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2040 - 84th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Phone: 206.275.7611
Fax: 206.275.7890
Email: miyfs@mercergov.or. . .
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VOICE / SVP Programs

Volunteer Outreach In Communities Everywhere
Volunteer Outreach In Communities Everywhere

VOICE (Volunteer Outreach in Communities Everywhere) and SVP (Summer Volunteer Program) provide structured group community service opportunities to Mercer Island middle and high school age youth.

This eight week summer program partners with over fifty community organizations, and our participants volunteer over 10,000 hours each summer. The SVP Program is for current 6th and 7th grade students, and the VOICE Program is for current 8th – 11th grade students. 

SVP participants are expected to commit to at least four projects each summer, and VOICE participants are expected to commit to at least eight. Additionally, VOICE participants will have the option of participating in our Social Justice Film Festival (SJFF) as one of their projects. See “Frequently Asked Questions” below for more information on what a project entails, and details on the SJFF.

2018 VOICE/SVP Registration is open until April 20!

Click here to register for VOICE (current 8th - 11th graders)

Click here to register for SVP (current 6th and 7th graders)

VOICE/SVP registration is only open to Mercer Island residents and students attending school on Mercer Island until the close of registration on April 20. Any exceptions to this requirement will be made based on space available after April 20. Please contact Tambi Cork, Youth Development Program Coordinator, with any questions - 

Our Frequently Asked Question page contains the answers to mose commonly asked questions - please check it out if you are new to our program!

VOICE/SVP is Hiring!

Youth Volunteer Program Assistant (application open 3/14/18 - 4/11/18)

The Youth & Family Services (YFS) Youth Volunteer Program Assistant is a part to full-time summer position with the VOICE (Volunteer Outreach in Communities Everywhere) Program for high school-age youth and SVP (Summer Volunteer Program) for middle school–age youth. Youth Volunteer Program Assistants will assist the VOICE Coordinator in developing and carrying out volunteer projects with over 50 different non-profit agencies in King County.  This position requires previous experience with social justice education and hands-on community service, a flexible schedule, good communication skills with young people and an interest in working with youth.  This position is a temporary part to full-time position lasting from mid-June until mid-August; staff must be available to work during this time.  Youth Volunteer Program Assistants will be responsible for transporting youth to project sites, working alongside the youth in various capacities and leading debriefing conversations.  The work is 75% in the field, the remaining 25% is preparing for projects and light paperwork.  Youth Volunteer Program Assistants will help organize an orientation for the youth volunteers as well as a recognition ceremony at the close of the Program.  Previous volunteer or youth experience is a plus.

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Youth Development Intern (application open 3/14/18 - 4/11/18)

The V.O.I.C.E. Youth Development Internship Program exists to help graduating seniors establish roles of leadership and provide our middle school age volunteers the opportunity to connect with VOICE alumni who act as positive role models. These interns will work under the supervision of our Youth Volunteer Program Assistants and Youth Development Program Coordinator. 

Full Recruitment Notice: click here

Application (Internship only): click here. 

2018 VOICE/SVP Dates

April 20: VOICE/SVP Registration Closes (5pm)
April 30: New Volunteer Meeting (7pm - 8pm at Mercer Island Community and Event Center)
May 18: All Forms Due & Refund Deadline (5pm)
May 22: Shiftboard Calendar Opens (time TBD at
June 15: VOICE Orientation (4pm - 6:30pm at Mercer Island Community and Event Center)
June 16: SVP Orientation (8:45am - 3:30pm at MIYFS)
June 18: First Day of VOICE/SVP Program
August 10: Last Day of VOICE/SVP Program
August 13: All-Star Celebration (2pm – 6:30pm, by invite – see Frequently Asked Questions below for more information on ‘All Stars’)

If you would like to be added to our email list, please contact Tambi Cork at 

King County Nonprofits: Looking for Volunteer Groups for Your Organization

Please click on the following link for more information, and to request a volunteer group:

Frequently Asked Question <-- Click 

Click on the link above for more information on the following:

What is the difference between VOICE and SVP? Who can participate in these programs?
What is the time commitment? Do I need to be available all eight weeks?
What is the cost? Why pay to volunteer?
How do I register for VOICE/SVP?
What’s this I hear about a ‘lottery’? Is there a chance my child will not have a spot in the program?
I’ve registered and paid online – what are the next steps?
How do I sign up for projects?
What if I don't know my Shiftboard password?
What do I do if my Shiftboard calendar is blank after the calendar opens in May?
Can I see the calendar before May 22?
What nonprofits does VOICE/SVP partner with?
Where do projects meet?
Can volunteers drive themselves, or be dropped of at, projects that take place off-Island?
My child wants to volunteer with their friends – how do I find out who is on the projects?
What is the Social Justice Film Festival? Is it required?
What is an 'All Star'?
Do you have any job openings?
We signed up, but can no longer participate. What is the refund process and policy?
Is there a way to document my hours volunteered with VOICE/SVP?
What is a P-Lit? How are they chosen, and how competitive is the application?

For more information on the VOICE or SVP programs, please contact Tambi Cork, Youth Development Coordinator, at 206-275-7755 or email


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