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.
- 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).
- 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.