What is Workfare and how can I enroll?

The workfare program allows ABAWDS to volunteer at DSHS contracted sites such as food banks and non-profits to meet work requirements. Individuals interested in volunteering at a workfare site to fulfill ABAWD work requirement, should contact the DSHS customer service call center at 1-877-501-2233 to learn more.

When you are referred to a Workfare site, you will be provided a DSHS letter letting you know:

  • Where you agreed to volunteer
  • Contact information for the person supervising your volunteer work
  • The number of hours you are required to volunteer to meet your monthly requirement and
  • The deadline you are expected to volunteer.

To continue receiving benefits, you’ll be required to turn in a signed DSHS 01-205 ABAWD Activity Report monthly as verification that you have met your hourly requirement.

What is a Workfare site?

A Workfare site is a non-profit, public, or government agency who enters into an agreement with DSHS to partner with ABAWD clients and create work and training opportunities. Workfare sites:

  • Allow a volunteer to work under supervision and direction to gain valuable work experience and meet Basic Food work requirements.
  • Do not replace full-time or part-time employee positions, or fill vacancies with unpaid workfare labor. (A workfare participant may transition into a paid employment placement.)
  • Do not place volunteers on an assignment as a result of a labor dispute.
  • Provide a safe working environment from health and safety hazards, and is free of harassment (including but not limited to sexual, racial, religious and gender harassment). Agencies should provide the same rules and regulations kept for paid employees.

What are the Workfare site’s responsibilities?

  • Provide supervised duties in which participants learn vocational skills and gain work experience.
  • Provide necessary documentation and reporting of participant’s attendance to DSHS.
  • Report any issues or problems timely to the ABAWD Team.
  • Provide training, equipment, and materials required for duties of the workfare position.

What are the benefits of being a Workfare site?

  • Workfare sites empower someone to reach their human potential.
  • Workfare sites connect with volunteers to help serve their community mission.
  • Workfare sites provide an opportunity for a participant to reengage in the workforce.
  • Workfare sites help serve our community and local economy by contributing to the workforce

Current Workfare Agencies

Below is a list of the current Workfare Sites throughout King County

Provider                                                                             Location                                                                 Phone  Number       


Status COVID- 19

Backbone Campaign 18850 103rd Ave SW, Vashon, WA 98070 (206) 408-8058   Closed
Earth Corps 6310 NE 74th St Ste 201e, Seattle, WA 98115 (206) 322-9296 Closed
Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop 12451 116th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034 (425) 825-1877 Closed
Edmonds Westgate Chapel Food Bank 22901 Edmonds Way, Edmonds, WA 98020 (425) 775-2776 Closed
Elizabeth Gregory Home 1604 NE 50th St, Seattle, WA 98105 (206) 729-0262 Closed
Enumclaw Kiwanis Food Bank 1350 Cole St, Enumclaw, WA 98022 (360) 825-6188 Closed
Hopelink 14812 Main St,
Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 943-7555 Closed
Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) 3841 NE 123rd St, Seattle, WA 98125 (206) 538-6567 Closed
North Helpline 12736 33rd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125 (206) 367-3477 Closed
Office of Port Opportunities & Business Support 1001 SW Klickitat Way #200A
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 787-3882 Closed
Pike Market Food Bank 1531 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 626-6462 Closed
Rainer Valley Food Bank 4205 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118 (206) 723-4105 Closed
Redeeming Soles 401 8th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 (206) 965-9850 Closed
Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank 122 E 3rd St, North Bend, WA 98045 (425) 888-7832 Closed
The Auburn Food Bank 930 18th Pl NE, Auburn, WA 98002 (253) 833-8925 Closed
The Friends of Francois 1425 Broadway #528
 Seattle, WA 98122
Tukwila Pantry 3118 S 140th St, Tukwila, WA 98168 (206) 431-8293 Closed
University District Food Bank 5017 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 523-7060 OPEN
Weed Warrior Nature Stewards Program   (425) 228-7927 Closed
West Seattle Food Bank 3419 SW Morgan St, Seattle, WA 98126 (206) 932-9023 Closed

Please note that clients must first contact the ABAWD Team in order to be referred to a Workfare site and start volunteering. Clients can do so by calling the Customer Service Contact Center at 1-877-501-2233 and requesting a call back from the ABAWD Team. You may also request a current list of Workfare Providers from ABAWD Policy staff at