Lunch + Learn: Love Thy Neighbor: Community engagement the Seattle Works way
Let’s talk together about having a racial equity lens, compassion, accountability, and belonging in an unequal world with many challenges, and misconceptions. Seattle Works would like to light up an area around volunteerism. In this lunch and learn we are looking to explore with you the differences of community engagement and community service. Exactly how does one shift volunteerism from being approached with a savior mentality, or a simple act to “feel good” for a day, to rather a tool to connect, build community, and learn about others?Valuing compassion, understanding, and acknowledging race, power, and privilege- come learn what steps we have taken to create a feeling of belonging internally amongst staff, our volunteers, and our community partners- as well as gain some tools and verbiage to practice using yourself! Acknowledging Black History Month and Love being in the air, come share how you love your neighbor with us!
About the Presenters:
LaTashia has over 10 years of experience working with non-profits and individuals of various ages, socio-economic status, and cultural backgrounds. LaTashia grew up in a rural town in Iowa where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Buena Vista University in Psychology, Human Services, and a minor in sociology. After graduating, she worked at a local youth shelter working with families and teens teaching behavioral health skills. LaTashia also taught Zumba, performed in theater shows, and volunteered in the community including clean up, community events, and mentoring at-risk youth. Email LaTashia for all things volunteer leadership, undoing institutional racism, and maintaining a positive attitude wherever you go!
After many years as a direct service provider at a teen shelter and as a home visitor, Ben attended graduate school, became a Licensed Social Worker, and moved into nonprofit management. Ben joined Seattle Works in 2015 after spending six years as the Executive Director of LIFT-Chicago, an innovative organization helping families to lift themselves out of poverty. Ben earned his AM from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and Bachelors degree in Comparative Sociology from the University of Puget Sound. He loves Namibia, Clam Chowder, and his family. Email Ben for questions about the bright future of volunteerism in Seattle, civic engagement, and how to get three kids dressed and ready for school by 7 a.m.