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ROOTS Overnight Shelter Volunteer

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ROOTS Young Adult Shelter

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ROOTS is a young adult emergency shelter that provides up to 45 guests per night, between the ages of 18-25, with a safe place to sleep, warm meals and other essential services. Volunteers are needed to help with operational tasks but most importantly volunteers will provide social support to the folks who stay here and build meaningful relationships. You must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer with us.

At ROOTS, we use every day to make a difference in the lives of homeless youth. The biggest impact is made by our overnight volunteers, who are crucial in this effort.

Overnight volunteers stay the night at our shelter along with our guests. This shift starts at 7pm and ends at 8:30am the following morning. On Fridays the shift is from 7pm to 9:30 am. Volunteers work directly with our staff to help ensure the emotional and physical safety of the space. Overnight shifts are broken up into four 2-hour awake shifts. Overnight Volunteers are asked to remain awake for one of these 2-hour shifts, and will sleep for 6 hours. Bedding is provided. During the awake shift, overnight Volunteers are responsible for assisting in walk-arounds of the room every 10 minutes, being available for guests who require emergency assistance, and completing guest laundry. We ask that Overnight Volunteers commit to one shift per week; dinner and breakfast are provided. All overnight volunteers are supported by shelter staff, in case there are any questions or concerns during your shift.

We require all volunteers to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and to wear face masks throughout the duration of their shift. Volunteers are free to bring in their own face masks or other PPE, and we can provide gloves and disposable face masks on-site. The wellbeing of our volunteers is of the utmost importance, and we only ask you to commit to volunteering if you are safely able to do so. Upon arriving to each shift your Volunteer Supervisor or other staff will ask you questions listed on the ROOTS COVID-19 screening guide and will take your temperature. Staff and guests are screened in the same way upon entering the space. We appreciate your understanding in this process.

If you can help during this time, fill out an application on our website at for your own welcome packet and all the information you will need to volunteer with us.

2 Shifts

  • 07:00 PM to 08:30 AM
    M-Th, Sat/Sun
  • 07:00 PM to 09:30 AM
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About ROOTS Young Adult Shelter


4541 19th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105, US

Mission Statement

ROOTS Young Adult Shelter is a University District organization based in compassion and committed to social justice that fosters change and empowers human potential by providing critical services to street-involved, homeless, and other low-income persons and through supporting service providers and faith communities in creating a comprehensive network.


ROOTS Young Adult Shelter serves homeless individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 and is the only shelter program in Seattle specifically addressing the needs of homeless young adults. These young people are too old to access youth shelter programs but often feel unwelcome or threatened in emergency programs serving older single adults. YAS services include: clean bedding and sheets; dinner and hot breakfast; healthy and hygiene supplies and services, including laundry and showers; onsite case management and referral to other support and transitional services; visits by healthcare providers, including public health nurse and acupuncturist; educational materials related to risk avoidance, harm reduction, and other area programs; supportive and nurturing relationships between program staff and guests.

Children & Youth
Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 2 shifts


4541 19th Ave NESeattleSeattle, WA 98105



  • Community Outreach
  • People Skills




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

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