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Community Engagement Organization

Inspiring Seattle Academy youth to learn through thoughtful interactions with their community

Hello! Welcome to the Community Engagement Organization service learning page. CEO is a student-run club that leads service learning efforts at Seattle Academy. CEO offers students weekly, monthly, and annual opportunities to become involved with organizations in our community that work to advance causes ranging from social justice to environmental justice, and animal welfare to educational inequity. 

Our mission is to encourage students to build meaningful relationships in their community and to empower students in their ability to create change. We value intellectual curiosity, creativity, informed activism and service rooted in learning. 

We hope that our service learning opportunities will enable students to gain deeper insight as to not only their community and world’s needs, but also their own passions. Ultimately, we want you (the student) to understand that your actions count. We know that you’re probably busy with homework and extracurricular activities most of the time, but if you ever find yourself with extra time on your hands, take a risk - and get out into your community where you can practice questioning, imagining, creating, and contributing to a boldly changing world.
    
Until next time, serve on!
CEO Leadership


 

Community Engagement Volunteer Opportunities


 

Partnerships

Beacon Food Forest

Description:

The Beacon Food Forest is a community permaculture project in Beacon Hill. The food forest includes a mix of native habitat rehabilitation and edible forest gardening. Much of the food grown at the Beacon Food Forest is open for the community to take. The goal of this organization is to bring a diverse community together through food and urban farming. Their mission is to “design, plant and grow an edible urban forest garden that inspires our community to gather together, grow our own food and rehabilitate our local ecosystem.” 

Important Information:
  • Volunteers attend “work parties” to help maintain the food forest. There are a variety of tasks to participate in for all ages at the work parties.
  • No registration is required to come to the work parties.
  • Parties generally run between 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturdays. Join the mailing list to receive information about specific dates. 
  • Volunteers should bring work gloves, water, and a $2 to $5 donation for lunch.
  • For any further inquiries, reach out to the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@beaconfoodforest.org 

Earth Corp

Description:


Earth Corp is an environmental organization that works in the greater Puget Sound area. Earth Corp focuses on improving our local parks and forests and its mission is to create a “world where people and nature thrive together.” Founded in 1993, Earth Corp’s four core values are integrity, sustainability, inclusivity, and service. Volunteers at Earthcorp undertake tasks such as removing weeds, blackberries, and ivy, planting native trees, and spreading mulch. No prior gardening experience is required and Earth Corp provides volunteers with the necessary tools. Volunteer opportunities are offered every Saturday in various parks in the Puget Sound area.

Important Information: 
  • While most volunteering happens on Saturdays, some Sundays or weekdays are offered. Check out this calendar for opportunities. Multiple events are offered on the same day so feel free to choose the event that is closest to you. 
  • Volunteers under 18 years of age must sign a youth waiver before volunteering.
  • Volunteers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a chaperone, adult, or guardian. 
  • There is no minimum age requirement, but Earth Corp notes that the activities are “typically geared towards [individuals ages] 10 and up.”
  • Individuals can volunteer individually or in groups of 3-100.

On the day of, volunteers should bring:

  • Sturdy, closed-toed shoes (hiking boots, tennis shoes etc.)
  • Clothing that can get dirty
  • Long pants and long sleeves to help protect against prickly plants
  • Rain gear and warm layers (check the weather!)
  • Sack lunch/snacks
  • A full water bottle
  • Travel mug for tea/coffee
  • Energy!
Extra Info:

If you need to cancel or change the group size or have any other questions or concerns, contact volunteer@earthcorps.org

 

Northwest Harvest

Description 

Northwest Harvest is a non-profit organization based in Washington State whose goal is to provide statewide hunger relief. Their mission is to “lead the fight for hungry people statewide” and to ensure that those people “have access to nutritious food while respecting their dignity and promoting good health.” Last year, Students can volunteer at Northwest Harvest’s Community Market in Sodo or their warehouse in Kent.

Important Information
  • Parents or guardians must volunteer alongside youth 9-15 years of age and should fill out their own application.
  • Students between ages 16 and 17 may volunteer on their own with an application and parent permission form on-file.
  • All volunteers must be scheduled in advance. NW Harvest does not allow drop-ins. 
  • Volunteers do not need to complete an application each time they volunteer. Once they are in the system, volunteers interested in scheduling additional shifts can reach out directly to NW Harvest’s coordinators.
Information For Those Who’ve Completed the Application
  • NW Harvest welcomes regular volunteers but limits them to two shifts per week. Saturdays in Kent have a limit of one shift per week, and SODO shifts must be on different days.
  • SODO volunteers must make a three-month commitment with a minimum of two shifts per month.
  • NW Harvest is happy to provide a form to confirm service hours, but are unable to sign volunteer contracts at either the SODO or Kent site or sign any service evaluations in Kent.
  • Individuals volunteering at the SODO Community Market must attend an orientation prior to their first shift which must be scheduled in advance. Groups at SODO receive an orientation at the beginning of their shift. Individuals volunteering at the Kent location receive an orientation at the start of their shift. 
Roles

Back-of-house: Repack staples for distribution, sort donations, set-up for the following day & other tasks as needed.

Sandwich Brigade: Assist with making approximately 1200 fresh sandwiches for distribution in the market. Please note that volunteering on the Sandwich Brigade involves working with and around peanut butter.

Market: greet and check-in guests when they arrive at the market, keep displays stocked with product, assist guests as needed and man the check-out station.

*Specific tasks are assigned at the start of each shift, relative to the operational needs of the day.

Treehouse

Description:

Treehouse is a local nonprofit foster care organization based in Seattle. The Treehouse mission is to create “a world where every child that has experienced foster care has the opportunities and support they need to pursue their dreams and launch successfully into adulthood.” By supplying foster youth with academic materials, clothes, and other essential support, Treehouse strives to promote racial equity and to ensure that all foster youth graduate high school at the same rate as their peers by 2022.

Important Information:
  • Volunteer opportunities are primarily focused on keeping Treehouse’s store for youth in foster care running smoothly.
  • Volunteers sort donations and prepare merchandise to go into The Treehouse Store. Our high school shifts allow youth volunteers to volunteer without an adult. 
  • Shifts are offered ~2/month, just make sure to register online and bring a completed waiver
Important Information Once Application is Completed:
  • Ongoing Volunteer Positions: If you’d like to become more regularly involved at Treehouse, consider filling out this volunteer interest form.
  • Store Assistant: is a position Treehouse has recommended for those who want to become involved more regularly. This position requires a more significant time commitment: volunteers choose a 3-hour shift on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis and work directly with participants and other volunteers to keep Treehouse’s store running smoothly. Shifts are offered Tuesday-Saturday. Work frequently includes helping shoppers find items, running check out, check in, restocking and maintaining store displays (Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult). 
  • Large Groups: Groups work together on projects such as: sorting, processing incoming donations, putting tags on clothes, etc. The maximum group size is 15 including adults (3 for middle schoolers, 2 for high school students). These shifts are primarily during the school day, for 2-3 hours.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunity Dates: 

Shifts for High School Students: November 13th and 20th, both 4 - 6:00 PM. Visit the high school volunteering page for more infomation.

Washington’s Nature Conservancy (WNC)

Description:

The Nature Conservancy is a non-profit national organization that works to preserve and restore the natural environment. Their vision is “to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends.” Dedicated to inclusivity and diversty, Washington’s Nature Conservancy, the local chapter of TNC, works to carry out this goal. Members of WNC work not only in Washington but also across the United States and in 35 different countries. WNC is committed to reducing carbon emissions and combating the harmful effects of the fossil fuel industry through projects such as forest restoration, park clean ups, and food-business partnerships. The Nature Conservancy values advocacy and activism and values a healthy relationship between both people and nature. 

Important Information:
  • Students under 18 years of age must complete a waiver form, signed by a parent of gaurdian. Bring the waiver to the event.
  • Chaperones or gaurdians should accompany students younger than 15 years of age.
  • Students may need to fill out an additional liability waiver if the event is run by a WNC partner organization.
Their Goal:
  • Protect treasured places, iconic wildlife, and irreplaceable natural systems through creative models of science, collaboration, finance, and conservation action.”
  • Transform forestry, fishing, agriculture, natural area management, water management, business and industry through innovation, demonstrating how nature and communities can both prosper.”
  • Inspire a movement that strengthens the relationship between people and nature, creating healthy communities, thriving natural resources and a commitment to the environment.”
Regular Volunteer Positions:
  • Washington’s Nature Conservancy offers more committed opportunities for those interested in media documentation, specifically: Volunteer Drone Videographer, Volunteer Videographer, and Volunteer Photographer. See the bottom of volunteer page for more details. 
  • WNC also has other specialty volunteer opportunities for translators and those interested in becoming community stewards. (*Note: these opportunities require a large time committment and are located quite far away - so are likely not suitable for most SAAS students.) See bottom of volunteer page for more details. 
     

 

Annual Events

Survive the Streets: Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019

Survive the Streets (STS) is an annual event to help those living in shelters in the Seattle area. Now in its 20th year, STS goal is to provide more than 300 people with the clothing and gear they need to stay safe and warm during winter. Thanksgiving Day. Homeless men and women can get sleeping bags, winter coats, fleece jackets, backpacks, duffel bags, socks, gloves, hats and more at the STS pop-up store in Seattle’s Pioneer Square area. The Seattle Academy community also holds a sleeping bag and backpack drive in support of the pop-up store.

Time/Date/Location: Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Register to Volunteer - Parents and Students

Contacts: Mike Grabham, mike@michaelgrabham.com and Patti Dunn, patti@pattidunn.com.

More information at: survivethestreets.org.

The Seattle Area High School Dance Marathon (SAHSDM): February 1, 2020

The Seattle Area High School Dance Marathon is the culmination of a nearly year-long fundraising campaign run by an executive committee of students from various Seattle high schools. These students aim to spread awareness about mental health. They raise thousands of dollars throughout the summer and school year to donate to a Mental and Behavioral Health guild at Seattle Children's Hospital. This is the first year that there will be a High School dance marathon in the Seattle area. It is scheduled to take place on February 1, 2020. The dance marathon itself is a 5-hour event in which there is a lot of dancing, games, and music - it’s basically a big party. The event also includes speakers and “morale captains”. Potential opportunities at this event range from a full-time position on the student executive committee to morale captains at the event to volunteering or even just attending. 

Date: February 1st, 2020. 5:30 - 10pm at the Mountaineers Club in Magnuson Park.

Leadership Positions for Executive Committee (Application Required):

  • Procurement
  • Social Media
  • Morale Captains

Volunteering at Guild Events:

  • Individuals who are 18 years or older may submit an application to volunteer at guild events. More information here.
  • ​​​​​​​More info to come for individual events that might let kids under 18 volunteer.

Bloodworks Northwest: February 2020

Each year CSO partners with Bloodworks Northwest for a high school Blood Drive. During this event, both students and faculty can donate blood at an on-site Bloodworks Northwest Mobile unit parked on 12th Ave in front of the Arts Center. Bloodworks Northwest is a Seattle-based organization that serves nearly 90 different hospitals in western Washington and Oregon. Its goal is to “save lives through research, innovation, education and excellence in blood, medical and laboratory services in partnership with our community.” Bloodworks Northwest boasts 230,000 registered donors and collects almost 900 units of blood per day (1 unit = roughly 1 pint). Bloodworks has 3,000 active volunteers year-round who help assist with phone-scheduling, transportation, and administrative tasks. 


*This organization has played a fundamental role during national disasters such as hurricanes these past years. It has profoundly impacted many communities not only in the Pacific Northwest but also across the nation. 
 

Important Information:

  • Students must be at least 16 years old to donate blood.
  • Students under 18 years of age must complete a form/waiver signed by a parent or guardian to donate blood. 
  • Students should not be sick or have been recently sick before donating blood. 
  • There may be restrictions for donors who have traveled internationally in the past year. 

Treehouse: March 7, 2020

Treehouse is a local nonprofit foster care organization based in Seattle. The Treehouse mission is to create “a world where every child that has experienced foster care has the opportunities and support they need to pursue their dreams and launch successfully into adulthood.” By supplying foster youth with academic materials, clothes, and other essential support, Treehouse strives to promote racial equity and to ensure that all foster youth graduate high school at the same rate as their peers by 2022.

Events/Important Info:

  • The March 7 group volunteer experience will include projects like sorting and processing incoming donations, tagging clothes and preparing the store for shopping days. 
  • Students may volunteer at Treehouse individually, with family, or in groups. 

Canned Food Drive: April 2020

Each year, CSO partners with the Columbia City PCC Food Bank Program to benefit the Rainier Valley Food Bank (RVFB). CSO hosts a week-long canned food drive where they collect food and cash donations for RVFB. The CSO Club then donates the proceeds to PCC’s Food Bank Program. PCC uses any donations that CSO collects during the food drive to purchase bulk food at wholesale prices for RVFB to package and distribute in the community. 100% of the cash collected during this drive goes toward purchasing bulk food items and PCC covers all of the administrative costs of the program. 

Organization Information:

PCC is a sustainable community market chain located throughout the greater Seattle area. Its aims to support healthy and organic farming, fresh food, and local farmland. Rainier Valley Food Bank is a non-profit organization whose goal is to “to nourish with good food, empower with knowledge, and serve with compassion”. RVFB focuses on social justice and equity and serves as the busiest food bank in Seattle. In 2018, RVFB provided food for over 16,000 individuals/families, distributed over 1.5 million pounds of food, and logged over 23,000 service hours from more than 650 volunteers. 

This volunteer opportunity is a great way for students/families to forge meaningful connections with peers, Seattle Academy faculty members, and their community.

Humane Society: Bake Sale date to be determined

 

The Seattle Humane Bake Sale at SAAS is an annual event aimed toward benefitting Seattle Humane Society. Seattle Humane Society is a non-profit animal shelter located in Bellevue, Washington whose goal is to “promote the human-animal bond by saving and serving pets in need, regardless of age, ability, circumstance or geography.” Seattle Humane is a no-kill shelter (no euthanization) and serves thousands of animals each year. Last year, it helped save over 4,500 pets from neighboring shelters that were unable to provide care due to a lack of space. Seattle Humane offers some volunteering opportunities for teens, but has more available positions available for those ages 18 and older. And, of course, families or individuals who are interested may adopt or foster pets from this animal shelter!

Community Engagement Volunteer Opportunities

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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Mon, Dec 2
Tue, Dec 3
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Northwest Harvest Volunteer Opportunity - Kent
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Northwest Harvest, 22220 68th Ave S, Kent, WA 98032
Thu, Dec 5
Fri, Dec 6
Work Party at Twin Ponds Park
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Twin Ponds Park, 16501 N 155th St, Shoreline, WA 98133
Sat, Dec 7
Subscribe to Alerts Northwest Harvest Volunteer Opportunity - Kent
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Northwest Harvest, 22220 68th Ave S, Kent, WA 98032
Subscribe to Alerts Plant a Native Plant at Ballinger Open Space
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Ballinger Open Space, NE 200 and 25th Ave. NE
Subscribe to Alerts Northwest Harvest Volunteer Opportunity - Kent
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Northwest Harvest, 22220 68th Ave S, Kent, WA 98032
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Subscribe to Alerts Northwest Harvest Volunteer Opportunity - Kent
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Northwest Harvest, 22220 68th Ave S, Kent, WA 98032
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Subscribe to Alerts Northwest Harvest Volunteer Opportunity - Kent
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Northwest Harvest, 22220 68th Ave S, Kent, WA 98032
Subscribe to Alerts Northwest Harvest Volunteer Opportunity - Kent
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Northwest Harvest, 22220 68th Ave S, Kent, WA 98032
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Subscribe to Alerts Northwest Harvest Volunteer Opportunity - Kent
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Northwest Harvest, 22220 68th Ave S, Kent, WA 98032
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Subscribe to Alerts Northwest Harvest Volunteer Opportunity - Kent
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Northwest Harvest, 22220 68th Ave S, Kent, WA 98032
Subscribe to Alerts Northwest Harvest Volunteer Opportunity - Kent
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Northwest Harvest, 22220 68th Ave S, Kent, WA 98032
Sun, Dec 22
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Subscribe to Alerts Northwest Harvest Volunteer Opportunity - Kent
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Northwest Harvest, 22220 68th Ave S, Kent, WA 98032
Subscribe to Alerts Northwest Harvest Volunteer Opportunity - Kent
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Northwest Harvest, 22220 68th Ave S, Kent, WA 98032
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Subscribe to Alerts Northwest Harvest Volunteer Opportunity - Kent
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Northwest Harvest, 22220 68th Ave S, Kent, WA 98032
Subscribe to Alerts Northwest Harvest Volunteer Opportunity - Kent
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Northwest Harvest, 22220 68th Ave S, Kent, WA 98032

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