Volunteer opportunities for April 8

April 8, 2013 

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The Thurston County Amateur Radio Emergency Service team needs volunteers who want to help their neighbors and the community during disasters, and who enjoy or are interested in learning about ham radio. You can earn your technician license as part of the training. If you would like more information or have questions, visit the website at 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 apply 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 for details.

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 the community garden, make displays to educate patients, and reach out to the community. Stop by the clinic at 3030 Limited Lane, Olympia, call 360-704-7574 or go 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.

the long-term care ombudsman program needs volunteers who have a few hours a week to spare, a concern for vulnerable adults, and dependable transportation. Trained volunteer ombudsmen listen to the concerns and questions of citizens living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities or adult family homes, and work 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 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: Volunteering at a nonprofit thrift store for Senior Services of South Sound; be an advocate in the Sidewalk program that helps homeless people. Teach a class at the Olympia Senior Center. Read to children twice a month for the United Way in Rochester. Volunteer at the Thurston County Food Bank. Volunteer at the Family Support Center overnight shelter that hosts homeless families. Volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity Store selling, sorting and delivering repurposed building supplies. Assist seniors and disabled people with chores around their homes as a Catholic Community Services volunteer. To sign up for one of these volunteer opportunities or to learn about more, call Jennifer Thompson at 360-943-2773, ext. 21, or go to www.unitedway-thurston.org and click on RSVP!

Thurston county sheriff’s office needs volunteers to help 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. 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 details. Learn more at olympiawa.gov/employment-and-volunteering.aspx.

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). Opportunities include serving 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.co/ for an application.

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 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 ssvolunteers@cnlm.org to volunteer.

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