Volunteer Opportunities with KIRO 7 Cares Partners

Volunteer Opportunities with KIRO 7 Cares Partners
(KIRO 7 Staff)

ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION

The Arthritis Foundation is boldly pursuing a cure for America's #1 cause of disability while championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections. Learn more at www.Arthritis.org

Volunteers are needed for the following events. Follow the links for more details.

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· Walk to Cure Arthritis (June 27 Seattle)

· KAT-FISH Camp (July 26-28 Stanwood)

AUBURN VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY

For the Auburn Valley Humane Society to be a success we need the help of the community! Volunteers are an integral part of our organization. With their help, we will be able to meet our fundraising goals and live our mission of enriching the lives of companion animals and people through animal sheltering, programs and community engagement. What does it take? First, ask yourself:

· Do I enjoy interacting with people?

· Am I ready to make a firm commitment to the animals today and give my time?

· Am I 16 years or older?

· If not, do I have a parent or guardian that can accompany me while I volunteer?*

· Am I ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work?

If those answers were “Yes!” visit this page – https://www.auburnvalleyhs.org/volunteer – to complete the online volunteer form or click on the fillable volunteer application and print it to bring to the shelter.

CANCER PATHWAYS

Cancer Pathways (formerly known as Gilda’s Club Seattle) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure that no one faces cancer alone. For over 18 years, CancerPathways has been providing unique cancer support services, educational programs, and community events to help patients, survivors, caregivers, their families, and communities better face the impact of cancer. All programs offered by Cancer Pathways are provided to the community free of charge to eliminate barriers to accessing our critical services. Public demand for our services has been rising over the past years, especially for our five major programs.

Cancer Pathways has 5 major programs that are designed to reach people throughout the cancer-control continuum, from prevention to detection, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. Our program offerings are tailored to meet individuals’ needs based on their age, stage in life, and where they are in their experience with cancer. Three of our programs are specifically designed for youths (Camp Sparkle, Cancer Happens, and CancerUnwrapped) whereas the other two programs are for adult audiences who have been impacted by cancer (Patient Advocacy and Community Education) or who seek to create better workplace cultures for those facing cancer (Cancer Illuminated).

To learn about how you can volunteer with Cancer Pathways, visit www.cancerpathways.org.

FOOD LIFELINE

Food Lifeline rescues more than 50 million pounds of surplus food every year from farmers, manufacturers, and restaurants. They need your help sorting and repacking all of this nutritious food so they can deliver it to the 300 food banks, shelters, and meal programs they serve every day. Come help save a cucumber or a tomato! Also…children aged 6 and up are more than welcome to join Food Lifeline in a volunteer repack session. Sign up for a volunteer session at https://foodlifeline.org/volunteer/.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

There are many ways to support Habitat for Humanity Seattle – King County. You can provide critical support building homes, serve on committees, mentor families, work at our Habitat Stores, or help in the office or community. Our mission of building a world where everyone has a decent place to live involves all of us coming together as volunteers, donors, and advocates in support of affordable housing. To learn more about how to get involved, please visit: https://www.habitatskc.org/get-involved or email volunteer@habitatskc.org

JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION (JDRF)

Volunteers are at the Heart of JDRF. JDRF was started by volunteers committed to creating a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D) for their children—and everyone else affected by the disease. Without their vision, it would have been impossible to grow into the organization we are today—or to devote so much time and money to funding T1D research. We celebrate the power of everyone to make a profound impact with their time and talents. That’s why we ensure our volunteers are best placed, trained, recognized and supported at every level. As a JDRF volunteer, you’ll join a tight-knit—but far-reaching—community that truly cares about finding a cure for everyone affected by this devastating disease. Your service will directly impact our ability to fund T1D research.

Upcoming volunteer opportunities

· March 7th at the Sheraton Grand Seattle- JDRF Seattle Guild’s 31st Annual Dream Gala is looking for volunteers. Learn more and sign up online at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0A4FA5AB29A4FE3-dream

· May 17th at Husky Stadium- the 38th Annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes is looking for volunteers. Interested in supporting one of Seattle’s largest non-profit runs? You can sign up online at: https://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR?fr_id=8012&pg=informational&sid=2459

KOMEN PUGET SOUND

Since 1994, Komen Puget Sound has been expanding access to breast healthcare among communities at the greatest risk of falling between the cracks. Through our community programs, we foster partnerships with measurable health impacts through grant making, advocacy, education and outreach.

We are committed to our Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the United States by 2026 and to the approximately 41,000 individuals who lose their lives to metastatic breast cancer each year.

We couldn’t do the work we do without the support of our volunteers. As an organization we commit to offering assignments that are worthwhile and meaningful, and ensure our volunteers feel their efforts have real purpose and contribute to Komen’s mission. Our volunteers in return bring a wealth of talent, experience and skills from a variety of backgrounds.

We offer year-round volunteer and training opportunities in Seattle, Tacoma and other areas in Western Washington, including:

• Events and fundraisers

• Office support and administrative tasks

• Community outreach

• Advocacy and public policy

• Public speaking – sharing your story.

To join us, fill out a quick application form at https://komenpugetsound.org/get-involved/volunteer-for-the-cure/ or contact the Volunteer Coordinator directly at volunteer@pskomen.org.

LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA SOCIETY

Volunteer with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at their two biggest events of the year. Sign up online or email lls.was@lls.org for more information.

· LLS Firefighter Stairclimb (March 8th) https://www.llsform.org/0510FS01/form47/index.html

MAKE-A-WISH

Right now, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington, the org that creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses, needs your help more than ever. They could fill seven school buses with the number of children currently waiting for their wishes, in part, because they don’t have enough volunteers. That’s a problem because research shows, and physicians agree, wishes have proven physical and emotional benefits that can give children with critical illnesses a higher chance of survival.

Your skills and time can help transform lives and it might be easier than you think. Following are a few easy ways that you can get involved and make a huge difference:

• Airport greet volunteers: These special volunteers go to the airport to either send wish kids on their wish trips, welcome them back, or welcome them to town from somewhere else for their wish. The time commitment is about 1-2 hours per wish and we ask volunteers to commit to 4 a year. This is a great opportunity for all adults as well as school-aged children.

• Wish-granting volunteers: Want to be on the frontlines of making wishes come true? Become a wish-granting volunteer and meet with the children and families to shepherd them through the process. You will be paired with another volunteer for this opportunity. The time commitment varies from wish to wish, but we ask that volunteers commit to granting 2 wishes a year and that volunteers meet with the wish family at least 2 times throughout the wish experience. Most wishes take about 6 months to grant. Volunteers work in teams of two to help plan and fulfill each wish. This volunteer position is best suited for those over the age of 21 with creative energy, entrepreneurial enthusiasm and the ability to give freely of their time. Requirements: Completion of "Wish Granting 101" Orientation, phone interview, volunteer application, completion of a wish-granter training session, and a background check

• Special event volunteers: Make-A-Wish has two special events coming up in March and needs volunteers for both.

1. Hot Chocolate Run: March 1 from 5:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Seattle Center. Volunteers at this fun race (of which Make-A-Wish is the beneficiary) will staff an aide station, hand out medals at the finish and hand out hot chocolate post-race.

2. Wish Night Gala and Auction: This event involves volunteer help with several shifts to choose from. It’s a perfect fit for groups who want to volunteer together!

• Friday, March 20th from 11:30am – 4pm – Volunteers help move all of the materials for the event, including décor and auction items, from our offices in downtown Seattle to the event location about a mile and a half away, the Westin Hotel.

• Saturday, March 21st from 10am – 2pm – Volunteers help with set-up for the event. This includes three silent auction rooms, almost live auction and the main ballroom.

• Saturday, March 21st shifts available beginning at 3:30pm – 12am – Volunteers fill all roles for Wish Night staffing, including helping with the silent auction, wine wall, live auction, registration, greeting, etc. This volunteer opportunity is perfect for those who like to dress up and be involved it the actual formal event.

• Sunday, March 22nd from 10:30-1:30pm – Volunteers help pack-up and move all remaining event items from the Westin to our offices in downtown Seattle.

Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Shelby Slaughter, at 206.623.5350 or sslaughter@akwa.wish.org to sign up for any of these opportunities or for more information. To learn more about these and other Make-A-Wish volunteer opportunities, please visit: http://akwa.wish.org/ways-to-help/volunteering.

PAWS

Each year, PAWS cares for more than 7,600 cats, dogs and wild animals, and they couldn’t do it without compassionate and dedicated volunteers. Volunteers work side by side with PAWS staff caring for wildlife and companion animals and helping with education and outreach to the community. PAWS provides the training for all volunteer positions – no prior experience required. Whether you’re feeding orphaned wildlife, helping find homes for cats and dogs, or contributing to the success of an event, you can play an important role in the life-saving work of PAWS. Learn more at https://www.paws.org/volunteer/.

ONE EIGHTY FOUNDATION

Leisure Care | One Eighty is a collection of amazing individuals who are driven to make each moment meaningful. Every person here is a creator and contributor, and we value not only the work they do, but also the spirit in which they do it.

Because it’s the people who make Leisure Care | One Eighty so special, we at Leisure Care | One Eighty make sure our people have what they need to be fulfilled, motivate , and empowered to do great things. How? A guiding philosophy we call our “three-thirds lifestyle.” Essentially, this means we give equal weight to three fundamental aspects of living: family, philanthropy, and work.

At Leisure Care | One Eighty we consider the wider world as our global family, that is equally deserving of our energy and attention, so we encourage our employees to spend time giving back. Whether through volunteering or financial support, we make philanthropy a fun and meaningful part of our lives. Learn more at OneEightyFoundation.org.

REGIONAL ANIMAL SERVICES KING COUNTY

The volunteer program is an integral part of RASKC’s operations which helps to provide compassionate care to pets and excellent customer service to the residents of King County. Whether you are interested in volunteering your time at one of the facilities, including partner store locations throughout the County, or wish to foster or to help out from the ease and comfort of your own home, know there are countless ways to help make a difference!

Volunteers can begin as young as nine years old (with a parent/guardian) – this is a great opportunity for parents and kids to find a hobby to do together. Teenagers (16-17 year old) need a volunteer agreement signed by their parent/guardian. Great way to get in those community service hours!

Interested in learning more about all the ways to volunteer? Visit www.kingcounty.gov/pets or visit our blog www.TailsfromRASKC.com to view “12 ways of volunteering” testimonial videos by our volunteers for the following positions:

o Pet publicist

o Dog walker

o Cat Meet & Greet

o Vet Cinic

o Shelter Helper

o Early Morning Cat Crew

o Adoption Partner

o Animal Transports

o Dog Enrichment

o Making Cat Blankets

o Office Helper

o Fostering

RIVKIN CENTER

The Rivkin Center is a Seattle-based 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving women’s health by helping them prevent, detect early, and survive ovarian and breast cancer. The Rivkin Center funds life-saving ovarian cancer research around the world, and provides ovarian and breast health education in our community.

Volunteers are needed to help further the mission of the Rivkin Center. Join us and volunteer at one of our signature events - to learn more about volunteering with the Rivkin Center, visit www.rivkin.org/volunteer or email volunteer@rivkin.org.

SEATTLE ANIMAL SHELTER

The Seattle Animal Shelter offers a broad range of volunteer opportunities.

Volunteers help save the lives of thousands of animals each year by assisting in the direct care of animals, fundraising, reaching out to the community and fostering animals in their home.

Find out more about volunteer opportunities both in-shelter and as part of the foster care program here - http://www.seattle.gov/animal-shelter/get-involved/volunteer

THE NOAH CENTER

The NOAH Center is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization and operates primarily through the support of their volunteer program. Volunteers play a key role in the work they do and it is only with your help that they are able to rescue, adopt, foster, spay/neuter, and provide exceptional care to all the animals that come through their doors! Find out about all of their volunteer opportunities at https://www.thenoahcenter.org/get_involved/volunteer.html.