October 2017 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

October 2017 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities


October 2017 - Seattle  

Westcrest Park - Forest Restoration Work Party
Green Seattle Partnership
Date/Time: Saturday, October 7, 10am - 2pm
Location: 9000 8th Ave SW, Seattle. Meet at the most southern part of the park. Click here for a map. You can park in the South parking lot off of SW Henderson St, next to the dog park.

Join DIRT Corps in revitalizing the southwest portion of Westcrest Park. The first step to bringing back this parcel is to remove invasive species. Once we have cleared the land, we will plant in later volunteer events. This volunteer event will start with a brief weed ID education class. You'll learn about the different types of invasives, why they are harmful, and how to get rid of them. Then you'll combine your new knowledge with action as we work together to clear this beautiful space of harmful species that overtakes an area. Please dress for the weather, and wear long clothing and closed toe shoes.
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer.
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: kat@thedirtcorps.com. Registration is available online.
Sort and Repackage Bulk Food
Northwest Harvest
Date/Time: Visit website or contact Northwest Harvest for shift and availability information!
Location: Kent Warehouse, 22220 68th Ave S, Kent

The mission of Northwest Harvest is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger. Their vision is of ample nutritious food that is available to everyone in Washington State. Northwest Harvest is the only nonprofit food bank distributor operating statewide in Washington with a network of more than 375 food banks, meal programs and high-need schools. Through this network, they provide more than two million meals every month. Volunteers will sort and repackage bulk food into family sized portions for distribution to food banks throughout the state. It is incredible to see how many meals you can package in just a few hours!

Ages: Minimum age of nine years old or third grade (whichever comes first). Adult chaperones are required for volunteers up to age 15. Sixteen and 17-year-olds are able to volunteer on their own with a parent permission form on file, however, adult chaperones are needed for groups of 16 and 17-year-olds and one adult is needed to be the primary contact. All volunteers must be scheduled in advance.
Time Commitment: Two hour shifts
Contact: Visit www.northwestharvest.org and submit a volunteer application. All volunteers must be scheduled, and Northwest Harvest is not able to accept drop-in volunteers.
Food Bank Distribution
North Helpline Emergency Services and Food Bank
Date/Time: Wednesdays and Saturdays 9:30am - 1:30pm and Thursdays 4 - 7pm
Location: 12736 33rd Ave NE, Seattle

Volunteers helping with food distributions will generally be assigned to roles that include check-in, line direction/greeting, distributing food to clients, helping to stock the distribution lines, and assisting clients with carts. Volunteers will be assigned to their positions during the distribution based upon the needs of the food bank.
Ages: Children ages 6 and older are welcome to volunteer with an adult; youth 14 and older can volunteer on their own.
Time Commitment: Three to four hours
Contact: Mary Claire Squires, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteers@northhelpline.org, 206.367.3477
Help Homeless Youth
Date/Time: Donations can be delivered Monday through Friday 9am - 5pm
Location: 2500 NE 54th St., Seattle  
It's hard for most of us to imagine carrying all of our belongings - from hygiene supplies to clothing and shoes - on our back. Homeless youth face this challenge on a daily basis. You and your family can help by donating backpacks and the supplies needed to fill them. Or you can help spread the word and raise awareness about the issue of youth homelessness by doing a drive for needed items, which is a great way to help youth get the items they need to get off the streets and prepare for life. This is also a great opportunity to start a conversation in your family and community about what it would feel like to be homeless (i.e. why are socks so important?) Your support makes a big difference!
Most current and urgent needs are for:
  • Backpacks & messenger bags
  • New underwear & boxers
  • Alarm clocks & day planners
  • Scientific/graphing calculators
  • Art supplies
  • Nonperishable food
  • Gift cards (Safeway, Fred Meyer, Target, Ross, etc.)
You can also order from their Amazon.com Wish List - items will be shipped directly to YouthCare!

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: donations@youthcare.org or 206.204.1412
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: 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. Volunteers inspect, sort, and repack these donations into family size package 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: Two and one-half hour shifts
Contact: Please go directly to our website to sign up! Registration is available online. You can learn more at www.foodlifeline.org/volunteer 
Green Tacoma Day
Green Tacoma Partnership
Date/Time: Saturday, October 14, 10am - 1pm
Location(s): Restoration events will be held at 14 different sites across the city

The Green Tacoma Partnership invites people of all ages to get outside, have fun and engage in Tacoma's green spaces. Volunteer at one of 14 sites throughout Tacoma on Green Tacoma Day! Volunteers will plant trees, remove invasive weeds, connect with neighbors, and provide a helping hand to our natural areas! No experience is necessary. We will supply gloves, tools, water and snack bars. We will teach you everything you need to know about tool use, safety, forest health, and the importance of the work you will be doing. No experience necessary, just come ready to learn something new! Be sure to sign in at registration when you arrive.
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
This event will happen rain or shine!

Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome; a parent or guardian must accompany volunteers under 16.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Registration is available online.
Help Restore Juanita Bay Park
Green Kirkland Partnership
Date/Time: Saturday, October 28, 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: No experience is necessary and we encourage volunteers of all ages to join us! 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: greenkirkland@kirklandwa.gov. Registration is available online.
Green Everett Day
Date/Time: Saturday, October 28, 9am - noon
Location: Forest Park, 802 E Mukilteo Blvd., Everett

Join a hundred of your Everett neighbors, friends, and family as we celebrate the city's forests! This is the first day of the planting season for the Partnership and we like to celebrate it with a party! Volunteer to help us plant over 500 trees and shrubs in Everett's oldest public park. There will be food, friends from the community, activities for all ages, and prizes to be raffled off. Come, plant a tree, leave a lasting legacy in your city, and join the party! All ages and abilities welcome. Gloves, tools, and instructions will be provided.

Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer. An adult should accompany youth under the age of 15. If you are under 18 and would like to participate AND will NOT be accompanied by supervising adult/parent/guardian you will need to bring the youth release waiver form signed by your parent/guardian to the event.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: greeneverett@forterra.org, 425.238.0065. Registration is available online.
Start a Bake Sale to Benefit No Kid Hungry
No Kid Hungry - Share Our Strength
Date/Time: Flexible - choose a time that works for you.
Location: You choose! Simply find a local business, school, place of worship, community center or neighborhood that will allow you to hold your bake sale. It's that simple. We have more ideas for good locations in our Location Guide.

Funds raised through Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry support Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Nationally, the campaign provides leadership, raises awareness and advocates for change that will make sure no kid in America ever goes hungry. Locally, Share Our Strength funds the most effective anti-hunger organizations and builds partnerships that bring together public officials, nonprofits, community groups, private funders and businesses to end childhood hunger in a particular state or city. Click here for more information on how to start your own Bake Sale. Our online Bakers' Resources includes lots of how-to tips, signage and much more. If you are looking for something that is not on the list, please call or email us with your suggestions.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: bakesale@strength.org, 800.761.4227
Make Sandwiches for the Hungry
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: A homeless shelter your community.

Many homeless shelters really appreciate having a supply of sandwiches on hand to give to their residents for lunch. You and your family can help by making sandwiches to bring to a local homeless shelter in your community. First, find a local shelter interested in your donation, check on any specific instructions, and arrange a delivery date and time. Then gather your supplies, make your sandwiches, and deliver them as a family. Find more information and ideas on the Doing Good Together Make Sandwiches Project page.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
As you know, Doing Good Together promotes lessons in kindness and empathy through big-hearted conversations which often take place during storytime. Reading DGT's recommended books on topics such as kindness, gratitude, and mindfulness leads to great discussions. Likewise, DGT offers book lists on challenging issues, like bullying, hunger, and global poverty. Our newest book list focuses on the important subject of Death & Grief. We hope these books help you and your young ones start age appropriate conversations on a tough topic that deserves discussion.


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