I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times: “We couldn’t do it without your support!” But when it comes to Solid Ground volunteers, this nonprofit fundraising mantra is much more than a platitude – it’s a reality.
Volunteers like Matt (see our previous post Volunteers, making an impact) profoundly increase the impact Solid Ground makes in communities across Seattle and King County. Last year, over 5,000 volunteers gave 247,358 hours of service to the Solid Ground community. (The vast majority, 197,936 hours, were contributed by volunteers 55 and older!)
By the Independent Sector’s standard, one volunteer hour in Washington state equals $27.54. In 2014, this translated to nearly $6.8 million in volunteer labor – more than one quarter of Solid Ground’s annual budget! We very literally could not accomplish our work without them.
Volunteering is win-win, changing lives for the better both for our program participants and our volunteers. Volunteers share their talents, learn new skills, and make connections while taking action to improve our community and help our neighbors in need. They play a meaningful role in something big.
Many of Solid Ground’s 22 programs and services rely on volunteers. Opportunities range from one-time to long-term and include…
- Hands-on projects: Grow fresh, organic food for local food banks, or help renovate residential building spaces.
- Direct service with people: Tutor and mentor kids coming out of homelessness, or teach children, teens, adults and families about nutrition and cooking.
- Community outreach: Help communities register to vote, or represent Solid Ground at informational events.
- Behind the scenes: Help put on events for our program participants and supporters … and more!
Lettuce Link is one Solid Ground program that relies heavily on volunteers to work with and in communities to grow and share fresh, nourishing food.
Lettuce Link Program Manager Nate Moxley says, “Volunteers are the life force of Lettuce Link. Their work and dedication allow us to manage two education and access farms where we host hundreds of classes, field trips and community groups every year.” Additionally, volunteer giving gardeners donate the bounty of their labors, and last year grew more than 55,000 lbs of fruits and vegetables for food banks and meal programs.
Senior volunteers also make an enormous contribution to the Solid Ground community. Our RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) matches volunteers 55 and older to opportunities both with Solid Ground programs and with 52 partner organizations across King County.
RSVP Director Jen Gahagan says, “We are so grateful and appreciative for the support and commitment of our senior volunteers. They provide a wealth of knowledge and experience which help us tackle our community’s greatest challenges.”
Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers!
For more info on volunteering, visit our Volunteer webpage, or contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 206.694.6825 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Jackson says
My name is David Jackson and I am the program director for MERCY here in Seattle. We just recently began projects here in Seattle and wanted to see if there was a possibility of us helping out on a project for our annual ‘International Day of Mercy’ Saturday, June 18th, 2016. We have about 24 volunteers that will be partici[pating this year with a possibility of more added. I know the timing is a little sudden but I am hoping that we can do something. I can be reached at 503.984.4738 as well. I look forward to hearing from you!
Mike Buchman says
Hi David: Thanks for your message. We’ve chatted internally and it looks like Solid Ground will not be able to participate. Good luck!