February 2016 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

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February 2016 - Seattle  

Help Sort and Organize Clothing 
Eastside Baby Corner (EBC)
Date/Time: Variety of dates and times during the month. Check the volunteer calendar for available dates and times.
Location: 1510 NW Maple St, Issaquah
Volunteers and staff at Eastside Baby Corner collect community donations, purchase and distribute children's and maternity items to families in collaboration with virtually every organization helping families in our area. Case managers from partner agencies assess the needs of the family, request the items from EBC, then pick up and deliver them to the family. Serving a broad area across King County that extends to the Cascade foothills and from south of Renton into south Snohomish County, EBC serves as a diaper bank, a clothing bank, and a food source for more than 500 kids each week. Volunteers are needed to help sort and organize donated items for redistribution to families in need on the eastside. Please dress in layers, the warehouse is cold in the winter and hot in the summer. For your safety, please wear closed toed shoes. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated while you volunteer. 
Ages: Families with children ages 7 and older are welcome to volunteer. All children under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult who will work with them for the entire shift.
Time Commitment: One and one-half to two hour shifts
Contact: Wanda Yamashita, wanday@babycorner.org, 425.865.0234
Youth Artists Needed To Make Valentines To Help Fight Hunger
Northwest Harvest
Date/Time: Valentine's Cards are needed by Tuesday, February 2
Location: Contact Jennifer Chew, JenniferC@northwestharvest.org, 206.923.7453, for drop off information.
Each Valentine's Day, Northwest Harvest sends out hundreds of handmade thank you Valentine's cards to many of the friends who make our fight against hunger possible. Northwest Harvest needs youth artists to share their talents by making the cards. This is a great family activity. All Valentine's projects must be pre-registered before you get started.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Jennifer Chew, Volunteer Manager, JenniferC@northwestharvest.org, 206.923.7453.
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. Suggested items to include in a donation are:
  • Cup-o-noodles 
  • Fruit Leather 
  • Granola Bars 
  • Pretzels 
  • Nuts 
  • Juice
  • Bottled Water 
  • Crackers
Ages: Everyone can participate

Time Commitment:

Morgan Winkler, morganw@friendsofyouth.org, 425.869.6490 x309
Garden of Goo - Native Plant Nursery
King Conservation District
Date/Time: Saturday, February 13, or Friday, February 19, 9am - noon
Location: Longacres DR SW & SW Grady Way, Renton
The King Conservation District provides a variety of programs and services to landowners and residents. Native plants grown from locally collected seed are the cornerstone of conservation and ecological restoration. Volunteers will learn about and actively participate in growing native plants for stream and wetland restoration projects. Activities include starting plants from seed and cuttings, and transplanting and maintaining nursery stock.
Ages: Families with children six and older are welcome to volunteer
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Nikki Marschke, volunteer@kingcd.org, 425.282.1909
Sort and Repackage Bulk Food
Northwest Harvest
  • Daytime: Wednesday through Friday, 10am - noon, and 1 - 3pm
  • Evening: Every Wednesday, plus the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month, 5 - 7pm
  • Saturday: 9 - 11am, noon - 2pm, and 3 - 5pm
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 370 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: Katie Taylor, Kent Volunteer Coordinator, 206.923.7472, KatieT@northwestharvest.org

Tree Potting at Our Native Plant Nursery
Greenway Native Plant Nursery
Date/Time: Saturday, February 6, 13, 20 or 27. Shifts available are:
  • Mornings, 11am - 2pm
  • Afternoons, 2 - 5pm
  • All Day, 11am - 5pm
Location: Issaquah, WA. Directions will be provided when you register.
Stretching 100 miles along Interstate 90 from the small town of Thorp in Central Washington to the Seattle waterfront, the Mountains to Sound Greenway is a "Wilderness on the Metro," a place to walk or bike or picnic, to quickly get outside and explore the beauty of the Northwest. 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 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. Nursery events are great for all ages and a fun way to learn more about plants native to this region.
Ages: Children ages 11 and older are welcome to volunteer with their families.
Time Commitment: Three to six hours
Contact: Anna Hendricks, anna.hendricks@mtsgreenway.org. Registration is available online.
Library Helper
Seattle's Union Gospel Mission
Date/Time: A variety of dates and times are available. Check the online calendar for open shifts.
Location: 314 Bell Street, Seattle
The Emergency Family Shelter (EFS) is a safe place for women and children to stay while they are seeking permanent housing. The EFS has a wonderful donated library of children's books and volunteers are needed to read to the children living in the shelter. This is a great opportunity for individuals and for families with children to serve together. You can make a difference in the life of a child and have your heart transformed in the process.
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer; a parent or guardian must accompany anyone under 16.
Time Commitment: One hour
Contact: Katie Ribera, kribera@ugm.org
Environmental Service Projects
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!
Ages: Family members of all ages are welcome to volunteer. Only a select few sites are not appropriate for very young volunteers and are specified as such on the event info page.
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: Volunteer coordinator, volunteer@earthcorps.org, 206.322.9296 ext. 217. Register for projects on the EarthCorps calendar
Foster an Animal
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. Foster volunteers must be able to get to the PAWS shelter in Lynnwood on a regular basis.
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. PAWS is in desperate need of foster homes! By taking an animal into your right away 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 x822
Give An Award
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Anytime you like
Location: Your home or community
Looking for an alternative to giving out valentines? Your children can celebrate someone they admire with a creative, homemade award. Help recognize the everyday heroes that inspire your family! Visit the Doing Good Together Give an Award project page for award ideas and reflection questions. 
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org

Keep up with your New Year's resolutions by making a plan to connect as a family. Our Family Mission Statement activity helps you turn your lofty goals into a simple, artistic reminder of your family's priorities. Find this project and other ways to connect with your kids in the Parent With Purpose section of our website.


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