November 2016 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

November 2016 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities


November 2016 - Seattle  

Community Roots: Habitat Restoration
Seward Park Audubon Center
Date/Time: Saturday, November 5 and Saturday, November 19, 9:30am - noon
Location: Seward Park, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd S, Seattle. We will gather at the Seward Park Audubon Center and after a quick introduction will walk over to the restoration site together. You may park in the lower lot near the swimming beach or in the upper lot near Picnic Shelter #3 and the upper playground.

It's time to plant! One of the most rewarding parts of restoring habitat is to plant the native plants that will continue to grow in that place for decades to come. Join us for a community planting restoration event where you will get to better Seward Park while getting to know others in your community. Please dress for the weather. Boots are great, but any closed toe shoes will work as long as you're okay with getting them dirty. We'll provide the tools and the work gloves. Bring your water bottle. We will provide coffee and light snacks.

 Families are encouraged to participate. If you are an unaccompanied minor (under age 18) please bring completed waivers.
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
Contact: Marina Pita,, 206.652.2444 x107
Green Seattle Day
Green Seattle Partnership
Date/Time: Saturday, November 12, 9am - noon
Location: This year's main location will be at Camp Long in West Seattle, 5200 35th Ave SW. Parking is available at West Seattle Stadium. Shuttles will take volunteers the short distance to Camp Long and will return at the end of the event. Follow signs into the park to the registration table down on the big grassy lawn known as the Parade Ground. Green Seattle Day events will also be held at 15 other parks across Seattle.

Green Seattle Day is our biggest party of the year, and we want you there! Join hundreds of volunteers planting thousands of plants in parks throughout The Emerald City. No experience necessary. Tools, gloves, plants, coffee, snacks, and instruction provided. There will be a celebration FREE LUNCH and prizes at the Green Seattle Day Hub, Camp Long, after-party at 12:30, which is open to all volunteers from the other Green Seattle Day sites throughout the city.

Ages: All community members are welcome!
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Varies depending on project. If you have any questions prior to the event contact Norah Kates,, 206.905.6943. Registration is available online.

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helping the earth

Second Saturday Work Party
Volunteer Park Trust
Date/Time: Saturday, November 12, 10am - noon
Location: Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave E, Seattle. Look for the sign at the Black Sun sculpture across from Seattle Asian Art Museum to tell you where we'll be in the park

Come meet your neighbors and friends, and enjoy gardening in Volunteer Park! Volunteers will clean garden beds, weed, mulch, and remove invasive plants to keep our park beautiful. No experience is needed and we can sure use your help. Bring your favorite pair of gardening gloves and a bottle of water.
Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome to volunteer
Time Commitment: Two hours
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,, 206.322.9296 ext. 217. Register for projects on the EarthCorps calendar.
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, or 1463 NE Dawn Road, Suite B, Bremerton

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. Children 7-13 must volunteer 1:1 with an adult who will work with them for the entire shift.

Time Commitment: Shifts are between one and one-half and three hours

Contact: Wanda Yamashita,, 425.865.0234

Foster a Dog
CHEW Dog Rescue
Date/Time: Ongoing
Location: CHEW Dog Rescue is an all-volunteer run foster homebased dog rescue in Gig Harbor. We have foster homes ranging from Lakewood to Bremerton

CHEW Dog Rescue is dedicated to saving the lives of abandoned dogs and those in high-kill shelters and finding them permanent loving homes. CHEW is in need of volunteers to provide temporary in-home care until these dogs are adopted. All veterinary care is paid for by CHEW. Fostering dogs until we find their forever homes helps to socialize and train the dogs to trust and love people again. Rescued dogs are in temporary homes where they are learning good doggie manners while they wait for their new families to find them. A foster family must provide a safe, secure, stable environment, and most importantly, the love needed to nurture those dogs back to their happy, healthy selves. Some dogs require special care, such as post medical attention, increasing weight or strength, socializing, building trust, exercise, and fun.

Ages: Families with children can serve as foster families
Time Commitment: Being a foster care provider takes a considerable amount of time, dedication, and genuine caring.
Friendly Visitors for Seniors
Friend to Friend America
Date/Time: Ongoing
Location: Various Assisted Living, Adult Family and Group homes in the Greater Seattle area. Friend To Friend America matches volunteers in five Puget Sound counties: King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston.

Many of the 60,000 elderly and disabled persons living in a 'Home' in the Puget Sound area never have a special visitor. Living away from family and friends, they feel isolated and lonely, which leads to further physical and mental deterioration. Many are discouraged and depressed and have lost their will to live. Visits by a caring friend add a dimension that enriches and make the lives of seniors more meaningful. Friend to Friend America links volunteers with elder friends to promote social and emotional wellness for those living in extended-care communities.
Ages: Families with children are welcome to volunteer
Time Commitment: A minimum of two hours per month for a year

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helping the elderly

Ushering for Public Performances
Seattle Children's Theatre
Date/Time: Varies throughout the season; October 2016 - May 2017
Location: 201 Thomas St, Seattle

Ushers are needed for public performances on the weekends. Usher duties include any of the following: stuffing and passing out programs, light cleaning of the theatre, ticket taking, stage watching, occasional assisting at concession stands. Additional responsibilities may be assigned by the House Manager, so be prepared to be flexible! Typically, ushers get to see the show they are ushering for free.
Ages: This position is an option for volunteers 8 - 13 years of age who are accompanied by a parent or guardian or 14 years of age or older.
Time Commitment: Varies; all ushers need to be at the theatre one hour and fifteen minutes before the show.
Contact: Tammy Hase, Volunteer Coordinator,, 206.859.4013

Sponsor a Family  
The Box Project
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: The Box Project will match you with a family that lives in an area of rural poverty in the Mississippi Delta.
You and your family can make a difference by sponsoring a family with The Box Project. You'll enrich the lives of a family living in poverty in rural America by establishing a meaningful, long-term relationship and providing needed supplies. The Box Project helps to create supportive, personal relationships directly between a sponsor family and a family in need living in rural America. The Box Project acts as matchmaker, pairing sponsors with carefully screened individuals or families that need help. The sponsors offer long term, meaningful interactions including encouragement, advice, and boxes of needed supplies about once a month. Box items will vary from family to family and month to month, but typically include household supplies, food, school supplies, clothing or seasonal items.
Ages: Families are welcome to participate.
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact:, 662.449.5002 or 800.268.9928. Sponsorship registration is available online.
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