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Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities


Looking for opportunities to respond to the COVID-19 crisis? Review the current COVID-19 volunteer opportunities here or check-out our COVID-19 Resources for more ways to help! You can also visit United Way King County's volunteer page for other ways to support our community during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Looking to commit to something more than a done-in-a-day project? Check out the latest longer-term opportunities from our nonprofit partners, below. Note: these opportunities are not managed by Seattle Works--we offer the option to publicize organizations' ongoing positions on our website. The links below will put you directly in touch with the appropriate contact at the nonprofit of interest.

When you register for an opportunity, you’ll be prompted to create a Seattle Works account or log-in to an existing account. We ask everyone to sign up for an account before registering for a volunteer opportunity, training or event. Having a Seattle Works account makes it easier for you to view your upcoming events and past event history. It helps us make sure you are receiving timely and relevant communications about the programs you are signed up for. Please contact volunteer@seattleworks.org with any questions about a Seattle Works account.

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Current Opportunities (click links for full descriptions)

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Dogs for Better Lives- Raise a future Assistance Dog!

Dogs for Better Lives is in need of foster puppy raisers. Foster Puppy Raisers open up their homes and hearts to help raise and train future assistance dogs for people with disabilities. Puppy Raisers foster puppies from 8 weeks to 14 months old and attend local training classes in addition to taking the puppy into public for exposure and socialization. Co-raisers who have a family member or friend interested in sharing the responsibility are also welcome to apply. Teenagers co-raising with a parents are welcome to apply. Our puppies are often purpose-bred labrador retrievers, but we do sometimes have a litter of small breed or mixed breed puppies that have been rescued from a shelter.

Anacortes, WA

Friday Feast Volunteer at ROOTS Young Adult Shelter

Friday Feast is an all-ages meal program serving hot dinner to approximately 100-150 people every Friday at the ROOTS shelter location. Volunteers help with meal preparation between 1-5pm, serve dinner from 5:30-7pm, and clean up until 8pm. Volunteers under 18 may participate with adult supervision. Unlike other individual volunteer opportunities, Friday Feast volunteers are not required to attend orientation, make a 6-month commitment or fill out a volunteer application. If you would like to volunteer with Friday Feast simply show up on any Friday between 12pm and 8pm. If you are interested in bringing a group of volunteers please call us and we will work with you to schedule that. When: Fridays; flexible hours between 12pm-8pm ROOTS is a young adult shelter that is almost exclusively volunteer run, serving 18-25 year olds. We are open 365 days a year, with up to 45 guests per night. Volunteers are needed to help with preparing and serving dinner, handing out supplies, and most importantly, building meaningful relationships with the folks who stay here. This is a great chance to make a visible impact in the lives of the people we serve, and be part of a wonderful volunteer community. Check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ROOTS.Shelter or the website rootsinfo.org and see below for more info if you would like to be a part of ROOTS.

Seattle, WA

Friendly Visitor Program

The Friendly Visitor program provides outreach to adults who are isolated due to age or disability. This outreach includes socialization and monitoring the client’s needs. The Friendly Visitor helps Jewish Family Service to ensure the strength and survival of the most vulnerable in our community. As a Friendly Visitor, you will gain the opportunity to perform a valuable mitzvah by supporting the work of Jewish Family Service in your community. Responsibilities: Actively listen, engage and talk with the client. Other potential duties, depending on the client’s needs and the volunteer's abilities, include running errands, shopping, cooking, transportation, gardening, and assistance with various chores. Notify the client in advance of any change in regular visit times. Identify and inform JFS staff of any client needs. Hours: Spend one to two hours at each visit, with a minimum of two visits per month. A commitment to volunteer for at least six months. Requirements: Interest in working with older adults or individuals with disabilities. Reliable, patient and able to engage in active listening. Ability to set limits (i.e., if client wants more of you than seems appropriate, or more than you want or are able to give.) An understanding of Jewish culture recommended but not required. Participation in Friendly Visitor Volunteer Training (approximately two hours). Monthly contact with JFS staff to give status updates and report hours. Successful completion of application process, including Washington State Patrol and other background and reference checks. Volunteers must be 18 years or older. Ability to travel to client. (The client will be in the Seattle metro area.)

Seattle, WA

Helping Hands Clothing Pricer Needed

Helping Hands Ministries Internation is a nonprofit organization that strives to provide help and assistance to the Local Community, the women and children in Peru, and World wide. Helping Hands Mi. has a Thrfit Store in Bothell that could use your help! There are a variety of job/tasks that need to be completed each day. Currently Helping Hands is in need of a volunteer to tag, price, and restock clothing. Two to fours weekly- flexible between 10 am and 5:00 pm, Monday thru Saturday. No experience needed! Please come help give us a hand!

Bothell, WA

One on One Youth Mentoring

Become a youth mentor with the Success Mentoring Program! As a mentor you are matched with a student from the Bellevue or Lake Washington School Districts, who could benefit from extra support. The mentor is asked to spend 2-4 hours a week with their mentee for at least 1 year. Your time together is spent in the community doing things you both enjoy! During your time together, you as a mentor, have the opportunity to provide academic, social, and emotional support through a consistent and caring relationship intended to enhance your mentee’s opportunity for success in school and the community.

Bellevue, WA

ROOTS Young Adult Shelter -Morning Volunteer

ROOTS is a young adult shelter that is almost exclusively volunteer run, serving 18-25 year olds. We are open 365 days a year, with up to 45 guests per night. Volunteers are needed to help with preparing and serving dinner, handing out supplies, and most importantly, building meaningful relationships with the folks who stay here. This is a great chance to make a visible impact in the lives of the people we serve, and be part of a wonderful volunteer community. Check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ROOTS.Shelter or the website rootsinfo.org and see below for more info if you would like to be a part of ROOTS. This opportunity is for Morning Volunteers! Morning volunteers work as part of a team to engage with guests, hand out hygiene supplies, assist with laundry, help guests retrieve supplies from their cubbies, help clean up shelter, enforce program rules and help ensure the emotional and physical safety of the space. Morning Volunteers build connections with their community and create a positive way for our guests to start their day. Avaliable Shift Times: 6:45am-8:30am Sun-Fri; 7:15am-9:30am Sat

Seattle, WA

ROOTS Young Adult Shelter – Evening Volunteer

ROOTS is a young adult shelter that is almost exclusively volunteer run, serving 18-25 year olds. We are open 365 days a year, with up to 45 guests per night. Volunteers are needed to help with preparing and serving dinner, handing out supplies, and most importantly, building meaningful relationships with the folks who stay here. This is a great chance to make a visible impact in the lives of the people we serve, and be part of a wonderful volunteer community. Check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ROOTS.Shelter or the website rootsinfo.org and see below for more info if you would like to be a part of ROOTS. This opportunity is for Evening Volunteers! ROOTS evening volunteers engage with guests to socialize and build community, while working as part of a team to ensure the emotional and physical safety of the shelter space. Evening volunteers help set up the shelter, complete intake paperwork for new guests, hand out hygiene supplies and bedding, and supervise guest activities such as computer time and smoke breaks. Most importantly, evening volunteers spend time with guests chatting over dinner, playing board games, and watching TV together. Evening volunteers provide guests with a sense of stability while helping ensure our shelter runs smoothly and efficiently. Avaliable Shift Times: Anyday, 7:45pm-11pm

Seattle, WA

Refugee Women's Alliance - Elementary Tutor

As a volunteer tutor with ReWA’s afterschool literacy program, you will be working with 1st-5th graders on building critical reading and writing skills as well as providing homework help. Our program supports Somali-speaking and Spanish-speaking students from immigrant and refugee families in navigating the Seattle school system and developing literacy skills in an environment that encourages social-emotional learning and elevates youth voice.

Seattle, WA

Storytime Volunteer

Engage with the children who attend Goodwin Connections approved childcare/preschool sites and their peers by reading during storytime. Goodwin connects families to educational opportunities that build financial stability and create generational change. Our Family Connections Program makes quality childcare and preschool more affordable and consistent for parents who are attending college. Represent Goodwin Connections and educate community members about what we do and how they can help. Volunteer once a week, once a month, or on a schedule that works best for you. We have locations in the city as well as in the north and south ends. Storytime is typically less than an hour commitment and takes place between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thank you to Third Place Books for curating our Storytime book list with inspired read-aloud books with diverse characters.

Seattle, WA

Support Homeless Youth in Seattle as a ROOTS Shelter Volunteer!

ROOTS is a young adult shelter that is almost exclusively volunteer run, serving 18-25 year olds. We are open 365 days a year, with up to 45 guests per night. Volunteers are needed to help with preparing and serving dinner, handing out supplies, and most importantly, building meaningful relationships with the folks who stay here. This is a great chance to make a visible impact in the lives of the people we serve, and be part of a wonderful volunteer community. Check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ROOTS.Shelter or the website rootsinfo.org and see below for more info if you would like to be a part of ROOTS. DINNER MEAL TEAM: Any day of the week 7:30pm-11pm SHELTER BREAKFAST COOK or TEAM: Any day of the week, 6:45-8:30AM. EVENING SHELTER VOLUNTEER: Volunteers commit to a weekly shift, for 6 months. Shifts are any day of the week, 7:45PM-11PM. Must be 18 years or older. OVERNIGHT SHELTER VOLUNTEER: Volunteers commit to 2 overnight shifts a month, for a minimum of 6 months. Any day of the week, 8PM-8:30AM. (2 hour awake shift/6 hours to sleep!) MORNING FLOOR VOLUNTEER: Any Day of the Week (not Sat), 6:45AM-8:30AM; Saturday 7:15AM-9:30AM FRIDAY FEAST: Fridays, flexible hours, 12PM-8PM. Fill out an application on our website at http://www.rootsinfo.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-application/ for your own welcome packet and all the information you will need to volunteer with us.

Seattle, WA

Dogs for Better Lives- Short-term Foster

Dogs for Better Lives trains assistance dogs for people with disabilites. Many of the dogs we train we rescue from shelters. Before training, newly recruited dogs from a shelter or rescue benefit from a transitional home to start learning appropriate behaviours and ease into working-dog life. The timeframe for transitional fostering is typically 2-4 weeks. DBL provides a crate and pays for vet bills. The foster provides food and toys and teaches basic house manners such as crate training, toileting outside, and staying off of furniture. After 2-4 weeks the dog goes to our campus in Southern Oregon to begin training as an assistance dog. Throughout their training fosters will get monthly updates on how the dog is progressing and notification when the dog graduates or is available for adoption. Please visit https://dogsforbetterlives.org/get-involved to learn more and fill out an initial application.

Empower Work- Volunteer Peer Counselor With Empower Work

Please follow this link to complete an application to start volunteering: https://www.empowerwork.org/join-us/ Quick Overview: Volunteer Peer Counselors provide confidential support for people facing tough, non-legal work situations. They spend two hours a week responding to people through text or web chat. To apply, visit https://www.empowerwork.org/join-us/ and sign up! You'll receive the application via email. Mission: Our mission is to create healthy workplaces where employees are valued, supported, and empowered. Impact: Volunteers are a critical part of Empower Work. Peer volunteers support people from across the country who are grappling with tough work moments. Our support hotline is run by trained volunteers, without you, we could not support the amount of texters turning to Empower Work. One volunteer shared how it's impacted her, "My volunteer experience has significantly changed the way I operate in professional and personal relationships. I'm a better manager and colleague thanks to what I've learned." To learn more about why our volunteers work with us, check out this post on our blog. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Each volunteer commits to at least 2 hours a week for 6 months. We provide robust training that improves your professional skills in active listening, management, and workplace dynamics. Our current hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 8:00pm PT. Volunteers can schedule flexible shifts during those hours that fit their schedules. Requirements Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in writing. Strong sense of empathy Ability to recognize and respond to emotions via text Ability to reflect a situation and form questions quickly Ability to support another person without telling them what to do Ability to summarize what’s been said and help move to action Desired: Understanding of workplace culture in multiple work settings Open to giving and receiving feedback (we want you to improve and we want to improve too!) Additional Details: By becoming a volunteer with Empower Work, you join a community of driven, accomplished professionals passionate about making the workplace a safe environment rich in opportunity for everyone. You will have the opportunity to connect with other volunteers, receive robust training in the skills necessary to be a successful peer counselor, and further your communication, management and active listening expertise. Volunteers report learning new skills in our training that they use not only on our text line, but also in their workplaces across the country. Accessibility: Volunteers can field text or web chats from anywhere--your office, couch, or any space you feel comfortable and have secure internet. Please follow this link to complete an application to start volunteering: https://www.empowerwork.org/join-us/

Looking for a graphic designer to bring our annual report to life

If you are interested in creating the graphic design for our annual report we'd love to hear from you. (We anticipate it being 20-25 pages including graphic design and photos). Because we are a visual arts organization there's lots of photos/visuals that can be incorporated!

Magnuson Children's Garden - Join the Magnuson Children's Garden Committee!

The Magnuson Children’s Garden Committee is a group of dedicated volunteers who have guided the garden’s creation and ongoing development since 2001. We work together to host free monthly events for the public from spring to fall, manage the garden maintenance through community stewardship events, and work together to design and plan fun new features! Current members come from a variety of backgrounds: grad students, nurses, engineers, King Co. Master Gardeners, active and retired educators, landscsape professionals, and more. The thing we all have in common is a love of gardens and nature, and of sharing that with local families! We are now seeking committed and energetic volunteers to join us! The Children’s Garden Committee promotes diversity, equity and inclusion, and considers all interested candidates. Experience in any of the following fields is particularly beneficial: Sustainable gardening practices, garden and nature education, and/or community outreach. For more information, send us an email at magnusonchildrensgarden@gmail.com. Thanks! Using the motto, “Many hands make light work”, the committee’s leadership is shared, with the following positions: Infrastructure Refreshments Communications & Social Media Food Gardening Education Resources Design Team Community Garden Board Representative Treasurer

Outdoors for All - Volunteer

Volunteers are an integral part of our operations, and we are always looking for enthusiastic and reliable people to join our team! There are multiple ways to help with our year-round outdoor recreation programs, fundraising events, and more. We serve over 3,000 participants a year with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. Help change a life by sharing your love for the outdoors! If interested, please visit our Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities page here or contact volunteer@outdoorsforall.org.