January 2016 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

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January 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
MLK Weekend of Service
Date/Time: There are events on Saturday, January 16, Sunday January 17, and Monday, January 18. All events run from noon - 4pm
The Basics:

Earthcorps supplies gloves, tools, water, light refreshments and volunteer education. We 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:
  • 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
Sort & Pack Food
Food Lifeline
Date/Time: Food Lifeline's volunteer needs are ongoing. Shifts are available the following times:
  • Tuesday; 9am - noon, 1 - 4pm or 6 - 8pm
  • Wednesday; 1 - 4 pm or 6 - 8pm
  • Thursday; 9am - noon, 1 -4 pm or 6 - 8pm
  • Friday; 9am - noon or 1 - 3pm
Please check our online volunteer calendar for availability.
Location: Food Lifeline - 1702 NE 150th St., Shoreline WA 98155

Food Lifeline is a Feeding America food bank serving Western Washington. Food Lifeline approaches hunger as a logistical problem that can be solved. By redirecting good food from local farmers, grocers and restaurants that might otherwise go to waste, Food Lifeline can provide more than 88,000 meals daily. Volunteers inspect, sort and repack these donations for distribution to our network of 275 hunger relief partners. Volunteers must wear close-toed shoes and we suggest dressing in layers as the warehouse is not climate controlled.
Ages: Volunteers must be at least six years or older. Volunteers 15 and under require adult accompaniment. Youth groups require one adult for every five kids.
Time Commitment:  Shifts are typically two to three hours long. 
Contact: Volunteers can schedule online at www.foodlifeline.civicore.com. Or contact Heather or Ariel at 206.545.6600 for scheduling assistance.

Food Pick Up  
Kent Food Bank
Date/Time: Saturdays or Sundays
Location: East Hill - Kent

The Kent Food Bank provides emergency food and clothing for individuals and families within the Kent School District boundary. You and your family can volunteer to pick up donations from a local store and transport them to the Food Bank Annex on East Hill. We are looking for people willing to commit to one pick up per month. This is a great project for families. Children can help load and unload donations.
Ages: Need at least one adult to drive and supervise, but volunteers of any age are welcome to assist.

Time Commitment:  One to two hours

Contact: Email kentfoodbank@gmail.com for more information
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

MLK Day of Service
United Way of King County
Date/Time:  Monday, January 18. Time depends on project selected.
Location: Depends on project selected
You and your family can make Martin Luther King Day a day on, not a day off! The United Way of King County has a list of public projects where you can spend time helping out in your community. It's easy! Visit the United Way MLK Day of Service Project Page, select advance search from the drop down menu and click on families with children. Read through the list of projects and find one for your family!
Ages: Will vary depending on project selected
Time Commitment: Will vary depending on project selected
Contact: volunteers@uwkc.org

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: Rob Merrill, rmerrill@ugm.org

Almost Instant Kindness Quests
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Anytime
Location: Your home or other convenient location
Follow up on your family's kindness resolutions with these Almost Instant Kindness Quests from Doing Good Together. Print and post this cheat sheet on your refrigerator or cork board and your family will have a readily available list of almost instant kindness activities to choose from. Check out the Doing Good Together project page for more ideas for your family kindness practice.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org

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