Support Homeless Young Adults as a Shelter Volunteer with ROOTS


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


1415 NE 43rd StSeattle, WA 98105


ROOTS is a young adult shelter that is almost exclusively volunteer run, serving 18-25 year olds. We are open 365 days a year, with up to 45 guests per night. Volunteers are needed to help with preparing and serving dinner, handing out supplies, and most importantly, building meaningful relationships with the folks who stay here. This is a great chance to make a visible impact in the lives of the people we serve, and be part of a wonderful volunteer community.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Evening Volunteer (8pm-11pm; any day of the week): This team works with the overnight volunteers to engage with guests while setting up the shelter, completing intake paperwork for new guests, and distributing hygiene supplies. Evening Volunteers work directly with our guests and help ensure the emotional and physical safety of the space. Guests and volunteers often play Uno, talk about their day, and share their favorite new hobbies during this shift.

Dinner Meal Teams (7:30pm-11pm; any day of the week): These 3 to 5 volunteers come in every night and prepare meals, serve dinner and clean up our kitchen. We encourage our Dinner Meal Team to bring in food that they want to prepare in our kitchen. Serving warm meals in our own kitchen every evening is something we find deeply rewarding.

Overnight Volunteer (8pm-8:30am Sat-Thurs; 8pm-9:30am Fri): This crew works closely with Evening Crew and our guests. Overnight Volunteers are there to help with any of the Evening Crew tasks and engage with our guests. After lights out, at 10:30 pm, Overnight Volunteers rotate through 2-hour "awake" shifts, sleeping the rest of the time with bedding and a mat we provide. During each "awake" shift, the Overnight Volunteer is responsible for helping to monitor the space, doing walk-arounds of the room every 10 minutes, being available for guests who require emergency assistance, and completing guest laundry. In the morning, Overnight volunteers work with the Morning Floor team to help our guests start their day. This is a great way to spend the most time impacting your community and building connections.

Breakfast Crew: (6:15-8:30am Sun-Fri; 6:45-9:00am Sat): This team of 3 to 4 to come in every morning to hot breakfast, serve guests, and clean up our kitchen. Volunteers typically bring the food that they prepare during their shift and are encouraged to create dishes they love. Breakfast Crew makes the meal that starts each guest’s day off right.

Morning Floor (6:45am-8:30am Sun-Fri; 7:15am-9:30am Sat): This team of volunteers come in every morning to engage with our guests while distributing hygiene supplies and cleaning up the shelter space. They work directly with our guests to create a safe space for everyone both physically and emotionally. Morning Volunteers build connections with their community and create a positive way for our guests to start their day.

Want to get involved? You must fill out an application and attend an orientation before you volunteer! This is a crucial step to receive your welcome packet and get everything you'll need before your first night! You can find the volunteer application here: Orientations are held the second Wednesday of each month. Email to RSVP!


  • People Skills
  • Food Service
  • Youth Services

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3 to 6 months

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