February 2017 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

February 2017 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities


February 2017 - Seattle  

Tree Potting at our Native Plant Nursery
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
Date/Time: Saturdays: February 4, February 11, February 18, February 25, and March 4.
9am to 3pm with morning (9am to noon), all day (9am to 3pm) and afternoon (12p to 3p) shifts available.
Location: Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah

Located in Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, Washington, the Greenway Native Plant Nursery is home to over 20,000 native trees and shrubs. The trees and shrubs at the nursery are potted by volunteers each winter and will grow for one to two years before being planted in parks and forests throughout the Mountains to Sound Greenway. These trees and shrubs are an important part of keeping our natural areas healthy and potting these plants is the first step in restoring these areas.

Ages: Tree potting is great for all ages; no experience required
Time Commitment: Three - six hours, depending on shift
Contact: Carolyn Foster, volunteer@mtsgreenway.org or 206.300.3219. Registration is available online.
Tree Planting at Three Forks Natural Area
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
Date/Time: Saturday, Feb 25, noon - 4pm
Location: North Bend, WA

King County's 345-acre Three Forks Natural Area is situated at the confluence of the south fork, north fork and middle fork of the Snoqualmie River in North Bend. With an astounding up-close view of Mount Si, it is dominated by riverine, riparian, and wetland habitat and is an important wildlife corridor for elk, deer, bear, eagles, osprey, hawks, trout and many more species. Volunteers will spend the day along the Snoqualmie River planting conifer trees to improve critical habitat for fish and wildlife. We will be planting small "bareroot" trees in which volunteers will do lots of walking during the event. Space is limited so sign up today!

Ages: An adult must accompany youth under 13 years of age.
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: Carolyn Foster, volunteer@mtsgreenway.org or 206.300.3219. Registration is available online

Sort and Repackage Bulk Food
Northwest Harvest
Date/Time: A variety of shifts are available.

Location: Kent Warehouse, 22220 68th Ave S, Kent

The mission of Northwest Harvest is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger. Their vision is of ample nutritious food that is available to everyone in Washington State. Northwest Harvest is the only nonprofit food bank distributor operating statewide in Washington with a network of more than 375 food banks, meal programs and high-need schools. Through this network, they provide more than two million meals every month. Volunteers will sort and repackage bulk food into family sized portions for distribution to food banks throughout the state. It is incredible to see how many meals you can package in just a few hours!

Ages: Minimum age of nine (or 3rd grade). Adult chaperones are required for volunteers up to age 15. Sixteen and 17-year-olds are able to volunteer on their own with a parent permission form on file, however, adult chaperones are needed for groups of 16 and 17-year-olds and one adult is needed to be the primary contact. All volunteers must be scheduled in advance.
Time Commitment: Two-hour shifts
Contact: Visit www.northwestharvest.org and submit a volunteer application. All volunteers must be scheduled, and Northwest Harvest is not able to accept drop-in volunteers.
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!

For Your Safety And Comfort, Please Bring:
  • Sturdy, closed-toed shoes (work boots, hiking boots, rubber boots, or tennis shoes)
  • Clothing that can (and will) get dirty
  • Long pants and long sleeves to help protect against prickly plants
  • Rain gear and warm layers (check the weather!)
  • Sack lunch and snacks
  • Full water bottle
  • Travel mug for tea/coffee
Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome. The work is typically geared towards adults and children ages 10 and up, but younger children are welcome to participate. Parents of younger children should expect to supervise their children. A parent, guardian, or responsible adult must accompany youth under the age of 14. All volunteers between the ages of 14 and 17 who are not with a parent or guardian must bring a completed and signed Youth Waiver the day of the event.
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: Volunteer coordinator, volunteer@earthcorps.org, 206.322.9296 ext. 217. Register for projects on the EarthCorps calendar.
Write a Letter!
Operation Gratitude
Date/Time: Ongoing
Location: All your cards and letters can be sent together in one large mailing envelope or box to:
Operation Gratitude
21100 Lassen Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311-4278
ATTN: Letter Writing Program
Please include a donation form in your large mailing envelope or box.

Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ Care Packages filled with food, entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Of all the items included in these packages, the most cherished are the personal letters of appreciation! Our goal is to include several letters and colorful drawings in every Care Package and tell our troops "WE CARE!" Writing a letter is a meaningful way for Americans to show support for our Military. It only takes five minutes of your day, but will bring lasting joy to our troops. Letters are accepted year-round. Right now, we have a special need for those specifically written to our New Recruits, Veterans, and First Responders. Holiday cards need to be received two to three months prior to the holidays in order for them to reach our service members on time. Once we receive letters it takes us time to screen, sort and assemble them into our care packages and then we have to factor in the shipping time. If your letters will arrive at a later date it will work well to make them general letters of appreciation so that they may be used year round. Don't know where to start? Click here for the Write a Letter flyer.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: OpGrat@gmail.com or info@operationgratitude.com
Supermarket Saturday Food Drives
Date/Time: Saturday, February 18, 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 hand out flyers to shoppers that list the non-perishable goods needed for our food bank. Shoppers then purchase the items and donate them to us.
Ages: Families with children ages five and up are welcome to volunteer.
Time Commitment: One-hour shifts
Contact: Elizabeth Ralston, Volunteer Coordinator, elizabethr@familyworksseattle.org. Registration is available online
Help Fill the Ronald McDonald House Pantries!
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska
Date/Time: Donations can be dropped off daily between 9am and 9pm.
Location: Seattle Ronald McDonald House, Building A, 5130 40th Avenue NE. There is a small parking lot and a drive through on the west side of the building where you can pull up and unload your donation.

The Seattle Ronald McDonald House has a House Pantry at both of our Houses that are filled with nonperishable goods and other necessities. Many of our families stay with us for months or even over a year while their child is being treated at Children's Hospital, and financial strain is a reality for most of our families. Families are encouraged to take items from the House pantry as needed, and individuals, families or groups donate nearly all of the goods in the Pantry. We maintain a list of updated needs on our website. Individuals are welcome to drop off donations whenever convenient. If you are planning a large donation, please call ahead so that we are prepared. 

Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Kaarin Stowell, kaarin@rmhcseattle.org, 206.838.0609
Friendship Bracelets
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: Your home or other community location

Your family can create these colorful bracelets to share with others. Making friendship bracelets for new students, or kids who seem to need more friends, is the perfect activity for the Valentine's season! Visit the Doing Good Together Friendship Bracelets Project Page to learn how to make the bracelets and for reflection materials and resources for this kindness activity.

Ages: Everyone can participate

Time Commitment: Varies

Have you and your family used our DGT™ resources to share kindness and/or serve others? We want to hear from you! Take part in our STORIES FOR STORIES giveaway. We'll send a DGT-selected big-hearted book to the first five families who share their stories (via the form on this page) along with a photo or video! (Submitted stories may be used on the DGT website and/or social media.) Deadline for submissions: February 15th!
P.S. Remember, your family's act of kindness and service *must* come from a DGT web page, listing, newsletter, or blog.


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