(Photo by Grace Madigan)
Although we still have a couple of days left, our ongoing spotlight of the U District is winding down right along with the month of May. If you missed our previous coverage of the neighborhood or want to revisit any articles, you can conveniently find them on our website at the bottom of this web post. We answered four reader questions about the U District in yesterday’s newsletter, and today we’re answering four more.
🤝 What are some community-based organizations or nonprofits to volunteer at?
There are a ton of different organizations and nonprofits based in the neighborhood worth supporting. Here are a few:
University District Food Bank — You can watch our “Have a drink with” the org here. The group is always looking for monetary donations, pantry items, and volunteers to help with distributing food.
University Heights Center — As its website says, "UHeights Center promotes lifelong learning, creativity, culture, community activism, and the preservation of our historic building." Among other things, the center has created a Safe Lot for those living in their cars, installed a Seattle Street Sink, and hosts a free vegetarian food truck four days a week during the pandemic. In addition to volunteer opportunities, UHeights Center is currently hiring an Outreach and Events Coordinator.
ROOTS Young Adult Shelter — With a focus on serving those between the ages of 18-25, ROOTS offers its guests shelter, access to a health clinic, and meals on Friday that are open to everyone. Find out how you can support the shelter’s essential mission on its website.
Teen Feed — This organization consists of three programs, one of which offers meals to folks in the U District at various locations seven days a week. Teen Feed also runs the Street Talk Outreach Program (STOP) which aims to assist high-risk youth who might avoid traditional social service agencies. Lastly, the group has a case management program called Service Links for Youth. More details on how to volunteer, donate, and support them can be found here.
Elizabeth Gregory Home — Located in the basement of University Lutheran Church, this nonprofit, non-faith-based organization works to support women experiencing houselessness. The org provides transitional housing, a day center, and case management services. Want to know how to support them? Check out the official website for opportunities and information on how to donate.