April 2015 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

 April 2015 - Seattle

 

Earth Day at Seward Park  

Seward Park Audubon Center

 

Date/Time: Saturday, April 25, 10am - 2pm

 

Location: Seward Park - 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S, Seattle  

 

Celebrate Earth Day by joining young conservation leaders in building habitat for a vibrant community of wildlife, birds and people! Overlooking Lake Washington, Seward Park is also home to the largest swath of old growth forest in Seattle and over 100 species of birds. During the event, our teen leaders will explain how your actions contribute to a healthy Puget Sound and a healthy planet. Cheer them on and learn from the best as they facilitate a fun and challenging day of work. Tools, gloves, training, snacks and coffee provided. Just bring your energy, laughter and family and friends.   

 

Ages: All ages are welcome 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Mikhaila Gonzales, mgonzales@audubon.org. Registration is available online 

www. sewardpark.audubon.org

 

Riverton - Making Sandwiches  

Seattle's Union Gospel Mission

 

Date/Time: Shifts are available everyday, 2-4pm

 

Location: 3020 S. 128th Place, Burie  

 

You can help serve, rescue and transform a life, one sandwich at a time. The Mission needs help preparing hundreds of sandwiches every single day of the year. These sandwiches are delivered to the Mission's Search & Rescue vans each evening, where adult volunteers serve the sandwiches to hundreds of people in homelessness throughout the night. The sandwich is often the first gesture of humanity a person in homelessness may have encountered in a very long time-don't ever underestimate the power of simple sandwich!  

 

Ages: Open to all ages 

 

Time Commitment: Two hour shifts 

 

Contact: All volunteers should register at www.ugm.volunteerhub.com/events/index. Additional questions can be directed to volunteer@ugm.org or call 206.723.0767.
www.ugm.org 

 

Bring & Serve a Group Dinner at EFS (Emergency Family Shelter)   

Seattle's Union Gospel Mission

 

Date/Time: Monday-Friday, 5 - 8:30pm (dinner serving time is 6:30pm)

 

Location: 314 Bell Street, Seattle  

 

Bring a complete and ready to serve meal for a group of 48 women and children (plus the number of people in your volunteer group) to the EFS. You can help serve, rescue and transform the lives of four-dozen women and children one meal at a time. Your meal preparations and cooking must be completed before coming to EFS. Warming ovens and basic kitchen equipment are available to finalize the serving of the meal. Please do not include pork products in your meal. 

 

Ages: Open to all ages. There is a maximum of 20 volunteers per night.

 

Time Commitment: Three to four hours (plus prep time)

 

Contact: All volunteers should register at www.ugm.volunteerhub.com/events/index.  Additional questions can be directed to volunteer@ugm.org or call 206.723.0767.
www.ugm.org 

 

Serve Lunches or Dinners at Hope Place

Seattle's Union Gospel Mission

 

Date/Time: Lunch: Monday-Saturday, 11:30am - 1:30pm (lunch is served at noon)
Dinner: Monday-Sunday, 4:30 - 5:30pm (dinner is served at 5pm)

 

Location: You can help serve, rescue and transform a life, one meal at a time. Working side-by-side with the Mission's chefs and kitchen staff, you can help prepare and serve meals for 100+ residents and guests, each and every day of the year. Find a day that works for you and your family!  

 

Ages: Families with children ten and older are welcome to volunteer 

 

Time Commitment: Two to four hours

 

Contact: All volunteers should register at www.ugm.volunteerhub.com/events/index.  Additional questions can be directed to volunteer@ugm.org or call 206.723.0767.
www.ugm.org 
 

Sort & Pack Food  

Food Lifeline

 

Date/Time: Food Lifeline's volunteer needs are ongoing. Shifts are available the following times:

  • Tuesday, 9:30 - 11:30am, 1 - 4pm or 6 - 8pm
  • Wednesday, 1 - 4pm or 6 - 8pm
  • Thursday, 9:30 - 11:30am, 1 - 4pm or 6 - 8pm
  • Friday, 9:30 - 11:30am or 1 - 3pm
  • Saturday, 9am - noon or 1 - 4pm

Saturday sessions are booked through June 2015 for large groups. Openings for individuals or small families may be available, please check our online volunteer calendar for availability. Weekday volunteers are Food Lifeline's greatest need!

 

Location: Food Lifeline - 1702 NE 150th St, Shoreline  

 

Food Lifeline is a Feeding America food bank serving Western Washington. Food Lifeline approaches hunger as a logistical problem that can be solved. By redirecting good food from local farmers, grocers and restaurants that might otherwise go to waste, Food Lifeline can provide more than 88,000 meals daily. Volunteers inspect, sort and repack these donations for distribution to our network of 275 hunger relief partners. Volunteers must wear close-toed shoes and we suggest dressing in layers as the warehouse is not climate controlled.   

 

Ages: Volunteers must be at least six years or older. Volunteers 15 and under require adult supervision. Youth groups require one adult for every five kids.  

 

Time Commitment:  Shifts are typically two to three hours long.  

 

Contact: Volunteers can schedule online at www.foodlifeline.civicore.com. Contact Heather or Jennifer at 206.545.6600 for scheduling assistance.
www.foodlifeline.org 

 

Sort and Repackage Bulk Food  

Northwest Harvest

 

Date/Time: Tuesday-Saturday, 9am - noon or 1 - 3pm; Wednesday evening, 4 - 7pm

 

Location: Kent Warehouse, 22220 68th Ave S, Kent  

 

The mission of Northwest Harvest is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger. Our vision is ample nutritious food is available to everyone in Washington State. Northwest Harvest is the only non-profit food bank distributor operating statewide in Washington with a network of more than 370 food banks, meal programs and high-need schools. Through this network, we provide more than two million meals every month. Volunteers will sort and repackage bulk food into family sized portions for distribution to food banks throughout the state. It is incredible to see how many meals you can package in just a few hours!  

 

Ages: Minimum age of nine (or 3rd grade). Adult chaperones are required for volunteers up to age 15. Sixteen and 17-year-olds are able to volunteer on their own with a parent permission form on file, however, adult chaperones are needed for groups of 16 and 17-year-olds and one adult is needed to be the primary contact. All volunteers must be scheduled in advance.

 

Time Commitment: Two or three hour shifts

 

Contact: Katie Taylor, Kent Volunteer Coordinator, 206.923.7472, KatieT@northwestharvest.org
www.northwestharvest.org 

 

Sort, Package and Distribute Food  

Northwest Harvest

 

Date/Time: Monday and Wednesday, 8:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday and Friday, 8:30am - 5pm

 

Location: Cherry Street Food Bank, 711 Cherry Street, Seattle  

 

The mission of Northwest Harvest is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger. Our vision is ample nutritious food is available to everyone in Washington State. Northwest Harvest is the only non-profit food bank distributor operating statewide in Washington with a network of more than 370 food banks, meal programs and high-need schools. Through this network, we provide more than two million meals every month. Volunteers will work directly with clients. Tasks include sorting, packaging and distributing food.  

 

Ages: Minimum age of nine (or 3rd grade). Adult chaperones are required for volunteers up to age 15. Sixteen and 17-year-olds are able to volunteer on their own with a parent permission form on file, however, adult chaperones are needed for groups of 16 and 17-year-olds and one adult is needed to be the primary contact. All volunteers must be scheduled in advance.

 

Time Commitment: Flexible two to three hour shifts

 

Contact: Jeri Chonle, Volunteer Coordinator Cherry Street Food Bank, 206.923.7456, JeriC@northwestharvest.org
www.northwestharvest.org 
 

Food Pick Up  

Kent Food Bank

 

Date/Time: Saturdays or Sundays

 

Location: East Hill - Kent  

 

The Kent Food Bank provides emergency food and clothing for individuals and families within the Kent School District boundary. You and your family can volunteer to pick up donations from a local store and transport them to the Food Bank Annex on East Hill. We are looking for people willing to commit to one pick up per month. This is a great project for families. Children can help load and unload donations.     

 

Ages: Need at least one adult to drive and supervise, but volunteers of any age are welcome to assist.

 

Time Commitment: About an hour 

 

Contact: Email kentfoodbank@gmail.com for more information

www.facebook.com/kentfoodbank 

 

Healthy HIP Pack Packing Parties  

Hunger Intervention Program

 

Date/Time: Every 1st Thursday, 3:15 - 4:30pm and every 3rd Wednesday, 5 - 6:15pm

 

Location: Lake City Presbyterian Church - Fellowship Hall. 3841 NE 123rd Street, Seattle  

 

The Hunger Intervention Program provides Healthy HIP Packs to local elementary schools, where they are distributed to students who can benefit from extra food over the weekend. The HIP Packs provide healthy meals for these students who might otherwise experience hunger during the weekend when school meals are not available. Come out and join us at our packing parties to help assemble these HIP Packs and help with other volunteer projects. Everyone is welcome, and no training is needed beforehand. RSVP is helpful but not required. Hope to see you there!  

 

Ages: All ages welcome! Younger kids may need help from parents to participate

 

Time Commitment: About an hour 

 

Contact: Email americorps@hungerintervention.org or call 206.457.2871 to confirm.
www.hungerintervention.org

 

Help Local Children   

WestSide Baby

 

Date/Time: White Center: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9am - 1pm; Saturdays, 10am - 1pm; First Tuesday and Third Thursday, 6 - 9pm
Central District: Mondays and Thursdays, 9am - 1pm; Wednesdays, 9am - 5pm      

 

Location: White Center: 10027 14th Ave SW, Seattle, or Central District: 2301 S Jackson St., Ste 202, Seattle   

WestSide Baby, in partnership with our community, provides essentials to local children in need by collecting and distributing diapers, clothing and equipment. Volunteers are an integral part of our organization and tasks can include sorting incoming donations of clothing and other items, packaging diapers, packaging toys, filling orders for children and other projects as needed.  

 

Ages: Children age eight and older are welcome to participate. An adult must accompany volunteers between ages 8-13 and volunteers ages 14-17 must have a signed consent form.  

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Shana Allen, shana@westsidebaby.org or 206-686-6659 with questions. Application can be found online at www.westsidebaby.org/default/volunteer
www.westsidebaby.org 

 

Plant a Row for the Hungry  

Ample Harvest or Garden Writers Association

 

Date/Time: During the growing season  

 

Location: Your garden, community garden, or wherever you have the opportunity  

 

Spring is in the air and gardeners everywhere can't wait to get started. Whether you plant a container garden on a windowsill or a deck, overthrow a patch of lawn in favor of a garden, or join a community effort, planning a row dedicated to the local food shelf can make a world of difference. Donating dedicated produce or extra produce from your garden helps food shelves provide more healthy food options and helps prevent food waste. Check out Doing Good Together's Plant a Row for the Hungry page for more information, reflection questions for your family, and additional resources. To find a food shelf near you that would like to receive your produce donation, visit Ample Harvest's find a food pantry page.   

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact:  Ample Harvest, info@AmpleHarvest.org or Garden Writer's Association, Plant a Row for the Hungry, PAR Hotline 1.877.492.2727
www.ampleharvest.org, www.gardenwriters.org

 

 
 DGT Families Making a Difference

Are you and your family taking advantage of the opportunities in our monthly listings? We'd love to hear about your experiences. Email us your stories and photos and we'll share them with our readers!

In mid March a number of DGT families from the Boston area came together to help support the Cradles to Crayons Pajama Drive. The event was hosted by Kira Hower, our Boston Coordinator and facilitated by Caryn Oppenheim, youth services coordinator at Cradles to Crayons. The program included a short video about C2C, a reading of the children's book Pajamas of My Dreams, and a thoughtful discussion about what types of donations are important and why. The event ended with the kids and adults making "well wishes" cards to go inside backpacks for the kids. Participants donated over 100 pairs of pajamas and raised awareness about the needs of the C2C families.
 

 

 

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