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October 2015 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

October 2015 - Seattle

 

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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: One to two hours
 
Contact: Email kentfoodbank@gmail.com for more information
www.kentwa.gov/content.aspx?id=16912
 
 
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; Second Saturday, 10am - 1pm.
 
Location: White Center: 10002 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. Although we function with a small staff, volunteers are the life blood of what we do, providing valuable support in a variety of ways from sorting donations and packaging items, to providing community outreach or organizing fundraising opportunities. New volunteers are always welcome, and we have roles suitable for older children, corporate groups, families and any interested, enthusiastic individuals.
 
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/donate-now/volunteer/
www.westsidebaby.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 - 8pm
  • Thursday; 9am - noon, 1 -4 pm or 6 - 8pm
  • Friday; 9am - noon or 1 - 3pm
  • Saturday; 9am - noon or 1 - 4pm
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 Ariel 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 evenings & every first and third Thursday evening, 5 - 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 hour shifts
 
Contact: Katie Taylor, Kent Volunteer Coordinator, 206.923.7472, KatieT@northwestharvest.org
www.northwestharvest.org

 
Sort and Repackage Bulk 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 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 hour shifts
 
Contact: Katy Bourne, Volunteer Coordinator Cherry Street Food Bank, 206.923.7456, katyb@northwestharvest.org
www.northwestharvest.org

 
Serve Lunch at Hope Place 
Seattle's Union Gospel Mission
 
Date/Time: Monday-Saturday, 11:30am - 1:30pm (lunch is served at noon)
 
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 lunch for 100+ residents and guests, each and every day of the year. Find a day that works for you and your family! All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes. 
 
Ages: Families with children ten and older are welcome to volunteer. Volunteers must be age 10 or older for the serving line; 13 or older to volunteer in the kitchen.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Katie Ribera, kribera@ugm.org. All volunteers should register at www.ugm.volunteerhub.com/events/index
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  
 
 
Community Roots: Habitat Restoration 
Seward Park Audubon Center
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 17, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Seward Park, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd S, Seattle. Enter Seward Park and follow signs past the Audubon Center (old building on the right-hand side), stay right at the fork, go up the hill, and park at the first upper parking lot near the swing set. Do not leave valuables in your car. Also accessible by Metro Bus #50 to Seward Park Ave S & S Juneau St. Follow signs to the first upper parking lot. We will meet by the restrooms past the swing set.
 
Climate change puts 50% of North American birds at risk. Mitigate local impacts by restoring our urban forest oasis for resident and migrating birds, while building community with friends, family and neighbors. We'll be pulling out invasive species and planting native plants like Oregon grape and salal. Tools, gloves, training, snacks and coffee provided. Bring the whole family! Please dress for rain or shine in warm, dry layers that you don't mind getting dirty. Closed-toed sturdy shoes/boots, long sleeves, and long pants are a must! Bring a full water bottle and a pack lunch or snacks. 
 
Ages: Everyone can participate. If you are an unaccompanied minor (under age 18) please bring completed waivers.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Mikhaila Gonzales, mgonzales@audubon.org, 206.652.2444 x107
Sewardpark.audubon.org

 
 
Environmental Service Projects
EarthCorps

 
Date/Time: Saturdays, 10am-2pm (a few weekday events are also available)
 
Location: Seattle, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Tukwila, Tacoma, Federal Way, Shoreline and more. Check the EarthCorps calendar for weekly project locations.
 
Each year, EarthCorps leads more than 10,000 volunteers in environmental service projects in western Washington. While the exact tasks at hand vary, EarthCorps projects focus on improving the forests and parks in our local cities. Healthy and thriving forests are vital to our community because they absorb and naturally filter rain water, absorb toxins in the air, produce clean oxygen, provide living spaces for wildlife, and they create a place for people to connect with the outdoors. In order to help create healthy forests, we focus on removing aggressive weeds (like English Ivy or Himalayan Blackberry), maintaining areas where these weeds have been removed, and planting trees and shrubs during the rainy season. EarthCorps supplies gloves, tools, water, light refreshments and volunteer education. EarthCorps will provide everything you need to know about tool use and safety, forest health, information on the park, and the importance of the work you'll be doing. No prior experience necessary, just come ready to learn something new! 
 
Ages: Family members of all ages are welcome to volunteer. Only a select few sites are not great for very young volunteers and are specified on the event info page.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: volunteer@earthcorps.org, 206.322.9296 ext. 217. Register for volunteer projects on the EarthCorps calendar.
www.earthcorps.org 
 
 
Host families for International Students
Academic Year in America
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: Your home and community
 
The local chapter of Academic Year in America is seeking families to host incoming international exchange students. This is a fantastic opportunity for families who wish to enrich their families' culture, to build memories and friendships, and to showcase their culture and values.
 
Ages: Families of all shapes and sizes are welcome.
 
Time Commitment: Families can choose to host a student for 6 weeks, for a semester, or for an academic year.
 
Contact: Jackie, jfedor@aifs.org, 203.399.5043
http://academicyear.org

 
Clean Up Your Neighborhood
Nicodemous Wilderness Project
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Pick a location to clean up in your community
 
Fall winds are sending wayward wrappers flying out of open car doors and fluttering school papers out of our hands. In spring, everyone is in the mood for neighborhood clean up, but by October, the Earth Day influence seems to have worn off. Recommit to cleaning up during your fall walks. Clear out litter from a section of park, beach, vacant lot or your own neighborhood. Take all necessary precautions, including wearing sturdy gloves, being careful on riverbanks or near roads, having adults handle dangerous items and supervising children closely. You can pick your favorite walk and do a one-time sweep, or make clean up a regular family event. Take a few digital photos of what you've picked up. Then have your family send an essay about your experience along with your favorite photo, your names, age(s) and address to mail@wildernessproject.org. Your essay will be published on the Nicodemus Wilderness Project website, your children's names will appear in the Registry of Apprentice Ecologists, and you'll get an official certificate. Visit the DGT™ Clean Up Your Neighborhood project page for reflection ideas, book suggestions, and ways to take this project further.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@wildernessproject.org
www.wildernessproject.org/
 
 
BIRTHDAY PARTIES THAT GIVE BACK
 
Is this the year you want to host a child's birthday party that's less materialistic but still lots of fun? Our e-book 12 Fun, Creative Birthday Parties That Give Back ($5.99) inspires kids and parents to creatively re-imagine the joy a birthday party can bring. Download it today, or better yet, join our Big-Hearted Families Membership Circle ($24.99) and receive the e-book for free!
 
 

 

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This list was compiled by Doing Good Together™ (www.doinggoodtogether.org)
 When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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