Volunteer opportunities for April 1

April 1, 2013 

Volunteer opportunities

The Thurston County Amateur Radio Emergency Service team is looking for volunteers who want to help their neighbors and the community during disasters, and who enjoy or are interested in learning about ham radio. Those without a ham license can earn it as part of the training. For more information, go to www.wa7oly.net or send an email to the Emergency Coordinator at ke7ejj@arrl.net. Call 360-529-1738 and leave a message, for additional details.

The Bigelow House Museum needs volunteers to tell the story of early Washington and of pioneers Daniel and Ann Elizabeth Bigelow. History lovers are encouraged to contact the museum if they are interested in helping lead tours, coordinate events, manage membership records, or care for the house and gardens. Go to 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 may 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, and leave a message.

Sea Mar community health center needs volunteers to help with administrative duties, maintain 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 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. Current opportunities include: A Gift for Thrift: Volunteer at a nonprofit thrift store. Work a cash register, sort merchandise, and interact with customers. Senior Services of South Sound; Homeless Helper: Be an advocate in a program that helps homeless people. Assist clients with services that will better their lives. Sidewalk; Good Instruction: Teach a class at a senior center. Create a course plan. Share your knowledge with those who want to learn. Senior Services of South Sound; Tell A Story: Be a storyteller. Read to children twice a month. Help kids gain an appreciation for books and good literature. United Way, Rochester; Feed the World: Volunteer at a local food bank. Help unload donated food. Pack boxes and bags, and distribute food to clients. Thurston County Food Bank; The Host: Volunteer at an overnight shelter that hosts homeless families. Help set up the facility, check in clients, and provide friendly support. Family Support Center; A Good Store: Volunteer at a store that sells repurposed building supplies. Help collect and sort donations, assist with deliveries, and work with customers. Habitat for Humanity Store; Housework Heroes: Assist seniors and disabled people with chores around their homes. Clean house, do shopping, and other things to create a comfortable living space. Chore Catholic Community Services. To sign up for one of these volunteer opportunities or to learn about more in your area, call Jennifer Thompson, RSVP Volunteer Coordinator, at 360-943-2773, ext. 21 or visit our website at www.unitedway-thurston.org and click on 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.

Thurston county sheriff’s office needs volunteers to assist the Sheriff’s office by helping with vacation house checks, business checks, handicap parking violations, Iris Scan, traffic control at special events, speaking engagements, multi-housing/block watch, and other duties as assigned. 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.

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 sorman@ci.olympia.wa.us for additional information. Learn more at olympiawa.gov/employment-and-volunteering.aspx.

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