Great volunteer opportunities are available for diverse talents and interests. Most City of Kirkland volunteer opportunities require the On-going Volunteer Application. For a one-time volunteer opportunity/assignment, please use the One-Time Event Volunteer Service Agreement (PDF-162 kb).
Warm up your holiday spirit and share it with others. Join the Kirkland Downtown Association for the annual Decorating of downtown Kirkland! These events are perfect opportunities for students needing volunteer time and groups (neighbors, friends and family) looking for some worthwhile community involvement.
Bring yourself, a friend or a team of 3 to 5, or join one there. It’s lots of fun and a great way to get to know other volunteers and merchants downtown. Got a ladder? Please bring it.
• Decorate Downtown for the Holidays: Saturday, November 23, 8:30 am to 1 pm
• Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Music Festival: Saturday, December 7, 5 - 8 pm (Tree Lighting at 7 pm)
• A Very Merry Un-Decorating Party: Saturday, January 11, 8:30 - 11:30 am
Sign up to volunteer for specific events and shifts at volunteerkirkland.com . These Kirkland Downtown events are produced by the Kirkland Events Foundation and supported in part by the City of Kirkland.
The City offers several opportunities to help preserve, protect and enhance our parks, open spaces and natural environment.
Note: Youth volunteers under the age of 14 must be supervised by an adult when volunteering with the City’s Parks & Community Services Department. For volunteers ages 14-17, please bring this service agreement (PDF-162 kb) with parent/guardian signature to the volunteer event.
Green Kirkland Partnership works to restore natural areas in the City. Many volunteer events are planned in parks all around the City. City contact: Katie Cava at 425.587.3306.
Eagle Scout/Capstone Projects are the perfect opportunity to make a lasting impression in the City. A limited number of projects are accepted at any one time. City contact: Jeff Rotter at 425.587.3343.
Park maintenance projects often need volunteers to plant, weed, and reforest landscaping areas in city parks and at City facilities. Persons with horticultural background and interest are encouraged to volunteer. City contact: Patrick Tefft at 425.587.3012.
Adopt a Traffic Circle is a great way to keep Kirkland attractive by maintaining the traffic circles in our intersections. Help is needed to weed, clear, and maintain traffic circles in all areas of the city. Adopt one and make it your own, or volunteer on a short-term basis to help us keep them maintained. City contact: David Gourlie at 425.587.3867.
Volunteers are a vital part of the City’s public safety efforts. The City is fortunate to have trained emergency response and crime prevention volunteers.
Police Explorers are youth-aged (ages 14–21) volunteers who receive extensive law enforcement training to perform traffic control and other assignments. Contact: Detective Jonathan Ishmael at 425.587.3448.
Speed Watch volunteers support the Kirkland Police Department by monitoring vehicular speeds using handheld radar units in neighborhood, school and known problem areas. Flexible schedules available; 2-3 hours per week. Contact: Lieutenant Mike Murray at 425.587.3402.
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (A.R.E.S.) ham radio operators are always looking for new members. A.R.E.S. is a vital communications link for the City in the event of a disaster or major emergency. Meetings and training are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Contact: Bob Morrisson (Lead Volunteer).
Fire Corps is made up of volunteers dedicated to the community by partnering with the Fire Department to create a safer community. Volunteers support the Fire Department in a variety of non-emergency activities such as fire and injury prevention education, incident support, emergency management, community relations, administrative support. Contact: Captain Bill Hoover at 425.587.3650. A summary of ways Fire Corps engages volunteers.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Leadership volunteer opportunity is for people that have completed a CERT training and live or work in the City of Kirkland. This group of dedicated volunteers are partnering with the City to create a more resilient community. They are involved with activities such as supporting new CERT classes, developing neighborhood CERT teams, sharing the preparedness message with community, and coordinating ongoing CERT trainings. Contact: Christina Brugman (Lead Volunteer).
Volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Volunteer EMTs staff the Finn Hill Fire Station #24 from 7:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. and respond in tandem with professional firefighters to provide emergency medical aid support. Contact: Applications are no longer being accepted for this program. Please check back in 2014. Contact: Captain Ivan Huld at 425.587.3725.
Adopt a Pedestrian Flag Crossing is a program where citizens can make a big difference in a small amount of time. Volunteers “adopt” a crosswalk by ensuring there are always orange “pedflags” available at marked crosswalks throughout Kirkland. The flags assist pedestrians in alerting drivers to their presence when crossing the street. You may have one in your neighborhood or along your favorite walking route that is currently in need of a volunteer. Contact: David Gourlie at 425.587.3867.
Administrative Assistants who provide office support to the various departments enhance City services. Volunteering at the City allows you to gain valuable work experience, share your talents, and gain insight to city government operations. Contact: Patrick Tefft at 425.587.3012.
Scrap booking volunteers are needed to maintain a chronological history of Kirkland by cataloging articles and other memorabilia into yearly scrapbooks.
The Multimedia Services Division manages the City’s local government access channels and graphics programs.
Video Production Assistants—Are you interested in video production? Learn the ins and outs of camera operation, lighting, and sound production.
Actors & Extras—Get your 15 minutes of fame and watch yourself in a City video. No acting experience required. Filming typically occurs during the business day.
Offer Your Home as a Set—Too shy to be on TV but want to help out? See a video unfold when you turn your home or yard into a film set.
Contact: Marie Stake at 425.587.3021
Many Kirkland citizens give their time and share their talents to serve as appointed members of Boards and Commissions. Annual recruitment occurs in the first quarter of each year. City contact: Kathi Anderson at 425.587.3190.
Teens are always welcome to get involved with the Kirkland Youth Council which provides a vital link between area youth and local government. Contact Regi Schubiger at 425.587.3323 for more information.
For additional local volunteer opportunities appropriate for teens, please review the Where to Care resource booklet (PDF-432 kb), assembled by the Kirkland Youth Council.
King County’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Program seeks volunteers who will be trained to advocate for the civil and resident rights of vulnerable people living in long-term care facilities. The commitment is 32 hours of certification training, attending monthly in-service meetings that focus on long-term care issues and four hours per week of volunteer time. There are several long-term care facilities in Kirkland whose residents need Volunteer Ombudsman to advocate for them. Contact: Mary Fogh, Volunteer Coordinator, at 206.694.6703.