Get Involved

Join us in helping our neighbors. There are many ways to get involved!

Join Our Team

We are looking for a Development & Event Intern!

Job Description: Our Development & Event Internship offers the opportunity to work hands-on with staff, helping raise the funds needed to support our services and educating the community about our impact. This position is an ideal opportunity for an undergraduate or graduate student interested in pursuing a career in the nonprofit sector, particularly in development, marketing, or management.

Interns will work directly with the Development Manager and in collaboration with our other staff members and volunteers as projects arise.

We currently have one (1) part-time internship position available. Specific tasks may include:

  • Assist with planning and executing of our fall fundraiser, the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Dinner & Auction, and other outreach events
  • Support day-to-day fundraising activities including appeals, acknowledgments, and donor cultivation efforts
  • Assist with donor database management
  • Support management of fundraising and outreach volunteers
  • Aid other administrative tasks as needed
  • Support Neighbors Helping Neighbors the day of the event, Saturday, October 12, 2019

Interns will work directly with the Development & Communications Manager to design an internship plan that aligns organizational goals with the selected applicant's learning objectives. Specific hours and schedule are flexible. The expected weekly schedule will be between 10-15 hours, and may involve occasional evening and weekend hours. Applications will be reviewed as they are received – desired start is as soon as possible.

Qualifications: Highly qualified applicants will have some experience with and/or education in fundraising, communications, graphic design, and a background of volunteering or working with low-income, underserved, or at-risk populations, an interest in pursuing a career in the nonprofit or public sectors, and be reliable, responsible, compassionate, and dedicated.

Cover Letter: Please specify in your cover letter why you are interested in this position, what makes you a good fit, and how this position aligns with your professional goals. Cover letter should be no more than one page single-spaced.

Compensation: Academic credit can be granted. You will need to work with your advisor to gather paperwork and approval.

To apply: Please submit application materials and direct questions to:

Make a Contribution

Our supporters make it possible for us to serve our community. Donating online is quick, easy, and goes straight to helping our neighbors in need! Make a one-time gift, or join the Circle of Neighbors to give monthly!

Volunteer Your Time

We love our volunteers!

Our dedicated volunteers make it possible for us to help our neighbors in need by taking applications over the phone or sorting and distributing clothing at the Clothesline clothing store. Be a great neighbor and join the West Seattle Helpline team!

Volunteer orientations are the third Wednesday on odd months (Sept, Nov, Jan, Mar, May, July) from 6:00-7:00pm at our office.

Become a Board Member

Board members guide West Seattle Helpline’s service and growth. Help us build on our history of service!

The West Seattle Helpline’s Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring the sustainability of the Helpline while supporting the Executive Director in providing assistance to our West Seattle and White Center neighbors in need. Participation on the Board is by invitation and is open to members of our community who are excited to shape the direction of our growth and improve the lives of our neighbors in West Seattle and White Center.

Key activities include:

  • Attending monthly board meetings
  • Fundraising
  • Event planning
  • Professional assistance
  • Community outreach

If you'd like to apply or receive more information on becoming a Helpline board member, please email us at

Become a Sponsor

We wouldn't be able to do it without our amazing sponsors!

Our sponsors help ensure that every dollar raised goes towards our programming to help families and individuals recover from hardship. There are many different sponsorship options, from an annual sponsorship to event sponsorships and there are sponsorship levels for every business size!

If you'd like to sign up as a sponsor, click here. If you would like more information on sponsorship options, please email us at

Attend One of Our Events

We host the “Taste of West Seattle” every spring and the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fall Auction” every October. Come enjoy yourself and support West Seattle Helpline all at once! We'll always announce the next event in our news section well ahead of time, and we hope to see you at the next one!

Donate New or Gently Used Clothing

West Seattle Helpline’s free clothing store, the Clothesline, accepts donations of new and gently used clothing for infants, children, and adults.

At this time, the Clothesline cannot accept:

  • Bike helmets or sport equipment
  • Children's toys or stuffed animals
  • Housewares or small appliances

While we appreciate all donations, the Clothesline is especially seeking:

  • School-aged (ages 6-14) children's clothing items
  • Men's shoes, especially sneakers / tennis shoes
  • Children's shoes, especially sizes 1-5
  • "Plus-Sized" clothing items (XXL+ for both men and women)
  • Undergarments and socks (new or VERY lightly used)

See our Wish List for more highly needed items.

Any donations that are outside our needs and storage capacity will be redistributed to community partners.