Community Engagement Calendar

Start Here to Plan Your Company’s Year of Employee Service and Engagement

This roundup of hand-picked, first-dibs volunteer projects, available to you and your group, are the starting point for creating lasting relationships and partnering with our community to make an impact. That’s true community-centered volunteerism.

Why get employees together to volunteer? Because donations alone cannot accomplish our community goals. We need a strong system of supporters who work collectively to make King County a place where all people have homes, students graduate and families are financially stable. That’s you!

And it’s all here.

Open Projects


Pride with Pollinators Volunteer Restoration Event

DIRT Corps

Pride with Pollinators Volunteer Restoration Event

June 15, 2024

We’ll get our hands dirty by removing invasive blackberry shrubs and applying nourishing mulch to prepare for new native plantings this fall. We’ll also be watering last year’s plantings to ensure our garden stays colorful and diverse.

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Back-to-School Brigade Supply Sorting

Backpack Brigade

Back-to-School Brigade Supply Sorting

July 25, 2024

Back-to-School Brigade® is Operation Homefront’s annual nationwide school supply collection and distribution campaign. For this shift, volunteers will be sorting, counting, and packing school supplies so they are ready to be distributed to military children in WA. This will be held at our office in Auburn, WA.

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WTBBL PrideFest Volunteer

Washington Talking Book & Braille Library

WTBBL PrideFest Volunteer

June 29-30, 2024

PrideFest volunteers assist WTBBL staff at the PrideFest in interacting with the public, passing out free swag items, and answering basic questions about the library and service. Volunteers will direct individuals to staff for detailed information about WTBBL services and donations. Volunteers will also assist with setting up and/or taking down the booth.

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To Register For Your Project

1. Select a project.

2. Connect with the organization.

3. Recruit your group.

Coming Soon


Summer 2024

Homework Helper at the SPL South Park Branch

The Seattle Public Library | Until June 13, 2024

The Seattle Public Library provides homework help and learning activities for K-12 students throughout the school year, September 11, 2023, until June 13, 2024. Volunteers support students with their homework assignments and with developing literacy, mathematics and study skills. The Homework Help Program supports diverse communities in Seattle. Volunteers and Library staff support students to advance racial equity and close the education opportunity gap for students.

Elementary Summer Camp Counselor | New Futures | Burien

Southwest Youth and Family Services | Ongoing

Our Elementary School Program offers children a safe, supportive environment after school and during school breaks. Our seven-week intensive summer program focuses on sports, STEM subjects, reading, art, field trips and fun!

Grades 7-12 Summer Camp Counselor | New Futures | Burien

Southwest Youth and Family Services | Ongoing

Our High School Program offers teens a safe, supportive environment after school and during school breaks. Our seven-week intensive summer program focuses on sports, STEM subjects, reading, art, field trips and fun!

Ongoing

Volunteer and Learn with United Way Change Makers

United Way of King County | Quarterly

Join United Way volunteers and supporters for a deep dive into one of our issue areas before joining a volunteer project together.

Spanish speaking volunteers needed

Providence ElderPlace | Ongoing

Providence Elder Place is an innovative program of services for older adults. We have an urgent request for a Spanish speaking volunteer to phone or visit one of our Spanish speaking participants. If you can speak this language and are interested, please reach out!

Adopt a Unit – Domestic Violence, Teen Units, Girls First & So. King County

YWCA | Ongoing

In our homeless family shelters, things can be pretty basic when a family moves in, this group opportunity is all about changing that. Ideally your group would be about 5 strong and have a weekend to give. You come into a recently vacated unit, 1 to 3 bedrooms, and do a springtime heavy duty cleaning, from washing walls, sometimes painting, to making beds, decorating and taking inventory before han No training required, but good physical help is a plus.

FareStart Community Meals Kitchen Support weekday Mornings Galaxy Kitchen

FareStart | Ongoing

Volunteers will help prepare meals by completing basic preparation tasks; for example: assembling boxes for meal transportation, stamping meal bags, portioning, cleaning produce and more. FareStart staff will assign tasks based on individual skill and comfort level.

Marra Farm Giving Garden Work Party

Solid Ground | Ongoing

Join us at Marra Farm Giving Garden in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood! A Giving Garden Work Party offers an idyllic outdoor opportunity to bond with your coworkers. Dig into soil, plant, weed, and harvest much-needed fresh food for our neighbors as you connect with your team. With the rising cost of food, our local communities rely on fresh produce from Marra Farm more than ever. Help us grow healthy and culturally appropriate food for our neighbors in need!

Refurbish Furniture to Help Community Members in Need!

Furniture Repair Bank | Ongoing

The Furniture Repair Bank rescues worn, torn, and broken furniture from the landfill, restores its value, and provides it to people in need. the best part? No prior experience or skills are required to volunteer! We work in a warehouse environment and sometimes work outside in covered areas, so please dress for the weather. Activities may include painting, staining, and sanding wood, so please dress accordingly for potentially messy work and wear closed-toed shoes! Commitment is flexible and volunteers are welcome to join us for a couple of hours or an entire day. 

Tips and Tricks for a Great Experience

We hope you and your group find a great fit in the above opportunities! Here are some best practices for building authentic relationships with the nonprofit organization hosting your project.

Be flexible.

Your group might be excited about working with kids for an afternoon, but most youth-serving organizations are looking for longer-term commitment in their volunteer roles. Look at what organizations have identified as their volunteer needs to see if your group is a good fit.

Consider your budget.

While the gift of time is valuable, keep in mind that group projects require supplies and staff time to coordinate. Do you have budgeted company dollars that could go toward volunteer projects? If so, let the partner nonprofit know—sharing the project cost may open up more possibilities for your group and take financial burden off of the nonprofit.

Plan ahead.

Begin reaching out to organizations at least a month before you hope to volunteer. If you can, avoid locking down a single date internally before you connect with a nonprofit.

Keep your end of the bargain.

Did you ask for a project for 20 people? Stay on top of recruitment to make sure your group is the expected size. Share the list of names in advance of the project so the organization knows whom to expect. If you need to cancel or send fewer people, let the organization know immediately.

Be ready to learn and reflect.

Ask the organization if there are any materials you should review ahead of time. Make time for a discussion before or debrief after.

Want to DIY?

Fulfill a wishlist.

Search the website of your favorite nonprofit for a wish list—sometimes on Amazon—and purchase or solicit items that will support the services they provide year-round.

Organize a giving circle.

Host a giving circle gathering with family and friends. Select an agency or cause you’d like to support and set your giving goal.

Hold a supply drive.

First, locate an organization in your community and start collecting new or gently used items it’s requesting. To find organizations accepting donations, reach out to your favorite local nonprofits.

We can help your group connect with a nonprofit that has requested in-kind donations/kits. Here are some common needs, but remember to double check with organizations before you start collecting items.

School supplies kit

  • College-ruled paper/spiral notebooks
  • Markers and crayons
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Glue sticks
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

Winter weather kit

  • Weatherproof coat
  • Hat, gloves, scarf
  • Warm socks
  • Winter boots
  • Hand/foot warmers
  • Garbage bags and reusable grocery bags
  • Nonperishable snacks, such as granola/breakfast bars, applesauce pouches, cracker packs
  • Hand sanitizer

Hygiene kit

  • Body wash
  • Combs and brushes
  • Deodorant
  • Chapstick
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Face wash
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Feminine hygiene products

Transitional housing kit

  • Home cleaning products, such as toilet, glass and all-purpose cleaners
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • Laundry detergent and basket
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Mop
  • Dish and cleaning sponges
  • Toilet paper and paper towels