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Seattle Works' History

In 1989, a motivated group of twenty-somethings formed an organization dedicated to involving their generation in the Seattle community. From fundraising to volunteer events, they launched the effort that is now Seattle Works.

Our legacy is rooted in the idea that people are ready to step up as active community participants early in their careers and adult lives. Today, Seattle Works continues in the spirit of our founders, and more than ever we are approaching our work with an equity and racial justice lens. Seattle Works has received many awards, some of which are outlined below.  But what we are most proud of is being an integral part of the fabric of this community for nearly 30 years.

Awards and Recognition

  • Presidential Points of Light Award nominee, 1992
  • Community Service award from the Municipal League of King County in 1996
  • History Makers in Community Service Award from the Museum of History and Industry, 1997
  • AK Guy Award from YMCA of Greater Seattle, 2002
  • Denny Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service from Seattle Parks & Recreation, 2005.
  • Affiliate of the Year from the HandsOn Network, 2014
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Organization from Advancement NW & the Association of Fundraising Professionals, 2015.
Now celebrating 29 years of operation, Seattle Works has become the premier organization for emerging community leaders to get connected.