LINKS Volunteer Program

    Adult working with two children

    Looking Into the Needs of Kids and Schools (LINKS)

    Make a difference in the life of a child: Become a Lunch Buddy

    Apply to be a LINKS Mentor

    What is the LINKS volunteer program?
    The LINKS (Looking into the Needs of Kids and Schools) volunteer program is part of the Lake Washington School District (LWSD), with funding provided by the Lake Washington Schools Foundation. LINKS matches interested applicants with volunteer opportunities in our schools. As a LINKS volunteer, you provide additional support needed by students to achieve academic and personal success now and in the future.

    Who are LINKS volunteers?
    LINKS volunteers are community members looking for a one-on-one volunteer opportunity. Our program coordinator gathers data from new volunteers regarding special skills or interests to assist in the proper placement of the volunteer. Our volunteers come from all backgrounds and include recent college graduates, working adults, retirees and parents.

    What type of volunteering can I do?
    LINKS volunteers spend one hour per week in the schools as lunch buddies. LINKS volunteers help students feel engaged, supported and challenged. The volunteer's role is to provide social-emotional support which will improve students' confidence and help students acquire the skills needed for lifelong success, in school and beyond.

    Lunch Buddy Mentor
    A mentor is someone who serves as a friend, coach, role model or guide. In the LINKS program, we offer the Lunch Buddy program to bring students together with caring adults. Mentors come during school hours once a week and spend the lunch hour in a pre-assigned area to eat, play games, make crafts, talk and do other agreed-upon activities. Mentors provide social-emotional support to students who need a little extra one-on-one attention. Studies have shown that children with mentors are more likely to succeed.

    Please take a look at what some of our Lunch Buddy mentors have to say about their experiences with this program

    To discuss LINKS volunteer opportunities in LWSD, contact Victoria Goetze-Nelson at or call 425-936-1410.