ROOTS Morning Shelter Volunteer

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ROOTS Young Adult Shelter

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 facilitate shelter tasks but most importantly provide social support and build meaningful relationships with the folks who stay with us. You must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer with us.

In-shelter Morning Shift Details (6:45am-8:30am Sunday-Friday; 7:45am-9:30am Saturday): Morning volunteers socialize with guests and build community while working with staff and other volunteers as a team to ensure the emotional and physical safety of the shelter space. Volunteers will help hand out hygiene supplies, assist with laundry, retrieve supplies from guest cubbies, clean up the shelter, enforce program rules, and engage with guests. Morning volunteers build meaningful connections with their community and help our guests start off each day on a positive note while also ensuring our shelter runs smoothly and efficiently.

To ensure the safety of all guests, volunteers, and staff, 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 are interested in signing up for this position, fill out an application on our website at for your own welcome packet and all the information you will need to volunteer with us.

*There is a chance that you may be waitlisted for this shift due to a high number of interested volunteers

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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.


Advocacy & Human Rights
Emergency & Safety
Homeless & Housing
Advocacy & Human Rights, Emergency & Safety, Homeless & Housing


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4541 19th Ave NESeattle, WA 98105



  • Advocacy
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building




  • Must be at least 18
  • Typically, we suggest making a 6 month commitment but welcome anyone who is able to help at our interim location in Queen Anne for any length of time.

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