December 2016 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

December 2016 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

December 2016 - Seattle  

 
Adopt a Family
Vision House
 
Date/Time: Items are needed by Thursday, December 8
 
Location: Contact us at 425.228.6356 or info@vision-house.org for drop off information.

You and your family can adopt a family during the holidays and help a homeless family meet their essential needs: a coat, a pair of shoes, an outfit, and $25 grocery gift card. Families will be able to wrap these clothing items and open them at Christmas. The gift card will enable families to purchase their own Christmas dinner. We will provide you a list of each family member's clothing information. We have families of all sizes, ages and stages to be adopted for the holidays.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Karen Dalgardno, karend@vision-house.org, 425.228.6356
http://vision-house.org/
 
 
Giving Tree Toy Drive
HopeLink
 
Date/Time: Please deliver holiday donations by Monday, December 12. Food and toy donations can be delivered to any of HopeLink's five locations, Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 5pm
 
Location: Hopelink's five service centers are located in Bellevue, Kirkland/Northshore, Redmond, Shoreline and Sno-Valley (Carnation)
 
Each year Hopelink serves more than 64,000 homeless and low-income families, children, seniors, and people with disabilities in north and east King County. You and your family can help make the holiday season easier and more joyful for HopeLink clients by collecting toy, clothing and food donations. Checkout Hopelink's Holiday Drive kit for more information.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact: Jenny, jdreyfuss@hopelink.org or 425.897.3710
https://hopelink.org/
 
 
Sort and Pack Food
Food Lifeline
 
Date/Time: A variety of shifts are available, Monday through Saturday. Weekday sessions are Food Lifeline's greatest need for volunteer help! Check Food Lifeline's calendar for shift availability.

Location: 815 S. 96th St., Seattle

Volunteers help Food Lifeline inspect and repack 40 million pounds of food each year and help make it possible to distribute 91,000 meals daily to our neighbors in need. Volunteers inspect, sort, and repack these donations into family size package for distribution to Food Lifeline's network of 275 hunger relief partners.
  • Close-toed shoes are required, no exceptions.
  • Long hair should be tied back.
  • If needed, hairnets, aprons and gloves will be provided.
  • Dress in layers, as the warehouse is not climate controlled.
Ages: Families with children age six or older are welcome to volunteer. Click here for guidelines for volunteering with children.
 
Time Commitment: Three and one-quarter hour shifts
 
Contact: volunteer@foodlifeline.org, 206.545.6600 x3619. Registration is available online. www.foodlifeline.org



Learn more about
helping the hungry

 
Tree Planting at Sammamish Cove
Mountain to Sound Greenway
 
Date/Time: Saturday, December 10, 2 - 5pm
 
Location: Saamamish Cove, Issaquah

Sammamish Cove is a former dairy farm adjacent to Lake Sammamish State Park. It borders Tibbetts Creek, a salmon-bearing stream, to the Northeast. Boasting sweeping views of the Issaquah Alps, the area has been overwhelmed by invasive weeds. Greenway Trust volunteers have worked hard throughout the year to remove these invasive weeds along the creek. Join us as we plant native trees and shrubs throughout this site.
 
Ages: Families with children 6 and older are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany each volunteer under age 13. All youth volunteers whose parents will not be present must bring a completed permission form in order to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Anna Hendricks, anna.hendricks@mtsgreenway.org, 206.373.1600. Registration is available online.
www.mtsgreenway.org/
 
 
Holiday Carousel
Treehouse
 
Date/Time: Now through January 2
 
Location: Westlake Park in Downtown Seattle

In partnership with the Downtown Seattle Association, Treehouse provides volunteer support to staff the Holiday Carousel at Westlake Park. We welcome volunteers of all ages to greet riders, sell tickets, and collect donations that will help make the season brighter for youth in foster care.
 
Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Youth under 16 must volunteer with an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Shifts are between two and one-half to four hours
 
Contact: Carousel Manager at 206.267.5152 or carousel@treehouseforkids.org. Registration is available online.
http://www.treehouseforkids.org/
 
 
Holiday Giving for Homeless Youth
YouthCare
 
Date/Time: Donations can be delivered Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm. The main office will be closed on December 24, 25, and 26.
 
Location: YouthCare Main Office, 2500 NE 54th St, Seattle

YouthCare helps build confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training. Help bring a little holiday joy to YouthCare clients by donating items from their holiday wish list. Visit the YouthCare holiday giving page for additional ways you and your family can help homeless youth in our community during the holiday season.

Ages:
Everyone is welcome to participate in the YouthCare holiday giving drives.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: donations@youthcare.org
http://www.youthcare.org/
 


Learn more about
helping the homeless

 
Food Distribution
North Helpline Emergency Services and Food Bank
 
Date/Time: Wednesdays and Saturdays 9:30am -1:30pm and Thursdays 4 - 7pm
 
Location: 12736 33rd Ave NE Seattle

Volunteers helping with food distribution will generally help with tasks such as check-in, line direction/greeting, distributing food to clients, helping to stock the distribution lines, and assisting clients with carts. Volunteers will be assigned to their positions during the distribution based upon the needs of the food bank.

Ages:
Families with children six and older are welcome to volunteer together; teens 14 and older can volunteer on their own.
 
Time Commitment: Three to four hours
 
Contact: AnnaJoy Thompson, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteers@northhelpline.org, 206.367.3477
http://www.northhelpline.org

 
Kids Helping Kids
Wellspring Family Services
 
Date/Time:  Once the jar is filled, children are invited to drop off their donation at Wellspring Family Services between 9 am - 4 pm, Monday - Friday.
 
Location: Wellspring Family Services, 1900 Rainier Ave South, Seattle

Wellspring Family Services helps children, adults and families who are experiencing crisis take the next step forward, tap into their own resilience and strength, and build community. Kids Helping Kids (KHK) is a youth philanthropy program that invites children to make a difference in the lives of their homeless peers by collecting coins for Wellspring Family Services. Your children can either create a giving jar or you can visit the Wellspring office to pick up a KHK jar. Help your children come up with creative ideas for filling their coin jars or check out these ideas from Wellspring. Since 2009, KHK has raised more than $40,000 to support homeless children and families!

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Josh Herrington, Donor Relations Director, jherrington@wellspringfs.org or call 206.902.4229.
https://wellspringfs.org/
 
 

Giving Plates
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location:  Your own home or community location


Making some baked goods to bring along to a holiday gathering? You and your family can bake up some extra treats to share as a holiday gift with new or isolated neighbors, sick or stressed friends, or even service providers you meet on a regular basis, like the mail carrier or school bus driver. Then your family can design giving plates to place your home baked goodies on as part of your gift! Visit the Doing Good Together Design a Giving Plate for directions to make your plates and for additional ideas and reflection questions
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.DoingGoodTogether.org
 
 
Thank You for Your Giving
 
During this season of thanks, we want to thank each one of you for your commitment to making a positive difference in your communities. We are especially thankful for all the families who are living our mission of kindness and volunteering by using these monthly lists to find local volunteering opportunities. These free offerings would not be available if it weren't for the generosity of our donors. If you believe these lists are a value to you and your family, please include Doing Good Together your year-end giving plans.
 

 

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 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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November 2016 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

November 2016 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

November 2016 - Seattle  

 
Community Roots: Habitat Restoration
Seward Park Audubon Center
 
Date/Time: Saturday, November 5 and Saturday, November 19, 9:30am - noon
 
Location: Seward Park, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd S, Seattle. We will gather at the Seward Park Audubon Center and after a quick introduction will walk over to the restoration site together. You may park in the lower lot near the swimming beach or in the upper lot near Picnic Shelter #3 and the upper playground.

It's time to plant! One of the most rewarding parts of restoring habitat is to plant the native plants that will continue to grow in that place for decades to come. Join us for a community planting restoration event where you will get to better Seward Park while getting to know others in your community. Please dress for the weather. Boots are great, but any closed toe shoes will work as long as you're okay with getting them dirty. We'll provide the tools and the work gloves. Bring your water bottle. We will provide coffee and light snacks.

Ages:
 Families are encouraged to participate. If you are an unaccompanied minor (under age 18) please bring completed waivers.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Marina Pita, mpita@audubon.org, 206.652.2444 x107
sewardpark.audubon.org
 
 
Green Seattle Day
Green Seattle Partnership
 
Date/Time: Saturday, November 12, 9am - noon
 
Location: This year's main location will be at Camp Long in West Seattle, 5200 35th Ave SW. Parking is available at West Seattle Stadium. Shuttles will take volunteers the short distance to Camp Long and will return at the end of the event. Follow signs into the park to the registration table down on the big grassy lawn known as the Parade Ground. Green Seattle Day events will also be held at 15 other parks across Seattle.

Green Seattle Day is our biggest party of the year, and we want you there! Join hundreds of volunteers planting thousands of plants in parks throughout The Emerald City. No experience necessary. Tools, gloves, plants, coffee, snacks, and instruction provided. There will be a celebration FREE LUNCH and prizes at the Green Seattle Day Hub, Camp Long, after-party at 12:30, which is open to all volunteers from the other Green Seattle Day sites throughout the city.

Ages: All community members are welcome!
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Varies depending on project. If you have any questions prior to the event contact Norah Kates, nkates@forterra.org, 206.905.6943. Registration is available online.
http://greenseattle.org/


Learn more about
helping the earth

 
Second Saturday Work Party
Volunteer Park Trust
 
Date/Time: Saturday, November 12, 10am - noon
 
Location: Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave E, Seattle. Look for the sign at the Black Sun sculpture across from Seattle Asian Art Museum to tell you where we'll be in the park

Come meet your neighbors and friends, and enjoy gardening in Volunteer Park! Volunteers will clean garden beds, weed, mulch, and remove invasive plants to keep our park beautiful. No experience is needed and we can sure use your help. Bring your favorite pair of gardening gloves and a bottle of water.
 
Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Jeff@VolunteerParkTrust.org
www.VolunteerParkTrust.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 appropriate for very young volunteers and are specified as such on the event info page.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Volunteer coordinator, volunteer@earthcorps.org, 206.322.9296 ext. 217. Register for projects on the EarthCorps calendar.
 
 
Help Sort and Organize Clothing
Eastside Baby Corner (EBC)

Date/Time: Variety of dates and times during the month. Check the volunteer calendar for available dates and times.

Location: 1510 NW Maple St, Issaquah, or 1463 NE Dawn Road, Suite B, Bremerton

Volunteers and staff at Eastside Baby Corner collect community donations, purchase and distribute children's and maternity items to families in collaboration with virtually every organization helping families in our area. Case managers from partner agencies assess the needs of the family, request the items from EBC, then pick up and deliver them to the family. Serving a broad area across King County that extends to the Cascade foothills and from south of Renton into south Snohomish County, EBC serves as a diaper bank, a clothing bank, and a food source for more than 500 kids each week. Volunteers are needed to help sort and organize donated items for redistribution to families in need on the eastside. Please dress in layers, the warehouse is cold in the winter and hot in the summer. For your safety, please wear closed toed shoes. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated while you volunteer. 

Ages: Families with children ages 7 and older are welcome to volunteer. Children 7-13 must volunteer 1:1 with an adult who will work with them for the entire shift.

Time Commitment: Shifts are between one and one-half and three hours

Contact: Wanda Yamashita, wanday@babycorner.org, 425.865.0234
www.babycorner.org

 
Foster a Dog
CHEW Dog Rescue
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: CHEW Dog Rescue is an all-volunteer run foster homebased dog rescue in Gig Harbor. We have foster homes ranging from Lakewood to Bremerton

CHEW Dog Rescue is dedicated to saving the lives of abandoned dogs and those in high-kill shelters and finding them permanent loving homes. CHEW is in need of volunteers to provide temporary in-home care until these dogs are adopted. All veterinary care is paid for by CHEW. Fostering dogs until we find their forever homes helps to socialize and train the dogs to trust and love people again. Rescued dogs are in temporary homes where they are learning good doggie manners while they wait for their new families to find them. A foster family must provide a safe, secure, stable environment, and most importantly, the love needed to nurture those dogs back to their happy, healthy selves. Some dogs require special care, such as post medical attention, increasing weight or strength, socializing, building trust, exercise, and fun.

Ages: Families with children can serve as foster families
 
Time Commitment: Being a foster care provider takes a considerable amount of time, dedication, and genuine caring.
 
Contact: pawsontherun@gmail.com
www.chewdogrescue.org/
 
 
Friendly Visitors for Seniors
Friend to Friend America
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: Various Assisted Living, Adult Family and Group homes in the Greater Seattle area. Friend To Friend America matches volunteers in five Puget Sound counties: King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston.

Many of the 60,000 elderly and disabled persons living in a 'Home' in the Puget Sound area never have a special visitor. Living away from family and friends, they feel isolated and lonely, which leads to further physical and mental deterioration. Many are discouraged and depressed and have lost their will to live. Visits by a caring friend add a dimension that enriches and make the lives of seniors more meaningful. Friend to Friend America links volunteers with elder friends to promote social and emotional wellness for those living in extended-care communities.
 
Ages: Families with children are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: A minimum of two hours per month for a year
 
Contact: Volunteer@FriendToFriendAmerica.org


Learn more about
helping the elderly

 
Ushering for Public Performances
Seattle Children's Theatre
 
Date/Time: Varies throughout the season; October 2016 - May 2017
 
Location: 201 Thomas St, Seattle

Ushers are needed for public performances on the weekends. Usher duties include any of the following: stuffing and passing out programs, light cleaning of the theatre, ticket taking, stage watching, occasional assisting at concession stands. Additional responsibilities may be assigned by the House Manager, so be prepared to be flexible! Typically, ushers get to see the show they are ushering for free.
 
Ages: This position is an option for volunteers 8 - 13 years of age who are accompanied by a parent or guardian or 14 years of age or older.
 
Time Commitment: Varies; all ushers need to be at the theatre one hour and fifteen minutes before the show.
 
Contact: Tammy Hase, Volunteer Coordinator, tammyh@sct.org, 206.859.4013
www.sct.org

 
 
Sponsor a Family  
The Box Project
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: The Box Project will match you with a family that lives in an area of rural poverty in the Mississippi Delta.
 
You and your family can make a difference by sponsoring a family with The Box Project. You'll enrich the lives of a family living in poverty in rural America by establishing a meaningful, long-term relationship and providing needed supplies. The Box Project helps to create supportive, personal relationships directly between a sponsor family and a family in need living in rural America. The Box Project acts as matchmaker, pairing sponsors with carefully screened individuals or families that need help. The sponsors offer long term, meaningful interactions including encouragement, advice, and boxes of needed supplies about once a month. Box items will vary from family to family and month to month, but typically include household supplies, food, school supplies, clothing or seasonal items.
 
Ages: Families are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: info@boxproject.org, 662.449.5002 or 800.268.9928. Sponsorship registration is available online.
 
 
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 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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October 2016 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunites

October 2016 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

October 2016 - Seattle  

 
Green Tacoma Day
Green Tacoma Partnership
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 1, 10am - 1pm
 
Location: Restoration events will be held at ten different parks across the city

The Green Tacoma Partnership invites people of all ages to get outside, have fun, and engage in Tacoma's green spaces. Come celebrate the combined Green Tacoma Day and Arbor Day by getting your hands dirty at the DePave in the South End Neighborhood, planting large trees at Titlow Park or lending a hand in restoration projects all across the city.
 
Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome; a parent or guardian must accompany volunteers under 16.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: info@greenseattle.org or info@greentacoma.org. Pre-registration is preferred and is available online.
www.metroparkstacoma.org
 
 
Green Kent Releaf
Green Kent Partnership
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 8, 9am - noon
 
Location: Clark Lake Park, 12700 SE 248th St., Kent

Clark Lake Park is 130 acres of beautiful habitat. This fun fall event is for all ages and abilities. Spend the morning saving native trees from being taken over by blackberries, planting more trees, and creating "mulch rings."  See you there, rain or shine!

Ages: Families with children are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact:  Desiree Kennedy, 253.856.5114. Registration is available online.
www.kentwa.gov/
 
 
Green Everett Day
Forterra

Date/Time: Saturday, October 15, 9am - noon

Location: Howarth Park, 1127 Olympic Blvd., Everett.

Celebrate the arrival of autumn and the beginning of planting season in the Pacific Northwest by taking part in the third Annual Green Everett Day! Bring your friends and family to spend some time outdoors planting trees and shrubs in Everett's beautiful Howarth Park. Volunteers will be planting, weeding, and spreading mulch to restore the forest to a healthy vibrant state! Come dressed to work outside (rain or shine) with sturdy shoes. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. Tools, work gloves, a spread of snacks will be provided.
 
Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer

Time Commitment: Three hours

Contact: greeneverett@forterra.org, 425.238.0065. Registration is available online.
https://forterra.org/event/green-everett-day-2016

 
The Night Walk
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 22, 4pm
 
Location: Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St

Light The Night is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual campaign to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer. For the Greater Washington Light The Night Walk, teams of friends, families and co-workers gather to walk three miles around the Seattle Center carrying illuminated lanterns; red for supporters, white for survivors, and gold to honor and remember those lost to blood cancer. The evening includes music, food and family activities.

Ages: All ages are welcome; an adult must accompany children under 16.
 
Time Commitment: Three to four hours
 
Contact: Charmaine Dipola, charmaine.dipola@lls.org, 206.957.4580. Volunteer registration is available online.
www.lls.org/wa
 
 
Community Volunteer Night
Volunteers of America Western Washington
 
Date/Time: Thursday, October 27, 5:30 - 7:30pm
 
Location: 1230 Broadway Ave., Everett

Family-friendly volunteer opportunities provide families a way to positively impact their local community while spending quality time together and strengthening communication and bonds between parents and kids. Volunteers will sort food donations and repackage bulk food into individual client sizes. Bring a canned food donation with you to kick off this event!

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer. Please consider whether your children will be able to sort through food donations.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Michelle Winters, mwinters@voaww.org. Volunteer registration is available online.
www.voaww.org/
 
 
Help Homeless Youth
YouthCare
 
Date/Time: Donations can be delivered Monday through Friday 9am - 5pm
 
Location: 2500 NE 54th St., Seattle  

It's hard for most of us to imagine carrying all of our belongings - from hygiene supplies to clothing and shoes - on our back. Homeless youth face this challenge on a daily basis. You and your family can help by donating backpacks and the supplies needed to fill them. Or you can help spread the word and raise awareness about the issue of youth homelessness by doing a drive for needed items, which is a great way to help youth get the items they need to get off the streets and prepare for life. This is also a great opportunity to start a conversation in your family and community about what it would feel like to be homeless (i.e. why are socks so important?) Your support makes a big difference!
Their most current and urgent needs are:
  • New underwear and boxers
  • New socks
  • Hooded sweatshirts
  • Rain-proof jackets
  • Gloves and Hot Hands hand warmers
  • First Aid supplies (such as Ace bandages, etc.)
  • Hygiene supplies
  • Gift cards (Target, Fred Meyer, Amazon.com, etc.)
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: donations@youthcare.org or 206.204.1412
 
 
Healthy HIP Packs Packing Parties
Hunger Intervention Program
 
Date/Time: Every 1st Thursday, 3:15 - 4:30pm and every 3rd Wednesday, 5 - 6:30pm
 
Location: Lake City Presbyterian Church, 3841 NE 123rd St, 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.

Ages: All ages are 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.
 
 
Sort and Pack Food
Food Lifeline
 
Date/Time: A variety of shifts are available, Monday through Saturday. Weekday sessions are Food Lifeline's greatest need for volunteer help! Check Food Lifeline's calendar for shift availability.
 
Location: 815 S. 96th Street, Seattle

Volunteers help Food Lifeline inspect and repack 40 million pounds of food each year and help make it possible to distribute 91,000 meals daily to our neighbors in need. Volunteers inspect, sort, and repack these donations into family size package for distribution to Food Lifeline's network of 275 hunger relief partners.
  • Close-toed shoes are required, no exceptions.
  • Long hair should be tied back.
  • If needed, hairnets, aprons and gloves will be provided.
  • Dress in layers, as the warehouse is not climate controlled.
Ages: Families with children age six or older are welcome to volunteer. Click here for guidelines for volunteering with children.
 
Time Commitment: Three and one-quarter hour shifts
 
Contact: Ariel Novick, ArielN@FoodLifeline.org, 206.545.6600 x3619. Registration is available online.
www.foodlifeline.org
 
 
Bring & Serve a Group Dinner at EFS (Emergency Family Shelter)
Seattle's Union Gospel Mission
 
Date/Time: Daily, 6 - 7:30pm
 
Location:  314 Bell Street, Seattle  
 
Bring a complete and ready to serve meal for a group of 45 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: Volunteers of all ages are welcome
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours plus prep time
 
Contact: escott@ugm.org. Volunteers should register online  at www.ugm.volunteerhub.com/events/index Additional questions can be directed to volunteer@ugm.org or call 206.723.0767
 
 
Trick or Treat for UNICEF
UNICEF
 
Date/Time: The 2016 UNICEF campaign runs from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017
 

Location:
Check the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF website for donation instructions

Add a giving component to your child's trick or treat experience! When children Trick or Treat for UNICEF, the donations they collect help add up to lifesaving change for children. UNICEF helps improve the health and wellness of children in over 150 countries and territories. You can help your children learn about issues facing other kids around the world including education, health care, nutrition, clean water and sanitation. Visit the Doing Good Together Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF project page for more ideas and reflection questions.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
 
 

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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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September 2016 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

September 2016 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

September 2016 - Seattle  

 
Ushering for Public Performances
Seattle Children's Theatre
 
Date/Time: Varies throughout the season; October 2016 - May 2017
 
Location: 201 Thomas St, Seattle

Ushers are needed for public performances on the weekends. Usher duties include any of the following: stuffing and passing out programs, light cleaning of the theatre, ticket taking, stage watching, occasional assisting at concession stands. Additional responsibilities may be assigned by the House Manager, so be prepared to be flexible! Typically, ushers get to see the show they are ushering for free.
 
Ages: Families with children 8 - 13 years of age who are accompanied by a parent or guardian are welcome to volunteer. Teens 14 years of age or older can volunteer on their own. 
 
Time Commitment: Varies; all ushers need to be at the theatre one hour and fifteen minutes before the show.
 
Contact: Tammy Hase, Volunteer Coordinator, tammyh@sct.org, 206.859.4013
www.sct.org
 
 
Food Sorter
Salvation Army
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 17, 9am -2pm
 
Location: 206 S. Tobin St., Renton

Come help sort food donations from bins into breakdown categories such as protein, veggies, fruit, snacks, soup, ramen, dry goods, cereal, etc. Snacks will be provided.
 
Ages: Volunteers must be at least ten. Minors must be part of a group with adult (18 or older) or with parent/guardian.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Martha Barrett, Martha.Barrett@usw.salvationarmy.org, 425.255.5969
www.salvationarmy.org/Renton/
 
 
Fall Restoration Day
Volunteer Park Trust
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 18, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave E, Seattle

Come garden with us in Volunteer Park! We will be planting in two garden beds, as well as weeding, mulching, spreading gravel, and removing litter and invasive plants. Gloves and tools will be provided, or you can bring your own. Stay for the whole event or as long as you want to help continue our restoration efforts and make Volunteer Park a more beautiful place for everyone. No gardening experience necessary. This gathering is a wonderful way to meet neighbors and help beautify our lovely park. The Trust will provide doughnuts and coffee!
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome
 
Time Commitment: Up to four hours
 
Contact: info@volunteerparktrust.org.
www.volunteerparktrust.org
 
 
Eastside Walk to End Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's Association
 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 18, 7:30 - 11:30am
 
Location: Redmond Town Center, 7525 166th Ave, Redmond

The Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions! Volunteers make this event possible in communities across Washington State and Northern Idaho. Families can volunteer as Greeters and Route Marshalls to welcome walkers and guide them through the course route.
 
Ages: Families with children age ten and older are welcome to volunteer.

Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Ester Allen, eallen@alz.org. Registration is available online.
www.alz.org/alzwa/ 
 
 
Northwest Walk to End Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's Association
 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 25, 7 - 11am
 
Location: Seattle Center, 287 Mercer Street, Seattle

The Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions! Volunteers make this event possible in communities across Washington State and Northern Idaho. Families can volunteer as Greeters and Route Marshalls to welcome walkers and guide them through the course route.
 
Ages: Families with children age ten and older are welcome to volunteer.

Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Ester Allen, eallen@alz.org. Registration is available online.
www.alz.org/alzwa/ 
 
 
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 suitable for very young volunteers and will be specified as such on the event info page.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Volunteer coordinator, volunteer@earthcorps.org, 206.322.9296 ext. 217. Register for projects on the EarthCorps calendar
www.earthcorps.org 
 
 
National Public Lands Day
Green Kent
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 24, 9am - noon
 
Location: Riverview Park, Hawley Rd., Kent

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands and is celebrated annually on the last Saturday in September. Celebrate with us at Riverview Park! We planted 125 cottonwoods trees along the river on Arbor Day and now those trees need our help! Volunteer activities will include the following:
  • Removing bindweed (a.k.a. Morning Glory)
  • Digging out blackberries
  • Spreading mulch
  • Saving 125 cottonwood trees!
Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Desiree Kennedy, dkennedy@KentWA.gov. Registration is available online.
www.greenkent.org
 
 
Volunteer at Kiwanis Park
Green Kirkland Partnership
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 10, 9am - noon
 
Location: Kiwanis Park, 1405 10th St. W., Kirkland

Join the Green Kirkland Partnership to help with the restoration of Kiwanis Park. Volunteers will spend the morning doing a mix of restoration activities which may include removing aggressive invasive species like ivy and blackberry, spreading mulch over cleared areas and planting native trees, shrubs and groundcovers. Please dress for the weather (layers are encouraged and rain gear is a must most times of year!), wear close-toed shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Bring a filled water bottle and snacks to munch on. Tools and training will be provided.

Ages: Families with children ages five an older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Katie Cava, kcava@kirklandwa.gov, 425.587.5506. Registration is available online.
www.kirklandwa.gov/depart/parks/About_Parks_and_Community_Services/Green_Kirkland_Partnership.htm
 
 
Magic Mail Center
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime
 
Location: Set up in your own home

Creating a Magic Mail Center in your home can make it easy to keep kindness part of your family's fall routine! As your fall family schedule gets busy, keep this simple worksheet on hand. When you have unexpected free time, send a letter and make a difference. Visit the Doing Good Together project page to for more ideas and reflection questions.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
As we start Back-To-School Season, let's remind our kids about the importance of kindness. We're making it easy to deliver this message with our new Doing Good Together™ Infographic that offers insight and ideas for making kindness a priority! 

Presented in a problem/solution format, with relevant stats, fun graphics, and easy-to-find links, we encourage you to post, pin, tweet, and share this graphic with your circle of friends, family, and educators. You can find this graphic on our website, along with other compelling articles on why kindness matters and why DGT matters too. Thanks for sharing DGT™ with others!
 
 

 

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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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August 2016 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

August 2016 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

August 2016 - Seattle  

 
Volunteer at Forest Park in in Everett
Forterra/Green Everett Partnership
 
Date/Time: Saturday, August 6, 9am - noon
 
Location: Forest Park, 802 E Mukilteo Blvd, Everett. Park in the upper parking lot, past the Rec Office. We will meet at the picnic shelter next to Cedar Hall, which is just east of the playground near the tennis courts

Everett Parks and Recreation and Forterra created the Green Everett Partnership to improve the health of Everett's forested parks and natural areas. The program relies on volunteers to help restore these urban habitats. Everyone can get involved! Spend time with the family, meet new people, and get outside into nature, all while helping to keep Everett's parks healthy and green. Help us to improve the habitat of this park by removing invasive weeds and spreading mulch to add nutrients back to the forest. Restoration work parties are a great way to give back to Everett Parks, meet new neighbors, build community, and burn calories! Come dressed to work outside (rain or shine) with sturdy shoes. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. Tools, work gloves, light snacks and coffee provided.

Ages: Families with children are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: RSVP by contacting greeneverett@forterra.org, 425.238.0065
www.forterra.org, www.everettwa.gov/796/Green-Everett-Partnership
 
 
Help Restore the Woods McAuliffe Park
Green Kirkland Partnership/Seattle Tilth

Date/Time: Saturday, August 13, 10am - 1pm

Location: McAuliffe Park, 10824 NE 116th St

Help restore the woods at McAuliffe Park! Enjoy a free workshop about creating wildlife habitat, growing edible native plants and more at each work party. Please dress for the weather (layers are encouraged and rain gear is a must most times of year!), wear closed-toed shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Bring a filled water bottle and snacks to munch on. Tools and training will be provided. From nettle to Nootka rose, explore the edible side of native plants. We'll cover everything you need to know to create an edible native garden at your home, including which plants to eat, when to harvest and how to prepare them. We'll also be celebrating our new learning garden at McAuliffe Park that day, with fun activities for the whole family!

Ages: An adult must accompany volunteers under age 14.

Time Commitment: Three hours

Contact: volunteer@seattletilth.org. Registration is available online

 
Stewardship Events
Magnuson Children's Garden
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 16, 5:30 - 8:30pm
 
Location: Magnuson Children's Garden is located inside Warren G. Magnuson Park, right behind the Brig building at 6344 NE 74th St. Seattle (map at this link: www.seattle.gov/parks/magnuson/maps.htm)

Stewardship events include hands-on education and guidance from King County Master Gardeners and other experienced gardeners, plenty of tasks that are easy for novice gardeners or children to accomplish, as well as some complex tasks for those who want a more advanced gardening experience. We also provide tools, gloves, and refreshments, and all events qualify as student service-learning. This vibrant, interactive, children's garden was created by community volunteers, using the ideas that have been dreamed up by local children and their parents! Magnuson Children's Garden is FREE to the public and open 365 days a year for families to have self-guided scavenger hunts and other adventures. 

Stewardship event activities include:
  • Weeding & mulching the beds and pathways
  • Edging our "Rolling Lawn" that kids (and adults) dearly love to run or roll down, and the nearby bed-to-lawn edges
  • General spruce-ups to our various teaching areas within the garden
  • Making mosaic bricks for our brand new Butterfly Garden!
In addition, the City of Seattle will count each volunteer hour as a $20 in-kind donation to the garden, and a match to our Small Sparks Grant!  This grant is funding the plants for our new garden features, and tools and supplies needed to keep the garden looking great.  For the past 15 years, volunteers have enabled the Children's Garden to be a healthier, more beautiful, and sustainable place for families to visit for self-guided activities, for our free Family Garden Days special events, and as an "outdoor classroom" for Magnuson Nature Programs summer camps!

Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer; a parent or guardian must accompany children under age 16.
 
Time Commitment: Two to three hours
 
Contact: Emily Bishton, chair of the Children's Garden Committee magnusonchildrensgarden@gmail.com
www.magnusongarden.org
 
 
Supermarket Saturday Food Drive
FamilyWorks
 
Date/Time: Saturday, August 20, 9am to 1pm, in one-hour shifts
 
Location: Wallingford QFC, 1801 N 46th St

The FamilyWorks Resource Center is a warm and inviting place where families and individuals are welcomed and encouraged to participate in programs and activities designed to support and enhance a nurturing and vibrant community. Supermarket Saturday food drives are a great opportunity to engage the community in conversations about how the food bank helps our community. Volunteers give shoppers flyers that list the non-perishable goods the FamilyWorks Food Bank needs, they shop and as they leave, give volunteers their donations.
 
Ages: Families with children ages five and up are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: One hour shifts
 
Contact:  Elizabeth Ralston, Volunteer Coordinator, elizabethr@familyworksseattle.org, 206.576.6534. Registration is available online.
www.familyworksseattle.org
 
 
Forest Restoration at Longfellow Creek
Green Seattle Partnership/King Conservation District
 
Date/Time: Saturday, August 20, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: 29th Ave SW & SW Brandon St, Seattle

Join the King Conservation District as we remove invasive plant species and install native plant species in the urban forest located in West Seattle. Longfellow Creek is one of only four salmon-bearing streams in Seattle. Meet neighbors and make new friends while improving the environment! Wear clothes that can get muddy (layers are recommended) and sturdy, closed-toe shoes (rain boots, hiking boots, old tennis shoes) Bring water bottles and coffee mugs for refreshments.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Nikki Marschke, nicolette.marschke@kingcd.org, 425.282.1909 (work), 425.306.6264 (cell). Registration is available online
www.greenseattle.org, www.kingcd.org
 
 
Jubilee Service Day
JubileeREACH
 
Date/Time: Saturday, August 27, 8am - noon or 1 - 5pm
 
Location: Elementary schools and homes in Bellevue

Jubilee Service Day is an annual event in August that brings together people in the eastside community to serve at local public schools and homes.  Started in 2005 with one church serving at one school, this day has grown to involve over 3000 volunteers, 19 schools and at least 20 homes in August 2016. Volunteers come from all over the community, primarily from local churches, as well as organizations, businesses and people already partnering with Jubilee REACH. You and your family can be part of Jubilee Service Day. There are opportunities for volunteers to help homeowners with yard work, to help teachers in Bellevue Elementary Schools get their classrooms ready for the new school year, or to help make chair pockets for elementary classroom. Click here for more information.

Ages: Families are encouraged to participate together. Children 12 and under must volunteer with a parent. Please determine if your child is ready and able to assist in prepping a classroom.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact:  info@jubileereach.org, 425.746.0506. Registration is available online.
www.jubileereach.org/serviceday
 
 
Help Restore Juanita Bay Park
Green Kirkland Partnership
 
Date/Time: Saturday, August 27, 10am - 1pm
 
Location:  Juanita Bay Park, 2201 Market Street, Kirkland. Parking is available in the parking lot and along the street at southwestern boundary of the park.

Volunteers will spend the morning doing a mix of restoration activities which may include removing aggressive invasive species like ivy and blackberry, spreading mulch over cleared areas and planting native trees, shrubs and groundcovers. No experience is necessary. Please dress for the weather (layers are encouraged and rain gear is a must most times of year!), wear closed-toed shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Bring a filled water bottle and snacks to munch on. Tools and training will be provided.

Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome. An adult must accompany volunteers under age 14.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
 
 
Help Homeless Youth
YouthCare
 
Date/Time: Donations can be delivered Monday through Friday 9am - 5pm
 
Location: 2500 NE 54th St., Seattle  

It's hard for most of us to imagine carrying all of our belongings - from hygiene supplies to clothing and shoes - on our back. Homeless youth face this challenge on a daily basis. You and your family can help by donating backpacks and the supplies needed to fill them. Or you can help spread the word and raise awareness about the issue of youth homelessness by doing a drive for needed items, which is a great way to help youth get the items they need to get off the streets and prepare for life. This is also a great opportunity to start a conversation in your family and community about what it would feel like to be homeless (i.e. why are socks so important?) Your support makes a big difference! Visit the YouthCare website to find their most current needs.

Ages: Everyone can participate

Time Commitment:
Varies

Contact: donations@youthcare.org or 206.204.1412
www.YouthCare.org
 
 
Help Sort and Organize Clothing
Eastside Baby Corner (EBC)
 
Date/Time: Variety of dates and times during the month. Check the volunteer calendar for available dates and times.
 
Location: 1510 NW Maple St, Issaquah or 1463 NE Dawn Road, Suite B, Bremerton
 
Volunteers and staff at Eastside Baby Corner collect community donations, purchase and distribute children's and maternity items to families in collaboration with virtually every organization helping families in our area. Case managers from partner agencies assess the needs of the family, request the items from EBC, then pick up and deliver them to the family. Serving a broad area across King County that extends to the Cascade foothills and from south of Renton into south Snohomish County, EBC serves as a diaper bank, a clothing bank, and a food source for more than 500 kids each week. Volunteers are needed to help sort and organize donated items for redistribution to families in need on the eastside. Please dress in layers, the warehouse is cold in the winter and hot in the summer. For your safety, please wear closed toed shoes. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated while you volunteer. 

Ages: Families with children ages 7 and older are welcome to volunteer. Children 7-13 can volunteer 1:1 with an adult who will work with them for the entire shift.
 
Time Commitment: Shifts are between one and one-half and three hours
 
Contact: Wanda Yamashita, wanday@babycorner.org, 425.865.0234
www.babycorner.org
 
 
Feed Hungry Minds One Book at a Time
Family-to-Family
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home
 
As your family gets ready to go back to school, signing up for this unique, monthly, bookish service opportunity will set the stage for a year of learning and kindness. Family-to-Family is a  national nonprofit hunger and poverty relief organization dedicated to connecting, one-to-one, families with enough to share to impoverished American families with profoundly less. You and your family can sponsor a child with one book a month through Family-to-Family's One Book at a Time program. Part pen pal, part book club, the One Book at a Time program will inspire both the young readers who give the books and the ones who receive them. Family-to-Family will match you to a child living in poverty in one of the communities they serve, give you the child's name, age and reading level, and ask you to send him or her one new book, along with a letter, each month. Your family will commit to the program for one year, sending a total of 12 books and 12 letters. The child who receives the books will be encouraged to write back to you. Visit the DGT™ Feed Hungry Minds project page for reflection ideas, book suggestions, and ways to take this project further.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: One year
 
Contact: Email books@family-to-family.org with your name, address and phone number and you will be matched with a child.
www.family-to-family.org
 
 
Add good news and good ideas to your family-focused newsletter or website!

If your organization has a newsletter or website that targets families, DGT™ can help you share kindness and service ideas with them. Once again, we've compiled a school year's worth of Service and Smiles Kindness Tips that you can dole out once a week from September 2016 through May 2017. You'll find service projects, kindness practices, and other simple ideas that teach children about giving, caring, and compassion. They're free to use with attribution to Doing Good Together, of course. Visit our Service and Smiles web page to sign up! Already signed up? Please share your stories or examples with DGT!
 
 

 

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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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July 2016 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2016 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

July 2016 - Seattle  

 
Assemble Backpacks
Project Cool
 
Date/Time: Variety of shifts from Tuesday, July 5 through Sunday, July 10. Check website under Project Cool for available shifts.
 
Location: Columbia City Church of Hope, 3818 S Angeline St, Seattle

Help assemble 1,400+ backpacks for students. Exact jobs and tasks will vary based on the day and pace. Activities include unpacking, sorting and bundling school supplies, assembling dental kits, filling backpacks with supplies, and organizing backpacks into groups for agencies.
 
Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany children under age 12.
 
Time Commitment: Two to two and one-half hour shifts
 
Contact: Julia Urban, julia@homelessinfo.org, projectcool@homelessinfo.org or 206.204.8350
www.homelessinfo.org/what_we_do/project_cool.php
 
 
Restore the Forest at Thornton A. Sullivan Park
Green Everett Partnership
 
Date/Time: Saturday, July 16, 9am - noon
 
Location: 11405 Silver Lake Road, Everett. Park in main parking lot and enter at the pedestrian gate. Look for the Green Everett Partnership signs and registration table near the Camp Patterson lawn.

Join Green Everett Partnership to restore the forest at Thornton A. Sullivan Park! Bring your friends, family, and neighbors to protect the trees and native plants of this beautiful forested park. Stay after, enjoy the trails, and take in the views of Silverlake! Volunteers are needed to remove invasive non-native plants such as English ivy and Himalayan blackberry. No experience necessary. Come dressed to work outside (rain or shine) with sturdy shoes. Bring a water bottle or coffee cup. Coffee, refreshments, and light snacks, plus tools and work gloves will be provided.
 
Ages: An adult should accompany youth under the age of 15.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: RSVP by contacting greeneverett@forterra.org or 425.238.0065
www.greeneverett.org
 
 
Green Kent Work Party to Remove English Ivy
Green Kent
 
Date/Time: Saturday, July 16, 9am - noon
 
Location: Lake Fenwick Park, 25828 Lake Fenwick Rd, Kent

Volunteers are needed to remove English ivy and spread mulch at Lake Fenwick Park. You can spend the morning near the lake while giving back to the environment! Please bring a shovel or pruners/loppers, if you have them. Dress for inclement weather and wear work gloves and sturdy shoes or boots (no sandals or flip-flops are allowed).

Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Desiree Kennedy, dkennedy@KentWA.gov. Registration is available online.
www.greenkent.org
 
 
Habit Restoration at Gallagher Hill
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
 
Date/Time: Saturday, Jul 23, 11am - 3pm
 
Location: Gallagher Hill Open Space, Mercer Island. You will receive directions after you sign-up to volunteer.

Join Mountain to Sound Greenway as they partner with the City of Mercer Island to build a new trail through Gallagher Hill Open Space. The 11-acre natural area is part of Mercer Island's open space system. This new trail will serve as an important connection between SE 36th Street and E Shorewood Drive, encouraging pedestrian access through the area and increasing walkability around the island. Work will include surfacing the trail, clearing brush and constructing drainage features.

In order to participate, volunteers are required to wear:
  • Long pants
  • Sturdy, closed-toed shoes; tennis shoes are acceptable for most restoration events
  • Sleeved shirt
  • Gloves (provided, but feel free to bring your own)
It is also recommended that volunteers bring:
  • Warm layers
  • Rain gear
  • Snacks (some snacks will be provided as well)
  • At least one full water bottle (at least two liters are recommended for summer events)
  • Small daypack for water, extra layers, etc.
  • Sunscreen and bug spray in the spring and summer
Tools, project materials, hard hats, extra gloves, and some extra rain gear will be provided. Improperly dressed or unprepared volunteers will not be allowed to participate, for their own safety and the safety of the other volunteers.

Ages: Families with children 6 and older are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany each volunteer under age 13. All youth volunteers whose parents will not be present must bring a completed permission form in order to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Anna Hendricks, anna.hendricks@mtsgreenway.org, 206.373.1600. Registration is available online.
www.mtsgreenway.org/
 
 
Community Volunteer Night
Volunteers of America Western Washington
 
Date/Time: Thursday, July 28, 5:30 - 7:30pm
 
Location: 1230 Broadway Ave., Everett

Family-friendly volunteer opportunities provide families a way to positively impact their local community while spending quality time together and strengthening communication and bonds between parents and kids. Volunteers will work together to sort through food drive donations, checking for expiration dates, and other helpful activities.

Ages:  Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer. Please consider whether your children will be able to sort through food donations.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Michelle Winters, mwinters@voaww.org. Volunteer registration is available online.
www.voaww.org/

 
 
Sort and Pack Sessions
Food Lifeline
 
Date/Time: Check the volunteer calendar for open shift dates and times.

Location: Food Lifeline's NEW Hunger Solution Center, 815 South 96th Street, Seattle

Food Lifeline receives many donations in bulk quantities and volunteers are needed to inspect, sort, and repack food into family size packages. Volunteers must be able to stand for the duration of the session and some volunteers may be asked to lift up to 40 lbs. For the health and safety of others, do not attend if you are sick.
  • Closed-toed shoes are required, no exceptions.
  • Long hair should be tied back.
  • If needed, hairnets, aprons, and gloves will be provided.
  • Dress in warm layers. Many projects take place in a temperature controlled refrigerated room to maintain correct temperature of foods.
Ages: Volunteers must be age six or older. Volunteers under 18 must bring a signed parent/guardian consent form. Volunteers 15 and younger must have an adult volunteer alongside them. Youth groups require 1 adult for every 5 youth volunteers.
 
Time Commitment: Three and one-quarter hour shifts
 
Contact: volunteer@foodlifeline.org, 206.545.6600. Registration is available online.
www.foodlifeline.org/
 
 
Feed Kids this Summer: Volunteer at HIP's Summer Meal Sites
Hunger Intervention Program
 
Date/Time: Weekdays, June 27 - August 26:
  • Food Prep: Mondays and Wednesday 9am - noon and 5 - 7pm
  • Food Serving: Monday through Friday 11:30am -1:30pm and 3 - 4pm
Location: HIP has seven sites in the NE Seattle/South Shoreline area.

During the summer HIP runs a free summer meals program for youth. Volunteers are needed to help serve meals, lead youth in activities, and prepare food. Volunteers can help out in the kitchen preparing nutritious and fresh lunches. Volunteers will both help serve youth lunch and engage them in fun activities, crafts, and games. HIP prefers to have volunteers who can commit to coming regularly for the whole summer (like once or twice a week) but can accommodate some flexibility in schedule.

Ages: Appropriate for all ages. An adult must accompany children younger than 14.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours or more per week.
 
Contact: Stephen Fredericks, stephen@hungerintervention.org, 609.947.5247
www.hungerintervention.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 suitable for very young volunteers and will be specified as such on the event info page.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: volunteer@earthcorps.org, 206.322.9296 ext. 217. Register for projects on the EarthCorps calendar
www.earthcorps.org
 
 
Library Helper
Seattle's Union Gospel Mission
 
Date/Time: A variety of dates and times are available. Check the online calendar for open shifts.
 
Location: 314 Bell Street, 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 and volunteers are needed to read to the children living in the shelter. 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: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer; a parent or guardian must accompany anyone under 16.
 
Time Commitment: One hour
 
Contact: Katie Ribera, kribera@ugm.org
www.ugm.org
 
 
Host a Fundraiser
 
Date/Time: Anytime this summer!
 
Location: Anywhere in your community
 

Support a cause that's special to your family by holding a family fundraiser. Your children will learn about working together to make a real difference, and they'll love to brainstorm themes for their fundraiser. Visit the Doing Good Together Host a Fundraiser Project Page for ideas for your next family fundraiser!
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Flexible, whatever fits in your schedule
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
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June 2016 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

June 2016 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

June 2016 - Seattle  

 
Tackle Weeds at Forest Park in Everett
Forterra/Green Everett Partnership
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 4, 9am - noon
 
Location: Forest Park, 802 E Mukilteo Blvd, Everett. Park in the upper parking lot, past the Rec Office. Volunteers will meet at the picnic shelter next to Cedar Hall, just east of the playground near the tennis courts.

There's no better way to start your weekend than by taking in the fresh air at a local park and getting your hands dirty! Come find out for yourself by coming out to Forest Park and volunteering with the Green Everett Partnership! Help us to improve the habitat of this park by removing invasive weeds and spreading mulch to add nutrients back to the forest. Restoration work parties are a great way to give back to Everett Parks, meet new neighbors, build community, and burn calories. Come dressed to work outside (rain or shine) with sturdy shoes. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. Tools, work gloves, light snacks and coffee provided.
 
Ages: Families with children are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: RSVP by contacting greeneverett@forterra.org, 425.238.0065
www.forterra.org, www.everettwa.gov/796/Green-Everett-Partnership
 
 
National Trails Day
Green Kent
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 4, 9am - noon
 
Location: Clark Lake Park, 120th Ave. SE, Kent

National Trails Day is a celebration of America's magnificent trail system. This year the City of Kent will be improving the trails at Clark Lake Park by adding 100 feet of gravel in a spot where mud likes to take over.  Get out and enjoy this 130-acre park by helping to enhance the trails! Volunteers will be helping by digging out grass and soil to create a trail, spreading gravel and enjoying Kent's great trails! Please bring a shovel or pruners/loppers, if you have them. Dress for inclement weather and wear work gloves and sturdy shoes or boots (no sandals or flip-flops are allowed).

Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Desiree Kennedy, dkennedy@KentWA.gov. Registration is available online.
www.greenkent.org

 
 
Green Kent Work Party to Remove English Ivy
Green Kent
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 18, 9am - noon
 
Location: Park Orchard Park, 11058 SE 230th St., Kent

Volunteers are needed to remove English ivy and spread a little mulch at this beautiful wooded park near Park Orchard Elementary. Please bring a shovel or pruners/loppers, if you have them. Dress for inclement weather and wear work gloves and sturdy shoes or boots (no sandals or flip-flops are allowed).
 
Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Desiree Kennedy, dkennedy@KentWA.gov. Registration is available online.
www.greenkent.org
 
 
Supermarket Saturday Food Drives
FamilyWorks
 
Date/Time: The third Saturday of the month from 9am to 1pm, in one hour shifts
 
Location: Wallingford QFC, 1801 N 46th St

The FamilyWorks Resource Center is a warm and inviting place where families and individuals are welcomed and encouraged to participate in programs and activities designed to support and enhance a nurturing and vibrant community. Supermarket Saturday food drives are a great opportunity to engage the community in conversations about how the food bank helps our community. Volunteers give shoppers flyers that list the non-perishable goods the FamilyWorks Food Bank needs, they shop and as they leave, give volunteers their donations.
 
Ages: Families with children ages five and up are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: One-hour shifts
 
Contact: Elizabeth Ralston, Volunteer Coordinator, elizabethr@familyworksseattle.org, 206.576.6534
www.familyworksseattle.org
 
 
Garden Volunteer Team
Phinney Neighborhood Association
 
Date/Time: Weekly work parties run through September on Monday evenings from 5:30 - 7pm
 
Location: The Greenwood Senior Center (GSC) raised beds are located at both the GSC (525 N 85th) and Greenwood Station (Fremont Ave N & N 89th St).
 
Got a Green Thumb? Or just like to play in the dirt?  Volunteers are needed to plan, plant, water, weed and harvest in our raised veggie & herb garden beds. Harvests are used in the daily lunch program at the Greenwood Senior Center, providing fresh and healthy options. The Greenwood Senior Center is a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, a nonprofit community organization whose mission is to build community by providing programs, services and activities aimed at connecting neighbors and fostering civic involvement in our community.
 
Ages: Families with children ten and older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hour shifts
 
Contact: LeAnne Chow, leannec@phinneycenter.org. Registration is available online. Scroll down to Garden at the Greenwood Center, and click on the shift you'd like to sign up for.
www.phinneycenter.org/index.html
 
 
Help Restore Juanita Bay Park
Green Kirkland Partnership
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 25, 10am - 1pm
 
Location: 2201 Market Street, Kirkland. Parking is available in the parking lot and along the street at southwestern boundary of the park.

Join the Green Kirkland Partnership to help with the restoration of Juanita Bay Park. Volunteers will spend the morning doing a mix of restoration activities which may include removing aggressive invasive species like ivy and blackberry, spreading mulch over cleared areas and planting native trees, shrubs and groundcovers. Please dress for the weather (layers are encouraged and rain gear is a must most times of year!), wear close-toed shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Bring a filled water bottle and snacks to munch on. Tools and training will be provided.
 
Ages: Families with children age five and older are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany youth under age 14.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
 
 
Help a Senior
Eastside Friends of Seniors
 
Date/Time: Variable, the senior and volunteer will choose a time that works for both of them.
 
Location: Seniors homes in the Bellevue area
 
Volunteers are needed to help seniors with the following tasks:
  • Help a senior with yard clean up (one time opportunity)
  • Help a senior paint (one time opportunity)
  • Help a senior to keep their homes clean (one time or ongoing opportunity)
  • Help a senior with handyman projects (one time opportunity)
Ages: Families with children nine and older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Two to four hours for one-time projects. Ongoing house cleaning projects are two hours twice a month.
 
Contact: Heather Downing, heather@eastsidefriendsofseniors.org, 425.369.9120
www.eastsidefriendsofseniors.org

 
 
Sort, Package and Distribute Food
Northwest Harvest
 
Date/Time(s):
  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, 8:45am - noon or 11:45 - 3pm.
  • Thursday and Friday, 8:30am - 5pm
  • Monday or Wednesday, 2:45 - 5:30pm
  • Thursday or Friday, 2:45 - 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 to ensure that ample nutritious food is available to everyone in Washington State. Northwest Harvest is the only nonprofit 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: Two to three hour shifts
 
Contact: Katy Bourne, Volunteer Coordinator Cherry Street Food Bank, 206.923.7456, katyb@northwestharvest.org
www.northwestharvest.org

 
 
Meal for Mary's Place Night Time Shelter
Mary's Place
 
Date/Time: Dinner every evening at 6pm, weekend breakfast Saturday and Sunday at 8am
 
Location(s): North Seattle location (1155 N 130th St): providing a meal for 70 people (no pork)
Guest House location (2213 8th Ave): providing a meal for 100 people (no pork)  

Mary's Place is an agency that provides homeless women, children and families rescue, respite, nutrition, safety and shelter in a setting where relationships are affirmed, love and hope are discovered, and a new future begins. In response to the increasing numbers of homeless families, Mary's Place has opened five emergency family night shelter programs, expanded services for children and families at our downtown Seattle Day Center and recently opened a second Day Center for families in north Seattle. Volunteers are needed to provide meals to families at the North Seattle and Guest House locations. Volunteers are welcome to stay, serve, eat, and enjoy the families company but if volunteers are not able to stay, the gift of food is still very much needed.
 
Ages: All ages can volunteer as long as a parent supervises children. Multi-family groups of up to 15 volunteers are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Off-site cooking time and up to one hour of serving time
 
Contact: Erin McKay, erin@marysplaceseattle.org, 206.621.8474 ext 105
marysplaceseattle.org
 
 
Feed Kids this Summer: Volunteer at HIP's Summer Meal Sites
Hunger Intervention Program
 
Date/Time: Weekdays, June 27-August 26:
  • Food Prep: Mondays and Wednesday, 9am - noon and 5 - 7pm
  • Food Serving: Monday through Friday, 11:30am -1:30pm and 3 - 4pm
Location: HIP has seven sites in the NE Seattle/South Shoreline area.

During the summer HIP runs a free summer meals program for youth. Volunteers are needed to help serve meals, lead youth in activities, and prepare food. Volunteers can help out in the kitchen preparing nutritious and fresh lunches. Volunteers will both help serve youth lunch and engage them in fun activities, crafts, and games. HIP prefers to have volunteers who can commit to coming regularly for the whole summer (like once or twice a week) but can accommodate some flexibility in schedule.

Ages: Appropriate for all ages. An adult must accompany children younger than 14.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours or more per week.
 
Contact: Stephen Fredericks, stephen@hungerintervention.org, 609.947.5247
www.hungerintervention.org

 
Help North Shorewood Become a Healthier Forest and Celebrate National Trails Day!
King County Parks
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 4, 9am - 1pm. Please arrive by 9am since important project and safety info is given at the start of an event.
 
Location: North Shorewood Park, SW 102nd St and 24th Ave SW. Closest cross streets are SW 102nd St and 24th Ave SW. Click for directions.

King County's award-winning Parks and Recreation system consists of 200 parks, 175 miles of trails and 28,000 acres of open space. Volunteer events begin with a discussion that includes information about King County Parks, the park you are serving in, why this work is important, and tool use and safety. King County will supply work gloves, a jug of water, light snacks, all instruction and tools. Please plan to arrive on time for the start of the event and allow extra time to find parking. Valuable information about the park and instruction on the project is given at the start of the event and it is important for all volunteers to be present. Volunteers will be removing noxious weeds English ivy and Himalayan blackberry from an area in the park where native plants were installed this past winter. Volunteers will also learn how these invasive plants work and how they can impact the health of our urban forests. 
 
Events run rain or shine so please arrive prepared for the weather.

What to Bring:
  • Layers of warm clothing that can get dirty. Jeans or thick pants are ideal; stretchy leggings, shorts or capris are not recommended.
  • Rain jacket and rain pants
  • Closed-toed shoes are essential. Sturdy sneakers, rain boots or hiking boots are ideal
  • Full water bottle
  • Lunch and snacks
Ages:  Families with children five and older are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany young people under the age of 16. Any minors under the age of 18 attending the event without a parent or legal guardian must also bring a signed youth waiver to event in order to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours. Volunteers are welcome to leave early or be present for just the first half of the event.
 
Contact: Lina Rose, lina.rose@kingcounty.gov, 206.491.5014. Please contact Lina to RSVP prior to the event.
www.kingcounty.gov/services/parks-recreation/parks.aspx
 
 
Help Thurnau Memorial Park Become a Healthier Forest!
King County Parks
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 11, 9am - 1pm. Please arrive by 9am since important project and safety info is given at the start of an event.
 
Location: 1050 - 10th Ave SW Seattle. Closest cross streets are SW 112th St. and 10th Ave SW. Click for directions.

King County's award-winning Parks and Recreation system consists of 200 parks, 175 miles of trails and 28,000 acres of open space. Volunteer events begin with a discussion that includes information about King County Parks, the park you are serving in, why this work is important, and tool use and safety. King County will supply work gloves, a jug of water, light snacks, all instruction and tools. Please plan to arrive on time for the start of the event and allow extra time to find parking. Valuable information about the park and instruction on the project is given at the start of the event and it is important for all volunteers to be present. Volunteers will be removing noxious weeds English ivy and Himalayan blackberry from an area in the park where native plants were installed this past winter. Volunteers will also learn how these invasive plants work and how they can impact the health of our urban forests. 
 
Events run rain or shine so please arrive prepared for the weather.

What to Bring:
  • Layers of warm clothing that can get dirty. Jeans or thick pants are ideal; stretchy leggings, shorts or capris are not recommended.
  • Rain jacket and rain pants
  • Closed-toed shoes are essential. Sturdy sneakers, rain boots or hiking boots are ideal
  • Full water bottle
  • Lunch and snacks
Ages: Families with children five and older are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany young people under the age of 16. Any minors under the age of 18 attending the event without a parent or legal guardian must also bring a signed youth waiver to event in order to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours. Volunteers are welcome to leave early or be present for just the first half of the event.
 
Contact: Lina Rose, lina.rose@kingcounty.gov, 206.491.5014. Please contact Lina to RSVP prior to the event.
www.kingcounty.gov/services/parks-recreation/parks.aspx
 
 
Help Duthie Hill Park Become a Healthier Forest!
King County Parks
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 4, 9am - 1pm. Please arrive by 9am since important project and safety info is given at the start of an event.
 
Location: 27101 Duthie Hill Rd, Issaquah. From I-90 east, take Exit 18, East Sunset Way - Highlands Drive. Stay left on Highlands Drive and follow for 2.1 miles. Turn right onto Issaquah-Fall City Road and follow for 2 miles. At Endeavor Elementary School, take a right on to Issaquah-Fall City Rd. The parking lot will be located on your left (North side of the road).
 
King County's award-winning Parks and Recreation system consists of 200 parks, 175 miles of trails and 28,000 acres of open space. Volunteer events begin with a discussion that includes information about King County Parks, the park you are serving in, why this work is important, and tool use and safety.  King County will supply work gloves, a jug of water, light snacks, all instruction and tools.  Please plan to arrive on time for the start of the event and allow extra time to find parking.  Valuable information about the park and instruction on the project is given at the start of the event and it is important for all volunteers to be present. Volunteers will be removing noxious weeds English ivy and Himalayan blackberry from an area in the park where native plants were installed this past winter.  Volunteers will also learn how these invasive plants work and how they can impact the health of our urban forests. Volunteers may also spend time moving woodchip mulch to help the young plantings survive the upcoming dry summer.

Events run rain or shine so please arrive prepared for the weather.

What to Bring:
  • Layers of warm clothing that can get dirty. Jeans or thick pants are ideal; stretchy leggings, shorts or capris are not recommended.
  • Rain jacket and rain pants
  • Closed-toed shoes are essential. Sturdy sneakers, rain boots or hiking boots are ideal
  • Full water bottle
  • Lunch and snacks
Ages: Families with children five and older are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany young people under the age of 16.  Any minors under the age of 18 attending the event without a parent or legal guardian must also bring a signed youth waiver to event in order to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours. Volunteers are welcome to leave early or be present for just the first half of the event.
 
Contact:  Lina Rose, lina.rose@kingcounty.gov, 206.491.5014. Please contact Lina to RSVP prior to the event.
www.kingcounty.gov/services/parks-recreation/parks.aspx

 
 
Make this a Summer of Kindness with DGT's Summer Bucket List
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: All summer long
 
Location: Your home or community
 
Print and post one or both of DGT's two innovative Summer of Kindness bucket lists. These creative kindness projects will keep your family making big-hearted memories all summer long.
 
Ages: Preschool to teen
 
Time Commitment: 15 minutes to 1 hour per week depending upon the activities you choose to complete.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodogether.org
 
 
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May 2016 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

May 2016 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

May 2016 - Seattle  

 
Project Cool for Back to School
Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Email projectcool@homelessinfo.org or call 206.204.8350 for drop off information
 
Project Cool is a volunteer-powered project that helps make sure that hundreds of homeless children and youth across King County start the school year off right by providing them with school supplies, books, health items, and sturdy backpacks. Project Cool helps homeless students who may have lost most or all of their personal possessions get the school supplies they need to feel confident and be prepared. You and your family can help by collecting school supplies.

Project Cool Wish List:
  • Crayola or Rose Art crayons (box of 24)
  • Colored pencils (box of 12)
  • Thick colored markers (box of 8)
  • Highlighters
  • Pens (black and blue)
  • #2 Pencils
  • Pink erasers
  • Glue sticks (non-toxic)
  • Toothbrushes (individually wrapped)
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Wide- & college-ruled filler paper
  • Wide- & college-ruled notebooks
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Hillary Coleman, hillary@homelessinfo.org
www.homelessinfo.org/what_we_do/project_cool.php
 
 
Library Helper
Seattle's Union Gospel Mission
 
Date/Time: A variety of dates and times are available. Check the online calendar for open shifts.
 
Location: 314 Bell Street, 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 and volunteers are needed to read to the children living in the shelter. 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: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer; a parent or guardian must accompany anyone under 16.
 
Time Commitment: One hour
 
Contact: Katie Ribera, kribera@ugm.org
www.ugm.org
 
 
Sort and Pack Food
Food Lifeline
 
Date/Time: A variety of shifts are available, Monday through Saturday. Weekday sessions are Food Lifeline's greatest need for volunteer help! Check Food Lifeline's calendar for shift availability.
 
Location: 815 S. 96th Street, Seattle

Volunteers help Food Lifeline inspect and repack 40 million pounds of food each year and help make it possible to distribute 91,000 meals daily to our neighbors in need. Volunteers inspect, sort and repack these donations into family size package for distribution to Food Lifeline's network of 275 hunger relief partners.
  • Close-toed shoes are required, no exceptions.
  • Long hair should be tied back.
  • If needed, hairnets, aprons and gloves will be provided.
  • Dress in layers, as the warehouse is not climate controlled.
Ages: Families with children age six or older are welcome to volunteer. Click here for guidelines to volunteering with children.
 
Time Commitment: Three and one-quarter hour shifts
 
Contact: Ariel Novick, ArielN@FoodLifeline.org, 206.545.6600 x3619. Registration is available online.
www.foodlifeline.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 appropriate for very young volunteers and are specified as such on the event info page.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Volunteer coordinator, volunteer@earthcorps.org, 206.322.9296 ext. 217. Register for projects on the EarthCorps calendar.
www.earthcorps.org

 
Birthday Parties
Birthday Dreams
 
Date/Time: Check the Birthday Dreams online calendar for party dates and times
 
Location:  Birthday Dreams holds monthly online parties at the following locations:
  • YWCA Family Village - Redmond
  • LIHI- Cate Apts - Seattle
  • Mary's Place - Seattle
  • Mamma's Hands - North Bend
  • YWCA Passage Point -Maple Valley
  • Hope Place - South Seattle
Birthday Dreams is dedicated to bringing joy to homeless children with the gift of a birthday party. Birthday Dreams provides on-site birthday parties at homeless shelters and transitional housing facilities with all the trimmings. Kids are treated to cake, ice cream, and a great time. Past events have included face painters, clowns, inflatable toys, games and other entertainment.
 
Ages: Families with children eight or older can help with crafts, games and cleanup, provided the younger children are accompanied by a parent.
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours
 
Contact: info@birthdaydreams.org, 425.988.3954
www.birthdaydreams.org
 
 
Help Animals and Customers
Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC/Kent)
 
Date/Time: Weekly shifts, usually two hours (sometimes alternating-week shifts are available)
 
Location: 21615 64th Ave. S., Kent

RASKC is the county's animal shelter/ pet adoption center, headquartered in Kent. Volunteers are needed for the following:
  • Cat Meet and Greeter: Help care for cats and provide friendly customer service.
  • Shelter Helpers: Provide logistical support like doing the laundry, filling cat-food trays, and washing/sanitizing food bowls.
  • Foster Families: Provide in home temporary care for a cat or kittens from the shelter. Click here for more information about fostering.
Ages: Youth ages 9-15 are welcome to volunteer accompanied by a parent (or an adult whom the parent designates in writing). Volunteers ages 16 and 17 are also welcome, with or without a parent.
 
Time Commitment: Super Summer Volunteering Special: six shifts, plus training, is the minimum commitment. Normally the minimum commitment at RASKC/ Kent is 50 hours via a weekly shift for an initial six months (or alternating-week shifts for an initial 12 months). Volunteers can take time off for vacations.
 
Contact: Linda, RASKC.Volunteers@kingcounty.gov or 206.225.4899
www.kingcounty.gov/depts/regional-animal-services.aspx
 
 
Help Animals and Customers
Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC/Kirkland)
 
Date/Time: Weekly shifts, usually two hours (sometimes alternating-week shifts are available)
 
Location: Kirkland Petco, 12040 NE 85th St.

Volunteers help care for cats and dogs (dogs optional), provide friendly customer service, and help keep the space neat & tidy.
 
Ages: Youth ages 9-15 are welcome to volunteer accompanied by a parent (or an adult whom the parent designates in writing). Volunteers ages 16 and 17 are also welcome, with or without a parent.
 
Time Commitment: Super Summer Volunteering Special: six shifts, plus training, is the minimum commitment. Normally the minimum commitment at RASKC/ Kirkland is 50 hours via a weekly shift for an initial six months (or alternating-week shifts for an initial 12 months). Volunteers can take time off for vacations.
 
Contact: Linda, RASKC.Volunteers@kingcounty.gov or 206.225.4899
www.kingcounty.gov/depts/regional-animal-services.aspx
 
 
Care for Cats
Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) - Adoption Partner Stores
 
Date/Time: Weekly shifts, usually 60- 90 minutes (sometimes alternating-week shifts are available)
 
Location: While they're waiting to be adopted, cats from RASKC temporarily reside at Petco stores at Bellevue Crossroads, Covington, and Tukwila (and also at Reber Ranch in Kent).  [No dogs].

Volunteers care for one (sometimes two) cats, provide friendly customer service, and help keep the space neat and tidy.
 
Ages: Youth ages 9-15 are welcome to volunteer accompanied by a parent (or an adult whom the parent designates in writing). Volunteers ages 16 and 17 are also welcome, with or without a parent.
 
Time Commitment: Super Summer Volunteering Special: six shifts, plus training, is the minimum commitment. Normally the minimum commitment is 50 hours via a weekly shift for an initial six months (or alternating-week shifts for an initial 12 months). Volunteers can take time off for vacations.
 
Contact: Linda, RASKC.Volunteers@kingcounty.gov or 206.225.4899
www.kingcounty.gov/depts/regional-animal-services.aspx
 
 
Healthy HIP Packs Packing Parties
Hunger Intervention Program
 
Date/Time: Every 1st Thursday, 3:15 - 4:30pm and every 3rd Wednesday, 5 - 6:30pm
 
Location: Lake City Presbyterian Church, 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.
 
Ages: All ages are 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
 
 
Host Families for High School International Exchange Students
International Student Exchange
 
Date/Time: Students arrive in August and January, and stay five months, ten months or one year and attend local public high schools.
 
Location: Your home and community

ISE 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. Host families are expected to provide basic room and board. Students coming to the United States through ISE will arrive with spending money and health insurance. Students may share a room with siblings of the same sex. International students are between the ages of 15 and 18 ½. Host families are assigned a supervising area representative to help you through the entire process from beginning to end. The supervising representative will be with you every step of the way providing extensive guidance and support during the student's exchange program.

Ages: Families of all shapes and sizes are welcome. An adult over the age of 25 must be part of the household.
 
Time Commitment: Five months, ten months or one year.
 
Contact: Lisa, 800.766.4656x103 for additional information or referral to a local representative. Click here for the link to becoming a host family.
www.iseusa.org
 
 
Download DGT's Feelings Flashcards and Play Empathy-Building Games
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime
 
Location: Your home or community
 
Download and print our Feelings Flashcards and use them to play a variety of games that help kids of all ages recognize and converse about different emotions.
 
Ages: Preschool on up
 
Time Commitment: Games will take 15 to 60 minutes.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 

For your next reunion, company party, or school gathering, help your organization help others! Doing Good Together™ Family Service Fairs allow groups of all ages to serve others in a two-hour fair-style event. Attendees come together to do simple and fun hands-on projects that benefit nonprofit organizations. Want to host a fun fair of your own? Our Family Service Fair Manual with Online Toolkit has everything you need to get started.

 

 

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 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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April 2016 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

April 2016 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

April 2016 - Seattle  

 
Doing Good Together™ is looking to expand our volunteer team in Seattle!

We are seeking people for two roles
 
1) DGT Seattle Listing Coordinator:: 
  • Researches nonprofits in the Seattle area
  • Contacts identified nonprofits, either by email and/or phone, to find out about potential family-friendly volunteer opportunities
  • Identifies 5-10 different family-friendly volunteer opportunities each month
  • Writes up the opportunities for the Seattle monthly listing.
DGT staff will provide detailed, step-by step guidance on how to locate family-friendly volunteer opportunities as well as ongoing assistance and support.
 
Time Commitment: Five to ten hours per month
 
2) DGT Seattle Marketing Coordinator:
  • Promotes DGT in local newspapers, magazines, and other press resources
  • Finds creative and effective ways to grow the number of subscribers to this family volunteer opportunities listing
Time Commitment: Five hours per month
Contact:
laurie@doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Volunteer at Forest Park
Green Everett Partnership
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 2, 9am - noon
 
Location: Forest Park, 802 E Mukilteo Blvd, Everett. Park in the upper parking lot, past the Rec Office. We will meet at the picnic shelter next to Cedar Hall, which is just east of the playground near the tennis courts.
 
Join the Green Everett Partnership for a morning of volunteering in the woods at Forest Park. We will be helping to improve this local park by removing invasive species and spreading mulch to add nutrients back to the forest. Forest restoration work parties are a great way to give service to Everett Parks, spend time outside, build community, and burn calories! Come dressed to work outside (rain or shine) with sturdy shoes. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. Tools, work gloves, light snacks and coffee provided.
 
Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact:  greeneverett@forterra.org, 425.238.0065
www.greeneverett.org
 
 
Volunteer at Josten Park
Green Kirkland Partnership
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 10am - noon
 
Location: Josten Park, 129th St & 112th Pl. NE, Kirkland. The park entrance is located just west of the NE 129th & 112th. Meet in the central area of the park. Look for the pop-up tent.

Join the Green Kirkland Partnership to help with the restoration of the newly renamed Josten Park (formerly the North Juanita Open Space). Volunteers will spend the morning doing a mix of restoration activities which may include removing aggressive invasive species like ivy and blackberry, spreading mulch over cleared areas and planting native trees, shrubs and ground covers.  Remember to dress for the weather (don't forget raingear!). Wear boots or comfortable athletic shoes, work clothes (long pants), and layers that you don't mind getting dirty. Bring a filled water bottle and snacks to munch on during the event. Tools, gloves and training will be provided at the site.
 
Ages: No experience is necessary and volunteers of all ages are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Katie Cava, kcava@kirklandwa.gov, 425.587.3306. Registration is available online.
www.kirklandwa.gov/
 
 
Celebrate Earth Day at Morrill Meadows Park
City of Kent, Forterra, the Green Kent Partnership
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 9am - noon
 
Location: 10600 S.E. 248th Street, Kent

Celebrate Earth Day with the City of Kent, Forterra, the Green Kent Partnership, and fellow community members at Morrill Meadows Park. Event will occur rain or shine. Volunteers will be removing unwanted invasive plants, planting beautiful native trees and spreading wood chips around to help protect them over the summer.
 
Ages: All ages and abilities are welcome
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Registration is available online
www.kentwa.gov/
 
 
Earth Day Restoration
Friends of North Creek
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 23, 10am - noon
 
Location: Corner of 108th Ave. NE and NE 204th Pl, Bothell

Come join the Friends of North Creek for a stewardship work party on Earth Day to help restore North Creek Forest! Volunteers will make the forest healthier by removing invasive plants, like Himalayan blackberry, and spreading mulch on this year's restoration site. Removing the blackberry will make room to plant native plants, and mulching will provide soil nutrients and reduce erosion. Friends of North Creek Forest will provide tools, gloves, and a hot lunch for all volunteers.
 
Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Greg at gregw@friendsnorthcreekforest.org. Registration is available online. Exact details for the event will be emailed closer to the event date.
www.friendsnorthcreekforest.org/
 
 
Help Local Children - Pack, Organize, Distribute Donations
WestSide Baby
 
Date/Time: White Center: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9am - 1pm; Saturdays, 10am - 1pm; First Tuesday and Thursday of the month, 6 - 9pm
Central Branch: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9am - 3pm; Second Saturday of the month 10am - 1pm
 
Location: White Center, 10002 14th Ave. SW; Central Branch, 2301 S Jackson St Ste 202
 
WestSide Baby provides essentials to local children in need by collecting and distributing diapers, clothing and equipment. Volunteers are an integral part of the 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: Families with children ages eight and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Varies, depending on shift.
 
Contact: Shana Allen, shana@westsidebaby.org, 206.686.6659
www.westsidebaby.org
 
 
Community Roots: Earth Day
Seward Park Audubon Center
 
Date/Time:  Saturday, April 23, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Seward Park, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S, Seattle. Follow the signs to the first upper parking lot. We will meet by the restrooms past the swing set.

Celebrate Earth Day by joining young conservation leaders in building habitat for a vibrant community of wildlife, birds and people! Overlooking Lake Washington, Seward Park is also home to the largest swath of old growth forest in Seattle and over 100 species of birds. Tools, gloves, training, snacks and coffee provided-Just bring your energy, laughter and family and friends. 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 snack.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Four hours. If you are an unaccompanied minor (under age 18) please bring the completed waivers available on their website. Registration is available online.

Contact: Mikhaila Gonzales, mgonzales@audubon.org, 206.652.2444 x107.
www.sewardpark.audubon.org/ 
 
 
Hold a Food Drive
Northwest Harvest
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your community
 
You and your family can help provide food for your hungry neighbors by holding a food drive for Northwest Harvest. You can hold a drive at your child's school, with sports team, or birthday party. Northwest Harvest will provide everything you need to get started, and in many cases, they will come and pick up the food once your collection is over! Click here to learn more about how to get started. If you'd like to deepen your food drive experience, consider purchasing DGT's Help the Hungry curriculum for your family or group.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Food drive events can range from one-day activities to month-long events to year-round collections.
 
Contact: fooddrives@northwestharvest.org or 206.923.7476. Click here for a food drive application.
www.northwestharvest.org
 
 
Vegfest Volunteers
Vegetarians of Washington
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 9 or Sunday, April 10. There are three shifts each day:
  • 9:45am - 2pm
  • 11:45am - 4pm
  • 1:45 - 6pm
Location: Seattle Center's Exhibition Hall, Mercer St & 3rd Ave N, Seattle

Vegfest is the largest vegetarian food festival in the United States. It is held at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall each spring. Each year there are doctors and dietitians talking about nutrition, chefs giving cooking demonstrations, a huge bookstore and over 500 different kinds of food to try. Families are needed to volunteer as Outside Advertisers. These volunteers walk around the Seattle Center grounds with a signboard and a handful of flyers, answering questions and directing people towards the event. This role is important since many people do not know where to find the Exhibition Hall. You don't need to be a vegetarian to volunteer!
 
Ages: Children under 15 are welcome to volunteer with an adult parent or teacher.
 
Time Commitment: Volunteer shifts are four hours, plus a 15-minute orientation
 
Contact: volunteer@vegofwa.org or 206.706.2635. Registration is available online
www.vegofwa.org
 
 
Seeds for Change
Family-to-Family
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location:  Seeds can be sent to one of the locations on the Family-to-Family Seeds for Change page

You and your family can help a family in need to grow their own food by starting a collection of seed packets. You can raise money through a yard sale or a bake sale and purchase the seeds from your local gardening or hardware store. Visit the Doing Good Together Send Seeds for Change Project page for more ideas and reflection questions.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: kids@family-to-family.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org, www.family-to-family.org
 
 

Have you and your family worked on a Project of the Month from our monthly listings? Please tell us about it using our Good Stories form!  Here's a quote from Noah who participated in the Assemble CWS Kits project:

"I bet in the places the [Syrian] refugees have to stay, they don't have a school, so they need the same things I do like notebooks and pencils."

Noah's mom added: "This was a great project for Noah for two reasons: First, he has been very interested and concerned about the Syrian refugees, so it was nice to have something proactive for him to do; and second, he loves his schooling so much, the idea that refugees would not have the supplies to keep doing their schooling was very upsetting to him. With this project, he was able to help. "
 
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. 
                                                                            

                                                                                                     © 2016 Doing Good Together™

                                                                                    

 

 

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March 2016 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

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March 2016 - Seattle  

 
Help Skyway Park Become a Healthier Forest
King County Parks
 
Date/Time: Saturday, March 5, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: S 120th Pl and 70th Pl S, Seattle

Join King County Parks in planting native trees and shrubs at this great neighborhood park! Forests need to have diversity in order to be healthy and thrive. When forests are thriving, they can provide many benefits to our community like filtering pollution, mitigating erosion and storm damage and providing habitat for wildlife and green spaces where people can connect with nature and the outdoors. King County will supply work gloves, a jug of water, light snacks, all instruction and tools. Park events run rain or shine so please arrive prepared for the weather.

What to Bring:
  • Layers of warm clothing that can get dirty. Jeans or thick pants are ideal, stretchy leggings, shorts or capris are not recommended
  • Rain jacket and rain pants
  • Close-toed shoes are essential. Sturdy sneakers or hiking boots are ideal
  • Full water bottle
  • Lunch and snacks
Ages: Families are welcome. Volunteers under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Laurie Clinton, laurie.clinton@kingcounty.gov, 206.477.6113
www.kingcounty.gov/depts/dnrp.aspx
 
 
Planting Event at Tolt MacDonald Park
Stewardship Partners
 
Date/Time: Saturday, March 5, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Tolt MaDonald Park; near the intersection of NE Tolt Hill Road and SR 203 (Tolt Avenue) Carnation, WA

Join Stewardship Partners and the Snoqualmie Tribe for tree and shrub planting along the Tolt River. Light refreshments (coffee, water and snacks), tools, gloves and an overview of the work we are doing, why it's important and how to do it are provided. Volunteers will be educated about the property and Stewardship Partners restoration efforts in the Snoqualmie Valley. Lunch will be provided but bring a full water bottle and a coffee cup or travel mug for refreshments if you'd like. Volunteers should dress in layers that include long pants, long sleeve shirt and a jacket. Sturdy footwear such as work boots, mud boots, hiking boots or running shoes are recommended. This site is extremely muddy so mud boots or rain boots work best. Please come prepared for the weather by bringing rain gear if you have it and older clothing that you don't mind getting dirty, wet or muddy.
 
Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome and encouraged to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours. This restoration site is along a river and we trust parents to know the limits of their own children to be outside in the elements for four hours. That being said we do not hold anyone to the full length of the event.
 
Contact: Chris La Pointe, cl@stewardshippartners.org, 206.292.9875
www.stewardshippartners.org/
 
 
Healthy HIP Packing Parties
Hunger Intervention Program
 
Date/Time: Every 1st Thursday, 3:15 - 4:30pm or every 3rd Wednesday, 5 - 6:30pm
 
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 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 HIP Packs and help with other volunteer projects. Everyone is welcome, and no training is needed beforehand.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer! Younger kids may need help from parents to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Up to one and one-half hours
 
Contact: Darcy Buendia, darcy@hungerintervention.org, 206.538-6567. Registration is available online.
www.hungerintervention.org
 
 
Help to Build a Community Farm
Farmer Frog
 
Date/Time: Sunday, March 13 or Sunday, March 27, 2 - 4pm
 
Location: 156th Ave. SE, Bellevue. Just south of SE 16th Street on 156th Ave. SE. Park at the Lake Hills produce stand and walk south on 156th. The farm is on the left.

Farmer Frog aims to improve nutrition for underserved communities and help to improve their health. These improvements often lead to complete lifestyle changes and result in safer communities where neighbors know each other and form strong personal bonds. Farmer Frog raises awareness about the issues of food justice and food security as it works with communities and gardens. Volunteers at Bellevue Lake Hills Farm are needed for various tasks to assist in building or maintaining the gardens at this three-acre property: weeding, moving compost, spreading mulch. No experience is necessary.
 
Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer. Contact for any specific age restrictions.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: 425.210.5541
www.farmerfrog.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 as such on the event info page.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Volunteer coordinator, volunteer@earthcorps.org, 206.322.9296 ext. 217. Register for projects on the Earth Corps Calendar.
www.earthcorps.org
 
 
Serve Lunches or Dinners at Hope Place (Women's Shelter)
Seattle's Union Gospel Mission
 
Date/Time: Lunch: Monday through Saturday, 11am - 1pm
Dinner: Monday through Sunday, 4:30 - 6:30pm
 
Location: 3802 South Othello Street, 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. Volunteers must be age 10 or older for the serving line; 13 or older to volunteer in the kitchen. All volunteers must wear closed toe shoes.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Katie Ribera, 206.305.5408, kribera@ugm.org. All volunteers should register online.
www.ugm.org
 
 
Lincoln Park Volunteer Work Party
Green Seattle Partnership
 
Date/Time: Saturday, March 5, 9am - noon
 
Location: Lincoln Park, Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St; meet near the kiosk in the north parking lot of Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park, on the shores of Puget Sound in West Seattle, contains 80 acres of stunning, mature forest. But as with most city forests, it's been invaded by ivy, holly, etc. Help restore and maintain this urban jewel! This is a great event for families and organizations looking to make a real contribution to the environment. Dress in layers to stay warm/cool and dry. We suggest long sleeves and pants year around to protect from scratches. Wear closed toe, sturdy shoes or boots. Bring garden gloves and clippers (or your favorite tool) and we'll have extra tools and gloves.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Sharon Baker, sabaker41@gmail.com. Registration is available online.
www.greenseattle.org/
 
 
Birthday Giving Project  
Family-To-Family
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Contact birthdays@family-to-family.org to ask for the name of a shelter or pantry where you can deliver the birthday boxes or call your local food pantry to ask if they accept birthday in a box donations
 
It's hard for many of us - adults or children - to imagine celebrating a child's birthday without a party or presents. Family-to Family's Birthday Giving Project is designed to help families by providing a small "party in a box" for a child in need, and at the same time gives children with "more" the opportunity to learn empathy in a concrete way by helping another child. You and your children can decorate and fill shoeboxes with everything needed for a small birthday party. Each box goes to a different child. If you are making a lot of boxes, please make them for different ages!

Directions:
  • Pick an age (or ages), and choose either boy(s) or girl(s) to send your box to.
  • Find a large sneaker-sized shoebox or party bag and buy the things needed for a party.
Include: 
  • Box of cake mix and a can of frosting
  • Birthday candles (no matches please!)
  • Wall decoration (like streamers, or a happy birthday banner)
  • New or gently used children's book
  • Small $5-$10 gift appropriate to the age and gender of child.
  • Optional: goody bag filled with small surprises
Then:
  • Wrap the book and the gift in birthday paper.
  • Wrap the top and bottom of the shoebox separately (so that even wrapped, the box can be opened), and fill the wrapped box with the birthday items.
  • If you want to give your recipient a chance to write you back, include a stamped postcard with your name, c/o Family to Family, P.O. Box 255, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, 10706. Then email kids@family-to-family.org, put "birthday postcards" in the subject line, say you may get a return postcard, and provide your name and address.
  • You can also make a birthday card to put inside the box. Then tie the box closed with ribbon, and label it with the age and "boy" or "girl". (For example, you might write "6-7 year old boy" or "10-11 year old girl".)
  • Ship or deliver the box(es) you've assembled
Visit the Doing Good Together Birthday Giving Project page for more ideas and reflection questions.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org or birthdays@family-to-family.org 
 
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 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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February 2016 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

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February 2016 - Seattle  

 
Help Sort and Organize Clothing 
Eastside Baby Corner (EBC)
 
Date/Time: Variety of dates and times during the month. Check the volunteer calendar for available dates and times.
 
Location: 1510 NW Maple St, Issaquah
 
Volunteers and staff at Eastside Baby Corner collect community donations, purchase and distribute children's and maternity items to families in collaboration with virtually every organization helping families in our area. Case managers from partner agencies assess the needs of the family, request the items from EBC, then pick up and deliver them to the family. Serving a broad area across King County that extends to the Cascade foothills and from south of Renton into south Snohomish County, EBC serves as a diaper bank, a clothing bank, and a food source for more than 500 kids each week. Volunteers are needed to help sort and organize donated items for redistribution to families in need on the eastside. Please dress in layers, the warehouse is cold in the winter and hot in the summer. For your safety, please wear closed toed shoes. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated while you volunteer. 
 
Ages: Families with children ages 7 and older are welcome to volunteer. All children under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult who will work with them for the entire shift.
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half to two hour shifts
 
Contact: Wanda Yamashita, wanday@babycorner.org, 425.865.0234
www.babycorner.org
 
 
Youth Artists Needed To Make Valentines To Help Fight Hunger
Northwest Harvest
 
Date/Time: Valentine's Cards are needed by Tuesday, February 2
 
Location: Contact Jennifer Chew, JenniferC@northwestharvest.org, 206.923.7453, for drop off information.
 
Each Valentine's Day, Northwest Harvest sends out hundreds of handmade thank you Valentine's cards to many of the friends who make our fight against hunger possible. Northwest Harvest needs youth artists to share their talents by making the cards. This is a great family activity. All Valentine's projects must be pre-registered before you get started.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Jennifer Chew, Volunteer Manager, JenniferC@northwestharvest.org, 206.923.7453.
www.northwestharvest.org/
 
 
Run A Food Supply Drive For Homeless Youth
Friends of Youth
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: 13116 NE 132nd St, Kirkland
 
Coordinating a supply drive is a great way to support Friends of Youth. Homeless youth often go without the basic necessities most people take for granted. In the struggle to find food and a safe place to sleep, homeless youth find it difficult to acquire basic items. Suggested items to include in a donation are:
  • Cup-o-noodles 
  • Fruit Leather 
  • Granola Bars 
  • Pretzels 
  • Nuts 
  • Juice
  • Bottled Water 
  • Crackers
Ages: Everyone can participate

Time Commitment:
Flexible

Contact:
Morgan Winkler, morganw@friendsofyouth.org, 425.869.6490 x309
www.friendsofyouth.org
 
 
Garden of Goo - Native Plant Nursery
King Conservation District
 
Date/Time: Saturday, February 13, or Friday, February 19, 9am - noon
 
Location: Longacres DR SW & SW Grady Way, Renton
 
The King Conservation District provides a variety of programs and services to landowners and residents. Native plants grown from locally collected seed are the cornerstone of conservation and ecological restoration. Volunteers will learn about and actively participate in growing native plants for stream and wetland restoration projects. Activities include starting plants from seed and cuttings, and transplanting and maintaining nursery stock.
 
Ages: Families with children six and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Nikki Marschke, volunteer@kingcd.org, 425.282.1909
http://www.kingcd.org/index.php
 
 
Sort and Repackage Bulk Food
Northwest Harvest
 
Date/Time:
  • Daytime: Wednesday through Friday, 10am - noon, and 1 - 3pm
  • Evening: Every Wednesday, plus the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month, 5 - 7pm
  • Saturday: 9 - 11am, noon - 2pm, and 3 - 5pm
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. Their vision is of ample nutritious food that is available to everyone in Washington State. Northwest Harvest is the only nonprofit 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, they 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

 
 
Tree Potting at Our Native Plant Nursery
Greenway Native Plant Nursery
 
Date/Time: Saturday, February 6, 13, 20 or 27. Shifts available are:
  • Mornings, 11am - 2pm
  • Afternoons, 2 - 5pm
  • All Day, 11am - 5pm
Location: Issaquah, WA. Directions will be provided when you register.
 
Stretching 100 miles along Interstate 90 from the small town of Thorp in Central Washington to the Seattle waterfront, the Mountains to Sound Greenway is a "Wilderness on the Metro," a place to walk or bike or picnic, to quickly get outside and explore the beauty of the Northwest. The Greenway Native Plant Nursery is home to over 20,000 native trees and shrubs. The trees and shrubs at the nursery are potted by volunteers and will grow for one to two years before being planted in parks and forests throughout the Mountains to Sound Greenway. These trees and shrubs are an important part of keeping our natural areas healthy and potting these plants is the first step in restoring these areas. Nursery events are great for all ages and a fun way to learn more about plants native to this region.
 
Ages: Children ages 11 and older are welcome to volunteer with their families.
 
Time Commitment: Three to six hours
 
Contact: Anna Hendricks, anna.hendricks@mtsgreenway.org. Registration is available online.
http://mtsgreenway.org/
 
 
Library Helper
Seattle's Union Gospel Mission
 
Date/Time: A variety of dates and times are available. Check the online calendar for open shifts.
 
Location: 314 Bell Street, 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 and volunteers are needed to read to the children living in the shelter. 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: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer; a parent or guardian must accompany anyone under 16.
 
Time Commitment: One hour
 
Contact: Katie Ribera, kribera@ugm.org
www.ugm.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 appropriate for very young volunteers and are specified as such on the event info page.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Volunteer coordinator, volunteer@earthcorps.org, 206.322.9296 ext. 217. Register for projects on the EarthCorps calendar
www.earthcorps.org
 
 
Foster an Animal
PAWS
 
Date/Time: Flexible. Some animals will need as little as two weeks of care, while others may need care for up to three months.
 
Location: 15305 44th Ave W, Lynnwood. Foster volunteers must be able to get to the PAWS shelter in Lynnwood on a regular basis.
 
PAWS foster families provide a temporary home for kittens, cats, puppies and dogs in need. These families provide food and care to homeless animals that are either too young or sick to be adopted. PAWS is in desperate need of foster homes! By taking an animal into your right away home on a temporary basis, you provide them with a safe place to rest and heal, while giving us additional time to find them a permanent home. By providing safe temporary homes, PAWS foster families prevent overcrowding at PAWS Companion Animal Shelter, while having lots of fun! Click here for more detailed information about fostering an animal.
 
Ages: An adult must be the primary caregiver but children and teens can help with foster animals in your home.
 
Time Commitment: Between two weeks and three months.
 
Contact: PAWS Foster Care Program, 425.787.2500 x822
www.paws.org
 
 
Give An Award
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime you like
 
Location: Your home or community
 
Looking for an alternative to giving out valentines? Your children can celebrate someone they admire with a creative, homemade award. Help recognize the everyday heroes that inspire your family! Visit the Doing Good Together Give an Award project page for award ideas and reflection questions. 
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
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Help Sort and Organize Clothing
Eastside Baby Corner (EBC)
 
Date/Time: Variety of dates and times during the month. Check the volunteer calendar for available dates and times.
 
Location: 1510 NW Maple St, Issaquah
 
Volunteers and staff at Eastside Baby Corner collect community donations, purchase and distribute children's and maternity items to families in collaboration with virtually every organization helping families in our area. Case managers from partner agencies assess the needs of the family, request the items from EBC, then pick up and deliver them to the family. Serving a broad area across King County that extends to the Cascade foothills and from south of Renton into south Snohomish County, EBC serves as a diaper bank, a clothing bank, and a food source for more than 500 kids each week. Volunteers are needed to help sort and organize donated items for redistribution to families in need on the eastside. Please dress in layers, the warehouse is cold in the winter and hot in the summer. For your safety, please wear closed toed shoes. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated while you volunteer.
 
Ages: Families with children ages 7 and older are welcome to volunteer. All children under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult who will work with them for the entire shift.
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half to two hour shifts
 
Contact: Wanda Yamashita, wanday@babycorner.org
www.babycorner.org
 
 
MLK Weekend of Service
Earthcorps
 
Date/Time: There are events on Saturday, January 16, Sunday January 17, and Monday, January 18. All events run from noon - 4pm
 
 
The Basics:

Earthcorps supplies gloves, tools, water, light refreshments and volunteer education. We 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!

For Your Safety And Comfort, Please Bring:
  • Clothing that can get dirty (because it will!)
  • Long pants and a long sleeve shirt (helps protect against prickly plants)
  • Sturdy shoes that can handle some mud (closed toed shoes are required: work boots, hiking boots, or running shoes are all fine)
  • Sack lunch and snacks
  • Full water bottle
  • EarthCorps runs our events rain or shine! Remember to check the weather and bring appropriate layers and rain gear/sun wear if needed.
While the exact tasks at hand vary, projects will 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, Earthcorps focuses 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.
 
Ages: A parent or guardian must accompany volunteers under the age of 12 for the duration of the volunteer event. Youth 12-18 can attend events unaccompanied, but must bring a filled out and signed Youth Volunteer Waiver to each volunteer event. Please present youth waivers to the event staff at the registration tent.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: volunteer@earthcorps.org, 206.322.9296 ext. 217
www.earthcorps.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
Please check our online volunteer calendar for availability.
 
Location: Food Lifeline - 1702 NE 150th St., Shoreline WA 98155

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 accompaniment. 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

 
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 
 
 
Foster an Animal
PAWS

Date/Time: Flexible. Some animals will need as little as two weeks of care, while others may need care for up to three months.

Location: 15305 44th Ave W, Lynnwood. Foster volunteers must be able to get to the PAWS shelter in Lynnwood on a regular basis.

PAWS foster families provide a temporary home for kittens, cats, puppies and dogs in need. These families provide food and care to homeless animals that are either too young or sick to be adopted. PAWS is in desperate need of foster homes! By taking an animal into your right away home on a temporary basis, you provide them with a safe place to rest and heal, while giving us additional time to find them a permanent home. By providing safe temporary homes, PAWS foster families prevent overcrowding at PAWS Companion Animal Shelter, while having lots of fun! Click here for more detailed information about fostering an animal.

Ages: An adult must be the primary caregiver but children and teens can help with foster animals in your home

Time Commitment: Between two weeks and three months.

Contact: PAWS Foster Care Program, 425.787.2500 x822
www.paws.org

 
MLK Day of Service
United Way of King County
 
Date/Time:  Monday, January 18. Time depends on project selected.
 
Location: Depends on project selected
 
You and your family can make Martin Luther King Day a day on, not a day off! The United Way of King County has a list of public projects where you can spend time helping out in your community. It's easy! Visit the United Way MLK Day of Service Project Page, select advance search from the drop down menu and click on families with children. Read through the list of projects and find one for your family!
 
Ages: Will vary depending on project selected
 
Time Commitment: Will vary depending on project selected
 
Contact: volunteers@uwkc.org
www.uwkc.org/

 
Library Helper
Seattle's Union Gospel Mission
 
Date/Time:  A variety of dates and times are available. Check the online calendar for open shifts.
 
Location: 314 Bell Street, 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 and volunteers are needed to read to the children living in the shelter. 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: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer; a parent or guardian must accompany anyone under 16.
 
Time Commitment: One hour
 
Contact: Rob Merrill, rmerrill@ugm.org
www.ugm.org

 
Almost Instant Kindness Quests
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime
 
Location: Your home or other convenient location
 
Follow up on your family's kindness resolutions with these Almost Instant Kindness Quests from Doing Good Together. Print and post this cheat sheet on your refrigerator or cork board and your family will have a readily available list of almost instant kindness activities to choose from. Check out the Doing Good Together project page for more ideas for your family kindness practice.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
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