a month can provide a month of healthy food for one person.


a month a month can give 3 people free access to our collaborative foot and wound care clinic.


a month can support our Women's Programming.


Our Wishlist & Gifts In Kind

Do you have something you'd like to give to Aurora Commons?  If you don't see your item on the list of Common Needs below. Please email Karen to coordinate dropping-off your gift to make sure we are a good fit for the donation.

Common Needs:

  • Wound Care Kits (antibiotic ointment, extra-large bandaids, alcohol pads, sterile gloves, gauze, medical tape).
  • Men's Clothing
  • Women's Clothing
  • Silverware, Cups, Mugs, Plates, Bowls
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Outdoor Gear
  • Tarps
  • Phone Chargers
  • Hygiene products

You may drop off gifts in kind directly to Aurora Commons during our open hours, Monday-Thursday from 10am-1pm, or Wednesday evenings from 5pm-9pm.

Also, here is a link to our Amazon Wish List.  Items from our Amazon wishlist can be sent to our mailing address, 8525 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103.  Thank you for your consideration!

Questions about making an in-kind gift can go to


Organizational support network

We are so grateful to our organizational support network who provide regular in-kind gifts and donations. We could not do this without you!




Volunteers play a vital role in the life of Aurora Commons. Whether you are interested in sharing a skill, offering your loving presence, hosting a food and/or clothing drive, or signing up for one of our many volunteer positions listed below, we are grateful for your interest and look forward to hearing from you.


If you are interested in volunteering please fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible! 

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Volunteer Positions

Chaplain of Presence

We view our Chaplains of Presence as the embodiment of what the Aurora Commons is all about.  Chaplains of Presence commit to weekly or biweekly volunteer shifts in which they simply come with a listening posture and an open heart as they spend time with the people in the Commons by conversing over a cup of coffee, creating art, offering prayer or playing cards.

Volunteer shifts for Chaplains of Presence are as follows:

Mon      6-9PM             Men's Night (male identifying)

Mon      10-1PM           Drop-In

Tues     10-1PM           Drop-In

Wed      10-1PM           Drop-In

Wed      5pm-9pm        Women's Drop-In (female identifying)

Thurs    10-1PM          Women's Brunch (female identifying)


Administration Angel

This position umbrellas “all things paper”.  Whether you have skills in grant writing or supporting our team by logging information, we always need this important behind-the-scenes willing helper.


The People's Librarian

Help keep our literature happy!  The Brothers K is tired of sitting in the magazine section.  Help our books return to where they belong and perhaps even dust their backs!


Love to Scrub

A warm, beautiful space is highly important at the Commons.  If you have an hour or two to share your love to scrub, we would love to have it!!


Donation Closet Liaison

We have men's and women's small donation closets that quite often needs some TLC. If you have a passion for folding clothes, or love to organize, this could be a dream come true!


Chaplain of the Commons Refrigerator

The refrigerator is also known as the “heart” of the Commons.  We would love help tending to this source of love and sharing on a regular basis.



Aurora is often labeled as dirty and uncared for. We value communicating beauty not only relationally but also aesthetically.  You can add to the beauty by keeping our grounds swept and flowers watered !


Errand Runner

This position can be an “on call” opportunity for random items/pickups or a regularly scheduled donation pick up.


Handy M/Andy

There are always odds and ends that need to be fixed or light bulbs that need to be changed around the Commons.  Whether you would like to volunteer once a month or once a week, we could always use a Handy M/Andy.


Skill Sharing

Skill sharing happens informally throughout the day or more formally in classes and workshops.  Classes are usually 1-2 hours and last 2-8 weeks.  As part of sharing a skill, we also welcome those with holistic healing gifts, such as massage therapy or counseling.  We now have a private back room for one on one sessions!


Special Projects:

  • Fixed ladder to storage