At the Law Offices of Lance Fryrear, we understand that many people who want to volunteer, or need to complete their court ordered community service requirements are having a hard time now that Washington State has officially issued a stay in place order. We have also heard from many of our colleagues and former clients that they are looking for ways to help in these scary times dealing with COVID-19.
With the stay in place order issued, some services are still considered essential which means you can travel if you are assisting these services. Essential services under the new order include people who provide social services and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals (including family members and individuals experiencing homelessness). This covers homeless shelters, food banks and other similar services. Agencies/non-profits offering options to virtually volunteer or volunteer in person include:
- The United Way of King County needs volunteers to help with delivering food to low income families in need, their food bank and their soup kitchen.
- The Edmonds Food Bank needs volunteers to help staff their food bank.
- The Volunteers of America Western Washington needs volunteers for many of their services including food banks and crisis services.
- You can find a list of Seattle area food banks through the Seattle Food Committee.
- Catholic Community Services needs volunteers to help seniors and adults with chronic illnesses and/or disabilities. One of the services they provide is to be a “phone buddy” to an older adult in the King County area.