2015 Combined Fund Drive


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Unleash Your Love Luncheon

Summit Assistance Dogs

Bellevue Hyatt Regency, April 28, 12-1 p.m.

This year’s program has been finalized and will be the best yet. With a theme of “The Life Cycle of a Summit Dog,” you’ll get to see and hear about all phases of Summit Assistant Dogs’ program including foster homes and the partnership with the Monroe Correctional Complex. You’ll be moved by the results of advanced training as you see a skills demonstration and hear testimonials from clients as to the life-changing impact of a Summit dog.

The luncheon and parking are free. Please RSVP to Alex Stone at alex@summitdogs.org by Friday, April 22. Bring your friends! Let Alex know and you’ll be seated together.

You’re Invited to Seattle Humane’s 27th Annual Gala

Join Seattle Humane at the most “barked about” event of the year! Tickets are on sale now for Tuxes & Tails, a spectacular fundraising gala to benefit the animals in Seattle Humane’s care. Seattle Humane is offering an exclusive discount for UW staff and faculty: $50 off the price of a general event  ticket ($250 per ticket) by April 30. Use promo code UWStaff (case sensitive.)

The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Enjoy a savory four-course meal and bid on exclusive live and silent auction items to benefit Seattle Humane. The highlight of the evening is the Celebrity Pet Runway show starring celebrities and our adoptable dogs and cats.

Guests have the option of purchasing a cocktails-only ‘Tinis & Tails ticket for $125. Bid on silent auction items and enjoy all of the pre-dinner festivities including the Hidden Wine Pull and a Kitten Cuddle Booth!

Can’t attend this year? Make a donation to the animals via the UW Combined Fund Drive or donate an item to the auction. Learn how at Tuxes & Tails or call (425) 373-5388.

Last year, a record $5.5 million was raised at Tuxes & Tails to support pets in the care of Seattle Humane as well as the organization’s Capital Campaign, Animal People Can, to build a new shelter and veterinary teaching hospital, slated to open in 2017, at the current location in Bellevue.

United Way of King County Volunteer Site

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Northwest Harvest

Cherry Street Food Bank

  • Sort, package and distribute food to food bank clients
  • Shifts are flexible and average 2 to 3 hours
  • Groups up to 5

Monday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
Thursday and Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sandwich Brigade

  • Each shift makes over 1,200 fresh sandwiches for sack lunches.
  • Groups up to 5

Monday and Wednesday: 8-10 a.m.

All volunteers must be scheduled in advance.

Apply to be a volunteer for Northwest Harvest.

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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.


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.


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.

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