Let’s shake things up a bit. How can we expand opportunities and mindsets for what volunteering is and can be in Seattle? We do this by focusing on specific areas of impact: People, Businesses, Nonprofits and Events.
People - It’s all about making connections.
TWIF works within our city’s communities to create new opportunities for Seattleites to give back in a way that is social and philanthropic. We connect people to volunteer activities that fit each individual’s interests, passions and busy schedules while introducing them to a new network of friends. Just take it from Cynthia, a TWIF volunteer, “I’ve had the opportunity to give back to my community by pouring beer at festivals, attending amazing events and cooking for urban youth and planting trees. It's all because of TWIF! I had no idea volunteering could cure my boredom and be so rewarding.”
Businesses - It pays to give back.
Imagine bringing together your favorite businesses to support a cause, such as foster children. Then picture those businesses rallying around a common infatuation, like facial hair. Now, think about a friendly competition between furry faces and businesses to collect pocket change to determine the best beard in Seattle (the beard that collects the most coins wins) resulting in nearly $40,000 in profit for said foster kids. We did and it became a reality. This first collaboration with local businesses, Beard and ‘Stache Fest, grew into our very own “business” model.
TWIF connects local business to causes that align with their brand and mission statement by creating charitable giving programs specific to the employees’ interests, needs and goals. By working with a local business on what appeals to its employees, we create custom volunteering opportunities and marketing strategies that engage company stakeholders and allow the business to raise awareness for the nonprofits it believes in.
Events - I mean, who doesn’t like a good party?
We produce unexpected fundraising events that show Seattleites that hosting and attending a charitable event is super fun, effective and something anyone can do (not just those with large bank accounts).
Case in point: the Penumbra Beer Bash in 2013. In partnership with The Stranger, we organized Seattle’s first beer and music festival that focused on local craft beer and music. Complete with seven bands, 28 breweries and some of Seattle’s best food trucks, the sold out event raised money to hold even more of TWIF’s charitable activities which benefited our many local partners.
Events like these are obtainable and impactful. We love what we do and would love to help you host your next big charitable event!
Nonprofits - We love a good challenge.
What makes TWIF stand out as a volunteer organization is our ability to problem solve, help promote, and organize volunteer events for our fellow nonprofits.
The Charitable Challenge: Local urban youth center needs support feeding more than 80 at-risk and homeless street kids.
The Awesome Solution: Create a weekly “Kitchen Challenge” where volunteers, under the guidance of a trained chef, develop an impromptu menu based on pre-existing ingredients in 90 minutes or less.
We fill the needs of nonprofits by motivating volunteers and local businesses while empowering our community with resources they need. As often as possible, we call out to our huge social networking platform to connect local nonprofits with the resources and people they need to bring them one step closer to fulfilling their goals.