Thurston County needs volunteers to serve on advisory boards, committees, and commissions that meet on a regular basis and make recommendations on issues to the Board of County Commissioners. Currently there are vacancies on the Agriculture Advisory Committee, Board of Equalization, EMS Council, Historic Commission, RSN Mental Health Advisory Board, Deschutes River Basin and Black River Basin representatives, Timberland Regional Library Board, Veterans’ Advisory Board and Water Conservancy Board. Visit the Thurston County website at 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 neighbors and the community during disasters, and who enjoy or are interested in learning about ham radio. Volunteers can earn their technician license as part of their training. For more information, visit www.wa7oly.net or send an email to the Emergency Coordinator at email@example.com. Call 360-529-1738 and leave a message for 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, and care for the house and gardens. Visit www.bigelowhouse.org, email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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, and leave a message.
Sea Mar community health center needs volunteers to serve vulnerable members of the population by helping with administrative duties, maintaining the community garden, making displays to 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.
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. Call Joyce at 360-586-6181.
RETIRED & SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (RSVP) places volunteers older than 55 in positions throughout Thurston, Mason and Lewis counties. Current opportunities include: activities assistants at the Hands On Children’s Museum, volunteers at Blockfest events with the Childcare Action Council,; tutors for adults in reading and math skills for Sound Learning, advocates for the homeless through Sidewalk, tour guides at Wolf Haven, site stewards for Nisqually Land Trust. To sign up for one of these volunteer opportunities or to learn more, call Jennifer Thompson at 360-943-2773, ext. 21, or visit www.unitedway-thurston.org and click on RSVP.