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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.

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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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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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

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

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

Open Arms- support children and families in your community thrive!

Open Arms provides community-based support during pregnancy, birth, and early parenting to nurture strong foundations that last a lifetime. We can always use volunteers to support our work and we have many opportunities for you to get involved. Whether it is delivering baby supplies to new parents, sorting and organizing donations, welcoming and assisting community members shopping at the free Baby Boutique, your support helps children, families, and communities thrive. Learn more about Open Arms and sign up to volunteer here!

Seattle, WA

ROOTS Young Adult Shelter -Morning 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. 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

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

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 case for support statement to life

If you are interested in creating the graphic design for our case for support statement we'd love to hear from you. We anticipate it being 25-30 pages including graphic design and photos. Because we are a visual arts organization there's lots of photos/visuals that can be incorporated! Colors of Connection is a non-profit organization pioneering the innovative work of arts-based programming for youth and communities in contexts affected by conflict. Mission: We engage conflict-affected youth and communities worldwide in collaborative art-making to nurture hope, cultivate well-being, and promote self-determination. Through a collaborative-mural making process, we invest in building knowledge, skill sets and resources that strengthen people’s mental and emotional capacities, and allow them to move beyond the mindset of basic survival brought on by living through conflict. We envision a peaceful world in which everyone’s capabilities are awakened through creative engagement and put into action to benefit themselves, their communities, and others.

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

Wordpress wizard needed to help us maintain and improve our website

We're looking for a website developer who is familiar with Wordpress sites to help us maintain and improve our website. Site is www.colorsofconnection.org. Anticipated time committment is 1-2 hours a week on an ongoing basis. Colors of Connection is a non-profit organization pioneering the innovative work of arts-based programming for youth and communities in contexts affected by conflict. Mission: We engage conflict-affected youth and communities worldwide in collaborative art-making to nurture hope, cultivate well-being, and promote self-determination. Through a collaborative-mural making process, we invest in building knowledge, skill sets and resources that strengthen people’s mental and emotional capacities, and allow them to move beyond the mindset of basic survival brought on by living through conflict. We envision a peaceful world in which everyone’s capabilities are awakened through creative engagement and put into action to benefit themselves, their communities, and others.