Volunteers are the heart and soul of Sustainable Ballard

Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time; they just have the heart!
~ Elizabeth Andrew

We wouldn’t exist as an organization without the volunteers in our community who come together to organize us, lead our projects, help out with events and programs and expand our hearts and souls. If you’re looking for a way to share your time and energy with your community, we’re sure to have something that fits your skill set, time available and/or passion.

Listed below are the opportunities currently available.  Click on the titles and/or reach out to the contact person to learn more.

But before you check out all the great ways to help, SAVE THE DATE!  Our 16th Annual Festival will take place on Saturday, September 28th in Ballard Commons Park.  We’ll have pre-Festival volunteer jobs, LOTS of ways to help on the day of, and a few opportunities post-Festival.  Keep that date on your calendar for Sustainable Ballard and stay tuned for the sign up email. 

Now, on to our current opportunities:

Market Gleaning
Summer is here and that means the farmers are bringing more and more produce to the Ballard Farmers’ Market. Our Market Gleaning project is looking for volunteers to help collect fresh produce from these generous farmers on Sundays for delivery to the Ballard Food Bank.

Are you interested in keeping good produce out of the compost bin and getting it to our Ballard neighbors in need? Then this project is for you. Even better if you have a station wagon or truck for transporting boxes! High schoolers! You can get community service hours! 

Teams of gleaners rotate so the commitment is no more than once per month, 2:45-5pm, on Sundays.  Spring is a great time to join up — it’s a little slower and less hectic, and you can learn the ropes before things pick up again as we move into warm weather. Sign up as a team or individual. The more volunteer teams we have, the less often each team will be put onto the schedule — many hands make light work!

In addition, our Team Lead for this project is moving out of the area.  Are you an organized leader?  This may be the perfect way for you to put your talents to use to help our neighbors.

Interested?  Contact Katie: ktshinn@outlook.com

Ballard Tool Library
Ballard Tool Library is created for the community, by the community. We rely on volunteers for everything from spreading the word about us to helping keep our tools clean, organized and in working order. Interested in volunteering? Come to a volunteer orientation to learn more about how to get involved – held every first and third Sunday of the month from 4 – 5pm. Fill out a volunteer application and waiver, learn about how you can make a big impact at Ballard Tool Library, and even start signing up for shifts!

Take a look at the volunteer positions available below, or let us know if you are interested in donating your talents in a different way.

Tool Librarian
Minimum 2 hr/month suggested
Staff the Ballard Tool Library during our open hours. Duties include signing up new members, checking tools in and out, accepting and cataloguing tool donations, and being a warm and welcoming presence at the BTL. We encourage tool librarians to sign up for at least 1 shift/month. General experience / knowledge of tools strongly encouraged but not required.

Tool Librarian shifts:

  • Sundays,1:45pm – 3:45pm and 3:45pm – 5:15pm
  • Tuesdays, 10:45am – 1:15pm
  • Thursdays, 4:45pm – 6:45pm and 6:45pm – 8:15pm
  • Saturdays, 8:45am – 11:15am

Tool Maintenance Team Member
Minimum 2 hr/month suggested
*Calling all volunteers with tool maintenance experience!* Many of our tools could use some TLC, and we’d love your help with monthly maintenance events. If you have experience keeping tools sharpened and maintained, this is the perfect opportunity for you. If you’re willing to help train other volunteers in the fine art of tool maintenance, even better! Beginners are welcome to help with basic cleaning and labeling of tools, although must attend a BTL maintenance training if interested in learning more in-depth upkeep methods.

Outreach Team
Minimum 2hr/month suggested
Can’t wait to tell everyone about the awesome Tool Library you just joined? Become a part of our outreach team! We’d love your help with anything from crafting perfect social media posts to posting flyers at downtown businesses. Repair Cafe Consultant
Minimum 2hr/month suggested
Do you have a skill you’d love to share? A knack for fixing items otherwise destined for the landfill? Sign up to be a repair consultant at our monthly drop-in BTL Repair Cafes– every third Thursday of the month from 6pm – 8pm. During the Repair Cafe, you will help community members fix their broken items, teach maintenance tips, and share your passion for fixing/creating with interested participants.

Contact:  JB Harmon; jbharmon@ballardtoollibrary.org

Meals with Neighbors
Ballard Sunday Dinner 
Sustainable Ballard participates with five local churches to produce a hot, wholesome Sunday dinner every week. The meal is prepared under the leadership of volunteers from one or two of the participating churches.  Sustainable Ballard volunteers work alongside the church volunteers in various positions:  cooking the meal, setting up the dining hall, greeting the guests, serving the meal, or cleaning up.

Edible Hope Feeding Program
Every weekday morning at 7am, breakfast is served at St. Luke’s.  We support this program with additional volunteer service.

Contact:  Camilla; camilla@sustainableballard.org


Projects & Events Group
We’re seeking a few folks who enjoy working with others, putting your skills to good use creating and supporting cool events and projects for the community.
Contact: Andrea; andrea@sustainableballard.org

Community Outreach (COre) Team
Join this team charged with developing messaging and marketing for our outreach and membership efforts.
Contact:Jacob; jacob@sustainableballard.org

Meaningful Movies Team
We are looking for team members to help select the documentary movies we screen and to organize the screenings we present every other month.
Contact: Donna, donna.linn@comcast.net

Thank you!