Adopt-A-Family Elves (Downtown Seattle)


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


1118 Fifth AvenueSeattle, WA 98101


The winter season can be especially difficult for families living in poverty. Parents feel pressure to create a festive atmosphere while struggling to meet basic needs.

The YWCA Adopt-a-Family program helps bridge the gap - it's a fun and meaningful way to get into the holiday spirit while helping families in need! Families are adopted by generous donors who purchase gifts or gift cards for each child. Donors then drop all the gifts off during our designated drop-off dates and times.

We need Adopt-A-Family Elves to act as YWCA ambassadors and enthusiastically accept holiday donations in an organized and safe manner. You will assist donors in bringing gifts from cars to the gift room as needed. You must be comfortable with greeting and thanking people. Use YWCA procedures to enthusiastically check-in donations, thank donors, and organize donations by destination location.

This is a great opportunity for small groups!


  • Minimum age is 12 years old (If under 18, you must be accompanied by an adult).
  • Frequent bending and lifting of 10-25 lbs.
  • Organized and outgoing.
  • Ability to be calm and upbeat in busy, hectic situations that can occur during drop-offs.
  • Ability to follow YWCA procedures and work as a team.

What to Wear:

  • Close-toed, flat comfortable shoes that provide safe footing on wet and dry surfaces are strongly recommended.
  • Festive holiday attire encouraged!

Event Details:

  • Each shift begins with training on purpose, proper lifting, and YWCA procedures for accepting donations.
  • Please commit to volunteering for the whole shift.
  • Volunteers can check-in anytime with the YWCA supervisor.
  • Snacks and light refreshments will be provided.


  • Customer Service

Good Match For

Teens Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 12
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