January 2015 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

January 2015 - Seattle

 

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 9 (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 9 (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/timeline  

 

 

Healthy HIP Packing Parties  

Hunger Intervention Program

 

Date/Time: Every 1st Thursday, 3:15-4:30pm or 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 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 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 

 

 

West Hylebos Wetlands Environmental Restoration Project  

EarthCorps

 

Date/Time: Saturday, January 17, 10am-2pm

 

Location: West Hylebos Wetlands, 411 S 348th Street, Federal Way  

 

Join EarthCorps/Friends of the Hylebos in working at the beautiful West Hylebos Wetlands Park as we kick-off our MLK Weekend of Service! This Park is home to one of the few remaining intact peat bogs in Puget Sound. Wetlands provide essential wildlife habitat and they filter pollutants out of stormwater runoff. They are also attractive places for people to relax, stroll and learn about rich natural ecosystems. We worked hard this spring and summer to remove invasive species like blackberry and English Ivy at the site. We need your help to re-plant the habitat with native trees, shrubs, and ground cover.  

 

Ages: All ages are welcome. Volunteers under 12 must have a parent or guardian present.

 

Time Commitment: Four hours 

 

Contact: Email volunteer@earthcorps.com, or Kelly O'Callahan, Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, 206.322.9296 x217, kelly@earthcorps.com.
www.earthcorps.org 

 

 

Pioneer Park (Mercer Island) Environmental Restoration Project  

EarthCorps

 

Date/Time: Sunday, January 18, 10am-2pm

 

Location: Pioneer Park, Island Crest Way & SE 68th Street, Mercer Island  

 

Work with EarthCorps and the City of Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Dept. to help restore Pioneer Park! Pioneer Park is 113 acres of forested habitat, the largest forested park on Mercer Island. This park is home to over 70 bird species and 12 different mammals, and offers the most extensive trail system on the island. The restoration goals for this park include planting native conifer trees; removing non-native plants, such as ivy, that prevent native plants from growing; and site maintenance activities.  

 

Ages: All ages are welcome. Volunteers under 12 must have a parent or guardian present.

 

Time Commitment: Four hours 

 

Contact: Email volunteer@earthcorps.com, or Kelly O'Callahan, Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, 206.322.9296 x217, kelly@earthcorps.com.
www.earthcorps.org 

 

 

Cheasty Greenspace Environmental Restoration Project  

EarthCorps

 

Date/Time: Monday, January 19, 10am-2pm

 

Location: Cheasty Greenspace - Seattle, 2809 S Alaska Pl, Seattle  

 

Join EarthCorps, the Green Seattle Partnership, Service for Peace, University of Washington, and Seattle Parks and Recreation as we continue to restore this 43-acre south end greenspace. MLK Day of Service participants should expect to learn a brief history of Cheasty Greenspace and an overview of Seattle's urban forests. Join thousands of volunteers nationwide in making MLK Day "a day ON, not a day OFF!" EarthCorps staff will discuss Dr. King's legacy, forest structure, native vs. non-native plant species, environmental restoration and safety. The service project includes the removal of English ivy, a non-native aggressive plant species that threatens the diversity of our urban forests. Work may include planting native trees and shrubs, and restoration maintenance such as weeding, wood chip application and sheet mulching.  

 

Ages: All ages are welcome. Volunteers under 12 must have a parent or guardian present.

 

Time Commitment: Four hours 

 

Contact: Email volunteer@earthcorps.com, or Kelly O'Callahan, Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, 206.322.9296 x217, kelly@earthcorps.com.
www.earthcorps.org 

 

 

 

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