Volunteer, in the time of COVID-19

Meet people, have fun, do good.

Volunteering with the PNA brings people together to enrich lives and bring joy, laughter, and fun into the community. Many people find meaning through volunteering with us, and we hope you will too.

In this time of COVID-19, we are even more aware of the need of personal connection, building community and neighbors helping neighbors, all while taking precautions to keep us all safe and healthy.

Many PNA programs and events have either been canceled or shifted online, limiting our current volunteer opportunities. We will continue to post and update special opportunities on this page, as we determine how we can best serve our community while keeping everyone safe.

The best way to get started is to check out our offerings below and sign up for the opportunities that sound like a good match for your interests, skills and availability, or by filling out our volunteer application. Many opportunities are available remotely or with limited interactions, and some are available in-person.

If you are looking for service hours, please start by completing our volunteer application, and include both your required number of hours and due date. Thank you for understanding most staff are part-time, and we may not be able to process your service request in less than 10 business days.

COVID-19 Information & Updates Page


Volunteer with the PNA, in the time of COVID-19 and physical distancing

(updated 10.18.21)

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Greatest Needs (as of 10.18.21)

  • Earl Stage Memory Loss Program Team: support seniors with memory loss, virtual or in-person, 2 to 8 hours monthly
  • Tool Librarian: Saturdays, 8:30 am to 1:30 pm (with more shifts coming soon!); Phinney Center
  • Champions Committee: advocate and fundraise for the PNA, 4 to 6 hours monthly
  • Instructors: Greenwood Senior Center and Woodshop
  • Help Seniors with Chores: you pick the chores you want to help with, when you’re available (when restrictions ease, we’re expecting about year’s worth of backlogged projects!); at seniors’ homes


Volunteer Opportunities by Interest

*volunteer from your own home!

**limited interactions

Administrative Support

We need your office-y skills. Which ones? Pretty much all of them. Some of these tasks can be done at home, while others need to be done in our office. If you are an administrative support whiz, we’d love to talk to you about which projects might best fit your skills and interests! 2 to 20 hours per week. Volunteer application and background check and confidentiality form required. Here’s a sampling of what we need help with:

  • Answer phones and greet guests;
  • Assemble mailings;
  • Accept donations, tools and monetary;
  • Enter data;
  • Edit documents;
  • Research (grants or needs);
  • Sanitize high-touch surfaces;
  • Water and care for plants;
  • Write thank you notes;
  • …and more!


Want to learn more or prefer a different admin task? Email us to get started.

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Board of Directors

Seeking candidates for our Board of Directors and we would love to hear from you! We are looking for community members who are passionate about the PNA’s mission to build community, and are actively working to build a more equitable and inclusive Board and organization. We value a diversity of opinions, backgrounds, ages, and ethnicities, and encourage people representing the diverse elements of our community to apply. Additionally, we are looking for members who have expertise in finance, fundraising, law, nonprofit management, public relations, racial equity, and real estate.

Board members can serve up to two 3-year terms, starting in January, and generally spend 4 to 8 hours per month for board and committee meetings and supporting events. Our Board members are active and engaged!

Email us to learn more! Or get started by completing our Board Application (editable Microsoft Word document or download the .pdf) & sending us your bio or resume.

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Champions Committee

Seeking enthusiastic community members and passionate advocates of the PNA to support the PNA, our activities & fundraising events, our neighbors and community. Ideal volunteers will:

  • Be active team members.
  • Be PNA ambassadors (staff info tables, make phone calls, engage with new neighbors/potential members, etc) to share what we have going on, and to gather ideas from the community.
  • Share experience/expertise and respect others’ ideas/experience/expertise.
  • Generate ideas for what we could be doing/who we could be reaching.

The PNA Champions Committee is made up of board, community and staff members, and meets (virtually, for now) on the 2nd Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 pm, with a total commitment of 3 to 5 hours per month (including meetings).

Want to learn more or sign up? Send an email.

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Clean & Organize Our Spaces

Help reorganize our newly renovated Greenwood Senior Center, or scrub our kitchen. Either one time or regularly.

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Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos

Help host this colorful, cultural holiday honoring life and death and remembering our ancestors. Volunteers needed to decorate, pick up and sell pan de muerto, sell tickets, help kids with crafts, set up, clean up & more!

Day of the Dead
shifts on Friday & Saturday, November 5-6
Phinney Center Community Hall & Lower Parking Lot: 6532 Phinney Ave N, 98103
Learn more & sign up here

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Early Stage Memory Loss (ESML) Programming Support

Help create a dementia-friendly community through our weekly enrichment class, the Gathering Place. Volunteers converse with class participants, assist with writing and drawing exercises and other activities, help make reminder calls, and enjoy the company of our participants. Classes are scheduled to be online on Tuesdays and in person on Thursdays (both days are 1-3 pm); volunteers typically work once a month, with occasional meetings with our staff.

Ideal candidates have some experience working with seniors or an interest in working with people with ESML, and must be at least 21 years old. Volunteer application, background check and confidentiality form required, yearlong commitment requested. Virtual volunteers must supply own device and internet connection.

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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Committee

Seeking community members interested in helping the PNA address racial inequity, structural inequality, unconscious bias, and systemic oppression throughout the PNA and our community.

The PNA EDI Committee is made up of board, community and staff members, and meets monthly (virtually, for now), and includes sub-committee opportunities for a total commitment of 3 to 10 hours per month (including meetings).

Want to learn more or sign up? Send an email.

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Finance Committee

Help oversee the PNA’s budgeting and spending. Basic business knowledge and an understanding of budgeting and financial management needed. An accountant or financial officer would be especially welcome!

The PNA Champions Committee is made up of board, community and staff members, and meets monthly (virtually, for now), for a total commitment of 3 to 5 hours per month (including meetings).

Want to learn more or sign up? Send an email.

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Garden Club

Join PNA Groundskeeper Eddie Strange to learn about and build community through gardening and/or monthly meetings. Includes the opportunity to learn 100% organic and sustainable gardening practices, landscape and plant design.  Learn more and sign up here.

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Groundswork Gurus

Help pretty up and maintain the handful of small gardens and grounds at the GSC and Phinney Center campus, including the Heart of Phinney Park.  Also, a great opportunity for groups.

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Greenwood Senior Center (GSC) Weekly Lunch Helper

Make & serve Gramma lunch! Food service volunteers are needed join our team led by Chef Jane to prepare, serve and clean up with the GSC’s daily lunch program. Meet  Shifts available weekly, 10 am to 1 pm. Must get/have valid Washington State Food Worker card (available online for $10), be fully vaccinated (against COVID-19) and wear a mask. Commitment of 6+ months requested.

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Hot Meal Program Assistant

The PNA continues to provide hundreds of delicious and nourishing meals each week to seniors, people without stable or permanent housing and others in need. Additionally, our Hot Meal Program also offers a community closet and resources, and partners with other organizations to provide free dental and medical services.

Volunteers are needed to help prepare, set up, serve and clean up meals for people in need. Dinner on Monday and Tuesday evenings, lunch on Wednesdays. Greatest need on Mondays between 2 and 4 pm.

HMP Volunteers must:

  • be healthy!
  • be at least 14 years old
  • complete our volunteer application. Please be sure to include a valid phone number so we can keep you informed of any last minute changes.
  • be in possession of a valid WA food worker card (available for $10 online here), and
  • pass a background check (download our release & submit here (via our secure document upload).

***Please keep in mind many of our diners are seniors and/or otherwise medically vulnerable. If you have any reason to believe you might have a cold/flu/illness of any flavor, or may have been exposed to COVID-19, please choose a different volunteer opportunity.***

Thank you for helping us to keep our neighbors fed!

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Host a Drive for our Hot Meal Program

Let’s prove physical isolation is not the same as social isolation! Call on your friends, family, neighbors and others in your social networks to start up a collection and support our neighbors in need of a meal. Donation options here.

Or buy items on our Amazon wish list for our Hot Meal Program. Our HMP has been temporarily reconfigured to distribute to-go meals, and we are in need of to-go supplies – boxes, utensils, water and more. Select the “PNA-HMP” delivery address. If you want to purchase a gift card for food items that Amazon won’t let us put on the wish list (like hand sanitizer!), use the email address [email protected] Thank you!

Questions? Email us.

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One-on-One Tech Mentors

Use your mad skillz to teach seniors and others how to use their smart phones, tablets and laptops – on the phone or via video conferencing! Volunteers comfortable with iOS/Apple products especially needed.

The Greenwood Senior Center receives requests for help and passes on the opportunities to our tech mentor volunteers. The ideal volunteer has phone calling and video conferencing capabilities, and is able to communicate clearly with people less familiar with the technology. Background check required & 6-month commitment requested. Great for high school students looking for an ongoing position.

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Pen Pal Project

Help us connect with each other in this isolating time! Seniors needed to help kids learn the art of letter writing, practice penmanship and communicate with an adult outside their household.  And get snail mail in the process!  We currently have pen pals in 35 states, and are aiming to get participation from all 50 states, plus DC and Puerto Rico. Learn more and sign up here.

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Help us capture our events on digital “film”!  We generally need a combination of close up and wide (to get the decorations or room set up), candid and posed shots (especially those looking at the camera for use in promotional materials). Photos are used on our website, in our newsletters and in our print materials (the latter of which require at least 300 dpi).

Volunteers must have their own digital camera (able to take 300+ dpi) and return the photos in a timely fashion. Each photo you send us should be no smaller than 2MB and no larger than 10MB.

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Postage Stamp Drive

While cleaning our your junk drawer, did you find a random assortment of pre-Forever postage stamps? Or maybe you like the idea of snail mail, but struggle to find the time to write a letter? Or maybe you want to look forward to a different kind of occasion…like National Pen Pal Day on June 1? Support the PNA’s Pen Pal Project by donating unused US postage stamps!

We have connected more than 200 kids and seniors across 34 states (so far!), and many of the letters come through us. Help us defray the cost of this sweet project by donating colorful, festive or interesting stamps. Odd assortments and denominations welcome.

Questions? Email us.

Learn more about our Pen Pal Project here.

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Poster Distribution

Put up posters at local businesses and community buildings (like the libraries) in Greenwood-Phinney to help promote our upcoming events and classes. A great opportunity for students and young children with their parents. Flexible schedule.

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Site Committee

Help guide the maintenance and stewardship of the PNA’s facilities and grounds. An architect, landscape architect, or mechanical engineer would be especially welcome.

The PNA Site Committee is made up of board, community and staff members, and meets monthly (virtually, for now), for a total commitment of 3 to 4 hours per month (including meetings).

Want to learn more or sign up? Send an email.

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Treat Makers

Volunteers needed to provide delicious, homemade baked goods for GSC memory loss classes, events and bake sales.

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Teach a Class or Workshop

Share your passion or knowledge with a live or virtual audience.

Greenwood Senior Center: We’re looking for volunteers with something to share with our senior center participants in person or over Zoom, in the winter (December through March). Past offerings have included presentations on Fly-Tying for Beginners, Space Exploration and Model Rocket Building, Folk Dancing and the Ming Dynasty.  Class(es) occur during the business day.

Woodshop: Share your woodworking knowledge and creativity with shop users.  Flexible times & dates.

Want to learn more or sign up? Send an email.

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Tool Library

We’re thrilled to have reopened our popular Tool Lending Library, and are continually working to ensure it is a safe and sustainable community space. The Tool Library is open Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm (shifts from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm) and we plan to expand our hours as our volunteer staff increases. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, and submit our volunteer application, background check and confidentiality form. Commitment of 2.5 to 5 hours per month (1-2 shifts). Volunteer Tool Librarians may be eligible for free tool rentals.


We’re looking forward to reopening our Community Woodshop, and are continually working to ensure it is a safe and sustainable community space. The Woodshop will open as our volunteer staff increases. Volunteers must have some experience with woodworking tools, be at least 18 years old, and submit our volunteer application, background check and confidentiality form. Safety training and shop orientation provided, 6-month commitment requested. Woodshop volunteers may be eligible for free shop time.

Writers Wanted

We need writers with journalism experience to help write and edit articles for our newsletters and The Review and writers with a more colloquial style for our blogs.

Want to learn more or sign up? Send an email with writing samples.

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Adopt a Senior (or Two) with the PNA Village

Help local seniors by delivering meals and/or groceries, picking up prescriptions, helping with yardwork, walking the dog, and checking in. Aside from getting to help Gramma, the beauty of this volunteer gig is the flexibility – you get to select which opportunities work for you.

Volunteers are thoroughly vetted so you can help our members on-on-one, and in usual-times in the member’s home. Some members request only a vaccinated volunteer (and volunteers can choose to only volunteer for vaccinated members), reducing the risks to both our members and volunteers. Regardless, volunteers must be healthy to serve, and tasks include following:

  • Yardwork or other outside projects.
  • Rides to medical appointments (your own vehicle and insurance required).
  • Walking the dog.
  • Taking waste bins to the curb.
  • Home repairs & maintenance (and help seniors catch up on the pre-COVID to-do list)
  • Grocery shop, pick up groceries ordered online, or pick up prescriptions.
  • Deliver prepared meals and/or order groceries online for a member.
  • Laundry (must be taken to volunteer’s home).
  • Household chores with minimal indoor time (ex: relighting a pilot light or changing a smoke detector battery).
  • Social phone calls.
  • Visiting outside in the fresh air (at least 6 feet apart).
  • **Coming Soon (when restrictions ease): in-home tasks and chores**

Additionally, our intake process has been modified during this time of physical distancing. All in-person volunteer trainings are postponed until further notice.

To get started,

  1. Read (not skim!) our PNA Village Volunteer Manual. Please also read our volunteer guidelines for COVID screening and grocery shopping.
  2. Complete our volunteer application and be sure to select “PNA Village” under Volunteer Opportunities; background check release form; confidentiality agreement and references form.
  3. Schedule a phone call by emailing our Village staff to discuss how volunteering with us works & answer any questions. We will also ask you questions to make sure you have read and understand our Manual and Guidelines.
  4. Submit your release form & references via our secure document upload here.
  5. Once we’ve processed your paperwork, we will email you to get you started (we’re currently looking at a 1-2 week turnaround).

Thank you for your interest, and your patience with us as we figure out how to keep serving our neighbors while keeping our members, volunteers and staff safe and as we figure out how to work exclusively via remote (and many of us, with kids at home!). We are so fortunate to have received a significant number of inquiries, and feel great comfort in the love and support we’ve received from you. We look forward to working with you now, and when we can be within six feet of each other.

Thank you for helping us make sure physical distancing does not result in social distancing.

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To learn about our volunteer opportunities once physical distancing is no longer a safety requirement, check out our ongoing opportunities here. Most of these positions are not currently available. Thank you for your interest and understanding!


Employer Match

Did you know that many employers will match your volunteer hours with a donation to the PNA? It’s a great way to double your impact and boost our work in the community!

Match your volunteer hours