How You Can Help Families in Need
Last updated: October 19, 2020, at 7:56 a.m. PT
Originally published: October 15, 2020, at 3:05 p.m. PT
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 100,000 low-income students in King County relied on free or reduced-price meals during the school year. Recent evidence indicates that rate of food insecurity in households with children present has increased 34.5% as of April 2020. As a result, more and more families struggle to put food on the table for their children. United Way is partnering with YMCA of Greater Seattle and Farestart to provide meals for more than 4,800 children at King County Housing Authority apartment complexes. You can help these families by becoming a meals volunteer.
As a meals volunteer, you will pick up meals from your site address, drive with the meals to a family’s home, and deliver the meals on the doorstep, through no-contact delivery. We provide PPE (masks and gloves) for all volunteers, always provide on-site training and guidance while practicing social distancing on site.
To best serve our community, we ask that all volunteers commit to volunteering for a minimum of 6 shifts. A background check is required for this volunteer position and will be performed by the YMCA of Greater Seattle.
For more information and to sign up, please click on the link to the location you are interested in volunteering for:
- Greenbridge (White Center) – volunteers are needed Monday-Friday from 10:15am – 12:30pm (starting Oct 19)
- Cascade (Kent) – volunteers are needed Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00pm – 3:00pm (starting Oct 20)
- Walnut Park (Kent) – volunteers are needed Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:45am – 12:30pm (starting October 19)
- Green River & Valley Park (Auburn) – volunteers needed Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:30pm - 2:00pm (starting October 19)
YMCA of Greater Seattle is an equal opportunity provider.