Community Service Resources

For our middle school students, we require 9 hours of community service per trimester to be earned through a combination of on-site activities and individual off-campus work. Download the form below. 

Middle schoolers who perform a total of 125 hours or more over the 12 trimesters of middle school earn the Mother Cabrini Award for Excellence in Service when they graduate.

  • HOW TO FIND SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

    • Decide what kind of work might fit your unique interests and talents. Do you like to work outside? Are you interested in working with kids? Do you love animals? Are you great at organizing and sorting? Do you have a musical talent someone in need of companionship would enjoy? Take a volunteer personality quiz at to help narrow down your volunteer options.
    • Take part in special volunteer events for youth. Sign up for events such as Global Youth Service Day. Small groups of youth volunteer for various community improvement projects then an event follows where the volunteers will be recognized and provided with lunch, prizes, and entertainment. Grab a few friends and try it out!
    • Find some inspiration. Keep your eyes open for needs in your community, notice what big issues you feel most deeply about, talk to people who are involved in non-profit work, and read about kids making a difference in the world at sites like What Kids Can Do and Do Something.

     

  • LOCAL RESOURCES BY INTEREST AREA

    ANIMALS

    ARTS & 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!).
    • Friends of Seattle Public Library (Magnuson Park)
      Help with set-up and organization for book sale in September and various other times.
    • Museum of History and Industry (Lake Union)
      At times has opportunities for education program inventory and administrative support. Open to your ideas!
    • Civic Light Opera Administrative Offices (Magnuson Park)
      Would welcome youth volunteers for occasional needs including mailings and office support.

    CHILDREN

    ENVIRONMENT

    • EarthCorps (Magnuson office, projects city-wide)
      Great organization! Website lists frequent restoration/stewardship work days; unchaperoned youth welcome with waiver.
    • 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.
    • Outdoors for All (office at Magnuson Park)
      Volunteer opportunities for ages 13-15 in their Winter Cadet and Junior Camp Counselor Programs.
    • 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.

    HEALTH & MEDICAL AID

    • Seattle Red Cross
      Lots of opportunities across the city for youth.
    • 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.
    • Seattle Childrens (Laurelhurst)
      Collect and deliver toys for patients.

    SENIORS & DISABILITIES

    SHELTER & FOOD

     

  • LIST OF SERVICE IDEAS

    • Develop an awareness campaign for your favorite issue/organization.
    • Look up a local nursing home and offer to bake cookies for them
    • Notice a park or public area that needs to be cleaned-up and recruit family/friends to help some Saturday.
    • Sponsor a senior citizen prom.
    • Provide child care for a community event.
    • Get family/friends to clean out their closets and offer to collect and deliver items to a charity for them.
    • Turn your science project findings into a campaign/service project.
    • Create an internet safety presentation for younger students.
    • Did you learn about an injustice or problem in the world in school that seemed important to you?
    • Have your birthday party "gifts" benefit a charity.
    • Add a unique twist to any project! Maybe even handstands...

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