Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals

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One person can make a real difference for homeless youth. Volunteers sort in-kind donations to ensure they get to youth quickly. They tutor those studying for GED exams. They cook dinner at housing programs. They plant flowers.

By doing these things, and many more, volunteers demonstrate to young people that this community is there, now and always, to take care of them. They also help YouthCare keep its costs down — and allow our staff to focus on their main work: getting homeless youth off the streets and preparing for life.

Please note: We’re currently in the process of hiring Volunteer & In-Kind Giving Coordinator. Once onboarded, this person will coordinate all new volunteers and YouthCare. Until we have gained this new colleague, we’ll be pausing the placement of new volunteers. In the meantime, please follow the steps in the “How to Get Involved” section, which includes applying online and attending a volunteer Information Session. Your interest and availability will be tracked and we’ll be in touch as soon as our placement system is up and running! Thank you for your interest in supporting YouthCare – and for your patience through this transition on the team!  

Interested in volunteering year-round?

Here's what we typically look for in a volunteer:

  • Willingness to support our community's homeless youth

  • 21+ years old

  • Understanding and strong follow through on YouthCare's required volunteer boundaries

  • Ability to commit to the time commitment, typically 6 months consecutively

  • Ability to pass a national background check; check out the volunteer background check policy here 

YouthCare serves young people of many racial and ethnic backgrounds, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and religious beliefs. We seek volunteers that reflect that diversity. 

How to Get Involved:

  1. Apply: Review the Current Volunteer Opportunities, listed below and apply online for the positions that interest you.

  2. Attend: RSVP to attend a Volunteer Information Session.

  3. Standby: We appreciate your patience as we assess the needs of youth in YouthCare programs. YouthCare's Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with you as further training opportunities and volunteer opportunities open up.

  4. Officially Get Started: If you are matched with an appropriate volunteer opportunity at YouthCare, you may be asked to attend a secondary volunteer training. You will also be required to pass a national background check and sign a YouthCare Volunteer Agreement.

In search of an internship, practicum placement, service-learning, or court-ordered community service opportunities? Most of our volunteer opportunities require a six-month commitment or more, and we are unable to guarantee that you would get involved immediately. Additionally, the licenced mental health counselors we have on staff are utilizing their clinical oversight hours to supervise staff, and we do not have the capacity to provide additional oversight for students, especially with a required amount of supervisory meetings and direct client interaction. Because of these requirements, we are rarely able to accomodate mandatory volunteer involvement. We recommend checking out United Way of King County for opportunities that would match you requirements and schedule.


Questions? Contact us at volunteer@youthcare.org or (206) 204-1404.

Current Volunteer Opportunities