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
 
 

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