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Walk for Rice

  • Seward Park 5900 Lake Washington Boulevard South Seattle, WA, 98118 United States (map)
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Event Type = Volunteer: You will be volunteering at this event

27 years ago, Herb and Bertha Tsuchiya and Sam Mitsui organized the first Walk for Rice to fight hunger in the Asian American Pacific Islander community. Each year since, Herb and Sam have continued to cultivate a community that has resulted in two and a half generations of people who make this event an annual family tradition. Today, over a thousand people gather at Seward Park each year on the last Saturday in June to take part in the Walk for Rice to support our Chinatown-International District food bank!

Walk for Rice is a family and pet-friendly event features lion dancing, a martial arts demonstration, Japanese taiko drumming and a performance by the Seattle Chinese Girls Drill Team, before a 2.5-mile walk/run around Seward Park. Volunteers are needed to assist with the event.

The Nonprofit Partner that this event supports: Asian Counseling and Referral Center

Why you are needed: Asian Counseling and Referral Service promotes social justice and the well-being and empowerment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other under-served communities – including immigrants, refugees, and American-born – by developing, providing and advocating for innovative, effective and efficient community-based multilingual and multicultural services. The ACRS food bank is the only food bank in Washington State that regularly distributes foods that cater to Asian American and Pacific Islander diets, including healthy and nutritious staples like rice, tofu, soy milk, noodles, canned proteins and produce.

Age Requirement: 18+

Who can sign up for this event? Anyone is welcome to volunteer for our events. There’s no long-term commitment and you’re welcome to sign up for just one event, or multiple events that fit your style. Once signed up, you’ll be kept in the loop on all event details and what to expect via email and text communication from our team.

Can I sign up my group? If you are interested in signing up 4 or more people for a volunteer event, we ask that you contact us instead of registering here.

What is the cancellation policy? Space for our events is limited and we often have a waiting list of people that would like to attend. Once you register for the event we will hold a space just for you so we ask that if, for any reason, you cannot attend your scheduled shift, please make sure to cancel your registration so someone else can take your spot! You can cancel online or by reaching out to our volunteer coordination team.

Do you offer documentation? Upon request, we will gladly supply you with documentation for your volunteer hours for work or school purposes. We do NOT, however, provide court documentation. We do not believe that volunteering is a punishment and under no circumstances will we provide documentation for court-ordered community service.

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