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Mayor Harrell Announces 3rd Annual One Seattle Day of Service on May 18

Volunteer registration is now open for over 110 service events throughout the city

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that volunteer registration has opened for the 3rd Annual One Seattle Day of Service which will be returning on Saturday, May 18, 2024.

“Service to others is one of our highest One Seattle values, nurturing a sense of unity, belonging, and togetherness in our community,” said Mayor Harrell. “The One Seattle Day of Service is an opportunity to turn common ground into common cause, uniting residents from every corner of our city to make it better place for everyone who lives, works, and plays here. I hope everyone will embrace the spirit of service and collaboration, come together with their neighbors, and take action on May 18 to improve the city we love and call home.”

Registration is now open for over 2,500 volunteer shifts at over 110 service events throughout Seattle. More shifts and events will be added until the day of the event. Volunteer opportunities include a variety of options for people across ages, abilities, and interests. 

Residents can sign up for a volunteer shift here

There are 70 partner organizations participating in the 2024 Day of Service, representing diverse array of public, private, and nonprofit partnerships and community organizations, including Amazon, Patagonia Seattle, Visit Seattle, SODO BIA, Chinatown International District BIA, Alliance for Pioneer Square, Mary’s Place, Food Lifeline, Byrd Barr Place, Rainier Beach Action Coalition, Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Reign FC, and Seattle Seahawks.

Day of Service volunteer activities include:

Cleaning and beautification – collecting trash, removing graffiti, building repair, and painting

Gardening and restoration – weeding, planting, storm drain protection, and trail repair

Helping neighbors in need – grocery packing, donation organizing, and tiny home construction

Mayor Harrell announced the Day of Service at Byrd Barr Place, one of Washington’s oldest community organizations which serves more than 20,000 people each year. Honoring civil rights champion Roberta Byrd Barr, the organization is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

Byrd Barr Place’s food bank will host two volunteer events this year for food donation sorting and packing during the Day of Service.

“Founded in 1964, amidst the fervor of the Civil Rights Movement, Byrd Barr Place emerged as a beacon of hope and change. Our mission was clear from the start: to empower our community’s most vulnerable, to stand against the tides of injustice, and to create a future where everyone has the opportunity to thrive,” said Dr. Angela Griffin, CEO of Byrd Barr Place. “Over the years, we’ve evolved, but our core mission remains unchanged. We’ve nourished bodies and minds through our food bank, kept homes warm and lights on with our energy assistance program, and paved pathways to financial stability through education and support. Today as we join Mayor Harrell to kick off the Day of Service, we celebrate our past and also set our sights on the future—a future in which Byrd Barr Place continues to be a pillar of strength, a catalyst for change, and a partner in the journey toward a more just and equitable society.

What People Are Saying

Councilmember Joy Hollingsworth

“Volunteering helps build strong, connected communities, improving the lives of those in need while also creating a culture of compassion, understanding, and empathy. I hope everyone in Seattle will come together for the Day of Service on May 18 and help create the positive change we want to see in our city.”

David Zapolsky, Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy and General Counsel, Amazon

“The One Seattle Day of Service is a wonderful event in support of our city’s many vibrant neighborhoods and nonprofit organizations that do incredible work. Amazon is happy to once again participate in the 3rd annual Day of Service. It’s inspiring to see my fellow Amazon colleagues volunteer to improve the lives of our neighbors, customers, and residents.”

Lisa Howard, Executive Director, Alliance for Pioneer Square

“The Alliance is looking forward to hosting our 16th Annual Spring Clean event again in conjunction with One Seattle Day of Service. It’s a great time to give back to our Pioneer Square neighborhood by cleaning, beautifying, and building community all in one event. We love how much we can get done in our city and our neighborhood when we all work together!

Mayor Harrell and Councilmember Hollingsworth pack up food donations
Councilmember Joy Hollingsworth speaks at Byrd Barr
The food bank at Byrd Barr Place.