June 2017 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

June 2017 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities


June 2017 - Seattle  

Help Animals and Customers
Date/Time: Weekly shifts, usually two hours (sometimes alternating week shifts are available)
Location: 21615 64th Ave. S., Kent

RASKC is the county's animal shelter/pet adoption center, headquartered in Kent. Volunteers are needed for the following:
  • Cat Meet and Greeter: Help care for cats and provide friendly customer service.
  • Shelter Helpers: Provide logistical support like doing the laundry, filling cat-food trays, and washing/sanitizing food bowls.
  • Foster Families: Provide in home temporary care for a cat or kittens from the shelter. Click here for more information about fostering.
Ages: Youth ages 9-15 are welcome to volunteer accompanied by a parent (or an adult whom the parent designates in writing). Volunteers ages 16 and 17 are also welcome, with or without a parent.
Time Commitment: Super Summer Volunteering Special: six shifts, plus training, is the minimum commitment. Normally the minimum commitment at RASKC/ Kent is 50 hours via a weekly shift for an initial six months (or alternating week shifts for an initial 12 months). Volunteers can take time off for vacations.
Contact: Sarah Luthens, 206.225.4899, RASKC.Volunteers@kingcounty.gov

Birthday Parties
Birthday Dreams
Date/Time: Check the Birthday Dreams online calendar for party dates and times
Location: Birthday Dreams holds monthly online parties at the following locations:
  • YWCA Family Village - Redmond
  • LIHI- Cate Apts - Seattle
  • Mary's Place - Seattle
  • Mamma's Hands - North Bend
  • YWCA Passage Point -Maple Valley
  • Hope Place - South Seattle
Birthday Dreams is dedicated to bringing joy to homeless children with the gift of a birthday party. Birthday Dreams provides on-site birthday parties at homeless shelters and transitional housing facilities with all the trimmings. Kids are treated to cake, ice cream, and a great time. Past events have included face painters, clowns, inflatable toys, games, and other entertainment.

Ages: Families with children eight or older can help with crafts, games and cleanup, provided the younger children are accompanied by a parent.
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours
Contact: Shannon Avery, 425.988.3954 info@birthdaydreams.org or shannon@birthdaydreams.org
Help Restore Juanita Bay Park
Green Kirkland Partnership
Date/Time: Saturday, June 24, 10am - 1pm
Location: 2201 Market Street, Kirkland. Parking is available in the parking lot and along the street at southwestern boundary of the park. Note: Please check the volunteer calendar for other volunteer dates and opportunities

Join the Green Kirkland Partnership to help with the restoration of Juanita Bay 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 ground covers. 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. Tools and training will be provided.

Ages: Families with children age five and older are welcome to volunteer. Volunteer activities are 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. Volunteers age 14-17 attending the event without a parent or guardian must bring a waiver signed by a parent or guardian to the event with them.

Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Jeremy Jones, 425.587.3306, greenkirkland@kirklandwa.gov. Registration is available online.
Cook a Meal for Jubilee Residents
Jubilee Women's Center
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: Jubilee Women's Center at Sojourner's Place, 5071 8th Avenue Northeast, Seattle

Invite your friends, family, or co-workers to provide a community meal for Jubilee residents! Our residents have limited food budgets, and community meals provide a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to help out while getting the chance to meet and chat with Jubilee's residents over a home-cooked dinner. This can also be a great way to celebrate a special occasion with family and friends. Meals can be prepared off-site and transported to Jubilee or cooked here in our spacious kitchen. We have two stoves, ovens and workstations, and your group (ideally 6 or fewer) can use our utensils and serving dishes as well. A staff person can tour your group through our facility before or after dinner. If you are unable to cook onsite, you may prepare a heat-and-eat meal and drop it off for the women to enjoy on their own.

Residents especially appreciate proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables that they don't get to enjoy as often on a limited budget. Here are some sample menu ideas:
  • Baked chicken, rice, vegetables, juice
  • Pork tenderloin, macaroni & cheese, vegetables, juice
  • Beef stew, biscuits, salad, juice
  • Lasagna or spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, juice
Ages: Children of all ages are welcomed if accompanied by adults
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Naomi Von Dinklage, 206.957.5512, volunteer@jwcenter.org or naomi@jwcenter.org

Sort and Pack Food
Food Lifeline
Date/Time: A variety of shifts are available, Monday through Saturday. Weekday sessions are Food Lifeline's greatest need for volunteer help! Check Food Lifeline's calendar for shift availability.
Location: Food Lifeline Hunger Solution Center, 815 S 96th St, Seattle

Volunteers help Food Lifeline inspect and repack 40 million pounds of food each year and help make it possible to distribute 91,000 meals daily to our neighbors in need. Our volunteer sessions are fun, rewarding and empowering for all children ages six and older. Volunteers repack bulk donations into family size portions for distribution to Food Lifeline's network of 275 hunger relief partners.
  • Close-toed shoes are required, no exceptions.
  • Long hair should be tied back.If needed, hairnets, aprons and gloves will be provided
  • Dress in layers, as the warehouse is not climate controlled.
Ages: Families with children age six or older are welcome to volunteer. Click here for guidelines for volunteering with children.
Time Commitment: Three and one-quarter hour shifts
Contact: Leah Stoller,  206.432.3641 volunteer@foodlifeline.org  Registration is available online.  
Create DIY Kindness Kits for Gratitude on the Go
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: Your home and community
Anytime is a good time to express your gratitude to other people. Keep your car stocked with a DIY Kindness Kit and be ready to create thank you notes at any time. Fill your kit with:
  • Candy (melt-resistant works best in the summer)
  • Blank cards
  • Stickers
  • Colorful pens and markers
Read more about Gratitude on the Go and other Kindness Practices on the Doing Good Together website.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
Let your summer family gathering, school reunion, or community event be a chance for big-hearted giving. Our DGT Family Service Fairs are an ideal way for families to have fun while doing good for others as they connect with local nonprofits to help others in their community. And, our DIY Family Service Fair Manual makes them easy to host!



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