Volunteer : FAQs

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.

How does the PNA build, engage, and support our diverse community through programs, services, and activities that connect neighbors and foster civic engagement?

Our amazing volunteers help by mentoring seniors on their smart phones and tablets, feeding the homeless, doing chores for our Village members, growing vegetables and herbs for our daily lunch program, and more!

How many volunteers does it take to build, strengthen and maintain our community?

In a typical year, 1,408 volunteers donate 46,850 hours!

How are volunteers placed?

We make every effort to find the best fit between volunteers’ interests, skills and availability and our needs.  All volunteer positions are subject to availability, and some positions may require additional screening or specific time commitments.

Are there evening and weekend opportunities?

Most ongoing volunteer opportunities occur Monday through Friday, between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.  We do have some opportunities – like helping at our Hot Meal Program, committee meetings and events – in the evenings and on weekends.  Check our Calendar filtered by “Volunteer Opportunity.”  

What are your age requirements?

Most event and drop-in positions are suitable for high school aged students to work independently (assuming they are able to).  Some positions allow for younger children to volunteer with their parents/guardians, while others require volunteers be at least 21 years old.

Which opportunities are suitable for my young child(ren) to participate with me?

There are many different projects you can do together!  You can bake treats for one of our events, sign up to be a Pen Pal, host a PB&J (or cheese or new warm socks) drive to benefit clients of our Hot Meal Program, help water the Greenwood Senior Center vegetable and herb garden, and put up posters in the neighborhood to spread the word about our classes and events.

What opportunities do you have for groups?

We have limited opportunities for groups of volunteers.  Group projects are typically restricted to yard work or cleaning parties or event set up/clean up.  We are able to accommodate up to 20 people for a big cleaning party at the Greenwood Senior Center, but require at least two months advance notice to organize.

I have a special interest or skill I’d like to contribute.

Thank you!  Please contact us to discuss how your gift(s) and availability might fit with our needs.

What opportunities do you have for service learning or community service?

We welcome students who need to earn service learning credit, as well as community members who have court-related service obligations. Some limitations apply.  Learn more about our opportunities here.  To get started, please include the number of hours you need and your deadline when you complete our volunteer application.  We will review your information and respond as soon as we are able about opportunities to get involved.

What “direct service” opportunities do you have?

Some schools require “direct service.”  We have a few opportunities, including helping seniors learn how to use their devices, helping to prepare, serve and clean up dinner at our Hot Meal Program and doing yard work for local seniors.

What are your greatest volunteer needs?

At this time, we are in greatest need of :

How do I get started?

Once you’ve found something you’d like to help us with, please fill out an application. Many positions also require a background check.  The quickest way to get started is to fill out an online application, including any notes about special skills or requirements you may have.  We will review your information and respond as soon as we are able about opportunities to get involved.  Thank you!


LeAnne Chow, Volunteer Program Manager
[email protected]
T/Th – Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle 98103, 206.783.2244
W/F – Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St, Seattle 98103, 206.297.0875