March 2016 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

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March 2016 - Seattle  

Help Skyway Park Become a Healthier Forest
King County Parks
Date/Time: Saturday, March 5, 10am - 2pm
Location: S 120th Pl and 70th Pl S, Seattle

Join King County Parks in planting native trees and shrubs at this great neighborhood park! Forests need to have diversity in order to be healthy and thrive. When forests are thriving, they can provide many benefits to our community like filtering pollution, mitigating erosion and storm damage and providing habitat for wildlife and green spaces where people can connect with nature and the outdoors. King County will supply work gloves, a jug of water, light snacks, all instruction and tools. Park events run rain or shine so please arrive prepared for the weather.

What to Bring:
  • Layers of warm clothing that can get dirty. Jeans or thick pants are ideal, stretchy leggings, shorts or capris are not recommended
  • Rain jacket and rain pants
  • Close-toed shoes are essential. Sturdy sneakers or hiking boots are ideal
  • Full water bottle
  • Lunch and snacks
Ages: Families are welcome. Volunteers under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: Laurie Clinton,, 206.477.6113
Planting Event at Tolt MacDonald Park
Stewardship Partners
Date/Time: Saturday, March 5, 10am - 2pm
Location: Tolt MaDonald Park; near the intersection of NE Tolt Hill Road and SR 203 (Tolt Avenue) Carnation, WA

Join Stewardship Partners and the Snoqualmie Tribe for tree and shrub planting along the Tolt River. Light refreshments (coffee, water and snacks), tools, gloves and an overview of the work we are doing, why it's important and how to do it are provided. Volunteers will be educated about the property and Stewardship Partners restoration efforts in the Snoqualmie Valley. Lunch will be provided but bring a full water bottle and a coffee cup or travel mug for refreshments if you'd like. Volunteers should dress in layers that include long pants, long sleeve shirt and a jacket. Sturdy footwear such as work boots, mud boots, hiking boots or running shoes are recommended. This site is extremely muddy so mud boots or rain boots work best. Please come prepared for the weather by bringing rain gear if you have it and older clothing that you don't mind getting dirty, wet or muddy.
Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome and encouraged to volunteer.
Time Commitment: Four hours. This restoration site is along a river and we trust parents to know the limits of their own children to be outside in the elements for four hours. That being said we do not hold anyone to the full length of the event.
Contact: Chris La Pointe,, 206.292.9875
Healthy HIP Packing Parties
Hunger Intervention Program
Date/Time: Every 1st Thursday, 3:15 - 4:30pm or every 3rd Wednesday, 5 - 6:30pm
Location: Lake City Presbyterian Church - Fellowship Hall, 3841 NE 123rd Street, Seattle  
The Hunger Intervention Program provides Healthy HIP Packs to local elementary schools, where they are distributed to students who can benefit from extra food over the weekend. The HIP Packs provide healthy meals for students who might otherwise experience hunger during the weekend when school meals are not available. Come out and join us at our packing parties to help assemble HIP Packs and help with other volunteer projects. Everyone is welcome, and no training is needed beforehand.
Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer! Younger kids may need help from parents to participate.
Time Commitment: Up to one and one-half hours
Contact: Darcy Buendia,, 206.538-6567. Registration is available online.
Help to Build a Community Farm
Farmer Frog
Date/Time: Sunday, March 13 or Sunday, March 27, 2 - 4pm
Location: 156th Ave. SE, Bellevue. Just south of SE 16th Street on 156th Ave. SE. Park at the Lake Hills produce stand and walk south on 156th. The farm is on the left.

Farmer Frog aims to improve nutrition for underserved communities and help to improve their health. These improvements often lead to complete lifestyle changes and result in safer communities where neighbors know each other and form strong personal bonds. Farmer Frog raises awareness about the issues of food justice and food security as it works with communities and gardens. Volunteers at Bellevue Lake Hills Farm are needed for various tasks to assist in building or maintaining the gardens at this three-acre property: weeding, moving compost, spreading mulch. No experience is necessary.
Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer. Contact for any specific age restrictions.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: 425.210.5541
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 great for very young volunteers and are specified as such on the event info page.
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: Volunteer coordinator,, 206.322.9296 ext. 217. Register for projects on the Earth Corps Calendar.
Serve Lunches or Dinners at Hope Place (Women's Shelter)
Seattle's Union Gospel Mission
Date/Time: Lunch: Monday through Saturday, 11am - 1pm
Dinner: Monday through Sunday, 4:30 - 6:30pm
Location: 3802 South Othello Street, Seattle

You can help serve, rescue and transform a life, one meal at a time. Working side-by-side with the Mission's chefs and kitchen staff, you can help prepare and serve meals for 100+ residents and guests, each and every day of the year. Find a day that works for you and your family!

Ages: Families with children ten and older are welcome to volunteer. Volunteers must be age 10 or older for the serving line; 13 or older to volunteer in the kitchen. All volunteers must wear closed toe shoes.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Katie Ribera, 206.305.5408, All volunteers should register online.
Lincoln Park Volunteer Work Party
Green Seattle Partnership
Date/Time: Saturday, March 5, 9am - noon
Location: Lincoln Park, Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St; meet near the kiosk in the north parking lot of Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park, on the shores of Puget Sound in West Seattle, contains 80 acres of stunning, mature forest. But as with most city forests, it's been invaded by ivy, holly, etc. Help restore and maintain this urban jewel! This is a great event for families and organizations looking to make a real contribution to the environment. Dress in layers to stay warm/cool and dry. We suggest long sleeves and pants year around to protect from scratches. Wear closed toe, sturdy shoes or boots. Bring garden gloves and clippers (or your favorite tool) and we'll have extra tools and gloves.
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Sharon Baker, Registration is available online.
Birthday Giving Project  
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: Contact to ask for the name of a shelter or pantry where you can deliver the birthday boxes or call your local food pantry to ask if they accept birthday in a box donations
It's hard for many of us - adults or children - to imagine celebrating a child's birthday without a party or presents. Family-to Family's Birthday Giving Project is designed to help families by providing a small "party in a box" for a child in need, and at the same time gives children with "more" the opportunity to learn empathy in a concrete way by helping another child. You and your children can decorate and fill shoeboxes with everything needed for a small birthday party. Each box goes to a different child. If you are making a lot of boxes, please make them for different ages!

  • Pick an age (or ages), and choose either boy(s) or girl(s) to send your box to.
  • Find a large sneaker-sized shoebox or party bag and buy the things needed for a party.
  • Box of cake mix and a can of frosting
  • Birthday candles (no matches please!)
  • Wall decoration (like streamers, or a happy birthday banner)
  • New or gently used children's book
  • Small $5-$10 gift appropriate to the age and gender of child.
  • Optional: goody bag filled with small surprises
  • Wrap the book and the gift in birthday paper.
  • Wrap the top and bottom of the shoebox separately (so that even wrapped, the box can be opened), and fill the wrapped box with the birthday items.
  • If you want to give your recipient a chance to write you back, include a stamped postcard with your name, c/o Family to Family, P.O. Box 255, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, 10706. Then email, put "birthday postcards" in the subject line, say you may get a return postcard, and provide your name and address.
  • You can also make a birthday card to put inside the box. Then tie the box closed with ribbon, and label it with the age and "boy" or "girl". (For example, you might write "6-7 year old boy" or "10-11 year old girl".)
  • Ship or deliver the box(es) you've assembled
Visit the Doing Good Together Birthday Giving Project page for more ideas and reflection questions.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies

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