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Volunteer opportunities with The Nature Conservancy in Washington

Conservation Ambassador – events throughout Washington, March through October 2015
If you enjoy meeting new people and spending time outdoors, we need you! Help us spread the word about the work we are doing in Washington, and reach out to potential members and volunteers to help them figure out how they too can get involved in conservation. We are looking for a team of people who are avid conservation conversationalists and who can represent The Nature Conservancy in a professional manner at community events across the state.
Orientation for this role is scheduled for Saturday March 28th.

“On-call” Government Relations Helper – Based out of Seattle office
With the legislative session in full-swing we are looking for someone in the downtown Seattle area with reliable transportation (could be a bike!) who is willing to be “on-call” for Government Relations. Tasks could include picking up or delivering petitions, delivering supplies to staff, or even setting up meetings.

Marketing Events Manager – Based out of Seattle office
Looking to gain hands on experience in Marketing and non-profit work? We have a desire to get out into the community and hold more events where we meet our supporters, partners and future supporters face-to-face. The volunteer selected for this role will take the lead on all aspects of these events ranging for selecting dates and locations to getting the word out and drawing people to the events and managing RSVPs – and learn a whole lot about TNC in the process!

Reception Assistant – Based out of Seattle office
Be the voice and face of The Nature Conservancy in Washington! We are looking for volunteers with strong organizational and customer service skills to assist with answering phones and routing calls, greeting and directing visitors, setting up meetings, organizing supplies, sorting mail. From time to time, we may also ask for help with additional tasks such as filing, data entry, preparing mailings, etc. Shifts are Monday – Friday from 10am-2pm (each volunteer will be responsible for one shift per week.) Because this volunteer position will take at least one month with which to become familiar and will require a lot of staff time for training, we are looking for volunteers who can commit to at least 6 months of volunteering, once per week, on a set schedule.

Gratitude Team – Based out of Seattle office

Help to warmly welcome the newest members to The Nature Conservancy with a simple, brief, introductory phone call, handwritten note, and/or email. The intentions are only to welcome them to the organization, answer any initial questions that they may have, learn why they joined, provide them with opportunities to get actively involved in the great work we do right here in Washington, and give them an actual human contact point if they have any follow up questions. There is no expectation to talk about contributions or finances, only to make them feel welcome and appreciated. The time commitment is one 4-5 hour shift per month, which will take place in the evening in our downtown Seattle office.

Become an Invasive Weed specialist! Dates vary

As our land base grows we are going to need more volunteers with skills in identifying and controlling invasive plants on our preserves. If you would like to develop these skills and help manage The Nature Conservancy’s preserves in Washington, The Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council (PNW-IPC) is a non-profit conservation organization working in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, Washington Dept. of Agriculture (WSDA), Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other state and local groups on a Citizen Science EDRR (Early Detection Rapid Response) program. With funding from the National Forest Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the WSDA, they are gearing up for their fourth year to search for priority and newly emerging invasive plants in our National Forests, National Parks and other public lands. They have invited volunteers to attend one of their trainings in March, April or May. If this is of interest to you please let me know and I will forward you the dates. Once you’re trained follow up with me and we will dispatch you to Nature Conservancy lands.

Coming up: Earth Month activities

April is Earth month and we have many ways for you to get involved! Here’s what we have so far, and we may announce more!

Environmental Priorities Coalition Phonebank – Seattle, Wednesday April 1st 5:30-7:30pm

Mobilize environmental activists around the two main priorities for this legislative session – the Oil Transportation Safety Act and the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act. Dinner is provided!

Fisher Slough Tree Maintenance – Mount Vernon, WA, Friday April 17th 10:00am – 3:00pm

Come see one of the most innovative conservation projects in Western Washington where The Nature Conservancy has brought together farmers, private donors, the local dike district and government agencies all around improving salmon habitat and protecting the local community against flooding.

Learn more about this groundbreaking (literally!) infrastructure project and help us maintain the habitat by tending to recently planted trees and shrubs. Work will include basic pruning and removing protective tubing from larger plants. Tools, gloves, water and snacks will be provided.

Squak Mountain Trail Beautification – Issaquah, WA, Saturday April 18th and Wednesday April 22nd (times tba) (Volunteers may sign up for one or both days)

Celebrate Earth Day by spending the afternoon in a beautiful Pacific Northwest Forest, breathing the fresh air amongst the music of the native songbirds as we clear out invasive ivy and work together to create a new trail for hiking and outdoor recreation in Issaquah!

The Nature Conservancy is organizing a group of volunteers to get dirty at King County’s Squak Mountain and convert an area that was once a private campgrounds into fresh trails for the public. Invasive ivy has been choking out trees and creating hazards to both humans and wildlife, so we’re going to dig it out and restore the forest to it’s natural condition. Tools, gloves, water and snacks will be provided. Come back and see the fruits of your labor at the Grand Opening on National Trails Day June 6th!

Thank you all for your continued support of our Mission through your volunteer service!

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Call for Volunteers: Gould Green Wall Bird and Insect Documentation


The UW Green Futures Lab (GFL) is looking for volunteers to participate in our biodiversity study of the green wall this spring (all of spring quarter) to observe and record bird and insect use on the planted wall at Gould Hall. Volunteers will attend a 1 hour training session and be supplied with binoculars an an illustrated field guide (so no prior knowledge of birds and insects is necessary). We are monitoring in the field from sunrise to sunset both weekdays and weekends and so are highly flexible with volunteer times. Volunteers would need to commit to a minimum of 2 hours per week, not necessarily back to back, for the entirety of spring quarter. We documented July-October of last year- this spring data collection would help paint a more complete picture of bird and insect activity on living walls, and help inform future green wall designers!

Bonus: It’s courting and nesting season, so we expect lots of activity. Last year a bird laid an egg on our wall!

If you are interested please contact Leann Andrews as by Monday March 23rd.

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Admitted Student Previews – Join in the Fun – Work & Volunteer Opportunities for Students & Staff

Please share the enclosed job descriptions with students you think would enjoy the opportunity to welcome new Huskies and represent the UW well. Some preference will be given to students currently employed by the UW and who have passed a background check. Shifts can range from two to four hours. Students and staff will also need to attend a mandatory training session. There are two options:

· Thursday, March 26th, Schmitz 580, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

· Tuesday, March 31st, Schmitz 580, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Dates for the 2015 ASPs are:

· Friday, April 3

· Monday, April 6

· Thursday, April 9

· Friday, April 10

· Monday, April 13

· Thursday, April 16

· Monday, April 20

For more information, please forward students and your questions to Brent Nagamine, Admissions Counselor, bnaga and 206.221.2304.

See attached job description for more information

Admitted Student Preview Day Job Descriptions.docx

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2015 Spring Career Fair – Volunteers Needed

Hello Huskies,

The Career Center is in need of volunteers for the upcoming Spring Career Fair on 4/16/15 from 3-7pm in the HUB Ballrooms. Shifts will be available from 8:30am-8:00pm, with a minimum time commitment of 2 hours.

Why volunteer?

·         If you need to fulfill volunteer hour requirements, look no further! Complete your hours with flexible shifts at this high-energy event.

·         Interested in Event Planning? As a volunteer, you’ll work closely with the UW Career Center’s Events Team to put on our biggest event of the year. Learn the ins and outs… then put it on your resume!

·         Some volunteer shifts will work directly with employers, where you will have direct access to network and connect with them.  Keep in mind- they are all hiring and/or have internship opportunities!

Interested? Shoot me (Dean Kirkpatrick) an email at  with the following information:

·         Your name

·         Your email address

·         Your hours of availability on the day of the fair 4/16/15 (Thursday)

Please send this to me as soon as you can. By 4/10/15 (Friday), we’ll be in touch to confirm your schedule and shift assignments. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Best wishes,

Dean Kirkpatrick

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COASST Opportunity

The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team is seeking multilingual students for help in identifying and translating marine debris objects found by beach-walkers along the pacific coast. Known as COASST, we train and work with hundreds of volunteers to quantify the sources and human and environmental impacts of marine debris.

Some debris that washes up on originated from other regions including material from the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Slavic and Asian language skills would be especially helpful.Translations help tell the stories of objects that enter the ocean and provide clues to the source and pathways of transport. Many of our volunteers are curious about the things they find and we hope to be able to share with them identifications and translations—sort of a “CSI” for garbage.

The expected time commitment is 1-2 hours per week.

Interested students can contact Hillary Burgess at to learn more.

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Peace Corps Volunteers Share Stories from the Field

Panel Discussion: Environmental Volunteers Share Stories from the Field: Thursday, February 26th – 6:00 to 7:30 PM – Savery Hall, Room 264:

Peace Corps Volunteers working in the environmental field are at the forefront of efforts to live harmoniously and productively with the natural world. Environmental workers are in demand around the world as communities increasingly recognize the value of conservation, environmental education, and sustainable agriculture.

Join us at this panel discussion featuring returned Volunteers from around the globe to learn about environmental assignments, and how Peace Corps can launch an environmental career.

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Seattle MESA Open House Invitation

Seattle MESA is having an Open House and you are invited!

We are actively looking for dynamic UW students that would like to work with local middle school and high school students. Our mission is to engage a diverse group of students in STEM activities that connect mathematics and science fundamentals to real world examples, provide hands – on experience, and demonstrate a range of professions and career paths that students can chart through college and in their respective careers. We are recruiting UW graduate and undergraduate students who would like to volunteer to work with us.

If you are interested or would like more information, come out to our Open House – Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 4pm to 6pm in Schmitz Hall, Room 580. We hope to see you there.

Use this link to RSVP for the Open House:

For more information about the Open House or Tutoring with Seattle MESA, email Joffrey Hooks at mtutoruw

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Recruiting Student Mentors and Leaders for EDUC 401

Attention, Juniors & Seniors!

Gain Experience and Make a Difference

Be a Tutor-Mentor: EDUC 401 G & H

UW’s Academic Support Programs is offering a service-learning seminar titled “EDUC 401: Tutoring and Mentorship in Higher Education” in Spring Quarter 2015. This weekly seminar introduces juniors and seniors to tutoring, mentoring, and teaching methodologies. Students apply what they learn in class through tutoring and mentoring new transfer, freshman, and sophomore students who are transitioning socially, culturally, and academically to the UW. This is a great opportunity for seasoned students to give back to the UW by sharing their knowledge and experience.

· Seminar begins the 1st week of Spring Quarter, March 30th, 2015

· Seminar meets on Mondays from 3:30-4:50 PM or from 6:00-7:20 PM

· Tutoring takes place on campus

· Receive 2 credits for working with one student, or receive 3 credits for working with two students

· A letter of recommendation will be available upon request after completion of the seminar

For more information, visit our website at:

For registration information, please contact Ahnya Redman at:

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Yesler Swamp Work Party

When: Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m

Where: Center for Urban Horticulture

The next work party will be this Sunday, February 22nd from 10 am to 2 pm with Edmonds Community College Service Learning students. Everyone is welcome!

Please come for any amount of time that works with your schedule–every bit helps!

Bring shoes and clothes that can get dirty/muddy (prepare for rain), in addition to a water bottle and a snack. Tools and gloves are provided. Let’s hope that this beautiful sunny weather keeps up!

Volunteers should meet Carolyn (me) at the Yesler Swamp trail sign at the eastern Center for Urban Horticulture parking lot (3501 NE 41st Street) at 10:00 am. The Yesler Swamp sign is circled in purple on the attached map.

If arriving later than 10:00 am: Follow the route outlined in red on the map attached to this email to find us. (You will follow the sidewalk along 41st, take a right on Surber, then look for the paved trail down into the swamp on your right).

If you arrive at the Center for Urban Horticulture and are confused, please don’t hesitate to give me (Carolyn) a call at 360-773-5228!

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UW Farm Volunteer Hours


Winter Quarter Volunteer Hours

Wednesdays 11am-1pm (MC)
Thursdays 8:30-10:30am (BG)
Saturdays 10am-3pm (CUH)

Wednesdays 11am-2pm (MC)
Thursdays 8:30-10:30am (BG)
Fridays 3:30-5:30 (CUH)
Saturdays 10am-3pm (CUH/Mercer alternate)

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Montana Wolf Survey Position – Volunteer

Volunteer with the Montana Gray Wolf Program!

We are seeking professional caliber volunteers to assist with the Montana Gray Wolf Conservation and Management Program ( This is a great opportunity to gain valuable field experience and references, while working in the rugged and beautiful Montana Rocky Mountains.

Work Environment: This is a very challenging position requiring advanced mental and physical stamina. Work is conducted throughout western Montana, across a diverse landscape. Montana is home to a wide variety of ungulates including elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, caribou, mule deer, and white-tailed deer. It also contains a full suite of predators, including black bear, grizzly bear, mountain lion, wolf, bobcat, lynx, and wolverine. Extreme climate and terrain is regularly encountered on the job. Volunteers must be self-motivated and possess both the ability and desire to live and work vigorously in remote mountain conditions both independently and in a team. The fieldwork is dynamic and changes often as needs change. Volunteers must have their own backpacking and camping equipment. Volunteers should have their own vehicle transportation on off days.

Work Schedule: Schedules are based around ever changing field efforts and logistics. Hitches are loosely 10 days on / 4 days off.

Duration: May – October, but may vary depending upon conditions, volunteer availability, and project funding. Ideally volunteers are available for all or most of the field season with a minimum of 3 months commitment.

Duties: Conduct wolf surveys: Drive, bike, and hike on/off forest roads and trails documenting sign for pack presence, numbers, and reproduction; Locate and collect data from wolf homesites; Establish and monitor remote camera stations. Monitor wolf activities in livestock areas: Camp in cattle allotments, locate wolves by survey or telemetry, and conduct associated hazing or harassment of wolves. Engage in all other relevant and necessary tasks too numerous to list such as equipment, vehicle and camp maintenance. Assist with capture and radio collaring of wolves.

Qualifications: These qualifications are ABSOLUTELY necessary, because of the remote and independent nature of the fieldwork in difficult climate and topography. • Excellent physical condition: Capable of carrying heavy loads (40+ lbs) and backpacking long distances (15+ miles) daily.
• Excellent sociability: Get along working and living with others in backcountry settings for 1-3 week time periods, maintain a positive attitude despite trying conditions.
• Competency and desire to work, backpack, camp, and problem solve independently for extended periods in remote settings. • Availability to work long days (14+ hours) and long hitches (10+ days) • Proficiency in orienteering (map, compass, gps).
• Completion or enrollment in college/university wildlife, or closely related curriculum. • Must hold valid driver’s license and know how to drive manual transmission.

The following skills and abilities are additionally helpful: • Experience in radio telemetry in mountainous terrain.
• Capture and handling / processing of wildlife.

Application Period: Apply Now! Candidates will be selected after March 15.

How to Apply: Create a single digital file, whether word doc or pdf, containing the three application components below: 1) Cover letter demonstrating how you meet the Qualifications outlined above and specifying your period of availability
2) Resume detailing previous experience, particularly if relevant to the Duties outlined above
3) List of 3 references with their name, email address, phone number, and how they know you. Name the document as: lastname_firstname_wolf2013, e.g. laudon_kent_wolf2014.pdf

Email application packet to: Kent Laudon (

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Exciting Summer Internship Opportunity for Students

Want to Visit Peru? Volunteer and Make a Difference!

Vive Peru is in need of volunteer interns experienced in the areas of: Clinical Medicine

Social Work

Teaching English

Teaching Music


These programs support our partner organizations and adopted communities in Northern Peru! Work side-by-side with doctors in local clinics and hospitals, volunteer with underprivileged children, or share your love for music or languages with the children of Peru. In your free time, explore one of the most ecologically diverse and historically rich countries in the world. Interested? Apply by February 28, 2015 for the experience of a lifetime! Applications available online at

What is Vive Peru? Why do I have to pay to volunteer?

Vive Peru is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status dedicated to fostering understanding of Latin American and Peruvian culture and providing much-needed aid to Peruvian communities. We work to promote cultural understanding and implement innovative and self-sustainable programs in the areas of health, education, social work and engineering. Our programs, outreach work and direct donations are funded completely through volunteer (tax-deductible) donations, which allow our work to continue and our program to be self-sustainable. In the past 4 years, 412 university students from across the country have joined us to donate 45,380+ volunteer hours, as well as outreach programs to communities in need in Peru. At local medical campaigns on the coast and in the Andes, we were able to attend to 3,776 patients with medical consultations and medications. We hope you’ll join us as we continue to make a difference in Peru.

Contact Us!

Online at

On Facebook at

On Twitter at

On YouTube at

Email us at

Call us at (480) 788-8483

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Volunteers Needed – Family Farmers Market Night at Seattle Public Schools

Volunteers Needed

Family Farmers Market Night

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Elementary students and families will take a trip to the farmers market…right at school! We will create a farmers market on the school stage with produce donated by PCC Natural Markets. Students practice their math skills by using play money to purchase real produce. At the end of the night, each family will go home with a bag full of fresh fruits and vegetables to enjoy. The event will also include SNAP and Fresh Bucks outreach.

We need 6 volunteers each night.

Thursday, March 12th at Van Asselt Elementary School

8311 Beacon Avenue South, Seattle 98108

Thursday, April 23rd at Dearborn Park Elementary School

2820 South Orcas Street Seattle, 98108

Thursday, May 7th at John Muir Elementary School

3301 South Horton Street, Seattle 98144

Tuesday, May 19th at South Shore K-8 School

9709 60th Avenue South, Seattle 98118

Additional dates will be added soon!

Please contact Elizabeth Kimball at or (206) 263-8395 if you are available to help out at one or all events.

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Programs in Jamaica and South Africa with One Heart Source

As an OHS Volunteer, you will:

Teach primary school students through a mentorship program focused on building strong Math and English foundations, while empowering students
 Lead after-school programs in non-traditional subjects like dance, debate, art, and sports
* Integrate yourself into and work closely with members of the local community to create positive social uplift
* Exchange ideas and culture with people from around the world
Work with a small, dynamic team of international university and graduate students
* Develop empathy, confidence, and leadership skills while pursuing social justice
We at One Heart Source believe in creating lasting social change through education and human connection. We encourage you to take a step towards providing a more socially just future for some of the most marginalized communities in the world.

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Seattle MESA Open House Invitation

Seattle MESA is having an Open House!

We are actively looking for dynamic UW students that would like to work with local middle school and high school students. Our mission is to engage a diverse group of students in STEM activities that connect mathematics and science fundamentals to real world examples, provide hands – on experience, and demonstrate a range of professions and career paths that students can chart through college and in their respective careers. We are recruiting UW graduate and undergraduate students who would like to volunteer to work with us.

Come see what we are about. You can learn about our MESA programs, meet with some of our past and present volunteers and partners and sign up as a Seattle MESA Volunteer.

When: Tuesday, February, 24, 2015
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 pm
Where: Schmitz Hall, 1400 Northeast Campus Parkway
University of Washington – Room 580
Refreshments will be served

Won’t you join us at our very first open house?

All are welcome: Parents, Schools, Partners, Community Organizations, UW Community, Past and Present Volunteers & Tutors and Prospective Volunteers & Tutors

Use this link to RSVP for the Open House:

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MESA Day: Call for Volunteers

Seattle MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) will be hosting MESA Day at North Seattle College March 28th, Saturday.

We are looking for volunteers from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields.

Volunteers can participate in many ways, including: judge challenges, lead mini competitions, present demonstrations, and basic event logistics.

It would be great to have you at MESA Day!

*Transportation can be provided if you requested.

Official Invitation and form:

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2015 Internship Fair- Volunteers Still Needed

The Career Center is still in need of volunteers for the upcoming Internship Fair on 2/12/15 from 2-6pm in the HUB Ballrooms. Shifts will be available from 8:00am-7:30pm, with a minimum time commitment of 2 hours.

Why volunteer?

· If you need to fulfill volunteer hour requirements, look no further! Complete your hours with flexible shifts at this high-energy event.

· Interested in Event Planning? As a volunteer, you’ll work closely with the UW Career Center’s Events Team to put on our biggest event of the year. Learn the ins and outs… then put it on your resume!

· Some volunteer shifts will work directly with employers, where you will have direct access to network and connect with them. Keep in mind- they are all hiring and/or have internship opportunities!

Interested? Shoot Dean Kirkpatrick an email at CCFair with the following information:

· Your name

· Your email address

· Your hours of availability on the day of the fair 2/12/15 (Thursday)

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Apply to become a FIG Leader!

Are you interested in teaching or a great leadership opportunity?

Apply to become a FIG Leader! The First-year Interest Group (FIG) Program is looking for outstanding students like you to be FIG Leaders for autumn 2015.

To download an application and for more information refer to our website:

The program is looking for students from all departments who are UW-Seattle undergraduates with strong organizational skills (i.e., not over-committed), and a genuine interest in working with freshmen and transfer students as they face the challenges and opportunities presented to them as new students.

**Having been in a FIG is not required.

As a FIG Leader, students will develop a deeper connection to the University while developing transferable skills in public speaking, discussion facilitation, lesson plan development, and principles of instructional leadership. All of these skills will be utilized while instructing a class of 15-25 freshmen/transfer students enrolled in General Studies 199.

Training will take place during spring quarter 2015. FIG Leaders are eligible to receive up to 6 credits (3 in spring and 3 in autumn) for their commitments to the program, which includes both training for and teaching the General Studies 199 course in autumn quarter.

Applications are available online. Please visit

The application deadline is Monday, February 2nd at 8:00am.

Additional questions can be directed to or contact 206.543.4905. We will also be holding several information sessions and encourage all those interested in applying to attend:

Information Sessions:

Friday 1/30 – 1:30pm in MGH 120

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Volunteer with Mountains to Sound Greenway!

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust’s spring teaching season is right around the corner, and in preparation, they are holding a “spring training” to teach Education Volunteers our 2 most popular programs:  “Forest Ecosystems” & “Forest & Fins”.

The first week of training focuses on “Ecosystems”, the second on “Forest & Fins”, and we’re holding 2 Saturday stewardship events just for kicks (and to get to know one another).

If you’re interested in hiking around Tiger Mt. teaching about trees, you should come to week 1.  If you’re interested in hiking around Lk. Samm. teaching about salmon, you should come to week 2.

If you’re just generally interested, you should come to all of it!

For details visit their website.

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Volunteer for UW Tower Climb

Help UW Relay for Life and Golden Key UW climb to conquer cancer! On Saturday, Jan. 31st from 10 AM-12PM, hundreds of people will enter the UW Tower to climb 22 flights of stairs in the name of fighting cancer. They need volunteers to help make sure things run smoothly. Volunteers will work 2 hour shifts helping set-up, time climbers as they go up the tower, and clean-up. Shifts run from 9-11 and 11-1. Volunteers get to climb for free and will be given free food! If interested, fill out the catalyst survey at this link.

For more information about the event, please visit this Facebook link.

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