January 2018 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

January 2018 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities


January 2018 - Seattle  

MLK Weekend of Service
  • Saturday, January 13, 9 -noon
  • Sunday January 14, 10am - 2pm
  • Monday, January 15, 10am - 2pm
  • Saturday, Wapato Hills Park (South) Tacoma. Click here for directions.
  • Sunday, Wildwood Park, Mercer Island, 7400 86th Ave SE, Mercer Island. Click here for directions.
  • Monday, Cheasty Greenspace, 4513 Cheasty Blvd S, Seattle. Click here for directions.
Join EarthCorps during the MLK Weekend of Service! While the exact tasks at hand will 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! EarthCorps runs our events rain or shine. Remember to check the weather and bring appropriate layers and rain gear/sun wear if needed.

For your safety and comfort please bring:
  • Clothing that can get dirty (because it will!)
  • Long pants and a long sleeve shirt (helps protect against prickly plants)
  • Sturdy shoes that can handle some mud (closed toed shoes are required: work boots, hiking boots, or running shoes are all fine)
  • Sack lunch and snacks
  • Full water bottle
Ages: A parent or guardian must accompany volunteers under the age of 12 for the duration of the volunteer event. Youth 12-18 can attend events unaccompanied, but must bring a filled out and signed Youth Volunteer Waiver to each volunteer event.
Time Commitment: Three to four hours
Contact: volunteer@earthcorps.org, 206.322.9296, ext. 217. Registration is available online 
MLK Day at Rose Hill Meadows
Green Kirkland Partnership
Date/Time: Monday, January 15, 10am - 1pm
Location: Rose Hill Meadows Park, 8212 124th Ave NE, Kirkland. The volunteer event will start inside the park near the small parking lot - look for Green Kirkland Signs. Street parking is available on 124th Ave NE adjacent to the park. Limited parking located in the lot at the park.

Join the Green Kirkland Partnership to help with the restoration of Rose Hill Meadows on Martin Luther King Day. Volunteers will spend the morning participating in restoration activities which may include removing non-native invasive plants like English ivy and Himalayan blackberry, spreading mulch over cleared areas, and planting native trees, shrubs and ground covers. No experience is necessary and we encourage volunteers of all ages to join us! This event will be led by a volunteer Green Kirkland Steward. Please dress for the weather (layers are encouraged and rain gear is a must most times of year), wear close-toed shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Bring a filled water bottle and snacks to munch on. Tools, gloves, and training will be provided.

Ages: Volunteers younger than 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 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
Monthly Birthday Parties
Mary's Place
Date/Time: Third Saturday of the month, 12:30 - 4:30 pm
Location: Mary's Place Family Center in Northshore, 18118 73rd Ave NE, Kenmore

Mary's Place 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. Mary's Place invites small groups of six volunteers to come host monthly birthday parties for the kids at our Family Centers. We ask volunteers to plan party games, come in and decorate, and lead the party activities.
Ages: Community members of all ages are welcome!
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: To check for availability, email megan@marysplaceseattle.org
MLK Day: Help Build a Refugee Community Garden
United Way King County & World Relief Seattle
Date/Time: Monday, January 15, 9am - 12:30pm
Location: 930 E. James St, Kent

World Relief Seattle is the largest refugee resettlement agency in Western Washington and has been serving refugees in the Seattle area since 1979. United Way King County is teaming up with World Relief Seattle to help build community gardens for our new refugee neighbors! World Relief Seattle envisions every local refugee and vulnerable immigrant welcomed by community, rooted in community, and empowered by community.
Ages: Families with children ages six and older are welcome to volunteer
Time Commitment: Three and one-half hours
Contact: Veronika Pappuleas, vpappuleas@wr.org, 253.277.1121 ext. 257. Registration is available online.   
MLK Day of Service Restoration Event
Seward Park Audubon Center
Date/Time: Monday, January 15, 10am - 2pm
Location: Seward Park, 902 Lake Washington Blvd. S, Seattle. We will gather at Picnic Shelter #3. Enter Seward Park by car and drive up Seward Park Drive until the first parking lot on your right. You will see us over by the bathrooms!

Join the Seward Park Audubon Center for a planting party on MLK Day! One of the most rewarding parts of restoring a habitat is to plant the native plants that will continue to grow in that place for decades to come. Make sure to dress for the weather. Boots are great, but any closed toe shoes will work as long as you're OK with getting them dirty. We'll provide the tools and the work gloves. Bring your water bottle as we will have a refill station. Thank you so much for taking your MLK day to serve the park we all love!
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: Marina Pita, mpita@audubon.org or 206.652.2444 x 107. Registration is available online.
Help Spruce up Elk River Farm
Elk River Farm
Date/Time: Monday, January 15, 10am - 2pm
Location: 22500 SE 275th Place, Maple Valley

Help Elk Run Farm better serve our food bank clients throughout South King County by
volunteering with Elk Run Farm on Martin Luther King Day! Elk Run Farm is nonprofit farm in Maple Valley that grows fresh produce for local food banks in South King County. The farm grows organic produce exclusively for customers at the member food banks, helping to decrease food insecurity and making the healthy choice the easy choice for folks coming to the food banks. January is an excellent time for the farm to focus on the land and to complete infrastructure projects. By giving Elk Run Farm extra care and maintenance, we can set ourselves up for a great growing season. Volunteers tasks will include:
  • Sprucing up the Children's Garden and make it a more inviting place.
  • Helping to weed and maintain our Grape Hill
  • Adding the finishing touches to our wash pack structure by assembling the equipment needed to make it a more efficient harvesting space.
Ages: Volunteers under age 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: elkrunfarmer@gmail.com, 206.556.0156. Registration is available online.
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, volunteers@northhelpline.org, 206.367.3477
Make No-Sew Blankets
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: Your home or community
Enjoy a cozy family kindness project for a cold month! Your children can help make these simple, fleece  blankets and provide comfort to a child in need. No sewing is required. Many local organizations would appreciate your donations of these easy-to-create fleece blankets. Check with hospitals, homeless shelters, care facilities, or police and fire stations to gauge interest. Or you can deliver them to your local chapter of Project Linus or Binky Patrol. These two groups will distribute them to organizations with the greatest need. Visit the Doing Good Together Make No-Sew Blankets Project page for blanket-making instructions and reflection questions.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
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