November 2017 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

November 2017 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

November 2017 - Seattle  
Green Seattle Day
Green Seattle Partnership
Date/Time: Saturday, November 4, 9am - noon
Location: Green Seattle Day events will be held at 21 parks across Seattle. This year's main meeting location will be at the Jefferson Community Center in Beacon Hill. Volunteers will be invited to the hubsite for the morning of the event, where there will be speakers, snacks and coffee. We will shuttle volunteers to 5 nearby parks from the hubsite which include: Cheasty Greenspace, East Duwamish Greenbelt - Beacon Ave S, Genesee Park, Lewis Park and Maplewood Playfield. If you are interested in taking part in the hubsite's morning activities, please sign up for one of the parks mentioned above.

Green Seattle Day is our biggest party of the year, and we want you there! Join hundreds of volunteers planting thousands of plants in parks throughout The Emerald City. We will also be hosting the first-ever "Hubsite Fair" at Jefferson Community Center. This fair will feature our community partners, and will give them an opportunity to connect with volunteers, and to share more about the work they are doing in Seattle. There will be a warm and hearty FREE LUNCH provided by DayoSense Catering at the hubsite following the planting events at noon. Lunch is also open to volunteers from all the other Green Seattle Day sites throughout the city. No experience is necessary. Tools, gloves, plants, coffee, snacks, and instruction provided.

Ages: All community members are welcome!
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Varies depending on project. Registration is available online. Select the project you'd like, click the link, and follow the registration and contact information. Please note, some of the projects are already filled.
Care Packages for American Military Servicemen and Servicewomen
Operation Gratitude
Date/Time: Saturday, November 4, 11am - 2pm
Location: Drop off donations at Tully's Coffee, 746 19th Ave E, Seattle. Donations made after November 4 should be delivered to Dr Wong's office at 1818 East Mercer St, Suite 200, Seattle

Keith B. Wong, DDS, MS, Specialist in Orthodontics will once again be teaming up with local businesses for the annual Halloween Candy Buyback. Dr. Wong and staff will purchase wrapped candy from children for $1 per pound and will donate the collection to Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit charitable organization that provides holiday care packages to American servicemen and servicewomen stationed overseas. The candy donated through the Halloween Candy Buyback will be added to the care packages for our military service members. All trick-or-treaters who turn in their unwanted sweets will receive goodie bags with fun stuff (no candy!) and toothbrushes. Dr. Wong also encourages kids to write letters or draw pictures to be included in the care packages sent to our overseas service people. Don't know where to start? Click here for a Write a Letter flyer. Letters and drawings will be accepted during the Candy Buyback and at Dr. Wong's office throughout November.

If you prefer to donate candy and letters directly to Operation Gratitude, feel free to mail your package in one large mailing envelope or box to the following address:
Operation Gratitude
21100 Lassen Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311-4278
ATTN: Letter Writing Program
Please include a donation form in your large mailing envelope or box.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: 206.812.4494,
Green Kent Work Party at Clark Lake Park
Green Kent Partnership
Date/Time: Sunday, November 5, 9am - noon. Event will happen rain or shine.
Location: Clark Lake Park, 12700 SE 240th St., Kent. From the parking lot, walk straight toward the footbridge and you will see the tool trailer.

The Green Kent Partnership is a collaboration between the city of Kent, the King Conservation District, Forterra, community groups and nonprofits, businesses, schools, and hundreds of individual volunteers working together to actively maintain the city's natural areas. Fall is the best time for planting. Join the fun and feel great about improving the environment. Volunteers will be planting native plants and protecting them with mulch. Please dress for the weather. Wear sturdy shoes or boots, with socks. No sandals or flip-flops allowed. Bring a personal refillable water bottle and a snack.
Ages: All ages and abilities are welcome.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Youth and Families at Puget Park
Washington Trails Association (WTA)
Date/Time: Saturday, November 18, 9am - 2pm
Location: Puget Park, 1909 SW Dawson St, Seattle. From I-5, take exit 163A for the West Seattle Bridge.  Travel .3 miles and turn right onto the Delridge Way SW exit. Follow Delridge Way SW for .6 miles and make a left onto 23rd Ave SW. Continue straight onto 22nd Ave SW for .1 miles. Make a slight right onto 21st Ave SW. Follow for .1 miles and make a slight left onto SW Dawson Street. Meeting location will be located .1 miles on the left.

Washington Trails Association is the voice for hikers in Washington state. WTA protects hiking trails and wild lands, takes volunteers out to maintain trails, and promotes hiking as a healthy, fun way to explore the outdoors. Puget Park is part of the West Duwamish Greenbelt. The West Duwamish Greenbelt is the largest greenbelt in the city and is home to fox, red-legged frogs, hawks, and bald eagles. The greenbelt encompasses the extended forest along the eastern slopes of West Seattle that is visible from I-5. This project will include a variety of activities including digging trail tread, brushing the trail corridor and creating drainage structures. Learn more online.
Ages: Youth ages 10 and older are welcome to participate. Youth under 14 must be accompanied by an adult and a parental consent form must be signed for anyone under 18.
Time Commitment: Five hours. For safety reasons, arriving late or leaving early is not allowed. Expect to be physically active at your own pace on uneven terrain.
Contact: or 206.625.1367. Registration is available online.
Thanksgiving Meal Baskets for Families in Homeless Shelters
Date/Time: Drop off baskets Tuesday, November 21 between 8am - noon
Location: 2301 S. Jackson Street, Seattle

Fall is in the air and the YWCA is gathering Thanksgiving meal baskets for homeless and low-income families who live in our shelter and housing programs. These programs are a safe haven for families working hard to move forward in their lives and build a better future for their children. You and your family can help out by filling a basket with all the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Each basket will make a difference to a family in need. We need almost 1,000 baskets! All baskets should have enough food to feed about six people, and should include the following:
  • 1 Turkey around 10lbs
  • Foil roasting pan
  • 5 lb. bag of Potatoes, Yams/sweet potatoes
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Prepared stuffing (like stove top)
  • 1 lb. butter
  • 1 gallon milk
  • FRESH pie (NOT frozen) Sweet Potato, Pumpkin or Apple please!
  • Whipped cream
  • Dinner rolls
  • Green beans 
  • Instant turkey gravy
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Prepackaged salad mix
  • Salad dressing
  • 1 bottle sparkling apple cider
  • Salt & pepper 
  • Cooking Oil
You can always add to this as the families are in need of so much, but this should be your basic box. We call it a basket, because in the past lots of people brought the food in laundry baskets. Feel free to do the same, or to use anything that is easy to carry and strong. The families love wicker baskets, Rubbermaid's, or even big boxes. 

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Nichelle Hilton, 206.375.1496, Email Nichelle by Tuesday, November 14 with the number of baskets you are planning on donating.

Seattle Turkey Trot
Ballard Food Bank
Date/Time: Thursday, November 23. Shifts start as early as 6am. The race starts at 9am, and race day registration begins at 8am.
Location: NW 85th St and 32nd Ave NW, Seattle

The Seattle Turkey Trot is a 5K jog, walk or run on Thanksgiving morning. This is the 11th year of the scenic run which starts in the Sunset Hill neighborhood near Ballard, and finishes at Golden Gardens Park. All proceeds from this race go to support the Ballard Food Bank. Not only will you have a great time at the race, you'll be helping to provide food for those in need during the crucial holiday season.
Ages: Children of all ages are welcome to participate when accompanied by adults.
Time Commitment: Between one and two hours, depending on volunteer tasks.
Contact: Registration is available online.
Cook a Meal at a Shelter
Doing Good Together

Date/Time: Flexible

Location: A homeless shelter or soup kitchen in your community.

Many homeless shelters and soup kitchens rely on volunteers to provide meals for their guests. You and your family can help by providing a meal or meals. To find a local shelter or soup kitchen, Google homeless shelters along with your city name. Once you find a shelter, contact their volunteer coordinator to see if they are looking for volunteers and check for any age requirements. The shelter will help you schedule a date and provide you with any specific instructions. Find more information and ideas on the Doing Good Together Cook a Meal at a Shelter Project page.

Ages: Everyone can participate

Time Commitment: Varies


In this month of gratitude and giving, Minnesota holds its traditional "Give to the Max Day" on November 16th, and the global effort "Giving Tuesday" donation day takes place this year on November 28th. Kindly consider a gift to DGT to help us grow more kindness among more big-hearted families. We appreciate your support


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This list was compiled by Doing Good Together™ (
 When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 

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