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Volunteer in the community

Volunteer tracker

You can easily track your time spent volunteering for CFD member charities using the CFD Volunteer Tracker.

Volunteer opportunities

Want to see what’s out there? Check out these volunteer clearinghouses:

  • Visit the United Way of King County’s volunteer site and search for thousands of volunteer opportunities.
  • Visit VolunteerMatch and find an opportunity that is just right for you.
  • Idealist.org is a nonprofit connecting people and organizations for jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities and graduate school fairs to help people advance their social impact career.

Regional Organizations

Seattle World School (SWS) is currently searching for volunteers willing to tutor students or assist in classes. SWS is a public middle and high school for low-income immigrants and refugees in Seattle, most of whom are also English language learners. Time commitment is usually an hour or two once a week, but it is flexible and can be as much or as little as the volunteer is willing to commit. No prior teaching experience or knowledge of another language is required, just an interest in helping underserved young people.

The United Way of King County’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign United Way’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign provides high-quality free tax preparation services to individuals and families, leveraging powerful anti-poverty tax credits to ensure hard-working people get every dollar they deserve. This effort is powered by volunteers who are trained and IRS certified.

Jewish Family Service has compiled a list of creative ways to make a difference with projects that support those who need it most in our community. Please choose from one of the projects below or contact Volunteer Services to create your own. DIY (do it yourself) volunteer ideas make for great b’nai mitzvah projects, too!

Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington

Wish-granting volunteers work in teams of two to help plan and fulfill a child’s wish. Each wish is as unique as each child who dreams it, so the level of volunteer commitment varies from wish to wish. This volunteer position is best suited for those over the age of 21 with creative energy and entrepreneurial enthusiasm.

Events volunteers help with specific fundraising events or promotions hosted by Make-A-Wish or others. Volunteer needs and time commitment vary depending on the nature of the events. This volunteer role is best suited for volunteers who enjoy public interaction and have a commitment to getting the job done.

Airport greet volunteers go to the airport to either send wish kids off on their wish trips, welcome them back from their wish trips, or welcome them to town from somewhere else for their wish. This volunteer position is best suited for anyone, in the Seatac, Anchorage or Fairbanks areas, who would like to help begin or complete a child’s wish. This opportunity is great for all adults as well as school-age children needing service hours.

Ribbons & Bows volunteers provide the extra special finishing touches for a wish, like a goody bag for a wish child to enjoy on an airplane or accessories for a bedroom redecoration. Volunteers purchase items from a personalized gift list for a wish child and return the gifts to any of our office locations. Ribbons & Bows donations range from $50 – $500 and are tax deductible. This volunteer role is best suited for workplaces and groups to help with wishes, or for individuals looking for a flexible time and financial commitment.

For more information, please contact Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington.

Washington Trails Association

Trails across Washington need our help and support more than ever. WTA welcomes anyone who wants to lend a hand and help out on trails—whether you’ve had years of experience or you’re brand new to tools. To learn more information about WTA trail work or to sign up for a work party, visit wta.org/get-involved/volunteer.

Food Lifeline

Food Lifeline is dedicated to ending hunger in Western Washington by providing 90,000 meals to our hungry neighbors every day.  Volunteer teams and individuals repackage food for delivery to more than 275 food banks, shelters and meal programs. Learn about how you and your friends can help to end hunger in our community! http://www.foodlifeline.org/volunteer

Invite your colleagues for a fun 2 ½ hour team-building experience in our new warehouse! We’re located at 815 South 96th Street, Seattle, WA 98108. Contact us through our website or call 206-545-6600.

United Way of King County Emerging Leaders

It’s United Way’s group for awesome people in their 20s and 30s who want to connect with their peers and our local community.

Now, more than ever, we hear millennials say they want to make a difference and change the world. Maybe you’re one of them. Our Emerging Leaders program makes it easy to put those words into action. Every month.

Our menu of opportunities offers ways to:

  • Volunteer—Emerging Leaders give back right in their neighborhoods and see the impact of their work firsthand, be it helping recently arrived refugee and immigrant youth build a solid educational foundation or serving meals at a shelter for people experiencing homelessness.
  • Network—Who doesn’t love a party with a purpose? With Emerging Leaders, young people grow their personal and professional networks at our social events while learning about the important issues.
  • Connect with leaders—Our intimate Speaker Series events are a chance for Emerging Leaders to meet top business leaders and learn more about their path to success and passion for philanthropy.
    Doing good has never been easier or more fun. As for changing the world… it’s what’s coming next. Get in on the action. Join Emerging Leaders or share it with someone in your network.

Summit Assistance Dogs

Our single biggest volunteer need is foster homes, both long and short term.  They are the backbone of our organization, and we couldn’t do our work without them.

Long-term foster homes help raise our puppies.  If you have the time required to train and care for a dog and a desire to help change a life, we welcome you to apply to become a puppy raiser.  We need you to attend regular training classes, devote 15-20 minutes each day to training, and care for the dog’s routine needs, including feeding, grooming, exercise and socialization. We will give you lots of support in return. To become a highly valued Summit foster home, please request an application form.

Seattle Education Access (SEA)

GED Success Tutor: Support students who are learning core concepts and test-taking strategies for the GED exam.

College Placement Tutor: Assist students in improving English, math, and science skills to prepare for college placement exams, such as the Compass, ACT or SAT.

College Prep Tutor: Help students learn core concepts before they begin their first quarter of college.

Academic Tutor: Assist college students in preparing for tests, classes, homework, or mastering knowledge in core concepts; commitment and locations vary by student.

Mentor: Serve as an ally and advocate for a student by offering academic assistance, resume and career support, help developing career opportunities, and being a stable and positive role model; each student is unique and will have specialized goals you can work together to achieve.

Spanish Translator: Support Spanish speaking students by offering translations services.

Scholarship Ally: Help students search and apply for scholarship funding.

Housing Ally: Work together with a student to research and secure a safe and affordable housing option.

Employment Ally: Help students achieve their career goals by assisting with job search, resume building, and interview skills.

Board Member: Support SEA by joining our Board of Directors and becoming a community ambassador.

Events and Fundraising: Assist with fundraising or event planning, invite your friends and family to our spring fundraising event, procure auction items and corporate sponsors, or host a house party to raise funds for scholarships.

Visit Seattle Education Access for more information.


Bring a group to serve a meal!
Our biggest need, and an important part of getting homeless youth off the streets to prepare for life, is addressing a very basic need – food. YouthCare utilizes up to 8 people, ages 18+, to cook, prepare, serve, and tidy up lunches and dinners on weekdays at the James W. Ray Orion Center. When volunteers serve meals, they enable staff to concentrate on what they’re there for – serving youth. By donating food, volunteer groups help us stretch our budget in the face of pressing need. To learn more, check out the Meal Provider Calendar to see which dates are available. Apply for a specific meal shift by clicking here. For questions, contact our Group Projects Coordinator at meals@youthcare.org or 206-204-1412.

Help collect needed items!
You can help spread the word and raise awareness about the issue of youth homelessness by hosting a drive for needed items. This is a great way to help youth with the items they need to get off the streets and prepare for life. It is also a wonderful opportunity to start a conversation in your family and community about what it might feel like to be homeless (i.e., why are socks so important?) Find more information here.

Dinner at our House!
Do you enjoy cooking? Use your skills to provide healthy, delicious dinner for young people in need. Cook at home and drop off the food so youth can get the nutrition they need before they go to work or school the next day! This can be a one-time opportunity, or you can deliver food on a regular basis! Click for more information.

New Beginnings

Follow these three steps to apply to become a volunteer!

Step One: Complete the Volunteer Application and submit it, along with your resume, to Erin Pankow, Community Engagement Coordinator, at epankow@newbegin.org.

Step Two: Once your Volunteer Application is submitted and reviewed, we will schedule you for an in-person interview with our Community Engagement Coordinator. This interview will also provide a short orientation to New Beginnings’ programs.

Step Three: Once accepted into the Volunteer Program, direct service volunteers will attend the DV 101 Comprehensive Training, held in Seattle each spring and fall. Our next training will be held in March. Volunteering can start before the training is completed. A nominal training fee is required to cover the cost of materials.

For more information, call 206-783-4520.

Pasado’s Safe Haven

Sanctuary – Snohomish County

There are lots of volunteer opportunities at our sanctuary in Snohomish County, supporting everything from animal care to office and promotional work. At our sanctuary, our animal care volunteers spend their time in Dog Towne, Kitty City, and on the farm doing a range of work from cleaning to socializing. A lot of the work our volunteers do can be dirty work and heavy lifting, but it’s very necessary and rewarding work. The animals need care rain or shine, indoors and outside, so a good pair of boots and a rain slicker will be a great start to keeping you dry and ready to volunteer.

Outside of working directly with the animals, there are a number of other ways to get involved.  You might help with a public tour, office work, pet food drives, or transportation.  Depending on where your interests and time availability are, we will find a way for you to support the work we do on behalf of animals. 


  • Complete an online application and background check
    • Volunteers Ages 12 to 15 years must volunteer alongside legal guardian.
    • Volunteers 16 and 17 may volunteer with legal guardian consent
  • Attend a volunteer orientation
  • Complete necessary training
  • Minimum commitment of 2 shifts per month for 3 months 
  • Purchase a $20.00 volunteer t-shirt

Apply to volunteer at our main Sanctuary here.

Food Bank and Spay/Neuter Program – Pierce County

Our mission at the Pet Food Bank is to supply pet food to rural food pantry clients. We hope to provide an alternative to surrendering – or worse, abandoning – a family pet.  In coordination with the Mobile Spay Station that provides free/low cost services, we play an integral part in animal welfare in your community.

There are a number of volunteer opportunities depending on your interest/skill and time availability.

 Here are a few examples:

  • Collection of Pet Food at established sites & Periodic Food drives
  • Distribution at Pet Food Banks throughout Pierce County
  • Marketing/Outreach/Event Participation
  • Assisting on the Spay Station with pet intake, surgery prepping procedures, pet recovery and cleaning

Apply to volunteer for one of our Pierce County programs here.

Outreach and Events – Greater Seattle Area

Help educate our community and be part of our mission to end animal cruelty. We need volunteers to represent Pasado’s Safe Haven at festivals, schools and fundraisers in and around the Seattle area. You will learn about our mission and programs so you can effectively advocate and help make an impact in our community.

Apply to volunteer for our Fundraising, Outreach and Event opportunities here.

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.