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Volunteers at Illahee Trail removing blackberries and other invasive plants

The City of Sammamish Volunteer Program is designed to bring volunteers and city staff together in partnership to assure the success of our programs and services. Volunteers provide valuable staff support and assistance to the public in a variety of programs and services throughout many City Departments. See list of upcoming opportunities below for volunteer activities currently scheduled. To find out more about the volunteer opportunities listed below or to see about other City of Sammamish opportunities, contact the Volunteer Coordinator. All volunteers will need to fill out the online Volunteer Agreement or print and sign a downloadable Volunteer Agreement.

If you can't find an opportunity you are interested in on this page, be sure to check out community opportunities.  

Upcoming Opportunities:

July 24th 10:00a-noon -- Kid friendly volunteering at the Lower Commons Native Plant Garden, which is a wonderful place for kids to learn about what stays in a garden and what needs to go. Search for garden critters and use all your senses to explore.

 

August 5th 2:00-5:00p -- Looking for volunteers to help our at our Safe & Sound Sammamish event. This fun event kicks off National Night Out with a ton of first responders and their vehicles available to interact with. Volunteers are needed to help with traffic flow and event logistics. Volunteers are needed before and after time listed for help with set up and clean up.

August 9th 10:00a-2:00p -- Sammamish Days celebrates the incorporation of Sammamish with music, food and fun for the entire family. Volunteers are needed during the event to help with activities, supervise bouncy toy lines, traffic flow and event logistics. Volunteers are needed before and after time listed for help with set up and clean up.

August 14th 10:00a-noon -- Kid friendly volunteering at the Lower Commons Native Plant Garden, which is a wonderful place for kids to learn about what stays in a garden and what needs to go. Search for garden critters and use all your senses to explore.

August 28th 10:00a-noon -- Kid friendly volunteering at the Lower Commons Native Plant Garden, which is a wonderful place for kids to learn about what stays in a garden and what needs to go. Search for garden critters and use all your senses to explore.

 

September 13th 9:00a-noon -- The Ebright West restoration project consists of steps to improve the ecosystem functions of a 1/3 acre area west of Ebright creek. Volunteers are needed in one of the following three important tasks: 1) Remove invasive species such as Himalayan blackberries to give existing native plants a chance to thrive and make a comeback. 2) Populate areas cleared of blackberries with native plants to aid the comeback of native plants and to prevent the re-growth of weeds and invasive species. 3) Maintain the site to keep invasive species at bay.

September 20th 9:00a-noon -- Illahee Trail needs your help! The majority of the work at this site will be removing invasive plants.

 

October 11th 9:00a-noon -- The Ebright West restoration project consists of steps to improve the ecosystem functions of a 1/3 acre area west of Ebright creek. Volunteers are needed in one of the following three important tasks: 1) Remove invasive species such as Himalayan blackberries to give existing native plants a chance to thrive and make a comeback. 2) Populate areas cleared of blackberries with native plants to aid the comeback of native plants and to prevent the re-growth of weeds and invasive species. 3) Maintain the site to keep invasive species at bay.

October 11th & 12th 10:00a-5:00p -- Sammamish Arts Fair is looking for volunteers to help with greeting attendees and various other tasks.

October 18th 9:00a-noon -- Friends of the Cedar River Watershed to host volunteer projects at Sammamish Landing as a partnership with the City of Sammamish. The Friends of the Cedar River Watershed works hard to engage people to enhance and sustain watersheds through restoration, education and stewardship.  You can sign up for the following events on the city event calendar or at http://www.cedarriver.org/events.  

October 31 2:30-4:30p -- Halloween Happening is a community event that allows young kids to trick or treat inside City Hall. Volunteers are needed to help with handling out treats. Costumes, although not required, are encouraged!

 

November 8th 9:00a-noon -- The Ebright West restoration project consists of steps to improve the ecosystem functions of a 1/3 acre area west of Ebright creek. Volunteers are needed in one of the following three important tasks: 1) Remove invasive species such as Himalayan blackberries to give existing native plants a chance to thrive and make a comeback. 2) Populate areas cleared of blackberries with native plants to aid the comeback of native plants and to prevent the re-growth of weeds and invasive species. 3) Maintain the site to keep invasive species at bay.

November 15th 9:00a-noon -- Friends of the Cedar River Watershed to host volunteer projects at Sammamish Landing as a partnership with the City of Sammamish. The Friends of the Cedar River Watershed works hard to engage people to enhance and sustain watersheds through restoration, education and stewardship.  You can sign up for the following events on the city event calendar or at http://www.cedarriver.org/events.  

 

December 5th 5:30-8:00p -- Very Merry Sammamish invites the community to kick off their holiday season with festive lights, kids' activities, petting zoo, entertainment, food and treats. Volunteers are needed to help with kids' activities, traffic flow and event logistics. Volunteers are needed before and after time listed for help with set up and clean up.





STORM DRAIN MARKING PROGRAM

Storm Drain Marking is a course of action that alerts citizens of the connection between their yards and nearby waterways.  Citizens are warned of the dangers of misusing storm drains as garbage disposals by the following message, which is displayed next to the storm drains in their streets: “Only Rain Down the Drain”  

This is a great activity for any volunteer organization, including: schools, scouts, churches, block clubs, and service organizations (e.g. Kiwanis).

The City of Sammamish is promoting the storm drain marking program throughout the city. For more information about the program email Lisa Werre at lwerre@sammamish.us or 425.295.0573