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 and their place in the PNA through volunteering with us.

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 post and update special opportunities on this page, as we determine how we can best serve our community while keeping everyone safe.

COVID-19 Information & Updates Page


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

(updated 11.18.20)


Help our Senior Neighbors | Administrative Support | Board of Directors* | Eagle Eyes** | Early Stage Memory Loss (ESML) Program Support* | Giving Tree* | Hot Meal Program Assistant | Pen Pal Project* | Plant Care** | One-on-One Tech Mentor* | Teach a Class, Virtually* | Tech Support for Virtual Events* | Tool Library | Update our Website*

*can participate from your home

**limited in-person interactions

PNA Board of Directors

The Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) is seeking candidates for its 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 who are excited to envision and strategize organizational change/programmatic transformation to respond to the pandemic as well as our accelerated effort to become a more diverse and inclusive organization by bringing an equity lens to all that we do. We are looking for people with backgrounds in organizational change/change management toward diversity, equity and inclusion; law; nonprofit management; finance; and/or fundraising. The PNA needs board members who understand or have a lived experience that can inform our work in diversity, equity and inclusion. People of color and those representing the diversity of our community are encouraged to apply.

Board members serve 1 to 3-year terms, starting in January, and generally spend 5 to 8 hours per month on board and committee business and supporting activities. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

During these times of distancing, meetings are virtual. We look forward to resuming in-person meetings when we can safely gather.

More information can be found here.

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

Hot Meal Program Assistant

In this time of COVID-19 and mandated physical distancing, the PNA is *still* working to provide hundreds of meals each week to seniors, people without stable or permanent housing and others in need. Our typical beloved meal program has been temporarily reconfigured to distribute only to-go meals, minimizing the time of close interactions between diners, volunteers and staff, and allowing diners to wash/sanitize their hands before eating. We look forward to once again being able to offer seating, and are figuring out how to best serve our clients while keeping everyone safe.

Volunteers are needed to help prepare, set up, serve and clean up to-go meals for people in need. Dinner on Monday and Tuesday evenings, lunch on Wednesdays.  Greatest need on Wednesdays.

HMP Volunteers in the time of COVID-19 must:

  • be healthy!
  • be at least 14 years old and preferably younger than age 65 (Stay Home, Stay Safe!)
  • complete our volunteer application. Please be sure to include a valid phone number so we can keep you informed of any last minute changes.
  • 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.***

How are we keeping our volunteers, staff & diners safe?
Meals are prepared in our closed-to-the-public commercial kitchen by vetted volunteers and staff. Physical distancing mandates are respected during food prep and meal services, and masks must be worn by staff, volunteers and diners (when not eating).  Handwashing stations are provided for diners and surfaces are continuously sanitized.  We provide aprons, reusable fabric masks and disposable gloves for all volunteers (though you’re welcome to bring in your own aprons and masks).  All food-prep and dining surfaces are sanitized before and after use, and seating has been modified to allow for distance between diners.  At this time, per King County Public Health, all meals are to-go (no in-person dining at this time). Volunteers, staff and diners must pass a temperature check upon entry, and wash/sanitize their hands.

Additionally, we have (homemade) masks for our volunteers to use while preparing, setting up and serving our meals. We ask each volunteer to take home their mask post-shift to launder and bring it back for use the following week.

Thank you for helping us to keep our neighbors fed!

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 and we plan to expand our hours as our volunteer staff and demand increase.  Volunteer opportunities are available both on-site and remotely.



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!  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 sign up? Send an email.

Giving Tree

Let’s fill stockings with joy!  While our annual Giving Tree (and tags) are virtual this year, many of our partners are still distributing toys, clothing, and other requested items to the kids and families they serve.  Especially in these challenging times, we’re excited to be able to help more than 400 people in need receive a little comfort and joy this holiday season.

Learn more and sign up here.


Update our Website with WordPress

Help enter data and content into WordPress. Attention to detail a must.  Experience with WordPress a plus, but not required.

Tech Support for Virtual Events

Are you having fun with Facebook Live?  Or have some expertise with building interactive websites?  As we continue to move more of our events online, we are in need of volunteers to help us strategize, design and build our platforms to provide an easy (and pretty) experience for our members and attendees.

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

Early Stage Memory Loss (ESML) Programming Support

Join the PNA’s trail-blazing efforts to create a dementia-friendly community through our enrichment class, the Gathering Place – now virtually! Our volunteer Team Members help engage participants with Early Stage Memory Loss (ESML) to help them learn strategies for living with memory loss and combat the negative effects of social isolation in a safe and supportive environment. Classes are typically (online) on Tuesdays from 1 to 3PM (you work one per 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 are at least 21 years old. Background check required, yearlong commitment requested. Must have device and internet connection.


Teach a Class or Workshop, Virtually

Share your passion or knowledge with a virtual audience.  We’re looking for volunteers with something to share with our senior center participants over Zoom. Past offerings have included presentations on Bone Health, Walking the El Camino Trail, Folk Dancing and How to Use Zoom.

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

Plant Care

Is caring for (indoor) plants therapeutic for you? Help us care for our indoor plants, and regularly water and love them. Weekly at the Phinney Center.

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

Eagle Eyes

Do you enjoy long walks in the neighborhood? Or even medium-length ones? Maybe you’re out to walk your dog anyway? Consider walking through one of our campuses!

With so many staff working remotely, the PNA is looking for volunteers to regularly walk through the Phinney Center and/or Greenwood Senior Center to help us keep an eye on things. No interaction (or confrontation needed/requested, and anything of interest would be reported to our Facilities Team.

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

Pen Pal Project

Help us connect with each other in this isolating time!  Seeking kids (and their families) to write letters to local seniors, and seeking local seniors to write back!  Kids get to learn the art of letter writing, and seniors get a “wireless” connection.  And both may make a friend!  Learn more and sign up here.


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.



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.


Adopt a Senior (or Two) with the PNA Village

Help our seniors “Stay Home & Stay Safe,” 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.  In light of physical distancing mandates, and reducing the risks to both our members and volunteers, volunteers must be healthy to serve, and are limited to the following:

  • Grocery shop, pick up groceries ordered online, or pick up prescriptions.
  • Deliver prepared meals.
  • Order groceries online for a member.
  • Yardwork or other outside projects.
  • 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).

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!