IMMEDIATE NEED: Volunteer drivers to pick up, deliver, and unload donations of food and supplies. No CDL needed. This work is essential to our operation and will help us build capacity to better serve our guests. If you are interested or know someone who may be, please contact us at (206) 839-6620 or email email@example.com.
We are always happy to welcome new volunteers to Transform. Whether you want to help out for a day or serve regularly, there is an opportunity for you here to share the love of God with your neighbors in need.
You are invited to volunteer with us. Drop by our location at the old Sunnydale School (15623 Des Moines Memorial Drive Burien, WA 98148). Or, reach out via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are ready to answer your questions.
Words from our volunteers
“I’ve been working with Transform Burien for seven years. God brought me here. My favorite thing about serving with this organization is the people who come to us. They are family to me. And, for many, we are their family. Families take care of each other. They help keep me clean and sober. Among the most important things we give to our guests here at Transform Burien are love and hands-on caring. We want each individual to know they are loved. They don’t always hear it in other places, so they will hear it from me every time I get a chance.”
“I’ve been involved with Transform Burien for many, many years. I help in the kitchen doing lots of things, like serving food, wrapping silverware, and filling salad dressings. People here are family. The leadership is great; they always have time to talk. It’s fun serving our guests and saying “God bless” and “Jesus loves you.” Jesus loves us all. We all have hard days sometimes. The Lord will take care of it. He takes care of me. I love people and respect people. This work is about loving each other. It gives me joy to make people happy.”
“What a gift it is to volunteer with Transform Burien. Looking for ways to ease homelessness, my son and I put our hands to work in the clothing bank. We have come to know many of the people who visit us. They come to Transform Burien for fundamental basics, like food and clothes. They leave with more than these essentials. Warm smiles, friendly conversations, and a helping of love are part of the package, too. It’s been rewarding to get to know the individuals we serve. Kind, helpful, gracious, funny, colorful, smart, creative people – often troubled or in a low spot in their lives. On certain days, special services are available here including mobile medical help, veterinary services, housing assistance, showers, and more. The workers at Transform Burien are amazing, dedicated people who create a warm and welcoming environment and have a heart for service. I learn from them at every crossing. Good things happen here. God is at work in this place. I’m so thankful to be a small part of it.”
“It’s been a true blessing for me to volunteer with Transform Burien. Valuable opportunities to meet the needs of others are plentiful here – whether it’s offering our guests fresh groceries, a hot meal, some new clothes, essential services, or even just a kind word. Watching the efforts of each volunteer add up into something larger, something that helps change the lives of those in need, is incredible. I am so grateful for what Jesus is accomplishing in our community through this organization.”
“This August marks five years on the street for me. Although I’m homeless, I have been volunteering at Transform Burien for a few years now. I love this place. I help wherever I’m needed and fill many roles. It would even be great to be the director one day! I have received services myself here occasionally. Sometimes, those services have meant the difference between surviving and not surviving. I’m empathetic and care about people in a deep way. I want to help, and people seem to instinctively know they can come to me if they have a problem. I just keep my personal boundaries and a sense of humor, and I’m good to go. As a spiritual man, I’ve learned that faith can grow into knowing. I have had actual experience which gives me confirmation. I’m a simple guy. I tell the truth, follow my conscience, and trust my heart. Working with Transform Burien is a life passion for me.”
“I came to Transform Burien about 6 years ago. I had been homeless. I came in to get some items because I had just gotten my new apartment. Charlotte, one of the people who started this work, connected with me. She pulled me right in and welcomed me to the team. Now I coordinate the processing of donated clothing and supplies. I volunteer here 3 days a week. We keep the clothing annex room open so people can come and talk with us. When I walk in the door, I say to myself, “I’m home,” and everything is relieved. This is home for me. When we’re here, we are working for God. Sometimes I need help myself, and when I do, I find it here. I’d rather be here than anywhere else.”
“It will be 6 years in November that I’ve been volunteering with Transform Burien. I love it – I’m working for the Lord. Years ago, I had a suspended sentence for DUI. I had to go through many steps, including an alcohol recovery program. For my community service, I started sweeping and mopping floors here and wiping tables. I stayed because I loved it. Now I help coordinate the work of our kitchen. It’s been a growth process for me, working with our guests. I continue learning. Everyone makes mistakes. God says to give everyone love – more love, less judgement. I want to be more like that, filled with calm and grace. I know I’m doing a good thing, helping people. After awhile, they are not just people, they are friends.”
“I have been fortunate in my life, and am now semi-retired. I began volunteering with Transform Burien early in 2022. I’ve always felt that Jesus directed us to help the “least of these”, especially the homeless and the mentally ill. I started in the laundry program once a month, which gives me time to get to know the people while the machines spin. It’s good to talk with the people and interesting to hear their stories – they’ve all had struggles, some very tragic. My monthly volunteering soon became three times a week in the food bank and sometimes other areas. The staff and people who come in keep me coming back. They are lovely and enjoyable people and every day something interesting happens. I’m amazed at the dedication I see among the volunteers and staff here, and the caring that they show for one another.”
“I love volunteering at Transform. Whenever I’m out in Burien I run into our guests and it’s great to be able to greet them by name and to know a bit of their story. While the volunteers at Transform could tell many stories of people beating addiction or finding housing or jobs and we are glad to have played a small part in that, even our neighbors who remain on the street are still deserving of the basic dignity that comes with a meal and clean clothes. Throughout my time here, I have served in every department. Whatever your skills or interests, there’s a place for you to volunteer with us!”
In memory of Charlotte Berg, who faithfully served Transform and her community for many years.
- Obituary – Charlotte Ann Berg on Bonney Watson
- City of Burien proclamation in honor of Charlotte Berg
- Article: Love Thy Neighbor on Gem of the Sound
- Article: Citizen of the Year: Don and Charlotte Berg in Burien Magazine