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May 2015 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

May 2015 - Seattle

 

Mothers and Children serving the homeless  

OPERATION: Sack Lunch

 

Date/Time: Sunday, May 10, 2-6:30pm

 

Location: 210 Alaskan Way S, Seattle  

 

Honor your parent on this day by volunteering as a family to prepare and serve hot meals to the homeless. OPERATION: Sack Lunch (OSL) is a 25-year old nonprofit that is committed to eradicating hunger in Seattle by preparing and serving hot, nutritionally dense meals to the homeless.  

 

Ages: We are able to accept participants of all ages but volunteers 13 and younger are not able to work inside the kitchen for health and safety reasons. Younger participants and their parent or guardian will volunteer in our adjacent cafeteria completing tasks that support our mission.

 

Time Commitment: Four and one-half hours

 

Contact: To schedule your family please email Camille@oslserves.org
www.oslserves.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 

 

Food Sorting - Hope Place  

Seattle's Union Gospel Mission

 

Date/Time: Every Friday, 10am - noon

 

Location: 3802 S Othello St. Seattle  

 

Hope Place is a shelter that provides homeless women and their children with housing, recovery programs, and other necessary resources. During their stay at Hope Place, they are given practical tools to help them stay safe and sober, are taught what abuse is and how to identify safe people, and discuss their past to identify how it has affected them. Volunteers are needed to help with our food orders. Every week we get deliveries of food donations, and we need your help to receive, process, label, and store the food we receive.  

 

Ages: All volunteers must be age 10 and up. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 

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

 

 

Library Helper - EFS  

Seattle's Union Gospel Mission

 

Date/Time: Daily (including weekends) 7:30 - 8:30pm

 

Location: 314 Bell St, Seattle  

 

The Emergency Family Shelter (EFS) is a safe place for women and children to stay while they are seeking permanent housing. The EFS has a wonderful donated library of children's books just waiting for volunteers to read to the children staying at EFS. This is a great opportunity for individuals and for families with children to serve together. You can make a difference in the life of a child and have your heart transformed in the process!    

 

Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome; anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 

Time Commitment: One hour 

 

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

 

 

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 

 

 

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: 3802 S. Othello St, Seattle  

 

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; 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 kid

 

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  

 

 

Healthy HIP Packs Packing Parties  

Hunger Intervention Program

 

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

 

 

Foster a Pet  

Your Local Animal Shelter Organizations

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

 

Fostering a pet is one of the most rewarding experiences your family can have. When you foster a pet you: 

  • Free up a spot so the shelter or rescue can take in another pet.
  • Give your foster pet the time he or she needs to be ready for adoption.
  • Help the shelter or rescue learn more about the pet so he or she can end up in the best home possible.
  • Socialize the pet to a home environment.

Visit the DGT™ project page for reflection ideas, book suggestions, and ways to take this project further.

   

Ages: Fostering a pet is a great family opportunity. Your local animal shelter organizations will let you know if they have any specific age requirements

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Check Petfinder's list of Animal Welfare groups by state to find a rescue group or shelter near you.

 

 

 

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