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Ballard HS Posted 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 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.


Simple & Just Service Learning Opportunity

Simple & Just, a non-profit resale store on Ballard Avenue is looking for volunteers on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. We sell gently used clothing in a boutique setting. Our profits support women and kids experiencing trauma. Our volunteers will develop knowledge of the fashion resale business, including sorting and preparing clothing for the floor. Volunteers will develop a broad knowledge of fashion brands, visual display, and selling skills. We schedule in two hour blocks with two volunteers working together. This is an ideal situation for fashion or art students and perfect for friends who would enjoy volunteering together. We often find summer hires from our volunteer staff. If this opportunity is interesting to you, contact Nicole Bailey via phone or text to 206-310-7978, and/or email to nicole.bailey@compass.com


Leif Erikson Lodge Auction Volunteer Hours

We are looking for some of awesome Ballard students who want service hours to help us with our upcoming Auction on Oct. 16, 2022 at the Leif Erikson Lodge

We would love to have any or all of the following on Oct 16, 2022

  • 10 students that day to help with set up from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • 10 students who would like to “mingle” and sell keys to our treasure chest event when the evening begins at 5 p.m. (training at 4:30 p.m.) for approx. 2 hours or more
  • 10 food servers who can bring plated dinners to guests from 5:45 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Any students that can stay beyond 9 p.m. to help with any clean up (until 10 p.m.) would be appreciated but we realize it is also a school night!!

We are happy to take a few extra students due to possible various kitchen or set up duties as well. We would like to stagger start times for different events as time/demands arise so start and stop times are flexible. We had a great turn out last year from students but this year we would like to arrange start times so we have coverage during the entire day/evening.Students must be vaccinated and masked during event.

Please contact me at your earliest convenience to sign up for the event. I would love your full name and your best contact number to confirm your spot. Thank you, Jennifer Crowley at 206-297-0403 or email: jenniferc@soundgenerations.org


Ballard NW Senior Center Volunteering

Seattle’s Senior Community meet friends, or attend classes, groups, trips and events. The center is located by the Ballard Locks. Ballard HS students can gain their mandatory 60 hours needed to graduate by volunteering for Community Service hours at the Ballard NW Senior Center.  

Listed are Volunteer Opportunities for Community Services Hours: 

Events: Decorators/Artists, Musicians, Photographers, Servers, Kitchen prep (Food Handler’s Permit Required – $10.00 Online), Set-up/Breakdown/Clean-up 

Rummage Room/Holiday Bazaar (Daily/Seasonal): Pricers, Rummage Sale Organizers, Holiday Bazaar Organizers, Kitchen prep (Food Handler’s Permit Required – $10.00 Online), Set-up/Breakdown/Clean-up 

Computer Lab (Wed Evening Classes 6-7:30 p.m. and Data Entry (Daily) or Cell Phone/iPhone (Afternoon classes – 3-4 p.m.) 

Other: Computer Lab (Wed 6-7:30 p.m.), Data Entry (Daily), Cell Phone/iPhone (3-4 p.m.)  Gardening (Daily), Raking leaves, Planting & Pulling weeds, Reception Desk (Daily), Answering phones, Directing new guests, Payments/Receipts 

Contact: Beth Secor at elisabeths@soundgenerations.org or (206) 297-0403


St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lower Queen Anne Volunteer Opportunities

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lower Queen Anne has a couple of volunteer opportunities that we wanted to open up to students as Serving Learning opportunities:

  • SPiN (St. Paul’s in the Neighborhood)
    SPiN is St. Paul’s Neighborhood mobile ministry. We gather on Sunday afternoons to “spin” around the neighborhood with our wagons and build relationships that foster healing by helping folks meet basic needs. We meet on Sundays around 12pm to pack supplies and load up the wagons, and the walking team will head out shortly after. You can pack supplies, walk, or both depending on your comfort level.
  • Nursery
    Do you have experience caring for children 5 and under? We are looking for volunteers to help staff our nursery on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Contact parishoffice@stpaulseattle.org to learn more.


Food Bank Volunteers Needed at North Helpline

Everyday we get donations from grocery stores, partner organizations and individuals and we need your help in making sure these reach our neighbors! We are looking for volunteers to join us in packing and distributing these wonderful donations. Our volunteer activities go from Tuesdays to Saturdays at our Lake City site and Thursdays to Saturdays at our Bitter Lake location. 

Ready to join? Visit the North Helpline website to complete our volunteer application form and sign up for open shifts at our food banks. For more information or questions, email volunteers@northhelpline.org or call 206-413-8271 and look for Volunteer coordinator.


Magnolia Farmers Market

Watch for more information about opportunities on an ongoing basis for set-up and tear down for students interested in volunteering (Through Oct) at the Magnolia Famers Market.


Edible Hope Kitchen Volunteer Opportunity

St. Luke's Episcopal Church logo

Edible Hope Kitchen in Ballard Seattle. Edible Hope would not function without volunteers, and has a good opportunity for your High School students. Edible Hope is a Monday through Friday meal program that serves free breakfast from 8-10 a.m. Our hours are 7a.m. to close 12 p.m. and can use volunteers any time between those hours. 

We love having High Schoolers in our kitchen over the summer and think that it is a great educational experience. No kitchen skills are necessary, just a good attitude and a willingness to learn new skills. Visit our St. Luke’s Episcopal Church website or please email me with any questions at emilie@stlukesseattle.org


Videographers Needed. Responsible High School Students. We need you!

Our new Video and Sound System is up and running and we are looking for people to run the video during the 5 p.m. Vigil Mass, Special Events, Funerals, and Weddings. We will provide the training and scheduling will be through a Genius volunteer sign-up.  This is an easy, fun system to run; almost like a video game. 

If you would like more information or are interested in volunteering, contact Julia Rudden at jrudden@stjohnsea.org


Volunteer Youth Ambassador Program (VYAP) Shoes For the Homeless Inc.

Shoes For the Homeless Inc. Volunteer Youth Ambassador Program logo

We are looking for high school aged students who are hard-working, who have not had the opportunity to volunteer with a non-profit organization, and who are willing to make a commitment.

Highlights of our Program

  • Earn community service hours
  • Help the homeless in your area
  • Build your resume for college
  • Assume a leadership role
  • Learn leadership skills

How to get involved with VYAP?

The first step is for the student/parent or guardian to reach out to us on our Youth Ambassador Program page. We will schedule a short phone meeting with the student and the parent/guardian for parental permission, to discuss the program, and to see if this is a good fit for the student. We are a non-denominational, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that collects, processes, and distributes shoes, free of charge, to the homeless and those in need in local communities.


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!


Aurora Commons Supplies Drive

Aurora Commons provides daily needs to our unhoused neighbors in the northern Seattle area. With the cold months already upon us, they’re looking for Ballard students who are interested in hosting a sock or cold weather accessory drive. Contact Amanda O’Hara for more information at amanda@auroracommons.org.


Seattle Theatre Group (STG)

Seattle Theatre Group is pleased to announce an open call for volunteers for the 2021-2022 season and beyond.  We also have opportunities to earn community service hours for high school students. 

To begin the application process and inquire further about the benefits of the STG Volunteer program, email xaviera@stgpresents.org.  


Seattle/King County Cyber Seniors 

The WSU / Seattle-King County Cyber Seniors program works with the international Cyber Seniors organization to pair area young people (age 16+) with local older adults to teach digital and technology literacy skills and connect to resources. Volunteers are provided with lessons and activities to train them to act as digital mentors. Learn more by emailing contact@kingcountycyberseniors.org.  


Ballard Food Bank  

Website:ballardfoodbank.org/volunteer  | The Ballard Food Bank needs volunteers for various duties at the bank itself and for helping out with deliveries. Visit their volunteer page for more information and resources.    


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 craft, 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 on bit.ly/ballardlibrary

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


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