OSL’s Community Connections program is an integral resource in providing understanding, sensitivity and awareness for underserved communities in Seattle. Our program provides hands on experience in serving food insecure communities and education on homelessness, discrimination, and diversity awareness, in the city of Seattle. Our organization sees over 4,000 volunteers each year from schools, youth groups, civic, faith based and corporate organizations 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 meals to numerous agencies supporting men and women in finding housing, emergency shelter and working towards a better future.
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.
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.
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 no-cost meals to those in need at the Seattle Outdoor Meal Site, operated by OSL.
In addition to having a parent/guardian sign the permission form, all minor volunteers must be accompanied by a responsible adult at a ratio of 1 to 5. A school sanctioned chaperone or a parent/guardian must be present on site for the duration of the minor’s volunteer service.
COURT ORDERED COMMUNITY SERVICE
OSL assists individuals needing to satisfy court ordered community service requirements. OSL offers community service fulfillment between 9-4pm Monday through Friday. Other options on a case-by-case basis.
OSL schedules all volunteers through our volunteer coordinator. 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. To schedule your community service opportunity please contact our Community Connections Manager at email@example.com.
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, aerosolized deodorants or colognes.
PLEASE LEAVE VALUABLE ITEMS THAT CANNOT BE STORED ON YOUR PERSON AT HOME.
OSL is unable to provide support for parking, There is 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.
Please e-mail our Community Connections Manager to arrange your volunteer experience:
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.
Thank you for volunteering with OSL!
OSL is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization