Being Thankful and Giving Back in the City
Giving back is something Seattle knows. As one of the most philanthropic cities in the nation, we know the importance of making a difference in our community. Help continue the trend by giving a little extra this season. Whether you have clothes or food to give away, or wish to volunteer either as an individual or as a family, there are many different groups and organizations throughout the Seattle area that can use donations, a helping hand, and your support.
Wondering which way to give? Peruse these options and see what speaks to your heart this holiday Season: United way has dozens of idea's on how to give back click here
We all know Salvation Army with their Red kettles, donate money, miles and more for local need as well as those in need from Hurricane Sandy click here
Consider donating to Redeeming Soles - A local non-profit that provides shoes to Seattle's homeless. People are in special need this time of year as the weather continues to grow colder and colder.
People aren’t the only ones that need help this holiday season. Visit REX with your favorite furry friends for pictures with Santa and make a donation to the Seattle Humane Society’s annual Holiday Pet Food Drive.
Everyone already knows and loves Seattle Children's for their outstanding excellence in children's healthcare, but did you know that they also have great volunteer opportunities, toy drives for patients and donation drop offs available? Check out their 'donate' and 'volunteer' sections under Ways to Help on their website for upcoming holiday gift drives, volunteer openings and much more. Seattle Children’s encourages folks to attend a holiday fundraiser in the Puget Sound area, varying from luncheons to concerts and shopping events. [SEATTLE]
Treehouse for Kids is dedicated to providing foster kids with basic necessities, along with extracurricular activities, summer camps, educational support and other resources that help children lead normal and fulfilling lives. They have numerous volunteer opportunities available. Check the website for further information on how you too can help local children in the foster care system. [SEATTLE]
The Multi-Service Center provides assistance, education, housing and employment services for individuals that are in need, the elderly and those with special needs. With operating the Federal Way Food Bank, the Multi-Service Center offers volunteer opportunities year-round and will be accepting food and clothing donations for this year's holiday and beyond. Check the Food and Clothing page for a description of items that are accepted, including food for holiday meals or winter clothing and accessories. [FEDERAL WAY]
Founded in 1968, Youth Eastside Services (YES) provides a lifeline for East King County children and families that are healing from violence, life threatening challenges, depression and drug, alcohol or sexual abuse. YES offers year-round volunteer opportunities and accepts donations that will go to benefit local children and families or the services they offer. [BELLEVUE]
Since the early 1900s, the Seattle Milk Fund has been providing low-income families with childcare resources and tuition funding while the parents are going back to school. Seattle Milk Fund offers volunteer opportunities and accepts donations year-round. On Saturday, December 8, attend the annual CookieFest at Macy’s downtown to support the Seattle Milk Fund by purchasing delicious cookies, with free arts and crafts activities for children. [SEATTLE]
Bread & Roses is committed to creating a nurturing, warm and safe environment for those who are facing poverty or healing from life's challenges. At Bread & Roses, the homeless are viewed as guests and they eat with the volunteers and workers during weekly communal dinners. Check the calendar for upcoming volunteer opportunities at the Saturday Suppers. Bread & Roses also accepts donations and offers many ways for families to get involved year-round, including gardening, meal preparation, housekeeping and much more. Help is currently needed in the form of donations to install a new heating system at the shelter. [OLYMPIA]
Food Lifeline, located in Shoreline, is dedicated to ending hunger in Western Washington by mobilizing resources and engaging local communities, and offers family-friendly volunteer opportunities year-round, with weekly work parties where volunteers as young as 6 years old help repackage bulk donations of food for delivery to food banks and shelters. Check out their calendar for upcoming food drives and fun events that will go to benefit the FoodLifeline services and recipients. Special events for November include an opportunity to support Food Lifeline at QFC, Bringing Hope to the Table, and in-store food drives at Car Toys from November 6-21. [SHORELINE]
North Helpline is a North Seattle food bank and a health care clinic for those in the community who are in need, with a baby and toddler-specific program, where they collect formula, baby food, diapers and supplies to help support low-income families. North Helpline as well offers short- and long-term year-round volunteer opportunities, including for families with children, and accepts food or money donations. [SEATTLE]
Northwest Harvest is known for being Washington's own statewide hunger agency relief since its founding in 1967. Northwest Harvest operates the Cherry Street Food Bank in Seattle and partners with many other food banks throughout the state. You can attend the Jam for Cans concert in West Seattle on November 15, and participate in the King 5 Home Team Harvest food drive on December 1. [SEATTLE, STATEWIDE]
Since 1977, the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle and King County (EFP), located in Renton, has been helping tens of thousands of citizens within the community that are in need. The EFP is always looking for volunteers to help pack food bags, staff distribution sites and host food drives. The EFP also accepts food or money donations. Check the website for upcoming food drives. You can also donate food in person or virtually through the Food of the Month program.