January 2019 - Seattle
Friendly Visitors for Seniors
Friend to Friend America
Location: Various Assisted Living, Adult Family and Group homes in the Greater Seattle area. Friend To Friend America matches volunteers in five Puget Sound counties: King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston.
Many of the 60,000 elderly and disabled persons living in a 'Home' in the Puget Sound area never have a special visitor. Living away from family and friends, they feel isolated and lonely, which leads to further physical and mental deterioration. Many are discouraged and depressed and have lost their will to live. Visits by a caring friend add a dimension that enriches and make the lives of seniors more meaningful. Friend to Friend America links volunteers with elder friends to promote social and emotional wellness for those living in extended-care communities.
Ages: Families with children are welcome to volunteer.
Time Commitment: A minimum of two hours per month for a year.
Help Local Children - Pack, Organize, Distribute Donations
There are a variety of dates and times available. Check website
- White Center, 10002 14th Ave SW
- South Lake Union, 435 8th Ave N
WestSide Baby provides essentials to local children in need by collecting and distributing diapers, clothing, and equipment. Volunteers are an integral part of the organization and tasks can include sorting incoming donations of clothing and other items, packaging diapers, packaging toys, filling orders for children, and other projects as needed.
Families with children ages eight and older are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany volunteers between ages 8-13 and volunteers ages 14-17 must have a signed consent form
Time Commitment: Three to four hours
MLK Week of Service
Juanita Beach Park
Date/Time: Friday, January 18, 10am - 1pm
Juanita Beach Park, 9703 NE Juanita Drive, Kirkland. Park in the main parking lot near the children's play area near the western end of the lot (near the stream). We will meet near the foot bridge at the west end of the parking lot--look for the Green Kirkland Partnership signs
Join Green Kirkland and City of Kirkland Parks Maintenance Division for a fun day of planting native trees and shrubs at Juanita Beach Park in honor of MLK Week of Service. No experience is necessary and we encourage volunteers of all ages to join us! This event will be led by Green Kirkland Steward Jodie and Parks Staff. All tools, training and gloves will be provided.Please note:
- Closed-toe shoes are required
- Please wear clothes that can get dirty. We recommend raingear, warm layers, long pants, and long sleeves.
- Please bring a full water bottle and snacks, if desired. There is a portable bathroom onsite but there is no running water
Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome but youth younger than 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Time Commitment: Three hours
MLK Day Projects
Date/Time: Monday, January 21, 10am - 2pm
- Kubota Garden Natural Area: Rainier Beach/South Seattle - click here for directions
- Eastgate Park: Bellevue - click here for directions
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-toe 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, email@example.com, 206.322.9296 ext. 217. Registration is available on the Earthcorps calendar.
Intergenerational Service Projects for Children & Seniors
Full Life Care
Click here for Full Life Care's Adult Day Health Center locations. Caring Cards should be delivered to:
800 Jefferson St, Suite 620
Seattle, WA 98104
Full Life is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for elders and people with chronic or terminal illnesses and disabilities. We respect the dignity of our participants and provide for them with care and compassion. We are committed to the independence and well-being of all participants and to providing respite for caregivers. Full Life is working toward a future where adults with serious illnesses or disabilities can be supported in the community rather than living in isolation or needing to resort to institutional care.Volunteers can get involved in a few ways:Visit an Adult Day Health Center
: Children and families are instrumental in bringing joy and intergenerational connections with seniors for a more holistic approach to community building. Play music, sing songs, bring an activity, or a talent to share! Our adult day health center senior programs run from 9am to noon. Visits typically last forty-five minutes to one and one-half hours.Create a Caring Card
: Creative, artistic, homemade cards for seniors provide a meaningful source of care and kindness. Cards are shared with clients who attend our adult day health centers, behavioral health wellness studios, residents in our memory care homes, and also participants in our ElderFriends program. Most of our clients/participants have a chronic illness and/or disability or are feeling socially isolated. Make either Get Well cards or Birthday cards:
- Get Well card: Write a get-well message for a client who is out sick or not feeling their best.
- Birthday card: Write a message like "Happy Birthday! I hope the next year is full of laughter and joy." Feel free to create a unique message. Please leave the recipient name blank, sign off with "Your friends at Full Life Care," and leave room for staff to sign the card. You can also add your name if you would like.
Ages: All ages are welcome to visit Full Life Care facilities when accompanied by an adult.
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Ginger Seybold, Director of Volunteer Programs, GingerS@fulllifecare.org, 206.224.3790
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 206.367.3477
Birthday Dreams holds monthly parties at the following locations:
- Tacoma Rescue Mission - Tacoma
- LIHI - Seattle
- Mary's Place - 2 locations - Seattle
- Mamma's Hands - North Bend
- YWCA Passage Point - Maple Valley
- Hope Place - South Seattle
Birthday Dreams is dedicated to bringing joy to homeless children with the gift of a birthday party. Birthday Dreams provides onsite birthday parties at homeless shelters and transitional housing facilities with all the trimmings. Kids are treated to cake, ice cream, and a great time. Things you might do at a party includes: face painting, games, crafts, and running an inflatable bounce house.
Ages: Families with children five and older are welcome to volunteer.
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours
Adopt Everyday Big-Hearted Habits
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We are what we do. By adopting one or two simple, caring routines, you'll give your children a strong sense of themselves as helpers. In this way, big-hearted habits empower kids to become thoughtful, engaged citizens throughout their lives. Visit the Big-Hearted Families Adopt Everyday Big-Hearted Habits page
for ideas to add kindness to your everyday family routines.
Ages: There are ideas for families with children of all ages.
Time Commitment: Varies
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