New Perspectives: Community Outreach

Hi! My name is Claire and I am the new summer Outreach Intern for Stewardship Partners. I grew up here in Seattle, but am now attending Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, studying Spanish and Communication. Growing up in Seattle, I have always been around people who are dedicated to protecting the environment. During my time in Texas is has become clear that not every city, or state, are as environmentally conscious as we are here in Seattle and in Washington in general. My school barely recycles, nonetheless composts. It is because of this that I realized that I had a passion for sustainability and working to protect the environment. I am happy to be working with an organization like Stewardship Partners for the summer so I can get involved in the community of environmental organizations in Seattle.

A couple of weeks ago, I went to my first farmers market in West Seattle, to talk to people about our programs. It was a nice sunny day, and we were able to talk to a lot of people. I must have forgotten that we were in Seattle and not in Texas, because I was surprised that many people were actually very interested in the work we were doing. Thinking about it now, it makes sense that people from Seattle wanted to learn about our programs and how they could help.

When I was talking to people about our 12,000 Rain Gardens Campaign, it also surprised me how many people knew what a rain garden was, and how many people already had them or were in the process of getting one. Even the kids I talked to knew what one was. I’m going to be honest, I didn’t know what a rain garden was before I started this internship. Once again, looking back, I shouldn’t have been surprised. These are Seattlites; this is a city that understands the connections between health, environment and personal choices. It made me understand how important it is for us to continue to demonstrate creative, cutting-edge solutions to issues that we all face.  This market really made me proud to be a part of the community that is this city, and I can’t wait to get out there again this weekend and talk to more people.