2nd Annual SAC Career Fair!

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We are pleased to announce the SAC Career Fair will continue into it’s 2nd year at Town Hall Seattle. We look forward to seeing you on June 14th! Announcements of featured employers will happen throughout mid-May and early June.

Register here: http://tinyurl.com/SACCareerFair

Hope to see you there!

– SAC Leadership Board and SAC Events Committee

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FREE Financial Education with YWCA

 

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Introducing YWCA’s financial education classes, Money Mechanics!  This spring, FREE financial classes will be held in Renton. This series offers financial workshops for anyone who feels like their finances could use a “tune-up,” especially anyone who is low-income, unemployed, currently or recently homeless, or tired of getting paid and just days later wondering, “just where did that money go?”   These classes are open to anyone, and both women and men are welcome to attend.

Classes will be four sessions, May 9th through May 30th, every Tuesday from 11 am to 2 pm.

  • Food and child care provided free on site!
  • Transportation assistance is available. 
  • Participants may be eligible to receive up to $50 for completing the class!

Participants will get support while learning more about:

  •  Unmasking the mysteries of credit
  •  Debt management
  • Making your dollar stretch each month (budgeting!)
  • How to make banking work for you
  •  Goal setting and your personal values
  •  Saving and investing
  • And much more!

For more information or to register, participants can contact Kirsten Weber at 425-264-1427 or kweber@ywcaworks.org.

 

Act Now (well, on your personal time): Save AmeriCorps!

AmeriCorps is on the chopping block. Our jobs, livelihood, nine-to-five – gone. The program – no, opportunity – that deploys more than 75,000 dedicated people who support our most vulnerable in this country is threatened.

But, this is why we got into this work, is it not? To take a stand about what we care about, put our values into action, love our neighbors and love our planet?

Remember that cutting AmeriCorps is not because it is not effective and is NOT because your work is not important. You are important, your work is important, you are valued. We know this is hard, but be resilient and let this motivate you to work harder.

This threat to AmeriCorps is a misguided budget cut. A power move. But no matter how worried we are about our role, this threat is not about AmeriCorps members, it is about who or what we are in service to. We’ve spent months, maybe years, pouring ourselves into our work. Building relationships with people, restoring lands, developing processes for systems change. All the while collecting stories and numbers about our work.

So, don’t be silenced. Be loud.

As the Seattle AmeriCorps Collaborative, our mission is to ensure that every AmeriCorps member’s year of service is as fulfilling and impactful as possible; leveraging the talents, knowledge and resources of a connected and service minded community. We are nothing without you. So let’s leverage our resources and be loud about this budget cut to AmeriCorps and other federal programs that support our most vulnerable neighbors and protect our planet. We know there are many AmeriCorps members in many different organizations. We believe that if your organization publicly states why AmeriCorps is important to them, we will pool our resources to have greater advocacy about this issue in the Seattle area.

We’ve created this email template for you to send to your supervisor, Executive Director, or marketing/public relations department that urges them to take a stand about saving AmeriCorps on social media. Send it today – from your personal email, on your own time – make it personal, and spread the word to others who might do the same. Don’t forget to call your Congressional representatives and talk about the other programs on the chopping block you want saved. Now is the time to be loud and proud about your role and your impact. This isn’t about saving your job, it’s about saving the capacity AmeriCorps builds for our nonprofits to serve vulnerable people in need of services. Know your power and use it.

 “Participation, your civic duty, is more than just voting… Only you can make sure the democracy you inherit is as good as we know it can be. But it requires your dedicated, and informed, and engaged citizenship. And that citizenship is a harder, higher road to take, but it leads to a better place. It’s how we built this country—together.”

– President Obama

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at seattleaccollaborative@gmail.com.

— Email Template —

Dear NAME,

I am writing to you because I heard today that the President’s proposed budget will cut all AmeriCorps programs and the Corporation for National and Community Service. It is important to me that ORGANIZATION publicly opposes the proposed budget cuts to AmeriCorps.

During my AmeriCorps term, I have done many things to support the mission of ORGANIZATION. Here are just a few of my accomplishments:

  • Make sure these bullets focus on the people you’ve served, or land you’ve worked on.
  • Talk about the ultimate impact of your project – review your assignment description to align these numbers to the goals set out for your role
  • Include a story about one person, or one project you particularly have accomplished.
  • If you work as a team, be sure to tell them that this work could not be done without them.

In addition, AmeriCorps has saved ORGANIZATION thousands of dollars, and increased our capacity to serve more people. Nationwide, more AmeriCorps members contribute more than 1.4 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing 2.3 million volunteers for the organizations they serve. AmeriCorps is much more than me. The Corporation for National and Community Service makes America great by empowering citizens to solve local problems, expanding economic opportunity, encouraging personal responsibility, and strengthening civil society. Through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund, CNCS engages three million Americans in results-driven service each year at 50,000 locations across the country, from small towns and rural areas to inner cities. Volunteering and national service are vital and cost-effective solutions to our nation’s most-difficult challenges.

I feel passionately about saving AmeriCorps. That is why I am asking that ORGANIZATION publicly opposes the budget cuts to AmeriCorps. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

NAME

Open Board Positions!

We are NOW recruiting for THREE board positions: Board Chair, Events Chair, and a NEW board position, Fundraising Chair!

Board Chair: Manages the development of Seattle AmeriCorps Collaborative Board and supports the board with leadership and vision

Events Chair: Plans monthly events in the SAC community and plans our #StipendLife event in the fall.

Fundraising Chair: *NEW POSITION*: Works with the team to develop our fundraising program to continue hosting SAC events. Applies for grants, works on outreach, develops relationships with our sponsors & donors.

All of these positions are excellent resume builders and an opportunity to work with a really amazing team!

The time commitment: monthly board meeting in Seattle once a month for a year, and two large events (Stipend Life & Career Fair) that require a little more time in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.

Is traveling/parking a challenge? We allow occasional skype meetings or phone calls.

Requirement to apply: You must be a currently serving AmeriCorps member.

Members can serve on the board for as many terms as they served in AmeriCorps (I.e. a 2nd year could serve two years on the board). You can apply during any point in your service term, even near the end, and still finish a year on the board.

Apply today! (What are you waiting for?) Application here:

https://goo.gl/forms/l6NwReC06PEsM9mg1

 

OPEN POSITION: Events Committee

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SAC seeks individuals that are dedicated to producing high-quality events, who are excited to work in a team setting, and who find themselves energized by the opportunity to help others grow into civic-minded professionals as they complete and exit their service term! This committee experience will be supportive, offer opportunities for you to grow your professional skills, and fun!

Events Committee Member Position Description:

Qualifications:
– Event planning experience
– Familiar with Google Suite applications and Microsoft programs
– Marketing and promotional experience
– Community outreach/gift solicitation
– Enjoys working in collaborative group settings

Eligibility:
– Currently serving in AmeriCorps term or AmeriCorps alumni
– Living in Greater Seattle area through the 2017 calendar year
– Able to meet in Seattle metro area 1-2 times per month outside of regular work hours
– Access to computer and internet
– Available to attend and support SAC Career Fair (Tentative: May 25) and SAC Stipend Life Event (Date TBD)

Responsibilities:
– Attend Events Committee meetings 1-2 times per month
– Communicate regularly with Events Committee Chair regarding task completion
– Engage actively in Events Committee meetings and take ownership over individual tasks

**THIS IS A VOLUNTEER POSITION**

Apply Here: https://goo.gl/forms/V9zuLthMm0YnYKsw2

Winter on an Ameri-Budget: Save Your Cold, Hard Cash!

frozenThe holidays are over, and the dark winter drags on. While January can be a discouraging time, never fear! We have some special ways to warm your heart and your wallet during this dark month.

  • How to Save on Energy Costs

Due to heating bills, in the winter energy costs skyrocket, and when you’re living on a budget, it can be a huge chunk of change down the drain. Here are some tips about how to save money on your energy bills:

  1. Bundle up. We know, we know. No one likes to turn DOWN the thermostat, but it is one of the simplest ways that you can save electricity. Use those warm blankets & sweaters, and turn down the thermostat to the 68-degree marker. Add some rugs to insulate your floor.
  2. Use a Humidifier. Moist air typically feels warmer and will help you feel more comfortable. Plus, it will help keep your skin from drying out. Don’t have money for a humidifier? Increasing the amount of plants in your room or apartment can also increase the humidity.
  3. Use LED Lights! This almost goes without saying, but if you haven’t switched your lights to LED, now is the time. These bulbs pack a powerful punch to your energy bill. Plus, more light= warmer, more welcoming home in the darker season!
  4. Insulation, double paned windows, & you: The effect of insulation on your heating and energy bills is huge. Make sure your home is properly insulated, add towels (if you need) under outside doors. Ask your landlord if they will invest in double paned windows to decrease energy consumption.

Find more tips here: https://energy.gov/energysaver/fall-and-winter-energy-saving-tips

  • DIY Heat Warmers

Keep your hands warm during the winter months and help reduce landfill waste with these DIY Heat warmers made from fabric & rice (what a cool project!) http://www.instructables.com/id/Rice-Heating-Pad-Hand-Warmers-Gift/

  • Low Cost Indoor Activities (from GreaterSeattleOnTheCheap.com)

Seattle discount movie tickets are available at many Seattle movie theaters for the first show of the day around NOON, and a few for all matinees before 4PM. Discount movie times and prices vary by theater. Older or more out-of-the way theaters (see list below) are generally cheaper than multiplexes in densely populated retail areas. There may be Service Fees added to the theater’s posted prices. If available, IMAX, 3D and other formats beyond basic digital are generally higher by a few bucks.

(http://www.greaterseattleonthecheap.com/seattle-discount-movies/)

Visit Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory, located inside Volunteer Park at 1400 E. Galer St, Seattle, WA 98112 (Google map). Admission is $4 Adults, $2 Youth (13-17), and FREE for children 12 and younger. Free admission every first Thursday and first Saturday of each month. Open Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Open year-round including all non-Monday holidays.

(http://www.greaterseattleonthecheap.com/seattle-volunteer-park-conservatory/)

PCC Natural Markets offers a 90-minute, fun, informative, and FREE class that leads you on a tour through the grocery store aisles to discover the many choices in organic produce, sustainably raised products, bulk foods, and much more. Taste products you haven’t tried before and learn about how they are produced.

(http://www.greaterseattleonthecheap.com/free-organic-foods-tour-walk-talk-and-taste-class-at-pcc-natural-markets/)

The Microsoft Visitor Center (MVC), located in building 92 of the Studio West campus in Redmond offers free, self-guided, interactive tours. At the MVC, you will experience some of the latest products and technology that Microsoft has to offer. You’ll be able to explore hands-on exhibits featuring some of the company’s most exciting technologies for home and business. Through the exhibits, you’ll also meet some of the people whose ideas and creativity make Microsoft a world leader in computer and software technology.

(http://www.greaterseattleonthecheap.com/free-self-guided-technology-tour-microsoft-visitor-center/)

Every Wednesday, you can drop-in for a free, 30-minute mindfulness-meditation session from 12:30-1:00pm at the Frye Museum on First Hill, where parking is also free. Registration is not required. These sessions are guided by Carolyn McManus, PT, MS, MA and Diane Hetrick, PT.

(http://www.greaterseattleonthecheap.com/free-meditation-at-seattle-frye-museum/)

With all the amazing things to explore and do in Seattle, there are many ways to enjoy the winter on a budget. Happy January!