March 2017 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

March 2017 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities


March 2017 - Seattle  

Tree Planting at Tolt MacDonald Park
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
Date/Time: Saturday, March 4, 10am - 2pm
Location: Tolt McDonald Park, Carnation
Join us as we partner with the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe and King County Parks for a spring planting event in the picturesque Snoqualmie Valley. Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs in an effort to establish a healthier native plant buffer along an important slough channel of the Tolt River in a culturally important area for the Tribe. Gain an overview of the site and project, including why our work is important to the Tribe and for local salmon recovery.
Ages: An adult must accompany youth under 13 years of age.
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: Carolyn Foster, or 206.300.3219. Registration is available online.
Audubon Birdloop at Marymoor Park
Eastside Audubon
Date/Time: Saturday, March 4, 9am - noon
Location: Marymoor Park, southeast corner of Parking Lot G

On the first Saturday of every month, Eastside Audubon volunteers work on habitat improvement at Marymoor Park in Redmond. Remove invasive plants, mostly blackberries and hawthorns, plus other seasonal work, depending on conditions and turnout. There is nothing like doing physical work alongside other conservation-oriented people to make you feel physically and mentally strong! Please bring work gloves, a shovel or rake if you have them, and fluids. No special knowledge, strength or skills are necessary.

Ages: All ages; families are welcome to volunteer
Time Commitment: Up to three hours

Contact: Glenn Eades,, 206.940.1390. We don't ask for signup for individuals or families, but it is good to know if a group is coming so we can be sure to have enough tools. 
1st Saturday Work Party
Friends of Cheasty Greenspace at Mountain View
Date/Time: Saturday, March 4, 10am - noon
Location: Cheasty Greenspace at Mountain View is just SW of the intersection of Alaskan Way and MLK Drive. We meet at 2809 S. Alaska Pl. Street. Parking is available on Alaska Place or take the light rail to the Columbia City Link Station

Friends of Cheasty Greenspace at Mountainview is a community-led volunteer organization in South Seattle dedicated to restoring urban green space, increasing community access to nature, and providing outdoor recreational opportunities in urban forests. Come join us in the woods for two hours of planting, trail maintenance and/or weed pulling! Our events are fun and quick and we get a lot of good work done! Families and young kids are encouraged to attend. Please wear sturdy shoes, long pants, and long sleeves. Don't forget your raincoat on wet days. And please bring your own water bottle.
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Andrea Ostrovsky, Registration is available online.

Planting at Luther Burbank Park
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
Date/Time: Saturday, March 18, 10am - 2pm
Location: Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island

Mercer Island is graced with 35 parks, over 400 acres of natural areas, and more than 50 miles of trails. Luther Burbank Park is important to the greater Greenway landscape as a rest stop for many species of migratory birds. Strangled by invasive weeds, many native trees and shrubs are struggling to survive and lack enough species diversity. Volunteers will help this effort by planting native trees and shrubs where volunteers removed invasive plants earlier in the winter.
Ages: An adult must accompany youth under 13 years of age.
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: Carolyn Foster, or 206.300.3219. Registration is available online
Meal for Mary's Place Night Time Shelter
Mary's Place
Date/Time: Dinner every evening at 6pm, weekend breakfast at 8am
Family Center location (1155 N 130th St): providing a meal for 80 people (no pork)
Guest Rooms location (2213 8th Ave): providing a meal for 180 people (no pork)  

Mary's Place is an agency that provides homeless women, children and families rescue, respite, nutrition, safety and shelter in a setting where relationships are affirmed, love and hope are discovered and a new future begins. In response to the increasing numbers of homeless families, Mary's Place has opened five emergency family night shelter programs, expanded services for children and families at our downtown Seattle Day Center and recently opened a second Day Center for families in north Seattle. Volunteers are needed to provide meals to families at the North Seattle and Guest House locations. Volunteers are welcome to stay, serve, eat, and enjoy the families' company but if volunteers are not able to stay, the gift of food is still very much needed.
Ages: All ages can volunteer as long as a parent supervises children. Multi-family groups of up to 15 volunteers are welcome to volunteer.
Time Commitment: Off-site cooking time and up to one hour of serving time
Contact: Julie Anne Barowski,, 206.621.8474
Healthy HIP Packs Packing Parties
Hunger Intervention Program
Date/Time: Every third Wednesday, 5 - 6:30pm
Location: Lake City Presbyterian Church, 3841 NE 123rd St, Seattle

The Hunger Intervention Program provides Healthy HIP Packs to local elementary schools, where they are distributed to students who can benefit from extra food over the weekend. The HIP Packs provide healthy meals for these students who might otherwise experience hunger during the weekend when school meals are not available. Come out and join us at our packing parties to help assemble these HIP Packs and help with other volunteer projects.

All ages are welcome! Younger kids may need help from parents to participate.
Time Commitment: About an hour
Contact: Email or call 206.457.2871 to confirm.

Cook a Meal at a Shelter
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Flexible -- find something that works for your families schedule

Check the national Homeless Shelter Directory or Emergency Food Programs Directory for shelters or soup kitchens in your area.

Your family can work together to help hungry people in your community by volunteering to cook a meal or bring food to a local homeless shelter or soup kitchen. When you contact a shelter or soup kitchen, ask for the volunteer coordinator, see if they need volunteers and ask if they have any age requirements. Find more information and resources on the Doing Good Together Cook a Meal at a Shelter Project Page.

Ages: Will vary depending on the shelter or soup kitchen's volunteer policy.
Time Commitment: Varies; volunteers can typically make either a one-time or ongoing commitment.

One of the hallmarks of DGT™ is that we do more than simply offer opportunities and ideas for sharing kindness and serving others. We also expand on those experiences with important tips that help families prepare for and reflect on the unique situations they encounter during their time spent volunteering. Our newest Reflection Activities are geared specifically to the frequent topics we cover in our listings, e.g. helping the hungry and caring for animals. Look for the reflection banners in our listings to find conversation starters, book recommendations and more. And be sure to bookmark this collection of reflection offerings for easy reference during big-hearted discussions with your family.


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