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 two members on the Agriculture Advisory Committee; alternate members for the Board of Equalization; a member for the EMS Council; members and alternates for the Historic Commission; member for RSN Mental Health Advisory Board; Deschutes and Black River basin representatives; Timberland Regional Library Board member; Veterans’ Advisory Board; 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.
LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN 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.
City of Olympia Safe & Sober Driving needs volunteers who have been injured or have had a loved one injured or killed by a drunken driver to share their stories with the DUI Victim Impact Panel. Call 360-753-8284.
THE CRISIS CLINIC OF THURSTON AND MASON COUNTIES needs volunteers for its 24-hour Crisis Line and Youth Help Line. Volunteers receive 60 hours of training, then provide free, anonymous, and confidential crisis intervention over the phone. For details, 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 email@example.com.
The American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter needs volunteers to support military service members and military families with emergency communications and casework services. Call 360-352-8575.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 as part of the training. For more information, go to website at www.wa7oly.net, send an email to the Emergency Coordinator at email@example.com, 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, and care for the house and gardens. Go to www.bigelowhouse.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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, 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.