Volunteer opportunities in the Northwest

November 16, 2017 / Washington

The holiday season is a great time to give back to the community, and organizations in the Northwest are ready to welcome volunteers. From mentoring a child to helping the homeless, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.

Volunteer work in Washington

Somali Youth and Family Club

This organization focuses on providing services to Somali and other underserved communities and is a great place to contact if you enjoy working with children. As an after-school tutor, you can help a child succeed academically while serving as a positive role model. If you want to help out but have limited time, consider volunteering at one of the organization’s upcoming events.

Where: 19550 International Blvd #B106, SeaTac, WA

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister can be hugely rewarding, and can make a lasting impact on a child’s life. Time spent with your “Little” can vary based on both of your interests, so it doesn’t matter if you enjoy watching movies or playing baseball. The most important thing is that you provide support and encouragement while having a good time. This organization has a great reputation for fostering relationships that help children and adolescents reach their full potential.

Where: 222 W Mission Avenue #40, Spokane, WA

El Centro de la Raza

This non-profit is aimed at supporting and empowering the Latino community, as well as creating unity across all racial and economic sectors. Volunteers are needed for the upcoming Christmas tree sale, proceeds of which will support the organization’s 49 human service and community building programs. All of the trees are locally sourced from Latino-owned businesses. There are also year-round volunteer opportunities available, from lending a hand at a food bank to working as a front desk assistant.

Where: 2524 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA

Mary’s Place

Helping homeless women, children, and families in emergency situations is the stated goal of this charity. Volunteers are needed for a number of tasks, from teaching crafts to rocking babies. You’re encouraged to create a fun, welcoming atmosphere for those in need, so feel free to grab your karaoke machine or arrange a day of pampering for the ladies.

Where: 9 S Nevada St, Seattle, WA (Donation Center); 314 Bell St, Seattle, WA (Emergency Shelter)

Volunteer work in Alaska

Bike Anchorage

If you live in Anchorage and believe the city’s roads need to be more bike-friendly, this is the perfect organization for you. Its mission is to create a community that supports bicycle use as a healthy, eco-friendly, and fun way to get around. To cultivate that idea, Bike Anchorage needs volunteers to teach bike safety and plan events. It is currently seeking help with the upcoming Winter Bike Fest, a celebration of the cycle and everyone who enjoys traveling on 2 wheels.

Where: Various locations

Volunteer work in Oregon

Street Roots

This organization produces a weekly newspaper and other publications that serve as catalysts for individual and social change. It runs 4 major programs, one of which allows homeless people to earn money by selling the paper on the streets of Portland. It also produces a resource guide which includes a detailed list of services for those facing homelessness and poverty. There is currently a need for volunteers in various positions, from copy editing to event support.

Where: 211 NW Davis St, Portland, OR

Whether you’re great at connecting with people in vulnerable situations or dream of a world where cycling is the most cherished form of transportation, there are a number of ways to get involved in your community during the holiday season and throughout the entire year.