Community Service & Service Learning


This webpage has been phased out. Please refer to the new Shorecrest College & Career Center website at:

Welcome the Shorecrest Community Service Page

Community Service Graduation Requirement for all Classes

     Based on the research and recommendation of a joint committee of citizens and educators, the Shoreline School Board has approved a new graduation requirement beginning with the class of 2016. This new requirement will prepare Shoreline students for success in post-secondary education, gainful employment, productive citizenship and help them to develop the skills for lifelong learning. All Shoreline high school students are required to complete and record a total of 40 hours of community service by the end of their high school career. For Shorecrest, this is not a new requirement.  

     Students are strongly encouraged to complete 10 hours per year, ideally completing 40 hours by the end of their junior year. This leaves time for the Senior Culminating Project during their senior year.

      There are two large notebooks in Shorecrest's College & Career Center. Both are filled with with long-term volunteer ideas. Scroll down for short-term volunteer events and community service opportunities - or consider making your own service opportunity. Use your own creativity and ambition!

       Please go to the bottom of this page for information about how to use forms and which hours are eligible. 

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Volunteer Events

including Camp Counselor Opportunities! 

 Summer 2017 

Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Arts Festival (three parts) - More than 200 shifts available June 19-25, beginning: 1) Set-up Juried Art Show collection, Monday, June 19, 5-8 p.m., at Shoreline Center. 2) Set up hands-on art, cultural rooms and artists marketplace, Friday, June 23, noon-3 p.m., and/or 4:45-7 p.m., at Shoreline Center. 3) Volunteer one or more two-hour shifts as information table attendants; hands-on art attendants; exhibit room sitters; clean-up and more, Saturday, June 24 (6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.) and/or Sunday, June 25, 9:45 a.m.-6:45 p.m.) Details/RSVP: Kelly Lie,, or 206.417.4645, or

Volunteer as a Summer Day Camp Counselor in July! Be part of an experiential learning program for at-risk Shoreline elementary students. July 5th - 28th, on Wednesdays and/or Fridays from 11-5pm, field trips to the Gates Center, MOHAI, the Loghouse Museum on Alki, the Zoo, the Burke at the UW, and kickboxing. Details: Lynn:; (a one hour orientation/training is required).

Center for Human Services Summer Day Camp Counselors: Teens 15 years or older needed for outdoor games; science, art and field trips; and summer learning projects, Tuesdays-Thursdays, July 11-Aug. 17, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., at Ballinger Homes, 2200 N.E. 201st Place, Shoreline. Spend your summer having fun and mentoring kindergartners-8th graders. Commit to at least one day per week. Details: or 206.631.8836

Early Learning Program counselor: Support the Shoreline Center for Human Services by helping children birth to 5 years old at Kaleidoscope Play & Learn, weekdays, July 10-Aug. 18, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Details: or 206.631.8836

MoPOP (formerly Experience Music Project) Youth Advisory Board seeks new members to influence teen programming at the Museum of Pop Culture. Collaborate with local musicians, artists, and community groups to promote teen programs such as Sound Off! MoPOP’s 21-and-under battle of the bands. Create original content for The Soundboard and YAB Instagram, online social networks devoted to the all-ages music scene and actively contribute to MoPOP events and exhibit openings. Assist at Bumbershoot and other events. Get an inside peak at museum exhibits. Receive opportunities for internships or paid summer employment. MoPOP Youth Advisory Board meets twice monthly, on first and third Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at MoPOP (325 5th Avenue N) between September 2017 and May 2018. High school-aged youth can serve on YAB for up to two years. Deadline to apply: Aug. 4. Interviews: Aug. 15-Sept. 1. Apply here: 

Shoreline Little League Seniors and Juniors Baseball All-Star Tournaments: Help SLL prepare fields, run concessions, announce games, keep scores and/or set-up/clean-up venue, starting at 9 a.m. weekends, and 3 p.m. days, June 30-July 7, and July 15-22, at Shorewood High School's baseball fields, 17300 Fremont Ave. N. Details/register: Karen Yoshino, 206.802.4148,,

Make a difference in the lives of hungry children - volunteer as a Summer Lunch Coordinator. For some children, the Federally-funded Free Summer Lunch Program will be the only meal they eat during the day. Turning Point is a site for children to get lunch this summer, we are looking for two compassionate, responsible volunteers to coordinate this program Wednesdays and Fridays, July 5– 28, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. during our summer day camp. A one-hour training is required. Contact Lynn: Turning Point's mission is to strengthen the Shoreline community by combating the effects of poverty for children.

Seattle Scottish Highland Games: Help set up; sell concessions or t-shirts; assist youth with field events; wear costumes; and/clean up during 71st annual event, Thursday-Sunday, July 27-30, at Enumclaw Expo Center, south King County. Free t-shirts and admission for volunteers. Details/RSVP: Lynn Hester, 206.523.2641.

Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSFair: Bellevue Arts Museum is currently looking for volunteers for the 2017 71st annual BAM ARTSfair – the largest arts and crafts fair in the Pacific Northwest, Thursday-Sunday, July 27 – 30. Help artists and run stations with dozens of live arts, crafts and music performances in downtown Bellevue. Details:

Shoreline Farmers Market:

Upcoming Lake Forest Park Blood Drives: Support BloodworksNW and earn 2.25 volunteer hours by donating blood. Blood Centers require parent permission forms for all first-time 16- and 17-year-old donors. Saturday, June 24 and Aug. 29 at Lake Forest Park Town Center; Monday, June 26 at Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church. Photo ID required. Details: 800.398.7888. or

2017 Greenwood Car Show: Greenwood Knights Car Club and Greenwood-Phinney community host an all-day June 24 event. Set-up at 4 a.m., tear-down ends at 7 p.m. Three-hour shifts requested for loading/parking; entry main gate; vendors area; intersection control and/or more. Details/RSVP: , 206.930.3033 or;

Shoreline Elementary Summer School: Volunteers needed to read with children, help with math, support the attendance office, supervise lunchroom or do office/clerical work. Choose at least three of 20 days available, Mondays-Fridays, July 10-Aug. 4, 8:11:30 a.m., at Meridian Park Elementary. Volunteers typically work five straight days or same day of each week to fit in other summer activities. Great opportunity for students interested in careers working with children. Details/RSVP: Ali Airhart,, 206.229.9030

Shorecrest Summer Basketball Camp Counselors: Pump up excitement and skills for 9- to 13-year-olds and 6- to 8-year-olds by volunteering as a counselor at one or both summer hoops camps organized by Coach Fischer. Camp I is June 26-28; Camp 2 is July 17-19, both in the Shorecrest gym; ‘tween “Skills” camp runs 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; younger hoopster session is 1-2 p.m. Details/RSVP:; 206.854.6101.

Shoreline Schools IT Support needs four volunteers for 6 hours daily, about 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in late July/early August at Shoreline Center, 18560 First Ave. N.E., to unbox laptops; add barcode stickers; running devices through etching machine, and move to storage. No experience necessary. Details: Jim Golubich,, 206.393.4410.

“The Works” Clothing Resource and the Back-to-School Consortium: Beginning July 1, pick up supplies from donors and donation boxes throughout the area and bring them to “The Works” at Ridgecrest Elementary, 16516 10th Ave. N.E. If you have a vehicle, energy and muscles, this is a flexible job. Call 206.393.4916 or email for details.

  • Work on assembly teams: Prepare school supplies to be included in Back-to-School backpacks, 1-4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Ridgecrest Elementary, 16516 10th Ave. N.E. Shoreline, 98155.
  • Stuff backpacks with school supplies: 1-4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Ridgecrest Elementary, 16516 10th Ave. N.E., Shoreline, 98155. Details: or 206.356.5977

Ridgecrest Neighborhood Association Outdoor Movie Night:  Six volunteers needed Friday, Aug. 18, 6 p.m.-midnight, to set up, staff booths and take down materials after this event at Paramount Park, Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 155th St. Details/RSVP: Jeremiah Fulford-Foster, or Andrea MacPherson Larson,

Briarcrest Neighborhood Summer Picnic: Face-painters, bubble blowers, game and craft station assistants needed. Help with ice cream feed and cake cake, too. Saturday, Aug. 26, 3-7 p.m. at Hamlin Park Picnic Shelter. Details: Jean,, 206.362.4315.

POPY’S Café: Set up tables, serve and clean up after meals at weekly Wednesday dinners for neighbors in need, 3-8 p.m., at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 15414 N.E. 20th Ave., near Goodwill in Shoreline. BONUS: Free dinner! Co-hosted by YMCA. RSVP/Details: Dallas Wood,, 206.569.7008.

Ronald Commons Cafe': Set up tables, serve and clean-up after meals at weekly dinners for neighbors in need, 3-8 p.m., Thursdays, at Ronald United Methodist Curch, 17839 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline. Bonus: Free dinner! Details: Dallas Wood,, 206.569.7008.

North Helpline: Unload and sort donated groceries Thursdays (4-7 p.m.), and distribute food Saturdays (9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) at food bank, 12736 33rd Ave. N.E., near Lake City Fred Meyer. Parent permission required for those under 18. Please call ahead to pre-register: Shannon Serier, 206.367.3477,, 

In Snohomish County: Westgate Chapel Food Bank - Thursdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 22901 Edmonds Way, Edmonds, 425-775-2776; Edmonds Food Bank - Tuesdays 9:30-11:30 a.m.; United Methodist Church 828 Casper St., Edmonds, 425-778-5833; Lynnwood Food Bank - Wednesdays 1:30-6:30 p.m.; 5320 176th St. S.W., Lynnwood, 425-745-1635; Mountlake Terrace Food Bank, Tuesdays 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., 4700 228th St. S.W., Mountlake Terrace, 425-778-7227.

Deseret Industries: Flexible shifts, Mondays-Saturdays, at Shoreline thrift store, 17935 Aurora Ave. N. Help organize and arrange donated items for sale to benefit non-profit group. RSVP/Details: 206.542.9447.

Richmond Junior Football & Cheer: Volunteers needed for many jobs – photography; videography; coaching; apparel design; social media promotions; website design; concessions; promotions; sorting/cleaning equipment room; working a food trailer. Call now for dates and times: 425.931.7509 or

Ballard Food Bank: Apply online at least two weeks before you plan to volunteer. Shifts are available Mondays-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 5130 Leary Ave. N.W., Seattle, 206.789.7800. Download a volunteer application and email your completed application to Once we complete the background check, we will call you and schedule a time for you to volunteer.

Dunn Gardens unpaid internship: Volunteers needed for two-hour minimum shifts, Tuesdays, Wednesday and/or Thursdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., any school break or summer vacation. Learn environmentally sensitive gardening practices; tree and shrub care; work with native plants; special event management; some outdoor construction; and more. The Dunn Gardens is located in the Broadview neighborhood of Seattle, just south of Northeast 145th Street and The Highlands, at 13533 Northshire Road NW, Seattle 98177. Details/RSVP: Carolyn Cox, 206.362.0933, 


Shorelake Soccer: Ask about opportunities to help be an assistant coach or more.

Mary’s Place: Day shelter for homeless families in Shoreline needs tutors; volunteers to read stories or play games; hold and rock babies, and more. Groups can come in and plan a craft/game day for kids or serve Saturday night dinner for up to 60 people. Dates flexible; location available by phone. Details: or 206.621.8474, ext. 105.

St. Dunstan’s Community Meals: Help set up, prepare food, service and clean-up at weekly community dinners hosted by St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Shoreline, Tuesdays, with flexible shifts between 3-8 p.m., at the church, 722 N. 145th St. Dinners often host 100 attendees; leftovers are packaged for Tent City 3. RSVP/Details: Josef,

North Helpline: Unload and sort donated groceries Thursdays (4-7 p.m.), and distribute food Saturdays (9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) at food bank, 12736 33rd Ave. N.E., near Lake City Fred Meyer. Parent permission required for those under 18. Please call ahead to pre-register: Shannon Serier, 206.367.3477,, 

In Snohomish County: Westgate Chapel Food Bank - Thursdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 22901 Edmonds Way, Edmonds, 425-775-2776; Edmonds Food Bank - Tuesdays 9:30-11:30 a.m.; United Methodist Church 828 Casper St., Edmonds, 425-778-5833; Lynnwood Food Bank - Wednesdays 1:30-6:30 p.m.; 5320 176th St. S.W., Lynnwood, 425-745-1635; Mountlake Terrace Food Bank, Tuesdays 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., 4700 228th St. S.W., Mountlake Terrace, 425-778-7227.


Crafting: Are you someone who does knitting? crochet? quilting? sewing? These organizations are happy to accept your handiwork in the form of hats, scarves, socks and quilts. Track the time it took for you to make each item to earn community service hours through:

Green Seattle: Like outdoor projects? Check out Green Seattle for year-round weekend events through the city. 

Washington Trails Association: One-day work parties hosted Tuesdays-Sundays, year-round in the Puget Sound area. We also have regularly scheduled work parties at a variety of 185 trails around the state in northwest and southwest Washington, the Olympics and Spokane areas. Summer is the best time to be outdoors. No experience necessary; basic trail maintenance instruction provided. Bonus: great hiking! Find a trail work party >>

Target Zero Outreach Team: Help spread awareness and tips about driving, walking and biking safely by joining the City of Kenmore’s Target Zero Initiative Education & Outreach Team. Introduce safety tips at community events and other activities throughout the year. The goal: eliminating pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities and serious injuries in Kenmore by increasing awareness of pedestrian, bicyclist and driver safety issues. Details: or 425.984.6166

Shoreline branch of King County Library: Various tasks year-round, including Study Time Volunteers. See list of needs at:

Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation: Improve and protect the city's natural areas and parks through scheduled events including trail building and plant control. For details and events - typically on Saturdays. Details: Mamie Bolender,, 206.364.4410; or Linda Holman, 206.362.5441. 

Backyard Bird Research: Come experience science in action at weekend bird banding projects on the edge of Grace Cole Park. These studies are sponsored by the Puget Sound Bird Observatory. Interesting in bird watching? Spotters are needed to re-sight color-banded birds. Details: or contact Christine Southwick at

Fircrest Residential Habilitation Center: Flexible summer, evening and weekend hours available for volunteers to engage with developmentally disabled residents in activities, including Connect Four game; puzzles; drawing; coloring; writing, and other crafts. Details: Vita, or 206.261.5637.

Ronald McDonald House near Seattle Children's Hospital: Participate in a games night or clean-up day; host a movie night; make a family meal, or organize a "necessities" drive for this home-away-from-home for families whose children are patients at Seattle Children's in Laurelhurst off Sand Point Way. Details:

Art Department help: Volunteer at lunch or after school in Ms. King’s classroom/studio, T-113, to organize art program supplies, prepare for the Art Expo and various Art projects. Artistic skills preferred, but not required. 

Lake Forest Park Elementary childcare: Teens needed to supervise young children on the second and fourth Mondays of each month when school is in session, 6-7:30 p.m., at LFP Elementary, 37th and Ballinger Way. Volunteers could take one or both Mondays. Details/RSVP: Katherine Barnard, LFP Family Advocate, 206.393.1332.

Northwest Hospital & Medical Center: Have you ever had to wait while a loved one has surgery? Have you ever gotten lost on your way to treatment or another area of the hospital? Have you ever been hospitalized? Then you know how it feels.  By volunteering your time, you help make Northwest Hospital a friendlier, more welcoming place to everyone who steps foot on our campus. Volunteers 15 years or older are encourage to apply. Volunteers should be willing to work 3-4 hours per week for a minimum of four months. Most volunteers work Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., but some volunteers are needed evenings and weekends.  Details:

University of Washington Medical Center Escort Volunteer: Provide patient transport to appointments; deliver lab specimens; delivery patient flowers and mail; greeting patients and visitors; and other tasks as requested. Prerequisite commitment: one month with 16 hours. Overall commitment: three months with at least four hours per week. Details: Cynnie Foss, 206.598.4218. 

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How do I use Community Service forms?

For service that is SHORT TERM (school events, food drives, street clean up, city events) you will fill out the Short Term Community Service Form found in Shorecrest's College & Career Center. (The form can also be downloaded from within a student's account on their Naviance home page.)  

Remember to turn the form in when you have: 

  • completed 40 hours of cumulative service over four years 
  • OR when your form is full and you need a new form
  • OR by the end-of-year community service collection date (June 2, 2017 for 9th, 10th and 11th graders).

For service that is LONG-TERM or ON-GOING, you will fill out the Long Term Community Service Time Sheet/Form found in Shorecrest's College & Career Center. This form can also be downloaded from within a student's account on their Naviance home page. 

Why should I volunteer? 

  • It  makes a difference in someone's life - and lets you feel GOOD about it!
  • This gives back to your community - which gives to you.
  • It allows you to investigate a career -  and discover new talents and skills.
  • Not only can get get "on-the-job" training - but it might lead to a paid job.
  • It looks really good on college, job and scholarship applications.
  • HAVE FUN!  Be a part of something bigger and better!

 What qualifies as community service? 

  • Service performed at a Non-Profit (501c (3))
  • Must be supervised by an adult (over 21)
  • Hours must be earned outside of academic class time (lunch is ok -  but no other time during the school day)
    • A non-profit is an organization that typically provides a service to the community for small to zero fee.  Employees are paid, however services to those they serve are usually free.  Some examples of non-profits are Libraries, Schools, Food Bank and Shelters. Volunteering to file papers at a local business does not count; neither does helping a neighbor - unless it is directly arranged by a non-profit. 
    • A good way to know if an organization if a non-profit to check their website address.  If it ends with a (.org or .edu or .gov) it is most likely a non-profit.
    • Still uncertain? Ask Mrs. Monson or call the organization.

 What does NOT count as community service?

  • Fundraising - exceptions apply. Please see Mrs. Monson about details. Most Spree and scBoosters activities are permitted with advanced approval.
  • Religious Activities - proselytizing, reading Bible verses, teaching Sunday School, being an acolyte, or participating in church choirs. However, helping with social, child-care or business functions at a religious facility is okay.
  • Paid Service of any kind.
  • School service during the academic day. Projects must be completed outside of class and approved by administration in advance.
  • Hours that are required for a grade or project or hours required by the courts will NOT be counted toward your graduation requirement. 
  • Hours needed for National Honor Society cannot be used for Community Service. Sorry: no double-dipping!
  • Freshman in Class of 2020: Hours that you have volunteered before Sept. 7, 2016 will NOT be eligible to count toward your community service graduation requirement. 

Reduced Hour Requirement for New Students' Entry to Shoreline

Students who enter Shorecrest after the first semester of their sophomore year will have a reduced service requirement, pro-rated by five hours or less for every quarter.

When and How Can I Volunteer?

Summer is a great time to volunteer because your time is a bit more flexible and many organizations host events. Other non-profit organizations need volunteers throughout the year. You may volunteer during the day (non-school time), evenings, weekends and breaks. Make sure you find an organization or event that interests you. Contact them and find out if the volunteer opportunity that they need to fill is a good fit for you.

 **Please note: if you volunteer at an overnight camp, your working hours apply; sleeping hours do not count.

Where should I start?  

  • Find a non-profit organization that you are interested in giving your time to.
  • Visit Shorecrest's College & Career Center Community Service bulletin board, notebooks or scroll down this webpage for places, events and groups seeking volunteers. 
  • Get a copy of a 2016-17 Community Service form in the College & Career Center, or download it from the Naviance home page. 
  • Fill out the forms completely and get all required signatures.
  • Submit your completed forms to the orange box in Shorecrest's College & Career Center.

Where can I get Community Service Forms?

Follow the "yellow arrow" in the corner of the College & Career Center, or download a copy from your "welcome" page on Naviance - found in the documents library on the right side.  

**Important:  If you are providing extended service (service for an organization that requires several weeks/months/years) please print out and fill out an Long Term Community Service Time Sheet/Form at the start of your service. HELPFUL TIP: Make a copy of your form every few weeks!

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North Helpline: Unload and sort donated groceries on Thursdays (4-7 p.m.), and help with food distribution on Saturdays (9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) at north Seattle food bank, 12736 33rd Ave. N.E., near Lake City Fred Meyer. Parent permission required for those under 18. Please call ahead to pre-register: Shannon Serier, Volunteer Coordinator, WSC Americorps,, 

In Snohomish County: Westgate Chapel Food Bank Thursdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m.,  22901 Edmonds Way, Edmonds, 425-775-2776; Edmonds Food Bank Tuesdays 9:30-11:30 a.m.; United Methodist Church 828 Casper St., Edmonds, 425-778-5833; Lynnwood Food Bank Wednesdays 1:30-6:30 p.m.; 5320 176th St SW, Lynnwood, 425-745-1635; Mountlake Terrace Food Bank, Tuesdays 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., 4700 228th St. SW, Mountlake Terrace, 425-778-7227.

Animal Talk and Missy's Rescue: Care for shelter pets (small animals and reptile rescues) for three to five hours at least one day weekly for at least 12 weeks in north Seattle, 12322 Lake City Way N.E. Commitment required. Details: 206.526.1558.

Ginger's Pet Rescue: For 102 ways you can help a dog in need, check out this north Seattle shelter and rescue organization with an office at 14419 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite No. 251, Seattle, - and events and opportunities throughout the Email 

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Ridgecrest Homework Club: After-school tutors needed for ELL students, Thursdays, 3-4 p.m., at Ridgecrest Elementary, 16516 - 10th Ave. N.E., Shoreline. Details/register: Brittney Rider, 206.393.1495,

Homecoming and Prom attire: Serve as a personal shopper, assistant inventory or other boutique needs at The Ruby Room in Seattle. Friendly, compassionated teens who can stand/walk for four-hour shift and work with teens seeking donated gowns, shoes and accessories for formal and semi-formal dances. Times/dates vary at 130 Elliott Ave W., Suite 170, Seattle. Learn more. Details: Carla Barrick, volunteer boutique manager, 206.529.7501,

Ridgecrest Homework Club: After-school tutors needed for 4th-6th graders in math, reading and social studies,  Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 3-4 p.m., at Ridgecrest Elementary, 16516 - 10th Ave. N.E., Shoreline. Details/register: Brittney Rider, 206.393.1495,

Homework Factory Tutors: Help elementary school students with after-school homework and tutoring throughout the year through Turning Point.This is at two places: 1315 N. 160th St., Shoreline, Tuesdays-Thursdays, 3-5 p.m.; and at Parkwood, 1815 N. 155th St., Shoreline, Tuesdays, 3-4:15 p.m. starting Oct. 20. Details: Angela,;206.402.6960

Saturday Youth Sports: Help referee indoor sporting events for youngsters at Dale Turner YWCA (19290 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline) on Saturdays. Times vary. Details: Joey Wolfe,  

Hang Time: Sophomores-seniors needed to help with sign-in, snacks, games, clubs and homework at Kellogg Middle School, 2:45-5 p.m., Tuesdays-Thursdays when school is in session. Regular commitment needed. Details: Trevor Salayi,

KIDS University: Help with sports, cooking, science, drama and other activities and tutoring weekdays for youngsters when school is in session at Echo Lake or Syre elementary schools, 3:15-6:15 p.m. Details: Lindsay Marquiss,, 206.59.7025.

Shoreline Youth and Government: Dale Turner Family YMCA hosts weekly community and civics involvement program, 6:30-8 p.m., Mondays, (19290 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline). Students perform local projects and travel to statewide conference in the spring. Details: Trevor Salayi,, 206.569.7024.

Ronald McDonald House near Seattle Children's Hospital: Participate in a games night or clean-up day; host a movie night; make a family meal, or organize a "necessities" drive for this home-away-from-home for families whose children are patients at Seattle Children's in Laurelhurst off Sand Point Way. See Ms. Monson for details.

Foss Home and Village: Provide manicures and paint nails for senior residents. Arrange a time at 13023 Greenwood Ave. N. in northwest Seattle. Great for students interested in working with seniors or cosmetology. Details: Ruth Caple, 206-387-5038


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Whisker City

Tasks: Promote cat adoptions and cuddle with kittens at this local feline rescue center in Shoreline. 

Contact: April Brown, 206.533.1423 or

April will share the rescue center address with you by phone or email.

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Seattle/King County Habitat for Humanity: Various projects available in their retail store and on building sites. See

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In Snohomish County: Annie’s Kitchens weekly meals: and

Westgate Chapel Food Bank - Thursdays 11am-2pm,  22901 Edmonds Way, Edmonds, 425-775-2776; Edmonds Food Bank - Tuesdays 9:30-11:30am United Methodist Church 828 Casper St., Edmonds, 425-778-5833; Lynnwood Food Bank - Wednesdays 1:30-6:30pm; 5320 176th St SW, Lynnwood, 425-745-1635; Mountlake Terrace Food Bank, Tuesdays 9:30am-11:30pm, 4700 228th St. SW, Mountlake Terrace, 425-778-7227.

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Shoreline Youth Ambassador 

What: Serve as a liaison to the City of Shoreline from Shorecrest High School AND earn valuable leadership experience planning youth events, and building partnerships with local governments and agencies. 

When: Meetings are twice monthly on Tuesdays and Thursdays - PLUS one project-related meeting.

Where: Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave. N., Shoreline.

Apply: ASAP to

Details: Waldo Nambo at 206.801.2644.

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Lake Forest Park Youth Council 

What: If you live in Lake Forest Park and are 14 to 18 years old, this service group for the City of Lake Forest Park might be for you.

How: Requires application. Apply by calling 206.368.5440.

When: Meets the second Wednesday of every month at Lake Forest Park City Hall.

What you do: Volunteer projects that connect local government, schools and businesses. 

First meeting: September 

Details: Call Lauren Brody at Youth Council 206.368.5440.

Perks: Looks great on college, job and scholarship applications.

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First Place

What: Work with 5- to 12-year-olds during monthly parent meetings. Create art. Play board games. Read stories. Watch a movie. Design your own activity.

Where: 172 - 20th Ave. Seattle,  98122

When: 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., the third Wednesday of the month. 

Extras: This opportunity would be perfect for a group of students who would like to travel to First Place together. "Our students love working young adults. You will become their new best friend and they will look forward to seeing them every month!"

Other details: Volunteers without an adult must be at least 15.5 years old; younger volunteers need an adult chaperone.

Contacts: Joyce Scoggins & Samantha Stork;  and



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Northwest Harvest - Cherry Street Food Bank
Cherry Street Food Bank

Cherry Street Food Bank:  Sort, package and distribute food to food bank clients.

Where: 711 Cherry St., in downtown Seattle.

Must pre-register online at:

General shifts: Flexible. Average of  2 to 3 hours.
Monday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
Thursday and Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday.
Groups: Up to 5.

Sandwich Brigade Shifts: Each shift makes over 1,200 fresh sandwiches for sack lunches.

Days and times:
Monday and Wednesday: 8-10 a.m.
Groups: Up to 5.

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SPOTLIGHT: Long-Term Opportunities 


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Stacy's Funny Farm Small Pet Sanctuary (*great for students interested in veterinarian or zoology careers)

What: One to two students needed for a couple of hours weekly to care for guinea pigs, small cage birds, ducks, chickens, geese, doves and barn cats.

Tasks: Animal care, cage cleaning and pet feeding that is indoor and outdoors - not weather dependent. Mud boots are recommended.

What else: A student who would like to serve on this non-profit's board of directors.

Where: A small suburban farm in Lake Forest Park.

Important: Volunteers need current tetanus shots and signed Stacy's Funny Farm parental permission forms 


Contact: Stacy Winnick, 206.227.4058,


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Lake Forest Park City Hall (great for after-school volunteers!)

Where: Human Resources Department - one time a week or several times a month OR Planning/Building Department - one time a week or several times a month.

When: 3 p.m.- 5 p.m. on flexible weekdays

Tasks: File, organize, create spreadsheets, in-put data and assist with various administrative duties.

Perks: Looks great on your resume!

How to apply: Email Lauren Broudy, Community Volunteer Coordinator, 206.957.2814,

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Ten Thousand Villages
What: Learn more about Fair Trade and helping people developing countries earn fair wages
What else: Get retail and non-profit experience
Even more: Help with event planning and marketing projects; inventory and administrative tasks; or maintenance/painting. 
Where: University District - 6417 Roosevelt Way N.E., Suite 101, Seattle.
When: Daily - noon to 8 p.m., including weekend. Preferred shifts - four hours, twice a month.
Contact: Katie Marshall, Facebook: Ten Thousand Villages-Seattle. Twitter - @seattlevillages. Instagram - seattlevillages
Sign up for an orientation (Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.) by going to and clicking "register."
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Boundless Energy
YMCA Ballet and Gymnastics Assistants for children
Ballet - Saturdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Gymnastic - Mondays 6:05-6:50 p.m., and Tuesdays 4:50-5:35 p.m.
Where: Dale Turner Family YMCA, 19290 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline.
Duties: Work with 3-5-year-olds and 6-10-year-olds. Following the instructors lead; providing support when needed; helping set up and tear down equipment; modeling positive behavior; encouraging participants; and making sure that participants are in compliance with safety regulations.
Important: Punctuality and reliability needed.
Contact:  Caroline Kratz, youth sports and recreation coordinator; 


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Health and Fitness at Cascade K-8 Community School (great choice for kids interested in fitness or teaching careers)

Where: 17007 Meridian Ave. N., (same campus as Meridian Park Elementary)

When: Mondays-Fridays, 2:40-3:30 p.m.

Tasks: Help with PE/fitness classes for kindergartners-8th graders at Shoreline's Community School; support students who need help focusing; set up and take down equipment.

Perks: Enjoy monthly lunch with teach (as a token of her appreciation!) Gain valuable letter of recommendation for college or job application. 

Extras: Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs. and be able to adapt assistance to different age/grade level students.

Contact: Marnie Kazarian, teacher,, 808-343-6466

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Special for Ballinger Homes 

What: After School Program Assistant (great for students who live in or near Ballinger Homes and like working with children)

Where: Ballinger Homes

When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3-7 p.m.

Help the Center for Human Services and King County Housing Authority with the after-school program at Ballinger Homes.


  • Create and implement age appropriate activities
  • Prepare and pass out snack
  • Assist in clean-up: wiping down tables, pick up any garbage and put tables/chairs away
  • Assist elementary school children with homework and reading

Want more details or to sign up? Contact Natasha Hundley, North/Northeast Resident Services Coordinator, King County Housing Authority. 206.574.1147,

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Teens for Change (Open for Ballinger Homes & Pepper Tree teens only)
What: Meet monthly to create change in the community.
This year's focus: helping the homeless.
When: Friday Fridays of the month, 4-6 p.m.
Contact: Christy Vien, for more details
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Y Event Productions

What: Learn to plan and run fun events, from Tween Late Nights to branch and community events. Gain leadership experience while making new friends. Learn how to be a music coordinator, or a marketing/promotions expert, financial officer or other leader.

When: Mondays, 6-7 p.m.

Perks: Learn free job skills AND have fun while making new friends!

Contact: Brianna Holmes, Dale Turner Family YMCA Teen Programs Coordinator, 206.569.7024,


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Hands-On Parks Project (great for students who like volunteering outdoors in Lake Forest Park)

What: Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation Saturday Work Parties

Where: Grace Cole Nature Park in Lake Forest Park

When: Various Saturdays - call or email for specific schedule

Tasks: Dig in dirt, beat back non-native plants and restore natural habitat alongside your friends and neighbors.

Contact: Mamie Bolender, 206.364.4410 or


Center for Human Services (short AND ongoing opportunities with a minimum three-month commitment)

Where: Shoreline (Ballinger Way N.E.)

When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-6 p.m.

Details/perks: Tutor students, kindergarten-12th grades, after school; organize games, prepare snacks, and more!

Great job training and looks great on resumes and job applications. Can also lead to internships which can lead to future employment internally or serve as great experience for other like companies.

Contact: Vicki Carnahan,, 206.362.7282.  Check out

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Briarcrest Elementary School - Tutoring ELL students (great for future teachers, multi-language speakers and those who like to work with younger students!)

Where: At Briarcrest - four blocks east of Shorecrest at 2715 N.E. 158th St.

When: Flexible - after school from 3-4 p.m. AND starting in January, Monday and Thursday, 6:30-8:30 PM

Duties and perks: Helping young students ~ time flies when you're having fun! 

Contact: Sadrina Dorn, 206-393-4170,

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Dale Turner Family YMCA (lots of choices - (see "documents" link on left side of this page) 19290 Aurora Ave N. Shoreline, WA  98133

Dates/times: Lots of choices! See above

Duties/Perks: Lots of choices! See above

Contact: Robin Jones, 206.569.7010

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Elder Assistance (great for Shoreline opportunity for students interested in pre-nursing, healthcare-related and/or music careers) at CRISTA (Greenwood Ave. North and North 190th Street, Shoreline.,)

One-on-One Visits w/ Residents: These can be any time for approx 1-2 hours 8:00 am-6:30 pm, and can include conversation, reading to them, helping them write cards to family, sharing your talents with them(ie: music, singing, art, etc), lunch and/or dinner buddies (your meal is complimentary when you eat with a resident who would normally eat alone in their room.

Afternoon Activity Assistant—DailyMonday through Fridays, starting and ending anytime between 2-4:30 p.m. —These activities have been birthday parties, theme parties, food demonstrations, cultural programs/celebration, etc.

Afternoon Active Sports Coordinators: Mondays from 2:45-4:15 p.m. General help

Bingo Hosts: Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and/or Saturdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Night Owl Activity Assistant— Last Wednesday of every month from 6-8 p.m.

Clerical: General office assistance.

CRISTA also would like to bring in some music classes to perform brief concerts for each of our Senior Living populations (Nursing Center, Assisted Living, & Independent Living).

*Please see Mrs. Monson for a full description of each opportunity AND a free (but required) health and background form.

More details? Contact Nicole Butcher, Volunteer Coordinator, 206-546-7448,