RETIRED & SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (RSVP) places volunteers older than 55 in a variety of positions throughout Thurston, Mason and Lewis counties. Current opportunities include: The Glean Team: Volunteer as a gleaner for a food bank. Gather excess fresh produce from local farms, which will go to feed families, Thurston County Food Bank; Dine-In: Volunteer as a dining room host at a senior center. Assist guests during meals. Help with set up and clean up of facility, Senior Services of South Sound; A Role Model: Be mentor for a child in need. Spend time once a week with a kid who needs a positive adult influence. Background check required, Big Brothers/ Big Sisters; Gracious Host: Work at an overnight shelter that hosts homeless families. Check in guests and assure their comfort and safety, Family Support Center; Shared Knowledge: Be a tutor for an adult education program. Create a class plan and work with students at sharpening their skills, Sound Learning; Dress Your Best: Organize items and help youth select clothing at the new Cindy’s Closet, Community Youth Services; Cleaning Angels: Volunteer to help elderly and disabled people with household chores. Assist clients with simple projects to make their lives more comfortable, Catholic Community Services; Nutritious Deliveries: Deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors. Use your own vehicle to bring good food and good cheer to grateful recipients, Senior Services of South Sound; Book of Knowledge: Sort books, read to preschoolers or work a book fair, South Sound Reading Foundation; Food Helper: Volunteer at a local food bank. Help pack and distribute food, and pick up donations from sites around the area, Thurston County Food Bank. To sign up for one of these volunteer opportunities or to learn about more in your area, 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.’
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thurston county sheriff’s office needs volunteers for 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 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 email@example.com for details.
be a voice for vulnerable adults 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 residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities or adult family homes. Volunteers receive 4 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.
The South Sound Estuarium marine life discovery center needs more volunteers to help staff the center at 608 Washington St. N.E. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, or call 360-426-9733.
thurston county seeks citizen 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 360-529-1738 and leave a message, for additional details.