Thurston County needs volunteers to serve on advisory boards, committees, and commissions. These groups meet on a regular basis and make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners. Current vacancies include: two members for the Agriculture Advisory Committee; alternate members for the Board of Equalization; one member for the EMS Council; two members and two alternates for the Historic Commission; a member for the RSN Mental Health Advisory Board; two Deschutes Basin representatives, and a Black River Basin representative; a Timberland Regional Library Board member; a Veterans’ Advisory Board member; and two alternates 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 CRISIS CLINIC OF THURSTON AND MASON COUNTIES needs volunteers for its Crisis Line and Youth Help Line. Volunteers receive 60 hours of training, then offer free, anonymous, and confidential crisis intervention over the phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For details about the training, call Keylee at 360-586-2888, ext. 103, or go to crisis-clinic.org. The Crisis Clinic also needs volunteers for its working board.
The North Olympia Fire Department needs volunteers to create websites, maintain vehicles, promote life safety education or work with teen fire cadets. Contact Lt. Derek Hall at 360-705-0234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friend to Friend needs volunteers to visit with residents in nursing, assisted-living and retirement homes throughout Thurston County. Call 888-383-7818.
Rosie’s Place, which serves homeless and high-risk youth and their families, has a variety of volunteer opportunities. Contact Megan Burr at email@example.com or 360-918-7859.
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 during training. For more information, visit www.wa7oly.net, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 360-529-1738 and leave a message.
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. Visit www.bigelowhouse.org, email: email@example.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 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, the 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 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.
Sound Learning needs tutors and classroom volunteers to 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. The trainings will provide the tools you need to create engaging lessons. Email Tracy Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-426-9733 for details.
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: Day at the Museum: Be an activities assistant at a children’s museum. Work with kids who want to learn about new exhibits. Hands On Children’s Museum; Block Party: Be a volunteer at Blockfest events. Assist children in educational games and activities. Set up and clean up after festivities. Childcare Action Council; Tutor Time: Volunteer to tutor motivated adults who want to improve their reading and math skills. Training is provided. Sound Learning; Aid the Homeless: Be an advocate for an organization that wants to prevent homelessness. Help clients with services and distribute important information to those in need. Sidewalk; Where Wolves Are: Volunteer to be a tour guide at a wildlife sanctuary. Inform the public about wild animals and their habitat. Training is provided. Wolf Haven; This Land Is Your Land: Be a sight steward for a conservation organization. Maintain land, and clean up property when needed. Nisqually Land Trust; Help With Chores: Volunteer to aid disabled and elderly people in their homes. Assist with housework and projects. Light carpentry skills are also needed. Catholic Community Services; Give Shelter: Volunteer to greet families in an overnight support shelter. Sign people in, direct clients, and distribute information. Family Support Center; Future Readers: Share your love of literacy by reading to children at daycare centers. Training is provided. South Sound Reading Foundation; A Friend to Food: Volunteer at a food bank. Help repack and unload donated goods. Create food boxes and distribute them to patrons. Thurston County Food Bank; To sign up for one of these volunteer opportunities or to learn more, 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!