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September 2015 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

September 2015 - Seattle

 
Weed, Mulch and Prune
Meadowbrook Community CARE
 
Date/Time: Mornings and afternoons every day but Friday
 
Location: 10517 35th NE, Seattle
 
In the northeast community of Seattle, north of University of Washington and bordering Nathan Hale High School, this Seattle Parks location hosts a Community Garden and Orchard on this seven acre site. In partnership with other community groups, Meadowbrook Community CARE is excited to bring Urban Gardening to this local community. Tools and gloves are provided to volunteers along with a brief history and goals for this jewel of Seattle Parks. The Orchard site is hilly so volunteers should have good balance and wear sturdy shoes. The community garden is level but does require bending and managing various surfaces.
 
Ages: Families with children welcome
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Terry Vogel, Community Partnerships Director; 206.524.2448
www.mc-care.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. 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 

 
Spread the Word
Phinney Neighborhood Association
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Seattle's Phinney/Greenwood neighborhood
 
The Phinney Neighborhood Association's mission is to build, engage and support our diverse community through programs, services and activities that connect neighbors and foster civic engagement. Your family can help spread the word about upcoming classes, events and activities by putting up posters in Greenwood & Phinney businesses.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Between two hours per week and two hours per month
 
Contact: LeAnne Chow, leannec@phinneycenter.org
www.phinneycenter.org

 
 
Volunteer in the Forest
Nature Consortium
 
Date/Time: Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Check website for specific locations
 
Nature Consortium's Urban Forest Restoration Program is committed to restoring Seattle's largest remaining forest, the West Duwamish Greenbelt. This important ecological resource spans nearly 500 acres on the eastern slopes of West Seattle and includes 182 acres of public parkland. Join Nature Consortium and help restore important habitat in Seattle's largest remaining forest, the West Duwamish Greenbelt. Located in West Seattle near the Duwamish River, the West Duwamish Greenbelt is the largest contiguous forest in Seattle, stretching from West Seattle to Burien. Each work party begins with a short informal forest ecology workshop, and we spend the remainder of the time performing various restoration activities, including planting native trees and shrubs, removing invasive species, mulching previously-planted areas, and more. Working out in the elements requires the right apparel. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are required, even in the summer. Bring a full water bottle. We will have water available for refills. Tools, gloves, and training will be provided. We also provide granola bars, but please feel free to bring a lunch as well.
 
Ages: Families with children age six and older are welcome to volunteer. A youth waiver form is REQUIRED for all youth under 18 before participating. Please bring a signed and completed form to Nature Consortium staff at the beginning of your first work party.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, 206.923.0853. Volunteers should register online. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance. Events are subject to cancellation or location change. Directions will be sent to you via email on the day before the work party.
www.naturec.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 

 

 
Hope Place - Fall Graduation for Women
Seattle's Union Gospel Mission
 
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 16th; variety of shifts are available between 1 and 10pm
  • Set-up: 2 - 6pm
  • Dinner Prep: 1 - 4pm
  • Childcare: 5:45 - 8:30pm
  • Clean-Up: 8:30 - 9:30pm
  • Reception Clean-Up: 9 - 10pm
Location: 3802 S Othello St, Seattle
 
When women successfully complete major milestones in their recovery program, we host a graduation ceremony and need volunteers to help with the day, from set-up to clean-up. This is a significant step in their lives! We are looking for volunteers to come set-up the venue, prepare and serve a meal, and create a lasting memory for these courageous women. 
 
Ages: Volunteers should be age ten or older for this opportunity.

Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: volunteer@ugm.org or call 206.723.0767. All volunteers should register at www.ugm.volunteerhub.com/events/index
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 - 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 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.kentwa.gov/content.aspx?id=16912
 
Sponsor a Family
Family-to-Family
 
Date/Time: Once a month
 
Location: Click here to see the communities where Family-to-Family sponsors families
 
Start a new school year with a new kindness commitment that will keep giving on your calendar month after month. Family-to-Family is a nonprofit national hunger and poverty relief organization dedicated to connecting, one-to-one, families with enough to share to impoverished American families with profoundly less. Family-to-Family programs create a bridge between communities with "more" and some of our country's poorest areas. Start the new school year with a new kindness commitment that will keep giving on your calendar month after month. You and your family can help an American family living in poverty with a monthly box of groceries. Your monthly donation or the box of food you ship will ensure that "your" family gets the food they need the last week of every month, when food stamps often run out.  After you sign up we'll send you details about the family you're helping. Visit the DGT™ Sponsor a Family project page for reflection ideas, book suggestions, and ways to take this project further.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Nancy Hennessee, nhennessee@family-to-family.org. Visit the Family-to-Family Sponsor A Family page for sign-up options.
www.family-to-family.org 
 
 
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