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Volunteer Opportunities

Help Those Affected by COVID-19

Help homebound Kirkland residents who need food.
Sign up to be a Volunteer Food Driver with Sound Generations. Contact Sound Generations at (206) 748-7588 or email to apply. Sound Generations will connect you with a homebound individual or family in need of food. You will be asked to pick up a prepared food box from Hopelink for delivery. Please follow all social distancing requirements and recommendations when providing this community service.

Volunteer. United Way of King County has created a special link for volunteer opportunitieslinks to external site that support critical needs resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak. Any non-profit can post a volunteer need on this platform.  Please note this site lists volunteer opportunities for throughout King County, not just Kirkland.

Donate Blood. Bloodworks Northwestlinks to external site has more information on coronavirus, who is eligible to donate blood, and donation locations.  And/or schedule a blood donation appointment with American Red Crosslinks to external site

Medically-qualified Volunteers. The Department of Health is supporting enrollment and activation of emergency volunteer health practitioners for the COVID-19 response (RCW 70.15). During an emergency proclamation, a volunteer health practitioner who is licensed in another state may practice in Washington without obtaining a WA license if in good licensure standing and appropriately registered. Qualified volunteers will help meet emerging demands for health practitioners in areas impacted by COVID-19. Also consider registering with Medical Reserve Corpslinks to external site Email questions to WAserv coordinator Kim Butowicz: or 360-236-4090. 

Participate in the Census. The 2020 Census is ongoing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Respond for your household in one of three ways: onlinelinks to external site, by phone (844-330-2020, multi-language options) or by maillinks to external site.  The more people respond via these options, the fewer workers will be sent out into the field later this year to conduct in-person counts. The US Census takes place once every ten yearslinks to external site and the results affect Kirkland every day: school lunches, plans for highways and support for local firefighters. The results of the 2020 Census will determine congressional representation and how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into our community for the next decade. The Census is one more way that Kirkland can come together and be counted!

The City of Kirkland is suspending the onboarding of new volunteers from June 11 to August 31.   If you have questions regarding opportunities occurring September onward, please contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator.

Join the Kirkland Team – Volunteer!  Join the City of Kirkland team by volunteering your talent and time to support City programs, projects and events. Volunteering provides opportunity to learn about the Kirkland community, understand how local government works and connect with other community members.

During 2019, the City of Kirkland engaged 3,870 volunteers who contributed 28,182 hours of their time and talents. These outstanding contributions represent a community benefit valued at $893,900.  Please join our outstanding team of volunteers! tv_camera

The City of Kirkland offers on-going (weekly or monthly) and one-time event volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in an on-going volunteer assignment, please complete the On-going Volunteer Application. You will also need to successfully pass a national background check (now required for all paid and volunteer personnel), provide two references, complete an online application, in-person interview and a one-hour new volunteer orientation. 

Review available on-going volunteer opportunities and one-time volunteer opportunities on our Volunteer Opportunities page. 'One-time' volunteer opportunities are noted as such. You can also sign-up to receive a twice-monthly email announcement of upcoming Kirkland area event volunteer opportunities, via the City's ListServlinks to external site.

City of Kirkland volunteers assist City staff in all departments, except Municipal Court, enhancing programs and services to the Kirkland community, such as by restoring the natural vegetation in City parks, supporting the City Council in legislative matters, assisting with special events, and providing office support.

Please note:
 -- All on-going opportunities require you to pass a national criminal history check, provide two references, complete an application, in-person interview and a one-hour new volunteer orientation.
 -- All Police department opportunities require a lengthy background check and a minimum six-month commitment.
 -- Youth under age 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a volunteer agreement.
--  Because State Labor and Industries does not cover those under the age of 14, parents assume full medical liability of volunteers younger than 14 years.

City Manager's Office
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033

General Inquiries
T. 425.587.3001 | F. 425.587.3019