Our volunteers work throughout the day to provide thousands of meals to numerous partner agencies supporting woman, children, seniors, veterans, men, and challenged populations.
Volunteer involvement includes, but is not limited to: Cooking hot meals, serving meals to insecure communities, supporting OSL staff in processing donations, washing dishes, inventory, cleaning, and organization of storage spaces.
OSL has several options for volunteers to help prepare food and serve our clients.
Thank you so much for inquiring about volunteer information for OSL. We are looking forward to working with you!
Minor Volunteers Age requirements and restrictions:
Adult Chaperones must be 21+ years of age.
12yrs and younger: Due to health, safety, and liability concerns OSL does not allow minors younger than 13 years of age to volunteer inside OSL kitchens. However, volunteers of all ages are welcome to help our staff serve no-cost meals to those in need at Seattle’s Outdoor Meal Site, operated by OSL. A link to our volunteer form will be provided upon confirmation of scheduling.
17yrs and younger: All minor volunteers (under the age of 18) must be accompanied by a responsible adult (21yrs+) at a ratio of 1 adult to 5 minors. OSL requires that each parent/guardian sign our permission form and bring it with them on their day of volunteering. A link to our volunteer form will be provided upon confirmation of scheduling.
18Yrs+: In order to volunteer solo/individually (unchaperoned) volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
FOR YOUTH AND SCHOOL GROUPS: Chaperones must be provided at a ratio of 1 adult for every 5 students. A school sanctioned chaperone or a parent/guardian must be present on site for the duration of the minor’s volunteer service. A group sign in sheet will be provided on the day of service.
While not a requirement OSL asks each corporate group to consider a donation to OSL to support our continuing mission to end hunger. Corporate groups or individuals are also encouraged to research corporate matching programs and to explore their employer’s options for supporting their staff in volunteer service.
COURT ORDERED COMMUNITY SERVICE
OSL assists individuals that need to satisfy court ordered community service obligations. OSL offers community service fulfillment between 10-4pm Monday through Friday. Other options on a case-by-case basis.
1) Monday through Friday from 10:00am-2:00pm. For those 13 years old and up, OSL offers a service option to help prepare and serve lunch to a housing community and Seattle’s Outdoor Meal Site. This option is open to volunteer groups with up to 8 participants.
2) Monday through Friday from 2:00pm-6:30pm. This shift is reserved for individuals at least 13 years of age. We can accept a maximum of five volunteers for this shift and of course coming to volunteer solo is always welcome.
3) Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am-2:00pm and 2:00pm-6:30pm. These are reserved for individuals at least 13 years of age. We can accept a maximum of five individuals for this shift and of course coming to volunteer solo is always welcome.
4) Monday through Friday from 1:00pm-2:00pm. OSL offers an ALL AGES service option to help our OSL team serve a hot lunch at Seattle’s Outdoor Meal Site.
5) Friday 6:30pm-7:30pm, Saturday 5:00pm-6:00pm and/or Sunday 5:00pm-6:00pm. OSL offers an ALL AGES service option to help our OSL team serve dinner at Seattle’s Outdoor Meal Site.
Other opportunities available upon request.
Locate the calendar at the bottom of the page. Choose an open date/shift which works for you, email me, and we will get you set up. Here is a link to OSL's Volunteer calendar: www.oslserves.org/volunteer
You can also support OSL by making a donation to support our organization. More information can be found here. Many individuals who don't have time to spend with us support us through our $31 club, donating one dollar for each day of the month.
Whatever option best suits your needs the OSL team looks forward to working with you. Thank you for your support.
Drop in volunteers are not accepted at any of our OSL kitchens or at the Seattle Outdoor Meal Site. Scheduling is on a first come first serve basis.
Please email our Community Connections Manager to arrange your volunteer experience:
Please download and complete the volunteer form prior to your scheduled volunteer experience with OSL. We look forward to working with you!
Attire must be appropriate for kitchen oriented tasks. No revealing tank tops or above the knee shorts. No open toed shoes. We encourage comfortable clothing. Long hair must be tied back in a bun or braid. We also provide hairnets and beard nets. OSL is a scent free environment and we ask that our volunteers refrain from wearing perfumes, aerosol deodorants, or colognes.
PLEASE LEAVE VALUABLE ITEMS THAT CANNOT BE STORED ON YOUR PERSON AT HOME.
OSL is unable to provide support for parking. Pay-by-the-hour street parking is readily available at all of our kitchens. Additionally each of our kitchens can be reached using mass transit. If you have questions about which bus to take please talk to our volunteer coordinator.