May 2018 - Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

May 2018 Seattle Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

May 2018 - Seattle  

 
Provide Weekend Hunger Bags for Children in Need
Backpack Brigade
 
Date/Time: Varies depending on your chosen volunteer activity. View monthly calendar for selected dates and times. Shifts needed include:
  • Wednesday: Prep & Inventory, 10am - noon
  • Thursday: Set Up Groups, 9am - noon
  • Friday: Set Up & Packing, 8:30 - 11am
  • Friday: Delivery, 10am - noon
Location: 831 Seattle Blvd S, Seattle

Many displaced students rely solely on the free breakfasts and lunches they receive at school, so weekends and breaks leave them without a reliable source of food. Every Friday during the school year, our volunteers pack bags of nutritious, easy-to-eat food and drop them at area K-8 schools, where they are distributed to students in need. In addition, boxes of healthy snacks are delivered to area high schools for hungry older teens. Powered by volunteers and strengthened through donations, Backpack Brigade aims to provide better food to more of Seattle's hungry children each weekend. Volunteers are needed in the following areas:

Inventory & Prep: Inventory and prep volunteers do the advance work to make sure our busy Fridays go smoothly, by taking stock of our supplies and getting everything ready for our packers.
Set Up: Set-up volunteers to organize our supplies into food groups and arrange them on tables in our packing area.
Pack: Packing volunteers create nutritious meal-packs from the food tables in our staging area. They ensure all packs have appropriate items, confirm that we've covered all schools and kids, and that all packs are loaded into the delivery vehicles.
Deliver: Delivery drivers take our meal packages to our supported schools, using their own vehicles. We will coordinate with you on a delivery route that works for you and any size vehicle is great.
 
Ages: All ages welcome with adult supervision.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Nichelle Hilton, Nichelle@backpackbrigade.org or 206.495.8183. Registration is available online.
 
 
Mother's Day Spring Baskets
YWCA
 
Date/Time: Thursday, May 7 between 8am and noon
 
Location: East Cherry YWCA, 2820 E. Cherry Street, Seattle
 
Please help host a Mother's Day basket for one of our 1,000 families in the YWCA of Seattle's E. Cherry Region! We want to help every kid in our program enjoy the normal celebrations of childhood whether their family is homeless, fleeing domestic violence, or in transition. One way the YWCA tries to do that is by helping them celebrate holidays like Mother's Day. To host a basket, we ask you donate a card for the children to sign and that you purchase a few nice things for Mom. Basket items can include items like chocolates, soaps, lotions, candles, hair products, planners, and more. We will need close to 1,000 baskets to cover all programs. Please consider sponsoring a family or getting a group together and sponsoring 100...every single donation helps.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Nichelle Hilton, 206.375.1496, nhilton@ywcaworks.org
www.ywcaworks.org/
 
 
Westcrest Park Forest Restoration Work Party - 8th Ave
DIRT Corps
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 19, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Westcrest Park, 9000 8th Ave SW, Seattle. Meet next to the p-patch gardens. Click here for a map of the parking and work area.

Join DIRT Corps in revitalizing Westcrest Park. We are working on the parcel of land next to 8th Ave, and it is overgrown with Himalayan blackberries. It's up to us and our volunteers to bring it under control! We'll start out the event with a brief weed ID and then we will work to clear this beautiful space of harmful species that overtake the area. Let's work together to gradually transform and maintain Westcrest Park and to make it a great public space for everyone to enjoy. Bring water and also lunch if you think you are going to get hungry. DIRT Corps will provide coffee and light refreshments.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Questions? Email kat@thedirtcorps.com or call 206.850.2609. Registration is available online. Please contact us if you have any questions.
www.urbansystemsdesign.com/dirt-corps-program
 
 
Stewardship Opportunities
Magnuson Children's Garden
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 19, 10am - 1pm

Location: 6344 NE 74th St, Seattle
 
Magnuson Children's Garden is a vibrant, interactive garden that was founded in 2001. From its very first design meeting to this year's community events, this garden has been an inclusive project. All its whimsical and interactive features have been dreamed up by local children and carried out by child and adult volunteers. The garden is free to the public 365 days a year, and it is a delightful place for families to enjoy self-guided scavenger hunts and other adventures. Our monthly stewardship events feature simple and fun garden tasks for all ages and abilities.

Environmental stewardship volunteer activities include:
  • Mulching with wood chips
  • Planting in the vegetable garden
  • Watering garden beds and herb pots
Gardening tools and gloves will be provided, along with light refreshments of water, coffee, and granola bars.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are invited to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Emily Bishton, magnusonchildrensgarden@gmail.com. Pre-registration is required for groups of six or more. Registration is encouraged for everyone, but drop ins for smaller volunteer groups are okay.
www.magnusonchildrensgarden.org
 
 
Northwest Folklife Festival Greeters
Northwest Folklife
 
Date/Time: Friday, May 25 - Monday, 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 47th annual Northwest Folklife is free, creating the most inclusive, wide reaching arts experience. Volunteers greeters are the heart of our Festival. Greeters staff our entrances and make sure every patron is acknowledged while entering or exiting the Festival. As members of the Festival Fundraising team, Greeters hand out program guides to patrons and encourage them to make donations as they enter or exit the Festival. Greeters need to be able to stand for the majority of their shift. Greeters work outside rain or shine so please dress accordingly.

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: Xaviera Vandermay, Volunteer Coordinator, 206.684.7300
volunteers@nwfolklife.org. Volunteer application and registration available online.  
www.nwfolklife.org
 
 
Help Homeless Youth
YouthCare
 
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 & school supplies
  • Prepaid phones & minutes 
  • Hygiene items (shampoo, liquid soap, razors) 
  • Jackets & hoodies 
  • Sleeping bags 
  • New pillows 
  • Gift cards (Safeway, Fred Meyer, Target, Ross, etc.)
You can also order from the YouthCare 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
www.YouthCare.org
 
 
Explore Nature with a Scavenger Hunt
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime you can get outdoors with your family!
 
Location: Your local park or nature center

When children learn to appreciate and enjoy nature, they are more likely to grow into adults who value and protect our environment. You and your family can use Doing Good Together's printable Nature Scavenger Hunt checklist to liven up your next walk in the woods. Enjoy exploring nature as a family, invite friends along, or bring this activity to your scouts meeting, classroom, or community gathering. Check out Doing Good Together's Nature Scavenger Hunt project page for more ideas and reflection questions.

Ages: The whole family is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Celebrate Milestones This May!

Whether you are celebrating the graduation of a preschooler or college student - or any big moment in between - these milestone moments offer opportunities for sharing gifts that encourage kindness and giving. Visit our Shop Kind Vendor Page for our favorite gift-giving books. And for advice on tackling transitions (by kids and parents), revisit this post from our Blogger: www.doinggoodtogether.org/bhf/blog/masterful-transitions.

 

 

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