2017 Holiday Volunteering

Looking for opportunities to volunteer this holiday season? While our volunteer opportunities may be full, our Nonprofit Partners are seeking volunteers during their busy holiday season. To schedule any of the opportunities listed below, please reach out to our Nonprofit Partners directly. If you cannot find a volunteer opportunity that is the right fit for you, please remember that volunteer shifts are in high demand during the holidays but nonprofits need volunteers year round - the variety of volunteer experiences available may be larger at other times of the year.

 
 

Food Delivery Drivers

Volunteer delivery drivers are the heart and soul of Lifelong's food program, delivering thousands of bags of groceries as well as meals each year to their clients. 

Lifelong discovered that for someone to overcome barriers to health, they need to meet them where they are in life. Instead of just checking boxes on an intake form, they truly listen. Case managers identify what basic needs aren’t being met, whether that’s safe housing, reliable transportation to doctor’s appointments, or access to healthy food. Their kitchen cooks nutritious meals that cater to someone’s specific illness, and then hand delivers them to their doorstep with a smile.

Lifelong understands that successfully battling an illness or recovering from a hospital stay is near impossible when you are medically fragile, low income, and lacking a support system. For 30 years they’ve worked to fill that gap of individualized care so that people can achieve their best health – their best possible life. 

Cause Category: Health


Kitchen Helpers

Kitchen volunteers are a part of Lifelong's lively, bustling kitchen operation! Be a part of a team of top chefs who prepare nutritious and delicious meals for their seriously ill clients. Slicing, dicing, chopping, packaging—all are examples of tasks you could do in any given shift. No prior kitchen experience required.

Lifelong discovered that for someone to overcome barriers to health, they need to meet them where they are in life. Instead of just checking boxes on an intake form, they truly listen. Case managers identify what basic needs aren’t being met, whether that’s safe housing, reliable transportation to doctor’s appointments, or access to healthy food. Their kitchen cooks nutritious meals that cater to someone’s specific illness, and then hand delivers them to their doorstep with a smile.

Lifelong understands that successfully battling an illness or recovering from a hospital stay is near impossible when you are medically fragile, low income, and lacking a support system. For 30 years they’ve worked to fill that gap of individualized care so that people can achieve their best health – their best possible life. 

Cause Category: Health


Food Bank Loader / Helper

Help the most visited and the most revisited food bank in King County! Volunteers will unload trucks or vans that deliver rice, produce, or other food that has been donated to the Chinatown / International District Food Bank on 10th & King Street.  You will also be loading vans or trucks which will be delivering food to the lunch programs that ACRS supports all over King County.  

The Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) promotes social justice and the well-being and empowerment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities – including immigrants, refugees, and American-born – by developing, providing and advocating for innovative, effective and efficient community-based multilingual and multicultural services.

Cause Category: Immigrants & Refugees


Shuttle Drivers

Connect with the ACRS community while safely transporting them to ACRS! Spend a few hours connecting with ACRS clients and staff while driving them to their main building. Their main visitor’s parking lot has not been able to keep up with the growth of clients. As a result, they have recently set up a shuttle system to help address their parking needs. You’ll play a critical role in making sure ACRS is accessible and get to have a meaningful time connecting with their community.  

The Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) promotes social justice and the well-being and empowerment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities – including immigrants, refugees, and American-born – by developing, providing and advocating for innovative, effective and efficient community-based multilingual and multicultural services.

Cause Category: Immigrants & Refugees


Holiday Meal Prep with the YMCA

Groups are needed to prepare holiday meals for transitional homes for homeless young adults. The YMCA has houses all over King County that house young adults for up to 2 years as they work toward becoming self-sufficient and finding permanent housing. The YMCA offers a full spectrum of services for young people and their families, including mental health and substance use, housing, education, employment, violence prevention, family support and leadership development. 

At the Y, strengthening community is their cause. They provide crucial programs and services to more than 230,000 people every year, including safe, stable housing for more than 350 homeless young people, crisis intervention for 3,500 young people and their families, and 115,000 healthy meals to school-age kids. They make it their mission to serve the most underserved populations in our community and ensure that every young person has the opportunity to be safe, successful and happy.

Cause Category: Kids


Christmas Tree Sales

Did you know that buying a Christmas Tree can help the Seattle community? El Centro de la Raza will be selling Christmas trees as an important fundraiser for their 49 programs and services. They are seeking volunteers from November 24th through December 20th to help on the tree lot. Shifts are typically weeknights from 4-8pm or weekends from 12-4pm or 4-8pm.

As an organization grounded in the Latino community, the mission of El Centro de la Raza is to build unity across all racial and economic sectors, to organize, empower, and defend our most vulnerable and marginalized populations and to bring justice, dignity, equality, and freedom to all the peoples of the world.

Cause Category: Human Rights


Event Volunteers for Las Posadas

Celebrate the traditional holiday of Las Posadas on Tuesday, December 12th with El Centro de la Raza! This festive and fun community event will feature dinner, kids activities and pictures with Santa. Volunteers are needed to help as greeters, food servers, Santa's helpers, and more.

As an organization grounded in the Latino community, the mission of El Centro de la Raza is to build unity across all racial and economic sectors, to organize, empower, and defend our most vulnerable and marginalized populations and to bring justice, dignity, equality, and freedom to all the peoples of the world.

Cause Category: Human Rights


Holiday Reindeer

Compass Housing Alliance is seeking  “Holiday Reindeer” who are interested in helping transport gifts from their Pioneer Square headquarters out to their program sites.  Main dates would be December 16th – December 21st. Volunteers must have access to their own vehicle and a valid driver’s license but can pick their own ‘schedule’ and which sites they drive to.

Compass Housing Alliance envisions a world in which every person lives in a safe, caring community. The Compass Housing Alliance develops and provides essential services, emergency shelter, and transitional and affordable housing for homeless and low-income people in the greater Puget Sound region.

Cause Category: Homelessness


Gift Wrapping Parties

Volunteers needed to wrap holiday gifts at Compass Housing Alliance. You'll bring your own wrapping supplies and choose a date between December 8th-15th.

Compass Housing Alliance envisions a world in which every person lives in a safe, caring community. The Compass Housing Alliance develops and provides essential services, emergency shelter, and transitional and affordable housing for homeless and low-income people in the greater Puget Sound region.

Cause Category: Homelessness


Holiday Meal Providers

Prepare holiday meals for those in need at Compass Housing Alliance. They have a variety of meal needs that include: purchasing and preparing dinner at one of their Emergency Shelters, serving dinner and bringing dessert for one of their Transitional Housing locations, dropping off sandwiches for their Peter’s Place Day Center, or providing breakfast-on-the-go items for one of their Emergency Shelters.

Compass Housing Alliance envisions a world in which every person lives in a safe, caring community. The Compass Housing Alliance develops and provides essential services, emergency shelter, and transitional and affordable housing for homeless and low-income people in the greater Puget Sound region.

Cause Category: Homelessness


Packet Assembly

Page Ahead is looking for volunteer groups of 10-15 people to spend 1-2 hours assembling bookplates into packets to send to our schools.  This fun, simple, indoor project is great for team building as it is a simple project that lends itself to interaction with one another and a sense of accomplishment as the bookplate packet pile grows and grows and grows.

Literacy can make the difference between the poverty of one generation and the promise of the next. Page Ahead helps children realize their potential by providing them with the inspiration to read. Guided by the fact that literacy is essential to lifelong success, Page Ahead provides new books and develops reading activities that empower at-risk children.

Cause Category: Education


Holiday Carousel at Westlake Park

The Holiday Carousel at Westlake Park is Treehouse’s most festive volunteer opportunity. Volunteers work in the ticket booth, engage people while they are waiting in line, allow the correct number of riders on each round, and help collect donated holiday items for youth in foster care. It’s open to volunteers of all ages, and it’s great for individuals or small groups. More than anything, the Holiday Carousel creates visibility for youth in foster care during the holiday season and creates convenient opportunities for the public to support them.

At Treehouse, they envision – and strive to create – a world where every child that has experienced foster care has the opportunities and support they need to pursue their dreams and become productive members of our community.

Cause Category: Kids