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: or Pre-registration is preferred and is available online.
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.
Green Everett Day

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:, 425.238.0065. Registration is available online.

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,, 206.957.4580. Volunteer registration is available online.
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, Volunteer registration is available online.
Help Homeless Youth
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,, etc.)
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: 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 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,, 206.545.6600 x3619. Registration is available online.
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: Volunteers should register online  at Additional questions can be directed to or call 206.723.0767
Trick or Treat for UNICEF
Date/Time: The 2016 UNICEF campaign runs from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017

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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