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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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 1st 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

Crisis Connections- WA Warm Line: Veterans

Are you a veteran who has lived experience with an emotional or mental health condition? Do you want to support other veterans on their recovery journey? The Washington Warm Line offers an additional line exclusively for veteran peer support. These calls are answered by veterans who are living in mental health recovery and want to connect with and empower other veterans. We provide peer-led professional training and support.

Seattle, 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

Helping Link- Volunteer Sustainability Plan

Project Vision: Helping Link is a Vietnamese grassroots nonprofit located in Seattle. The organization aims to ease the transition of Vietnamese immigrants & refugees while promoting cultural harmony among people of diverse origins. Helping Link has a variety of different programs and volunteer needs, and currently lacks an organization wide system to recruit the volunteers necessary to carry out their vision. The team will work to integrate each program’s methods and needs into a comprehensive agency-wide system for volunteer recruitment. Project Goals: An effective and transparent system for recruiting including: clear, reusable job descriptions and a template for creation, a more web friendly way to find opportunities, a plan to retain volunteers for long term, and creating templates and fliers for advertisement of opportunities. Join our team to contribute your skills to the sustainability of our program now and in the future. With your help we can continue to be the Helping Link so many in Seattle depend upon! 

Seattle, WA

Lifelong Thrift Store- Volunteer Clerk

Do you love thrifting as much as you love giving back to your community? Then volunteering with Lifelong Thrift is for you!!! We have weekly volunteer positions available. Fill out an application and find more information here: www.lifelongthrift.com/volunteer We are a nonprofit thrift store in the heart of Seattle's Capitol Hill. With deep Seattle roots, we strive to engage our community and financially support the cause of Lifelong to provide food, housing, and health to individuals with HIV/AIDS and other chronic conditions.​

Seattle, WA

Make a Difference with 1 hour/week: Become a Reading Partner this Fall!

Reading Partners is a literacy nonprofit that mobilizes community volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring to struggling elementary student readers. No experience is required to volunteer, just the ability to commit as little as 1 hour/week. Tutors are paired to work with the same student and are provided with an easy-to-follow curriculum that includes all of the books, worksheets, and step-by-step lesson plans to teach an effective lesson. Reading Partners also has a staff Site Coordinator who is available to support tutors at all times. Volunteers make an enormous impact: on average, students double their rate of learning while enrolled in the program. We are seeking volunteers for the 2019-2020 school year, with tutoring beginning in September 2019. Available session times run from ~8:30AM - 3:00pm, Monday-Thursday. Sign up on our website, or email volunteerSEA@readingparters.org.

Seattle, WA

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington

This is a Saturday Evening, 6:00pm - 9:00pm at the front desk. The front desk is the hub of the Ronald McDonald House! Volunteers are the first contact for families, visitors and staff when they enter the Ronald McDonald House. This is a customer service position and requires volunteers who are engaged, compassionate and friendly. Volunteers need to be comfortable with handling a lot of activity and resourceful when it is quiet. It is here that you will greet families, visitors and staff. Volunteers handle deliveries, answer phones and deal with all of the questions and situations that arise on a day-to-day basis. This position does special projects as requested by Staff. The volunteer’s primary responsibilities are to help families and to assist the House Managers. We count on you to use your own initiative. Make it your goal to be a genuine asset to the House and to our families. The more you are willing to give of yourself, not just your time, the more you will receive. This is also a great postion for a couple, two family members or friends who would like to spend the evening together while assisting our families. There is a possibility that this position could be an every other Saturday. *This is a 6 month commitment All applicants will need to fill out an application, submit two references and meet with the Manager of Volunteer Services. We will be doing background checks.

Seattle, WA

Seattle Asian Art Museum- Volunteer Docent

VOLUNTEER DOCENT at the Seattle Asian Art Museum Seattle Art Museum connects art to life. SAM strives for its employees, volunteers, and interns to reflect the community it serves. We want to offer opportunities for individuals interested in the arts who bring dynamic backgrounds and perspectives to the docent program. While diversity can embody many characteristics, we are particularly interested in engaging with historically under-represented groups in the museum field. Purpose and Goals: Docents are in the galleries, leading tours, engaging with visitors and helping SAM in our mission to connect art to life. Duties and Responsibilities: Serve as a face of the museum and reflect the community. Commit to continuing SAM's work in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Lead weekly tours for either school groups or the general public. Tour assignments are ongoing for 3-4 months at a time with about 10 hours of additional preparation and training per month. Build facilitation skills centering the works of art from the Seattle Asian Art Museum's collection. Docents lead discussions that engage with and honor the lived experiences of participants. Demonstrate professionalism and cultural competency on tours, as well as when interacting with visitors, staff, interns, and fellow volunteers. Participate in regular training, attend lectures, and access resources to lead thoughtful and accessible tours. The Seattle Art Museum will consider reasonable accommodations for those applicants with disabilities who may need a reasonable accommodation to perform the essential functions/duties. Please contact the Human Resources Department for additional information. TO APPLY: Please visit http://visitsam.org/careers to submit an application and be prepared to upload a document with responses to the following short-answer questions. Respond to each prompt in 100-400 words. Why do you want to become a docent at a museum dedicated to Asian art? What relevant experience, education , or training would you like to share? One of the museum's core values is Equity: We are responsive to cultural communities and experiences, and we think critically about the role art plays in empowering social justice and structural change to promote equity in our society. We are dedicated to racial equity in all that we do. How do you foster an equitable and respectful space for people and their differences? What do you feel is the role of the Seattle Asian Art Museum in the community, particularly in a region with a significant Asian American history? Deadline: May 19, 2019

Seattle, 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

St. Jude- Calling All Young Professionals

St. Jude is seeking Young Professionals across Seattle to serve as the leaders of tomorrow to help advance cures for pediatric cancer. In turn, we hope to provide young professionals some new tools to advance their career, improve their professional image and create the building blocks of a lifelong and diverse professional network. Join us in launching a young professionals event supporting an amazing cause!

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

The Common Acre- Assistant Farm Coordinator

Farm coordinators are the point people for individual Alleycat Acres farm sites; they are responsible for interfacing with the neighborhood and demonstrating an active presence on the farm. The Assistant position provides assistance to the farm coordinator throughout the growing season and helps lead weekly work parties at one of our four farms. This is a great role for someone who wants to learn the ins and outs of planning and maintaining an urban farm. Through this position you will learn all the skills needed to be a coordinator. This position has a flexible time commitment, but ideally at a minimum you are available to attend the farms open hours once a week during the growing season, as follows: (weekly work parties run between March-October) Cascade People’s Center Mondays 4:00-7:00 309 Pontius Ave N Site Coordinator: Allison We are coordinating with the Cascade People’s Center to help maintain their existing gardens, and transform them into vibrant giving gardens which can support an array of educational programming. Alleycat Acres is responsible for remodeling the garden, fostering community engagement, and facilitating educational programming. 26th + Marion Tuesdays 4:00-7:00 2521 E Marion, 98122 Site Coordinator: Steve Our first mini-farm. Operated by our Program Coordinator, Steve, on the planting strip of his corner lot, as well as his neighbor’s across the street. This farm donates produce to the East Cherry YWCA. Wetmore Community Farm Wednesdays 4:00-7:00 3525 Wetmore Ave S, 98144 Site Coordinator: Maddie This farm activates an undeveloped Seattle Department of Transportation right of way in the Mt. Baker neighborhood, one block off of Rainier Ave S. This is Alleycat Acres’ first direct collaboration with the city. Construction will be complete in 2018, with planting is to begin in spring 2018. 24th + Main Thursdays 4:00-7:00 140 24th Ave S, 98144 Site Coordinator: Maddie Our second mini-farm, in partnership with Catholic Community Services and Monica’s Village Place. This farm began on the planting strip on the corner of 24th Ave S and Main St in Summer 2015. Plans to extend the farm’s area to the rest of the planting strip (covering one block’s radius) will begin in the winter of 2016. Produce is distributed to low-income residents of Monica’s village and the E Cherry YWCA. Helping in the garden outside the open hours, facilitating harvests for our donation partners, and assisting at community events would be a welcome addition. Through this position, you will learn: Garden planning, when to plant, and how to rotate crops How to create compost How to harvest various crops What to grow in the Pacific Northwest Identifying crops and weeds Managing and leading volunteers Working with and teaching children in the garden Required Qualifications: Passionate about edible gardening, sustainability, and food justice A desire to work in community engagement Desired Qualifications: Lives within the farm’s neighborhood Experience working with people of diverse backgrounds, including children, the elderly, and people of diverse cultures Experience in outdoor education or child care Leadership skills Foreign Language skills

Seattle, WA

The Madrone School- Prepare Art Projects and Sanitize Toys

Our private, nonprofit school serving children with autism needs help preparing art projects and sanitizing toys! We have art project needs that include cutting materials, counting supplies for each project, and organizing. After preparing the materials, work with the children to create an art project! We also need help with sanitizing some of the many toys we have. A project for a small or large group Opportunity to interact with the children Orientation and tour before the volunteer opportunity School hours are 8:45am to 3:30pm

Redmond, WA

AnB Education- Host an Exchange Student

Do you want to make a difference in a young person's life, while learning about another culture? Do you want to build a friendship and create ever-lasting memories with an exchange student? Do you have a caring heart and an extra bedroom? AnB Education is looking for you! Make a difference today and host an exchange student? Our students need: a private bedroom with a desk, bed, and dresser; or a shared room with a separate bed 3 meals a day transportation to and from school if there is no school bus provided AnB Education students arrive at the beginning of the school year, and stay for 1 academic year. They have their own spending money and insurance. We just ask that our host families take the student in and treat them like family! Please contact Mike Dumovich at mikedumovich@gmail.com for more information about hosting!

Empower Work- Volunteer Peer Counselor With Empower Work

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.