How to Apply to Volunteer

Thank you for your interest applying to volunteer with Pongo Poetry Project.

As a part of this volunteer experience, Pongo staff will train you to help victims of childhood trauma (abuse, violent loss, etc.) to heal and grow through writing poetry. The skills will benefit you in current and future careers in counseling, teaching, and community service. The Pongo Poetry Method is uniquely helpful for distressed individuals; it's also nurturing for caregivers, as you will be invited to write your own personal poetry and create writing activities in response to our work.

Pongo operates its projects in the Seattle/Tacoma area. Projects during the '21-'22 academic year will likely all be in-person. However, interested volunteers living in other areas can still apply as each site will likely have a hybrid component moving forward.

Time Commitment: 3 hours, once a week. Day, time, and start date TBD.

Projects: Our two main projects this year will be with youth residents of

  • Child Study and Treatment Center (a Washington State treatment center for children and teens), Mondays from 12-3pm starting mid October.

    Location: Lakewood, Washington

    South-Sound community members preferred

  • Children and Family Justice Center (formerly King County Juvenile Detention), tentatively Wednesday late afternoon/early evenings, starting mid September.

    Location: Seattle, Washington

    BIPOC community members preferred

Steps to Apply:

1.) Review expectations by reading Pongo's Volunteer Page.

2.) Email your resume and a writing sample (preferably poetry) to Pongo's Program Manager, at
In your email message, please include the following:

     a. Tell us why you're interested in Pongo and our mission
     b. State your availability to volunteer on a Monday afternoon, or Wednesday late afternoon/early evening.
    c. If you are available at several times, tell us which site you are most interested in and why.
    d. Identify how you will contribute to the Racial Justice component of our mission.
    e. Ask any questions you might have.

3.) After we've reviewed your documents, expect two interviews: one with the Program Manager, a second with your site's Project Lead.

If you are interested in this work, but not available to volunteer with Pongo this coming year because of our hours and time commitment, please send us an email explaining your future interest. We will put you on our email list, and we may be able to place you with a volunteer opportunity at a Pongo-inspired project at another site.

Know someone who you think would be a good fit?