11 Fun Family Volunteering Opportunities in and Around Seattle
Written by Lauren Valencia and Elisa Murray
Bring Joy to the Elderly
Call up that local nursing home that you’ve been driving by and see if you can bring the kids for a visit (extra points for babies). If your family plays music together, you can put on a show. You can also sign up to become a regular visitor to seniors who are aging in their home. And if it’s easier to volunteer from home, you can make cards and letters that will bring a smile to seniors.
Minimum age range: All ages
Perks: Time spent with the elders in our society, exposure to issues around aging and death.
Great Organizations to Consider:
Check with senior centers, elderly day-care facilities, nursing homes, and hospitals
NEST, a new nonprofit in northeast Seattle, uses volunteers to provide companionship and care to seniors aging in their homes.
Full Life Care has a volunteer companionship program for adults, who can bring children
Senior Angels allows adults to sign up online and send seniors cards – the whole family can help