July 2017 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2017 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities


July 2017 - Seattle  

Project Cool for Back to School Volunteer Days
Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness
Date/Time: A variety of shifts are available between Friday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 19. Check the online schedule for shift times.
Location: Email projectcool@homelessinfo.org or call 206.204.8350 for drop off information at Columbia City Church of Hope, 3818 S Angeline St, Seattle. There is a small gravel parking lot, as well as free street parking.
Please enter through basement doors - down the ramp to the left of the main door of the church.
Project Cool is a volunteer-powered project that helps make sure that hundreds of homeless children and youth across King County start the school year off right by providing them with school supplies, books, health items, and sturdy backpacks. Project Cool helps homeless students who may have lost most or all of their personal possessions get the school supplies they need to feel confident and be prepared. Volunteers are needed to help assemble 1,400+ backpacks for students. Exact jobs and tasks will vary based on the day and pace. Activities will include unpacking, sorting, and bundling school supplies, assembling dental kits, filling backpacks with supplies, and organizing backpacks into groups for agencies. You and your family can also help by collecting school supplies.
Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome to volunteer. Please indicate names and ages in the volunteer notes section. Volunteer Days are not a good fit for children younger than 5, but please contact the Coalition to learn about other ways the young people in your life can get involved. An adult must accompany volunteers younger than 12.
Time Commitment: Shifts are either two or two and one-half hours.
Contact: Hillary Coleman, 206.204.835, hillary@homelessinfo.org. Registration is available online.
Prepare Hygiene Kits for Syrian Refugees
Salaam Cultural Museum (SCM)
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: 3806 Whitman Ave N, Seattle.
Help create hygiene kits for Syrian refugees through a Seattle-based humanitarian aid organization called Salaam Cultural Museum (SCM). Volunteers are needed to gather travel-size toiletries such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, washcloth, comb, nail clippers and lotion to help families on the move. Volunteers can purchase these toiletries at a local drugstore and place them in a simple, ziplock plastic bag. Your efforts will be a great help in providing tangible support and comfort to refugee families experiencing the challenges of displacement. Hygiene kits can be dropped off in person or mailed to: 3806 Whitman Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103. 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: 206.545.7307, Rita Zawaideh or info@salaamculturalmuseum.org
www.salaamculturalmuseum.org or www.scmmedicalmissions.org
Farmers Market Gleaning
Pike Market Food Bank
Date/Time: Various times, July 30 through October 1
  • City Hall Farmers Market (600 4th Ave) --Tuesdays at 1:30 pm.
  • Pike Place Evening Market - Wednesdays at 6:30 pm.
  • South Lake Union Farmers Market (410 Terry Ave. N.) - Thursdays at 1:30 pm
  • First Hill Farmers Market (9th Ave & University) - Fridays at 1:30 pm.
The Pike Market Food Bank helps residents of downtown Seattle supplement food security with free groceries. We serve people of all ages and work hard to offer a variety of nutritious foods in a friendly environment. Farmers Market Gleaning volunteers interact directly with Pike Place Market Farmers by collecting donations of unsold produce four times a week at the end of Pike Place Market Farmers Markets. One-time volunteers are fine, but we are ideally looking for volunteers interested in helping on a consistent basis! Volunteer tasks include:
  • Meet Gleaning Coordinator at the Farmers Market Information Tent (marked with green signs) 
  • Introduce yourself to each farmer's stand  
  • Collect donations of produce to support the Pike Market Food Bank  
  • Explain tax receipt form and offer it to farmer (we will explain this to you)
  • Bring donations back to the Pike Market Food Bank (personal transportation is required, except for the Wednesday Evening Market)
Ages: Ages six years and older are welcomed to participate when accompanied by adults (remember, transportation is required)
Time Commitment: One hour or longer
Contact: Makayla Esposito, Volunteer Coordinator, 206.626.6462, makayla@pmsc-dtfb.org. Please complete and bring the Pike Market Food Bank Accident Waiver and Release form Liability with you.
Environmental Service Projects
Date/Time: Saturdays, 10am - 2pm (weekday events are also occasionally 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
BubbleFest Special Event Volunteers
Pacific Science Center
Date/Time: Friday, Saturday or Sunday, July 14 - 16. Contact Karin to schedule a shift time.
Location: Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Avenue North, Seattle

Many people interact with Pacific Science Center by attending our year-round special events which include science exhibit openings, science research "Curiosity Days" weekends, Science Education after school programming, and special donor events. Special Event volunteers play a vital role at these events. Our upcoming July special event, BubbleFest, delights children in exploring physics, chemistry and fun during one bubble popping water splash weekend. Volunteer roles vary and may include welcoming guests, setting-up tables and chairs, checking-in guests, staffing information tables, and more.
Ages: Families with children ages 5 and older are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany children ages 5 to 13 at all times.
Time Commitment: Three to four hours

Contact: Karin Pierce, Volunteer Program Manager, 206.443.2868, kpierce@pacsci.org www.pacificsciencecenter.org/volunteers/ 

Become a Citizen Scientist
Doing Good Together/SciStarter

Date/Time: Flexible, on your own schedule

Location: Your home or community
Make science your next family service project! A citizen scientist is a curious person wiling to volunteer time, effort, and resources to further scientific endeavors, often - though not always - in collaboration with researchers. Choose one among hundreds of research projects searchable through SciStarter.com. Some are online only. Others get you out into nature. Still others put you to work analyzing results. The truly great thing about citizen science through SciStarter is that you can choose a project based on your interests, the financial investment you're prepared to make, and your child's ability. Visit Doing Good Together's Be a Citizen Scientist project page for more ideas and resources.

Ages: There are projects for children of all ages

Time Commitment: Varies, depending on project

Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org

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