Volunteer

FareStart is fortunate to be the recipient of the hard work of our talented and dedicated volunteers. Volunteers provide invaluable assistance to FareStart with special events, benefits, shelter delivery runs, serving on strategic committees, and other special projects throughout the organization. A few hours a week can make a tremendous difference!

A few important items to keep in mind before volunteering:

  • All volunteers must register in advance of volunteering. Please do not show up without signing up; if you do you may be turned away.
  • We do not accept volunteers under the age of 18 on site.
  • We are not accepting court-ordered community service volunteers at this time.

To begin volunteering at FareStart, please visit our volunteer scheduling and management website and create an account.

Volunteer Orientation: We host a volunteer orientation at the 7th & Virginia location every 1st Tuesday morning of the month from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and every 1st Wednesday night from 6 to 8 p.m. (immediately following community dinner). Whether you've volunteered with us for a decade or are new to our community, we'd love to see you and talk a little more about what it means to be a FareStart volunteer. Please RSVP via the Shiftboard Calendar or email volunteer@farestart.org.

 

Individual Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Media Volunteer: Our Development department is seeking a passionate volunteer to help in the FareStart Development Department. Duties would include organizing, archiving and putting on display recent media articles about FareStart. This position requires approximately 2 hours once per month in the FareStart offices during regular business hours. Ongoing, once per month.

  • FareStart’s Great Food, Better Lives Gala Auction: A special event on October 24, 2015 to raise vital funds to support FareStart's job training programs for homeless and disadvantaged individuals. We have individual or group volunteer positions on Friday the 23rd before the event for load in, Saturday the 24th for set up and Sunday the 25th for load out. Saturday evening shifts begin between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. and end between 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. depending on your role.

  • Shelter Meal Delivery: This is our greatest volunteer need! On a shelter run, you help pack up meals for transportation and deliver them to local homeless shelters, then have an opportunity to serve dinner at the Downtown Emergency Service Center alongside FareStart chefs and students. No driving necessary. Volunteers must be able to lift 50 lbs. Shelter runs happen daily from 3 to 6:30 p.m. One-time or ongoing i.e. volunteer as often as you like.

  • Kitchen Prep: FareStart prepares and delivers meals 365 days a year to several area homeless shelters. We can take individuals or groups of up to 10 people to help prepare food alongside FareStart's chefs and students. Kitchen prep volunteer opportunities take place Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (sometimes ending earlier) on days when we have fewer students. One-time or ongoing i.e. volunteer as often as you like.
  • Guest Chef Night Volunteering: A weekly highlight for the FareStart community is Thursday Guest Chef Night, held at the FareStart Restaurant at 7th & Virginia. Since 1994, Guest Chef Night has raised more than $5 million, revenue which has gone directly back into our program to support our student job training and placement services. Every Thursday night, a different Guest Chef works with the students to prepare a three-course meal for over 200 guests served at the FareStart Restaurant. Hard-working community volunteers serve the diners and 100% of the proceeds and gratuities from the evening goes back to fund student services and training.
    • Individuals: We are actively recruiting for Guest Chef Night Individual Volunteers! Help the FareStart team execute the evening. Roles include: food running, barista, captain (work with community group), hostess … etc. Must be willing to do most roles. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and stand for 5 hours. Thursdays 4:45-9:45pm Ongoing, once or twice per month.
  • Hairstylist Volunteer: Our Student Services department is seeking professional hairstylists to help our students put their best foot forward to potential employers. Hair cutting clinics take place every other Wednesday from 2 to 4 pm. Come support our students and make them feel special as they work to transform their lives. Ongoing, twice per month.

  • Receptionist: FareStart is looking for a volunteer to support the Student Services program by facilitating a welcoming and supportive environment for new and current students. The volunteer will receive and direct invoming phone calls, activate and deactivate vendor bages, and receive and direct guests as they enter the guilding. The volunteer must be comfortable with a multi-line phone system, Windows, and Outlook and have excellent organizational and customer service skills. This volunteer position requires approximately 4 hours a week during regular business hours at the FareStart building. The volunteer would be asked to commit to at least one afternoon or morning per week on an ongoing basis. Ongoing, once per week.
  • Guest Chef Night Photography Volunteer: This volunteer would use their creativity and artistic eye to take pictures of the weekly guest chefs with students and food plates. They will be working closely with our students, amazing chefs from restaurants all over Seattle, and their food creations. This photography role would artistically exemplify all of the work that FareStart does while helping us make certain that our students are comfortable and protected. Guest Chef Night happens every Thursday evening at FareStart (located at 7th and Virginia). Our Photography Volunteer will be required to take pictures between 4:00 – 4:30 at least 1 - 2 times per month. Ongoing, once or twice per month.

  • Photography Volunteer: This volunteer would use their creativity and artistic eye to take pictures of our special events, students and chefs. Sign up for the opportunties that you want as they come up, edit the pictures and send them to FareStart staff. Ongoing, as often as you like.
  • Writer Volunteer: This volunteer will be documenting the stories of pre-approved graduate students to exemplify the work that FareStart is doing in student's lives. Volunteer will interview students and write up an article/feature about them. Interviews will take place via phone or in person at FareStart. You must be comfortable working with people from diverse backgrounds and be a creative storyteller. Previous experience as a reporter, not necessarily professional, is encouraged. You must be able to pass a background check.

Group Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Special Events:
    • FareStart’s Guest Chef Spectacular: A special summer event that features tastes from more than 30 of the area’s top restaurants, wineries and breweries. We have individual and group volunteer positions the day of the event for load in and set up. We also have opportunities for volunteering the night of event beginning anytime between 3:00 and 6:30 p.m. and ending anytime between 5:30 and 10:00 p.m. depending on your role.
    • FareStart’s Great Food, Better Lives Gala Auction: A special event on October 24, 2015 to raise vital funds to support FareStart's job training programs for homeless and disadvantaged individuals. We have individual or group volunteer positions on Friday the 23rd before the event for load in, Saturday the 24th for set up and Sunday the 25th for load out. Saturday evening shifts begin between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. and end between 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. depending on your role.
  • Kitchen Prep: FareStart prepares and delivers meals 365 days a year to several area homeless shelters. Kitchen prep volunteer opportunities take place Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (sometimes ending earlier) on days when we have fewer students. We can take individuals or groups of up to 10 people to help prepare food alongside FareStart's chefs and students.
  • Guest Chef Night: A weekly highlight for the FareStart community is Thursday Guest Chef Night, held at the FareStart Restaurant at 7th & Virginia. Since 1994, Guest Chef Night has raised more than $5 million, revenue which has gone directly back into our program to support our student job training and placement services. Every Thursday night, a different Guest Chef works with the students to prepare a three-course meal for over 200 guests served at the FareStart Restaurant. Hard-working community volunteers serve the diners and 100% of the proceeds and gratuities from the evening goes back to fund student services and training.
    • Groups(9 people): Booked through 2015, and currently taking names for 2016. Serve the evening’s meal and help fill the restaurant to raise funds for FareStart’s programs! Your hard work is rewarded by a tasty meal. No heavy lifting or previous experience required. Thursdays: 4-10pm. 

To begin volunteering at FareStart, please visit our volunteer scheduling and management website and create an account. If you have additional questions on volunteering, please contact FareStart’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Erika Van Merr, by emailing volunteer@farestart.org or calling 206-267-6223

Internship Opportunities: We have no open internships at this time. Please check back for updates.

FareStart also seeks dynamic individuals for part time and full time paid positions. Please refer to our Employment Opportunities