Local Impact Opportunities

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

“Ordinary People Making an Extraordinary Impact for Jesus”

We are excited to share opportunities for you to make an impact in our community. Our goal is that every person who calls Northshore home will serve their neighborhood and city. You, your family and your small group can help transform our community by championing a cause you believe God is calling you toward. We believe good deeds change us and open doors for the Good News. If you need assistance contact Tim King.

Below is a great list of opportunities for where you can volunteer. You can use the sidebar menu to to jump to a specific group of opportunities.

Watch the Local Outreach Facebook page for new opportunities and updates.


ANNUAL PROJECTS

June – Care Day: Care Day is a day devoted to connecting our neighbors in the Northshore area with immediate access to the services and resources they need. In one place—on one day—attendees enjoy a hot meal and have access to free health services, groceries, haircuts, housing, public benefits, referrals to employment training, and much more. For more information go to the Care Day website.

August – Community SERVE Day: This is an opportunity for the local church to come together as one body and serve the schools and individuals in our local community. For more information go to the Community SERVE Day Website.

December – Toy Shop
The Toy Shop is a great opportunity to serve families in need in our own community by providing toys for Christmas gifts along with pictures, stories, and crafts for the families in the Northshore and Lake Washington School Districts to enjoy. Volunteers serve as Personal Shoppers, Gift Wrappers, and many more opportunities. Donations for toys and gift cards are appreciated! Visit Toy Shop for more information, or signup to volunteer at http://signup.com/go/L6rUiT
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LOCAL SCHOOLS

Lunch Buddies and Academic Tutors (Elementary)
One hour of our day each week will make an impact for a life time and maybe even eternity. Lunch buddy program is a way for adults in the community to help local elementary students succeed.
For NSD contact Eileen Jowell at 425-408-7648 or ejowell@nsd.org ;
for LWSD contact Nanci Wehr at 425-936-1410 or nwehr@lwsd.org (also see the Links website at www.lwsd.org/links).

Hang-Time Mentor (Jr High)
The number one deciding factor for retention of students in Jr. High is relationships. You could be that person to walk through life with a teen and shape their future and education. Share your talents and time with teens once or twice a week for an hour. Contact Eileen Jowell, Community Schools Project Coordinator, at 425-478-7917 or ejowell@nsd.org.

Crystal Springs Elementary Mentor/Tutor
30 minutes out of your week can transform the life of an elementary student at Crystal Springs Elementary School. This new program happens on weekday mornings, as you help a student with reading or writing. Contact May Pelto mpelto@nsd.org or 425-408-4300.

Boys & Girls Club (Kirkland)
You can contribute your time in a wonderful way to make a difference in the life of a teen. Teen Night events are for middle and high school youth. Adults are needed to build relationships with teens and interact with them in this safe, fun, and age-appropriate environment. Also opportunities for tutoring, coaching, storytelling, and computer help. Contact Shannon Toomey 425-827-0132  stoomey@positiveplace.org. Visit their website www.positiveplace.org.

Young Life
Young Life’s Area Vision is that every kid would have the opportunity to hear about Jesus. Young Life is an outreach ministry that goes where kids are. Young Life desires to provide a safe and non-threatening environment for kids to hear the Gospel. Young Life is all about Jesus. Contact Katie Tormey northlake.yl@gmail.com. All Lake Washington schools – Contact Ryan Hinnebusch ylryan@gmail.com. All Northshore schools – Contact Anthony Schulz aschulz2008@gmail.com.

Inglemoor High School Mentoring Opportunity
45 minutes out of your week can transform the life of a 10th grade student at Inglemoor High School. This new program happens on T/W/Th from 9:45 am to 10:30 am. Contact Eileen Jowell, Northshore Community Schools Coordinator ejowell@nsd.org

Woodmoor Elementary – weeding needed!
our own Katrina Meiusi is the school nurse at Woodmoor and shes writes, The front area at my school (Woodmoor) is in desperate need of weeding. The Woodinville Water Dept. used to do the weeding but due to budget cuts they no longer do that. It would be AWESOME if a small group could come and do it for us. If you are interested, contact Katrina at 425-408-5606.
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FOSTER/ADOPTION

Foster/Adoption Support Group
This group is open to ALL Foster, Adoptive, Relative Care, and interested people. The group meets on the first Friday of the month, at 6:30pm, at Northshore Community Church.  The evening starts with a community dinner, followed by breakout sessions for kids, foster parents, and adoption parents.   The focus is fellowship, support, and connection with intermittent training.  To learn more contact Roxanne Kar (roxannekar@hotmail.com)

Safe Families
Safe Families for Children program is an innovative approach to prevent child abuse and neglect in families experiencing crisis situations by providing safe, temporary homes for children and support services for parents. By utilizing a network of host families, parents in need – either referred on their own or at the recommendation of a case worker – can choose to have their child stay in a safe family during times of crisis. Host families, prompted solely by compassion, are screened, trained and serve without compensation. As a result, the Safe Families program is a voluntary, non-coercive alternative to the state child welfare system. Explore how the Safe Families movement is working with Northshore Baptist to strengthen and support parents so that they can become Safe Families for their own children and children in the community. Contact Tony Kar (tonykar@hotmail.com) or Roxanne Kar (roxannekar@hotmail.com) or learn more at the Safe Families website  http://www.olivecrest.org/safe-families.

DSHS Office Moms and Dads
Office Moms & Dads is a practical way to support local child welfare social workers and also care for children who have recently been removed from their home. Office Moms & Dads provides a caring adult who can care for, sit with, and entertain a child or sibling group while a social worker works hard to find a foster care placement for them. Contact Mandy Neill OMDKingWest@gmail.com or Jen Browning jbrowning@ugm.org or check out this article Foster Care Office Moms and Dads

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FOOD

Woodinville Storehouse Food Bank
The Woodinville Storehouse Food Bank is operated by a coalition of churches and denominations serving the local community of Woodinville, Bothell, Kirkland, and Redmond, by providing nourishment, prayer support and ministry to those in need. The Food Bank is a faith-based, non-profit  that is unique in the quality of fresh food provided including dairy, baked goods, meat, fresh produce and vegetables. Volunteers welcome those in need to spend time in comfort and prayer where healthy food and support are available every Tuesday evening from 6:30–7:20 pm and Saturday from 9:30am–10:20am. Ways to get involved include monetary, volunteer time as individuals or in small groups, or hosting a food drive. All are welcome that have a heart for local ministry and a passion for serving those in need. Clients are welcome on an appointment or walk-in basis.
Location: 17110 140th Ave NE, Woodinville, 98072. To donate or volunteer contact: info@woodinvillestorehouse.org,  425.483.5252. www.WoodinvilleStorehouse.org

Friends of Youth
Volunteer as a Meal Donor for Friends of Youth to provide breakfast, lunch, or dinner for the guests at the Redmond Youth Service Center. This is the location of the Emergency Overnight Shelter for 18–24-year-olds and the Drop-In day services. Every day of the week, wholesome, pre-cooked meals are provided for 20-25 young adults. Donors are encouraged to stay and serve the meals that they prepare. Not only is this a tremendous help to the Friends of Youth staff, but it is also a great way to meet guests and strengthen community.
To volunteer contact: Morgan Winkler morganw@friendsofyouth.org 425-869-6490 ext. 309. www.friendsofyouth.org

Totes-To-Go
A weekend food program in the Northshore School District. Started when it was discovered that 182 homeless children in the Northshore School District were going hungry on the weekends.
You can learn more at http://www.nourishingnetworks.net/networks/northshore/

Pantry Packs: A local non-profit with the goal of keeping hungry kids fed in the Lake Washington School District. Students (identified by school counselors) are able to take packs home on Fridays.
To donate and/or volunteer email: pantrypacks@gmail.com

Hopelink
For over 40 years Hopelink has provided comprehensive social services to at-risk families and individuals throughout north and east King County. The Hopelink approach—promoting self-sufficiency to create lasting personal and community change—has helped move tens of thousands of people from vulnerability and crisis to independence and stability. Hopelink is able to provide food for over 1,000 families every week only through the support of community groups who collect and donate through food drives.
For information about how you can get involved through a food drive contact: Emily DeWitt, edewitt@hope-link.org. For information on volunteering one time as a group, or signing up for a regular volunteer position as an individual, contact Janelle Kitson, jkitson@hope-link.org.
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CLOTHING

Threads and Treads
This is a free clothing bank for Northshore School District.  You can make a difference by sorting and organizing donated clothing, helping advertise in the community, providing translations, and assist families with finding clothing items. Each Thursday, 3:45–6:15 pm at Canyon Park Junior High.
Contact Eileen Jowell, Community Schools Project Coordinator, 425-478-7917 or ejowell@nsd.org.

Helping Hands Thrift Store
Helping Hands is a community based thrift store that financially supports the mission of Helping Hands Ministries International and is a collection point for donated goods that are largely sold to fund HHMI ministry activities and benefit the local community, or shipped abroad for humanitarian aid. How you can serve the “under-served”—become a volunteer. Volunteers work in the thrift store sorting and packing shipments bound for Peru and other international destinations. You can also become a regular donor. Partner with us—we would love to hear about your outreach passions and talk about ways Helping Hands International can partner with you to grow your ministry and reach more people.
Learn more at the Helping Hands website or contact Andrew Field at andrewfield@helpinghandsmi.org.
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HOMELESS / HOUSING

Isaiah 58
Isaiah 58 team members prepare and serve meals for approximately 200 homeless and working poor in downtown Seattle on the second Thursday of each month, and occasionally serve meals to Tent City dwellers and emergency shelter refugees. Isaiah 58 welcomes individuals, friends, families, small groups of Sunday School classes who want to help the homeless. Contact Bob Hernacki b.hernacki@comcast.net or Steve Houchin houchins@aol.com .   You can also obtain more info at the Isaiah 58 web page.

Camp Unity Eastside (CUE)
Camp Unity Eastside is a transitional mobile encampment and self managed outside community. Camp Unity Eastside provides a safe and stable place for people experiencing homelessness, that supports resilience and fosters hope and connection so people may move toward safe and stable housing with the relationships, self-confidence and knowledge to be successful. More info at Camp Unity Eastside website or email the camp at campunityeastside@gmail.com.

The Landing
The Landing is the only emergency overnight shelter for single young adults ages 18 to 24 on the east side of King County. Each night The Landing offers homeless young adults a safe place to sleep. During the week daytime support is provided during Drop-In hours. Services include meals, laundry, hot showers, counseling and case management. Volunteers can help staff serve meals, help to provide basic needs (hygiene supplies, bus passes, etc.) and assist with the day to day schedule. Volunteers have many opportunities to build constructive relationships with the guests, including helping them with activities, providing information and interacting with them to build trust, honesty and responsibility. There are opportunities for volunteers to serve during daytime hours, or in the evening or morning shifts at the shelter. Contact: Morgan Winkler, morganw@friendsofyouth.org 425-869-6490 ext. 309 www.friendsofyouth.org.

Vision House
Vision House is a Christian social service agency that provides transitional housing, support services and child care for homeless mothers and their children and separately to homeless men recovering from substance abuse. Volunteer opportunities include: Weekly donation sorting, assist with monthly sidewalk sales (the last Friday/Saturday of every month starting in April), organize and assist with Santa Visit/open house the weekend following Thanksgiving. Website Contact: Kristi Slattery Kristis@vision-house.org

Washington Information Network 211
2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember phone number for people to call for health and human service information and referrals and other assistance to meet their needs. See win211.org for more information.

Homelessness in LWSD
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act is federal legislation that has been in effect since 1987 to support children and youth experiencing homelessness. The McKinney-Vento Act defines ‘homeless children and youth’ as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Over 184 students have been identified in the Lake Washington School District this year.   There are many ways to help these students and their families, from providing a bag of groceries, to providing services like a car repair or oil change, or perhaps a school supply drive in your neighborhood. Contact Cheryl Chikalla, Program Specialist Homeless Liaison LWSD, 425-936-1297.

Discovery House
When volunteering with Discovery House your time and love helps homeless women and their children with a second chance at a productive life. Most of the Discovery House families come from domestic violence and have no money. This local, privately funded, faith based ministry provides transitional housing, resource coordination, and life skills. Help make a difference by getting involved. Opportunities are onsite or offsite, for individuals or teams. They include, grant writing, case management, maintenance work, childcare, help with events and so, so, much more. For a complete list, click here www.eastsidediscoveryhouse.com  or Contact Joy Roof at 425-890-2395 eastsidediscoveryhouse@gmail.com

Attain Housing
By working with Attain Housing you can help families facing a homeless crisis in our community become stable and self-sufficient. Learn more at http://www.attainhousing.org.

Sibling House Kirkland
If you have a heart for kids who live in the foster care system separated from their birth parents this is an opportunity for you to help siblings be together. Michael Gaskill mgaskill@siblinghouse.org.
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WOMEN & CHILDREN

REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade)
REST provides pathways to freedom, safety, and hope to victims of sex trafficking and people involved in the sex trade throughout King County. We do so through direct outreach, mentorship, and restorative housing. There are a host of serving and sharing opportunities available for people with a heart to address this issue. Contact:Edward Sumner edward@iwantrest.com or visit www.iwantrest.com to learn more.

CareNet
Care Net offers help to anyone in need when faced with an unplanned pregnancy by offering practical help and resources as well as abortion recovery and STD testing.
Are you looking for a way to get involved? With just a few hours a month you can make a difference in someone’s life. Volunteer opportunities for receptionists, client advocates, and parenting mentors. Donate or volunteer in the Baby Boutique where donations of new or gently used items are supplied for families in need. Care Net offers hope to women who have experienced an abortion and are looking for healing and restoration and help to women who have been given an adverse diagnosis for their unborn baby.
For more information, please contact Amy Grindle jakenwa@comcast.net   or Cindy Dahl at cdahl@carenetps.org. For more info visit www.carenetps.org

 

Step by Step
The mission of Step by Step is to transform the lives of at risk pregnant women, so that they will deliver a healthy baby, embrace positive parenting, and establish a safe home. Our services include home visits, volunteer mentoring program, transitional housing and community connections i.e. life skills classes, annual Christmas Party, summer BBQ and free garage sale. Contact Margaret Toop at jmtoop@comcast.net or Susan von Ehrenkrook susanvone@gmail.com.

Northwest Special Families
This is a parent-led community of families with children with special needs. We offer supported social opportunities for children and families in North King and South Snohomish counties. Contact Konnie Drews at 206-660-3263 or davekonnie@yahoo.com.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children | VGAL (Volunteer Guardian ad Litem) program.
See Website for more information. Contact Tricia, tricia.carmichael.gal@gmail.com.
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PRISONS

Northshore’s Prison Visitation Ministry – Women
Make a difference in someone’s life by visiting an inmate once a month (the fourth Sunday) in Purdy. Volunteers are matched one-on-one with an inmate who has applied to the program. There are over 100 men and women on the waiting list! Contact Carry Mattocks at Carrym@northshore.church or 425-485-8780. Visit the webpage for more info.

Northshore’s Prison Visitation Ministry – Men
There are men and women in our prison systems waiting to visit with and talk to a Christian friend and mentor. The time commitment is minimal (3-4 hours once a month – 1st or 3rdTuesday,) and the value for both you and your new friend is phenomenal. Be a part of this opportunity to change people’s lives. Contact Chuck Burns at ctburns@comcast.net. Visit the webpage for more info.

Cascade Prison Ministry
The mission of Cascade House of Monroe is to provide a safe and moral transition home for formerly incarcerated felons seeking to transform their lives through the model of Jesus Christ. Cascade Prison Ministry is looking for brothers and sisters in Christ to partner with them through mentoring, teaching, helping and loving these men and women who are sincere about changing their lives through Christ. Contact John Burkholder at Johnb@cascadechurch.org.

Serenity Seekers
Serenity Seekers Prison Mission is to promote peace with God, self and others through Twelve Step Recovery Bible Studies, social events and community service. Serenity Seekers meets at Monroe Corrections on Mondays and Thursday, as well as two outside support groups that meet weekly in Marysville and Bellingham. Contact Peter Sinrud at psinrud@comcast.net or visit serenityseekers.org for more information.

King County Jail Ministry
Saturday mornings from 9:30 – 11:00 am.Women inmates meet with Ministry team members for Worship, Teaching from the Bible, and Prayer. Also welcome are prayer partners to lift up this vital ministry. Contact Allison Doherty at allison.doherty@comcast.net or 425-275-1395 for more information.
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SENIORS

Senior Connections
Senior Connection is a ministry of Northshore Community Churcht that encourages seniors to participate in worship, provides a sense of involvement in the Northshore community, helps seniors gain an understanding of how they can continue to serve the Lord, and reaffirms a sense of purpose in their lives. To become involved in this ministry contact Anita Warren 425-216-4439 or anitaw@northshore.church.

Northshore Family Center
You can serve and impact local families through tutoring kids, yard work, general cleaning, program assistance, administrative assistance, and more. Contact Tamarah Piwen at 206-631-8864, tpiwen@chs-nw.org or www.chs-nw.org.

Northshore Senior Center-Kenmore & Woodinville
Show the love to those in their golden years. You can flip pancakes or help teach computer classes to those in need. Contact Garreth at 425-489-0707 or garrethj@seniorservices.org.
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MARKETPLACE EVANGELISM

Marketplace Connection
The Marketplace Connection meets monthly at the Harbor Club in Bellevue. You can find updated information on our website http://marketplaceconnections.org/.
This is designed for professionals to invite their non-believing friends to an event that connects with where they live as business and professional people.  Contact Jon Sween at jonsween@frontier.com
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CITIES

City of Bothell
Advocate for the needs of our city, build relationships, build influence and make a difference. Contact Susan Wolf at 425-489-3437 or Susan.wolf@ci.bothell.wa.us. For more information visit: City of Bothell Website

City of Kirkland
A broad set of volunteer opportunities are published each month.  Contact Tim King timk@northshore.church for the latest list, or the City representative Patrick Tefft 425-587-3012 or ptefft@kirklandwa.gov. City of Kirkland Website

City of Kenmore
Advocate for the needs of our city, build relationships, build influence and make a difference. Contact Leslie Harris at 425-398-8900 or Iharris@kenmorewa.gov.

City of Woodinville
Advocate for the needs of our city, build relationships, build influence and make a difference. Contact Linda Fava at425-877-2265 Lindaf@ci.woodinville.wa.us. City of Woodinville Website.

North Urban Human Services Alliance – NUHSA is striving to connect active community members to organizations and people in need. Check out nuhsa.org/volunteer for opportunities close to you and volunteer local! “Giving back and working together we can all build stronger local communities.”  Contact NUHSA at NUHSA Contact Us. Connect on the NUHSA Facebook page.
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