July 2018 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2018 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

July 2018 - Seattle  

 
Project Cool for Back-to-School Volunteer Days
Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness
 
Date/Time: A variety of shifts are available between Friday, July 13 and Wednesday, July 18. Check the online schedule for shift times.
 
Location: Email projectcool@homelessinfo.org or call 206.204.8350 for drop off information at Columbia City Church of Hope, 3818 S Angeline St, Seattle. There is a small gravel parking lot, as well as free street parking. Please enter through basement doors - down the ramp to the left of the main door of the church.

Project Cool is a volunteer-powered project that helps make sure that hundreds of homeless children and youth across King County start the school year off right by providing them with school supplies, books, health items, and sturdy backpacks. Project Cool helps homeless students who may have lost most or all of their personal possessions get the school supplies they need to feel confident and be prepared for school. Volunteers are needed to help assemble 1,100+ backpacks for students. Activities will include unpacking, sorting, and bundling school supplies, assembling dental kits, filling backpacks with supplies, and organizing backpacks into groups for agencies. You and your family can also help by collecting school supplies.
 
Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome to volunteer. Please indicate names and ages in the volunteer notes section. Volunteer Days are not a good fit for children younger than five, but please contact the Coalition to learn about other ways the young people in your life can get involved. An adult must accompany volunteers younger than 12.
 
Time Commitment: Shifts are either two or two and one-half hours.
 
Contact: Hillary Coleman, 206.204.8350, hillary@homelessinfo.org. Registration is available online.
www.homelessinfo.org/
 
 
Food Recovery Harvests and Gleans
FareStart
 
Date/Time(s): Various dates now through October:
  • Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center shifts Fridays and Saturdays, 10am - noon
  • Food Bank Farm shifts Sundays and Wednesdays, noon - 2pm
Prior to signing up for a volunteer shift, FareStart requires all applicants to attend a Volunteer Information Session, which is held most Tuesdays from 4 to 4:30 p.m. You can sign up for an information session here.
 
Location(s):
Volunteer orientation location:
  • 700 Virginia St., Seattle
Volunteer Harvests and Gleans locations:
  • Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center, 10819 Carnation-Duvall Rd NE, Carnation
  • Food Bank Farm's fields are located at Chinook Farms, 10890 Elliot Rd, Snohomish
FareStart's mission is to provide real solutions to poverty, homelessness and hunger. FareStart has been helping people transform their lives through food for over 25 years -- one person, one job and one community at a time. People in poverty struggle to escape the cycle they are in and often face other compounding barriers to getting and keeping a job. FareStart helps people overcome those barriers by teaching them work and life skills they need to succeed in the food service industry and in life. Support food recovery by gleaning fresh produce at Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center in Carnation, or by harvesting with us at Food Bank Farm in Snohomish! Gleaning is the process of collecting leftover produce after a harvest. Every day the FareStart Community Meals program produces hot, well-balanced meals for low-income people at 13 locations in the area, such as shelters, healthcare facilities, transitional housing programs and hospice centers. Community Meals incorporates recovered food into nutritious meals serving several area emergency and transitional facilities.
 
Ages: Families with children age seven and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Chloe Knox, Volunteer Coordinator, (206) 787-1538, chloe.knox@farestart.org
 
 
Urban Farmhand
Lettuce Link (In partnership with Solid Ground)
 
Date/Time: Drop-in hours at Marra Farms are Tuesdays and Fridays 9am-2pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm. Please let us know when you're coming so our farm staff can plan the work in advance: lettucelink@solid-ground.org, or 206.694.6746.
 
Location(s):
Marra Farm Giving Garden (South Park): 9026 4th Ave S, Seattle

Lettuce Link seeks individuals interested in gardening to help grow food for food banks. Volunteers are needed to work at one of our urban farms, Marra Farm Giving Garden, by building soil, preparing vegetable beds, planting vegetable starts and seeds, weeding by hand, composting, watering, harvesting, washing produce, and distributing produce to the community food bank and other locations. Many of our volunteers start with limited or no gardening knowledge and learn as they go, so we welcome you with whatever level of gardening skills and knowledge you bring.

Ages: All ages welcome when accompanied by adults. Families welcome!
If bringing family members under 18, please fill out the Underage Volunteer Waiver.
 
Time Commitment: Four to five-hour shifts
 
Contact: volunteers@solid-ground.org or 206.694.6825. Before volunteering, please fill out our online volunteer intake form. You can also download the form and bring it with you to the farm on your first day.
 
 
Environmental Service Projects
EarthCorps
 
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!
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, volunteer@earthcorps.org, 206.322.9296 ext. 217. Register for projects on the Earthcorps calendar
www.earthcorps.org
 
 
Cook a Meal for Jubilee Residents
Jubilee Women's Center
 
Date/Time: Varies
 
Location: Jubilee Women's Center at Sojourner's Place, 5071 8th Avenue Northeast, Seattle

Jubilee Women's Center supports women experiencing poverty to build stable and fulfilling futures, one extraordinary woman at a time. Invite your friends, family, or co-workers to provide a community meal for Jubilee residents! Our residents have limited food budgets, and community meals provide a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to help out while getting the chance to meet and chat with Jubilee's residents over a home-cooked dinner. This can also be a great way to celebrate a special occasion with family and friends. Meals can be prepared off-site and transported to Jubilee or cooked here in our spacious kitchen. We have two stoves, ovens and workstations, and your group (ideally six or fewer) can use our utensils and serving dishes as well. A staff person can tour your group through our facility before or after dinner. If you are unable to cook onsite, you may prepare a heat-and-eat meal and drop it off for the women to enjoy on their own.

Residents especially appreciate proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables that they don't get to enjoy as often on a limited budget. Here are some sample menu ideas:
  • Baked chicken, rice, vegetables, juice
  • Pork tenderloin, macaroni & cheese, vegetables, juice
  • Beef stew, biscuits, salad, juice
  • Lasagna or spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, juice
Ages: Children of all ages are welcome when accompanied by adults
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Naomi Von Dinklage, 206.957.5512, volunteer@jwcenter.org or naomi@jwcenter.org
www.jwcenter.org
 
 
Write Letters to a Soldier
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible, at your convenience
 
Location: Contact A Million Thanks or Operation Gratitude for information on where to mail your letters

Practice gratitude as well as kindness. You and your family can send some appreciation and cheer to men and women who are serving our country far from home. Reach out to a soldier that you know or contact A Million Thanks or Operation Gratitude, two nonprofit organizations that  make it easy to send letters to soldiers eager for mail from home. Visit the Doing Good Together Write a Letter to a Soldier project page for reflection questions and other ways your family can make a positive difference for soldiers.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org. If you have specific letter-writing questions please contact www.amillionthanks.org/contactus.php or info@operationgratitude.com directly.
www.doinggoodtogether.org

 
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