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Service Learning Opportunities

Service Learning Opportunities

Service Learning Requirements Service learning is giving time, without pay. One of the graduation requirements for Seattle Public Schools is 60 hours of Service Learning for all students. Ballard HS also offers an Above and Beyond Award at graduation for students who complete 240 hours or more.

Service learning allows students to learn and to apply academic, social and personal skills through activities and is important in helping build a resume for college, learn leadership, apply for jobs or other opportunities including scholarships. Students make a difference and address authentic community needs. As part of service learning, students are asked to reflect and report on their experiences.   

New! Opportunity!

Seattle Marathon June 22

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Volunteers are needed to assist at the Seattle Marathon, with a variety of shifts running from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22 at Seward Park. Jobs include setup, registration/bib pickup, finish line support, water station support, course marshaling, cleanup, and Kids Fun Run support.

Volunteers get discounted entry to the Seattle Marathon family of events, an official volunteer shirt, and loads of gratitude too! Learn more!


Ballard SeafoodFest July 12-14

The Ballard Alliance is looking for volunteers to help at Ballard SeafoodFest on July 12-14! 

Teens are eligible for these roles: Info Booth, Kids Area, Salmon BBQ, Set Up (Chalk Booth), Vendor Set Up and Teardown. Each shift comes with a complementary Alder-smoked salmon BBQ dinner. More info and sign up!


Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle Fundraiser June 23

We need student volunteers!

Location:  Leif Erickson Lodge Sons of Norway: 2245 NW 57th St, Seattle 
Day & Time:  Saturday, June 23 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. 
Duties:  The NLC would love to have volunteers to bus tables (refresh water pitchers and coffee pots, clear dishes when people are finished eating) and help with cleanup.
Contact: Nancy Hiraoka;  nan.gran@comcast.net. Thank you!


Ballard Alliance SeafoodFest July 12-14

The Ballard Alliance is looking for volunteers to help at the 2024 Ballard SeafoodFest on July 12–14!
Volunteer sign ups are live on our website: (Feel free to sign up with a friend or two!)

High School volunteers are eligible for the following positions: Info Booth, Kids Area, Salmon BBQ, Set Up (Chalk Booth), Vendor Set Up, Vendor Teardown

Get your volunteer hours in while having a blast in Ballard! There are a wide variety of positions and times to accommodate your schedule and each shift comes with a complementary Alder- smoked salmon BBQ dinner, more fun you have ever had while working, and the neighborhood’s unwavering appreciation.
This free festival is made possible each year through the dedication of our team of volunteers. All proceeds from Ballard SeafoodFest are directly reinvested into the Ballard community through the programs, resources, projects, and events produced by the Ballard Alliance. Your help during the 2024 event will have lasting effects throughout the coming year. For questions about volunteering, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Wren Wilson at Wren@BallardAlliance.com


Outdoors for All

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We provide outdoor recreation opportunities for people with disabilities and this summer we have volunteer opportunities for high school students at our Day Camp programs!

Outdoors for All Summer Camps provide outdoor recreation activities for youth and adults with disabilities. Volunteers will support staff and counselors with group management, activity delivery, and support campers to ensure safety, fun, and learning. We will be on the move enjoying activities that may include rock climbing, cycling, hiking, trips to the zoo, and visits to local parks. We offer youth and adult camps at Magnuson Park and Lake Sammamish State Park from June 24 – August 30 Learn more and sign up today!


Kong Academy

Kong Academy summer camps run between June 24 to the end of August. Volunteers can enroll as few as 1 week of camp or as many as 8 weeks. Shifts are from around 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Line management when transitioning between locations
  • Playing games with the campers and helping them when they get stuck 
  • Escorting students to bathroom breaks

Like all our summer camp staff, volunteers will go through an extensive training program about the social and emotional development of children, teaching strategies, game content, and more.

Check out the Kong Academy website or reach out Brandon Eaton, our Summer Camp Director via email to brandon@Kongacademy.org


Connect with Camp Woodrich

Attention Ballard Students! We have had a few students from BHS volunteer with us every year and it is always a blast so considering seeing if it might be a good fit for you too!

Opportunities This Summer

  • Description: Earn service hours while having fun! Come volunteer at Camp Woodrich and give a child with special needs a summer camp experience they’ll never forget.
    • You will be buddied up 1:1 with either a child with special needs or their sibling so each child will get undivided attention each day of camp.
    • We’ll have arts & crafts, games, swim time, a talent show, and more!
  • Where: 8023 Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA 98103
  • When: July 11-13 and/or August 22-24
  • Time: Thursdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Contact Ali (ali@campwoodrich.com) for questions, or sign up at campwoodrich.com/volunteer


Ballard High School x Plymouth Housing

Plymouth Housing is a nonprofit organization that provides permanent housing and supportive services to people who have experienced homelessness. We serve about 1400 residents in 17 buildings across the Seattle area, including Toft Terrace, located right across the street from Ballard High School. Many residents at Toft Terrace are Spanish speaking, but anyone is welcome to come and volunteer!

Although the school year is ending, students are more than welcome to volunteer during the summer season. Days and times for the following volunteer opportunities can be flexible once the school year starts up again, to be more accommodating for students’ schedules.

  • Volunteer Role: Puzzle Group/Game Day Volunteer
    • Current Day/Time: Mondays at 10-11 a.m.
    • Role Description: Come and set up the room, then socialize with the residents while completing puzzles and playing board games.
  • Volunteer Role: Movie Day Volunteer
    • Current Day/Time: Last Tuesday of the Month at Noon
    • Role Description: Set up the movie, chairs and snack table, then hang out with the residents while watching this month’s movie. Clean up once the movie is completed.
  • Volunteer Role: English Class Volunteer
    • Current Day/Time: Wednesdays at 4:30-5:30 p.m.
    • Role Description: Since this building has a high population of Spanish speakers, they would love to be able to learn to speak English more fluently. We need volunteers to come into the building to have conversations with residents to allow them to practice their English in a safe space.
  • Volunteer Role: Arts and Crafts Volunteer
    • Current Day/Time: First Thursday of the month at 10 a.m.
    • Role Description: Set up the community room with crafting supplies, and socialize with residents while getting creative.
  • Volunteer Role: Coffee and Snacks Volunteer
    • Current Day/Time: Fridays at 9-11:30 a.m.
    • Role Description: Make coffee and set up snacks for the residents and replenish as needed. Clean up once finished. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to Bryanna Trujillo, btrujillo@plymouthhousing.org to get started! If you see a role, but the day/time doesn’t work for you, please let Bryanna know.


Somos Mujeres Latinas May 17 & 18

Looking for student volunteers! Focusing on the leadership and mentoring of Latina women. Help set up and closure of symposium with approximately 300 women participating. Dates: Friday, May 17 (5 p.m. – 8 p.m.) and Saturday May 18 from 8 – 6 p.m. (4 hour shifts). Learn more on our SMLWA website.   


Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band Events

Chair playing a trumpet. Text: Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band

The Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band needs you! Seattle’s own non-marching march band plays the greatest hits of band music, rousing classics by John Philip Sousa, Henry Fillmore and more. They are looking to beef up their double reeds, flutes/piccolos, saxes, and horns. Other instruments welcome, too.

The band is active March through December. Practices are from 7:30 – 9 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at the Wallingford Good Shepherd Center. Upcoming performances include 11 a.m. Sunday, May 26 at 11 a.m. at the Folklife Festival (Seattle Center); and at the Ballard Locks on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. and even more fun area events. Practices and performances count toward your Service Hours. For more information, contact BHS band parent and volunteer Julia Gibson at jgibson@nwlink.com


Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) Opportunities

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The Phinney Neighborhood Association has few opportunities coming up in April and May that might be great for Volunteer Service Hours for students!

  1. Spring Cleaning with the PNA Village on Saturday, May 11 (sign up by Wed, May 8). Spring Cleaning on May 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Seniors’ homes in NW Seattle. Spring cleaning the gardens and grounds: weeding, pruning, spreading mulch, etc. Learn more & sign up for May 11.

Wilderness Inner-city Leadership Development youth program (WILD)

Our goal at WILD is to engage students in learning about their culture, connecting with their community, developing skills in leadership, cultivating a deep commitment to environmental justice, and exploring and growing their passions. Our program serves all students, with a focus on 14 – 18 year-olds from Asian and Pacific Islander backgrounds. We are located in the Chinatown International District (CID) and are part of the InterIm Community Development Association (CDA). I would love to share more about our program and see how we can get students from your school involved.  

We offer an outdoor leadership-oriented program, with opportunities for youth to connect with elders in the CID through cooking and gardening, learn about social and environmental justice, work on career and higher education development, learn about the natural environment, and go on engaging field trips to learn skills like rock climbing, backpacking, and snowshoeing. The program runs twice a week after school. We allow rolling admission and are currently in our winter quarter, which runs from 1/3 – 4/5, and will be followed by spring and summer quarters. The students have the option of earning a stipend of $100 per quarter for participation or gaining Service Hours. This is a great way for students to build resumes and connect to communities. You can learn more on our WILD website.


Eat Happy Now Volunteer Opportunities

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Eat Happy is a new King County-based organization that aims to decrease hunger in our community by bridging the gap between local grocery stores and restaurants and people who are experiencing food insecurity. We collaborate with local establishments, pick up their excess food free of charge, and deliver directly to shelters, food banks, and community centers. Volunteers who are willing to use their vehicle to pick up and deliver food on a job-by-job basis. Each week, bi-weekly or monthly select any single task (approximately 60-120 minutes each) that works for your schedule.

Our streamlined app makes it easy to know where to go, when to pick up, and who to deliver to. Not only will volunteers make a direct impact on people experiencing food insecurity, but they will help keep food waste out of landfills, and learn valuable skills like coordination and communication with working in their community. Questions: Refer to the Eat Happy Now website or email volunteers@eathappynow.org


Discovery Park Habitat Restoration Dates Vary

Discovery Park and Light House. Text: Capstone Students working on project

The UW Capstone team are working on a project out in Discovery Park that is actively restoring the native habitat for the local wildlife. We are in the Ecological restoration program at the University which is under the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

We need students would like to come out to the site and get some fieldwork experience and learn about ecology and restoration work. We have work parties twice a week, on Friday and Sunday mornings, but would be happy to coordinate another time that would work for students to come out to the site. My team and I would love to work with the students to help spark interest in the growing field of environmental science, please let us know if you are interested. Sign up and information is available on the group’s website.


Little League Teen Umpires Needed Paid or SL Hours

Make the Call!
Umpire

Thinking about a part time job this spring? Ballard Little League is seeking teen umpires for spring baseball and softball games. No experience necessary, they will train! Pay is $25-$38 a game (or service hours). All equipment provided. Come help provide our younger players a “real game day” experience by umping games between March-June. It’s a fun atmosphere and a way to give back to Little League. Teen will be paired with an adult volunteer umpire for most games.

Sign up on the Ballard Little League website or for more information, email info@ballardlittleleague.com


SPS Self Help Projects Environmental Stewardship

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This year the district’s Self Help Projects team is looking for some Environmental Stewardship support at SPS properties and hoping to support High School students in obtaining their Service Learning hours in the process.

4 students on district grounds removing invasive plants

Make a difference and earn SL hours! There are some opportunities scattered throughout our city. Join us at an invasive plant removal work party on ay or all of the following dates: April 20 from 10 – 2 p.m. at 6208 60th ave NE., May 18 from 10 – 4 p.m. at 11051 34th Ave NW. Volunteers can participate in as many as they wish.  All tools are provided. Sign Up Today! Thank you!


UW Botanic Gardens Junior Naturalist Volunteers

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The UW Botanic Gardens applications for the Junior Naturalist program are now open!

Junior Naturalists are teens volunteering with the Arboretum Summer Camp for a two-week session. They are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic about working with kids, playing outside, and gaining leadership skills. Students can earn up to 70 service hours, and will receive a letter of recommendation upon successful completion of the program. Please pick up an application in the BHS Counseling Center or contact UW Botanic Gardens at uwbgeduc@uw.edu if you have any questions or would like a link to an application.


Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Volunteers Needed

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We are extremely excited about the start of a new school year and the endless opportunities that await your students.

Student nurses in hospital setting.

We hope volunteering is an option they consider. Volunteering provides students with a tangible way to make a positive impact on their community. It also provides students with an opportunity to explore a career path or potential college major. We have many medical professionals at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health that started here as a high school volunteer. They need help with: Wayfinding/Greeting, Special Projects, Patient Care Activities and Lab Support Services. Please visit our Virginia Mason website for more information and details.


Ballard HS Library Service Learning Opportunities During the School Year

Students have earned Community Service Learning hours for:

  • Shelving books, processing books, week books, fixing shelves, help clean the library, make book displays
  • Computer maintenance
  • Reading to 2nd grade students for Reading Buddies
  • Creating online tutorials
  • Making scrolling PowerPoint
  • MakerSpace crafts, projects for lunchtime, organizing MakerSpace
  • Create book posters on Adobespark
  • Create Rubik’s Cube murals
  • Read first chapters aloud for Youtube channel and Schoology theme Picture Books
  • Become a Library Leader
  • Create Book Collections with Ms. Chambers

Reach out to Ms Chambers at tschambers@seattleschools.org for specific details. Visit the BHS Service Learning page for school information and forms.


Fun With PALS

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PALS Programs creates inclusive camp experiences for individuals with and without Down syndrome. Our volunteer- led programs change attitudes, transform lives, and inspire a world of belonging. Apply to participate today by visiting our PALS Program website or email support@palsprograms.org for more information. PALS Programs feature a 1:1 pairing model that partners individuals with Down syndrome with a peer (ages 15+) who does not have Down syndrome to experience a fun-filled, transformative week together. PALS is looking for volunteers now to help run its summer program. PALS could be a fun and meaningful way for students to earn up to 100 service hours.


Ballard Food Bank Needs Volunteers 

The Ballard Food Bank needs volunteers for various duties at the bank itself and for helping out with deliveries. Volunteers are the heart of Ballard Food Bank Every month more than 135 volunteers donate hours of service. They sort food, stock shelves, and help clients shop.

The first step to becoming a Ballard Food Bank volunteer is to complete our volunteer application. At the same time, familiarize yourself with our volunteer operating policies which explain qualifications, safety and behavioral standards. You will be notified once your volunteer application has been approved. You will receive an email inviting you to volunteer orientation! Visit our Ballard Food Bank volunteer page for more information and resources.    


United Indians of All Tribes

Website: unitedindians.org We welcome all volunteers, even if this is their first time participating in the Native community! Becoming a volunteer is as simple as filling out our application and signing up for an opportunity. Some of our most anticipated opportunities are our annual events:

  • Seafair Indian Days Powwow, Indigenous People’s Day, Native Life in the City Gala, Native Art Market

The best way to stay up to date on these opportunities, as well as other important news, is by signing up for our volunteer email list!


Other places to find Service Learning Opportunities


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