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Volunteer Groups

One of the best ways to get involved is through volunteering! You'll directly impact the lives of people living in the darkest places in our community.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering with your group is flexible, rewarding and fun! Here are some group volunteer opportunities:

  • Distribution Center
    At the heart of the Mission is our Kent Distribution center, where all donated goods are sorted, organized, and distributed to our various sites. Come serve alongside our team as we pack and deliver much needed food and supplies to those in greatest need.
  • Bring-A-Meal
    Your group can bless our guests by purchasing and preparing a meal for them and either dropping it off or staying to serve at one of our shelters - Pioneer Square, Burien, Rainier Valley, or Kent. Learn more about BAM
  • Special Projects
    There are various group projects at our different sites that aren’t regularly scheduled but can use your help. These include doing much-needed kitchen cleaning, washing vans, reorganizing supplies, landscaping, or planning a fun party or activity for guests. These projects are dependent on needs, staffing, weather, etc. If you have ideas on how we can work with your group, we’d love to hear from you!
  • ...and more!

Group Guidelines

Here are a few quick things you should know before bringing your group.

    • Group sizes 
      The ideal group size is 8-10 people. With at least ten days’ notice, it is possible for larger groups of up to 30 people to serve at some sites, or larger groups can be split into smaller teams.
    • Everyone in your group must create a volunteer profile
      Because we serve a vulnerable population and to ensure the safety of our staff, guests, residents, and volunteers, we run background checks on all of our volunteers. Every group member must have an approved volunteer profile in order to serve. Create a volunteer profile here.
    • We cannot accommodate volunteer groups on Sundays
      Extra staff are not available to supervise and mentor volunteers, so we cannot accommodate larger volunteer groups on Sundays. (Recurring and regular volunteer events, such as serving meals, are still available on Sundays.)

Have questions or want to register your group? Contact us at volunteer@ugm.org or (206) 723-0767 

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