Volunteer opportunities for July 8

July 8, 2013 

Volunteer Opportunities

sustainable farming A representative from Stokesberry Farm, an Olympia-based family farm, will provide information about volunteer opportunities where people to learn about sustainability and farming from 6-7 p.m. July 15 at the Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market Street SW. For more information, call the library at 360-943-7790 or visit www.TRL.org.

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 for the Agriculture Advisory Committee; alternates for the Board of Equalization; one member for the EMS Council; members and alternates for the Historic Commission; RSN Mental Health Advisory Board; two Deschutes Basin representatives, and a Black River Basin representative; a Timberland Regional Library Board member; Veterans’ Advisory Board member; and two alternates for the 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.

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LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMEN 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.

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, confidential, and nonjudgmental 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 visit 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 hall@northolympiafire.com.

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 a technician license as part of their training. For more information, visit www.wa7oly.net, send an email to the Emergency Coordinator at ke7ejj@arrl.net, 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 bigelowhousemuseum@gmail.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 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 Make a difference in the health of your community, and volunteer to serve vulnerable members of the population. Sea Mar Community Health Center’s Olympia Clinic is seeking volunteers. to help with administrative duties, maintaining our community garden, making displays to help educate patients about their health, and community outreach. Please stop by our clinic at 3030 Limited Lane, Olympia WA, call 360-704-7574 or go to seamarchc.org to learn more.

Senior Services for South Sound Senior Services for South Sound, a non-profit organization serving the over 55 populations of Thurston and Mason counties, has need for volunteers in the following areas: Retail, our Estate Store and Budd Bay Bargains; Receptionists and Coffee Shoppe at both our Olympia and Lacey Centers; Meals on Wheels Drivers for the Lacey Area; and Kitchen Aids for our Olympia Site. We also have two new positions open as Hosts for the Olympia Wednesday Afternoon Big Band Dances, 1:30-4:30pm, includes free admission to the Dance. For more information on any of these openings, contact Joyce, 586-6181, Ext. 103 or you can complete a volunteer application on-line at www.southsoundseniors.org under “Join Us.”

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. Volunteer trainings are scheduled for the month of April. The trainings will provide the tools you need to create engaging lessons that help students reach their goals. If you are interested in becoming a tutor, or in other volunteer opportunities with Sound Learning, email Tracy Moore at tmoore@soundlearning.co, or call 360-426-9733. 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.

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.

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