Volunteer opportunities for March 11

March 11, 2013 

Volunteer opportunities

Providence SoundHomeCare and Hospice is offering a hospice volunteer training this month. Volunteers will be part of a team that helps patients at the end of their lives maintain their independence and quality of life. Training will take place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 15, 22, and 29, and noon to 5 p.m. March 13, 18 and 27. All sessions are at Providence SoundHomeCare and Hospice office in Olympia. Registration is necessary. To apply, call 360-493-4689 or 800-869-7062.

The City of Olympia Park Stewardship Program is has many volunteer opportunities. Check out a Parks Department sponsored event listed below or encourage your neighborhood to adopt your local park. Visit www.olympiawa.gov/parkvolunteer or call 360-753-8365 for more information. Upcoming work parties: Kettle View Park, 1250 Eagle Bend Drive SE near Briggs YMCA, 9:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday and Friday, weeding the planting beds. Garfield Nature Trail, 701 West Bay Drive NW, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, removing invasive Himalayan blackberry and English Ivy, planting native plants, grading the trail, and adding gravel to the surface. Decatur Woods Park, 1015 Decatur St SW, 9:30 a.m.-noon March 19 and 22, weeding the planting beds and removing invasive English Ivy. Watershed Park, 2500 Henderson Blvd. SE, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 23, adding anti-slip material to the remaining bridges on the loop trail, meet in the Henderson parking lot.

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The Bigelow House Museum needs volunteers to help tell the story of early Washington and of pioneers Daniel and Ann Elizabeth Bigelow. History lovers are needed to help lead tours, coordinate events, manage membership records, or care for the house and gardens. Visit www.bigelowhouse.org, email: bigelowhousemuseum@gmail.com or call 360-753-1215.

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

Sea Mar community health center Olympia Clinic needs volunteers to help with administrative duties, maintaining the 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.

be a voice for vulnerable adults 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 get 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 seeks citizen volunteers 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.

the ywca of olympia needs volunteers to fill the following openings: 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 it needs adult volunteers, particularly to work with Brownie Girl Scouts in grades 2-3. Call 253-798-5015, or go to the website and complete a Volunteer Application: GirlScoutsWW.org.

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.

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.

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