Volunteer opportunities for April 29

April 29, 2013 

Volunteer opportunities

Sound Learning Become a tutor or classroom volunteer and help fellow community members gain the skills they need to maintain a living-wage job, support their families, and contribute to the community. Opportunities to tutor adults in reading, writing, math, GED preparation, and English for speakers of other languages are always available. Volunteers are trained to create engaging lessons that help students reach their goals. For details, email Tracy Moore at tmoore@soundlearning.com or call 360-426-9733.


Thurston County Amateur Radio Emergency Service team needs volunteers who want to help 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. For more information, go to www.wa7oly.net or email 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. Volunteers help lead tours, coordinate events, manage membership records, and 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 serve vulnerable community members by helping with administrative duties, maintaining the center’s community garden, making displays to help educate patients, 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 41/2 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: Working the cash register, sorting merchandise, and interacting with customers at the Senior Services of South Sound thrift store; helping homeless clients get hooked up with services through the nonprofit Sidewalk; teaching a class at the senior center through Senior Services of South Sound; reading to children twice a month through the United Way in Rochester; helping unload donated food, packing boxes and bags, and distributing food to clients of the Thurston County Food Bank; serve as a host at the overnight family shelter provided by the Family Support Center; volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity store that sells repurposed building supplies, collecting and sorting donations, assisting with deliveries, and working with customers; help seniors and disabled people with chores around their homes through Chore Catholic Community Services. 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, 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.

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.

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.”

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