Volunteer opportunities for Jan. 29

THE OLYMPIANJanuary 29, 2012 

Volunteer Opportunities

the ywca of olympia needs volunteers to fill the following openings: day center hostess, serving homeless women for two-hour shifts during the winter months; office volunteers for four-hour shifts; and volunteers to stock the shelves of The Other Bank on Tuesdays. In addition, the YWCA always accepts donations of hygiene items such as shampoo and dish soap. Call Bree Lafreniere at 360-352-0593 to volunteer or donate.

GIRL SCOUTS OF WESTERN WASHINGTON has many girls in Thurston County interested in Girl Scouts, but needs adult volunteers, particularly to work with Brownie Girl Scouts in grades 2-3. Other age levels are also available. Call 253-798-5015, or go to the website and complete a Volunteer Application: www.GirlScoutsWW.org Click “Volunteer” then “Apply Today”.

RETIRED & SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (RSVP) places volunteers older than 55 in a variety of positions throughout Thurston, Mason and Lewis counties. Opportunities include working in schools, food banks, shelters, and museums; serving children and youth programs, and adult support programs; advising the public about access to health insurance; tax preparation, office assistance and more. Assignments can be short projects or on-going. Contact Jeannie Roe Gruber at jroegruber@unitedway-thurston.org or 360-943-2773, ext. 20, or go to www.unitedway-thurston.org and select RSVP.

aarp tax-aide program needs volunteer tax counselors to provide free income-tax assistance and counseling to low- and middle-income taxpayers, particularly those age 60 and older. Volunteers will be trained during December and January. Computer skills are required. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. Counselors are expected to work a minimum of four hours per week. The program also is recruiting technical people who have a computer hardware or software background as well as front desk staff. To register, call 888-687-2277 or go to aarp.org/taxaide.

boots to shoes foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by two Washington businessmen to show their appreciation to military service members. Volunteer mentors attend a free mentoring workshop, then are paired with a veteran who they meet with twice a month. Mentors provide insight into the civilian workforce and discuss career goals and job search strategies. Go to bootstoshoes.org.

The Center for natural lands management needs volunteers for Tuesdays and the second Saturday of each month to gather at a South Puget Sound prairie preserve to do critical environmental restoration work. Activities range from burning brush piles and planting native wildflowers and grasses, to native plant seed collection and cleaning. Call 360-570-0762 or email ssvolunteers@cnlm.org to volunteer.

friends of paul grudis needs volunteers to purchase and deliver nutritious snacks for the homework club at Evergreen Vista. Also needed are donations of housewares, bedding, towels and kitchen wares. Several volunteers are needed each month. Call Lindsay at 360-352-1315.

Dispute Resolution Center needs volunteers to help people resolve their conflicts with friends, neighbors, families, co-workers, landlords or businesses. Learn how to be a neutral listener for four hours per week. Call 360-956-1155.

kokua needs volunteers to “Be a Buddy” to an adult with disabilities. Volunteers are partnered with an individual with similar interests to go on outings or visit in the client’s home. Must be age 18 or older, and pass a background check. Contact Randi Miller at 360-705-4665, ext. 120.

The Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau needs volunteers to staff the visitor center on the Capitol Campus. Volunteers will work shifts between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and must enjoy greeting visitors and helping them find information about the campus and Thurston County. Contact Cathy Mah at 360-704-7544 or cathy@visitolympia.com.

Providence St. Peter Hospital needs volunteer gift shop workers. Profits from the gift shops fund equipment for the hospital. Call volunteer services at 360-493-7482.

THE CRISIS CLINIC OF THURSTON AND MASON COUNTIES needs volunteers for its Crisis Line and Youth Help Line. Volunteers, after receiving 60 hours of training, offer free, anonymous, confidential, and nonjudgmental crisis intervention over the phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For details about the training, call David at 360-586-2888 ext. 103, or go to www.crisis-clinic.org. The Crisis Clinic also needs volunteers for its working board.

The North Olympia Fire Department needs volunteers to create websites, maintain vehicles, promote life safety education or work with teen fire cadets. Contact Lt. Derek Hall at 360-705-0234 or hall@northolympiafire.com.

The American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter needs volunteers to support military service members and military families with emergency communications and casework services. Call 360-352-8575.

Friend to Friend needs volunteers to visit with residents in nursing, assisted-living and retirement homes throughout Thurston County. Call 888-383-7818.

Rosie’s Place which serves homeless and high-risk youth and their families, has a variety of volunteer opportunities. Contact Susan Alexander at salexander@community youthservices.org or 360-943-0780, ext. 116.

Mason County Literacy needs volunteers for tutoring positions in math, reading, GED preparation and ESL (English as a second language). Volunteers also are needed for office work, child care and database management. Call 360-426-9733.

SafePlace needs volunteers and interns to provide support to those affected by domestic and sexual abuse. Call 360-754-6389, ext. 103.

City of Olympia Safe & Sober Driving needs volunteers who have been injured or have had a loved one injured or killed by a drunken driver to share their stories with the DUI Victim Impact Panel. Call 360-753-8284.

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