April 2017 - Seattle  

Help Local Children - Pack, Organize, Distribute Donations
WestSide Baby
Date/Time: There are a variety of dates and times available. Check website for details.
Location: White Center, 10002 14th Ave. SW; Central Branch, 2301 S Jackson St., Suite 202

WestSide Baby provides essentials to local children in need by collecting and distributing diapers, clothing and equipment. Volunteers are an integral part of the organization and tasks can include sorting incoming donations of clothing and other items, packaging diapers, packaging toys, filling orders for children and other projects as needed.

Ages: Families with children ages eight and older are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany volunteers between ages 8-13 and volunteers ages 14-17 must have a signed consent form.
Time Commitment: Three to four hours
Contact: Shana Allen, shana@westsidebaby.org, 206.686.6659
Food Distribution
North Helpline Emergency Services and Food Bank
Date/Time: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9:30am - 1:30pm and Thursdays 4 - 7pm
Location: 12736 33rd Ave NE, Seattle

Volunteers helping with food distribution will generally help with tasks such as check-in, line direction/greeting, distributing food to clients, helping to stock the distribution lines, and assisting clients with carts. Volunteers will be assigned to their positions during the distribution based upon the needs of the food bank.

 Families with children six and older are welcome to volunteer together; teens 14 and older can volunteer on their own.
Time Commitment: Three to four hours
Contact: AnnaJoy Thompson, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteers@northhelpline.org, 206.367.3477
Provide A Meal!
Accelerator YMCA
Date/Time: Monthly, preferably during the last week of the month. Food deliveries need to be made in the early evening.

Location: Contact for specific location

The Accelerator YMCA provides Transitional Housing for young adults (18-24) who are transitioning out of homelessness or foster care. We have eight locations all across King County. The location we need meals for is our Young Adults in Transition (YAIT) Program. YAIT is comprised of 19 studio apartments and is located inside of the Downtown Seattle YMCA. Meals should include both meat and vegetarian options, along with food labels (for allergies), and any specific instructions to be included. Meals should be large enough to feed 20 people. Since the meals need to be prepared remotely and then delivered, the food can be cold or hot upon arrival. However, the housing location is equipped with a full size kitchen, so we are able to reheat hot meals.

Ages: Open to all ages
Time Commitment: Varies, includes food preparation (needs to be done so remotely) and delivery/drop-off
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, acceleratorvolunteer@seattleymca.org, 206.432.8899

Spring Baskets for Children in Homeless Shelters
Date/Time: Drop off baskets Monday, April 10 between 8am - noon
Location: East Cherry Branch, 2820 East Cherry Ave, Seattle
Spring is in the air and the YWCA is gathering spring baskets for homeless and low-income children who live in our shelter and housing programs. These programs are a safe haven for families working hard to move forward in their lives and build a better future for their children. You and your family can help out by making baskets. Fill the baskets with basic needs, toys, learning supplies or candy. We also welcome store bought baskets. Each basket will make a difference to a child in need. We need almost 1000 baskets!

To put together a basket you can either:
  1. Buy an empty  basket, and fill it with fun things like toys, candy, books, hygiene needs, socks, learning supplies, or anything else that seems fun. Wrap up the basket and put a ribbon on it.
  2. Go to the store (Costco has great prices) and buy a generic basket for either a boy or girl.
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Nichelle Hilton, 206.375.1496, nhilton@ywcaworks.org. Email Nichelle by April 7 with the number of baskets you are planning on donating.

Trail Work and Tree Planting with the City of Issaquah
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
Date/Time: Saturday, April 15, 10am - 2pm
Location: Issaquah Creek near Lake Sammamish State Park. Detailed directions will be sent to you once you've registered online.
Join the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust as we partner with the City of Issaquah, Washington State Parks and Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park to celebrate Arbor Day in Issaquah by building a trail and planting trees! This project will take place on both City of Issaquah and Washington State Parks land and the new trail will allow hikers and joggers to bypass the noisy sidewalk and intersections along NW Sammamish Road and instead be able to enter Lake Sammamish State Park by following Issaquah Creek through one of the older forest restoration project sites in the City of Issaquah. Located behind the Alpine Animal Hospital, this new wood chip trail will only be about 1,000 feet long, but will be vital in connecting City of Issaquah's Pickering Reach trail along Issaquah Creek to trails within the beautiful 500 acres of Lake Sammamish State Park. Volunteer activities will include spreading wood chips to build the trail, planting native trees and shrubs near the trail and removing blackberry to continue the restoration efforts along Issaquah Creek. Whether you're into trail work or restoration, this event will have something for you!
Ages: All ages are welcome. An adult must accompany children under 13, and anyone under 18 not accompanied by their guardian must bring a youth waiver.

Time Commitment:
Four hours
Contact: Mountains to Sound Greenway Volunteer Program, volunteer@mtsgreenway.org, 206.300.3219. Online registration is required.
Earth Day Habitat Restoration at Discovery Park
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
Date/Time: Saturday, April 22, 10am - 2pm
Location  Discovery Park, Seattle. Detailed directions will be sent to you once you've registered online.
Celebrate Earth Day with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust! As the City of Seattle's largest multi-use park at 534 acres, Discovery Park is a park of regional significance. It is a major draw for a wide demographic range of users and recreational opportunities. It is also one of the best places in Seattle for bird watching with over 230 species identified. However, many of the areas of the park have been degraded by invasive plant species and lack the diverse habitat needed to provide a balanced ecosystem. We will be continuing our restoration efforts by removing invasive plant species. The project will enhance the species diversity, forest structure, and function of the area.
Ages: All ages are welcome. An adult must accompany children under 13, and anyone under 18 not accompanied by their guardian must bring a youth waiver.
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: Mountains to Sound Greenway Volunteer Program, volunteer@mtsgreenway.org, 206.300.3219. Online registration is required.
Blanket Project for Children
Aegis Living
Date/Time: Flexible. Please contact Susan Rauch to schedule a date and time.
Location: 220 E. Madison St, Seattle

Aegis Living is a retirement community for seniors. Families are invited to visit Aegis and make blankets with seniors. This is an intergenerational project bringing children together with seniors to create tie blankets. All materials will be supplied by Aegis. Completed blankets are donated to ChildHaven, a nonprofit that serves homeless children.
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer
Time Commitment: Varies, can be one-time or ongoing
Contact: Susan Rauch, Life Enrichment Director, 206.325.1600, susan.rauch@aegisliving.com
Quick Acts of Kindness
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Flexible, quick ways to add kindness to daily family life
Location: Your home and community

Not all acts of kindness require planning. Check out the Doing Good Together 24+ Quick Acts of Kindness project page for ideas. You can also print out our Design Your Own Kindness Cards to include with your quick kindness activities.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
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