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Volunteer with Us

Hundreds of volunteers play a key role in the success of our entrepreneurs every year. Empowering entrepreneurs starts with community support. Volunteers have amazing talents to contribute to our organization, and we do our best to match volunteers to customized opportunities at Ventures. We occasionally have one-time or specialized volunteer opportunities, but our greatest need for volunteers are for Business Basics Course Coaches or Retail Store Volunteers.

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Retail Store Volunteer

Volunteer at one of Seattle’s most unique and inspiring gift stores! The Ventures Marketplace, Ventures’ retail store and business incubator in Pike Place Market, features locally made products hand-crafted by small business owners working to build or grow their businesses. Volunteers also receive a 10% discount at the store.  


  • Provide warm and welcoming customer service.
  • Sell a wide variety of hand-crafted local merchandise, including jewelry, accessories, bath and body products, art, gift items, and much more.
  • Tidy and straighten store displays, merchandise, overstock, and storage areas as needed.
  • Work with Ventures staff on other special projects as needed.

Time Commitment

  • Volunteer shifts are available every day between 10:30 am and 6:00 pm.
  • Shifts are usually 4-6 hours long. Most volunteers work at least one shift per week.
  • Scheduling is flexible, but we ask for a commitment of at least 16 hours/month for three months.


  • Previous customer service and/or retail experience is desired but not required.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Interest in and enthusiasm for Ventures’ mission.
  • Ability and desire to work in a fast-paced environment and perform a wide variety of tasks.