Winter Volunteer Opportunities

Last updated: January 25, 2023, at 8:47 p.m. PT

Originally published: November 27, 2022, at 9:14 p.m. PT

A pair of mitten-covered hands holds a red heart above the snow.

This holiday season, there's one gift that isn’t costing more – your time. And it’s the only gift we know of that you can give and receive simultaneously. Because – as well as making a real difference in your community – volunteering can boost your physical and mental health and be an opportunity to make awesome new, generous friends.  

Whatever you’re into or able to do, we'll have a way for you to give back to community.


Birthday Party Helpers – Kent Y 


Kids know how to have fun like no one else. Do you? Then help make Y birthday parties unforgettable by lending a hand setting up and playing games! 

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Minibus Drivers for Older Adults – Bellevue Y 


Like driving? Wanna help keep our active older adult members on the move? Get trained to drive our 14-passenger vans. 

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Gardeners for Community Garden – University Y, Seattle 


Got no garden and two green thumbs? Got a garden and wanna share your skills? Come help grow fresh veggies for local food banks and Y meal programs. 

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Community Meal Helpers – Popy’s Café, Shoreline 

Wednesdays from 2:00-7:00 pm 

Young, old, neighbors, strangers. POPY’s Café won’t turn anyone away. But they can’t do it without people like you stepping up to do the work, and the dishes. 

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Backpack Meal Packers - Newcastle 

Tuesdays from 12:00-2:00 pm 

Kids facing homelessness or experiencing food insecurity depend on the meals they get at school. But what about the weekends? Come help keep them fed by preparing backpack meals. 

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Student Assistants, Advisors, and Mentors - YMCA Youth & Gov, Various Locations 


Understand how bills and branches of government function? Got a passion for public speaking and debate? Writing and editing chops? Come help create the next generation of leaders. 

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Period Product Drive

Every. Single. Month. Whenever you can. 

Scotland just made period products free to all menstruators. We aren’t there yet. Until then, how about running a donation drive at work and dropping off boxes at Northshore (Bothell) or Matt Griffin YMCA (SeaTac)?

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Meal Preparers – Y Social Impact Center, Seattle 


Love cooking as a team? We’d love to have you. Hot meals are vital to our young adult housing program and drop-in centers, and they depend on people like you. A great fit for groups of 5-15. 

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And so much more!

Find even more volunteer opportunities and get started giving back to your community today.