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 insecure communities, supporting OSL staff in processing donations, dishes, inventory, cleaning, organization of storage spaces, and detailing vehicles.
OSL offers volunteer opportunities for people of all ages between the hours of 8:45AM and 2PM, Monday through Friday. Opportunities each day from 2PM-6:30PM are reserved for individuals older than 13 years of age. FOR YOUTH AND SCHOOL GROUPS: chaperones must be provided at a ratio of 1 per every 5 students.
Due to health, safety, and liability concerns, OSL does not allow minors younger than 13 years of age to volunteer inside the kitchen. However, volunteers younger than 13 will be fully occupied along with their chaperone or parent in operations critical to the organization. Volunteers of all ages may also serve our delicious no-cost meals with their chaperone, to those in need at the Seattle Outdoor Meal Site (OMS), managed aoperated by OSL.
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.
Monday – Friday 8:45AM – 2PM (All ages)
We can accommodate large groups at the Compass Center.
Sunday – Saturday 2:00- 6:30PM (13+ accompanied by an adult)
Up to 6 people
Sunday – Saturday 2:00-6:30PM (18+)
Up to 3-6 people (Available at Westlake Apartments, Frederic Ozanam House and Nyer Urness)
Sunday – Saturday 2:00-6:30PM (21+)
Up to 3 people (Available at Wintonia Community Housing)
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.