Volunteer opportunities for Feb. 11

February 11, 2013 

Volunteer Opportunities

Northwest Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center needs volunteers to process used eyeglasses to be used in missions locally and around the world. Duties may include sorting and washing. Lensometer technicians also are needed to read lens prescriptions for labeling and bagging. Three-hour shifts are available at various times. Call 360-923-2075 and leave a message.

Sea Mar community health center needs volunteers to help with administrative duties, maintain its community garden, make displays to help educate patients about their health, and community outreach. Stop by the clinic at 3030 Limited Lane, Olympia; call 360-704-7574; or go online to seamarchc.org to learn more.

Senior Services for South Sound a nonprofit organization serving the over-55 population of Thurston and Mason counties, needs volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels in the Olympia, Lacey, Rochester, and Tenino areas. It also needs volunteers to work in the Coffee Shoppe, Trips Department, and Transportation Department. For more information, call Joyce at 360-586-6181.

long-term care ombudsman program If you have a few hours a week to spare, a genuine concern for vulnerable adults, and dependable transportation, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program has a volunteer opportunity to suit you. Trained volunteer ombudsmen listen to the concerns and questions of citizens living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities or adult family homes, working to resolve their problems or answer questions. Volunteers receive four-and-a-half days of free training to become certified, and volunteer a minimum of four hours per week. To learn more, and to receive an information packet, call Paul Tosch at 360-943-6018.

RETIRED & SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (RSVP) places volunteers older than 55 in a variety of positions throughout Thurston, Mason and Lewis counties. Assignments can be short projects or on-going. Contact Jennifer Thompson at 360-943-2773, ext. 21, or go to unitedway-thurston.org, and select RSVP.

thurston county citizen volunteers are needed to serve on advisory boards, committees, and commissions. These groups meet on a regular basis and make recommendations on issues to the Board of County Commissioners. Call Danielle Westbrook, 360-786-5414, for details.

Thurston county sheriff’s office needs volunteers to assist with vacation house checks, business checks, handicap parking violations, Iris Scan, traffic control at special events, speaking engagements, and multi-housing/block watch. Each volunteer must complete the two-week volunteer academy, a field training program, and probation status. Applicants must be 18 years old, have the ability to volunteer for four hours per week, have a valid Washington driver’s license, no criminal history, and a certificate of good health from their doctor. To apply, contact Lt. John Price, and fill out a volunteer application returning it with proper picture ID to the Sheriff’s Office, at 2000 Lakeridge Ave. SW, Olympia. Call 360-786-5657 or send email to pricej@co.thurston.wa.us for details.

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