Volunteers at Ballard NW Senior CenterOver 500 volunteers participate at Ballard NW Senior Center each year. You can be a part of what make the center an important part of over 4,000 seniors lives. Volunteering is a great way to get involved and get to know people in your neighborhood. We will do everything we can to match your interests to our needs. We will also be doing a criminal background check. If you include your email you will get a weekly email highlighting a few of that weeks programs titled: This Week At Ballard NW Senior Center. You will also receive a weekly email titled “Volunteer Opportunity” featuring a volunteer position that is available.

How To Volunteer

Take a look at a few of the volunteer positions listed below and then fill out the online volunteer application.

Please Email:  Debbyc@soundgenerations.org if you have an interest in volunteering after placing an online volunteer application. Thank you.

Volunteer Positions



1 Day / Week – 4 Hour Shift
Substitute Position also available – 4 Hour Shift
We are looking for 8 volunteers to help translate and edit our program information into four different languages: Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, and Russian. The volunteer positions is also available as a paid position this fall. We have already translated our newsletter into Chinese however we are many updates and edits to it and need help. We would like your help on this project as soon as possible so the thousands of seniors currently living in our area that do not read English can find out about many free and low cost services in the North Seattle area. Thank you.

2nd Floor Receptionist 8:30am – 12:30pm,Thursdays and Fridays.  Substitute Positions are also available – to fill in any 4 hour shift during the week – Monday through Friday.
This is a fun, fast paced position where you get to greet people over the phone and in person, answer questions about our programs, and register people for classes. Training is provided. Additional 1st floor substitute receptionists needed: The first floor lobby receptionist is responsible for monitoring the activities on the first floor, answering questions about the senior center and checking people in for lunch and accounting for the lunch funds. The shift times for the 1st and 2nd floor receptionists are mornings 8:30am – 12:30pm, afternoons 12:30pm – 4:30pm. Please complete a volunteer application online at www.ballardseniorcenter.org and email: Debbyc@soundgenerations.org.

Data Entry 

Two positions are available one day weekly for 1 to 4 hours from 8:30am to 4:30pm or Wednesday Evenings, 6pm to 8:30pm.  Training will be provided.  Please send an email to Debbyc@soundgenerations.org if you are interested.                                                                                                                      

Community Dining Chef’s Assistant
2 Days / Week – 2 to 4 Hour Shift
Substitute Position also available – 4 Hour Shift

Immediate need for one volunteer on Thursdays and Fridays, 10:30am to 1:30pm, one bartender ( you must have a bartender’s license) for the Wednesday night dinner from 4pm to 5:30pm and Kitchen Volunteers for Special Events. Please send an email to Debbyc@soundgenerations.org, if you are interested in volunteering.

We are looking for 4 volunteers to join our kitchen crew on a regular basis and volunteers to help with parties and celebrations. You must have your food handlers card, but if you do not yet have one we can help you take the test. Our Community Dining Program serves over 10,000 meals a year. This is an amazing program. Training is provided.

Friend to Friend Volunteers – On Hold

This program is organized by Social Work. Due to not having a social worker, this program is on hold.
2 Days / Month – 1 to 4 Hour Shifts
Perhaps you want to help an isolated or lonely senior. This is a unique and meaningful opportunity to provide friendship and assistance. Visit a short or long term isolated person. This program provides an opportunity for help and companionship. We match Friend to Friend volunteers with each senior’s needs and each volunteer’s strengths. Training is provided for all volunteers.

Balance Class Substitute Teacher
The Balance Class meets Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 12 noon. Substitutes are needed to fill in for various leaves.  The position requires availability. Please apply online to volunteer for this position.

Fundraising Assistant
1 Day / Week – 1 to 4 Hour Shift –  We are in need of 1 volunteer.
Join the team in sorting and researching,  a wonderful assortment of items donated. Our Rummage Sales have been named “The Best Bargain in Ballard” and they regularly raise important funds for the center. Training is provided.

Rummage Sale Assistant
1-3 Days – 2-4 Hour Shifts
Join the team for one, two, or three days of fun. We setup for our Rummage Sales on 2nd Thursdays of February, June, and October between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm. Unpack and arrange beautiful decorations, accessories, household items, tools, toys, and clothes with a large group of friendly volunteers. On the 2nd Fridays and Saturdays of February, June, and October we will have the sale from 9:00 am-4:00 pm with clean up from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm that Saturday. This sale raises important funds for Ballard NW Senior Center. Volunteers are provided lunch on Setup Day and ice cream and cookies on during Clean Up. Please Email Debby at Debbyc@soundgenerations if you are interested in volunteering.

Holiday Bazaar Assistant
Sign up to help 1-3 Days – 2-4 Hour Shifts one, two, or three days of fun. We setup for our annual Holiday Bazaar on 3rd Thursday of November between 1:00 pm-4:00 pm. Unpack and arrange beautiful handmade and vintage holiday items and gifts with a large group of friendly volunteers. On 3rd Friday and Saturday of November we will have the sale from 9:00 am-4:00 pm with clean up from 3:00 pm-4:00 pm on Saturday. This sale raises important funds for Ballard NW Senior Center. Join in on the holiday spirit and volunteer!                                                  Email: Debbyc@soundgenerations.org

Auction Assistant for Annual Auction Event
1 Day – 4-6 Hour Shifts
Join us for Auction Day. Choose to help for 4-5 hours setting up the Great Hall with tables, chairs, table settings, donation stations, dessert dash, and more. Setup starts at 9:00 am and goes until 2:00 pm. Or join us Auction Night. Choose to help for 4-6 hours at the Auction helping with dinner, the silent and live auctions, dessert dash, cashier station, check in, coat check, and more between 4:00 pm-10:00 pm.