The Gift of Time: Holiday Volunteer Opportunities in Greater Seattle

Last updated: December 27, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. PT

Originally published: October 20, 2023, at 2:45 p.m. PT

Two volunteers prepare food for MLK Day at YSIC

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.

Community Partnerships

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Wish Lists

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.


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