Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

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.

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At Seattle Works we strive to build a diverse and welcoming community through focus on equity in all aspects of our work. As part of this work, we expect and encourage our partners to work with us to make sure volunteering is accessible and welcoming for everyone. To learn more about our goals, please visit our Equity page. If you have experienced harassment, micro- aggressions, racial discrimination or other racial misconduct at a Seattle Works event, please hold us accountable via our Racial Grievance Reporting Form.

Current Opportunities (click links for full descriptions)

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"Wellspring" Early Learning Center Preschool Readiness- Greeter and Snack Prep

Do you love kids, Do you love being around kids. Do we have an opportunity for you! Come to Wellsprings Early Learning Program to help parents have access into our center. Providing warm and welcoming entry into our secure program in the mornings and afternoons. Also if you have a knack in the kitchen you can help prepare kids snacks or prep for already cooked breakfast and lunches. There is nothing better than giving back to children in need. Our children love to give smiles and love to hear "Good Mornings" when we open the doors. The parents love and appreciate our care as they are experiencing loss of housing, trauma and are in transitional points in their lives. We help to make sure their children are prepared to enter kindergarten keeping up with the rest of the population.

Seattle, WA

Beacon Food Forest- Plan, host, or teach a class!

The Beacon Food Forest (BFF) is a 1.75 acre community-run forest garden in the heart of Beacon Hill. BFF regularly offers classes and workshops with local and visiting educators, teaching urban gardening, food forestry, permaculture, community building and environmental stewardship in the city. We also give tours to K-12 schools, university students, other non-profit groups and the interested public. Join our Education Committee to envision and plan gardening and environmental classes for all age groups take a class for free by becoming a class assistant be trained as a tour guide to inspire local and international visitors with the BFF's model of sustainable community gardening in the city help design and install educational signage on site share your knowledge and skills and teach a class yourself The Education Committee meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Beacon Hill public library (in winter) or on site at the Beacon Food Forest (in warm weather). Upcoming meetings are listed on the calendar on our website at https://beaconfoodforest.org/# -> Learn More -> Calendar No experience required. Ideas for new classes, and bilingual tour guides and teachers, welcome!

Seattle, WA

Beacon Food Forest- Create a permaculture garden and food forest

Join us to improve food access and build community by creating a sustainable forest garden in the heart of Beacon Hill! Help steward the existing 1.75 acres and develop another 1.5 acres of public land into a garden, food forest, educational space and habitat for pollinators. Volunteers meet regularly to plan and schedule work at the Beacon Food Forest: horticulture permaculture construction community outreach native plant wetland bee keeping compost making. Join our Site Development Committee meetings on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Beacon Hill public library (winter months) or on site at the Beacon Food Forest (in warm weather). Upcoming meetings are listed on the calendar on our website at https://beaconfoodforest.org/ -> Learn More -> Calendar. No experience required. You will work alongside experienced stewards. Ideas for new projects welcome!

Seattle, WA

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

Encompass Northwest- Cultivate the Love of Learning

Join us in our play-based preschool classrooms, and give children more opportunities to interact, receive guidance, and have one-on-one time. As a volunteer, you will be there to spend time with the kids, talk to them, play with them, read to them. You may also assist with learning stations, clean-up and prep work. Combined with our low student to teacher ratio, volunteers can make a big difference in the classroom. Research shows that children who attend preschool have a 29% higher chance of graduating high school and will earn 33% higher salaries than their peers who do not attend preschool. That is just one reason that Encompass runs the only NAEYC-accredited preschool in Snoqualmie Valley. Our classrooms are play-based, focusing on building the cognitive, social-emotional, and physical skills that will set children up for school success. Because outdoor play and exploration is vital to brain development, our students play outside every day. Our evidence-based preschool curriculum focuses not only on academic skills, but also on what we know is paramount: social-emotional health. As a volunteer, you will commit to 3 hours each visit, at least 3 times per month. Depending on your schedule and classroom, the shifts are 12:15-3:15pm, 1-4pm, or 9am-12pm at our Early Learning Center in North Bend. You don’t need to have prior experience in a classroom, knowledge of child development, or any other experience except a willingness to connect with children.

North Bend, WA

Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care-Hospice Volunteers Needed in Seattle area

If you want to serve your community and you have a compassionate heart especially for those experiencing their last days, then CHI Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care has a meaningful volunteer experience for you. Our volunteers take time to honor and celebrate people's lives all the way until the end. You can help by listening to a person's life stories or their favorite music. You can sit with them while their family gets a break. You can run errands, make courtesy phone calls, welcome patients and their families at Hospice House, and so much more. LOCATION: Federal Way, Kent, Auburn, Renton, Des Moines, Burien, and Enumclaw. Volunteering usually takes place within a patient's own home.

Burien, WA

Girls on the Run of Puget Sound - Coach

Are you looking for a way to empower girls in your community? Become a Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole Coach! Volunteer coaches work directly with the 3rd - 5th or 6th - 8th grade girls in the Girls on the Run program by leading them through fun and active lessons that intentionally teach life skills such as confidence, empathy and conscious decision-making. Our season runs from early March - mid May, and coaches work with girls twice a week for 90 minutes during that 10-week season. Practices are right after school, times vary depending on school district. We have sites all over King County! Girls build endurance through walking and running activities in order to complete a non-competitive 5k (3.1 Miles) at the end of the season! Coaches do not have to be runners, just individuals who care about empowering young women in our communities! Gain internship credit, volunteer hours and unmatched teaching, coaching and mentoring experience, join us today! We are looking for approximately 750 coaches to serve 3,300 girls this coming Spring - your team of girls is waiting for you!!

Seattle, WA

Kitchen Volunteer for Nordo's Culinarium Dinner Theater

Volunteers are at the heart and backbone of Nordo. Our team of dedicated volunteers help us with prepping and plating in the kitchen. Volunteers earn complimentary tickets to Nordo Productions and get to experience the crazy artistic madness that happens in our Culinarium. It is a fast-paced, pressure-cooker of a time- join us! If you are interested in volunteering with us, please email volunteer@cafenordo.com KITCHEN VOLUNTEER Must have a valid Food Handler’s Permit. You can obtain one online for $10. Be able to commit to at least 3 show performances within one show run. Learn fun culinary skills and kitchen tricks. Assist in artistically plating the final dishes that go out to guests. No cleaning and no dishwashing. Each kitchen shift is roughly around 3 hours in length. Work 3 kitchen shifts, receive 1 ticket to a performance. Work 5 kitchen shifts, receive 2 tickets to a performance in the run! All Tickets include our 4-course dinner. Please provide at least 48 hours notice if you need to cancel/swap your scheduled shift.

Seattle, WA

Mentors and instructors to work with low-income, high-achieving high schoolers

Minds Matter Seattle is seeking volunteers to help in all roles within the organization, including mentors and academic instructors. The Minds Matter mission is to transform the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success. Each mentee is paired with two dedicated, college-educated mentors who provide personalized, ongoing support over the course of three years, starting the mentee’s sophomore year. Every non-holiday Saturday during the school year, mentees attend four-hour sessions. In the mornings, test prep, writing and critical thinking, and math instructors guide them through our Test Prep, Writing & Critical Thinking, and Math Matters programs. In the afternoons, mentors arrive for two hours of mentoring, bonding, “what’s going on in the world” discussions, the “great debate” series, planning of classes and extracurricular activities, summer program and financial aid applications, college preparation, and other enrichment, college readiness, and mentoring activities. Over the summers, mentees attend academic, cultural, or leadership programs throughout the United States and the world, all funded by Minds Matter. We are seeking volunteers who can commit two hours on Saturdays, approximately 3 weekends per month, to work with our students.

Seattle, WA

Morning Grocery Rescue Volunteer- University District Food Bank

The University District Food Bank is seeking volunteers to help us rescue food from local grocery stores and businesses. Volunteers will adopt a store and visit it weekly using their own vehicle to pick-up donated items from, repack the goods and deliver them to the food bank where they will be sorted and distributed to our community. 75% of the food distributed in our free store is donated from local grocers and volunteer support allows us to distribute that food as quickly and efficiently as possible. Volunteers must have a valid drivers license, working vehicle with enough space to fit donations and be able to lift more than 50 lbs. We have smaller pick-up opportunities as well for folks with limited space or lifting capacity. Our most needed shifts are Monday-Friday between 8am-12pm. Pick-ups can be completed in ~2 hours. If you are interested, please email Hannah@udistrictfoodbank.org or call (206) 723-7060x706 to get started. We look forward to hearing from you!

Seattle, WA

Preschool Classroom Assistant - High Point

BACKGROUND AND PROGRAM SCOPE As a provider of Head Start, ECEAP, and Early Head Start, Neighborhood House Preschool offers half day and full day classes for low-income families with children ages 3-5 living in West Seattle, Central Seattle and South Seattle. Early Head Start also has toddler classrooms for low-income families with children ages 12 months—3 years living in South Seattle and Burien. Designed for children of all abilities, including those with special needs, our programs combine excellent teaching with cultural sensitivity to foster healthy development and build school readiness. To help our students be successful, we provide family support services and meals, snacks, developmental and health screenings for all of our students. RESPONSIBILITIES Assist in creating a safe learning environment reflecting the diverse backgrounds of the participating families Provide general assistance to Lead Teacher by working with small groups or individual children needing extra help Assist the teaching aide in ensuring classroom preparation and cleanliness Participate in leading activities and supervising the class Other duties as assigned QUALIFICATIONS Desire and ability to work with children ages 3 – 5. Willingness to commit to students and Lead Teacher. This involves consistency in showing up for scheduled classroom sessions. Team player who is resourceful, proactive, and comfortable working with diverse populations. • Good listening and oral/written communication skills and a non-judgmental, positive, problemsolving attitude Must provide proof of a negative TB screening dated within the past calendar year. WE WELCOME SOMEONE WHO SHARES THESE BELIEFS: Regular reflection on our teaching practices supports our own learning All children are naturally curious and learn best through play and exploration Teamwork should have a spirit of fun and joy Our relationships with children, families, and staff should be genuine and warm We do our best when we have the freedom to find and express creativity in our work We should learn about children and families and tell their stories Diversity, inclusion, and empowerment should be celebrated

Seattle, WA

Seattle ICO- Leaders for Outdoor Adventures

Seattle ICO is an all-volunteer organization and we are looking for new volunteers who want to both lead outings AND participate in activities that help sustain the organization. Seattle ICO invites interested individuals to carefully review what Seattle ICO expects and needs from its volunteers before applying to become an ICO leader. What does a Seattle ICO Leader Do? - Share your love of outdoors while volunteering and giving back to your community. - Help organize FREE weekend trips for Seattle's youth to go hiking, camping, canoeing, sledding, snowshoeing, skiing, backpacking, rafting, kayaking, and more. - Time commitment: Varies, anywhere from a few hours per month to one weekend per month. How To Apply: www.seattleico.org INTERESTED? Of course you are! Contact Alisha at SeattleICO@yahoo.com Request a volunteer application from our website, www.SeattleICO.org Applications are due August 23rd www.seattleico.org Requirements: -participate in the late-summer new leader training weekend of September 7th and 8th ($45 fee) -maintain current membership in the Sierra Club (membership rates vary-standard rate is $38) -successfully pass required background checks -become certified in First Aid and CPR (within three months of completing training) -participate in four outings per school year -become an active leader on one of ICO's established school teams -contribute to ICO's organizational development needs and help Seattle ICO become an even stronger and more active program -Non-outing activities include event planning, fundraising, public relations, marketing, financial reporting, steering, committee participation and more

Bothell, WA

Southwest Seattle Historical Society- Docent at the Log House Museum

Interested in local history? Love meeting new people? Volunteer at the Log House Museum as a docent! As a docent, you will: -Become more involved with the community and meet great people, both locally and around the world -Talk to people about history and learn about their history -Learn more about the rich history of the Southwest Seattle area -Join an amazing group of volunteers and staff who care about the Duwamish Peninsula This opportunity is great for: -Retired folks looking to stay active -Newcomers who want to learn more about their community -Anyone interested in promoting and engaging with local history Duties -Greet museum visitors and make them feel welcome -Learn about the history of the Duwamish Peninsula, our museum building, and our current exhibits so you can share this information with visitors. You will shadow an experienced docent for at least two shifts, and receive information about exhibits and the local area from staff. -Handle gift shop sales -Assist staff with opening or closing the museum Commitment -Available at least once a month for a two hour shift between 12-4 pm Friday - Sunday

Seattle, WA

Summit Assistance Dogs- Service Dog Puppy Raiser

Be someone’s hero – raise a service dog puppy What’s better than a soft, cuddly puppy? Maybe the feeling you’ll get if that puppy grows up to become a life-changing partner for a person living with a disability. Service dogs can open and close doors, turn lights on and off and pick up dropped items – a real help for a person who uses a wheelchair. And they provide unconditional love and acceptance. The road to becoming one of these priceless dogs begins in the home of a dedicated puppy raiser who will love, socialize and provide initial training. You could become someone’s hero by fostering a puppy for Summit Assistance Dogs. Learn more at www.summitdogs.org/volunteer. Snuggle a puppy today and change someone’s life tomorrow.

Anacortes, WA

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/

Jewish Family Services- Russian Speakers to serve our Russian-speaking Clients

Мы ищем русскоязычных добровольцев! JFS is seeking Russian- language speakers to help work with our Russian-speaking clients for cultural orientation, event scheduling, client surveys, etc. Here are some possible volunteer opportunities for a speaker of Russian: The Food Bank in Capitol Hill could also use help from a Russian speaker to communicate with clients and conduct occasional surveys Volunteers may make home visits to Russian-speaking seniors. At this time, there is a particular need for Russian-speaking volunteers for this program: Please see the JFS Friendly Visitor Program listing on Volunteer Match. Drivers for Russian-speaking seniors are often needed, if you have a car and are an insured driver. (Sorry, there is no mileage reimbursement for volunteer drivers.) There may be additional needs for Russian-speaking volunteers in the Seattle area, either occasional or recurring opportunities. Volunteers should be reasonably fluent in both Russian and English in order to act as interpreters for Russian-speaking clients with limited English. Спасибо for any help you can provide.

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