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Seeking volunteers?

E-mail community-volunteers@cs with your suggestion for an event. We have an army of volunteers ready to do anything!

Finding a Volunteer Project

Interested in doing a volunteer project, but don't know where to start? There are a lot of good resources for easily finding a project. Two good places to start are the Seattle Works volunteer calendar and the United Way volunteer calendar.

Or if you're not sure what to do, or how to set something up, just send an email out to the list! Somebody should be able to help out, and you might even round up a group of people to volunteer with.

Organizations with individual projects

List organizations in alphabetical order.

Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

  • About: "CASA volunteers appointed by judges to speak up for abused and neglected children. ... Volunteers investigate a child’s history, facilitate communication between concerned adults, advocate for services and appropriate placement, and ultimately make recommendations – to the judge – in that child’s best interest."
  • Typical hours: Before becoming a CASA, you have to attend a 28-hour orientation (split over 4 days). At the beginning of a case, it can take 10 hours a month to accumulate the facts of the case. After dependency has been established, periodic checkups with the child requires a few hours a month. In addition, there are several court meetings. At the beginning, there will be about one per month. After dependency, there is one every 3 - 6 months. Court is in session either at 8:30 AM or 1:30 PM depending on the stage of the case. A case usually lasts 1.5 years from beginning to end. CASAs may be assigned to a case that is partway through the entire process (e.g. dependency may already have been established)
  • Location: King County (you can give a preference for where you want the parties in the case to be)
  • Type of work: Talking (in person or on the phone) to parents, foster parents, child, social works to get the facts to make a recommendation to the court.
  • Website: Washington State CASA

Organizations with group projects

List organizations in alphabetical order.


  • About: "[EarthCorps] is dedicated to building global community through local environmental restoration service."
  • Typical hours: 4 hours starting from 9 AM up to 1 PM
  • Location: Various parks in Seattle area
  • Type of work: Trail work, landscaping, weeding, invasive species removal
  • Website:

Habitat for Humanity

  • About: "Habitat for Humanity International has built and rehabilitated more than 150,000 houses with families in need, becoming a true world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing."
  • Typical hours: 9 AM - 4 PM (can end sooner depending on workload)
  • Location: Various parks in Seattle area
  • Type of work: Building houses. Actual work depends on what stage the houses on the worksite are in. Work can range from hammering nails to painting to landscaping.
  • Website: East King County | South King County
  • E-mail: Debbie Springer ( [East King County]

Treehouse For Kids

  • About: "Since 1988, Treehouse has filled the gaps that no other agency addresses: fees for extra-curricular programs and summer camp ... educational support services ... the wherewithal for full participation in the 'everyday' activities of growing up ... clothing and supplies so they 'fit in' at school."
  • Typical hours: Unknown
  • Location: South Seattle
  • Type of work: There are many ways to get involved, but the one-time volunteer efforts involve sorting and tagging stuff at their "Wearhouse".
  • Website: Treehouse For Kids

One-time events

These happen only once a year. The events should be sorted by date.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

  • Date: Mid-January (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • Typical hours: Unknown
  • Location: Projects located at scores of sites across Seattle area
  • Type of work: Anything from painting, landscaping, weeding, cleaning, sorting, ...
  • Event reason: "Dr. King believed that 'Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.'" Re-ignite Dr. King’s dream of greatness by serving your community!
  • Website: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
  • Comments:




College of Engineering Open House

  • Date: End of April, Friday and Saturday
  • Typical hours: 2-hour shifts between 9 AM - 3 PM (Friday), 10 AM - 2 PM (Saturday)
  • Location: Engineering buildings on campus
  • Type of work: Showing people engineering demos, leading students around the exhibits, etc...
  • Event reason: "This event is free and open to students of all ages from grades K-12, prospective high school & college transfer students, teachers, and all others that are interested in learning more about engineering."
  • Website: | CSE Open House Information (year in URL changes)
  • Comments:


Letter Carrier's Food Drive

  • Date: Mid-May, Saturday
  • Typical hours: 3 hour shifts (12:30 PM - 3:30 PM or 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM)
  • Location: Postal stations across Seattle area
  • Type of work: "Unloading non-perishable food donations from the carriers' vehicles to help get them back out on their route."
  • Event reason: "This time of year is especially critical for many food banks, since their stock of holiday donations runs low just as school breakfast and lunch programs close for the summer."
  • Website: Food Lifeline
  • Comments:

Seattle Works Day

  • Date: End of May, Saturday
  • Typical hours: 10 AM - 2 PM
  • Location: Projects located at scores of sites across Seattle area
  • Type of work: Anything from painting, landscaping, weeding, cleaning, sorting, ...
  • Event reason: "Participants make a minimum contribution of $25 in support of [Seattle Works'] year-round programs when they register."
  • Website:
  • Comments: Seattle Works holds an after-party from 2:30 - 5:30 at South Lake Union