July 2016 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2016 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities


July 2016 - Seattle  

Assemble Backpacks
Project Cool
Date/Time: Variety of shifts from Tuesday, July 5 through Sunday, July 10. Check website under Project Cool for available shifts.
Location: Columbia City Church of Hope, 3818 S Angeline St, Seattle

Help assemble 1,400+ backpacks for students. Exact jobs and tasks will vary based on the day and pace. Activities include unpacking, sorting and bundling school supplies, assembling dental kits, filling backpacks with supplies, and organizing backpacks into groups for agencies.
Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany children under age 12.
Time Commitment: Two to two and one-half hour shifts
Contact: Julia Urban, julia@homelessinfo.org, projectcool@homelessinfo.org or 206.204.8350
Restore the Forest at Thornton A. Sullivan Park
Green Everett Partnership
Date/Time: Saturday, July 16, 9am - noon
Location: 11405 Silver Lake Road, Everett. Park in main parking lot and enter at the pedestrian gate. Look for the Green Everett Partnership signs and registration table near the Camp Patterson lawn.

Join Green Everett Partnership to restore the forest at Thornton A. Sullivan Park! Bring your friends, family, and neighbors to protect the trees and native plants of this beautiful forested park. Stay after, enjoy the trails, and take in the views of Silverlake! Volunteers are needed to remove invasive non-native plants such as English ivy and Himalayan blackberry. No experience necessary. Come dressed to work outside (rain or shine) with sturdy shoes. Bring a water bottle or coffee cup. Coffee, refreshments, and light snacks, plus tools and work gloves will be provided.
Ages: An adult should accompany youth under the age of 15.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: RSVP by contacting greeneverett@forterra.org or 425.238.0065
Green Kent Work Party to Remove English Ivy
Green Kent
Date/Time: Saturday, July 16, 9am - noon
Location: Lake Fenwick Park, 25828 Lake Fenwick Rd, Kent

Volunteers are needed to remove English ivy and spread mulch at Lake Fenwick Park. You can spend the morning near the lake while giving back to the environment! Please bring a shovel or pruners/loppers, if you have them. Dress for inclement weather and wear work gloves and sturdy shoes or boots (no sandals or flip-flops are allowed).

Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Desiree Kennedy, dkennedy@KentWA.gov. Registration is available online.
Habit Restoration at Gallagher Hill
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
Date/Time: Saturday, Jul 23, 11am - 3pm
Location: Gallagher Hill Open Space, Mercer Island. You will receive directions after you sign-up to volunteer.

Join Mountain to Sound Greenway as they partner with the City of Mercer Island to build a new trail through Gallagher Hill Open Space. The 11-acre natural area is part of Mercer Island's open space system. This new trail will serve as an important connection between SE 36th Street and E Shorewood Drive, encouraging pedestrian access through the area and increasing walkability around the island. Work will include surfacing the trail, clearing brush and constructing drainage features.

In order to participate, volunteers are required to wear:
  • Long pants
  • Sturdy, closed-toed shoes; tennis shoes are acceptable for most restoration events
  • Sleeved shirt
  • Gloves (provided, but feel free to bring your own)
It is also recommended that volunteers bring:
  • Warm layers
  • Rain gear
  • Snacks (some snacks will be provided as well)
  • At least one full water bottle (at least two liters are recommended for summer events)
  • Small daypack for water, extra layers, etc.
  • Sunscreen and bug spray in the spring and summer
Tools, project materials, hard hats, extra gloves, and some extra rain gear will be provided. Improperly dressed or unprepared volunteers will not be allowed to participate, for their own safety and the safety of the other volunteers.

Ages: Families with children 6 and older are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany each volunteer under age 13. All youth volunteers whose parents will not be present must bring a completed permission form in order to participate.
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: Anna Hendricks, anna.hendricks@mtsgreenway.org, 206.373.1600. Registration is available online.
Community Volunteer Night
Volunteers of America Western Washington
Date/Time: Thursday, July 28, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Location: 1230 Broadway Ave., Everett

Family-friendly volunteer opportunities provide families a way to positively impact their local community while spending quality time together and strengthening communication and bonds between parents and kids. Volunteers will work together to sort through food drive donations, checking for expiration dates, and other helpful activities.

Ages:  Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer. Please consider whether your children will be able to sort through food donations.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Michelle Winters, mwinters@voaww.org. Volunteer registration is available online.

Sort and Pack Sessions
Food Lifeline
Date/Time: Check the volunteer calendar for open shift dates and times.

Location: Food Lifeline's NEW Hunger Solution Center, 815 South 96th Street, Seattle

Food Lifeline receives many donations in bulk quantities and volunteers are needed to inspect, sort, and repack food into family size packages. Volunteers must be able to stand for the duration of the session and some volunteers may be asked to lift up to 40 lbs. For the health and safety of others, do not attend if you are sick.
  • Closed-toed shoes are required, no exceptions.
  • Long hair should be tied back.
  • If needed, hairnets, aprons, and gloves will be provided.
  • Dress in warm layers. Many projects take place in a temperature controlled refrigerated room to maintain correct temperature of foods.
Ages: Volunteers must be age six or older. Volunteers under 18 must bring a signed parent/guardian consent form. Volunteers 15 and younger must have an adult volunteer alongside them. Youth groups require 1 adult for every 5 youth volunteers.
Time Commitment: Three and one-quarter hour shifts
Contact: volunteer@foodlifeline.org, 206.545.6600. Registration is available online.
Feed Kids this Summer: Volunteer at HIP's Summer Meal Sites
Hunger Intervention Program
Date/Time: Weekdays, June 27 - August 26:
  • Food Prep: Mondays and Wednesday 9am - noon and 5 - 7pm
  • Food Serving: Monday through Friday 11:30am -1:30pm and 3 - 4pm
Location: HIP has seven sites in the NE Seattle/South Shoreline area.

During the summer HIP runs a free summer meals program for youth. Volunteers are needed to help serve meals, lead youth in activities, and prepare food. Volunteers can help out in the kitchen preparing nutritious and fresh lunches. Volunteers will both help serve youth lunch and engage them in fun activities, crafts, and games. HIP prefers to have volunteers who can commit to coming regularly for the whole summer (like once or twice a week) but can accommodate some flexibility in schedule.

Ages: Appropriate for all ages. An adult must accompany children younger than 14.
Time Commitment: Two hours or more per week.
Contact: Stephen Fredericks, stephen@hungerintervention.org, 609.947.5247
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 suitable for very young volunteers and will be specified as such on the event info page.
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: volunteer@earthcorps.org, 206.322.9296 ext. 217. Register for projects on the EarthCorps calendar
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
Host a Fundraiser
Date/Time: Anytime this summer!
Location: Anywhere in your community

Support a cause that's special to your family by holding a family fundraiser. Your children will learn about working together to make a real difference, and they'll love to brainstorm themes for their fundraiser. Visit the Doing Good Together Host a Fundraiser Project Page for ideas for your next family fundraiser!
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Flexible, whatever fits in your schedule
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
School is OUT, but summer reading is IN. We've got big-hearted story ideas for your family.

Summer is a great time for big-hearted reading! Encourage your child to expand their reading with titles carefully selected by DGT™. Whether you find books at the library, your local bookstore, or online*, we've got recommendations on discussion-worthy topics, such as gratitude, diversity, mindfulness, citizenship, and nature. Our Read Together page not only features picture book and chapter book lists, we also include Conversation Starters For Any Story.

To round out our selection of children's books, we offer adult-oriented titles, along with website and video recommendations on our Complete DGT™ Resource Collection pages.

*Please note: Our DGT™ website features affiliate links to Amazon, which allows DGT™ to earn advertising fees on purchases made from those pages. Thank you!



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