to work the event (or both!). Here’s a few of the other volunteer events we have up our sleeves:

Children’s International Festival
Saturday, May 14th

Lifelong AIDS Alliance Condom Kit Party
Thursday, May 19th

Northwest Folklife Festival
Monday, May 30th

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Event Inspiration, TWIF and Beyond!

Care to reward yourself for all of your hard work? Make your way over to Fremont Studios, April 1 and 2 for the HopScotch spring beer and scotch festival, wherein you can fulfill all of your thirsty, omnivorous desires with over 80 drink choices (don’t forget to to say hi to the TWIF volunteers that will be on hand pouring those delicious libations!); all proceeds support Seattle International Film Festival.

If you prefer to game while you drink, TWIF is hosting another Bingo Night at Auto Battery on April 14. For a $10 donation that goes to this great organization – our own, to be exact – you get a zany hybrid of bingo, trivia and physical challenges, with some sweet prizes to boot.

As for the world beyond TWIF, we offer you a sampling of events about our rainy town. Make your way out to the Neptune Tavern March 18 and stretch your pop culture smarts to the tune of “The Office” Trivia. If you care to meet the challenge of 788 feet and 69 flights of stairs, then the 25th Annual Big Climb is for you; come out and flex your fundraising muscles as you sweat your way up the Columbia Tower for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. However, if you don’t have the lungs or the legs, but still want to get involved, the UNICEF Tap Project will be happening March 20-26. In an effort to provide clean and accessible drinking water to millions of children around the world, come dine or volunteer at a participating restaurant during World Water Week. And for all of you foodies out there, we suggest that you check out Taste Washington on March 27 at Qwest Field Event Center for the ultimate extravaganza of food and wine from around the area.

What Would Quazie Do?

Check out these other events happening around our great city…

Cirque Du Soliel – Quidam
March 16-20th

Rat City Roller Girls
March 19th

St. Patty’s Day
March 17th
Eat a tasty rueben! I’ll be eating mine at 74th St. Alehouse

Join me in Vegas!
March 24-27th
If you find me and high five me, i’ll high five you back!

We need more volunteer staff!
Do you like TWIF and care to get involved internally? TWIF is 100% volunteer run by awesome people just like you! As we continue to grow, we are looking for help in a variety of departments. If any of the following peak your interest, please contact usfor full position descriptions. Our volunteer staff position are designed for those looking for a long-term volunteer position with an estimated time commitment of 10-15 flexible hours per month.Fundraising Specialist

If you’re the taskmaster sort who loves working on a team, possesses killer verbal and written communication skills, and has experience in corporate development, then this is a great opportunity for you. You will be helping us develop and explore ideas for fundraising events, while identifying and nurturing corporate sponsorship and volunteers. In true start-to-finish fashion, you will plan, implement and attend events, while maintaining databases, and networking with other organizations and events.

Grants Writer

Are you persuasive and creative with great interpersonal skills? As a Grants Writer, you will help identify, pursue, and cultivate funding opportunities. Put your researching and writing expertise to work as you perform in-depth research into grant-making organizations and write grant applications, while following up with each potential grantor to check on its progress.

Community Relations Specialist

If you have strong ties to Seattle neighborhoods and want to get involved with like-minded community groups, organizations and businesses, we encourage you to apply for one of our Community Relations Specialist positions, specifically for Capitol Hill, Ballard/Fremont, or Belltown/Queen Anne. You will identify and network with a variety of community partners, attend outreach events, and collaborate regularly with Program Staff to reach out to our targeted audience and meet funding goals, while finding new and exciting ways to engage the public in TWIF activities.

TWIF Leads Program Coordinator

Have you ever volunteered at TWIF event and felt the urge to get involved on a more regular basis? Here is your chance to help recruit, train and retain a corps of TWIF volunteers. As a great project manager and communicator who embodies the spirit of volunteerism, you will create and maintain recruitment and training materials, serve as a point of contact for all TWIF Leads, and cultivate community within the program.



-Amy Faulkner