From Seattle to Tacoma to Bellevue and Beyond! A Tale from What’s Happening Inside Sound Generations During COVID-19

Sound Generations’ programs and affiliated senior centers are grateful to have such wonderful staff and volunteers supporting us during this time. Each and every direct service worker provides so much more than just a smiling face and friendly voice.

We’ve seen the compassion the community has shown us, stretching beyond Seattle’s borders.

Meals on Wheels Volunteers

Linda and Pam choose to give back by volunteering their time with Sound Generations Meals on Wheels.

“We started doing this as we wanted to do something together to help other people.”

– Linda and Pam

They love being able to talk with the variety of people they meet, while providing this vital service. Their friendly visits are more than just a meal delivery, but also a time to listen to the stories the clients have to share.

Linda and Pam, getting ready to deliver meals in Federal Way

All the way in Sno-Valley, Lisa Yeager, director of the Sno-Valley Senior Center, shared with us the steps they’re taking to keep people connected and taken care of.


  • Nearly 1,000 hot made from scratch meals which were picked up or delivered to local seniors.  We’re on track to increase that number by quite a bit in April!
  • Hundreds of check-in and reassurance calls to participants weekly.
  • Encouragement, puzzles and information with each lunch.
  • Free grocery and medication pick-up and delivery.
  • Phone counseling with information and assistance provided

From the walls of Ballard NW Senior Center, Carlye Teel highlights the selfless work that their supporters are doing day-in and day-out. They are looking forward to when the center can reopen its doors and once again provide all the services it has to offer to the community.


  • Core volunteers are in the kitchen helping the chef create delicious take-out/pick-up and delivered lunches Monday thru Thursday. Volunteers are the delivery drivers and another with friendly greetings helps hand out to those at the front door.
  • Volunteers are doing some grocery shopping and delivery for others.
  • Our building and grounds volunteers are doing spring yard work and keeping the outside building and grounds looking  good and neat and tidy.
  • Our fundraising volunteers are still working on the plans for the auction that had to be postponed until September.
  • Other volunteers are still facilitating groups, like the writing group that writes their stories and then joins the instructor remotely to share their stories.
  • Other volunteers are calling friends and participants to check on them.
  • Other volunteers are creating art work they share with others that really enrich other’s lives.
  • Volunteers and Board are working with staff remotely to plan for when the center can reopen.