December 2017 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

December 2017 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

December 2017 - Seattle  

 
Plant a Riverside Buffer for Immigrant Farmers on the Green River
Tilth Alliance
 
Date/Time: Saturday, December 2, 10am - 1pm
 
Location: 1819 83rd Ave S, Kent. Please note: The farm has no street address, but this pin location is correct

Help Hmong flower farmers protect and shore up the banks of the Green River alongside their farm in Kent. Learn all about Pacific Northwest plants and proper planting technique as we restore this flower farm and natural area located right along the Green River. Each volunteer gets to take home a native plant for their own yard!
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Lizzy Stone, lizzystone@tilthalliance.org, 505.261.5268. Registration is available online.
 
 
Foster an Animal
PAWS
 
Date/Time: Flexible. Some animals will need as little as two weeks of care, while others may need care for up to three months.
 
Location: 15305 44th Ave W, Lynnwood

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! 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. 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, foster@paws.org, 425.787.2500, ext. 822
www.paws.org
 
 
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
www.westsidebaby.org
 
 
ADOPT-A-FAMILY
YWCA
 
Date/Time: Thursday, December 14 - Sunday, December 17 from 9am - 5pm
 
Location: 2301 S. Jackson St., Seattle. (Corner of Jackson and 23rd lower level)

The housing crisis continues in our region and our shelters and transitional units are all full. For the low-income and homeless families that we serve, nothing seems to be changing, and they struggle to provide a normal Christmas for their families. With your help, our families will feel the joy and magic of the holidays this season. When you sponsor a family through our Adopt-A-Family program, you will receive information about the children in a family including first names, ages, sizes, and gift ideas. You then shop for 'your' family. Parents don't get gifts, but you provide a grocery store gift card for them to buy groceries for a special holiday dinner. Who does Adopt-A-Family serve? The families who sign up to receive holiday assistance are current YWCA clients, living in our shelters, fleeing domestic violence, or in young parent units. We have families in hotels, and some in their own homes. Some are in transitional housing, are veterans, or are women coming out of incarceration. All of these families are on the road to self-sufficiency and are receiving assistance with job training, housing, counseling, and other services. You can share the spirit of the season with one of these families. Participate as an individual sponsor or organize a group of friends or co-workers. Families range in size from one child to 10 or more. For each child under 18, you are signing up to provide two gifts in the $40 each range, plus a $50 minimum grocery store gift card for the parents. That means it will cost $130 to sponsor a family of one child. This may help you decide what size family you would like to sponsor.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Nichelle Hilton, 206.375.1496, nhilton@ywcaworks.org,
www.ywcaworks.org/

 
 
Environmental Service Projects
EarthCorps
 
Date/Time: Saturdays, 10am - 2pm (occasional 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
 
 
Holiday Carousel
Treehouse

Date/Time: Now through January 1; check sign-up page for available dates and times

Location: Westlake Park, 401 Pine Street, Seattle
 
Help make the season bright for youth in foster care. In partnership with the Downtown Seattle Association, Treehouse provides volunteer support to staff the Holiday Carousel at Westlake Park. We welcome volunteers of all ages to greet riders, sell tickets, and collect donations that will help make the season brighter for youth in foster care.

Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Youth under 16 must volunteer with an adult.

Time Commitment: Most shifts are between two and one-half to four hours

Contact: Mark Hennon, carousel@treehouseforkids.org, 206.267.5152. Registration is available online.
www.treehouseforkids.org/
 
 
Display a Kindness Quilt
Create a Kindness Quilt
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime
 
Location: Your home
 
During this busy holiday season sharing kind acts can be a wonderful way for your family to reconnect. Your family can take time to celebrate small acts of kindness with a paper quilt. Designed to accompany The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, this project will have your family doing a kind act, drawing a picture of it, and sharing it with one another in the form of a beautiful, continuously growing paper quilt. Find project templates and more information on the Doing Good Together Display a Kindness Quilt project page.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Just in time for Holiday Shopping... DGT™ debuts a SHOP KIND Store!

You've relied on DGT for tips, activities, book recommendations, and more. Now we have another resource to offer: our SHOP KIND Store. This online store features a page of kindness-themed Amazon store items (because, yes, DGT is an Amazon Affiliate Advertiser). And we have just launched another SHOP KIND page featuring like-minded organizations offering outstanding, mission-driven products. You can try these unique items for your next service project or when you're shopping for big-hearted gifts for yourself or others. We'll be  continually adding more items, so revisit often to find something new. We think you'll like what we've found, and we look forward to your feedback and suggestions for more SHOP KIND products!
 

 

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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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