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Nonprofit organizations need your help more now than ever!! Many lack the capacity and resources they need to support their missions and the numerous people they serve. Your professional expertise and passion for contributing to the community will play an essential role in helping these organizations realize their full potential.
Who are we? 501 Commons provides high quality, affordable consulting, coaching, and training services to nonprofits, schools, and public agencies thanks to volunteer consultants who generously give of their time and talents. The Executive Service Corps, a program of 501 Commons, is dedicated to connecting the skills and expertise of volunteer consultants with organizations in need of planning and management consulting.
How does it work? Members of 501 Commons’ Service Corps support nonprofits by acting as:
- Consultants on well-defined projects that are guided by a consulting contract
- Facilitators of meetings, retreats, and conferences
- Coaches for nonprofit leaders While the requirements of each project vary, on average consultants can expect to serve 6-12 hours per month throughout the course of 4-6 months, and work on projects in pairs. All volunteers are covered by 501 Commons' Professional Liability coverage. What’s in it for you?
As a service corps member you will:
- Learn new skills that fuel personal and professional growth
- Have access to our online training, resource library, and professional development workshops
- Apply your background and expertise towards supporting the nonprofit community
How do you start? For more information about this opportunity and how to join the service corps, please visit the "engage" section of our website www.501commons.org.
With the support of paid staff, direct care volunteers are primarily focused on providing supportive, compassionate care through play, meal preparation, field trips, and assistance with daily living requirements. They assist in ensuring that the children at the Sanctuary are cared for and engaged in appropriate recreational activities.
The Amara Emergency Sanctuary serves up to 5 children at a time, for up to 72 hours per child, in a homelike environment. These children, ages 0-12, have just been removed from their homes for their own safety by Child Protective Services. They enter care at a critical time and in a vulnerable state.
We are looking for volunteers for our American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in West Seattle. Volunteer roles include accepting & sorting donations, preparing clothing donations, pricing, merchandising, register operations, customer service & more. Come have some fun with our committed and enthusiastic team!!
American Cancer Society Discovery Shops help support the fight against cancer through the sale of high quality, new or gently used, donated merchandise. For over 50 years, the Society has owned and operated these specialty resale stores, featuring items such as clothing, accessories, jewelry, furniture, artwork, antiques, collectibles, and other household items.
Bailey-Boushay House—Volunteer Services Program Assistant
Contact: Stephanie Pietras, Stephanie.pietras[at]virginiamason[dot]org
Commitment: volunteers commit to one ongoing shift each week for one year.
Volunteer at Bailey-Boushay to assist with the day-to-day operations and make a positive difference in the lives of our residents and clients! Bailey-Boushay House is a nursing facility and day health facility located in Seattle's Madison Valley neighborhood. We are part of Virginia Mason Health System and have been supporting those living with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses for over 24 years. Volunteers support clients who attend our day health program as well as our 35 residents (living with HIV/AIDS, ALS, Huntington's Disease and/or cancer). Volunteers provide practical support in: assisting at meal time, escorting or driving residents and clients to appointments, working the reception desk or assisting with an activity or social event. Volunteers also provide vital emotional support, and in so, decrease isolation and depression by: escorting with walks in our beautiful neighborhood, watching movies, and being a nonjudgmental presence.
Virginia Mason requires a health screening, interview and completion of on-line Health Learning Center modules prior to first shift.
Bailey-Boushay House—Professional Volunteer Hair Stylist
Contact: Stephanie Pietras, Stephanie.pietras[at]virginiamason[dot]org
Commitment: Hair stylists commit to one or two 3-4 hour shift each month.
Bailey-Boushay House is a nursing and day health facility located in the Madison Valley neighborhood. It is part of Virginia Mason Health Systems and has been serving those living with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses for 25 years. We are looking for individuals with a current WA state Cosmetology License wishing to give back to our community by providing hair cuts to both our clients and residents. If you enjoy working with a diverse population and making a difference in the lives of our clients and residents, we will provide the space, and hair station! A good haircut can change a person's outlook and make their day!
All volunteers are required to complete an interview, background check, on-line orientation, Health Learning Center modules and health screening prior to first shift.
Bloodworks Northwest is an independent, non-profit regional resource for blood services, specialized labs, patient services, and medical research. We are looking for volunteers to assist with donors post donation and/or greet and register volunteer blood donors at both our Central Seattle center or area blood drives. We currently searching for volunteers with reliable transportation (car, bus, bike, etc) to travel to local businesses within Downtown Seattle M-F, between the hours of 8am -5pm Great opportunity for those interested in healthcare - or those unable to donate blood.
Training provided, flexible schedule (preference given to folks with availability during business hours at this time), references provided after 6 months of regular volunteer service.
Capitol Hill Tool Library (Sustainable Capitol Hill)—Library/ Workshop Volunteer
Contact: Gina Hicks, gina[at]sustainablecapitolhill[dot]org
Commitment: 1 shift (3 hours). It's more fun to do regular shifts, but it's totally at the volunteer's discretion. All shifts are during open hours. We're open Wed 3-9pm, Sat 9-noon, Sun 4-7.
The Capitol Hill Tool Library is a community resource where people can check out tools (from saws to telescopes to food dehydrators), work in the workshop, or take classes. We need volunteers to help staff the library. Tasks could include helping people find and check out tools (we use an online inventory system), processing new tool donations, helping with classes, helping people use tools in the workshop, repairing broken tools. The limits are whatever the volunteer is comfortable doing. We operate on a donation basis, so anyone can use the library regardless of financial means.
The Youth Tutoring Program needs caring and dedicated volunteers like you to be mentors and tutors for students living in West Seattle’s low and mixed-income housing community, High Point, Rainier Vista, New Holly, or the Lake Washington Apartments.
YTP serves a diverse group of students, many who come from immigrant and refugee families. We match tutors and students 1:1 to foster the best mentoring and tutoring relationships. We focus on skill building so our students to catch-up and get ahead in school.
Not only do we train our volunteers to be effective tutors, we provide our volunteers with the tools (such as individualized tutor plans and skill-building activities) so that you have what you need to make a difference!
Volunteers will be experienced business owners or business professionals who will connect with CIE's Community Enterprise clients for one-on-one mentoring using MicroMentor.org - an innovative online matching service. Once connected, the mentor and the client work together to develop a mutually agreeable scope of work and meeting schedule. The mentoring relationship might be very specific and require only a single phone or in person meeting, or it may be long-term and consist of regular check-ins. It all depends on what works best for the mentor and the client.
CIE will provide a weekly volunteer orientation on Fridays at 9am. Attendance at an orientation is not required to begin.
CHOICES Education Group—Volunteer Classroom Presenter
Contact: Christine Segat, King County Project Mgr; csegat[at]choices[dot]org
Commitment: Two days consecutive days at a school for an 1-2 hours each day.
CHOICES is an interactive decision making workshop that focuses on keeping teens in school by motivating them toward their education and future. Volunteers take students through real world exercises about the consequences of dropping out and the opportunities gained by staying in school. They also introduce practical life skills such as time management, goal setting and self discipline to help teens succeed. Once trained, you sign up to present a workshop, then you will deliver two 1 hour sessions to 8th graders over two days during school hours. We provide all the training (approximately 2-3 two hours of training time) and materials prior to going into the classroom. We have many schools scheduled throughout the school year so there are lots of opportunities that can fit your schedule. Started by a Seattle dad over 30 years ago, CHOICES has served more than 6 million teens since then. We'd love to have you join our team!
Crisis Clinic—24 Hour Crisis Line Volunteer Phone Worker
Contact: Ryan Bolding, volunteerservices[at]crisisclinic[dot]org
Commitment: 60 Hours of Specialized Training over the period of 4 weeks prior to active volunteering with a once weekly 4 hour shift for the period of 12 months.
Crisis Clinic offers telephone-based crisis intervention and information and referrals to community services for youth and adults. Volunteers on the 24-hour Crisis Line provide confidential and compassionate support and receive free professional training from our outstanding team of professionals. Volunteers acquire advanced communication skills, on-going mentoring by Licensed Mental Health Professionals as supervisors and enjoy a meaningful form of community service. Crisis Clinic has served the Seattle-King County, WA area for over 50 years and relies on the skilled and committed service of close to 400 volunteers. Join our amazing community and start helping lives on the line!
Elk Run Farm is a nonprofit farm that provides farm fresh produce for 12 food banks across South King County. This is our first full growing season and the farm is in full swing, harvesting about 80-100 lbs of produce each week.
We are looking for dedicated volunteers to help us plant and harvest our crops as well as maintain our land by keeping the weeds at bay! Hours are flexible and we will provide an initial orientation along with any training necessary for the task. No previous farm experience required. Help us feed the South King County community and learn how to grow fruits and veggies with us!
As a volunteer mentor, you are that friend and support system. Through spending time together, having fun and enjoying each other, your student will become more confident and comfortable in their own skin. Our youth will also be exposed to your life and experiences, which many times are different than those in their home life. As a mentor, you will spend time with your youth three times a month, engaging, and deepening your relationship. Our mission is to create lasting relationships between mentor and student, in which the student feels empowered to take responsibility for their own life. As a volunteer mentor, you are giving students an example, and helping them build their self-confidence and grow into responsible, competent young adults. Mentors must be 21+.
Volunteers choose assignments in their own community to visit with hospice patients to provide companionship, run errands, or help with light housework. Volunteers must be 21+.
For more information and application visit our website: https://www.evergreenhealth.com/volunteer-info
Would you like to positively impact the lives of at-risk youth? You can make a big difference! Family Law CASA seeks new volunteers to investigate and report on the best interests of the child during tough custody disputes. New Advocate Training is January 26 & 27, 2018. After training and an orientation meeting with an Advocate Supervisor, new advocates spend an average of 60 hours over 6-9 months conducting an investigation and writing report(s).
For more information on what being a CASA means and for a link to our application, visit our website at: http://www.familylawcasa.org/what-is-a-casa/
Feral Cat Spay/ Neuter Project- Spay/ Neuter Clinic Volunteer
Contact: John O'Connor, john[at]feralcatproject[dot]org
Commitment: 5 hours per week for six months (ideally, but we can accomodate other schedules)
Do you love cats? Do you want to be a part of reducing euthanasia in shelters and helping the population of homeless cats? Can you work in a fast-paced environment on your feet for a few hours every week or two?
The Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project is looking for volunteers to help in our spay/neuter clinic with the feral, free-roaming, and owned cats that we serve. Volunteer opportunities include:
- Preparing cats for spay/neuter surgery (shaving and scrubbing surgical sites, assisting clinic staff)
- Monitoring cats after surgery and making sure they are warm and fed
- Cleaning surgical instruments and assembling surgical packs
- Clinic cleaning and laundry
- Assisting with check-in and check-out of cats
- Setting appointments for clients (can be done from home)
Front Desk volunteers help Folio create a welcoming environment for our library members and visitors.This is an opportunity for individuals who like to engage with the public; responsibilities include greeting members, checking in and out books, helping patrons locate books, assisting with shelving, answering the phone and admin support as needed.
Folio is a gathering place for books and the people who love them. Devoted to the intellectually curious, Folio offers circulating collections, vibrant conversations, innovative cultural and civic programs, and work spaces for writers. Come to Folio for an hour or a day. The books are waiting for you.
What WE do: receive donations of furniture, building supplies, and tools from the community and sell them for steep discounts (typically 50-60% of retail value). All proceeds from these sales support safe, decent, affordable housing and repairs in Seattle & King County.
What YOU do: help us make a difference in the community by helping us pick up donated items, clean/fix them, and organize them out on our sales floors. We have very few staff- we rely on volunteers to make the stores' mission possible!
Are you ready to make a difference for affordable housing? Contact us today!
Stores are located in Bellevue and Southcenter, and are open Tuesday-Saturday from 10AM-6PM. All volunteer opportunities are during this time. Store volunteers are not allowed to operate cash controlled procedures (cash register & pricing).
We are looking for current college students or recent college graduates to join our volunteer or leadership team. We are a quickly growing nonprofit organization and student organization at UW. We work with underserved students across King County and focus in the areas of youth development, college access, education, higher education, and mentorship. We are ideally looking for students at UW-Seattle because we hold meetings and trainings at the UW-Seattle campus. We strongly encourage students/graduates with any of the following skills to apply:
- Data Software
- Full-Stacks Developer, Software Developer
- Computer Science/Informatics
- Business: Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Information Systems, HR, PR
- Social Media/Vlogging
- College Access/College Mentorship
- Fundraising/Grant Writing
- Event Planning
Want to make a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities? More than 300 volunteers every week are needed to assist the 230 children and adults with disabilities Little Bit serves. No horse experience or knowledge of disabilities is required, training is provided. If you're interested in lending your expertise outside of the arena, we also have special event, facilities, administrative, and group volunteer activities available.
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center's mission is to improve the bodies, minds, and spirits of children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapies and activities, and is an inspiration and educational resource to the therapeutic riding profession, both regionally and nationally.
Program volunteers assist riders by grooming and tacking horses before class, supporting riders while in class, leading horses, and putting away horses after class.
Barn Team volunteers assist with horse lunch and barn chores, including filling water buckets and cleaning stalls.
Administrative Team Volunteers support Little Bit’s mission by assisting in our office. Maintenance Team Volunteers ensure that the Little Bit facility is safe, clean, and running smoothly.
We are excited to share our special research project on South Seattle College with the general community, toward a promotion of citizen science. We have many ways you can become involved, including landscape maintenance, photography, IT, data collection, and others. We would like to include as many people as possible and see if we can find a volunteer role for you that matches your background and strengths. Please contact us as soon as possible and we can orient you to our project.
This position is a unique opportunity to be directly involved in basic horticulture research, working as a member of a team investigating the landscape potential of Mahonia species and cultivars in the Pacific Northwest (email for separate project description). Under the supervision of the project leads and student interns, volunteers will help maintain the project area. Refreshments, snacks, work gloves and hand tools are provided at regularly scheduled work parties. Volunteers must have appropriate clothing to work outside in all types of weather. This research project is funded by a grant from the Washington State Department of Agriculture and is hosted by South Seattle College.
Para Los Niños is a grassroots community organization founded by members of the community it serves—the growing immigrant, Spanish-speaking population in South King County.
We are looking for volunteers who love to work with children and are passionate about education and making a positive impact in our community. In this position you will work with Latino immigrant children in a grassroots community organization committed to create academic and life success for every Latino student. You will be part of their path to school readiness (ages 2-5) or their school journey (grades 1st-6th and 7th and 8th). We are looking for bilingual or heritage speakers or anyone who feels at ease and enjoy being part of a bilingual--bicultural Spanish-English speaking environment, and wants to make a positive difference in children's lives. Are you that person?
Project Access Northwest collaborates with the health care community to open doors to medical and dental care for low income individuals with limited access. Our vision is that everyone in our community will have access to appropriate health care services. We are looking for a volunteer dental coordinator to provide support to patients, providers and our staff. Duties include: Calling patients and dentists to schedule dental appointments; Faxing referrals and mailing appointment information to patients; Following up after appointments to obtain needed documentation; Documenting in the patient’s electronic file; and calling dentists to confirm their participation in the program. Flexible hours: Mon-Friday, 9am - 5pm in an office environment.
Benefits include: Knowledge that you are part of a team working to remove barriers to health care for the low income population while also ensuring that the processes and systems work for the hospitals and providers with whom we partner; Work experience; and Free refreshments as they are available.
We are a very popular non-profit boxing program for people with Parkinson's Disease. Volunteers are needed to help our boxers maneuver through pre-designed boxing drills. Our boxers are named "Big Daddy" and "Pretty Boy". This is a large, energetic, FUN class.
Rock Steady Boxing is an "evidence based program". Our classes are Monday and Wednesday at 12 and Friday at 10:30am. Classes are 1-1/2 hours long.
We are asking volunteers to help us steward the arboretum including tasks like weeding, restoration, mulching and other ongoing gardening activities. We are able to train people, can provide tools, and also provide coffee and treats. We are a student, instructor and intern-run arboretum that also functions as a learning lab, and we want to get more people involved out in the community.
Our work parties are on Second Saturdays, from 10 am-noon; meet in the Garden Center! You may want to bring your own gloves and extra water.
Tiny Trees Preschool--Classroom Volunteer
Contact: Katie, Katie[at]Tinytrees[dot]org
Commitment: 4 hours a month for up to 12 months.
We have fantastic volunteer opportunities coming up so that you can get involved in our classrooms! This will be a great opportunity to meet some of the Tiny Trees teachers as well as connect to the greater Tiny Trees community. Activities will include assisting teachers and children with activities in the classroom, walking in the woods, digging in the dirt, moving boxes, building learning areas and general clean-up.
Volunteering with Tiny Trees Preschool is a meaningful way to give back to children and families in your community, so please come join us!
If you love to read, and want to help promote literacy, you could learn to transcribe books into braille! WTBBL is starting a free braille transcribing class in 25 lessons in October 2017! Classes meet at WTBBL -- 2021 9th Avenue (at Lenora) in Seattle. Free parking available during class.
First session on Wednesday, October 18 begins at 6 p.m. All other classes are held on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Register at http://tinyurl.com/wtbbl-class.