April 2016 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

April 2016 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities


April 2016 - Seattle  

Doing Good Together™ is looking to expand our volunteer team in Seattle!

We are seeking people for two roles
1) DGT Seattle Listing Coordinator:: 
  • Researches nonprofits in the Seattle area
  • Contacts identified nonprofits, either by email and/or phone, to find out about potential family-friendly volunteer opportunities
  • Identifies 5-10 different family-friendly volunteer opportunities each month
  • Writes up the opportunities for the Seattle monthly listing.
DGT staff will provide detailed, step-by step guidance on how to locate family-friendly volunteer opportunities as well as ongoing assistance and support.
Time Commitment: Five to ten hours per month
2) DGT Seattle Marketing Coordinator:
  • Promotes DGT in local newspapers, magazines, and other press resources
  • Finds creative and effective ways to grow the number of subscribers to this family volunteer opportunities listing
Time Commitment: Five hours per month
Volunteer at Forest Park
Green Everett Partnership
Date/Time: Saturday, April 2, 9am - noon
Location: Forest Park, 802 E Mukilteo Blvd, Everett. Park in the upper parking lot, past the Rec Office. We will meet at the picnic shelter next to Cedar Hall, which is just east of the playground near the tennis courts.
Join the Green Everett Partnership for a morning of volunteering in the woods at Forest Park. We will be helping to improve this local park by removing invasive species and spreading mulch to add nutrients back to the forest. Forest restoration work parties are a great way to give service to Everett Parks, spend time outside, build community, and burn calories! Come dressed to work outside (rain or shine) with sturdy shoes. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. Tools, work gloves, light snacks and coffee provided.
Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome to volunteer.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact:  greeneverett@forterra.org, 425.238.0065
Volunteer at Josten Park
Green Kirkland Partnership
Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 10am - noon
Location: Josten Park, 129th St & 112th Pl. NE, Kirkland. The park entrance is located just west of the NE 129th & 112th. Meet in the central area of the park. Look for the pop-up tent.

Join the Green Kirkland Partnership to help with the restoration of the newly renamed Josten Park (formerly the North Juanita Open Space). 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.  Remember to dress for the weather (don't forget raingear!). Wear boots or comfortable athletic shoes, work clothes (long pants), and layers that you don't mind getting dirty. Bring a filled water bottle and snacks to munch on during the event. Tools, gloves and training will be provided at the site.
Ages: No experience is necessary and volunteers of all ages are welcome to volunteer
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Katie Cava, kcava@kirklandwa.gov, 425.587.3306. Registration is available online.
Celebrate Earth Day at Morrill Meadows Park
City of Kent, Forterra, the Green Kent Partnership
Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 9am - noon
Location: 10600 S.E. 248th Street, Kent

Celebrate Earth Day with the City of Kent, Forterra, the Green Kent Partnership, and fellow community members at Morrill Meadows Park. Event will occur rain or shine. Volunteers will be removing unwanted invasive plants, planting beautiful native trees and spreading wood chips around to help protect them over the summer.
Ages: All ages and abilities are welcome
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Registration is available online
Earth Day Restoration
Friends of North Creek
Date/Time: Saturday, April 23, 10am - noon
Location: Corner of 108th Ave. NE and NE 204th Pl, Bothell

Come join the Friends of North Creek for a stewardship work party on Earth Day to help restore North Creek Forest! Volunteers will make the forest healthier by removing invasive plants, like Himalayan blackberry, and spreading mulch on this year's restoration site. Removing the blackberry will make room to plant native plants, and mulching will provide soil nutrients and reduce erosion. Friends of North Creek Forest will provide tools, gloves, and a hot lunch for all volunteers.
Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Greg at gregw@friendsnorthcreekforest.org. Registration is available online. Exact details for the event will be emailed closer to the event date.
Help Local Children - Pack, Organize, Distribute Donations
WestSide Baby
Date/Time: White Center: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9am - 1pm; Saturdays, 10am - 1pm; First Tuesday and Thursday of the month, 6 - 9pm
Central Branch: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9am - 3pm; Second Saturday of the month 10am - 1pm
Location: White Center, 10002 14th Ave. SW; Central Branch, 2301 S Jackson St Ste 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
Time Commitment: Varies, depending on shift.
Contact: Shana Allen, shana@westsidebaby.org, 206.686.6659
Community Roots: Earth Day
Seward Park Audubon Center
Date/Time:  Saturday, April 23, 10am - 2pm
Location: Seward Park, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S, Seattle. Follow the signs to the first upper parking lot. We will meet by the restrooms past the swing set.

Celebrate Earth Day by joining young conservation leaders in building habitat for a vibrant community of wildlife, birds and people! Overlooking Lake Washington, Seward Park is also home to the largest swath of old growth forest in Seattle and over 100 species of birds. Tools, gloves, training, snacks and coffee provided-Just bring your energy, laughter and family and friends. Please dress for rain or shine in warm, dry layers that you don't mind getting dirty. Closed-toed sturdy shoes/boots, long sleeves, and long pants are a must! Bring a full water bottle and a pack lunch or snack.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Four hours. If you are an unaccompanied minor (under age 18) please bring the completed waivers available on their website. Registration is available online.

Contact: Mikhaila Gonzales, mgonzales@audubon.org, 206.652.2444 x107.
Hold a Food Drive
Northwest Harvest
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: Your community
You and your family can help provide food for your hungry neighbors by holding a food drive for Northwest Harvest. You can hold a drive at your child's school, with sports team, or birthday party. Northwest Harvest will provide everything you need to get started, and in many cases, they will come and pick up the food once your collection is over! Click here to learn more about how to get started. If you'd like to deepen your food drive experience, consider purchasing DGT's Help the Hungry curriculum for your family or group.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Food drive events can range from one-day activities to month-long events to year-round collections.
Contact: fooddrives@northwestharvest.org or 206.923.7476. Click here for a food drive application.
Vegfest Volunteers
Vegetarians of Washington
Date/Time: Saturday, April 9 or Sunday, April 10. There are three shifts each day:
  • 9:45am - 2pm
  • 11:45am - 4pm
  • 1:45 - 6pm
Location: Seattle Center's Exhibition Hall, Mercer St & 3rd Ave N, Seattle

Vegfest is the largest vegetarian food festival in the United States. It is held at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall each spring. Each year there are doctors and dietitians talking about nutrition, chefs giving cooking demonstrations, a huge bookstore and over 500 different kinds of food to try. Families are needed to volunteer as Outside Advertisers. These volunteers walk around the Seattle Center grounds with a signboard and a handful of flyers, answering questions and directing people towards the event. This role is important since many people do not know where to find the Exhibition Hall. You don't need to be a vegetarian to volunteer!
Ages: Children under 15 are welcome to volunteer with an adult parent or teacher.
Time Commitment: Volunteer shifts are four hours, plus a 15-minute orientation
Contact: volunteer@vegofwa.org or 206.706.2635. Registration is available online
Seeds for Change
Date/Time: Flexible
Location:  Seeds can be sent to one of the locations on the Family-to-Family Seeds for Change page

You and your family can help a family in need to grow their own food by starting a collection of seed packets. You can raise money through a yard sale or a bake sale and purchase the seeds from your local gardening or hardware store. Visit the Doing Good Together Send Seeds for Change Project page for more ideas and reflection questions.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: kids@family-to-family.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org, www.family-to-family.org

Have you and your family worked on a Project of the Month from our monthly listings? Please tell us about it using our Good Stories form!  Here's a quote from Noah who participated in the Assemble CWS Kits project:

"I bet in the places the [Syrian] refugees have to stay, they don't have a school, so they need the same things I do like notebooks and pencils."

Noah's mom added: "This was a great project for Noah for two reasons: First, he has been very interested and concerned about the Syrian refugees, so it was nice to have something proactive for him to do; and second, he loves his schooling so much, the idea that refugees would not have the supplies to keep doing their schooling was very upsetting to him. With this project, he was able to help. "
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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