Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals

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One person can make a real difference for homeless youth. Volunteers sort in-kind donations to ensure they get to youth quickly. They tutor those studying for GED exams. They cook dinner at housing programs. They plant flowers.

By doing these things, and many more, volunteers demonstrate to young people that this community is there, now and always, to take care of them. They also help YouthCare keep its costs down — and allow our staff to focus on their main work: getting homeless youth off the streets and preparing for life.

Interested in volunteering year-round?

Here's what we typically look for in a volunteer:

  • Willingness to support our community's homeless youth

  • 21+ years old

  • Understanding and strong follow through on YouthCare's required volunteer boundaries

  • Ability to commit to the time commitment, typically 6 months consecutively

  • Ability to pass a national background check; check out the volunteer background check policy here 

YouthCare serves young people of many racial and ethnic backgrounds, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and religious beliefs. We seek volunteers that reflect that diversity. 

How to Get Involved:

  1. Apply: Review the Current Volunteer Opportunities, listed below and apply online for the positions that interest you.

  2. Attend: RSVP to attend a Volunteer Information Session.

  3. Standby: We appreciate your patience as we assess the needs of youth in YouthCare programs. YouthCare's Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with you as further training opportunities and volunteer opportunities open up.

  4. Officially Get Started: If you are matched with an appropriate volunteer opportunity at YouthCare, you may be asked to attend a secondary volunteer training. You will also be required to pass a national background check and sign a YouthCare Volunteer Agreement.

In search of an internship, practicum placement, service-learning, or court-ordered community service opportunities? Most of our volunteer opportunities require a six-month commitment or more, and we are unable to guarantee that you would get involved immediately. Additionally, the licenced mental health counselors we have on staff are utilizing their clinical oversight hours to supervise staff, and we do not have the capacity to provide additional oversight for students, especially with a required amount of supervisory meetings and direct client interaction. Because of these requirements, we are rarely able to accomodate mandatory volunteer involvement. We recommend checking out United Way of King County for opportunities that would match you requirements and schedule.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • Seeking Safe Place Response Team Volunteers!

    Young people in crisis often don’t know where to turn. Runaways are more likely to drop out of high school and to live in poverty. Safe Place is a program that quickly connects youth in crisis to help, through a network of local businesses designated as “Safe Places.”  Read more

  • Dinner at our House!

    Do you enjoy cooking? Use your skills to provide healthy, delicious dinner for young people in need. Cook at home or cook in our facilities so youth can get the nutrition they need before they go to work or school the next day! Read more

  • Host a Drive!

    Community drives help youth get what they need to get off the streets and prepare for life. Make an individual donation or host a community drive to collect needed items for young people in YouthCare programs. Use this link to plan your drive.  Read more

  • Make Magic Happen at the Main Office!

    Whether you have some time during the day or want to learn about how a nonprofit works behind-the-scenes, we need your help! Assist the main office in sorting and organizing the places that youth will "shop" for the things they need to get off the streets and prepare for life. We are currently seeking volunteers who can help once a week for about 2-4 hours anytime between 9am-5pm. Read more

  • Bring Friends to Cook & Serve at YouthCare!

    When volunteers serve meals at YouthCare's James W. Ray Orion Center, they enable staff to concentrate on what they're there for: serving youth. Just as important, by donating food, volunteer groups help us stretch our budget — in the face of pressing need, as the number of meals served at YouthCare has grown significantly in the past few years. Read more

  • Seeking Drop-In Floor Help on Weekday Afternoons!

    Drop-in services are often the first link for youth to connect with YouthCare’s other services - and we need your help supporting this first point of entry for youth coming in off the streets. Read more

  • Help out with Immediate Needs! Join the "VoluntHero" Team!

    This is a team of individual volunteers who are contacted when there is an immediate need for help. It's a great way to have a flexible and diverse volunteer schedule, meet other volunteers, and help YouthCare with our most immediate needs! Click here to sign up as a VoluntHero! Read more