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Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that provides low cost and interest free housing to those who need it most. Spend the day on site getting your hands dirty alongside the future home-owners, or work inside at the Habitat Store. No prior construction experience required.

Service Mentor: Ashley MacKinen

Contact Ashley for more information, and to find out how you can get involved: ashleymackinen@gmail.com

 

World Relief Seattle: Cultural Companion

Spending time with new immigrants in the Seattle area by having dinner or a chatting with them once a week. There is a minimum commitment of 6 months, so volunteers would need to be consistent and responsible within this volunteer opportunity. 

Service Mentor: Andrea Portugal

Contact Andrea for more information, and to find out how you can get involved: ajp98@uw.edu

 

El Centro de la raza: Front Desk Position

Volunteer opportunity in many realms. Not only is there a front desk position, but there are also some food bank related work, cooking for people in the community. Both English and Spanish speaking volunteers are welcome. 

Service Mentor: Andrea Portugal

Contact Andrea for more information, and to find out how you can get involved: ajp98@uw.edu

 

Northshore Community Schools: Mentoring Opportunities

The Northshore School District is offering you the chance to give back to the community, while acting as a mentor to local youth. They have opportunities for you to get involved both inside and outside of the classroom, providing support and encouragement to young students, while developing your own listening skills and empathy. They are accepting students from the University of Washington Bothell for roles in a variety of locations. Some of the positions include:

Hang-Time Mentor: act as a mentor to 7th, 8th, and 9th graders during an after-school program by acting as tutors, small group facilitators, and role models.

Classroom Mentor: You will attend certain class periods with students, at various junior high/high schools. You will have the chance to work together with teachers to help students succeed.

North Shore Junior High Titan Time Mentoring: You will have the chance to work with students at risk of failing classes. You can provide tutoring, and help to lead and inspire students towards positive outcomes. This will give you the opportunity to work in challenging situations, while developing empathy and active listening skills.

After-School Homework Center Tutoring: You can put your University education to good use by providing drop in tutoring support to students who need it at local Bothell schools. You will act not only to help the students learn the material so that they can pass their classes, but also serve as a positive role model to local youth.

Service Mentor: Ashley MacKinen

Contact Ashley for more information, and to find out how you can get involved: ashleymackinen@gmail.com

 

Threads & treads clothing bank

Threads and Treads is a local clothing bank that provides quality donated clothing free of charge to school age children and their parents in our community. This gives them a chance to get the clothing items that they need for the school year, regardless of their income. Having a warm coat to get through the winter is something that many of us take for granted. Threads and Treads is leading an effort in our community to make sure that is a reality for all children.

When you volunteer for this organization, you sort out clothing, replenish the racks in the shopping center, and aid those in need of guidance. This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to those in the community. Anyone who is interested is able to volunteer on Thursday’s from 4:00 - 6:00 PM.

 Photo Courtesy: Marielle Jardielle

Photo Courtesy: Marielle Jardielle

Service Mentor: Ashley MacKinen

Contact Ashley for more information, and to find out how you can get involved: ashleymackinen@gmail.com

 

Evergreenhealth Medical Center (kirkland)

EvergreenHealth is an integrated two-hospital healthcare system offering a breadth of services and programs that is among the most comprehensive in the region. They will match your skills, interests and availability with volunteer positions in areas such as Behind-the-scene support, front desk, fundraising efforts, gift shop, patient care units, hospice and many more departments. Comprehensive orientation/training, uniform/badge, and health screening test/background check is provided free of charge.

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Service Mentor: Erica Qiao

Contact Erica for more information, and to find out how you can get involved: Ericaq@uw.edu

NORTH HELPLINE FOOD BANK

North Helpline Food Bank distributes food to residents of north Seattle area (Lake City, Northgate, Shoreline, Bryant, Broadview, Bothell and Kenmore). Volunteers at the food bank are needed to help with a variety of jobs such as food distribution, stocking donated goods.  

"Volunteering at North Helpline has given me a better understanding of what it means to be an active member of our community. At the food bank I’ve been able to work with volunteers and residents of the north Seattle area that share their own unique experience.  As a result I have been exposed to the many different populations present in my community that I would have otherwise not interacted with. Thus, volunteering at North Helpline Food Bank has definitely been a positive volunteer experience that I strongly recommend to anyone."

Service Mentor: Tate Higgins

Contact Tate for more information, and to find out how you can get involved: tateh@uw.edu

 

bone marrow registry

Every year, thousands of people need bone marrow transplants — a procedure which may be their only chance for survival. Although some patients with leukemia or other cancers have a genetically matched family member who can donate, about 70 percent do not. These patients' lives depend on finding an unrelated individual with a compatible human leukocyte antigen profile, often within their own ethnic group, who is willing to donate stem cells to them.

Joining the registry involves only 5-10 minutes of paperwork and a cheek swab. The National Marrow Donor Program will then run a HLA typing test on your sample. If you are found to be a match for someone in need, you will be notified and given the choice of whether or not you would like to go through with the donation.

Contact: Justin Thompson

We can have a donation kit mailed to you. If you are between the ages of 18-44, and interested in becoming a donor, please send an email to Justin to find out how: jmthomp1@uw.edu

 

Feral cat spay/neuter project

Passionate about caring for animals? Interested in Veterinary medicine? The UW Bothell Pre-Health department has connected with The Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project, and they are currently looking for compassionate volunteers. There are tens of millions of stray animals living in the United States right now. Spaying and neutering helps to prevent more animals from being forced to survive on the streets, or put down in a shelter. 

Want to find out more about this opportunity?

Check out the UW Bothell Pre-Health Web Page for more information

 

UW SEATTLE DREAM PROJECT

The Dream Project’s mission is to help low-income and first-generation high school students in achieving their dreams of higher education. The Dream Project works in conjunction with high schools in surrounding areas to provide assistance in the college application process to high school seniors. They do this by visiting high schools on a weekly basis and working with students on all aspects of the college application process like revising their personal statements and giving information about scholarships and financial aid.

In order to be a part of the club you have to sign up for a class (EDUC 260), which will inform you on how to better assist the students and give you important information to pass on to the students. You will also need to sign up for a weekly high school visitation time (EDUC 369). Transportation to the high schools will be provided and the club will require around four to six hours of your time a week and it really is time well spent because you’ll be able to help so many students gain access to higher education.

Service Mentor: Phoebe Ampo

Contact Phoebe for more information and to get connected to the Dream Project: ampo@uw.edu

 

READING PARTNERS

Are you interested in unlocking student potential by raising their reading achievements? Everyday, thousands of volunteers help students learn essential skills necessary to become proficient readers with a structures curriculum. A trained site coordinator is always available to answer questions, assist with materials, and solve problems. You can make a lifelong difference for children who struggle with reading.

Service Mentor: Kelsie Wang

Contact Kelsie for more information and to get connected to Reading Partners: kelsie.wang@gmail.com

 

EVERGREENHEALTH HOSPICE CARE (kIRKLAND)

Hospice care are for patients with a prognosis of 6 months or less, whose desired focus of care is on comfort and quality of life. Much like physicians and midwives prepare families for the birth of a child, the hospice department helps families prepare for the death of a loved one. EvergreenHealth Hospice Care prepares families emotionally to say "goodbye" to their loved one and focus on quality time, if not quantity.

In December of 2015, Erica led a team of 25 volunteers to make over 30 blankets for these hospice patients. Often, these blankets become keepsakes for family members, a way to remember their loved one. The blanket project was started by Bert Fisher, a Evergreen Hospice Volunteer, in 2006, and was made possible by Evergreen Hospice Auxiliary grants. During the event, Melissa L, Criss E, and Sherri (Hospice coordinators) educated our volunteers about their department, and how these blankets make an impact in patients' lives. Students Affecting Change will continue to serve as a partner with EvergreenHealth Hospice Care to make blankets and bring warmth to EvergreenHealth Hospice patients. 

Service Mentor: Erica Qiao

Contact Erica for future volunteer events and donations: Ericaq@uw.edu

 

 

Opportunities to learn from fellow students

PRE-DENTAL:

Are you thinking about a career in Dentistry? Our Director of Community Outreach, Jaymar Golveo, is a pre-dental student and is willing to help any of our members who have questions about preparing for or applying to dental school. Jaymar is passionate about dentistry and helping others. He also attended the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program this summer and is willing to answer any questions you may have about his experiences there. If you would like someone to talk to about your dental school goals or have any questions you would like answered, Jaymar would love to hear from you.  Just send him an email and introduce yourself: jaymargolveo@yahoo.com 

 

PRE-MEDICAL:

In Fall 2015 the Pre-Med Club at the University of Washington Bothell will be debuting a new program called the Pre-Med Mentorship Program. This program will pair more experienced UWB pre-med students with less experienced pre-med students or students who may be interested in going down the pre-med path. The mentors will be there to answer questions and connect mentees with resources to make their journey through the pre-med track just a little bit easier. If you have any questions about what professors/classes to take, how to get into volunteering/researching/job shadowing, what to expect as a pre-med student, etc., then this is the program for you!

Mentors have a diverse mix of backgrounds and a wide range of experience in volunteering, research work, job shadowing, and more! Several of the mentors are applying to medical school next year and will be taking the MCAT this coming spring; thus we will be able to provide useful insight into the new MCAT and the med school application process.

This program is open to anyone who is interested in pre-med--whether you are a first year student who is just starting out, or a fifth year who recently switched to the pre-med track. If you are interested in participating or just want more information, please send an email to Taryn Meacham at tjm93@uw.edu.


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