Local Resources by Interest Area

Animals

Animal Talk (Roosevelt)
Under 18yrs welcome to start off working with the birds, reptiles, and small animals, as well as fulfilling tasks like folding laundry, washing and sanitizing crates, sweeping and mopping the store, and washing dishes; 13-17 with demonstrated responsibility and initiative are eligible for further training and animal care tasks.
http://www.animaltalkrescue.org/volunteer.html

PAWS Ideas for Kids
http://www.paws.org/kids-volunteer.html

Whisker City (Shoreline)
Off premises service projects welcome with supervision.
http://www.whiskercity.com/volunteer.html

Arts and Culture

Thistle Theater (puppet theaters in Magnuson Park, Ballard and Bellevue)
Welcomes middle school age volunteers as ushers for weekend shows (watch the shows for free!).
http://www.thistletheatre.org/

Friends of Seattle Public Library (Magnuson Park)
Help with set-up and organization for book sale in September and various other times.
http://friendsofspl.org/getinvolvedvolunteer.php

Museum of History and Industry (Lake Union)
At times has opportunities for education program inventory and administrative support. Open to your ideas!
http://www.mohai.org/support-us/volunteer

Civic Light Opera Administrative Offices (Magnuson Park)
Would welcome youth volunteers for occasional needs including mailings and office support.
http://www.seattlemusicaltheatre.com/

Children

Treehouse (2100 24th Ave South, Seattle)
Collect and/or sort donations for kids in foster care. Special events. Donations always welcome.
http://www.treehouse4kids.org/get-involved

Seattle Baby Corner (St. Joseph parish, also supported by St. Bridget)
Help unpack, sort, organize, prepare mailings, etc. Youth welcome on-site or take items home to work on. Donations always welcome.
http://www.seattlebabycorner.org/how-you-can-help/volunteer/

Solid Ground Sand Point Housing (Magnuson Park housing, main Solid Ground offices in Wallingford)
Gladly accepts donations of new or slightly used household items like blankets, sheets, towels, pots, pans and silverware. Please contact them if you would like to collect items you think they could use.
http://www.solid-ground.org/Programs/Housing/SandPoint/Pages/default.aspx

Possible opportunities with many other Solid Ground programs (formerly called Fremont Public Association):
http://www.solid-ground.org/GetInvolved/Volunteer/Pages/default.aspx

Environment

EarthCorps (Magnuson office, projects city-wide)
Great organization! Website lists frequent restoration/stewardship work days; unchaperoned youth welcome with waiver.
http://earthcorps.org/volunteer.php

Seattle Parks and Recreation (city-wide projects)
Frequent restoration work days, many for Magnuson Park wetlands! Just a written letter from guardian required for unaccompanied youth.
http://www.seattle.gov/parks/calendar/volunteer.htm

Outdoors for All (office at Magnuson Park)
Volunteer opportunities for ages 13-15 in their Winter Cadet and Junior Camp Counselor Programs.
http://www.outdoorsforall.org/volunteer.html

Cascade Bicycle Club (office at Magnuson Park, events around the city)
Assist with special events, educations/outreach projects, bike maintenance parties, Bike to School campaigns, etc.
http://www.cascade.org/About/Voledfound.cfm

Health and Medical Aid

Seattle Red Cross
Lots of opportunities across the city for youth.
http://www.seattleredcross.org/show.aspx?mi=4184

Ronald McDonald House (Laurelhurst)
Ages 13-15 welcome to volunteer on site with adult; all ages encouraged to collect and deliver supplies from their wish list.
http://www.rmhcseattle.org/content/volunteer

Seattle Childrens (Laurelhurst)
Collect and deliver toys for patients.
http://www.seattlechildrens.org/ways-to-help/donate/toys/

Seniors and Disabilities

Catholic Community Services Volunteer Chore Services
Contact them about how to assemble “Shoeboxes of Joy” for the holidays or volunteer in person at various locations with an adult.
http://www.ccsww.org/site/PageServer?pagename=volunteerchores

Northaven Assisted Living (Northgate)
Visit with residents, play card/board games, provide entertainment, perform musical instrument, etc.
http://www.northaven.com/

Cabrini Senior Housing (First Hill)
Provide entertainment, company, treats, assistance for special events, etc.
http://www.mothercabrini.org/ministries/first_hill.asp

Shelter and Food

Food Lifeline (Shoreline)
Welcomes volunteers over 6 years with adult to hep package food. Must schedule 1-2 months ahead or select “Save the Day” for possible openings 1-2 weeks ahead.
http://www.foodlifeline.org/help/volunteer/Volunteer.html

North Helpline Emergency Services and Food Bank (Northeast Seattle)
Under 16 yrears welcome Friday AM (when not in school!) for sorting with adult. Food donations always needed.
http://www.northhelpline.org/howcanyouhelp.html

Catholic Community Services Sacred Heart Shelter (Queen Anne)
Welcomes prepared meals and/or donations of new toiletries and household items for women and children. On site opportunities possible with adult.
http://www.ccsww.org/site/PageServer?pagename=homeless_sacredheart

Solid Ground Sand Point Housing (Magnuson Park housing, main Solid Ground offices in Wallingford)
Gladly accepts donations of new or slightly used household items like blankets, sheets, towels, pots, pans and silverware. Please contact them if you would like to collect items you think they could use.
http://www.solid-ground.org/Programs/Housing/SandPoint/Pages/default.aspx

Possible opportunities with many other Solid Ground programs (formerly known as Fremont Public Association):
http://www.solid-ground.org/Programs/Housing/SandPoint/Pages/default.aspx