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Ways your family can volunteer around Thanksgiving, Christmas and beyond



Food drives let even the youngest kids make a difference. Local organizations welcome your help, and some will even advise you on how to get started.

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Many families are more determined than ever to incorporate giving back into the season of giving thanks.  These websites can help you find volunteer opportunities for your whole family.  If you'd like to adopt a family for the holidays, here are resources for that. And here are more places to donate and ways to share the love.

 

Seattle Works
seattleworks.org
Offers a searchable database of volunteer opportunities. Filters for age of volunteer, populations you’d like to help, and ZIP code-specific activities that 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. Listings aren’t searchable/sortable, but all opportunities are created with families in mind. Age restrictions are included in the listings.

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

 

Host a food drive

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

Food Driving Box Northwest
fooddrivingbox.org
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.

Food Lifeline
foodlifeline.org/how-to-help/host-food-drive
A member of Feeding America, Food Lifeline distributes donations to 275 member agencies across Western Washington.

Northwest Harvest
northwestharvest.org/food-drives
Statewide nonprofit that uses donations to provide more than 2 million meals to Washingtonians every month.

Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle and King County
emergencyfeeding.org
Works with more than 200 partner agencies across King County to provide food bags to anyone in need, supplying 430,000 meals per year.

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

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