Photo: David Newman

Seattle Voluntourism

Give Back with Voluntourism

Why is it time to embrace the growing voluntourism trend? For one, it’s a great way to turn team-building into a charitable opportunity. Also, it is a feel-good way to give back to your host city. At Visit Seattle, we make it easy to jump in with useful resources for meeting planners. Here are some ideas on how your attendees can come together to give back.

Photo: Pike Place Market Foundation

Photo: Pike Place Market Foundation

1. Volunteer for a Local Organization

Organize a volunteer event with local nonprofits so your attendees can help clean up area parks, rivers, and hiking trails, while bonding with team members. Here are a few organizations that can help get you started:

Food Lifeline Seattle Parks and Recreation
Habitat for Humanity Seattle Tilth
The Nature Conservancy Team Come True
Pike Place Market Foundation Washington Trails Association
Puget Soundkeeper
Photo: Northwest Harvest

Photo: Northwest Harvest

2. Sponsor a Charitable Drive

Incorporating a drive for charity into your event is a simple way to help those in need. Local nonprofits welcome donations of food, clothing, toys and more.

Compass Housing Alliance Treehouse
Dress for Success Union Gospel Mission
Northwest Harvest Seattle Public Schools
YWCA Seattle/King County/Snohomish
FareStart Catering. Photo: Azzura Photography

FareStart Catering. Photo: Azzura Photography

3. Order Catering for a Cause

Order catering services from a nonprofit that provides job training to disadvantaged men, women and refugees. You can also donate excess food to a local homeless shelter. Here are some great options:

Project Feast

Image: Seattle Works

4. Plan a Custom Volunteer Project

If you prefer a turnkey community service option, team up with local nonprofit Seattle Works. Using your input, Seattle Works selects a project, coordinates logistics, checks in volunteers, provides photos and a debrief report for your marketing materials, and organizes meals and transportation. Your attendees can plant trees, sort donations, prepare meals for those in need, or give back in another way that’s tailored to your event’s unique focus or interest.


Photo: Visit Seattle

Photo: Visit Seattle


In one afternoon with Seattle Works and Compass Housing Alliance, a local provider of housing and support services, we unpacked 92 boxes of supplies and built 76 homecoming kits for incoming families.

Photo: Seattle Works

Photo: Seattle Works


Employees from VISA partnered with Seattle Works and the Low Income Housing Institute to knot (no sewing required!) 35 blankets for families transitioning out of homelessness.

Photo: Seattle Works

Photo: Seattle Works


Seattle Works and YouthCare engaged 100 Washington State Employees Credit Union employees to make hygiene kits for homeless teens, transforming duct tape into durable pouches filled with necessities.

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