The Gift of Time: Holiday Volunteer Opportunities in Greater Seattle
Last updated: December 4, 2023, at 12:01 p.m. PT
Originally published: October 20, 2023, at 2:45 p.m. PT
The holiday season is not just a time for festive decorations, delicious treats, and exchanging gifts. It's also a time for giving back to our communities and spreading the spirit of kindness and compassion. Together, we can make a difference during the holidays. Whether you're passionate about supporting local families, providing meals to those in need, or inspiring students to pursue education, there's an opportunity to be a part of the holiday magic.
Dec. 23 – Cinematique
At the FREE resource fair and movie event sponsored by Essex Community Outreach, we expect 1000+ foster and underserved family members. Help encourage them to graduate from high school, pursue higher education, and live a healthy lifestyle using cinema as a fun holiday treat.
Coal Creek Family YMCA
Tuesdays – Backpack Meal Program
For some kids, school is the only place they are sure to get a meal. The Y is working to change that. Help us prepare backpack meals so kids have healthy food over the weekend.
Dec. 14 & 19 – Giving Tree
The YMCA invites local residents of all ages to give a gift to support kids and families in the area. The Giving Tree is one of our most essential holiday programs.
Dale Turner Family YMCA
Wednesdays – Community Meals Popy's Cafe
In partnership with the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church — volunteers would support the meal program by assisting with meal prep, setup, breakdown, cleaning, and facilitating.
Thursdays – Community Meals Ronald Commons Cafe
Volunteers would support the meal program in partnership with the Ronald United Methodist Church by assisting with meal prep, setup, breakdown, cleaning, and facilitating.
Dec. 28 – Community Meals Carol Edwards Center
Volunteers would support the meal program in partnership with the City of Woodinville by assisting with meal prep, setup, breakdown, cleaning, and facilitating.
Sammamish Community YMCA
Dec. 15 – Giving Tree
Help us wrap gifts for our giving tree participants. Come help as a family – volunteers under 14 years of age are welcome with accompanying adults.
University Family YMCA
Dec. 1-31 – Magnuson Park Community Food Pantry
Join the Y every Wednesday as a Magnuson Park Community Food Pantry volunteer. Volunteers will assist in setting up and distributing food items to local families and community members.
Y Social Impact Center
Wednesdays – Cook a Meal
Cook a meal for young adults in our housing program or drop-in Center Groups. Meal prep can be done at our facility or your home and then delivered.
You can fulfill some of our shelter and young adult needs by purchasing items from our Amazon wish lists and shipping them directly to us.
- Foster Care Services Amazon Wishlist >>
- Young Adult Housing and Shelter Amazon Wishlist >>
- Arcadia Shelter and Drop-in Amazon Wishlist >>