Holiday Food Insecurity for Students, How to help, and looking forward to 2019

by msjones

As the year comes to a close, I am proud in our strides to bring to life. We launched at the end of September with great support from industry and the broader Seattle community. We raised more than $45,000, facilitated 150 volunteer hours, sourced 15+ large boxes of supplies, and connected Science on Wheels to the schools we support with Communities in Schools of Seattle. We continue to strengthen relationships between community leaders, educators, and the innovation economy.

2019 promises to be an exciting year as we deepen our work in the community and build civic education with our memership. Plans are in place to update a teacher’s lounge and host teacher appreciation events with other student-focused events in the works. We are also excited to share the start Member Exclusive Lunch & Learn programming, where innovation workers can gain exposure to issues in our community.

Join us as we continue to build partnerships and establish programming that deepens the connection between our innovation economy and local community.

Have a joyous holiday and new year!


Nicholas Merriam CEO

Puget Sound Business Journal Opinion: by CEO Nicholas Merriam CEO Nicholas Merriam recently wrote a piece for PSBJ on the issue of increased food insecurity for students during the holiday season. In it, he highlights the great work of Food Lifeline in addressing food insecurity in our community and shares how Communities in Schools can help you make a difference.

Read the full PSBJ Article

Help Stop Student Hunger During the Holidays supports Communities in Schools of Seattle by connecting volunteers, relationships, and resources. Students in their network who rely on free and reduced lunch are at an increased risk of hunger during the holidays. Making a small donation to fund a gift card for their family can help reduce their food insecurity.

Help stop Seattle student hunger this holiday season!

Welcome new member Rover! is delighted to welcome Rover to the membership! Founded in 2011, Rover is the world’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers. Rover connects pet parents with dog people who’ll treat their pets like family. Welcome aboard Rover!

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Tell us what issues you want to help tackle.

Bridging the Local Economy with Community

by msjones

Welcome to the brand new e-newsletter and thank you for subscribing! is where the innovation economy creates local community impact. We help you stay informed on pressing social issues in Seattle and provide straightforward paths for you to take action.

The membership is made up of more 60,000 local innovation workers from a dozen world-class businesses. Working together, we will bolster and support impactful solutions to some of our city’s most pressing problems.

Nicholas Merriam CEO
Did you see our Geekwire Article?
As tensions rise in booming Seattle, tech industry steps up civic engagement

greenlight: partners with Communities in Schools of Seattle to build bridges with Seattle Public Schools

On September 20th, organized 35 employee volunteers representing founding member companies to participate in the first day of action at Aki Kurose Middle School in south Seattle. volunteers worked with Communities in Schools of Seattle and Aki Kurose Middle School staff to distribute free school supplies at a pop-up store for students. Volunteers also met with students to share their own career stories, then helped students map out some post-secondary goals. The event was celebratory, including fun activities like soccer, music, pizza and ice cream, and an engaging exhibit from the Pacific Science Center.

Prior to the event, ran campaigns with member companies to raise awareness on the challenges some Seattle students face. members and their employees donated 15 boxes of school supplies, contributed more than $45,000 to Communities in Schools of Seattle, and registered for regular in-school volunteer opportunities.

We invite you to help us support our local schools and students.

Learn about the greenlight initiative.

Take our survey – You can be part of the solution.

The last few years of incredible economic growth in Seattle has propelled our city to world-class stature. Some of the world’s most recognizable brands call this place home, bolstering individual prosperity for many. However, this growth has also exacerbated some pressing social challenges we face: housing affordability, homelessness, traffic, public education. Each issue is complex and nuanced. is here to help you navigate and take action on these issues. Working with member companies we provide innovation workers – like you – straightforward ways to digest the issues then become part of the solution.

Tell us what issues you want to help tackle.

Welcome new member Pacific Science Center! welcomes its first nonprofit member, the Pacific Science Center. As a local hub for science, technology, and innovation for the past 56 years, the Pacific Science Center is deeply rooted in the community and excited to be a member.

Pacific Science Center will deliver Science On Wheels to all greenlight elementary and middle schools. Each school will enjoy a day-long event with interactive workshops, live stage shows and portable exhibit sets that build excitement for science, math, engineering and more. Greenlight High Schools will be invited to Discovery Corps, where participants are exposed to numerous aspects of science, math, and technology through a system of training and assessment leading to increased responsibility, pay, and skill. members can volunteer at these in-school programs.

Email us if you want to volunteer.

A Successful Launch at Aki Kurose Middle School!

by msjones

35 volunteers from seven member companies joined us last Thursday. We appreciate that you stuck with us through the schedule change as we started our work with Seattle Schools. Our first campaign raised more than $40,000 for our partner Communities in Schools to support students and provided thousands of dollars of school supplies. We hope that you learned something new, made friends with a student, or high-fived a teacher for being awesome.

The feedback from Aki Kurose’s staff has been wildly positive. Teachers and administrators alike, were deeply appreciative of you sharing your career path with students. The supplies were definitely a hit with the students, closely rivaled by Blitz. And who doesn’t love pizza and ice cream?!

Check out our recent press on Geekwire and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Perhaps this experience sparked your interest in doing something more to support our local public education system. Here’s what you can do:

Your Feedback: Please take 90 seconds to fill out this survey so we can provide fantastic additional experiences.

Volunteer Regularly: sign up here to learn more about volunteering regularly with Communities In Schools of Seattle.

Donate: contributions get kids more extracurricular activities or can be used to address family emergencies that keep them from learning.

Thank you again for supporting schools in our community,

Nick CEO

From Amazon to Zillow, new coalition of tech titans will rally their workers around city’s tough problems

by msjones

Seattle’s tech industry and the rest of this booming city are at odds like never before, and tech leaders acknowledge that any efforts to mobilize the tech community to solve civic problems will be met with a healthy dose of skepticism.

But that possibility isn’t stopping some of the biggest tech companies in Seattle from launching a new group to connect their employees with civic life.