August 2016 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

August 2016 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities


August 2016 - Seattle  

Volunteer at Forest Park in in Everett
Forterra/Green Everett Partnership
Date/Time: Saturday, August 6, 9am - noon
Location: Forest Park, 802 E Mukilteo Blvd, Everett. Park in the upper parking lot, past the Rec Office. We will meet at the picnic shelter next to Cedar Hall, which is just east of the playground near the tennis courts

Everett Parks and Recreation and Forterra created the Green Everett Partnership to improve the health of Everett's forested parks and natural areas. The program relies on volunteers to help restore these urban habitats. Everyone can get involved! Spend time with the family, meet new people, and get outside into nature, all while helping to keep Everett's parks healthy and green. Help us to improve the habitat of this park by removing invasive weeds and spreading mulch to add nutrients back to the forest. Restoration work parties are a great way to give back to Everett Parks, meet new neighbors, build community, and burn calories! Come dressed to work outside (rain or shine) with sturdy shoes. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. Tools, work gloves, light snacks and coffee provided.

Ages: Families with children are welcome to volunteer
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: RSVP by contacting, 425.238.0065,
Help Restore the Woods McAuliffe Park
Green Kirkland Partnership/Seattle Tilth

Date/Time: Saturday, August 13, 10am - 1pm

Location: McAuliffe Park, 10824 NE 116th St

Help restore the woods at McAuliffe Park! Enjoy a free workshop about creating wildlife habitat, growing edible native plants and more at each work party. Please dress for the weather (layers are encouraged and rain gear is a must most times of year!), wear closed-toed shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Bring a filled water bottle and snacks to munch on. Tools and training will be provided. From nettle to Nootka rose, explore the edible side of native plants. We'll cover everything you need to know to create an edible native garden at your home, including which plants to eat, when to harvest and how to prepare them. We'll also be celebrating our new learning garden at McAuliffe Park that day, with fun activities for the whole family!

Ages: An adult must accompany volunteers under age 14.

Time Commitment: Three hours

Contact: Registration is available online

Stewardship Events
Magnuson Children's Garden
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 16, 5:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Magnuson Children's Garden is located inside Warren G. Magnuson Park, right behind the Brig building at 6344 NE 74th St. Seattle (map at this link:

Stewardship events include hands-on education and guidance from King County Master Gardeners and other experienced gardeners, plenty of tasks that are easy for novice gardeners or children to accomplish, as well as some complex tasks for those who want a more advanced gardening experience. We also provide tools, gloves, and refreshments, and all events qualify as student service-learning. This vibrant, interactive, children's garden was created by community volunteers, using the ideas that have been dreamed up by local children and their parents! Magnuson Children's Garden is FREE to the public and open 365 days a year for families to have self-guided scavenger hunts and other adventures. 

Stewardship event activities include:
  • Weeding & mulching the beds and pathways
  • Edging our "Rolling Lawn" that kids (and adults) dearly love to run or roll down, and the nearby bed-to-lawn edges
  • General spruce-ups to our various teaching areas within the garden
  • Making mosaic bricks for our brand new Butterfly Garden!
In addition, the City of Seattle will count each volunteer hour as a $20 in-kind donation to the garden, and a match to our Small Sparks Grant!  This grant is funding the plants for our new garden features, and tools and supplies needed to keep the garden looking great.  For the past 15 years, volunteers have enabled the Children's Garden to be a healthier, more beautiful, and sustainable place for families to visit for self-guided activities, for our free Family Garden Days special events, and as an "outdoor classroom" for Magnuson Nature Programs summer camps!

Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer; a parent or guardian must accompany children under age 16.
Time Commitment: Two to three hours
Contact: Emily Bishton, chair of the Children's Garden Committee
Supermarket Saturday Food Drive
Date/Time: Saturday, August 20, 9am to 1pm, in one-hour shifts
Location: Wallingford QFC, 1801 N 46th St

The FamilyWorks Resource Center is a warm and inviting place where families and individuals are welcomed and encouraged to participate in programs and activities designed to support and enhance a nurturing and vibrant community. Supermarket Saturday food drives are a great opportunity to engage the community in conversations about how the food bank helps our community. Volunteers give shoppers flyers that list the non-perishable goods the FamilyWorks Food Bank needs, they shop and as they leave, give volunteers their donations.
Ages: Families with children ages five and up are welcome to volunteer.
Time Commitment: One hour shifts
Contact:  Elizabeth Ralston, Volunteer Coordinator,, 206.576.6534. Registration is available online.
Forest Restoration at Longfellow Creek
Green Seattle Partnership/King Conservation District
Date/Time: Saturday, August 20, 10am - 2pm
Location: 29th Ave SW & SW Brandon St, Seattle

Join the King Conservation District as we remove invasive plant species and install native plant species in the urban forest located in West Seattle. Longfellow Creek is one of only four salmon-bearing streams in Seattle. Meet neighbors and make new friends while improving the environment! Wear clothes that can get muddy (layers are recommended) and sturdy, closed-toe shoes (rain boots, hiking boots, old tennis shoes) Bring water bottles and coffee mugs for refreshments.
Ages: All ages are welcome
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: Nikki Marschke,, 425.282.1909 (work), 425.306.6264 (cell). Registration is available online,
Jubilee Service Day
Date/Time: Saturday, August 27, 8am - noon or 1 - 5pm
Location: Elementary schools and homes in Bellevue

Jubilee Service Day is an annual event in August that brings together people in the eastside community to serve at local public schools and homes.  Started in 2005 with one church serving at one school, this day has grown to involve over 3000 volunteers, 19 schools and at least 20 homes in August 2016. Volunteers come from all over the community, primarily from local churches, as well as organizations, businesses and people already partnering with Jubilee REACH. You and your family can be part of Jubilee Service Day. There are opportunities for volunteers to help homeowners with yard work, to help teachers in Bellevue Elementary Schools get their classrooms ready for the new school year, or to help make chair pockets for elementary classroom. Click here for more information.

Ages: Families are encouraged to participate together. Children 12 and under must volunteer with a parent. Please determine if your child is ready and able to assist in prepping a classroom.
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact:, 425.746.0506. Registration is available online.
Help Restore Juanita Bay Park
Green Kirkland Partnership
Date/Time: Saturday, August 27, 10am - 1pm
Location:  Juanita Bay Park, 2201 Market Street, Kirkland. Parking is available in the parking lot and along the street at southwestern boundary of the park.

Volunteers will spend the morning doing a mix of restoration activities which may include removing aggressive invasive species like ivy and blackberry, spreading mulch over cleared areas and planting native trees, shrubs and groundcovers. No experience is necessary. Please dress for the weather (layers are encouraged and rain gear is a must most times of year!), wear closed-toed shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Bring a filled water bottle and snacks to munch on. Tools and training will be provided.

Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome. An adult must accompany volunteers under age 14.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Help Homeless Youth
Date/Time: Donations can be delivered Monday through Friday 9am - 5pm
Location: 2500 NE 54th St., Seattle  

It's hard for most of us to imagine carrying all of our belongings - from hygiene supplies to clothing and shoes - on our back. Homeless youth face this challenge on a daily basis. You and your family can help by donating backpacks and the supplies needed to fill them. Or you can help spread the word and raise awareness about the issue of youth homelessness by doing a drive for needed items, which is a great way to help youth get the items they need to get off the streets and prepare for life. This is also a great opportunity to start a conversation in your family and community about what it would feel like to be homeless (i.e. why are socks so important?) Your support makes a big difference! Visit the YouthCare website to find their most current needs.

Ages: Everyone can participate

Time Commitment:

Contact: or 206.204.1412
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 can 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
Feed Hungry Minds One Book at a Time
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: Your home
As your family gets ready to go back to school, signing up for this unique, monthly, bookish service opportunity will set the stage for a year of learning and kindness. Family-to-Family is a  national nonprofit hunger and poverty relief organization dedicated to connecting, one-to-one, families with enough to share to impoverished American families with profoundly less. You and your family can sponsor a child with one book a month through Family-to-Family's One Book at a Time program. Part pen pal, part book club, the One Book at a Time program will inspire both the young readers who give the books and the ones who receive them. Family-to-Family will match you to a child living in poverty in one of the communities they serve, give you the child's name, age and reading level, and ask you to send him or her one new book, along with a letter, each month. Your family will commit to the program for one year, sending a total of 12 books and 12 letters. The child who receives the books will be encouraged to write back to you. Visit the DGT™ Feed Hungry Minds project page for reflection ideas, book suggestions, and ways to take this project further.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: One year
Contact: Email with your name, address and phone number and you will be matched with a child.
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