2014 Combined Fund Drive

Volunteer

Looking for volunteer opportunities? Use our new volunteer tool at the right to find volunteer opportunities that fit your interests and location. More opportunities are listed below.

Help needed for Seattle Tilth’s annual Edible Plant Sale!

Seattle Tilth’s annual May Edible Plant Sale is fast approaching on May 2 & 3, at Meridian Park behind the Good Shepherd Center at 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N – get directions.

200 more volunteers are still needed to make the event a success!

SIGN UP NOW.

See below for a list of jobs available before, during and after the event:   

  • Plant Receiving and Load-in Crew – Be the first to preview the plants! Unload new plant deliveries and organize them on the sale floor.
  • Set-up Crew – Set up tables, tents, banners and signs.
  • Ticket Writer –  Help tally plants and merchandise before shoppers head to cashiers.
  • Plant Seller – Educate customers about the different plant varieties and help them choose what will work best for their garden. Sign up to be a plant seller.
  • Garden to Go Pick-up & Sales Assistant — Assist customers purchasing “Garden to Go” plant packs that have been selected by Seattle Tilth educators. 
  • Front Gate & Entrance Line Manager — Coordinate customer entry into the sale. The lines can sometimes be long, but you can help keep everyone happy!
  • Seattle Tilth Booth – Work alongside Seattle Tilth educators to represent Seattle Tilth to the public, answer questions, and sell Seattle Tilth swag.
  • Plant Variety Sign Collector — Track plant varieties as they sell out throughout the weekend to plan for next year’s sale. 
  • Tear Down Crew – Help clear everything out at the end of a busy weekend. You’ll get a free plant!

Volunteer Perk: Early Bird Sale:  As a perk, all May Edible Plant Sale volunteers are invited to the exclusive Early Bird Sale for FREE on Friday, May 1 from 5-7 p.m. You will get the first selection of plants! If you’re unable to attend, you can send someone to shop in your place. Volunteers also receive delicious snacks to keep them fueled during their shifts.

Find Out More & Share on Facebook
Read all about the May Edible Plant Sale, find plant lists, get information on growers and vendors, see the educational presentation schedule, and more on Seattle Tilth’s website. Join the event on Facebook.

Get All the Dirt
Can’t make it to the sale, but still want to volunteer? There are many great opportunities to get involved. Check out the full list of volunteer and drop-in work parties.

United Way of King County Volunteer Site

Visit the United Way of King County’s volunteer site and search for thousands of volunteer opportunities.

ROOTS Young Adult Shelter

We could not open our doors without our fantastic volunteer team. Right now, we’re looking for more people to fill Morning Floor, Overnight, and Dinner Meal shifts. No experience necessary; training and community provided!

More information is below, and on the Volunteer page of our website. For questions or to sign up for a shift, email volunteer@rootsinfo.org or call (206) 632-1635.

Morning Floor Volunteer

Sunday – Friday 6:45 – 8:30 AM; Saturday 7:15 – 9:30 AM

Working as a team, volunteers engage with guests, hand out hygiene supplies, clean up shelter, enforce program rules, and help ensure safety. Morning volunteers also bring fresh energy and support to the overnight team.

Overnight Volunteer

Saturday – Thursday 8 PM – 8:30 AM; Friday 8 PM – 9:30 AM

Before lights out, volunteers work together to set up shelter, engage with guests, complete intake paperwork for new guests, hand out hygiene supplies, enforce program rules, and ensure safety. After lights out, volunteers rotate through 2-hour “awake shifts.” When awake, volunteers assist the Overnight Counselor by monitoring the space, being available for emergencies, and completing guest laundry. Outside of the awake shift, overnight volunteers sleep at the shelter (mat and bedding provided) and help out again when lights turn on at 7 AM.

Dinner Meal Team

Friday – Wednesday 7:30 – 10:30 PM; Saturday 8 – 10:30 PM

Show off your Iron Chef skills and with a team of 3 – 5 people, prepare and serve dinner for up to 45 guests, and clean up afterwards. Food and supplies provided.

YMCA

People just like you are helping make our community a better place through the YMCA. By giving your time, you join seven generations of visionary citizens who have helped the YMCA to address our community’s evolving needs.

With a variety of programs and locations, both one-time and ongoing opportunities, there is something for every volunteer interest at the Y. Read more at the YMCA of Greater Seattle website.

Treehouse

Volunteers power Treehouse, collectively donating an average of 1,100 hours per month – that’s the equivalent of almost seven extra full-time staff members. Volunteers strengthen every Treehouse program, working as tutors, event staff, Wearhouse organizers, envelope stuffers, members of the Board of Directors and much more. Visit Treehouse’s website for more information.

Seattle Ronald McDonald House

Volunteers play a huge role in supporting our daily operations. As the second largest Ronald McDonald House in the world, we rely on volunteers to help us provide a warm and welcoming home-away-from-home for families. Each month, over 500 volunteers contribute their time to keeping the House open every day of the year. For more information, visit the Seattle Ronald McDonald House website.

Sanctuary Art Center

The best way to help is to volunteer! The vision, patience, and focus required to complete a work of art are the same skills needed to move from one stage of life to another. We hope to provide an opportunity for homeless youth to experience the healing power of their creative energy. We seek volunteers who would like to be a part of this process. Visit Sanctuary Art Center.

University District Food Bank

Volunteers make all that we do at the University District Food Bank possible! Every month, our volunteers donate over 1200 hours of their time.

Volunteers assist with customer check-in, bagging groceries after customers go shopping, restocking shelves, helping unload trucks, repackaging bulk items, sorting through donations, picking up food from area stores, and serving on our Board of Directors.

Volunteer opportunities are available most weekdays we are open to distribute food, including Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and occasionally on weekends. Visit the University District Food Bank’s website for volunteer information.

Hope for Horses

Volunteering is not for everyone especially when it comes to working with or around horses. It’s hard work. It takes patience. It takes consistency. But the rewards are so much greater than the costs. And at Hope For Horses, we need you more every day.

Last year’s volunteers contributed nearly 1,500 hours of time to Hope For Horses. That is more than four hours per day, 365 days per year. Our volunteers are involved in every single aspect of what we do. Every day, they muck stalls, groom horses, mend things, pick up and deliver things, respond to reports of neglect, support fosters, make phone calls, raise funds, and do those million and one tasks that keep things running. Visit the Hope for Horses website for more information on volunteering.