Volunteer opportunities for May 13

May 13, 2013 

Volunteer Opportunities

Thurston County needs 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. Current vacancies include the following: one non-farmer and one farmer member for the Agriculture Advisory Committee; alternate members for Districts 2 and 3 for the Board of Equalization; a District 2 member for the Emergency Medical Services Council; members for Districts 1 and 2 and two alternate members for the Historic Commission; a member for the RSN Mental Health Advisory Board; one upper and one lower Deschutes Basin representative, and a Black River Basin representative; Timberland Regional Library Board member; a Veterans’ Advisory Board member; and two alternate positions for the Water Conservancy Board. Go to www.co.thurston.wa.us/bocc to obtain an application, or call Danielle Westbrook at 360-786-5414 for more information.


The Thurston County Amateur Radio Emergency Service team needs volunteers who want to help their communities during disasters, and who enjoy or are interested in learning about ham radio. You can earn your technician license as part of your 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. Volunteers 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 for use 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.

Sound Learning needs tutors or classroom volunteers to help clients 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 more information, email Tracy Moore at tmoore@soundlearning.co, or call 360-426-9733.

be a voice for vulnerable adults If you have a few hours a week to spare, a 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: Volunteer at the Senior Services of South Sound nonprofit thrift store, working a cash register, sorting merchandise, and interacting with customers. Be an advocate in the SideWalk program that helps homeless people connect with services that will better their lives. Teach a class at the senior center run by Senior Services of South Sound. Read to children twice a month as part of the United Way of Rochester. Volunteer at the Thurston County Food Bank, helping to unload donated food, pack boxes and bags, and distribute food to clients. Volunteer at the Family Support Center overnight shelter that hosts homeless families, helping to set up the facility, check in clients, and provide support. Volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore that sells repurposed building supplies, helping to collect and sort donations, assist with deliveries, and work with customers. Assist seniors and disabled people with chores around their homes through Catholic Community Services. To sign up for one of these volunteer opportunities or to learn about more in your area, call Jennifer Thompson at 360-943-2773, ext. 21, or go to 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.

RETIRED & SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (RSVP) places volunteers older than 55 in a variety of positions throughout Thurston, Mason and Lewis counties. Current opportunities include: Help Mason Thurston Land Trust recruite members through Facebook and Twitter; Volunteer to share musical talent with residents of Lacey Senior Center; Work at a visitor bureau on Capital Campus; Help greet and direct patrons of Sidewalk homeless shelter; Work at Wolf Haven; Help at a rest home during its weekly puzzle event; Volunteer at a celebration at the Childcare Action Council; Volunteer with South Sound Reading Foundation; Volunteer at HCR Manor Care during a wine and cheese tasting event; Help deliver meals to homebound seniors through Lacey Senior Center. Assignments can be short projects or on-going. Contact Jennifer Thompson, volunteer coordinator, 360-943-2773, ext. 21, or go to unitedway-thurston.org, and select RSVP.

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