RETIRED & SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (RSVP) places volunteers older than 55 in a variety of positions throughout Thurston, Mason and Lewis counties. Opportunities include: be a gleaner who gathers excess fresh produce from local farms for the Thurston County Food Bank; serve as dining room host at Senior Services of South Sound; mentors for children through Big Brothers/Big Sisters; host homeless families at the Family Support Center shelter; tutor adults through Sound Learning; organize items and help youth select clothing at the new Cindy’s Closet run by Community Youth Services; help elderly and disabled people with household chores through Catholic Community Services; deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors; sort books, read to pre-schoolers or work a book fair through South Sound Reading Foundation; pack and distribute food, and pick up donations from sites around the area, for the Thurston County Food Bank. To sign up for one of these volunteer opportunities or to learn about more, call Jennifer Thompson at 360-943-2773, ext. 21, or go to www.unitedway-thurston.org and click on ‘RSVP.’
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.
Thurston county sheriff’s office needs volunteers to help 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. Each volunteer must complete the two-week volunteer academy, a field training program, and probation status. Applicants must be at least 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 email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 needs trained volunteer ombudsmen to listen to the concerns and questions of residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities or adult family homes. Volunteers receive 4-1/2 days of free training 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 at email@example.com 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 to 4 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays. For more information, contact Lisa Anderson at andersolis@cwu.EDU.
Sound Learning needs tutors and classroom volunteers to help adults 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. Training will provide the tools to create engaging lessons. Email Tracy Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 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.
The Thurston County Amateur Radio Emergency Service team is looking for volunteers who want to help their neighbors and the community, during disasters, and who enjoy or are interested in learning about ham radio. Interested but no ham license? We’ll help you earn your Technician license as part of your training. If you would like more information or have questions please visit our website at www.wa7oly.net or send an email to the Emergency Coordinator at email@example.com. Call 360-529-1738 and leave a message, for additional details.
The Bigelow House Museum is seeking volunteers. The museum tells the story of early Washington and of pioneers Daniel and Ann Elizabeth Bigelow. History lovers are encouraged to contact us if they are interested in helping lead tours, coordinate events, manage membership records, or care for the house and gardens. Maintaining and interpreting our history is a community effort! Visit www.bigelowhouse.org, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-753-1215.
Northwest Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center Needs volunteers for processing used eyeglasses to be used in missions, locally and around the world. Duties in processing may include sorting and washing. Lensometer technicians are also needed to read lenses 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. Stop by the clinic at 3030 Limited Lane, Olympia WA, call 360-704-7574 or go online to seamarchc.org to learn more.