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.

Fight Hunger with Northwest Harvest 

Saturday, August 6
12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Northwest Harvest Kent Warehouse

In the state of Washington, 1 in 7 people struggles with hunger. That number is even higher for kids (1 in 5). Make a difference on Saturday August 6, from noon to 2 p.m. at Northwest Harvest’s warehouse in Kent. Northwest Harvest, the only non-profit food bank distributor operating statewide, provides food to a network of more than 370 food banks, meal programs, and high-need schools throughout Washington State, distributing over 32 million pounds of food annually.

You will help sort and re-package bulk food into family-sized portions for distribution to food banks throughout the state. Bring your coworkers, family, and friends, and experience the most fun you will ever have while wearing a hairnet! You will be amazed to see how much can be accomplished in just two hours. Last year, The Whole U group helped pack 4,950 pounds of rice which equals 3,803 meals!

Note: minimum volunteer age is 9 years old or 3rd grade. Register here.

Seattle Tilth’s Food Lust Gala, Auction & Dinner

Please join Seattle Tilth for this fun and exciting evening! Your attendance will support sustainable farmers and help make healthy food available to more people.

Saturday, October 8, 2016
Historic Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle

5 PM | Silent auction, drinks & appetizers
7 PM | Live auction & dinner

Purchase tickets online now.

For more information, contact: foodlust@seattletilth.org (206) 633-0451 ext. 129

4th Annual ROOTS Rise Up Luncheon

Friday, November 4, 2016
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Historic Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park
6310 NE 74th St., Seattle

Contact Amy Hanson, 206-632-1635 or amy@rootsinfo.org

United Way of King County Volunteer Site

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

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.

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.