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March 2015 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

March 2015 - Seattle

 

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 (Women's Shelter)  

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

 

Visiting the Elderly  

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Various Seattle locations 

 

Many seniors in our community face loneliness every day. You and your family can share the kindness of a personal connection with an older adult. When your family visits a senior you help your children become comfortable with our aging population and bring cheer to those who are isolated and lonely. Regular visits with a senior can help enhance the lives of both the senior you visit and your family. Many programs provide training and ongoing support for volunteers; some will ask for a minimum time commitment, typically at least six months. Doing Good Together's Visit the Elderly project page offers lots of suggestions for visiting with seniors, reflection questions for your family and other resources. You can contact a local nursing home, care facility or a Seattle  organization that offers senior visiting programs like Full Life Elder Friends or Jewish Family Service.  

 

Ages: Organizations may have differing age requirements but most will welcome families with children.

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Full Life, Ginger Seybold, Director of Volunteer Programs, gingers@fulllifecare.org, 206.224.3790.  

Jewish Family Service, Director of Volunteer Services, volunteer@jfsseattle.org, 206.861.3155
You can also search for nursing homes in your area on the Washington State Nursing Home Finder 

 

 

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