The Collaboratory is a truly grassroots project.  Contractors have donated their services, companies have donated materials, community members have donated their labor, hundreds of individuals have given financially, and numerous people are beginning to volunteer in the programs we are starting to host.  Here are some ways you can support the Collab:


Wall Building

Handy?  Or just willing to wield a broom or a paintbrush once in a while?
Contact Julian Herrera, our volunteer Collaboratory Building Team Leader, jmherrer@gmail.com, to help with manual labor and facility work.  (note: this is popular with people who live in their heads too much or do highly relational work and need to do some physical work once in a while!)

Passionate about nutrition, food, health, and community?  
Contact Ariel Bangs, head chef at Taste International, chef.ariella@gmail.com, if you want to help with our kitchen, cooking, or food-and-health work.

Green-Thumb?  Care about public greenspace and equitable food access?

Contact Rachel Tefft, convener of the Garden and Park Coalition and founder of ROAR Seattle, racheltefft15@gmail.com, if you want to grow food and work on the garden.

Dancer, painter, musician, graphic artist, or a lover of beauty?
Contact Ben Hunter, director of Community Arts  Create, b.hunter@communityartscreate.org, to get involved in our public and peoples arts programs, jam sessions, Rhapsody’s folk and blues programs, beautification projects, spatial design work, and other projects that are continually emerging.

Spiritual, meditation master, yogi, or interested in the intersection of soul work and justice work?
Contact Rev. John Helmiere, convener of Valley & Mountain, john@valleyandmountain.org, to help with our community yoga program, meditation and contemplation classes, V&M Celebrations, and various social justice actions that we do.

Friendly, social, and passionate about building diverse and inclusive community?
Contact the Seattle Catholic Worker community, scwhouse@gmail.com, to help staff the welcome desk and drop-in center at the Collaboratory, creating a hospitable space for any and all.

Logical, organized, and strategic?
Contact Administrator, hillmancitycollaboratory@gmail.com, to help us develop the systems, infrastructure, and protocol that will make the most of this collaborative energy.

Hacker, tech activist, or  just geeky?

Contact Community Hacks, commhacks@gmail.com, to  help facilitate workshops for Online Safety, Linux and Smartphone Modding. We accept both volunteers and interns.


We are now accepting interns who want to develop skills need to advance social change.  Interns will gain valuable skills particularly important in the non-profit world such as: organizing, community building, strategic planning, communications, neighborhood engagement, program development, fundraising, and financial and facility management.  Depending on the intern’s needs, it is possible to work under the auspices of Community Arts Create or Valley & Mountain, both 501c3 non-profit organizations.  Email Ben Hunter, at b.hunter@communityartscreate.org, to pursue this option.

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