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Community Service Resources

The goal for our Middle School students is 13.5 community service hours each semester, or 27 hours per year, to be earned through a combination of on-site activities and individual off-campus work. Download the form below. 

Middle schoolers who perform a total of 125 hours or more over their middle school career will be rewarded with the Mother Cabrini Award for Excellence in Service when they graduate.

HOW TO FIND SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

  • Decide what kind of work might fit your unique interests and talents. Do you like to work outside? Are you interested in working with kids? Do you love animals? Are you great at organizing and sorting? Do you have a musical talent someone in need of companionship would enjoy? Take a volunteer personality quiz to help narrow down your volunteer options.
  • Do some online research. Sites like Idealist.orgVolunteerMatchCatholic Community Services, and United Way of King County have great volunteer databases online where you can search by location and/or area of interest. Then, make a few phone calls and see what happens!
  • Take part in special volunteer events for youth. Sign up for events such as Global Youth Service Day. Small groups of youth volunteer for various community improvement projects then an event follows where the volunteers will be recognized and provided with lunch, prizes, and entertainment. Grab a few friends and try it out!
  • Find some inspiration. Keep your eyes open for needs in your community, notice what big issues you feel most deeply about, talk to people who are involved in non-profit work, and read about kids making a difference in the world at sites like What Kids Can Do and Do Something.

LOCAL RESOURCES BY INTEREST AREA

ANIMALS

ARTS & CULTURE

  • Thistle Theater (puppet theaters in Magnuson Park, Ballard and Bellevue)
    Welcomes middle school age volunteers as ushers for weekend shows (watch the shows for free!).
  • Friends of Seattle Public Library (Magnuson Park)
    Help with set-up and organization for book sale in September and various other times.
  • Civic Light Opera Administrative Offices (Magnuson Park)
  • Would welcome youth volunteers for occasional needs including mailings and office support.

CHILDREN

  • Treehouse (2100 24th Ave South, Seattle)
    Collect and/or sort donations for kids in foster care. Special events. Donations always welcome.
  • Westside Baby (St. Joseph parish, also supported by St. Bridget)
    Help unpack, sort, organize, prepare mailings, etc. Youth welcome on-site or take items home to work on. Donations always welcome.
  • Solid Ground Sand Point Housing (Magnuson Park housing, main Solid Ground offices in Wallingford)
    Gladly accepts donations of new or slightly used household items like blankets, sheets, towels, pots, pans and silverware. Please contact them if you would like to collect items you think they could use.
    Possible opportunities with many other Solid Ground programs (formerly called Fremont Public Association).

ENVIRONMENT

  • EarthCorps (Magnuson office, projects city-wide)
    Great organization! Website lists frequent restoration/stewardship work days; unchaperoned youth welcome with waiver.
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation (city-wide projects)
    Frequent restoration work days, many for Magnuson Park wetlands! Just a written letter from guardian required for unaccompanied youth.
  • Outdoors for All (office at Magnuson Park)
    Volunteer opportunities for ages 13-15 in their Winter Cadet and Junior Camp Counselor Programs.
  • Cascade Bicycle Club (office at Magnuson Park, events around the city)
    Assist with special events, educations/outreach projects, bike maintenance parties, Bike to School campaigns, etc.

HEALTH & MEDICAL AID

  • Seattle Red Cross
    Lots of opportunities across the city for youth.
  • Ronald McDonald House (Laurelhurst)
    Ages 13-15 welcome to volunteer on site with adult; all ages encouraged to collect and deliver supplies from their wish list.
  • Seattle Childrens (Laurelhurst)
    Collect and deliver toys for patients.

SENIORS & DISABILITIES

SHELTER & FOOD

LIST OF SERVICE IDEAS

  • Develop an awareness campaign for your favorite issue/organization.
  • Look up a local nursing home and offer to bake cookies for them
  • Notice a park or public area that needs to be cleaned-up and recruit family/friends to help some Saturday.
  • Sponsor a senior citizen prom.
  • Provide child care for a community event.
  • Get family/friends to clean out their closets and offer to collect and deliver items to a charity for them.
  • Turn your science project findings into a campaign/service project.
  • Create an internet safety presentation for younger students.
  • Did you learn about an injustice or problem in the world in school that seemed important to you?
  • Have your birthday party "gifts" benefit a charity.
  • Create Your Own Service Project Ideas! Be creative...perhaps even give free hugs