thurston county seeks citizen volunteers: Thurston County needs volunteers to serve on advisory boards, committees, and commissions. These groups meet on a regular basis and make recommendations on important issues to the Board of County Commissioners. Current vacancies include positions on the Agriculture Advisory Committee, Board of Equalization, Boundary Review Board, Civil Service Commission, Historic Commission, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Storm and Surface Water Advisory Board, Thurston County Fair Board, and the Veterans Advisory Board. Go to co.thurston.wa.us/bocc to obtain an application, or call Danielle Westbrook at 360-786-5414 for more information.
RETIRED & SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (RSVP) places volunteers older than 55 in a variety of positions throughout Thurston, Mason and Lewis counties. Current opportunities include: Project Developer for Senior Services for South Sound; Homework Club Volunteer; Mercy Housing Northwest Greeter; Chore Services for Catholic Community Services; Farm Crew member for Left Foot Organics; Mentor for Big Brothers, Big Sisters; and homebound meal driver for Senior Services for South Sound. Assignments can be short projects or on-going. Contact Jennifer Thompson, volunteer coordinator, 360-943-2773, ext. 21, or go to unitedway-thurston.org, and select RSVP.
Olympia farmers market needs volunteers to help the public with recycling and composting at its waste centers. No handling or lifting is expected. Individuals, groups and organizations are welcome. Training is provided. Volunteers are needed anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Call Spencer Orman, 360-753-8752, or email email@example.com for more information. Learn more at olympiawa.gov/employment-and-volunteering.aspx.
tumwater farmers market needs volunteers to help organize and promote events as well as serve on the planning board. The Tumwater Farmers Market operates mid-day every Wednesday, June through October. Call 360-464-5879 to help out.
sound learning in Shelton provides alternative education opportunities for adults in both basic skills (reading, writing, math and GED prep) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Serve as an adult education tutor, a children’s program volunteer, or a general volunteer to help with special projects and/or office administration. Call 360-426-9733, or go to soundlearning.com for an application.
the ywca of olympia needs volunteers to fill the following openings: day center hostess, serving homeless women for two-hour shifts; 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 needs adult volunteers to work with Brownie Girl Scouts (grades 2-3) as well as other age groups. Call 253-798-5015, or go to the website and complete a volunteer application: GirlScoutsWW.org Click “Volunteer” then “Apply Today.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 conflicts between 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 email@example.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 log on to: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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@ communityyouthservices.org or 360-943-0780, ext. 116.
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.