Follow these 3 easy steps to get started:

Step 1:
Review the available volunteer opportunities to see what fits your interest and availability. 

Step 2:

Complete the online application listed below the opportunity. 

Step 3:

After you apply, look for an email confirmation regarding the submission of your application. A staff member from the Volunteer Department will contact you as soon as possible to setup a phone interview and discuss your interest further.

Here is a sneak peek at the current needs. Click on the opportunity to bring you to that section of the page. 

Food Delivery Drivers - King County

Volunteer delivery drivers are the heart and soul of our food program, delivering thousands of bags of groceries as well as meals each year to our clients. Drivers deliver food to the homes of our clients once a week for at least 6 months. Routes generally take 45-60 minutes to complete and on average, volunteers will deliver to 4-7 clients. All volunteers must pass a background check, have reliable transportation and complete a training to be eligible. We ask that you give at least a 3 month weekly commitment.

Not available every week? Sign up as a substitute driver and help once a month, or when your schedule allows.


Kitchen Helper

Location: 210 S. Lucile Street, Seattle, WA (Georgetown neighborhood)

Kitchen volunteers are a part of our lively, bustling kitchen operation! Be a part of a team of top chefs who prepare nutritious and delicious meals for our seriously ill clients. Slicing, dicing, chopping, packaging—all are examples of tasks you could do in any given shift. No prior kitchen experience required, just a Food Worker Card and a positive attitude. 

We ask that you give a 3 month commitment every week or bi-weekly.

Don’t have a Food Worker Card? That’s okay! It’s easy to obtain. Simply set aside an hour or so and take the online course found here.

Shift Times:

  • Tuesdays-Fridays: 9:00am-12:00pm; 1:00pm-4:00pm; 5:00pm-7:30pm
  • Saturdays & Sundays: 9:00am-11:30am; 12:00pm-2:30pm, 2:30pm-5:00pm

Ages: 12-13 with a parent/guardian. Ages 14-17 with parental consent that will be provided.

What to wear: Closed foot shoes, hair tied back, and shirt with sleeves. We provide aprons, gloves and hair coverings.


Heath Education Youth Outreach (HEYO)

Location: 1161 11th Ave, Seattle WA (Capitol Hill)

The Health Education Youth Outreach program works with youth experiencing homelessness in Capitol Hill.  While volunteering, you will assist HEYO Program Staff in weekly street outreach shifts to provide homeless youth with resources—hats, coats, food, hygiene, etc. Our team will pack outreach bags, give physical resources to young people experiencing homelessness, and connect youth to community resources addressing homelessnessThis volunteer opportunity is meant for peers—those whose age is 24 and younger. This position does require an in-person interview.

Shift Times: TBD

Ages: 18 - 24


Pick Up Center

Location: 1161 11th Ave, Seattle WA (Capitol Hill)

Do you love interacting with people? Pick Up Center volunteers help distribute meals and groceries to our clients, in addition to organizing donated foods for distribution. We promise it’ll be a good time.  We ask that you give a 3 month commitment every week or bi-weekly.

Ages: Ages 18+ are welcome. 

Shift Times:

  • Fridays: 8:00am-12:00pm, 11:45am-3:00pm, 2:45pm-6:00pm

Warehouse Helpers

Location: 210 S. Lucile Street, Seattle, WA (Georgetown neighborhood)

If you love being on your feet, bending up/down and doing some lifting then the warehouse might be the place for you! Warehouse Helpers organize food donations, bag groceries for weekly distribution, repackage bulk food donations, and stock carts for our Hunger Response Vehicle. With nearly 1.5 million pounds of food that came through our doors last year, we need all hands on deck to help process the donations.

Warehouse Helpers also assist in the Meal Bagging Process for the Chicken Soup Brigade Distribution Team by labeling and organizing outgoing client meals.

General Warehouse Shift Times:

  • Wednesday-Friday: 10:00am-12:00pm or 1:00-3:00pm
  • Thursday: 4:00pm-7:00pm

Meal Bagging Shift Times:

  • Sunday: 9:00am-12:00pm (Bagging)
  • Tuesday: 2:00pm-4:00pm (Labeling)
  • Wednesday: 12:00pm-4:00pm (Bagging)
  • Saturday: 1:00pm-3:00pm (Labeling)

Ages: 12-15 with a parent/guardian. Ages 16-17 with parental consent that will be provided.

What to wear: Closed foot shoes, hair tied back, and shirt with sleeves. We recommend bringing an extra layer since it can get chilly. 


Ride-along Volunteer

Location: Various routes in King County

Don’t have a vehicle but still want to help with meal deliveries? Consider becoming a ride-along volunteer! Join a Lifelong staff person on a route and deliver nourishing food to seriously ill clients in need. Routes generally take 2-3 hours to complete. All volunteers must pass a background check and complete a training to be eligible.  Commitment is based on position availability.

Current Needs:

  • Monday from 9:00am-12:00pm
    • Monday shift will be with Lifelong's Hunger Response Vehicle and will assist Lifelong staff in creating a "Pop-Up Grocery Store" in the Rainier Valley
  • Fridays from 10:00am-1:00pm (Downtown area)
  • Fridays from 1:00pm-4:00pm (Rainier Valley)
    • Bilingual abilities in Cantonese or Vietnamese is an extra bonus!

Thrift Store

Location: 312 Broadway E, Seattle, WA (Capitol Hill)

Surround yourself in style (and some great bargains) by volunteering at our thrift store. Our Thrift Store volunteers are crucial to keeping our Thrift Store stocked and tidy.  Volunteers help process clothing and other goods which have been donated by helping to determine what can and cannot be sold, tagging and hanging items and putting them out on the sales floor.  The more donations we process, the more funds we are able to raise for our programs. 

Ages: 16-17 with a parental consent form.

Shift Times:

  • Monday – Saturday: 11:00am-2:00pm, 2:00pm-5:00pm, 5:00pm-8:00pm
  • Sundays: 11:00am-2:00pm, 2:00pm-5:00pm, 5:00pm-7:00pm