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Volunteer at SODO Community Market

SODO Community Market is a no-cost grocery store that offers great customer service, dignity, and a sense of community

Volunteer Roles

Back-of-House

Repack staple items for distribution, sort donations, setup for the following day, and other duties as needed.

  • Mondays – 10:00 am-1:00 pm
  • Tuesdays1:00 pm-3:00 pm
  • Wednesdays7:45 am-11:00 am / 10:45 am-2:00 pm / 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
  • Thursdays9:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Fridays 7:45 am-11:00 pm / 10:45 am-2:00 pm

Market

Greet and check-in guests when they arrive, keep displays stocked with product, assist guests as needed, and bag groceries at checkout.

  • Mondays –1:15 pm-4:30 pm / 4:15 pm-7:30 pm
  • Wednesdays7:45 am-11:00 am / 10:45 am-2:00 pm 
  • Fridays 7:45 am-11:00 pm / 10:45 am-2:00 pm

Sandwich Brigade

Assist with making approximately 1,000 sandwiches for distribution in the market. Please note: This role involves working with and around peanut butter.

  • Mondays – 8:00 am-10:00 am
  • Tuesday – 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
  • Thursdays 9:00 am-11:00 am
If this sounds like a good fit for you, please complete an application online:

Volunteer Individually

Volunteer as a Group

SODO Community Market Volunteer FAQs

How do I sign up for a shift?

After we receive your application, our SODO volunteer coordinator will send you an email to discuss shift availability and scheduling. Once we’ve found a mutually agreeable shift (or shifts), we’ll send you a confirmation email with all the details you’ll need for volunteering. Please note that we have a two-shift limit per week and that these must be on different days.

Are there drop-in volunteer opportunities?

Unfortunately, we don’t offer drop-in volunteer opportunities. We plan our daily operations around the number of volunteers we have on the schedule. In order to best support smooth operations for our market team, all shifts must be scheduled in advance.

Do I need to attend an orientation?

We ask all individual volunteers to attend a one-hour orientation prior to their first shift. This must be scheduled in advance. Orientations are typically held on the first Thursdays, 2-3pm, and third Tuesdays, 10-11am. Please note, however, that this can sometimes change due to events, meetings, or staff trainings. For the updated confirmation schedule, please email volunteer@northwestharvest.org. For volunteer groups, there is an orientation at the start of the shift.

Can you confirm service hours?

We’re happy to provide hours confirmation for school or work purposes. However, we’re unable to offer court-related service.

Can any age volunteer or do you have an age limit?

Anyone who is nine years old, or in the third grade, is welcome! Nine-to-15-year-olds need to have a parent or guardian with them. Individuals who are 16 and 17 years old are able to volunteer on their own with an application and a parent/guardian permission form on file.

SODO Community Market

1915 Fourth Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98034

Directions: The SODO Community Market is located just south of the intersection of Fourth and Holgate in the SODO neighborhood. Metro routes 131 and 132 stop right in front of the market and routes 21, 101 and 150 also serve the area. The closest light rail stop is the SODO station, which is between Lander and Holgate.