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. Our COVID requirements for in-person volunteers are evolving with CDC and King County guidelines, and may vary by program or event site. Please check back frequently and read our current COVID-19 guidelines and protocols.

Thank you for your patience & understanding as we work to best serve our community safely.

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. We have many available opportunities, ranging from weekly to occasional; virtual to limited interactions to 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 are doing our best.

 

 

Volunteer with the PNA, in the time of COVID-19

(updated 5.24.22)

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Greatest Needs (as of 5.24.22)

  • Hot Meal Program Assistant: especially Wednesdays 9 to 11 am or 11 am to 1:30 pm, or Mondays 2 to 4 pm
  • Help Seniors with Chores: through the PNA Village, you pick the chores you want to help with, when you’re available; at seniors’ homes
  • Tool Librarian: Fridays from 3 to 6 pm and Saturdays from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm; Phinney Center

Volunteer Opportunities by Interest

*volunteer from your own home!

**limited interactions


Bingo Karaoke

Join us for our popular Bingo Karaoke by volunteering! Set up, event support, clean up and more! Event volunteers must be 21+ and fully vaccinated. Upcoming dates include: October 28 & 29, 2022 (Halloween) and December 9, 2022 (Jingle Bell Bingo). Sign ups for future dates coming soon!

Halloween Bingo Karaoke
Friday, October 28 & Saturday October 29, 2022
Greenwood Senior Center: 525 N 85th St, 98103
Learn more & sign up here

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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 dust and clean our newly renovated Greenwood Senior Center, or scrub our kitchen. Either one time or regularly.

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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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GSC Weekly Receptionist

Greet and interact with seniors of all ages & backgrounds at the Greenwood Senior Center (525 N 85th St, 98103). Weekly 4-hour shift, commitment of 6+ months requested. Volunteer application and background check and confidentiality form required.

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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 needs are on Wednesdays between 11 am and 1:30 pm and 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. 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 pn[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!

The Greenwood Senior Center receives requests for help and passes on the opportunities to our tech mentor volunteers. The ideal volunteer is able to meet in person at the GSC (Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30pm), 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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PenPal 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 42 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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Photographer

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 36 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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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, in the spring (March through June). 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 now open Fridays from 2 to 4 pm (shift from 1:30 to 4:30 pm) and Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm (shifts from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm). Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, and submit our volunteer application, background check, confidentiality form and our Borrower Agreement. Commitment of 2.5 to 5 hours per month (1 to 2 shifts per month). Volunteer Tool Librarians may be eligible for free tool rentals.

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Treat Makers

Volunteers needed to provide delicious, homemade pies, cookies & other foods for our upcoming events.

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Woodshop

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.

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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:

  • Shovel snow.
  • Yardwork, gardening & lots of weeding.
  • Drive members to medical appointments (your own vehicle and insurance required).
  • Walk the dog & pet care.
  • Take waste bins to the curb.
  • Home repairs & maintenance (and help seniors catch up on their to-do lists)
  • Grocery shop, pick up groceries ordered online, or pick up prescriptions.
  • Deliver prepared meals and/or order groceries online for a member.
  • Laundry.
  • Downsize/pack.
  • Social phone calls & activities (like playing Scrabble).

Additionally, our intake process has been modified during this time of physical distancing. Upcoming orientation sessions for new Village volunteers are currently scheduled for an hour (on Zoom):

  • Friday, June 17, 10 am
  • July & August dates, TBD

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.  Email our Village staff to register for a volunteer training via Zoom. Trainings are held once a month and last about an hour.
  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.

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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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