Bus Bash: 10-year Anniversary Concert!

Bus Bash: 10-year Anniversary Concert!

This year is our 10-year anniversary and you know what that means – time to CELEBRATE!

If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past decade, it’s how to throw a rockin’ party. We couldn’t celebrate our 10th year with any old regular event.. that’s why this year’s Bus Bash is a concert! Featuring performances by SISTERS, Beverly Crusher, and Nolan Garrett.

All tickets come with dinner and 21+ drinks provided by Pendleton Whisky and Georgetown Brewing. VIP tickets include exclusive event perks, early entry and VIP reception, and automatic entry into our raffle drawing! Co-Host tickets include 2 VIP tickets and a free Bus t-shirt!

Raffle prizes include a Golden Ticket to the The Crocodile (1 free show per month for a whole year!), Argosy Cruises harbor cruise, tickets to Jazz Alley, the Wing Luke Museum, and Comedy Underground, Fran’s Chocolate tour and tasting, and gift certificates to Tom Douglas and Hothouse spa, among others.

Thank you to our sponsors NWP Consulting, Summit Strategy, Advocate Accounting LLC, Moxie Media, Katherine Bobman, and Cerillion N4 Partners; and our Co-Hosts Wendy Graff and Darryl Price, Stephen Aubert, Joann and Matt Grimm, Collin Jergens, Felipe Rodríguez-Flores, Vanesa Gutierrez, Morgan Beach, Alison Mondi, Sonny Nguyen, Chris Lampin, Aaron Robertson, and Estevan Munoz-Howard!


Friday, August 11, 2017 from 7pm-11pm


Interested in joining us a sponsor? Email Crystal Reed at crystal@washingtonbus.org.

GiveBIG 2017

GiveBIG 2017

Giving BIG is so Bus!

GiveBIG provides a unique opportunity—the only day of the year—where ANY amount you give is amplified to make the biggest possible impact. And we’re down with that. Because no matter what giving level you choose, it has a direct impact on your community by providing the fuel to effectively engage young people in civic life through our Fellowship, Campus, and Engagement programs. We turn your dollars into real people-powered action by registering and turning out thousands of young voters, investing in the leadership development of youth from marginalized communities, moving the dial on policies that will make our state a more equitable and just place to live, and meeting people where they are to take their first civic action.

Every donation made to the Washington Bus Education Fund via the Seattle Foundation’s website on Tuesday, May 10th will be stretched!


Want a more personal connection on GiveBig? Come to the Bus office re-warming party from 6-8pm at Bus HQ (307 3rd Ave S, Suite 530, Seattle WA 98104)! Meet our incredible new staff, make your gift in person, and have some drinks and snacks on (B)us!

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May 10, 2017 from 8:00AM to 11:55PM

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Become a Friend With Benefits

Become a Friend With Benefits

We’re in the midst of a fundraising blitz right now, gathering as many new monthly donors as we can. All the cool kids are doing it, and we’re excited to have you join us by clicking here. But if that’s not enough to convince you, here’s our two newest staff members with more reasons for you to join our Friends With Benefits program today.

Alisha Agard, Campus Coordinator

I’m Alisha Agard and I first met the Bus (and Michael!) in 2013. Three years feels like a long time ago and like a very different me. By introducing me to new concepts via our classroom time and new tactics via our campaign field time, the Fellowship program not only helped me learn about political organizing, but about myself.

As a young woman of color born to two immigrant parents, I never saw myself in politics. I thought that I didn’t have a voice in the system because of this. The Fellowship helped me realize that it was because of these very identities that I needed to use my voice in politics, since so many people like me have been pushed out of the system.

After finishing my degree in 2015, I came back to the Bus as a staff member. As a 2015 Fellowship Coordinator, I was privileged with the opportunity to help other young people realize their power and their importance in the movement. It was incredibly powerful to be able to pay it forward, passing on my skills to young activists in the very program that made me the organizer I am today. Now, as the Campus Coordinator, I work with campus leaders across Washington to register thousands of students to vote every year.

I’m living proof that the Bus works. We’re not just training organizers and activists and sending them out into the world. We’re training organizers so good, everyone wants to hire them, including ourselves. We’re willing to put our money where our mouth is by hiring our own program participants to lead our life-changing work across the state. Now, we’re asking you to join us in investing in our young leaders by starting your monthly donation with the Washington Bus.

Help us empower our next class of young democracy heroes by becoming a Friend With Benefits.

Michael Padilla, Development Coordinator

My name is Michael Padilla and I am the Development Coordinator at the Bus, but before I jumped into running our Friends with Benefits membership program I became friends with the Bus (and Alisha!) as a 2013 Summer Fellow. That summer was one of the busiest, most educational, and most fun summers I have ever had! I was part of an amazing group of Fellows that taught me so much about the issues and struggles people go through everyday.

Without the Bus and the supportive Bus network I would never have been on the ground fighting and winning on tough, world-changing issues like leading the country in getting a Living Wage for Seatac workers or leading community members in Tacoma in a fight against unjust medical debt. Aside from the big issue wins, I was really excited about working with my community to get young people invested in the political process and engaging first time voters in the Latinx community.

The Bus gave me so many valuable experiences in talking to folks at the door and in the field, but it also helped me realize that when it comes to really changing how the world works, how to make sustainable impact, you need sustainable funding. I learned that one of the best ways I can continue helping the Bus engage people is to get the support and funding we need for all the great things we do. I felt and still feel that it’s extremely important that hundreds of other young people get to go through the amazing opportunities I did. Now, I’m the Development Coordinator of the Washington Bus, managing our Friends With Benefits program for monthly donors.

The Bus doesn’t just train field organizers, it trains leaders in every aspect of the movement. We’re not just cultivating field tactics, we’re cultivating leadership, community, and growth through a social justice lens. The Bus showed me that my voice matters, that I have something to contribute, and that my actions really can change the world.

When you sign up to make a monthly donation to the Bus through our Friends With Benefits program, you’re helping us continue to develop young leaders in every place of the movement – in the field, in the boardroom, on campuses, and in elected office.

Interested in becoming a Friend With Benefits?