October 2017 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

October 2017 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

October 2017 - Seattle  

 
Westcrest Park - Forest Restoration Work Party
Green Seattle Partnership
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 7, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: 9000 8th Ave SW, Seattle. Meet at the most southern part of the park. Click here for a map. You can park in the South parking lot off of SW Henderson St, next to the dog park.

Join DIRT Corps in revitalizing the southwest portion of Westcrest Park. The first step to bringing back this parcel is to remove invasive species. Once we have cleared the land, we will plant in later volunteer events. This volunteer event will start with a brief weed ID education class. You'll learn about the different types of invasives, why they are harmful, and how to get rid of them. Then you'll combine your new knowledge with action as we work together to clear this beautiful space of harmful species that overtakes an area. Please dress for the weather, and wear long clothing and closed toe shoes.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: kat@thedirtcorps.com. Registration is available online.
www.greenseattle.org/
 
 
Sort and Repackage Bulk Food
Northwest Harvest
 
Date/Time: Visit website or contact Northwest Harvest for shift and availability information!
 
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 375 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 years old or third grade (whichever comes first). 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: Visit www.northwestharvest.org and submit a volunteer application. All volunteers must be scheduled, and Northwest Harvest is not able to accept drop-in volunteers.
 
 
Food Bank 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 distributions will generally be assigned to roles that include 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: Children ages 6 and older are welcome to volunteer with an adult; youth 14 and older can volunteer on their own.
 
Time Commitment: Three to four hours
 
Contact: Mary Claire Squires, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteers@northhelpline.org, 206.367.3477
www.northhelpline.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!
Most current and urgent needs are for:
  • Backpacks & messenger bags
  • New underwear & boxers
  • Alarm clocks & day planners
  • Scientific/graphing calculators
  • Art supplies
  • Nonperishable food
  • Gift cards (Safeway, Fred Meyer, Target, Ross, etc.)
You can also order from their Amazon.com Wish List - items will be shipped directly to YouthCare!

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: donations@youthcare.org or 206.204.1412
 
 
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: Two and one-half hour shifts
 
Contact: Please go directly to our website to sign up! Registration is available online. You can learn more at www.foodlifeline.org/volunteer 
 
 
Green Tacoma Day
Green Tacoma Partnership
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 14, 10am - 1pm
 
Location(s): Restoration events will be held at 14 different sites across the city

The Green Tacoma Partnership invites people of all ages to get outside, have fun and engage in Tacoma's green spaces. Volunteer at one of 14 sites throughout Tacoma on Green Tacoma Day! Volunteers will plant trees, remove invasive weeds, connect with neighbors, and provide a helping hand to our natural areas! No experience is necessary. We will supply gloves, tools, water and snack bars. We will teach you everything you need to know about tool use, safety, forest health, and the importance of the work you will be doing. No experience necessary, just come ready to learn something new! Be sure to sign in at registration when you arrive.
For your safety and comfort please bring:
  • Sturdy, closed-toed shoes (work boots, hiking boots, rubber boots, or tennis shoes).
  • Clothing that can (and will) get dirty
  • Long pants and long sleeves to help protect against prickly plants
  • Rain gear and warm layers (check the weather!)
  • Sack lunch and snacks
  • Full water bottle
This event will happen rain or shine!

Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome; a parent or guardian must accompany volunteers under 16.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Registration is available online.
www.metroparkstacoma.org
 
 
Help Restore Juanita Bay Park
Green Kirkland Partnership
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 28, 10am - 1pm
 
Location: 2201 Market Street, Kirkland. Parking is available in the parking lot and along the street at southwestern boundary of the park. Note: Please check the volunteer calendar for other volunteer dates and opportunities

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 ground covers. 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. Tools and training will be provided.
 
Ages: No experience is necessary and we encourage volunteers of all ages to join us! A parent, guardian, or responsible adult must accompany youth under the age of 14. Volunteers age 14-17 attending the event without a parent or guardian must bring a waiver signed by a parent or guardian to the event with them.

Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: greenkirkland@kirklandwa.gov. Registration is available online.
www.greenkirkland.org
 
 
Green Everett Day
Forterra
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 28, 9am - noon
 
Location: Forest Park, 802 E Mukilteo Blvd., Everett

Join a hundred of your Everett neighbors, friends, and family as we celebrate the city's forests! This is the first day of the planting season for the Partnership and we like to celebrate it with a party! Volunteer to help us plant over 500 trees and shrubs in Everett's oldest public park. There will be food, friends from the community, activities for all ages, and prizes to be raffled off. Come, plant a tree, leave a lasting legacy in your city, and join the party! All ages and abilities welcome. Gloves, tools, and instructions will be provided.

Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer. An adult should accompany youth under the age of 15. If you are under 18 and would like to participate AND will NOT be accompanied by supervising adult/parent/guardian you will need to bring the youth release waiver form signed by your parent/guardian to the event.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: greeneverett@forterra.org, 425.238.0065. Registration is available online.
www.forterra.org/event/green-everett-day-171028
 
 
Start a Bake Sale to Benefit No Kid Hungry
No Kid Hungry - Share Our Strength
 
Date/Time: Flexible - choose a time that works for you.
 
Location: You choose! Simply find a local business, school, place of worship, community center or neighborhood that will allow you to hold your bake sale. It's that simple. We have more ideas for good locations in our Location Guide.

Funds raised through Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry support Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Nationally, the campaign provides leadership, raises awareness and advocates for change that will make sure no kid in America ever goes hungry. Locally, Share Our Strength funds the most effective anti-hunger organizations and builds partnerships that bring together public officials, nonprofits, community groups, private funders and businesses to end childhood hunger in a particular state or city. Click here for more information on how to start your own Bake Sale. Our online Bakers' Resources includes lots of how-to tips, signage and much more. If you are looking for something that is not on the list, please call or email us with your suggestions.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: bakesale@strength.org, 800.761.4227
http://gabs.nokidhungry.org 
 
 
Make Sandwiches for the Hungry
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: A homeless shelter your community.

Many homeless shelters really appreciate having a supply of sandwiches on hand to give to their residents for lunch. You and your family can help by making sandwiches to bring to a local homeless shelter in your community. First, find a local shelter interested in your donation, check on any specific instructions, and arrange a delivery date and time. Then gather your supplies, make your sandwiches, and deliver them as a family. Find more information and ideas on the Doing Good Together Make Sandwiches Project page.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
As you know, Doing Good Together promotes lessons in kindness and empathy through big-hearted conversations which often take place during storytime. Reading DGT's recommended books on topics such as kindness, gratitude, and mindfulness leads to great discussions. Likewise, DGT offers book lists on challenging issues, like bullying, hunger, and global poverty. Our newest book list focuses on the important subject of Death & Grief. We hope these books help you and your young ones start age appropriate conversations on a tough topic that deserves discussion.
 
 

 

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

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September 2017 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

September 2017 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

September 2017 - Seattle  

 
Volunteer Work Party
Nature Consortium
 
Date/Time: Each Tuesday and Saturday per week throughout the year from 10am - 2pm
 
Location: A map with location details is available online when you sign up depending on which Tuesday or Saturday you choose for that week and that month.

Volunteers will participate in fun, hands-on conservation work led by Nature Consortium staff. Restoration work includes removing invasive plants, planting native species, and mulching new plantings, depending on the restoration progress in each site. Please dress appropriately with long pants, warm and dry layers, closed-toed shoes and rain gear as needed. Gloves, tools, a light granola bar snack (feel free to bring a lunch) and a jug of water will be provided. Please bring a refillable water bottle.

Ages: Children ages five and older are welcome if accompanied by an adult. A youth waiver form is REQUIRED for all youth under 18 before participating. Please bring a signed and completed form to Nature Consortium staff at the beginning of your first work party.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Caroline Borsenik, caroline@naturec.org, 206.923.0853. Registration is available online.
www.naturec.org/
 
 
Supermarket Saturday Food Drives
FamilyWorks
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 16 in one-hour shifts between 9am to 1pm. You may sign-up for multiple 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 hand out flyers to shoppers that list the non-perishable goods needed for our food bank. Shoppers then purchase the items and donate them to us.

Ages: Families with children ages five and up are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: One-hour shifts
 
Contact: Mike Cox, Volunteer Manager, mikec@familyworksseattle.org. Online registration will be available in early September.
 
 
Weed, Mulch and Prune in NE Seattle
Meadowbrook Community CARE (MC2)
 
Date/Time: Wednesdays and Thursdays each week throughout the year. Contact the volunteer coordinator to arrange your time preference.
 
Location: 10517 35th NE, Seattle

In the northeast community of Seattle, north of University of Washington and bordering Nathan Hale High School, this Seattle Parks location hosts Community Gardens and Orchards on this seven-acre site. In partnership with the community group, Meadowbrook Community Gardens and Orchards (MCGO), Meadowbrook Community CARE is excited to help sustain this urban gardening project in this local community. Tools and adult gloves are provided to volunteers along with a brief history and goals for this northeast Seattle jewel of Seattle Parks. The Orchard site is hilly so volunteers should have good balance and wear sturdy shoes. The community garden is level but does require bending and managing various surfaces.
 
Ages: Families with children are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Terry Vogel, Community Partnerships Director, ml.outreach@comcast.net, 206.412.2270
www.mc-care.org
 
 
Help Local Children - Pack, Organize and Distribute Donations
WestSide Baby
 
Date/Time: There are a variety of dates and times available. Check website for details.
 
Location: White Center, 10002 14th Ave. SW; Central Branch, 2301 S Jackson St., Suite 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. An adult must accompany volunteers between ages 8-13 and volunteers ages 14-17 must bring a signed consent form.
 
Time Commitment: Three to four hours
 
Contact: Shana Allen, shana@westsidebaby.org, 206.686.6659
 www.westsidebaby.org
 
 
Ushering for Public Performances
Seattle Children's Theatre
 
Date/Time: Varies throughout the season; October 2017 - May 2018
 
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! Ushers typically 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: Between two and one-half and three and one-half hours, depending on the length of the show; 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
 
Adopt Everyday Big-Hearted Habits
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home and community
 
We are what we do. By adopting one or two simple, caring routines, you'll give your children a strong sense of themselves as helpers. In this way, big-hearted habits empower kids to become thoughtful, engaged citizens throughout their lives. Visit the Big-Hearted Families Adopt Everyday Big-Hearted Habits page for ideas to add kindness to your everyday family routines.
 
Ages: There are ideas for families with children of all ages.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Take DGT's 30-Day Back-To-School Kindness Challenge!

Big-hearted families may be familiar with our popular 30-Day Kindness Challenge and our Summer of Kindness Bucket List. Now with the fall season upon us, we're offering children and tweens/teens their own "30-Day Back-To-School Kindness Challenge"! These unique ideas help students focus on daily acts of kindness before, during, and after the school day. Let's make the 2017-18 school year the kindest one ever! Print and post yours today. Choose from the elementary grade and/or upper grade challenge.
 
 

 

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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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August 2017 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

August 2017 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

August 2017 - Seattle  

 
1st Saturday Work Party
Friends of Cheasty Greenspace at Mountain View
 
Date/Time: Saturday, August 5, 10am - noon
 
Location: Cheasty Greenspace at Mountain View is just SW of the intersection of Alaskan Way and MLK Drive. We meet at 2809 S. Alaska Pl. Street. Parking is available on Alaska Place or take the light rail to the Columbia City Link Station

Friends of Cheasty Greenspace at Mountain View is a community-led volunteer organization in South Seattle dedicated to restoring urban green space, increasing community access to nature, and providing outdoor recreational opportunities in urban forests. Come join us in the woods for two hours of planting, trail maintenance and/or weed pulling. Our events are fun and quick and we get a lot of good work done! Please wear sturdy shoes, long pants, and long sleeves. Don't forget your raincoat on wet days. Please remember to bring your own water bottle.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Andrea Ostrovsky, adostrovsky@gmail.com. Registration is available online
 
 
Back to School Backpacks & Back to School in Style Baskets
YWCA
 
Date/Time: Deliver backpacks and baskets to the YWCA on Friday, August 23 between 8am - 6pm
 
Location: 2301 S. Jackson St., Seattle. (Corner of Jackson and 23rd lower level)

Make a difference for students who are homeless as they head back to school. Choose from one of the following options for giving so that a homeless student may feel comfortable and confident as they engage in their schoolwork:

Option 1: Back to School Backpacks
You and you family can help by collecting school supplies to help YWCA resident kids get ready for school. Choose whichever grade you wish to support from kindergarten - 12th grade. Click here for the backpack supply list.

Option 2: Back to School in Style Baskets
Help a student start the new school year with both school supplies and clothing. Many of these students go to school wearing the wrong size shoes, or clothes with holes in them. You can supply them with one new outfit so their first step into school is a comfortable one. For this basket, you'll purchase a full outfit which equals = 1 top, 1 bottom, 1 sweater, 1 pair of shoes, socks, and underwear. You'll be assigned a specific child to outfit. We'll supply you with student, age, gender, favorite color, etc, and then you can go shopping for the backpack, school supplies, and a full outfit!
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Nichelle Hilton, 206.375.1496, nhilton@ywcaworks.org, Click here for backpack supply list.
 
 
Edible Hope
St. Luke's
 
Date/Time: Choose any morning Monday - Friday from 7 - 10am
 
Location: 5710 22nd Avenue NW, Seattle
 
Please join us in preparing a hot breakfast meal to homeless people. For over 27 years, St. Luke's has been welcoming and serving anyone who needs a meal in our church basement. Each weekday morning, a ministry team opens our doors, prepares coffee and food (all of which has been donated), and offers a meal, a cup of coffee, and a warm place to enjoy them to everyone who shows up. On average, we serve over 100 breakfast meals each day Monday through Friday. That's about 2,000 meals a month. We welcome your gift of time, care and nourishment to people experiencing hunger.
 
Ages: Children of all ages are welcome with adult supervision
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Sara Bates, 206.784.3119, meals@stlukesseattle.org
www.stlukesseattle.org/

 
 
Habitat Restoration at Meadowbrook Slough
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
 
Date/Time: Saturday, August 19, 10 - 2pm
 
Location: Three Forks Natural Area: Meadowbrook Slough. This 418-acre Three Forks Natural Area is at the confluence of the three forks of the Snoqualmie River, the largest river system in King County. Detailed directions will be sent to you once you've registered online.
 
The 418-acre Three Forks Natural Area is at the confluence of the three forks of the Snoqualmie River, the largest river system in King County. With sweeping views of Mount Si and Rattlesnake Mountain, the Three Forks Natural Area includes over five miles of riverfront with juvenile trout habitat, and serves as a sanctuary and corridor for a broad range of wildlife including black bear, elk, cougar, eagle, deer, and river otter. Meadowbrook slough, one of the most notable wetlands in Three Forks Natural Area, has suffered degradation through the introduction of invasive plants such as Himalayan blackberry and Japanese knotweed. These plants do not provide needed shelter for wildlife and fish and their competition jeopardizes the health of native vegetation. Join us as we continue to remove these invasive species and restore a healthy ecosystem
 
Ages: All ages are welcome. An adult must accompany children under 13, and anyone under 18 not accompanied by their guardian must bring a youth waiver.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Mountains to Sound Greenway Volunteer Program, volunteer@mtsgreenway.org, 206.300.3219. Online registration is required.
www.mtsgreenway.org/
 
 
Jubilee Service Day
Jubilee REACH
 
Date/Time: Saturday, August 26, 8am - noon or 1 - 5pm
 
Location: 14200 SE 13th Place, 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. Choose from these three areas of service for family volunteer opportunities:

Home Sites:
Home site volunteers complete yard work or paint the outside of the home. Work crews range in size from 15-30 and projects are completed in either half day or full day blocks.

School Sites:
School site volunteers can assist in a classroom: organizing, wall decorating, curriculum assembly and more. Physical work like power washing, window washing and landscaping is also needed. Lighter-duty assignments are available.

Sewing Sites:
Sewing site volunteers create "chair pockets" by cutting fabric, serging, and sewing. Volunteers also organize and sort the finished units, preparing sets to be taken to classrooms the following week.
 
Ages: Children of all ages are welcome to serve, as long as their parents deem them old enough and/or mature enough to serve. Children age 12 and younger must be with a parent or adult.

Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Ken Carpenter, jsd@jubileereach.org, 425.746.0506, Registration is available online
www.jubileereach.org/serviceday 

 
Creative for A Cause
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home or community

Visit the Doing Good Together Creative for a Cause Project Page for a variety of ideas for nurturing creativity and compassion in your children. When we can understand how someone else is feeling and how they might experience life differently, we can search for innovative ways to help. Creativity in its many forms will inspire children to approach problem solving in new ways, which will help them navigate the many roads to kindness in our complex society. Your family can choose a project or projects that inspire you and apply your creativity to an act of kindness

Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies, depending on project
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.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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July 2017 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2017 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

July 2017 - Seattle  

 
Project Cool for Back to School Volunteer Days
Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness
 
Date/Time: A variety of shifts are available between Friday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 19. Check the online schedule for shift times.
 
Location: Email projectcool@homelessinfo.org or call 206.204.8350 for drop off information at Columbia City Church of Hope, 3818 S Angeline St, Seattle. There is a small gravel parking lot, as well as free street parking.
Please enter through basement doors - down the ramp to the left of the main door of the church.
 
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. Volunteers are needed to help assemble 1,400+ backpacks for students. Exact jobs and tasks will vary based on the day and pace. Activities will include unpacking, sorting, and bundling school supplies, assembling dental kits, filling backpacks with supplies, and organizing backpacks into groups for agencies. You and your family can also help by collecting school supplies.
 
Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome to volunteer. Please indicate names and ages in the volunteer notes section. Volunteer Days are not a good fit for children younger than 5, but please contact the Coalition to learn about other ways the young people in your life can get involved. An adult must accompany volunteers younger than 12.
 
Time Commitment: Shifts are either two or two and one-half hours.
 
Contact: Hillary Coleman, 206.204.835, hillary@homelessinfo.org. Registration is available online.
http://homelessinfo.org/what_you_can_do/volunteer.php
 
 
Prepare Hygiene Kits for Syrian Refugees
Salaam Cultural Museum (SCM)
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: 3806 Whitman Ave N, Seattle.
 
Help create hygiene kits for Syrian refugees through a Seattle-based humanitarian aid organization called Salaam Cultural Museum (SCM). Volunteers are needed to gather travel-size toiletries such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, washcloth, comb, nail clippers and lotion to help families on the move. Volunteers can purchase these toiletries at a local drugstore and place them in a simple, ziplock plastic bag. Your efforts will be a great help in providing tangible support and comfort to refugee families experiencing the challenges of displacement. Hygiene kits can be dropped off in person or mailed to: 3806 Whitman Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103. 
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: 206.545.7307, Rita Zawaideh or info@salaamculturalmuseum.org
www.salaamculturalmuseum.org or www.scmmedicalmissions.org
 
 
Farmers Market Gleaning
Pike Market Food Bank
 
Date/Time: Various times, July 30 through October 1
 
Location(s): 
  • City Hall Farmers Market (600 4th Ave) --Tuesdays at 1:30 pm.
  • Pike Place Evening Market - Wednesdays at 6:30 pm.
  • South Lake Union Farmers Market (410 Terry Ave. N.) - Thursdays at 1:30 pm
  • First Hill Farmers Market (9th Ave & University) - Fridays at 1:30 pm.
The Pike Market Food Bank helps residents of downtown Seattle supplement food security with free groceries. We serve people of all ages and work hard to offer a variety of nutritious foods in a friendly environment. Farmers Market Gleaning volunteers interact directly with Pike Place Market Farmers by collecting donations of unsold produce four times a week at the end of Pike Place Market Farmers Markets. One-time volunteers are fine, but we are ideally looking for volunteers interested in helping on a consistent basis! Volunteer tasks include:
  • Meet Gleaning Coordinator at the Farmers Market Information Tent (marked with green signs) 
  • Introduce yourself to each farmer's stand  
  • Collect donations of produce to support the Pike Market Food Bank  
  • Explain tax receipt form and offer it to farmer (we will explain this to you)
  • Bring donations back to the Pike Market Food Bank (personal transportation is required, except for the Wednesday Evening Market)
Ages: Ages six years and older are welcomed to participate when accompanied by adults (remember, transportation is required)
 
Time Commitment: One hour or longer
 
Contact: Makayla Esposito, Volunteer Coordinator, 206.626.6462, makayla@pmsc-dtfb.org. Please complete and bring the Pike Market Food Bank Accident Waiver and Release form Liability with you.
 
 
Environmental Service Projects
EarthCorps
 
Date/Time: Saturdays, 10am - 2pm (weekday events are also occasionally 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!
 
For Your Safety And Comfort, Please Bring:
  • Sturdy, closed-toed shoes (work boots, hiking boots, rubber boots, or tennis shoes)
  • Clothing that can (and will) get dirty
  • Long pants and long sleeves to help protect against prickly plants
  • Rain gear and warm layers (check the weather!)
  • Sack lunch and snacks
  • Full water bottle
  • Travel mug for tea/coffee
Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome. The work is typically geared towards adults and children ages 10 and up, but younger children are welcome to participate. Parents of younger children should expect to supervise their children. A parent, guardian, or responsible adult must accompany youth under the age of 14. All volunteers between the ages of 14 and 17 who are not with a parent or guardian must bring a completed and signed Youth Waiver  the day of the event.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Volunteer coordinator, volunteer@earthcorps.org, 206.322.9296 ext. 217. Register for projects on the Earthcorps calendar
 
 
BubbleFest Special Event Volunteers
Pacific Science Center
 
Date/Time: Friday, Saturday or Sunday, July 14 - 16. Contact Karin to schedule a shift time.
 
Location: Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Avenue North, Seattle

Many people interact with Pacific Science Center by attending our year-round special events which include science exhibit openings, science research "Curiosity Days" weekends, Science Education after school programming, and special donor events. Special Event volunteers play a vital role at these events. Our upcoming July special event, BubbleFest, delights children in exploring physics, chemistry and fun during one bubble popping water splash weekend. Volunteer roles vary and may include welcoming guests, setting-up tables and chairs, checking-in guests, staffing information tables, and more.
 
Ages: Families with children ages 5 and older are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany children ages 5 to 13 at all times.
 
Time Commitment: Three to four hours

Contact: Karin Pierce, Volunteer Program Manager, 206.443.2868, kpierce@pacsci.org www.pacificsciencecenter.org/volunteers/ 

 
Become a Citizen Scientist
Doing Good Together/SciStarter

Date/Time: Flexible, on your own schedule

Location: Your home or community
 
Make science your next family service project! A citizen scientist is a curious person wiling to volunteer time, effort, and resources to further scientific endeavors, often - though not always - in collaboration with researchers. Choose one among hundreds of research projects searchable through SciStarter.com. Some are online only. Others get you out into nature. Still others put you to work analyzing results. The truly great thing about citizen science through SciStarter is that you can choose a project based on your interests, the financial investment you're prepared to make, and your child's ability. Visit Doing Good Together's Be a Citizen Scientist project page for more ideas and resources.

Ages: There are projects for children of all ages

Time Commitment: Varies, depending on project

Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org

 
Help DGT Spread Kindness Online!

Social media makes it easy to find and share DGT's messages of kindness and caring with others! Each day, on a variety of social media channels, we offer simple service project ideas, recommend big-hearted books, share inspiring stories, and suggest family-friendly websites. "Like" us on Facebook, check out our pinnable Pinterest page, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Don't forget to subscribe to our wonderful blog too!

 

 

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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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June 2017 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

June 2017 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

June 2017 - Seattle  

 
Help Animals and Customers
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: Sarah Luthens, 206.225.4899, RASKC.Volunteers@kingcounty.gov
www.kingcounty.gov/RASKCVolunteer

 
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: Shannon Avery, 425.988.3954 info@birthdaydreams.org or shannon@birthdaydreams.org
 
 
Help Restore Juanita Bay Park
Green Kirkland Partnership
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 24, 10am - 1pm
 
Location: 2201 Market Street, Kirkland. Parking is available in the parking lot and along the street at southwestern boundary of the park. Note: Please check the volunteer calendar for other volunteer dates and opportunities

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 ground covers. 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. Tools and training will be provided.

Ages: Families with children age five and older are welcome to volunteer. Volunteer activities are typically geared towards adults and children ages 10 and up, but younger children are welcome to participate. Parents of younger children should expect to supervise their children. A parent, guardian, or responsible adult must accompany youth under the age of 14. Volunteers age 14-17 attending the event without a parent or guardian must bring a waiver signed by a parent or guardian to the event with them.

Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Jeremy Jones, 425.587.3306, greenkirkland@kirklandwa.gov. Registration is available online.
www.greenkirkland.org
 
 
Cook a Meal for Jubilee Residents
Jubilee Women's Center
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Jubilee Women's Center at Sojourner's Place, 5071 8th Avenue Northeast, Seattle

Invite your friends, family, or co-workers to provide a community meal for Jubilee residents! Our residents have limited food budgets, and community meals provide a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to help out while getting the chance to meet and chat with Jubilee's residents over a home-cooked dinner. This can also be a great way to celebrate a special occasion with family and friends. Meals can be prepared off-site and transported to Jubilee or cooked here in our spacious kitchen. We have two stoves, ovens and workstations, and your group (ideally 6 or fewer) can use our utensils and serving dishes as well. A staff person can tour your group through our facility before or after dinner. If you are unable to cook onsite, you may prepare a heat-and-eat meal and drop it off for the women to enjoy on their own.

Residents especially appreciate proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables that they don't get to enjoy as often on a limited budget. Here are some sample menu ideas:
  • Baked chicken, rice, vegetables, juice
  • Pork tenderloin, macaroni & cheese, vegetables, juice
  • Beef stew, biscuits, salad, juice
  • Lasagna or spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, juice
Ages: Children of all ages are welcomed if accompanied by adults
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Naomi Von Dinklage, 206.957.5512, volunteer@jwcenter.org or naomi@jwcenter.org
www.jwcenter.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: Food Lifeline Hunger Solution Center, 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. Our volunteer sessions are fun, rewarding and empowering for all children ages six and older. Volunteers repack bulk donations into family size portions 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: Leah Stoller,  206.432.3641 volunteer@foodlifeline.org  Registration is available online.  
www.foodlifeline.org
 
 
Create DIY Kindness Kits for Gratitude on the Go
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home and community
 
Anytime is a good time to express your gratitude to other people. Keep your car stocked with a DIY Kindness Kit and be ready to create thank you notes at any time. Fill your kit with:
  • Candy (melt-resistant works best in the summer)
  • Blank cards
  • Stickers
  • Colorful pens and markers
Read more about Gratitude on the Go and other Kindness Practices on the Doing Good Together website.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Let your summer family gathering, school reunion, or community event be a chance for big-hearted giving. Our DGT Family Service Fairs are an ideal way for families to have fun while doing good for others as they connect with local nonprofits to help others in their community. And, our DIY Family Service Fair Manual makes them easy to host!

 

 

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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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May 2017 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

May 2017 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

May 2017 - Seattle  

 
Mother's Day Spring Baskets
YWCA
 
Date/Time: Thursday, May 11, between 8am and noon
 
Location: East Cherry YWCA, 2820 E. Cherry Street, Seattle

Help put together gift baskets for the moms who live in YWCA emergency shelters. For these moms, resources are low and stress levels are high. Because they are so focused on keeping their families together, these women usually take care of themselves last. In honor of their special day, the YWCA would like to pamper these moms with a gift basket filled with soaps, lotions, candles, creams, hair products, planners, an unsigned card, and chocolates. Your family can help so we can put together enough Mother's Day Baskets for every mom in YWCA emergency housing! Buy a pre-made gift basket or create a basket filled with handpicked treats and toiletries.

Ages: All ages are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Nichelle Hilton, 206.375.1496 or nhilton@ywcaworks.org
www.ywcaworks.org/

 
 
Habitat Restoration at Gallagher Hill
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 13, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Gallagher Hill Open Space, Mercer Island (King County). Specific details, including driving directions and required volunteer waivers, will be sent out the week prior to the event.

Gallagher Hill is an 11-acre natural area that is part of Mercer Island's open space system that includes 35 parks, 350 acres of open space and over 50 miles of trails. Volunteers recently worked to build a new trail through this open space that serves as an important connection between City Hall on SE 36th Street and residential areas along E Shorewood Drive, encouraging pedestrian access through the area and increasing walkability around the island. Volunteers have begun the process of removing invasive species and replanting native vegetation to facilitate the growth of native plants and trees and restore this open space back to a healthy forest. Such efforts to promote a healthy understory are critical to ensure the success of this natural area. Volunteers will continue this effort be removing encroaching English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry throughout the site.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome if accompanied by parents, children ages 12 and over require a waiver without parents
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Carolyn Foster, Volunteer Program Associate, volunteer@mtsgreenway.org, 206.300.3219 or stephanie.huck@mtsgreenway.org, 206.382.5565x21 for general information. Day-of contact is Dan Hintz, Restoration Specialist, 206.735.1027. To sign up, please register online.
www.mtsgreenway.org/

 
 
Festival Greeters
Northwest Folklife Festival
 
Date/Time: Sunday, May 28, 6:30 - 9pm
 
Location: Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St, Seattle

Northwest Folklife is a year-round nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for all people to celebrate, share, and participate in the evolving traditions of the Pacific Northwest. The Northwest Folklife Festival is the place to learn, to dance, to play, to try something new, and to discover arts and cultures that inspire celebration of one another and our big neighborhood. The Northwest Folklife Festival brings up to 250,000 people over four days to the Seattle Center. In keeping our commitment to remove any economic barriers and ensure that everyone can experience and share in cultural traditions, admission to the 46th annual Northwest Folklife is free, creating the most inclusive, wide reaching arts experience.

Volunteers are needed to help greet patrons at the entrances to the festival, and to hand out buttons to donors, and guides to patrons. Volunteers are the face and spirit of Folklife! Because the festival is admission-free, we rely on volunteers to keep us going and keep the festival open and inclusive
 
Ages: Families with children ages 10-13 are welcome to volunteer together. Teens ages 14-17 can volunteer on their own but must have a signed consent/waiver.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Cheyanne Warren, Volunteer Coordinator, 206.684.7326, volunteers@nwfolklife.org
www.nwfolklife.org

 
 
Host a Movie Night
Ronald McDonald House of Western Washington & Alaska
 
Date/Time: Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7pm. Volunteer spots fill up quickly; the next open dates on the Volunteer Calendar are for June.
 
Location: 5130 - 40th Ave NE, Seattle

Ronald McDonald House's mission is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children. Your family can help by volunteering to host a movie night! Hosting a movie night is an opportunity that allows you to enjoy a G or PG movie with our families. All you have to do is bring a movie and snacks for 15 people. Please read the Movie Night Guide for more specific details. Volunteers should review the Volunteer Guidelines prior to volunteering.
 
Ages: All group members must be at least 13 years old. Groups with volunteers still in high school must have an adult supervisor in attendance.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Eleanor Garrison, eleanor@rmhcseattle.org. Registration is available online.
www.rmhcseattle.org/
 
 
 
Kids Helping Kids
Wellspring Family Services
 
Date/Time: Children are invited to drop off their donations at Wellspring Family Services between 9 am - 4 pm, Monday - Friday. Wellspring is happy to provide age-appropriate tours of our agency so children can see the impact of their donations.
 
Location: 1900 Rainier Ave S, Seattle

Wellspring Family Services builds emotionally healthy, self-sufficient families within a safe, caring environment. 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. The first step is for children to either pick up a KHK jar from the Wellspring office or to create a coin jar on their own. The next step is to get creative and start filling the jar with change! Some children contribute a portion of their allowance money, others host a bake sale or lemonade stand, and some even offer to do extra chores around the house. For a list of age-and campaign-specific fundraising ideas for your children to start filling their jars, click here.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Amy Weaver, Events Manager, 206.902.4229 or aweaver@wellspringfs.org
 
Environmental Service Projects
EarthCorps
 
Date/Time: Saturdays, 10am - 2pm (weekday events are also occasionally 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!
 
For Your Safety And Comfort, Please Bring:
  • Sturdy, closed-toed shoes (work boots, hiking boots, rubber boots, or tennis shoes)
  • Clothing that can (and will) get dirty
  • Long pants and long sleeves to help protect against prickly plants
  • Rain gear and warm layers (check the weather!)
  • Sack lunch and snacks
  • Full water bottle
  • Travel mug for tea/coffee
Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome. The work is typically geared towards adults and children ages 10 and up, but younger children are welcome to participate. Parents of younger children should expect to supervise their children. A parent, guardian, or responsible adult must accompany youth under the age of 14. All volunteers between the ages of 14 and 17 who are not with a parent or guardian must bring a completed and signed Youth Waiver  the day of the event.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Volunteer coordinator, volunteer@earthcorps.org, 206.322.9296 ext. 217. Register for projects on the Earthcorps calendar
 
 
Affordable Housing Story and Coloring Book
Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County
 
Location: Your home or community
 
Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing through constructing, renovating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat SKC has built, renovated or repaired more than 450 homes for families in need of affordable housing in 17 communities within King County. Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to work on at  construction sites or the Habitat Store but Habitat for Humanity has a variety of tools to help younger children learn about homelessness and affordable housing. You can help your child learn more about Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County and affordable housing through this interactive coloring book and story
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: One to two hours hours, depending on the child
 
Contact: Alexis Lorenz, students@habitatskc.org, 206.577.7796
www.habitatskc.org
 
 
 
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
 
 
Let's multiply kindness!

Thank you to everyone who attended our April 20th Celebration and helped us raise funds to empower families to raise children who care and contribute!

If you weren't able to attend our event, here's your chance to make an impact. Every $25 raised helps DGT™ engage with a new family who wants to share more acts of kindness and service. Those big-hearted efforts have a multiplying effect: As families do more good for others, they start a family routine of giving that benefits others now and in the future.

Whether you want to support one family or several, your donation helps us multiply kindness and extend DGT's reach to families across the nation.

Click here to make your donation.

And to instill a habit of kindness and service in your own family, be sure to join our Membership Circle if you haven't already.

 

 

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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 2017 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

April 2017 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

April 2017 - Seattle  

 
Help Local Children - Pack, Organize, Distribute Donations
WestSide Baby
 
Date/Time: There are a variety of dates and times available. Check website for details.
 
Location: White Center, 10002 14th Ave. SW; Central Branch, 2301 S Jackson St., Suite 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. An adult must accompany volunteers between ages 8-13 and volunteers ages 14-17 must have a signed consent form.
 
Time Commitment: Three to four hours
 
Contact: Shana Allen, shana@westsidebaby.org, 206.686.6659
 
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
www.northhelpline.org
 
 
Provide A Meal!
Accelerator YMCA
 
Date/Time: Monthly, preferably during the last week of the month. Food deliveries need to be made in the early evening.

Location: Contact for specific location

The Accelerator YMCA provides Transitional Housing for young adults (18-24) who are transitioning out of homelessness or foster care. We have eight locations all across King County. The location we need meals for is our Young Adults in Transition (YAIT) Program. YAIT is comprised of 19 studio apartments and is located inside of the Downtown Seattle YMCA. Meals should include both meat and vegetarian options, along with food labels (for allergies), and any specific instructions to be included. Meals should be large enough to feed 20 people. Since the meals need to be prepared remotely and then delivered, the food can be cold or hot upon arrival. However, the housing location is equipped with a full size kitchen, so we are able to reheat hot meals.

Ages: Open to all ages
 
Time Commitment: Varies, includes food preparation (needs to be done so remotely) and delivery/drop-off
 
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, acceleratorvolunteer@seattleymca.org, 206.432.8899
www.seattleymca.org/accelerator

 
 
Spring Baskets for Children in Homeless Shelters
YWCA
 
Date/Time: Drop off baskets Monday, April 10 between 8am - noon
 
Location: East Cherry Branch, 2820 East Cherry Ave, Seattle
 
Spring is in the air and the YWCA is gathering spring baskets for homeless and low-income children who live in our shelter and housing programs. These programs are a safe haven for families working hard to move forward in their lives and build a better future for their children. You and your family can help out by making baskets. Fill the baskets with basic needs, toys, learning supplies or candy. We also welcome store bought baskets. Each basket will make a difference to a child in need. We need almost 1000 baskets!

To put together a basket you can either:
  1. Buy an empty  basket, and fill it with fun things like toys, candy, books, hygiene needs, socks, learning supplies, or anything else that seems fun. Wrap up the basket and put a ribbon on it.
  2. Go to the store (Costco has great prices) and buy a generic basket for either a boy or girl.
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Nichelle Hilton, 206.375.1496, nhilton@ywcaworks.org. Email Nichelle by April 7 with the number of baskets you are planning on donating.
www.ywcaworks.org/

 
 
Trail Work and Tree Planting with the City of Issaquah
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 15, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Issaquah Creek near Lake Sammamish State Park. Detailed directions will be sent to you once you've registered online.
 
Join the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust as we partner with the City of Issaquah, Washington State Parks and Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park to celebrate Arbor Day in Issaquah by building a trail and planting trees! This project will take place on both City of Issaquah and Washington State Parks land and the new trail will allow hikers and joggers to bypass the noisy sidewalk and intersections along NW Sammamish Road and instead be able to enter Lake Sammamish State Park by following Issaquah Creek through one of the older forest restoration project sites in the City of Issaquah. Located behind the Alpine Animal Hospital, this new wood chip trail will only be about 1,000 feet long, but will be vital in connecting City of Issaquah's Pickering Reach trail along Issaquah Creek to trails within the beautiful 500 acres of Lake Sammamish State Park. Volunteer activities will include spreading wood chips to build the trail, planting native trees and shrubs near the trail and removing blackberry to continue the restoration efforts along Issaquah Creek. Whether you're into trail work or restoration, this event will have something for you!
 
Ages: All ages are welcome. An adult must accompany children under 13, and anyone under 18 not accompanied by their guardian must bring a youth waiver.

Time Commitment:
Four hours
 
Contact: Mountains to Sound Greenway Volunteer Program, volunteer@mtsgreenway.org, 206.300.3219. Online registration is required.
 
 
Earth Day Habitat Restoration at Discovery Park
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 22, 10am - 2pm
 
Location  Discovery Park, Seattle. Detailed directions will be sent to you once you've registered online.
 
Celebrate Earth Day with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust! As the City of Seattle's largest multi-use park at 534 acres, Discovery Park is a park of regional significance. It is a major draw for a wide demographic range of users and recreational opportunities. It is also one of the best places in Seattle for bird watching with over 230 species identified. However, many of the areas of the park have been degraded by invasive plant species and lack the diverse habitat needed to provide a balanced ecosystem. We will be continuing our restoration efforts by removing invasive plant species. The project will enhance the species diversity, forest structure, and function of the area.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome. An adult must accompany children under 13, and anyone under 18 not accompanied by their guardian must bring a youth waiver.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Mountains to Sound Greenway Volunteer Program, volunteer@mtsgreenway.org, 206.300.3219. Online registration is required.
www.mtsgreenway.org/volunteer/sites-and-opportunities
 
 
Blanket Project for Children
Aegis Living
 
Date/Time: Flexible. Please contact Susan Rauch to schedule a date and time.
 
Location: 220 E. Madison St, Seattle

Aegis Living is a retirement community for seniors. Families are invited to visit Aegis and make blankets with seniors. This is an intergenerational project bringing children together with seniors to create tie blankets. All materials will be supplied by Aegis. Completed blankets are donated to ChildHaven, a nonprofit that serves homeless children.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Varies, can be one-time or ongoing
 
Contact: Susan Rauch, Life Enrichment Director, 206.325.1600, susan.rauch@aegisliving.com
www.aegisliving.com/aegis-on-madison/
 
 
Quick Acts of Kindness
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible, quick ways to add kindness to daily family life
 
Location: Your home and community

Not all acts of kindness require planning. Check out the Doing Good Together 24+ Quick Acts of Kindness project page for ideas. You can also print out our Design Your Own Kindness Cards to include with your quick kindness activities.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
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DGT is proud to have amazing partnerships with a variety of organizations. Yours can be next! If your group or organization is interested in hosting a fun family service event, offering a workshop on raising caring kids, or in need of custom materials to introduce children and families to important social issues, we'd love to help. To learn more, contact Jenny by email (jenny@doinggoodtogether.org).
 

 

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March 2017 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

March 2017 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

March 2017 - Seattle  

 
Tree Planting at Tolt MacDonald Park
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
 
Date/Time: Saturday, March 4, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Tolt McDonald Park, Carnation
 
Join us as we partner with the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe and King County Parks for a spring planting event in the picturesque Snoqualmie Valley. Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs in an effort to establish a healthier native plant buffer along an important slough channel of the Tolt River in a culturally important area for the Tribe. Gain an overview of the site and project, including why our work is important to the Tribe and for local salmon recovery.
 
Ages: An adult must accompany youth under 13 years of age.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Carolyn Foster, volunteer@mtsgreenway.org or 206.300.3219. Registration is available online.
http://mtsgreenway.org/
 
 
Audubon Birdloop at Marymoor Park
Eastside Audubon
 
Date/Time: Saturday, March 4, 9am - noon
 
Location: Marymoor Park, southeast corner of Parking Lot G

On the first Saturday of every month, Eastside Audubon volunteers work on habitat improvement at Marymoor Park in Redmond. Remove invasive plants, mostly blackberries and hawthorns, plus other seasonal work, depending on conditions and turnout. There is nothing like doing physical work alongside other conservation-oriented people to make you feel physically and mentally strong! Please bring work gloves, a shovel or rake if you have them, and fluids. No special knowledge, strength or skills are necessary.

Ages: All ages; families are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Up to three hours

Contact: Glenn Eades, geades@seanet.com, 206.940.1390. We don't ask for signup for individuals or families, but it is good to know if a group is coming so we can be sure to have enough tools.
http://eastsideaudubon.org 
 
 
1st Saturday Work Party
Friends of Cheasty Greenspace at Mountain View
 
Date/Time: Saturday, March 4, 10am - noon
 
Location: Cheasty Greenspace at Mountain View is just SW of the intersection of Alaskan Way and MLK Drive. We meet at 2809 S. Alaska Pl. Street. Parking is available on Alaska Place or take the light rail to the Columbia City Link Station

Friends of Cheasty Greenspace at Mountainview is a community-led volunteer organization in South Seattle dedicated to restoring urban green space, increasing community access to nature, and providing outdoor recreational opportunities in urban forests. Come join us in the woods for two hours of planting, trail maintenance and/or weed pulling! Our events are fun and quick and we get a lot of good work done! Families and young kids are encouraged to attend. Please wear sturdy shoes, long pants, and long sleeves. Don't forget your raincoat on wet days. And please bring your own water bottle.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Andrea Ostrovsky, adostrovsky@gmail.com. Registration is available online.
http://cheastymtview.com/

 
 
Planting at Luther Burbank Park
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
 
Date/Time: Saturday, March 18, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island

Mercer Island is graced with 35 parks, over 400 acres of natural areas, and more than 50 miles of trails. Luther Burbank Park is important to the greater Greenway landscape as a rest stop for many species of migratory birds. Strangled by invasive weeds, many native trees and shrubs are struggling to survive and lack enough species diversity. Volunteers will help this effort by planting native trees and shrubs where volunteers removed invasive plants earlier in the winter.
 
Ages: An adult must accompany youth under 13 years of age.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Carolyn Foster, volunteer@mtsgreenway.org or 206.300.3219. Registration is available online
http://mtsgreenway.org/
 
 
Meal for Mary's Place Night Time Shelter
Mary's Place
 
Date/Time: Dinner every evening at 6pm, weekend breakfast at 8am
 
Location(s):  
Family Center location (1155 N 130th St): providing a meal for 80 people (no pork)
Guest Rooms location (2213 8th Ave): providing a meal for 180 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: Julie Anne Barowski, julieann@marysplaceseattle.org, 206.621.8474
marysplaceseattle.org
 
 
Healthy HIP Packs Packing Parties
Hunger Intervention Program
 
Date/Time: Every third 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.
www.hungerintervention.org

 
 
Cook a Meal at a Shelter
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible -- find something that works for your families schedule
 

Location:
Check the national Homeless Shelter Directory or Emergency Food Programs Directory for shelters or soup kitchens in your area.

Your family can work together to help hungry people in your community by volunteering to cook a meal or bring food to a local homeless shelter or soup kitchen. When you contact a shelter or soup kitchen, ask for the volunteer coordinator, see if they need volunteers and ask if they have any age requirements. Find more information and resources on the Doing Good Together Cook a Meal at a Shelter Project Page.

Ages: Will vary depending on the shelter or soup kitchen's volunteer policy.
 
Time Commitment: Varies; volunteers can typically make either a one-time or ongoing commitment.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
 

One of the hallmarks of DGT™ is that we do more than simply offer opportunities and ideas for sharing kindness and serving others. We also expand on those experiences with important tips that help families prepare for and reflect on the unique situations they encounter during their time spent volunteering. Our newest Reflection Activities are geared specifically to the frequent topics we cover in our listings, e.g. helping the hungry and caring for animals. Look for the reflection banners in our listings to find conversation starters, book recommendations and more. And be sure to bookmark this collection of reflection offerings for easy reference during big-hearted discussions with your family.
 
 

 

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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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February 2017 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

February 2017 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

February 2017 - Seattle  

 
Tree Potting at our Native Plant Nursery
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
 
Date/Time: Saturdays: February 4, February 11, February 18, February 25, and March 4.
9am to 3pm with morning (9am to noon), all day (9am to 3pm) and afternoon (12p to 3p) shifts available.
 
Location: Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah

Located in Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, Washington, 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 each winter 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.

Ages: Tree potting is great for all ages; no experience required
 
Time Commitment: Three - six hours, depending on shift
 
Contact: Carolyn Foster, volunteer@mtsgreenway.org or 206.300.3219. Registration is available online.
http://mtsgreenway.org/volunteer/Nursery
 
 
Tree Planting at Three Forks Natural Area
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
 
Date/Time: Saturday, Feb 25, noon - 4pm
 
Location: North Bend, WA

King County's 345-acre Three Forks Natural Area is situated at the confluence of the south fork, north fork and middle fork of the Snoqualmie River in North Bend. With an astounding up-close view of Mount Si, it is dominated by riverine, riparian, and wetland habitat and is an important wildlife corridor for elk, deer, bear, eagles, osprey, hawks, trout and many more species. Volunteers will spend the day along the Snoqualmie River planting conifer trees to improve critical habitat for fish and wildlife. We will be planting small "bareroot" trees in which volunteers will do lots of walking during the event. Space is limited so sign up today!

Ages: An adult must accompany youth under 13 years of age.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Carolyn Foster, volunteer@mtsgreenway.org or 206.300.3219. Registration is available online
http://mtsgreenway.org/

 
 
Sort and Repackage Bulk Food
Northwest Harvest
 
Date/Time: A variety of shifts are available.

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 375 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: Visit www.northwestharvest.org and submit a volunteer application. All volunteers must be scheduled, and Northwest Harvest is not able to accept drop-in volunteers.
www.northwestharvest.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!

For Your Safety And Comfort, Please Bring:
  • Sturdy, closed-toed shoes (work boots, hiking boots, rubber boots, or tennis shoes)
  • Clothing that can (and will) get dirty
  • Long pants and long sleeves to help protect against prickly plants
  • Rain gear and warm layers (check the weather!)
  • Sack lunch and snacks
  • Full water bottle
  • Travel mug for tea/coffee
Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome. The work is typically geared towards adults and children ages 10 and up, but younger children are welcome to participate. Parents of younger children should expect to supervise their children. A parent, guardian, or responsible adult must accompany youth under the age of 14. All volunteers between the ages of 14 and 17 who are not with a parent or guardian must bring a completed and signed Youth Waiver the day of the event.
 
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
 
 
Write a Letter!
Operation Gratitude
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: All your cards and letters can be sent together in one large mailing envelope or box to:
Operation Gratitude
21100 Lassen Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311-4278
ATTN: Letter Writing Program
Please include a donation form in your large mailing envelope or box.

Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ Care Packages filled with food, entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Of all the items included in these packages, the most cherished are the personal letters of appreciation! Our goal is to include several letters and colorful drawings in every Care Package and tell our troops "WE CARE!" Writing a letter is a meaningful way for Americans to show support for our Military. It only takes five minutes of your day, but will bring lasting joy to our troops. Letters are accepted year-round. Right now, we have a special need for those specifically written to our New Recruits, Veterans, and First Responders. Holiday cards need to be received two to three months prior to the holidays in order for them to reach our service members on time. Once we receive letters it takes us time to screen, sort and assemble them into our care packages and then we have to factor in the shipping time. If your letters will arrive at a later date it will work well to make them general letters of appreciation so that they may be used year round. Don't know where to start? Click here for the Write a Letter flyer.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: OpGrat@gmail.com or info@operationgratitude.com
www.operationgratitude.com
 
 
Supermarket Saturday Food Drives
FamilyWorks
 
Date/Time: Saturday, February 18, 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 hand out flyers to shoppers that list the non-perishable goods needed for our food bank. Shoppers then purchase the items and donate them to us.
 
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. Registration is available online
 
 
Help Fill the Ronald McDonald House Pantries!
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska
 
Date/Time: Donations can be dropped off daily between 9am and 9pm.
 
Location: Seattle Ronald McDonald House, Building A, 5130 40th Avenue NE. There is a small parking lot and a drive through on the west side of the building where you can pull up and unload your donation.

The Seattle Ronald McDonald House has a House Pantry at both of our Houses that are filled with nonperishable goods and other necessities. Many of our families stay with us for months or even over a year while their child is being treated at Children's Hospital, and financial strain is a reality for most of our families. Families are encouraged to take items from the House pantry as needed, and individuals, families or groups donate nearly all of the goods in the Pantry. We maintain a list of updated needs on our website. Individuals are welcome to drop off donations whenever convenient. If you are planning a large donation, please call ahead so that we are prepared. 

Ages:
Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Kaarin Stowell, kaarin@rmhcseattle.org, 206.838.0609
www.rmhcseattle.org/
 
 
Friendship Bracelets
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home or other community location

Your family can create these colorful bracelets to share with others. Making friendship bracelets for new students, or kids who seem to need more friends, is the perfect activity for the Valentine's season! Visit the Doing Good Together Friendship Bracelets Project Page to learn how to make the bracelets and for reflection materials and resources for this kindness activity.

Ages: Everyone can participate

Time Commitment: Varies

Contact:
mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org 
 
 
WE'RE SHARING STORIES FOR STORIES
Have you and your family used our DGT™ resources to share kindness and/or serve others? We want to hear from you! Take part in our STORIES FOR STORIES giveaway. We'll send a DGT-selected big-hearted book to the first five families who share their stories (via the form on this page) along with a photo or video! (Submitted stories may be used on the DGT website and/or social media.) Deadline for submissions: February 15th!
P.S. Remember, your family's act of kindness and service *must* come from a DGT web page, listing, newsletter, or blog.
 

 

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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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January 2017 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

January 2017 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

January 2017 - Seattle  

 
MLK Weekend of Service
Earthcorps
 
Date/Time: There are events on Saturday, January 14, Sunday January 15, and Monday, January 16. All events run from 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Click the links for addresses and directions: The Basics: Earths Corps provides gloves, tools, water and snack bars. We will teach you everything you need to know about tool use, safety, forest health, and the importance of the work you will 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
 
 
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. Items currently needed most are:
  • Books and magazines in Spanish
  • Cleaning supplies for youth moving into transitional living
  • Underwear (men and women - all sizes needed)
  • Deodorant (for men and women)
  • Gift Cards to grocery stores
You can also check their Amazon Wish list for additional ideas.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: volunteer@friendsofyouth.org
www.friendsofyouth.org
 
 
Planting Trees at Pinnacle Peak Park
MLK Day of Service - King County Parks
 
Date/Time: Monday, January 16, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: SE 481st St and SE Mud Mountain Road, Enumclaw. From Hwy 410 take the SE Mud Mountain Road east. Turn left on SE 481st Street and follow to new parking area for Pinnacle Peak Park.

Come serve on MLK Day by helping to plant trees. We will be replanting a pasture into a forest around the new parking lot at King County's Pinnacle Peak Park. Healthy forests and trees store carbon and contribute to clean air and water, healthy habitat for salmon and other wildlife, and more livable communities. One Million Trees is part of King County's ambitious plan to reduce carbon pollution and prepare for the impacts of a changing climate. This project hopes to get in 700 trees over 3 acres of old pasture land. Be prepared to work in the rain. Gloves and tools will be provided. It's a good idea to bring lunch with you; light snacks and water (hot and cold) will be provided. This is a perfect event to bring out your whole family to get everyone involved.

Ages:
Families with children age six and older are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Tina Miller, tina.miller@kingcounty.gov, 206.477.6112. Registration is available online.
www.kingcounty.gov/services/parks-recreation/parks.aspx 
 


Learn more about
helping the earth

 
Community Volunteer Night
Volunteers of America Western Washington
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 10, 5:30 - 7:30pm
 
Location: 1230 Broadway Avenue, Everett

Family-friendly volunteer opportunities provide families with 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/ 
 
 
Discovery Park - MLK Weekend
Green Seattle Partnership
 
Date/Time: Sunday, January 15, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Discovery Park, South Parking lot of Discovery Park off of Emerson Street - we will walk a short way to the work site.

Please join the 18-year restoration project on a site in the heart of the park. This is the tenth year of MLK Day work parties on this site. Volunteers can make a real difference by planting trees and shrubs to make this site into a natural habitat for birds and other creatures. Please bring water, lunch, good boots, warm clothes, rain gear, and gloves if you have them.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Thomas Palm, thomas.palm@gmail.com
www.seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/10346/
 
 
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
www.friendtofriendamerica.org 

 
Goody Bags for Homeless Children
MLK Day of Service - Birthday Dreams
 
Date/Time: Monday, January 16, 1 - 3pm
 
Location: 1101 Bronson Way N, Renton

Birthday Dreams is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to providing birthday parties to homeless children and to foster children living in group homes. Volunteers are needed to decorate and fill goody bags that will be given with birthday parties for homeless kids in the Puget Sound region. This is a great team building activity and a lot of fun for families too!

Ages:
Families with children ages three and older are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Shannon Avery, shannon@birthdaydreams.org, 425.988.3954. Registration is available online. Please register by January 10.
www.birthdaydreams.org

 


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Foster an Animal
PAWS
 
Date/Time: nbsp;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 parent volunteers need to transport animals to PAWS in Lynnwood, WA on a regular basis for vaccinations, vet checks, weight checks and spay and neuter surgeries. Vaccination appointments and weigh-ins for kittens and puppies are scheduled every two weeks. Veterinarian appointments are scheduled as needed for each animal, generally every 7-14 days.
 
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. By taking an animal into your 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, ext. 822
www.paws.org
 
 
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
 
 

DIY Kindness Journal
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: This is a great project to begin in the New Year, but you can start anytime.
 
Location:  Your home
 
Keeping a compassion-themed journal is a wonderful way to build kindness into busy weeks and shine a spotlight on acts of kindness. Plus, you'll have a place to record family volunteering memories! Decorate a composition notebook with duct tape. Scatter compassion-themed prompts and quotes throughout it. Then make time periodically to discuss, draw, and write about those kindness prompts as a family. Visit the Doing Good Together DIY Kindness Journal page to find printable Family Service Memory Sheets, Kindness Journal Prompts, and ideas for keeping your kindness journal.
 
Ages: Everyone in the family can participate
 
Time Commitment: We suggest scheduling at least fifteen to thirty minutes each week to discuss the journal prompts and write or draw together.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.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.
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