On Monday, January 18th it was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is a holiday to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., a very influential leader of American Civil Rights. On Monday many of IELP Students worked with UW students and other volunteers from the public to help clean up Magnuson Park!
Student worker Joyce and IELP Students volunteering at Magnuson Park
Volunteer work is service for an organization without pay, usually to benefit a community or the environment. Many organizations, such as non-profit organizations, depend on volunteers to assist with day-to-day operations and to carry out the mission of the organization. Some volunteer positions require experience, skill, or training in a specific area, while others do not!
Volunteering is very popular in America. Many high schools require their students to volunteer at least 40 hours over the course of four years – but many students volunteer much more than that! Volunteering can teach people new skills and is incredibly helpful to the community. It is also a great opportunity to meet new people with similar interests! It can supplement your resume, university application, and be rewarding and fulfilling.
While F-1 visa holders are restricted from working outside of the University of Washington, volunteering means that you will not receive any compensation, which include money, awards, credit, or gifts; making this an excellent opportunity for F-1 visa holders to gain experience and perhaps find a new hobby!
Some volunteer positions require a long-term commitment; however others are simply a onetime activity. Some volunteer websites like Seattle works require you to make an online account, but once you do it is easy to look at an updated list of upcoming volunteering opportunities!
Below are some volunteer opportunities in Seattle:
If you’re interested in Animal Welfare:
Seattle Humane Society: http://www.seattlehumane.org/volunteer/signup
If you’re interested in Education, the Environment, or Health:
Seattle Public Library: http://www.spl.org/about-the-library/support-your-library/volunteer-opportunities/volunteer-opportunities-for-adults
Seattle Parks and Recreation: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/calendar/volunteer.htm#
One Brick: http://seattle.onebrick.org/calendar/
Lifelong AIDS Alliance: http://www.llaa.org/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities
Nature Consortium: http://www.naturec.org/forest-restoration/
Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS): http://www.acrs.org/volunteering/
ROOTS Young Adult Shelter: http://www.rootsinfo.org/volunteer/opportunities/
If you’re interested in working with a Food Bank:
Food Lifeline: https://foodlifeline.org/how-to-help/volunteer
University District Food Bank: http://www.udistrictfoodbank.org/involved/
Rainier Valley Food Bank: http://www.rvfb.org/take-action/volunteer/
West Seattle Food Bank: http://www.westseattlefoodbank.org/help-end-hunger/volunteer/
If you’re not sure what you’re interested in:
Carlson Center at UW: https://www.washington.edu/carlson/category/opportunities/volunteer/
Seattle Works: http://www.seattleworks.org/calendar
United Way: http://www.uwkc.org/ways-to-volunteer/
Volunteer Match: http://www.volunteermatch.org/
If you have any questions ask your DSO! Our DSOs here at IELP are Suzy and Marissa and Ethan (for Downtown)!
If you need help filing out a volunteer application send us an email or make an appointment to meet with us. We are here to help!
Let us know about your experiences volunteering in Seattle!