Become a Volunteer!

Are you a passionate and talented person who wants to make a difference with your time?  Volunteers are the life-blood here at teen feed. Individual, Corporate and Faith-based groups are welcome for nightly meals, days of caring and customized internships. The first step to become a volunteer at Teen Feed is attending our Teen Feed Volunteer Orientation.

Teen Feed Volunteer Orientation:

Second Wednesday of every month, 5:30 – 6:30pm at
University Congregational Church at 4515 16th Ave NE.
Please RSVP to volunteer@teenfeed.org. *bring documents for volunteer type with you

Upcoming Orientation Dates:

  • Please email to info@teenfeed.org TO RSVP
  • Wednesday, October 12 – space still open*
  • Wednesday, November 16 – space still open*
  • Upcoming Training Dates: (For Current Volunteers and Applied Candidates. Advocates need BOTH within the first two months of service)
    • The ROPES.  Understanding and Engaging Youth Homelessness
      When:  6pm October 5.  Space is limited.  REGISTER HERE
      Where: New Horizons, 2709 3rd Ave, Seattle WA 98121.
      *This once-monthly class is required for all Advocates and Allies, and suggested for all volunteers.
    •  Conflict De-escalation. Navigating the Stages of Crisis.
      When:  5pm September 29 Space is limited.
      Where:  ROOTS Young Adult Shelter
      *Required within the first month of service with Teen Feed and offered in partnership with USDP and ROOTS Young Adult (overnight) Shelter. For this training and other opportunities, check out the ROOTS Calendar and RSVP to the volunteer@ coordinator to hold your spot.  Tell them you’re from Teen Feed.
Current Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Advocate Volunteers (over 18)
  • Skill-based administrative, office and technology Volunteers (all shapes, sizes and opinions!)
  • Meal Team Volunteers
  • Ally Volunteers (under 18)
  • Day of Caring Volunteers
  • Other Special Projects Leads (updated 9/24/16): SalesForce Admins, WordPress Programmer, Graphic Artists, Data Entry Ambassadors, Google Metrics Geeks, New Grant Prospectors and Social Media Whizkid.  We customize internships and college student requirements to support your needs while you support youth.
Meal Team Volunteers:

Meal teams consist of five to 15 people aged 10 years and older, who provide and serve a hot, nutritious meals to youth at the Teen Meal Program. Meal Team Members provide food, prepare, and serve the meals, and clean the kitchen. Meal service is available in the University District (seven days a week), Auburn (Wednesday).Teen Feed serves 40-70 youth each night in the University District and 20-35 youth each night in the Auburn location. Meal cost averages range from $150 to $250, depending on location. Corporate groups looking for team-building activities and social or civic groups make great meal teams!

Requirements:
Meal Team participation, on a one-time or recurring basis is subject to availability. Requirements include a completed Volunteer Orientation (Meal Team lead only), Confidentiality Agreement and Meal Team Application, and a $10 WA State Food handlers permit for Meal Team Leads and backups. We suggest but don’t require for everyone on your team. For more information, please reach out to volunteer@teenfeed.org

Advocate Volunteers:

Advocate volunteers are responsible adults over 18 years of age, who provide consistency and relationship during the Teen Feed meal 6-8:30pm. Advocate volunteers are present at tables building connections with youth, support coordination staff and community partners. Advocate volunteers receive special training, shadow time and will be assigned an experienced Advocate volunteer mentor.

Requirements:
Two hours, one day a week for a minimum of six months of service. Requirements include a completed Volunteer Orientation, Advocate Application, Confidentiality Agreement, and Washington State Patrol background check. Free additional training provided. For more information, please reach out to volunteer@teenfeed.org

Ally Volunteers (ages 18 & under):

The Ally volunteer position is ideal for middle or high school students or any person who is 13-18 years of age or less who wants to provide assistance at a Teen Feed meal. The Ally volunteer assists with organization, set-up, and break-down of the basic needs closet, guest registration, or helps the food team with meal preparation, serving, and clean-up. Ally volunteers can serve individually with guardian consent, with a fellow Ally, or with a parent.

Requirements:
Two hours, one day a week. Minimum of six months of service. Requirements include a Volunteer Orientation, Confidentiality Agreement,  and a completed Ally Application. For more information, please reach out to volunteer@teenfeed.org

Ambassadors. Volunteer Your Skills and Talents:

Day of Caring:
Help keep our meal team sites sparkling clean for our meal teams and Teen Feed guests. Great for large group of volunteers and short term projects! To learn more, please reach us at volunteer@teenfeed.org.  You’ll need this Confidentiality Agreement for your participants.

Special Talents, Volunteers and Interns:
From social media, to office work to joining the STOP backpack teams (civilians, doctors, nurses and case-workers), sharing vital trainings (financial planning, time management) if you have a special skill set to share that doesn’t fit any of these above descriptions we’re always looking for more creative ways for the community to be involved. Email the Teen Feed team at volunteer@teenfeed.org and let us know! We always start here with the Confidentiality Agreement.

*currently we have one youth intern opening in office support (under 18) on 10/1 for the holiday season