Do you ever feel like NU is its own little world? Do you want to break free from the isolated community we’ve built? There’s nothing wrong with living in a close community, but sometimes it can be nice to step outside of the bubble and experience the surrounding world.
One great way to experience and take part in the greater Kirkland community is to do volunteer work.
Two of the largest areas of volunteer work around Kirkland are environmental protection and preservation and public safety. The city of Kirkland hosts park renovation days every week through a project called Green Kirkland Partnership. These take place at Cotton Hill Park on Wednesdays and Juanita Bay Park on Thursdays from 10 am-noon. There are also special events hosted throughout the year targeted towards park restoration. If park renovation isn’t your thing, volunteer to help plant and maintain city parks and facilities, or maintain traffic circles. For more information or to register to volunteer, visit www.greenkirkland.org.
The Kirkland Police and Fire departments work with many volunteers in order to protect the community and educate people. One option to aid the police department is to volunteer to monitor the speed of vehicles in known problem areas. The fire department relies on not only those who actually fight fires, but those who educate the community as well. Volunteering to educate youth on proper fire safety is a great way to support the fire department and create a safer community. For more information, visit www.kirklandwa.gov.
If you’re more interested in personal relationships, then KTUB is the place for you! The Kirkland Teen Union Building, affectionately known as KTUB, is a safe haven for youth between the ages of 13-18. Run by the YMCA, they are always looking for volunteers to help set up workshops, serve food, and build relationships with the teens who call this place a haven. For a volunteer application, email Dlawrence@seattleymca.org or visit their location in downtown Kirkland.
Volunteer work doesn’t have to be as involved as monitoring vehicular speeds or teaching fire safety classes. It can be as simple as clearing weeds from a park, ensuring that crosswalks have pedestrian flags available, or hanging out with teens for a few hours. There are many opportunities to help the community of Kirkland, but finding them can be tricky. One of the best ways to find volunteer work is to simply ask around. Try talking to church leaders, e-mail professors, or just ask peers that are connected to the community. You never know what amazing opportunity is in store for you!
Written by Jake Woodward & Katie Powell