For many of us, the holiday season is a time of fun with colleagues and friends. We attend quaint and intimate gatherings, year-end company functions and the obligatory ugly sweater party. Food and drink are at the center of these events – always plentiful and sometimes even extravagant.
Welcome to the brand new sea.citi e-newsletter and thank you for subscribing! sea.citi 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 sea.citi 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.
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As tensions rise in booming Seattle, tech industry steps up civic engagement
On September 20th, sea.citi organized 35 employee volunteers representing founding member companies to participate in the first day of action at Aki Kurose Middle School in south Seattle. sea.citi 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, sea.citi ran campaigns with member companies to raise awareness on the challenges some Seattle students face. sea.citi 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.
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.
sea.citi 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.
sea.citi 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.
sea.citi members can volunteer at these in-school programs.
|Email us if you want to volunteer.
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?!
WANT TO DO MORE?
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,
On Thursday, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan met with representatives from some of the most powerful tech companies in the region at City Hall before racing south to catch the launch event of sea.citi, a group trying to get everyday tech workers more engaged with civic life.
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.