How do you like to serve?

At United Way of King County, we’re all about alleviating poverty. Whether you’re interested in direct service or capacity building, we have a variety of ways you can help build a community where people have homes, students graduate and families are financially stable.

AmeriCorps Opportunities


Our team of 100+ AmeriCorps members play a critical role in shaping our community. Whether behind the scenes planning or front-and-center with clients, they’re making King County a better place for all of us. Check out the different programs you could be part of:

Fuel Your Future

(Summer 8 – 10 weeks)

Our Fuel Your Future team is all about helping low-income kids get access to nutritious food. Whether they’re creating a fun environment for kids to have healthy summer meals or working with school administrators to bring well-balanced meals into the classroom, they’re on the ground making a difference.

  • Living allowance of $1,222 per month (pretax)
  • $1,194.71 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or a cash stipend ($230-287) upon successful completion
  • ORCA LIFT card (transit pass covering fares up to $2.75)
  • Food handler’s permit
  • Professional work experience
  • In-service training

Ready and Resilient

The Ready and Resilient team increases financial stability for community college students and people experiencing homelessness. Responding to individual needs, members coach clients to find unique solutions to immediate housing and financial crisis. As resource experts, members also influence system change by launching college food pantries, free legal clinics, financial literacy workshops, and programs for formerly incarcerated students.

  • Monthly living allowance of $1,195 (pretax)
  • Loan deferment and payment of interest accrued during service year on qualified student loans (loans must be federally backed; personal loans not eligible)
  • Health benefits that meet the minimum standards of ACA compliance
  • ORCA LIFT card (transit pass covering fares up to $2.75)
  • $5,775 Education Award or $1,500 cash stipend upon successful completion
  • Childcare assistance
  • 10 days sick leave, 10 days personal leave, plus federal holidays
  • Professional work experience
  • In-service training

VISTA Opportunities


We partner with dozens of VISTAs to work behind the scenes helping nonprofits build capacity and have greater impact. VISTAs lead programmatic change through work like needs assessment, evaluation, program development and implementation to increase effectiveness and efficiency.

Some of the agencies our VISTAs have been placed include: Mary’s Place, Seattle Goodwill, King County Bar Association, FareStart, International Rescue Committee, and several Community Learning Centers

  • Monthly living allowance of $1,222 (pretax)
  • Loan deferment and payment of interest accrued during service year on qualified student loans (loans must be federally backed; personal loans not eligible)
  • Health benefits that meet the minimum standards of ACA compliance
  • ORCA LIFT card (transit pass covering fares up to $2.75)
  • $5,815 Education Award or $1,500 cash stipend upon successful completion
  • Childcare assistance
  • 10 days sick leave, 10 days personal leave, plus federal holidays
  • Professional work experience
  • In-service training

Understanding the need in King County


Record high homelessness. With more than 4,500 people unsheltered on any given night, the City of Seattle and King County declared a state of emergency in 2015.
Kids live in poverty. 15% of all kids in King County live in poverty. The disparities are stark: 42% of African-American kids and 32% of Hispanic kids live in poverty.
Students aren’t graduating. Dropout rates are high—today in King County there are 15,000 people ages 16–21 who are struggling. They have no high school credentials and no viable job prospects.

AmeriCorps members are making a difference!


Our teams work hard—not only do they impact thousands of through their work every day, but they see progress being made on big community goals.

TAYLOR WELLS

“I love the difference we can make for low-income families. It makes me proud to work here.”

JOE LAMBRIGHT

“We give people and companies a way to connect to their community. People want to do good – and United Way makes it easy to do just that.”

Check out the different ways you can affect change.

Join The Team