Where to volunteer during One Seattle Day of Service

The second annual, citywide event happens on Saturday, May 20.

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell poses with kids and other volunteers wearing blue One Seattle t-shirts in a field.

Just like last year, many of the volunteer events are family friendly.

Photo via the Seattle Mayor’s Office

Roll up those sleeves — One Seattle Day of Service is this Saturday, May 20, and there’s plenty of work to do.

This will be the second year for Mayor Bruce Harrell’s annual volunteer-driven event, which wrangled 4,000 folks to pitch in last year for a variety of tasks like street clean-ups and garden maintenance.

This year, there will be 3,000+ shifts running at 110+ events around the city. That’s a lot to sift through, so here are a few opportunities to get you started (pro tip: three hours of volunteering can knock off up to $50 in parking fines owed to the city).

Parks and gardens

  • Friends of Dr. Jose Rizal Park | 12-2 p.m. | Prune some of the area’s 53 apple trees and show off your brush clearing skills to make way for blue camas in a nearby meadow.
  • Jefferson Park | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Pick up trash, pull weeds, and do some mulching at this popular Beacon Hill green space.
  • Rainier Beach | 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Get your hands dirty by tending to native plants and sowing new seeds.

Street beautification

  • Friends of Troll’s Knolls Fremont | Clean up the mural area by removing dead shrubs, sweeping the sidewalk, and cleaning the wall surface.
  • South Park | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | The family-friendly cleanup shift focuses on SeaMar Health Center’s campus and the business district.
  • High Point | 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. | High Point Open Space Association needs assistance cleaning up bioswales (landscape features that filter out polluted storm water runoff).

Community support

  • Delridge Farmers Market | 8:30-11:30 a.m. + 1:45-4 p.m. | Distribute flyers and pack produce to set up the market.
  • FareStart | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | This organization addressing food insecurity needs folks to prep meals for the afternoon — no kitchen experience required.
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