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In the Fall of 2007, the Physics Department initiated a program that includes one community service opportunity a month. Members of the faculty, staff, and graduate community and their guests have served in agencies as diverse as soup kitchens, house builds, tree-plantings, and food banks.

The purpose of such an organization is to come together to represent this Department as one which is invested in the needs of the community; to grow relationships outside the walls of the building in which we work; and to engage one another and our community in a different and refreshing way.

Current Quarter's Service Opportunities

September 27, 2009, noon-3 p.m.: Friends of the Seattle Public Libraries Book Sale, Magnuson Park [1]

October 10, 2009, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.: Food Lifeline [2]

November 14, 2009, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.: Goodwill Glitter Sale [3]

December 12, 2009, 9 a.m.-noon: YMCA Holiday Open House

Past Service Events

August 2009:' Food Lifeline [4]

Volunteers sorted and repacked more than 3000 pounds of apples.

July 2009: Brides Against Breast Cancer [5]

Volunteers worked at the bridal gown sale in Snohomish, helping brides find dresses, restocking gown racks, etc.

June 2009: Food Lifeline [6]

Volunteers repacked over 7000 pounds of Nabisco goods for distribution to Washington state food banks.

May 2009: Beat the Bridge, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation [7]

Volunteers prepared 'goodie bags' for participants in the JDRF walk.

April 2009: Marra Farm Workday [8]

Volunteers cleared flower beds for Seattle Schools planting project.

March 2009: Seattle Green Festival [9]

Volunteers were part of the "Green Team," which helped with composting, recycling, and education.

February 2009: Habitat for Humanity of East King County [10]

In two shifts, volunteers put up fiberglass insulation and worked on the inside walls of several townhomes.

January 2009: Food Lifeline [11]

Volunteers repacked more than 13,000 pounds of citrus, providing more than 10,000 meals to the hungry in Western Washington.

December 2008: ROOTS Young Adult Shelter [12]

Volunteers helped organize donations and sanitized sleeping mats and pillows.

November 2008: Goodwill Glitter Sale [13]

Volunteers charmed customers while manning the jewelry counter. The most exciting sale of the afternoon was a rhinestone brassiere that had been the source of much conversation and betting.

October 2008: Alpha Supported Living Services [14]

In two shifts, volunteers successfully painted the exterior of an entire home!

September 2008: Food Lifeline [15]

Volunteers sorted and repackaged 8575 pounds of dry goods to be shipped to Western Washington's food banks. The coolest part of it all is that we got to use Food Lifeline's fancy conveyer belt.

August 2008: Alpha Supported Living Services [16]

Participants revamped a pond water system and cleared out weeds and brush in the yard of Alpha's Issaquah home.

July 2008: Childhaven [17]

Volunteers washed an entire fleet of Childhaven's vans (used as a bus service for clients of Childhaven).

May 2008: Food Lifeline [18]

Participants sorted 3680 pounds of canned goods from Food Lifeline's annual drive.

April 2008: ROOTS Clothing Drive [19] and Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust [20]

After volunteering at ROOTS in March, we learned that they were in need of men's coats. We held a very successful men's clothing drive the following month.

Volunteers also ventured out to Issaquah to pick blackberries and plant trees with Mountains to Sound.

March 2008: ROOTS Young Adult Shelter [21]

Volunteers organized donations closet and cleaned the kitchen.

February 2008: Food Lifeline [22]

Participants dumped out cases of contaminated water, making room for more than 5500 meals.

January 2008: Habitat for Humanity [23]

Two shifts of volunteers painted, sided, and cleaned on a very cold Saturday at Patterson Park in Redmond.

December 2007: Salvation Army [24]

Volunteers rang the bell for Salvation Army at two locations in Renton.

November 2007: Union Gospel Mission [25]

Participants served meals at both the men's and the women's and children's shelters downtown.

October 2007: Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust [26]

Volunteers repotted several trees for planting.


For questions regarding current or past service opportunities or to sign up for email updates, please contact Amy Robertson at

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