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2040 - 84th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Phone: 206.275.7611
Fax: 206.275.7890
Email: miyfs@mercergov.or. . .
M & F 8:30AM - 5:00PM; Tues, Wed, Thurs 8:30AM - 7PM
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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.

VOICE/SVP Registration is Open!

VOICE (current 8th - 11th graders): click here

SVP (current 6th and 7th graders): click here

Registration will close Friday April 21st at 5pm

2017 VOICE/SVP Program Dates

March 20: VOICE/SVP Registration Opens

  • 10:00am - online at 
April 21: VOICE/SVP Registration Closes
  • 5:00pm - online at ​
May 3: New Volunteer Meeting 
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center
May 19: All Forms Due and Refund  Deadline
  • 5:00pm - turn in forms at MIYFS, 2040 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island
**May 24: Shiftboard Calendar Opens - date changed due to MISD weather make up day
  • 5:00pm at
June 16: VOICE Orientation
  • 4:00pm - 6:30pm at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center
June 17: SVP Orientation
  • 8:45am - 3:30pm at Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, 2040 84th Avenue SE
June 19: First Day of VOICE/SVP Program

August 11: Last Day of VOICE/SVP Program

August 14: All-Star Celebration 
  • 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, by invitation. See the Frequently Asked Questions below for more information on ‘All Stars’
August 15: VOICE/SVP Recognition Event!
  • 6pm - 7pm at Mercer Island Community and Event Center

For Frequently Asked Questions about the VOICE/SVP Program, click here


VOICE/SVP is Hiring!

Youth Volunteer Program Assistant (application open 3/14/17 - 4/11/17)

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.

TO APPLY: Visit: click on City of Mercer Island

Youth Development Intern (application open 3/14/17 - 4/11/17)

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 V.O.I.C.E. 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. 


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 24?
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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