Best Volunteer Opportunity: Northwest Harvest

The people have spoken.

If you find yourself with a little extra time and the itch to give back to your community, one of the most rewarding ways is volunteer work. Northwest Harvest has been donating approximately 34 million pounds of food each year to Washington’s hungry. It’s able to accomplish this feat by coordinating a network of more than 380 food banks across the state to provide more than two million meals every month. Volunteers are critical to its operation, and your time will go directly to feeding the hungry. Typical warehouse shifts last only two or three hours, so you won’t have to sacrifice your whole weekend to give back in a meaningful way. 711 Cherry St., 625-0755

First runner-up: Mary’s Place

Second runner-up: Vegan Haven

Honorable mention: Pioneer Square Cleanup, The World Is Fun

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