May 2017 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

May 2017 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities


May 2017 - Seattle  

Mother's Day Spring Baskets
Date/Time: Thursday, May 11, between 8am and noon
Location: East Cherry YWCA, 2820 E. Cherry Street, Seattle

Help put together gift baskets for the moms who live in YWCA emergency shelters. For these moms, resources are low and stress levels are high. Because they are so focused on keeping their families together, these women usually take care of themselves last. In honor of their special day, the YWCA would like to pamper these moms with a gift basket filled with soaps, lotions, candles, creams, hair products, planners, an unsigned card, and chocolates. Your family can help so we can put together enough Mother's Day Baskets for every mom in YWCA emergency housing! Buy a pre-made gift basket or create a basket filled with handpicked treats and toiletries.

Ages: All ages are welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Nichelle Hilton, 206.375.1496 or

Habitat Restoration at Gallagher Hill
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
Date/Time: Saturday, May 13, 10am - 2pm
Location: Gallagher Hill Open Space, Mercer Island (King County). Specific details, including driving directions and required volunteer waivers, will be sent out the week prior to the event.

Gallagher Hill is an 11-acre natural area that is part of Mercer Island's open space system that includes 35 parks, 350 acres of open space and over 50 miles of trails. Volunteers recently worked to build a new trail through this open space that serves as an important connection between City Hall on SE 36th Street and residential areas along E Shorewood Drive, encouraging pedestrian access through the area and increasing walkability around the island. Volunteers have begun the process of removing invasive species and replanting native vegetation to facilitate the growth of native plants and trees and restore this open space back to a healthy forest. Such efforts to promote a healthy understory are critical to ensure the success of this natural area. Volunteers will continue this effort be removing encroaching English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry throughout the site.
Ages: All ages are welcome if accompanied by parents, children ages 12 and over require a waiver without parents
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: Carolyn Foster, Volunteer Program Associate,, 206.300.3219 or, 206.382.5565x21 for general information. Day-of contact is Dan Hintz, Restoration Specialist, 206.735.1027. To sign up, please register online.

Festival Greeters
Northwest Folklife Festival
Date/Time: Sunday, May 28, 6:30 - 9pm
Location: Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St, Seattle

Northwest Folklife is a year-round nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for all people to celebrate, share, and participate in the evolving traditions of the Pacific Northwest. The Northwest Folklife Festival is the place to learn, to dance, to play, to try something new, and to discover arts and cultures that inspire celebration of one another and our big neighborhood. The Northwest Folklife Festival brings up to 250,000 people over four days to the Seattle Center. In keeping our commitment to remove any economic barriers and ensure that everyone can experience and share in cultural traditions, admission to the 46th annual Northwest Folklife is free, creating the most inclusive, wide reaching arts experience.

Volunteers are needed to help greet patrons at the entrances to the festival, and to hand out buttons to donors, and guides to patrons. Volunteers are the face and spirit of Folklife! Because the festival is admission-free, we rely on volunteers to keep us going and keep the festival open and inclusive
Ages: Families with children ages 10-13 are welcome to volunteer together. Teens ages 14-17 can volunteer on their own but must have a signed consent/waiver.
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
Contact: Cheyanne Warren, Volunteer Coordinator, 206.684.7326,

Host a Movie Night
Ronald McDonald House of Western Washington & Alaska
Date/Time: Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7pm. Volunteer spots fill up quickly; the next open dates on the Volunteer Calendar are for June.
Location: 5130 - 40th Ave NE, Seattle

Ronald McDonald House's mission is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children. Your family can help by volunteering to host a movie night! Hosting a movie night is an opportunity that allows you to enjoy a G or PG movie with our families. All you have to do is bring a movie and snacks for 15 people. Please read the Movie Night Guide for more specific details. Volunteers should review the Volunteer Guidelines prior to volunteering.
Ages: All group members must be at least 13 years old. Groups with volunteers still in high school must have an adult supervisor in attendance.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Eleanor Garrison, Registration is available online.
Kids Helping Kids
Wellspring Family Services
Date/Time: Children are invited to drop off their donations at Wellspring Family Services between 9 am - 4 pm, Monday - Friday. Wellspring is happy to provide age-appropriate tours of our agency so children can see the impact of their donations.
Location: 1900 Rainier Ave S, Seattle

Wellspring Family Services builds emotionally healthy, self-sufficient families within a safe, caring environment. Kids Helping Kids (KHK) is a youth philanthropy program that invites children to make a difference in the lives of their homeless peers by collecting coins for Wellspring Family Services. The first step is for children to either pick up a KHK jar from the Wellspring office or to create a coin jar on their own. The next step is to get creative and start filling the jar with change! Some children contribute a portion of their allowance money, others host a bake sale or lemonade stand, and some even offer to do extra chores around the house. For a list of age-and campaign-specific fundraising ideas for your children to start filling their jars, click here.
Ages: All ages are welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Amy Weaver, Events Manager, 206.902.4229 or
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,, 206.322.9296 ext. 217. Register for projects on the Earthcorps calendar
Affordable Housing Story and Coloring Book
Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County
Location: Your home or community
Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing through constructing, renovating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat SKC has built, renovated or repaired more than 450 homes for families in need of affordable housing in 17 communities within King County. Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to work on at  construction sites or the Habitat Store but Habitat for Humanity has a variety of tools to help younger children learn about homelessness and affordable housing. You can help your child learn more about Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County and affordable housing through this interactive coloring book and story
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: One to two hours hours, depending on the child
Contact: Alexis Lorenz,, 206.577.7796
Make this a Summer of Kindness with DGT's Summer Bucket List
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: All summer long
Location: Your home or community
Print and post one or both of DGT's two innovative Summer of Kindness bucket lists. These creative kindness projects will keep your family making big-hearted memories all summer long. 
Ages: Preschool to teen
Time Commitment: 15 minutes to 1 hour per week depending upon the activities you choose to complete.

Let's multiply kindness!

Thank you to everyone who attended our April 20th Celebration and helped us raise funds to empower families to raise children who care and contribute!

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