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Life and Times of the Seattle Center

I have fond memories of afternoons spent at the Pacific Science Center as a child. Interactions with the fast-talking robot were always entertaining, while the proto-virtual reality soccer sequences always had eager kids waiting their turn. And who can forget the dinosaur exhibit or the labyrinthine network of brightly- colored tunnels that the naked mole rats amble through? My experiences were engaging and formative, and by no means a rarity among my peers; the Seattle Center has served as the literal and symbolic epicenter for our youth’s – or rather the whole city’s – engagement in education, technology and social connections for half a century.

For much of this year, the Seattle Center has been curating historic events to commemorate 50 years since Seattle’s 1962 World Fair. The Next Fifty aims to inform the community about past endeavors and inspire new aspirations and plans. Compassion Games, a month-long celebration of human kindness organized by Compassion Seattle and United Way Day of Caring, is tied into this year’s culminating events. Running from September 21st through October 21st (the final day of “The Next Fifty”), the Compassion Games rewrites what it means to be a winner, and how one goes about cultivating care and generosity in their daily life.

Living Selflessly

Compassion Games’ acts of compassion are intended to build trust and communion between you and friends, family, and strangers. Call a mentor to say thank you; donate blood; read to a child; or simply list what you are grateful for and share it with others. Use your imagination about how you can make the world better one gesture or thank you at a time.

I would like to take this opportunity to share what I am grateful for in my life, as well as include the thoughts of a few of my fellow volunteers.

Dania Primley
I am thankful for all of the wonderful volunteers and interns we see at Jolkona. The volume and quality of volunteer applicants I get always inspires me. The idea that smart, dedicated, passionate people would work for free to help others in need really makes my heart happy.

Mari Hirabayashi
As a new mother, I am thankful for the innocence I see in my son’s eyes and the compassion it gives me.

Santina Rigano
I am grateful for the fantastic experiences and opportunities that I have been given throughout Australia and America. It is absolutely unbelievable to think of what one can achieve, and although my notches are not off my belt as yet, they are getting there. I am truly grateful for the amazing friends and family that I have created here in Seattle and for the West Seattle community which are so supportive, fun, and always there for me. 

Gabriel St. John:
I’m grateful for my stellar community of friends and family – those near and those not so near.

Cameron LaFlam
I am thankful for the family and friends I call my own; I have learned so much about love, friendship, and generosity from our relationships together. I am also grateful for becoming a part of Jolkona – the good will and tenacity I see in others here is humbling and inspiring.

Thank you to the wonderful volunteers and philanthropists of Jolkona who took the time to share what they are grateful for! Here, here to making Seattle more compassionate hour by hour, day by day, and year by year.

In the spirit of Compassion Games’ community involvement and philanthropic gusto, consider giving a gift through Jolkona. Our endeavors range far and wide, capturing the hard work of non-profits in education, healthcare, employment, art and more. Check out our up-to-date project list to discover non-profits doing amazing work in the world; right now!

What will your compassionate act be today?

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