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Give thanks and give back: Seattle-area volunteering opportunities for the holiday season



Incorporate giving back into the season of giving thanks by volunteering your time at local organizations.

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Many families want to incorporate giving back into the season of giving thanks. These sites can help you find volunteer opportunities for your whole family.

 

Seattle Works

seattleworks.org

Offers a searchable database of volunteer opportunities. Filters such as age of volunteer, populations you would like to help, and zip code-specific opportunities will allow you to find the best fit for your family.

 

United Way of King County 

uwkc.org/volunteer

Searchable database of volunteer activities that enables you to search for family-friendly options. 

 

Volunteer Match

volunteermatch.org

Searchable database allows you to filter results based on specific causes, as well as matches that are a good fit for kid and teen volunteers.

 

Doing Good Together

doinggoodtogether.org

Compiles lists of family-friendly volunteering opportunities called Big-Hearted Families. Their listings are not searchable/sortable, but all opportunities are created with families in mind. Any specific age restrictions will be included in the listing.

 

Flash Volunteer

flashvolunteer.org

Sort volunteer opportunities by time frame and/or neighborhood. 

 

Volunteer Washington

volunteerwashington.org

Statewide site that lets you search volunteering opportunities and agencies seeking volunteers, filtered by county.

 

One Brick

seattle.onebrick.org

Search for volunteer opportunities in a calendar format. Read through the event descriptions to identify which opportunities are a good fit for families.


Host a food drive

A food drive is something that your whole family can be involved in. Many organizations even provide resources, such as printable flyers, food collection containers and suggestions for success and food collection at the conclusion of your drive. Here are just a few of the organizations that you can partner with for a family food drive.

 

Food Driving Box Northwest: Provides boxes that you keep in your car. Printed right on the box are the most-needed items. Boxes are available at and benefit the 27 Seattle Food Committee member food banks.

fooddrivingbox.org

 

Food Lifeline: A member of Feeding America, Food Lifeline distributes donations to 275 member agencies across Western Washington.

foodlifeline.org/how-to-help/host-food-drive

 

Northwest Harvest: Statewide nonprofit that uses donations to provide more than 2 million meals to Washingtonians every month.

northwestharvest.org/food-drives

 

Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle and King County: Works with more than 200 partner agencies across King County to provide for food bags to anyone in need. The EFP reports that they supply 430,000 meals per year.

emergencyfeeding.org

 

Hopelink: Offers food bank, food delivery and emergency feeding services to families in crisis in the following areas: Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Shoreline and Sno-Valley.

hope-link.org

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