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A Family That Volunteers Together

Wellness

Written by
Morrena Villanueva

As life gets busy, it becomes harder to find time to reconnect and give back to your community. Volunteering as a family will leave a lasting impression on everyone through teaching your kids the value of helping those less fortunate and working together to better the community. Bonding with each other through service also presents new ways to relate as a family through positive and rewarding actions. Change starts with one person or one family, and there are so many ways to make a positive impact in your community. Here are just a few ways to get involved:

  1. EarthCorps: Help restore and sustain public parks in the community. EarthCorps holds events nearly every weekend and welcomes volunteers of all ages. >> earthcorps.org
  2. Eastside Baby Corner: Sort donations on-site for families in need of help, or organize a community drive for baby clothes, food and other goods for rebuilding families. >> babycorner.org
  3. Ronald McDonald House: Assist at special events or help weekly to provide a warm home-away-from-home for families at local Ronald McDonald homes. Children must be over the age of 13 to volunteer on-site, but younger children and families are encouraged to hold drives and collect items from the organization’s Wish List. >> rmhcseattle.org
  4. Participate in a Community Run: Start a team and raise money that will go directly back to a cause your family is passionate about. There are events around the community throughout the year supporting a variety of different organizations and charities. >> seattleruns.com
  5. Seattle Humane Society: Help save lives as a family by fostering one of the thousands of shelter animals that benefited from foster care last year. This is the perfect volunteer project for a family that loves animals but can’t commit to having a full-time pet. You can foster kittens, puppies, cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals. >> seattlehumane.org
  6. Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission: Bring a complete meal to serve a group of 48 women and children to the EFS (Emergency Family Shelter). Serve and connect with women and children over a home-cooked meal and conversation.  >> ugm.org
  7. Food Lifeline: Volunteers inspect, sort and repack food donations for distribution to almost 300 hunger relief partners in western Washington. Volunteers must be at least six years old. foodlifeline. >> civicore.com
  8. Bellevue Botanical Garden: Volunteer as a family to become horticultural assistants and to garden paths and beds throughout the Bellevue Botanical Garden. There are also special events where volunteers are needed. >> bellevuebotanical.org
  9. NEST: Provide friendship and care to seniors through helping in the garden, taking walks, assisting with computer use and other activities. Whether you contact NEST (North East Seattle Together) or call a local nursing home, this is a great way to bring joy to seniors in the community. >> nestseattle.org
  10. Volunteer at home: You don’t have to leave the house to volunteer! Make a difference in your community by writing cards to sick children, veterans or senior citizens, collect clothes you no longer wear for donation to Goodwill, the Salvation Army or a local church. Have your kids decorate place mats for Meals on Wheels. Start your own garden and donate your produce to a local food bank, or even organize your own beach or park cleanup. 
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