Volunteer opportunities for July 15

July 15, 2013 

Volunteer Opportunities

sustainable farming A representative from Stokesberry Farm, an Olympia-based family farm, will provide information about volunteer opportunities for people to learn about sustainability and farming from 6-7 p.m. Monday, 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 the following: One non-farmer member, 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 EMS Council; Members for Districts 1 and 2, and two alternate members for the Historic Commission; RSN Mental Health Advisory Board; one upper and one lower Deschutes Basin representative, and a Black River Basin representative; Timberland Regional Library Board; Veterans’ Advisory Board; two alternate positions 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.


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.

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!

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.

long-term care ombudsmen 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.

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 Crisis Line and Youth Help Line. Volunteers, after receiving 60 hours of training, 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 log on to: crisis-clinic.org. The Crisis Clinic also needs volunteers for its working board.

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