Top Summer Volunteer Opportunities For Families In Seattle

June 17, 2016 5:00 AM

Summer is quickly coming up, and with children coming home from school there will, of course, be plenty of time for family togetherness and adventures. In fact, it was the pioneering physicist and humanitarian Albert Einstein who once said, “Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life.” There are many different things one can do with their family in the Emerald City, whether it’s a day at the Space Needle, one of Seattle’s many museums, or Pike Place Market. But another option for families in Seattle (or anywhere else on Earth in fact) is to do their part to improve the world with some volunteer work. Here are just a few great options in Seattle and nearby areas with great volunteer opportunities for families.
Hopelink
Willow Creek Corporate Center
10675 Willows Road N.E., Suite 275
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 869-6000
www.hope-link.org  

What’s better than families helping other families? Hopelink offers a lot of different programs for families that need help, whether they need help with housing, food, transportation, education, or more. Along with making donations, people starting with children from the ages of seven to eleven can volunteer. Volunteer opportunities with Hopelink include sorting food donations, cleaning up food banks, organizing clothes, and more. After filling out an application form and being chosen, volunteers will be able to work at the Hopelink locations in Redmond, Shoreline, Sno-Valley, Bellevue, and Kirkland/Northshore.

Seattle Children’s Hospital
4800 Sand Point Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 987-2000
www.seattlechildrens.org

Organizations such as the Seattle Children’s Hospital do their best to make sure that the children of the Emerald City are taken care of when they’re at their worst physically. While many of their volunteer positions do require a minimum age of sixteen, volunteering at the Seattle Children’s Hospital might be a great thing to do with your teenagers. Some of the volunteer opportunities that both teenagers and adults can do together include clerical support, office support, working at the gift shop, being a messenger, and patient and family relations.

Heartbeat
P.O Box 704
Snohomish, WA 98291
(425) 931-1047
www.heartbeatforwarriors.org

If you and your family want to help those that have risked their lives and sacrificed everything in order for you to feel safe and enjoy your freedom, then Heartbeat may be the organization for you to volunteer for. Heartbeat offers both therapeutic and morale building programs involving activities such as scuba diving and riding horses for veterans that have suffered in battle and their families. In addition to making donations at multiple drop-off locations, people can offer to volunteer in a variety of capacities after filling out an online application. If one is not chosen to volunteer then one can also, with their family, use a variety of different options to raise funds for the organization.

Related: 5 Ways To Give Back To Our Military Heroes On Memorial Day

American Red Cross of Washington State
1900 25th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98114
(206) 323-2345
www.redcross.org

Since its founding over a century ago by the heroic Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has helped countless people throughout the United States by providing emergency assistance, disaster relief and education during the most dire times of their lives. The American Red Cross is always in need of volunteers, especially since seven percent of their entire workforce is entirely made up of them. In addition to adult volunteers, those of fourteen years and older can join the youth service groups known as Red Cross Clubs. And of course, if you’re of age, you can always donate blood.

The Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 386-4636
www.spl.org

It was the late writer Ray Bradbury who once observed, “Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future?” The Seattle Public Library does more than just lend out books for free. In addition, the organization offers ESL classes, story times, technological help, and much more. There are many opportunities to assist with the work of the Seattle Public Library, including options for high school students.

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