Whoever we are, whoever we know, we are all capable of helping others. Over the next 6 weeks we urge you to a make a difference, because we all need our community to back us now and again. Yes, 6 weeks may seem like a long time, but giving back isn’t marked by a single day. Giving back should be an on-going process of making our community a better place. No matter the size of the act, something so much bigger could be put into action.
To make things a little easier, we’ve listed a few upcoming and ongoing volunteer opportunities in Downtown Bellevue with our BDA members. Select one that hits close to home, seems like fun, or fits with your schedule. It’s that easy! Let’s be a community that takes ownership. A community that contributes to a better and brighter Bellevue.
Bellevue Boys & Girls Club:
The Bellevue Boys and Girls Club prides itself on working to encourage and activate youth to be productive, responsible, and caring citizens; aiming to support the kids who need them most. Over the course of a year, staff and 1,500 volunteers work towards making a difference in children’s lives by creating a safe, engaging, and fun environment. How do they do this? The Boys and Girls Club provides various programs to suit every child’s needs, including Project Learn After School Program, athletics, teen programs, summer programs, and more.
What can you do to help? Good question. In addition to donations, volunteering as a coach, and company/group opportunities, there are many ways to get involved:
- Jr. staff – Open to anyone entering 9th-12th grades, the Boys and Girls Club is looking for energetic high school students who can help assist staff.
- Administrative volunteers – Organized and have a great attention to detail? The Bellevue Boys and Girls Club is always looking for help with filing, storage, and general office work, Monday through Friday.
- Sunrise Care & Sunset Care volunteers – Running from now until August 23, the Boys and Girls Club is looking for summer camp volunteers who can commit for at least a week to assist with various program activities.
For students to focus on learning and growth, they need to feel safe and stable. This is what Bellevue LifeSpring commits to. It commits to working towards “fostering stability and self-sufficiency for Bellevue’s children and families” through programs that provide them with food, clothing, education, and emergency assistance. What you can do:
- Arts Fair Thrift Pop-Up – This event runs now – July 29. Bellevue LifeSpring is looking for volunteers to assist customers, wrap goods, and carry up to 20 pounds.
- Volunteer at Thrift Culture – All store proceeds directly support Bellevue LifeSpring programs.
- Volunteer as a company – Volunteering as a corporation is a great way to show the community that you have their best interests in mind. You can contact Bellevue LifeSpring for more information on what kinds of opportunities are available.
*Bellevue LifeSpring is always accepting donations such as clothing, food, and other basic needs items.
Imagine Housing communities are created for veterans, families, adults, kids, and single parents who are struggling with domestic violence, homelessness, disabilities, or are on a fixed income. Home to about 1,400 people, these communities provide safe and stable homes from which to grow. How to help:
- Raise the Roof – On October 2, Imagine Housing will host the Raise the Roof event to celebrate affordable housing. Volunteer roles include setup, registration, raffle booth, stage manager, etc.
- Basic needs delivery hero – Volunteer drivers pick up and deliver necessities to the families who need them.
- Community Dinners – Ranging from small groups to individuals, Imagine Housing is looking for volunteers at the community dinners they host weekly to bi-weekly. Volunteers help to provide and serve meals for 30 to 40 people.
More BDA Members with local volunteer opportunities: