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:
November 9 - Volunteer at Pine Lake Park
November 16 - Salvage Plants with Sammamish Plants Stewards
Park & Trail Stewards
We are currently looking for Native Plant Stewards and Trail Stewards. Our stewards receive ongoing training and help lead city of Sammamish volunteer events. Join us on June 1 at Evans Creek Preserve to meet our current Sammamish Native Plant and Trail Stewards. This informal event is open to families and will include a docent led walk through Evans Creek if you are interested. Volunteers will be removing blackberry shoots and morning glory from a previously cleared site. Register by going to this link: click here.
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