Volunteers Keep Tree House Running
Volunteers are essential to keeping Tree House: A Place for Families running smoothly, and we appreciate your interest. There are a variety of ways that you can help us support families. Explore the opportunities below to learn more about how you can get involved.
Help with Maintenance and Housekeeping
Volunteers are essential to keeping Tree House running smoothly. There are a variety of opportunities for individuals and groups. Examples of volunteer tasks include the following:
- Answering phones
- Performing light office duties
- Maintaining kitchen and community areas
- Assisting with grounds and building upkeep
- Organizing donations
If you are willing to share your time and talents, we will find the perfect spot for you to volunteer.
Join the Outreach Committee
Families staying at Tree House are better able to focus on their loved ones when they don’t have to worry about cooking or buying food. Our outreach committee works with the community to coordinate meal preparation and conduct food drives. If you are interested in volunteering for this committee, please contact us at 253-403-8510.
Donate to Our Registries
Your donations help ensure our families have a clean, comfortable and safe stay. We accept a variety of items such as unopened, unexpired food, (including beverages and frozen items) for our pantry, cleaning products, toiletries, movies, books, new toys and much more.
You can access up-to-date information about what we need by checking out our registries at Target and Amazon. These registries list the types of donations we are seeking — substitutions for color and brand are welcome. You can also view our pantry wish list. Thank you for your generosity.
Families staying with us often experience stress when a loved one is hospitalized. Our Family Meal Program offers groups of volunteers the opportunity to extend needed support to these families by purchasing and preparing a meal. Below are important considerations:
- Volunteers can serve meals any day of the week.
- A group size of 5–10 volunteers is most appropriate.
- The actual number of Tree House guests eating a meal varies; however, groups should plan to serve 40–60 people. We will e-mail you one to two days in advance with an estimated number of guests.
- Groups may cook on- or off-site, do a combination of both or order takeout that can be stored and reheated. In all cases, food safety guidelines must be observed.
- Our kitchen is equipped with four electric residential ovens, several stove tops and a variety of utensils and cookware, including large chafing pans.
- Groups should attend an on-site orientation. These sessions last approximately 45 minutes and can be scheduled Monday through Friday between 2 and 8pm. We encourage all group members to attend, however only the designated lead for the group is required to do so.
- At least one member of your group must have a valid Washington State Food Worker card. Please bring this with you to orientation.
- All members of your group must carefully read our food handling, preparation and storage guidelines (provided during orientation) prior to serving a meal.
- If your group solicits donations to fund the meal, please solicit them on behalf of your group’s organization (not Tree House).
Thank you for your interest. We look forward to talking with you about serving a meal.