Volunteer opportunities for Aug. 5

OlympianAugust 5, 2013 

Volunteer Opportunities

Thurston County Sheriff’s Office needs volunteers to assist 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 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.

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, mburr@community youthservices.org or 360-918-7859.

The South Sound Estuarium marine life discovery center needs volunteers to staff the center at 608 Washington St. NE. Volunteers can sign up for three-hour shifts, either 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays. For more information, contact Lisa Anderson at andersolis@cwu.edu.

Sound Learning Become a tutor or classroom volunteer, and help fellow community members gain the skills they need to maintain a living wage job and support their families. 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 needed to create engaging lessons. To volunteer, email Tracy Moore at tmoore@soundlearning.co, or call 360-426-9733.

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. Call Danielle Westbrook, 360-786-5414, for details.

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 County needs volunteers for its Crisis Line and Youth Help Line. After receiving 60 hours of training, volunteers offer free, anonymous, confidential and nonjudgmental crisis intervention over the phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 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 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 are interested in learning about ham radio. Volunteers can earn a technician license as part of training. For more information, go to 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. Go to www.bigelowhouse.org, email bigelowhousemuseum@gmail.com 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 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 to seamarchc.org to learn more.

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 details. Learn more at olympiawa.gov/employment-and-volunteering.aspx.

 

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