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ROOTS Young Adult Shelter

ROOTS is a young adults emergency shelter serving individuals between the ages of 18-25. We service up to 45 guests per night with a safe place to sleep, warm meals and other essential services. We need volunteers to provide social support and build meaningful relationships with the folks who stay with us. Additionally, our volunteers help facilitate and maintain the shelter space through various tasks. We welcome all unique bodies and value inclusivity and diversity amongst all people in the shelter space, including our volunteers. You must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer with us.

In-shelter Evening+ Shift (7pm-1:00am): ROOTS evening+ volunteers work to ensure the emotional stability and physical safety of individuals in the shelter space while also socializing with guests and building community. From 7pm-8:30pm, prior to the shelter opening, evening+ volunteers work as part of a volunteer team to disinfect all shelter beds, deep clean the shelter space, and prepare the space for guests. When shelter opens at 9:00pm, evening+ volunteers will help serve pre-made meals, hand out hygiene supplies and bedding, sign guests in and out of restrooms, and supervise guest activities such as computer time and smoke breaks. At 10:30, after lights out, evening+ volunteers perform overnight tasks such as assisting in walk-arounds of the room every 10 minutes, being available for guests who require emergency assistance, and completing guest laundry. Shelter staff will be available at all times to support volunteers throughout the evening. Evening+ volunteers are highly committed members of ROOTS, and we value this commitment to ensure that the shelter runs smoothly and efficiently at night.

For 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 based on an individual assessment of personal health and comfort. 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 work to provide the safest environment for all bodies in the shelter and we appreciate your consideration.

If you are interested in signing up for this position, fill out an application on our website at http://www.rootsinfo.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-application/ for your own welcome packet and all the information you will need to volunteer with us.

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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
Homeless & Housing
Advocacy & Human Rights, Community, Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.


4541 19th Ave NESeattleSeattle, WA 98105



  • Advocacy
  • People Skills




  • Must be at least 18

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