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4731 15th Ave. # 241(there are multiple class locations throughoutthe Puget Sound area)Seattle, WA 98105


Volunteer Teachers

Circle of Friends for Mental Health, a small 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, exists to give all human beings who face mental health challenges, homelessness or addiction, a fresh chance to find their identity and a reservoir of healing through art programs in visual arts, music, writing and drama. Our programs serve as a natural enduring catalyst to aid people in their recovery. And these programs are at the core of Circle of Friends is our program, which is why we are looking for dedicated and creative volunteer art teachers.

This is a great opportunity for any individual looking to volunteer in their local community and gain nonprofit experience! You do not have to be an experienced teacher, or even great at art, as long as you are dedicated to improving the quality of life for our participants.

We are looking for someone who can dedicate 3-5 hours/week for at least six months.

Volunteer teachers are responsible for engaging participants in meaningful and fun art projects in a range of mediums and expressions, including drama, music, painting, creative writing and poetry, photography, and more.

We are always looking to incorporate new forms of art and expression into our programs, so if you have a special artistic talent, come lend it to our team and community!

Volunteer Teachers are responsible for:

  • Planning art activities for a 1-1.5 hour class, class-size ranging from 3-10 participants

  • Arriving at the class site 15 minutes early, prepared and ready to teach

  • Facilitating the weekly art class with a positive attitude

  • Cleaning up after each session ensuring that the room and equipment are just as you found them

  • Contacting the COF Coordinator and the facility if you are unable to attend a session

  • Monitoring supply needs and inform COF Coordinator when additional supplies are needed

  • Providing 2 weeks notice if unable to complete a volunteer cycle

  • Providing a safe space for artistic expression of all kinds


  • Friendly, compassionate, and self-driven

  • Dedicated to at least 6 months of service

Administrative Duties

  • Keep track of work hours each month and send via email to COF Coordinator.

  • When possible, track the number of clients attending each session and send updates to COF Coordinator.

  • Monthly checkĀ­in via email, phone, or inĀ­person with COF Coordinator.

  • Provide feedback and/or ideas on lessons and projects for future use in classes.


Support Healing
  • The unique opportunity to interact with mental health clients and support their healing through art and compassion

  • Gaining an in-depth understanding of issues surrounding mental health

Leadership Opportunity
  • Leadership opportunities for project development, non-profit management, and event planning , such as golf tournaments, art shows, award dinner...etc.

  • Experience of solving interesting and challenging problems in a growing non-profit organization through creativity and strategic thinking

  • Leadership Track: after 6 months of internship, dedicated and committed interns can further to positions in Operation Directors or Board of Directors .

Career Building

  • Obtain personalized letter of recommendation and stellar leadership experience for career building opportunities

  • Meet a group of passionate and energetic people on the COF team

  • Network with healthcare, non-profits, community leaders


  • Reading / Writing
  • Knitting
  • Music Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Theater Arts
  • Teaching / Instruction

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3-5 hours a week
  • 6 month commitment, regular communication about class, brief initial training.

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