Seattle's Child

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Northwest Harvest lets kids know what they've helped accomplish each day. (Photo by Jillian O'Connor)

Opportunities for kid volunteers to make a difference

Many organizations will accept help from younger teens and tweens.

Does your child want to get started now helping out and making positive change in the world? Here are some local groups striving to make a difference that accept help from volunteers who are under 18. 

Climate change

Zero Hour: This group working to fight climate change welcomes help from young activists.

Washington Youth For Climate Justice: Youth volunteers (under the age of 25) can join a statewide team or join a city group. Usually requires a minimum of two hours a week.

Food banks

Food Lifeline: Volunteers can be age 14 and up. Teenagers younger than 17 will need to have a signed consent form. Locations throughout Seattle. Kids can host a virtual or canned food drive.

Northwest Harvest: Will accept kid volunteers who are 9 or older to work sorting food at SODO Community Market or multiple regional warehouses in the Seattle area. Kids 15 or younger need an adult chaperone. Kids can also host a virtual food drive.

University District Food Bank: Kids can volunteer starting at age 15 if accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Social justice

NAACP Youth Coalition: For more information on getting involved, contact

Eastside 4 Black Lives: Find out more about upcoming events at

Black Lives Matter at School: Find out what’s going on currently in the Year of Purpose and find contact information at

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About the Author

Jillian O'Connor

Jillian O’Connor lives in Seattle with her husband, two sons and a dog named after the Loch Ness Monster.