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:

DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

  • FareStart’s Great Food, Better Lives Gala Auction: A special event on October 19, 2014 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 17th before the event for load in, Sunday the 19th for set up and Monday the 20th for load out. Sunday 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.

  • Ambassador Volunteer: We are currently seeking volunteers to act as ambassadors on behalf of FareStart. These volunteers help promote FareStart to the community, engage people and get them excited and informed about FareStart’s work. Ongoing on a mutually agreed as needed basis. There are three different types of ambassador volunteers:
    • Tabling Volunteer: This volunteer would assist with tabling events—most often linked to workplace giving. Volunteers will be provided with a packet that includes table layouts, FAQ, notes about FareStart, sample spiels and training to prepare them. Events mostly take place during regular business hours around the Seattle area. You would not be required to make every opportunity as there will be several volunteers in this position.
    • Touring Volunteer: This volunteer would assist with tours. Volunteers will be provided with notes about FareStart, scripts and sample tours as well as actual shadowing and practice experience. These take place during regular business hours and some on nights and weekends, at FareStart. You would not be required to make every opportunity as there will be several volunteers in this position.
    • Spieling Volunteers: This volunteer would assist with public speaking — oftentimes to support fundraising activities, workplace giving and 3rd party benefits. Volunteers will be provided with notes about FareStart, scripts and training. These take place during regular business hours and some on nights and weekends, both at FareStart and around the Seattle Area. You would not be required to make every opportunity as there will be several volunteers in this position.
  • 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.

KITCHEN AND RESTAURANT SUPPORT

  • 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 mont DIRECT STUDENT SUPPORT
  • Computer Lab Volunteer: Our Student Services department is seeking volunteers to aid FareStart’s students in developing their job search skills. Volunteers help students build resumes, write cover letters, perform job searches and learn basic functions of MS Word. With one-on-one attention from a long-term volunteer in the lab, men and women have a greater opportunity to find meaningful work in our community. The ideal volunteer will be outgoing and willing to make a minimum of a 6 month commitment. The schedule for this position is Monday afternoons, 3 to 4 p.m. at the FareStart building on 7th and Virginia. Ongoing, once per week. 

  • 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.

  • Study Hall Volunteer: People with big hearts and basic math skills needed!  Patient, accepting and compassionate tutor needed to help out at a weekly study hall. A general understanding of basic math including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with fractions is a must.  Confidence working with people of all races, age, gender and learning ability also a must. This is a one hour per week opportunity with openings currently on Monday either from noon to 1 p.m. All candidates must be willing to pass a background check. Ongoing, three times per month.

NATIONAL NETWORK: CATALYST KITCHENS

  • National Network Expansion Volunteer: FareStart is looking for a volunteer to support the Catalyst Kitchens team by searching the internet for prospective members, consulting customers, sponsors or partners and entering them into our CRM system after confirming they are not duplicates. This volunteer position requires approximately 4 hours a week in the FareStart offices. The volunteer would be asked to commit to at least one afternoon or morning per week on an ongoing basis. Ongoing, once per week.

  • Trend Spotter & Market Research Volunteer: FareStart is looking for a volunteer to support the Catalyst Kitchens team by searching the internet for upcoming industry events, conferences and identify trends that impact and resources that support members. This role will create a calendar of industry events to support the outreach efforts of the Catalyst Kitchens team. This position requires approximately 4 hours a week. The volunteer would be asked to commit to at least one morning or afternoon per week on an ongoing basis. Ongoing, once per week.

  • Data Entry Volunteer: FareStart is looking for a volunteer to support the Catalyst Kitchens team with their CRM database. This role will would help update the database and maintain data integrity. This position requires approximately 4 hours a week. The volunteer would be asked to commit to at least one morning or afternoon per week on an ongoing basis. Ongoing, once per week.

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 19, 2014 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 17th before the event for load in, Sunday the 19th for set up and Monday the 20th for load out. Sunday 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(10 people): Booked through 2014, and currently taking names for 2015. 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