Follow these 4 easy steps to get started:

Step 1:  Review the opportunities

Step 2:  Apply

Step 3:  Attend an orientation

Step 4:  Begin volunteering


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.

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

Summer Substitute Drivers

Each week, nearly 55 volunteers help us deliver meals and groceries to clients in King County. During the summer months many of our regular drivers are out of town, leaving us with some temporary routes to fill. So far, these are the routes we need subs for this summer: 

  • Monday 1p-4p: Skyway 6/19-8/7
  • Monday 1p-4p: Seatac 7/3-8/7
  • Thursday 4p-7p: South/West Bellevue/Mercer Island 6/22-early Sept
  • Thursday 12p-3p: Simons Building 6/29, 8/3-8/31

Kitchen Helpers

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.

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

Ages: 12-13 with a parent/guardian. Ages 14-17 with parental consent form.

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


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.

Ages: Ages 18+ are welcome. 

Shift Times:

  • Fridays: 8am-12pm, 11:45am-3:00pm, 2:45-6pm
  • Saturdays: 9:45am-1:15pm

Warehouse Helpers

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

Do you love to be on your feet and don't mind some heavy lifting? Then the warehouse might be the place for you! Warehouse Helpers organize food donations, bag groceries for weekly distribution, and repackage bulk food donations. 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.

Shift Times: Mondays-Thursdays: 10am-12pm or 1-3pm

Ages: 12-15 with a parent/guardian. Ages 16-17 with parental consent form.

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



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.

Current Needs: 

  • Mondays from 9:00-12:00pm
  • Wednesday from 1:00-4:00pm
  • Fridays from 12:30-3:30pm (Vietnamese Bilingual)

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: 11am-2pm, 2-5pm,5-8pm
  • Sundays: 11am-2pm, 2-5pm, 5-7pm