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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.


2015 VOICE/SVP Program Registration is Closed!

Our programs are full and we are no longer able to accept registrations. If you would like to be added to our waitlist, please email Tambi Cork, Youth Development Coordinator, at 

Registered Participants - a few FAQs...

What is an All-Star? The ‘All-Star’ recognition is designed to acknowledge the volunteers that go above and beyond during the VOICE program this year. The requirement is that each volunteer participate in eight projects, and you are encouraged to sign up for as many as you are interested in. Volunteers that complete 15+ projects are considered an ‘All-Star’ and will be invited to a special recognition event on August 18th. Volunteers with more than one 'No Show' are not eligible to be an All-Star. 

What is the Social Justice Film Festival (SJFF), and is it required? (VOICE Only) The SJFF is an event during the VOICE program where we show documentaries and/or have guest speakers that are focused on the many issues we see during our volunteer work with our nonprofit partners – homelessness, poverty, environmental issues, etc. For the 2015 VOICE program, attendance is not required at a film, but highly encouraged, and does count as a ‘project’. However, only one film or event counts towards the eight project requirement, as we believe the main mission of the VOICE program is hands on experience. Basically, youth can complete their eight project requirement two different ways – 8 volunteer projects, or 7 volunteer projects + 1 SJFF. All films are up on the calendar now - June 24th, July 8th, and July 22nd.   

How does transportation work, and where do we meet? 

All projects meet at Mercer Island Youth and Family Services (MIYFS – 2040 84th Avenue SE Mercer Island) except the list that follows. From MIYFS, our staff transport volunteers to the nonprofits and return them to the Mercer Island Community and Event Center (8236 SE 24th Street Mercer Island) at the end of the projects.

For projects that we provide transportation to, volunteers must ride in the van and cannot meet us at the nonprofit. There are three volunteer organizations that hold their events on Mercer Island, and for those projects volunteers will meet at the project site. The nonprofits are: EarthCorps, Mercer Island Farmers Market, and Mercer Island Summer Celebration.

The locations of the only projects that do not meet at MIYFS are:

EarthCorpsPioneer Park: Meet at the corner of SE 68th Street and 84th Avenue 

Mercer Island Farmers Market: SE 32nd Street between 77th Avenue SE and 78th Avenue SE between Mercerdale Park and the Rite Aid Shopping Center

Mercer Island Summer Celebration: North End Fire Station - 3030 78th Avenue SE, Mercer Island

2015 VOICE/SVP Program Dates and Information 

May 15: All Forms Due & Refund Deadline

  • Due by 5:00 pm at Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, 2040 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island 98040

May 22: Shiftboard Calendar Opens

  • Calendar will be available at 10:00 am. Online at Additional information will be sent to registered participants.

June 22: First Day of VOICE/SVP Program

August 14: Last Day of VOICE/SVP Program

August 17: All-Star Celebration 

  • 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, by invitation. See the Frequently Asked Questions below for more information on ‘All Stars’

August 18: VOICE/SVP Recognition Event!

  • 6pm - 7pm at Mercer Island Community and Event Center

If you would like to be on our mailing list for this year's program, please email Tambi Cork, Youth Development Coordinator, at 

More information can also be found in our Frequently Asked Questions listed below. 

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?
Where can I find additional liability forms?

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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