Best Buddy - Staff Supervised


Cause Areas


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


Ryther2400 NE 95th StSeattle, WA 98115


Summary: If you are interested in establishing a healthy and positive relationship with a child learning to cope with a history of trauma, consider becoming a Best Buddy. You will have the fun and rewarding task of acting as a role model, teacher, and, most importantly, friend to a child. This opportunity is available in Ryther’s residential Cottage Program. Best Buddies must commit to one-hour weekly or biweekly scheduled visits with their buddy for a minimum of six months.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Forming a positive relationship with assigned Best Buddy by actively listening and engaging with child
  • Leading an activity during visit with Best Buddy. Activities can include: board games, outdoor sports, reading, baking, etc.


  • Patience, flexibility, and understanding that circumstances within cottage or with Best Buddy may change unexpectedly
  • Comfortable interacting with children
  • Must be 21 years of age or older and pass criminal history background check
  • 1 hour CPS Mandatory Reporter training
  • TB test
  • Fingerprinting if WA State resident for less than 3 years
  • This position requires line of sight staff supervision in lieu of completing state mandated training for volunteers

Time Commitment

  • One-hour weekly or biweekly visits with Best Buddy for a minimum of six months


  • Mentoring
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1-2 hours per week
  • Visits usually take place after 3pm or on weekends

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