May 2018 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

May 2018 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

May 2018 - Seattle  

 
Provide Weekend Hunger Bags for Children in Need
Backpack Brigade
 
Date/Time: Varies depending on your chosen volunteer activity. View monthly calendar for selected dates and times. Shifts needed include:
  • Wednesday: Prep & Inventory, 10am - noon
  • Thursday: Set Up Groups, 9am - noon
  • Friday: Set Up & Packing, 8:30 - 11am
  • Friday: Delivery, 10am - noon
Location: 831 Seattle Blvd S, Seattle

Many displaced students rely solely on the free breakfasts and lunches they receive at school, so weekends and breaks leave them without a reliable source of food. Every Friday during the school year, our volunteers pack bags of nutritious, easy-to-eat food and drop them at area K-8 schools, where they are distributed to students in need. In addition, boxes of healthy snacks are delivered to area high schools for hungry older teens. Powered by volunteers and strengthened through donations, Backpack Brigade aims to provide better food to more of Seattle's hungry children each weekend. Volunteers are needed in the following areas:

Inventory & Prep: Inventory and prep volunteers do the advance work to make sure our busy Fridays go smoothly, by taking stock of our supplies and getting everything ready for our packers.
Set Up: Set-up volunteers to organize our supplies into food groups and arrange them on tables in our packing area.
Pack: Packing volunteers create nutritious meal-packs from the food tables in our staging area. They ensure all packs have appropriate items, confirm that we've covered all schools and kids, and that all packs are loaded into the delivery vehicles.
Deliver: Delivery drivers take our meal packages to our supported schools, using their own vehicles. We will coordinate with you on a delivery route that works for you and any size vehicle is great.
 
Ages: All ages welcome with adult supervision.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Nichelle Hilton, Nichelle@backpackbrigade.org or 206.495.8183. Registration is available online.
 
 
Mother's Day Spring Baskets
YWCA
 
Date/Time: Thursday, May 7 between 8am and noon
 
Location: East Cherry YWCA, 2820 E. Cherry Street, Seattle
 
Please help host a Mother's Day basket for one of our 1,000 families in the YWCA of Seattle's E. Cherry Region! We want to help every kid in our program enjoy the normal celebrations of childhood whether their family is homeless, fleeing domestic violence, or in transition. One way the YWCA tries to do that is by helping them celebrate holidays like Mother's Day. To host a basket, we ask you donate a card for the children to sign and that you purchase a few nice things for Mom. Basket items can include items like chocolates, soaps, lotions, candles, hair products, planners, and more. We will need close to 1,000 baskets to cover all programs. Please consider sponsoring a family or getting a group together and sponsoring 100...every single donation helps.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Nichelle Hilton, 206.375.1496, nhilton@ywcaworks.org
www.ywcaworks.org/
 
 
Westcrest Park Forest Restoration Work Party - 8th Ave
DIRT Corps
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 19, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Westcrest Park, 9000 8th Ave SW, Seattle. Meet next to the p-patch gardens. Click here for a map of the parking and work area.

Join DIRT Corps in revitalizing Westcrest Park. We are working on the parcel of land next to 8th Ave, and it is overgrown with Himalayan blackberries. It's up to us and our volunteers to bring it under control! We'll start out the event with a brief weed ID and then we will work to clear this beautiful space of harmful species that overtake the area. Let's work together to gradually transform and maintain Westcrest Park and to make it a great public space for everyone to enjoy. Bring water and also lunch if you think you are going to get hungry. DIRT Corps will provide coffee and light refreshments.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Questions? Email kat@thedirtcorps.com or call 206.850.2609. Registration is available online. Please contact us if you have any questions.
www.urbansystemsdesign.com/dirt-corps-program
 
 
Stewardship Opportunities
Magnuson Children's Garden
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 19, 10am - 1pm

Location: 6344 NE 74th St, Seattle
 
Magnuson Children's Garden is a vibrant, interactive garden that was founded in 2001. From its very first design meeting to this year's community events, this garden has been an inclusive project. All its whimsical and interactive features have been dreamed up by local children and carried out by child and adult volunteers. The garden is free to the public 365 days a year, and it is a delightful place for families to enjoy self-guided scavenger hunts and other adventures. Our monthly stewardship events feature simple and fun garden tasks for all ages and abilities.

Environmental stewardship volunteer activities include:
  • Mulching with wood chips
  • Planting in the vegetable garden
  • Watering garden beds and herb pots
Gardening tools and gloves will be provided, along with light refreshments of water, coffee, and granola bars.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are invited to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Emily Bishton, magnusonchildrensgarden@gmail.com. Pre-registration is required for groups of six or more. Registration is encouraged for everyone, but drop ins for smaller volunteer groups are okay.
www.magnusonchildrensgarden.org
 
 
Northwest Folklife Festival Greeters
Northwest Folklife
 
Date/Time: Friday, May 25 - Monday, 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 47th annual Northwest Folklife is free, creating the most inclusive, wide reaching arts experience. Volunteers greeters are the heart of our Festival. Greeters staff our entrances and make sure every patron is acknowledged while entering or exiting the Festival. As members of the Festival Fundraising team, Greeters hand out program guides to patrons and encourage them to make donations as they enter or exit the Festival. Greeters need to be able to stand for the majority of their shift. Greeters work outside rain or shine so please dress accordingly.

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: Xaviera Vandermay, Volunteer Coordinator, 206.684.7300
volunteers@nwfolklife.org. Volunteer application and registration available online.  
www.nwfolklife.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 & school supplies
  • Prepaid phones & minutes 
  • Hygiene items (shampoo, liquid soap, razors) 
  • Jackets & hoodies 
  • Sleeping bags 
  • New pillows 
  • Gift cards (Safeway, Fred Meyer, Target, Ross, etc.)
You can also order from the YouthCare 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
www.YouthCare.org
 
 
Explore Nature with a Scavenger Hunt
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime you can get outdoors with your family!
 
Location: Your local park or nature center

When children learn to appreciate and enjoy nature, they are more likely to grow into adults who value and protect our environment. You and your family can use Doing Good Together's printable Nature Scavenger Hunt checklist to liven up your next walk in the woods. Enjoy exploring nature as a family, invite friends along, or bring this activity to your scouts meeting, classroom, or community gathering. Check out Doing Good Together's Nature Scavenger Hunt project page for more ideas and reflection questions.

Ages: The whole family is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Celebrate Milestones This May!

Whether you are celebrating the graduation of a preschooler or college student - or any big moment in between - these milestone moments offer opportunities for sharing gifts that encourage kindness and giving. Visit our Shop Kind Vendor Page for our favorite gift-giving books. And for advice on tackling transitions (by kids and parents), revisit this post from our Blogger: www.doinggoodtogether.org/bhf/blog/masterful-transitions.

 

 

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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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April 2018 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunity

April 2018 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

April 2018 - Seattle  

 
Make Our Forest Healthy at Genesee Park
Green Seattle Partnership
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 7, 9:30 -12:30pm
 
Location: Genesee Park and Playfield. Meet by the south end of the park. From the parking area at 43rd & S Genesee St, walk past the restrooms and playground, past the soccer fields, and look for "Event" signs. Park at the Genesee Park parking lot, south of the intersection of S Genesee St & 43rd Ave S.

We are done with our planting for the year, now it's time to finish spreading our giant pile of wood chip mulch and save the trees by pulling more ivy and blackberry! Tools, gloves, and training are provided, no experience necessary. Bring a filled water bottle. Wear layers, including clothes and shoes you don't mind getting very dirty. Bring rain gear. Gloves and tools are provided, as well as training.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome. If you are under 18 and attending the event without a parent or guardian, please come to the event with this waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Elissa Ostergaard, elissaost@gmail.com or 520-730-8921. Registration is available online.
www.seattle.greencitypartnership.org
 
 
Earth Week on the Burke-Gilman Trail
Green Seattle Partnership
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 21, 9am - 1pm
 
Location: Burke-Gilman Trail. We'll meet at the corner of NE 65th St and 58th Ave NE. Use 6501 58th Ave NE, Seattle for your GPS map guide; we'll be right across the street from this house. Parking is available on 58th Ave NE.
 
We'll spend our Earth Week on the Burke-Gilman Trail removing invasive plants, mulching and planting native plants. We invite you to come join us in improving this vital trail where many runners, bicyclists, and pedestrians find great enjoyment being out in nature and supporting the environment. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes or boots, and bring a water bottle. We'll supply tools, gloves and a mid-morning coffee break.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome. If you are under 18 and attending the event without a parent or guardian, please come to the event with this waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Jim Corson, jim.corson@comcast.net. Registration is available online.
 
 
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/

 
 
Kids Helping Kids
Wellspring Family Services
 
Date/Time: Flexible. Children are invited to drop off their donations at Wellspring Family Services between 9am - 4pm, Monday - Friday. Wellspring is happy to provide age-appropriate tours of our agency so children can see the impact of their donation.
 
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 create a coin jar on your 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 jar, click here. Each year, we are grateful for the hundreds of children who are committed to making a positive difference in our community!

Ages: All ages are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Amy Weaver, Events Manager, 206-902-4229, aweaver@wellspringfs.org  
www.wellspringfs.org
 
 
Hygiene Kits for Syrian Refugees
SCM Medical Missions
 
Date/Time: Kits can be dropped off Monday through Thursday from 8am - 5pm. Kits can also be mailed to the address listed below.
 
Location: 3806 Whitman Ave N, Seattle

SCM Medical Missions is a humanitarian aid organization that helps displaced Syrian refugees who are in dire need of hygienic materials. Our volunteers have been putting together small packs of hygienic items that we can then send to refugees. These kits typically include travel-sized toiletry items such as toothpaste, soap, and shampoo, as well as a toothbrush and small washcloth. Kits can also include any additional hygiene or personal items such as combs, nail clippers, lotions, small toys for children and anything else that can provide aid and comfort to individuals and families on the move. Kits should be packed in a gallon size Ziplock sealed bag.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Rita Zawaideh, 206.545.7307 or info@scmmedicalmissions.org

 
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

 
Spring into a season of kindness! Join our DGT™ Membership Circle
 
Spring is the season of renewal, so it's an ideal time to focus on big-hearted activities for the
entire family. When you join the DGT™ Membership Circle you have year-round access to our experts who provide inspiration, motivation, advice, and ideas. Plus, there are members-only perks, including our Challenges Download. Perfect for those who want to focus their acts of kindness on a weekly topic, such as environmentalism or generosity. Membership costs just $24.99 annually and benefits DGT's programming. Sign up today!
 
Don't forget: our Facebook Big-Hearted Conversation Group is open to anyone interested in connecting with other big-hearted families. Discuss your kindness and volunteering goals, challenges, and service project ideas, and enjoy the tips posted by our Big-Hearted Families™ Director, Sarah Aadland.
 
 

 

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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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March 2018 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

March 2018 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

March 2018 - Seattle  

 
Point Rediscovery Wetland Restoration Work Party
The DIRT Corps
 
Date/Time: Saturday, March 3, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Park at Sea Mar Parking Lot, 10001 17th Pl S, Seattle
The entrance is along Des Moines Memorial Drive S. There will be someone to direct you down to the site location.

Volunteers will be planting trees as well as learning about the space and looking at designs for future planning. Point Rediscovery is a wonderful and beautiful place to discover. Not only is Point Rediscovery serene, it's also houses part of Hamm Creek, a tributary to the Duwamish River that has a salmon run every year. Point Rediscovery plays an important ecological role in the Green/Duwamish watershed. Everyone is welcome to work with DIRT Corps to continue forest and wetland restoration on open space owned by King County. Dress for the weather. Wear waterproof shoes or boots for walking in the mud. Light refreshments will be served.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: kat@thedirtcorps.com. Registration is available online.
 
 
Westcrest Park Forest Restoration Work Party
The DIRT Corps
 
Date/Time: Saturday, March 31, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: 9000 8th Ave SW, Seattle. Park in the south parking lot of Westcrest Park, entrance is off SW Henderson St.  Meet next to the p-patch gardens.

Join DIRT Corps in revitalizing Westcrest Park. We are working on the parcel of land next to 8th Ave, and it is overgrown with Himalayan blackberries! It's up to us and our volunteers to bring it under control. The beginning of this volunteer event will include a brief weed identification session. Combine knowledge with action as we work to clear this beautiful space of harmful species that overtakes the area. Let's work together to gradually transform and maintain Westcrest Park and make it a great public space for everyone to enjoy. Please bring water and also a lunch if you think you are going to get hungry. DIRT Corps will provide coffee and light refreshments. Wear closed-toed shoes, long sleeves, long pants, and hat. Dress for the weather.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: kat@thedirtcorps.com. Registration is available online.
 
 
Birthday Parties
Birthday Dreams
 
Date/Time: Check the Birthday Dreams online calendar for party dates and times
 
Location(s): 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 onsite 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 five and older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours
 
Contact: Shannon Avery, 425.988.3954, info@birthdaydreams.org or shannon@birthdaydreams.org
 
 
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 serve to people experiencing homelessness. 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
 
 
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(s): 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
 
 
Become a Senior Angel
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Once a week
 
Location: A  senior in your community

You can help create a more age-integrated society and instill positive attitudes toward aging by providing your child with positive contacts with seniors. By becoming a Senior Angel your family will let a senior know they are remembered and loved through an ongoing weekly correspondence. Seniors who may be home-bound, confined to nursing homes, or in convalescent hospitals will look forward to your weekly greetings! You can reach out to a relative, neighbor or senior you know in your community.

What you'll need:
  • Stationery, greeting cards, pens, drawing or art supplies
  • Occasional small, inexpensive, gifts ($2-$5), such as a box of tea or bar of scented soap
  • Postage
Once-a-week send your older friend chatty letters, friendly cards, uplifting notes, children's drawings and perhaps an occasional small gift. Learn more by visiting the Doing Good Together Become a Senior Angel page.
 
Ages: Your whole family can participate!
 
Time Commitment: Varies, but please plan on making an ongoing, long-term commitment to your senior.
 
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.
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 2018 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

February 2018 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

February 2018 - Seattle  

 
Youth Artists Needed to Make Posters to Help Fight Hunger
Northwest Harvest
 
Date/Time: Posters can be dropped off at either location, Monday through Friday between 8am and 5pm
 
Location: Cherry Street Food Bank, 711 Cherry St, Seattle, or the Kent Warehouse, 22220 68th Ave South, Kent  

Northwest Harvest is a hunger-response network that provides food to more than 375 food banks, meal programs, and high need schools throughout Washington. Last year, we distributed more than 33 million pounds of food throughout this network. Creating artistic thank you posters for our Northwest Harvest volunteers is an on-going year-round project and posters are welcomed at any time. That said, Valentine's Day is an ideal opportunity to express gratitude to our fabulous volunteers!
Any words of appreciation are fine. Here are some examples:
  • Our volunteers are the best!
  • Thank you volunteers! 
  • Our volunteers are stars! 
  • Thank you for helping us fight hunger! 
  • Or feel free to create your own unique thank you message for our volunteers!
Posters can be as small as 2' x 2' or as large as 3' x 8'. How you want to orient the artwork on the paper is up to you - either vertically or horizontally is fine with us. Butcher paper is the best fit for us, but poster board works well too. Click here for more information and ideas.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Email Jazen Manruano, jazenm@northwestharvest.org, to register 
 
 
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. The most current and urgent needs are for:
  • Backpacks & messenger bags
  • New socks
  • Jeans & sneakers
  • Sleeping bags
  • First aid kits
  • New toiletries
  • Backpacks
  • Coats & jackets
You can also order from the YouthCare Amazon.com Wish List  and items will be shipped directly to YouthCare.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: donations@youthcare.org or 206.204.1412
www.YouthCare.org
 
 
Volunteer Work Party
Nature Consortium
 
Date/Time: Opportunities are available each Tuesday and Saturday throughout the year from 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Maps with location details are 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, February 17, 9am to 1pm, in one-hour shifts
 
Location: Wallingford QFC, 1801 N 46th St, Seattle

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: Kat Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator, kathyrnj@familyworksseattle.org. Registration is available online.  
www.familyworksseattle.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-sized kitchen, so we are able to reheat hot meals.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies, includes food preparation (needs to be done remotely) and delivery/drop-off
 
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, acceleratorvolunteer@seattleymca.org, 206.432.8899
www.seattleymca.org/accelerator
 
 
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? Follow these letter writing guidelines:
  • Start with a generic salutation, such as "Dear Hero" or "Dear Brave One."
  • Express your thanks for their selfless service.
  • Avoid politics completely and religion in excess; however, saying you will pray for them is wonderful.
  • Share a little about yourself: Family, Hobbies, Work, School, Pets, Travel, etc.
  • Talk about life and interests: Sports, Weather, Music, Movies, Food, Books, etc.
  • Adults: Include your contact information (mail or email) so the letter recipient can reply. (Recipients may or may not write back; please do not be disappointed if you do not receive a response.)
  • Children's Letters: Include first names only and do not include addresses (an adult's address can be used).
  • Can't find the words? Consider drawing or painting a picture instead; please add a note to kids' drawings with their age.
  • No glitter or confetti please!
  • Do not put your individual cards or letters in envelopes-they are not needed and create a burden for our letter screeners.
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: OpGrat@gmail.com or info@operationgratitude.com
 
 
Car Window Poetry
Words Matter: Harness the Power of Poetry
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime
 
Location: Your home and community

At Doing Good Together, we know how the right turn of phrase can encourage more kindness. We know how a great book can cultivate empathy, opening a child up to the feelings and experiences of a stranger. The instructions for this project are as simple as its name.
  1. Create short, heart-warming poems, jokes, or artwork. You may want to use the free Car Window Poetry cards available here.
  2. Place your poems on car windows outside your school, playground, library, a busy grocery store, or wherever you happen to be. Note: if it's raining or remarkably windy, postpone this step a bit.
  3. Post your poems on Instagram with the #CarWindowPoetry. While you're at it, kindly add #DoingGoodTogether as well!
Learn more by visiting the Doing Good Together Words Matter: Harness the Power of Poetry project page.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Let's take the lovely day called Valentine's Day and make it a month-long kindness endeavor! Prepare now by printing and posting our 28-Day Valentine Kindness Challenge. Pick and choose your favorite days for doing something extra good for others or challenge yourselves for the entire month of February. This is a great project for families, community or faith groups, or even classrooms. And if you participate in this challenge, kindly let us know how it goes!


 

 

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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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