OSL’s Community Connections program provides understanding, sensitivity, and awareness, for those who struggle with hunger in Seattle. Our program provides hands on experience in serving food insecure communities and provides education on homelessness, discrimination, and diversity awareness. OSL hosts more than 4,000 volunteers annually from schools, youth groups, civic, faith based, and corporate organizations, and programs that as well as supporting the Seattle’s Municipal Community Court as an outlet for community service fulfillment for poverty related infractions.
Our volunteers work throughout the day to provide thousands of meals to numerous partner agencies supporting woman, children, elder adults, 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:
Walk-in (Unscheduled) Volunteers: Due to staffing and planning OSL cannot and does not accept walk-in/unscheduled volunteers.
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.
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 per 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 urges each corporate group to donate 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 9-4pm Monday through Friday. Other options on a case-by-case basis.
1) Monday through Friday from 9:00am-2:00pm.
For those 18 years old and up, OSL offers a service option to help prepare and serve lunch to a transitional housing community and Seattle’s Outdoor Meal Site. This option is open to groups as large as 15 or as small as 1 individual.
2) 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. Groups with up to 8 members welcome.
3) Monday through Friday from 2PM-6:30PM.
This shift is 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 appropriate.
4) 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 appropriate.
5) Friday 6:30pm-7:30pm, Saturday 4:00pm-5:00pm and/or Sunday 5:00pm-6:00pm.
OSL offers an ALL ages service option to help serve dinner at Seattle’s Outdoor Meal Site.
Other opportunities available upon request.
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 e-mail 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.