January 2017 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

January 2017 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities


January 2017 - Seattle  

MLK Weekend of Service
Date/Time: There are events on Saturday, January 14, Sunday January 15, and Monday, January 16. All events run from 10am - 2pm
Location: Click the links for addresses and directions: The Basics: Earths Corps provides gloves, tools, water and snack bars. We will teach you everything you need to know about tool use, safety, forest health, and the importance of the work you will be doing. No prior experience necessary, just come ready to learn something new.

For your safety and comfort please bring:
  • Clothing that can get dirty (because it will!)
  • Long pants and a long sleeve shirt (helps protect against prickly plants)
  • Sturdy shoes that can handle some mud (closed toed shoes are required: work boots, hiking boots, or running shoes are all fine)
  • Sack lunch and snacks
  • Full water bottle
EarthCorps runs our events rain or shine! Remember to check the weather and bring appropriate layers and rain gear/sun wear if needed. While the exact tasks at hand vary, projects will 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, Earthcorps focuses 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.

Ages: A parent or guardian must accompany volunteers under the age of 12 for the duration of the volunteer event. Youth 12-18 can attend events unaccompanied, but must bring a filled out and signed Youth Volunteer Waiver to each volunteer event. Please present youth waivers to the event staff at the registration tent.
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: volunteer@earthcorps.org, 206.322.9296, ext. 217
Run A Food Supply Drive For Homeless Youth
Friends of Youth
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: 13116 NE 132nd St, Kirkland

Coordinating a supply drive is a great way to support Friends of Youth. Homeless youth often go without the basic necessities most people take for granted. In the struggle to find food and a safe place to sleep, homeless youth find it difficult to acquire basic items. Items currently needed most are:
  • Books and magazines in Spanish
  • Cleaning supplies for youth moving into transitional living
  • Underwear (men and women - all sizes needed)
  • Deodorant (for men and women)
  • Gift Cards to grocery stores
You can also check their Amazon Wish list for additional ideas.
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: volunteer@friendsofyouth.org
Planting Trees at Pinnacle Peak Park
MLK Day of Service - King County Parks
Date/Time: Monday, January 16, 10am - 2pm
Location: SE 481st St and SE Mud Mountain Road, Enumclaw. From Hwy 410 take the SE Mud Mountain Road east. Turn left on SE 481st Street and follow to new parking area for Pinnacle Peak Park.

Come serve on MLK Day by helping to plant trees. We will be replanting a pasture into a forest around the new parking lot at King County's Pinnacle Peak Park. Healthy forests and trees store carbon and contribute to clean air and water, healthy habitat for salmon and other wildlife, and more livable communities. One Million Trees is part of King County's ambitious plan to reduce carbon pollution and prepare for the impacts of a changing climate. This project hopes to get in 700 trees over 3 acres of old pasture land. Be prepared to work in the rain. Gloves and tools will be provided. It's a good idea to bring lunch with you; light snacks and water (hot and cold) will be provided. This is a perfect event to bring out your whole family to get everyone involved.

Families with children age six and older are welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: Tina Miller, tina.miller@kingcounty.gov, 206.477.6112. Registration is available online.

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Community Volunteer Night
Volunteers of America Western Washington
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 10, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Location: 1230 Broadway Avenue, Everett

Family-friendly volunteer opportunities provide families with 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.
Discovery Park - MLK Weekend
Green Seattle Partnership
Date/Time: Sunday, January 15, 10am - 2pm
Location: Discovery Park, South Parking lot of Discovery Park off of Emerson Street - we will walk a short way to the work site.

Please join the 18-year restoration project on a site in the heart of the park. This is the tenth year of MLK Day work parties on this site. Volunteers can make a real difference by planting trees and shrubs to make this site into a natural habitat for birds and other creatures. Please bring water, lunch, good boots, warm clothes, rain gear, and gloves if you have them.
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: Thomas Palm, thomas.palm@gmail.com
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
Contact: Volunteer@FriendToFriendAmerica.org

Goody Bags for Homeless Children
MLK Day of Service - Birthday Dreams
Date/Time: Monday, January 16, 1 - 3pm
Location: 1101 Bronson Way N, Renton

Birthday Dreams is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to providing birthday parties to homeless children and to foster children living in group homes. Volunteers are needed to decorate and fill goody bags that will be given with birthday parties for homeless kids in the Puget Sound region. This is a great team building activity and a lot of fun for families too!

Families with children ages three and older are welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Shannon Avery, shannon@birthdaydreams.org, 425.988.3954. Registration is available online. Please register by January 10.


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Foster an Animal
Date/Time: nbsp;Flexible. Some animals will need as little as two weeks of care, while others may need care for up to three months.
Location: 15305 44th Ave W, Lynnwood. Foster parent volunteers need to transport animals to PAWS in Lynnwood, WA on a regular basis for vaccinations, vet checks, weight checks and spay and neuter surgeries. Vaccination appointments and weigh-ins for kittens and puppies are scheduled every two weeks. Veterinarian appointments are scheduled as needed for each animal, generally every 7-14 days.
PAWS foster families provide a temporary home for kittens, cats, puppies and dogs in need. These families provide food and care to homeless animals that are either too young or sick to be adopted. By taking an animal into your home on a temporary basis, you provide them with a safe place to rest and heal, while giving us additional time to find them a permanent home. By providing safe temporary homes, PAWS foster families prevent overcrowding at PAWS Companion Animal Shelter, while having lots of fun! Click here for more detailed information about fostering an animal. 
Ages: An adult must be the primary caregiver but children and teens can help with foster animals in your home.
Time Commitment: Between two weeks and three months.
Contact: PAWS Foster Care Program, 425.787.2500, ext. 822
Food Distribution
North Helpline Emergency Services and Food Bank
Date/Time: Wednesdays and Saturdays 9:30am -1:30pm and Thursdays 4 - 7pm
Location: 12736 - 33rd Ave NE, Seattle

Volunteers helping with food distribution will generally help with tasks such as check-in, line direction/greeting, distributing food to clients, helping to stock the distribution lines, and assisting clients with carts. Volunteers will be assigned to their positions during the distribution based upon the needs of the food bank.

Ages: Families with children six and older are welcome to volunteer together; teens 14 and older can volunteer on their own.
Time Commitment: Three to four hours
Contact: AnnaJoy Thompson, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteers@northhelpline.org, 206.367.3477

DIY Kindness Journal
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: This is a great project to begin in the New Year, but you can start anytime.
Location:  Your home
Keeping a compassion-themed journal is a wonderful way to build kindness into busy weeks and shine a spotlight on acts of kindness. Plus, you'll have a place to record family volunteering memories! Decorate a composition notebook with duct tape. Scatter compassion-themed prompts and quotes throughout it. Then make time periodically to discuss, draw, and write about those kindness prompts as a family. Visit the Doing Good Together DIY Kindness Journal page to find printable Family Service Memory Sheets, Kindness Journal Prompts, and ideas for keeping your kindness journal.
Ages: Everyone in the family can participate
Time Commitment: We suggest scheduling at least fifteen to thirty minutes each week to discuss the journal prompts and write or draw together.
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
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