Volunteers at Illahee Trail removing blackberries and other invasive plants
The benefits of being a volunteer are many. Your presence in the program enhances the quality of life in Sammamish. Here are some ways volunteering can enrich your life:
- gain valuable work experience
- explore new careers
- earn academic credit
- learn a new skill
- meet new friends
- help others in need
- have fun!
The City of Sammamish Volunteer Program is designed to bring volunteers and City Staff together in partnership to assure the success of our programs and services. Volunteers provide valuable staff support and assistance to the public in a variety of programs and services throughout many City Departments. If you can't find an opportunity you are interested in on this page, be sure to check out community opportunities.
If you want to read more about the health benefits of volunteering you should be sure to read this article from Carnegie Mellon.
To find out more about volunteer opportunities in Sammamish, contact Dawn Sanders, Volunteer Coordinator, (425) 295-0556
All volunteers will need to fill out the online Volunteer Agreement or print and sign a downloadable Volunteer Agreement.
Click here to see the updated Where to Care Guide.
Volunteer Events are listed on the city event calendar:
Saturday March 8, 10am – 2pm, Evans Creek Preserve
Is Evans Creek Preserve your favorite Sammamish Park? Have you been wanting to go but haven’t got around to it yet? No matter what the reason, save the date and join us at this volunteer event! Volunteers will be removing scotch broom, ivy and blackberry from two different areas near the parking lot. Don’t worry – the blackberry is still quite small. If you haven’t used a weed wrench yet this is the perfect opportunity. Our weed wrenches make pulling out scotch broom fun. Take a break from the volunteer work to check out the park – who knows, you might even find one of the gnomes!
Simple Measures – Tuesday March 18th beginning at 7:30 pm at Sammamish Presbyterian Church.
Two volunteers are needed to help set up chairs, organize and serve refreshments and be willing to stay until the completion of the concert to put chairs away and clean up. Time: 6:30 pm (arrival)- 9:30 pm (approximate)
Haiku in the Woods - Saturday, April 12 9:30 – 2:30 pm
Two volunteers are needed to help set up chairs, organize and serve refreshments and be willing to stay until the completion of the concert to put chairs away and clean up. Time: 9:30 pm (arrival)- 2:30 pm (approximate).
Sammamish Landing Volunteer projects –
May 8, June 7, July 26 and October 18 9am – 1pm
The city of Sammamish is partnering with Friends of the Cedar River Watershed to host volunteer projects at Sammamish Landing. The Friends of the Cedar River Watershed works hard to engage people to enhance and sustain watersheds through restoration, education and stewardship. You can sign up for the following events on the city event calendar or at http://www.cedarriver.org/events.
Summer Event Volunteers –
Volunteers are needed to support the following summer events:
Fourth on the Plateau – July 4
Fourth on the Plateau Clean Up – July 5
Safe & Sound Sammamish August 5
Sammamish Days & Nights – August 9
If you are interested in volunteering for any of the above park or summer events, please contact the city of Sammamish Volunteer Coordinator Dawn Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425.295.0556.
Trail Stewards – Help lead volunteer projects to maintain and build trails in Sammamish Parks. Requirements include two to three training days with or Washington Trails Association, and help leading four volunteer events per year at our parks. Parks include, but are not limited to; Evans Creek Preserve, Sammamish Landing and big Rock Park. Contact Dawn Sanders at email@example.com for an application.
Washington Trails Association will be working at Evans Creek Preserve the month of April; every Tuesday – Sunday. Sign up at www.wta.org/volunteers
Sign up to receive Volunteer Opportunities email updates or contact Dawn Sanders at 425.295.0556 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also find other Community Volunteer Opportunities by going to that page.
Group Volunteer Projects - great for scouts, school groups or corporate volunteer events. If you don't see a project that meets the needs for your group, contact the Volunteer Coordinator for other options.
Youth and Community Eco-Friendly Car Wash Program
Car washes can be a popular choice for fund-raising, but did you know that the soap and water used to wash and rinse cars contain waste that can pollute our water resources?
The storm drain system empties the water directly into our local creeks, lakes and Puget Sound without treatment. This is how car wash fund-raising events can create a significant amount of water pollution without even realizing it.
Don’t let your charitable event cause water pollution in our lakes and the Sound! The City of Sammamish has a “Sudsafe” Car Wash Kit available for loan to non-profit organizations. These kits are loaned out to groups on a first-come/first-served basis. To borrow a Car Wash Kit from the City of Sammamish Stormwater Management Team for your event, please contact the Stormwater Management Team at 425-295-0573.
STORM DRAIN MARKING PROGRAM
Storm Drain Marking is a course of action that alerts citizens of the connection between their yards and nearby waterways. Citizens are warned of the dangers of misusing storm drains as garbage disposals by the following message, which is displayed next to the storm drains in their streets: “Only Rain Down the Drain”
This is a great activity for any volunteer organization, including: schools, scouts, churches, block clubs, and service organizations (e.g. Kiwanis).
The City of Sammamish is promoting the storm drain marking program throughout the city. For more information about the program email Lisa Werre at email@example.com or 425.295.0573