Get Involved!

Built into the foundation of Pike Place Market are values of support and care for our community. In addition to the 500+ small businesses, our historic district plays host to a number of social services including a food bank, preschool and child care center, health clinic, assisted-living facility, and senior center.

If you’re looking for ways to give back with your time in service to others, the Pike Market Senior Center has a number of opportunities available! Bring your talents and join a passionate community of volunteers who serve on the Activity Program Team.


Volunteer Opportunities

Contribute your unique skillset to enriching activities for seniors in need of accessible resources.

The Senior Center is currently recruiting volunteers to lead or support new member-requested programs in Program Facilitator roles.

Participate in once a week or monthly programs to serve small groups of 5-15 seniors. Ongoing commitments are welcomed, while short-term workshops could range between 3-6 weeks.

Areas of Interest

  • Lectures on local arts, history, and music
  • Workshops on computers and technology
  • Creative writing and journaling
  • Language-learning and ESL 
  • Dance lessons
  • Karaoke
  • Mindful movement practices like yoga
  • Meditation
  • Hands-on arts and crafts
  • Cinema and literature clubs

If you have a specialty or passion that you’re excited about sharing, suggestions are welcome! They’d love to explore it with you and bring new ideas to their members.

Hear from Staff

Zoë Freeman, Programming & Member Services Manager 

Zoë has worked at the Senior Center for over 33 years, overseeing a small team of compassionate and dedicated staff who help ensure all 400+ active members (with dozens more joining monthly) are comfortable and their needs are met on a day-to-day basis.

“We’re looking for good souls with specific talents and abilities who are willing to share that with people,” Zoë said. “Our volunteers are our bridge to and from the community. We provide a sense of place, a sense of history, and they leave with our story.”

Her mission is to see to it that everyone who walks in their doors to become a member feels a part of the community, no matter where they’re at in life.

Beyond sharing your time to teach or support, this volunteer opportunity is one at the forefront of building fellowship. Following the pandemic, the desire is stronger than ever for folks to gather and connect.

Our Senior Center is at the heart of our community’s efforts to welcome in both our senior Market residents and those around downtown who are seeking accessible resources.

Sharing your passion for a hobby, career-related skills, or just general organizational talent are all valuable additions to contribute toward the revitalization of their social activity programs. If this piques your interest, keep reading to learn how to apply!

Guidelines & Requirements

Due to the vulnerable population our Senior Center serves, all volunteers are vetted through their application process. Prospective volunteers can expect the following on-boarding steps:

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Pass a Washington State Patrol background check
  3. Attend an orientation to get to know the mission and community-building values of the Pike Market Senior Center
  4. Get started on developing your great ideas with staff!

Questions? Contact [email protected]