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June 2015 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

June 2015 - Seattle

 

Help Serve Food and Lead Activities at Summer Meal Sites for Kids this Summer (Lake City)  

Hunger Intervention Program  

 

Date/Time: June 18 - August 28. Meal times depend on site, but plan on around 11:45am - 1:45pm. Volunteers who can commit to once a week are appreciated but volunteers that are available more sporadically are also needed 

 

Location: Lake City Court Apartments, 12536 33rd Ave NE; Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE; Nathan Hale High School, 10750 30th Ave NE; Cedarvale Apartments, 11050 8th Ave NE; 5th site TBD 

 

Do you love food? Do you love having fun? Do something great with your summer! Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) is looking for volunteers to assist with their summer meals program weekdays around lunch time at their five meal sites in Lake City. Volunteers are needed to serve food and help lead activities. Activities will include games, arts & crafts, reading, and more.   

 

Ages: Ages 14 and up, or younger kids with parental supervision

 

Time Commitment: Two hours per shift plus a volunteer orientation 

 

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 

 

Start a Community Garden (or help at an existing Community Garden)  

Seattle Area Community Gardens

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

Location: Varies 

 

Do you like to garden? Starting or joining a community garden is a great way to volunteer with your children and to introduce them to the idea of helping people in their community access healthy food. Click here for ideas on how to start a community garden. Many local food shelves would love to receive donations of fresh produce from your garden. You can find an interested local food shelf near you on the Ample Harvest website.   

 

Ages: All ages can participate, depending on the garden or farm   

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Search for an existing garden at the American Community Gardening Association's website or check out the following websites for information about local community gardening resources:

 

Help Support Nepal  

Multiple Organizations

 

Date/Time: Ongoing 

 

Location: At home 

 

The April 25th earthquake in Nepal was devastating. It's estimated that nearly two million children have been affected by it. It's natural to feel helpless because we are so far away. However, this is a great opportunity to build empathy and awareness of this natural disaster and the impact it has had on so many families. What the relief efforts need most is funding. Here are two sites that list dozens of organizations that need aid: 

You can use this as an opportunity for your family to discuss how to choose an organization to support and then how to raise the money to donate. Lemonade stands or bake sales are great ways for children to be involved in the process of fundraising!  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Choose a charity from the PRI or Charity Navigator lists 

 

 

Riverton - Making Sandwiches  

Seattle's Union Gospel Mission

 

Date/Time: Everyday, 2-4pm

 

Location: 3020 S. 128th PL, Burien  

 

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 then-throughout the night-serve the sandwiches to hundreds of people in homelessness. 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 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 

 

 

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 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 

 

 

Building/Grounds Maintenance - SMART Home  

Seattle's Union Gospel Mission  

 

Date/Time: Mondays and Thursday, 9:30am - 1:30pm (hours can be flexible)   

 

Location: Ballard 

 

SMART Home is a partnership with Philadelphia Church in Ballard, providing single mothers with transitional housing and other resources and training to aid their success. They are looking for volunteers, families or groups that would like to serve our families by helping to maintain the building and surrounding area through yard work, light maintenance, painting, etc. Yard tools and basic maintenance tools should be provided/brought by volunteers.  

 

Ages: All volunteers must be age 13 or older. Volunteers under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 

Time Commitment: Two to four hours

 

Contact: volunteer@ugm.org or call 206.723.0767. Volunteers should register online

www.ugm.org 

 

Sort & Pack Food  

Food Lifeline

 

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

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

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. Or 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 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  

 

 

Make Food for Summer Meals for Kids Program  

Hunger Intervention Program

 

Date/Time: June 18-August 28. Mondays, 9am - noon & 5 - 7pm; Wednesdays, 5 - 7pm; and Fridays, 10am - noon 

 

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

 

The Hunger Intervention Program is making free meals for kids and teens in need. You and your family can help prepare the meals in HIP's kitchen at Lake City Presbyterian Church. If you don't like to work with food you can help with the dishes! RSVP is helpful but not required.  

 

Ages: Ages eight and up are welcome to volunteer with their families 

 

Time Commitment: Two to three hours per shift  

 

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

 

 

Share a Story with Heart!

Doing Good Together

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

Location: Your home 

 

Writing stories together as a family is a great summer project that gets kids talking, writing, reading, imagining, and building those empathy muscles. Use our Doing Good Together Story Starters with Heart to enjoy a thought-provoking family time activity. Your homemade stories can be a great way to cheer up a sick or lonely friend. Make a gift of your creations!  You can also find lots of story starter ideas for kids of all ages on the Journal Buddies website.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: www.doinggoodtogether.org, journalbuddies.com

 

 

 

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