Volunteer opportunities for Oct. 28

OlympianOctober 28, 2013 

Volunteer Opportunities

Elma Police Department needs volunteers to help with vacation home checks, business checks, traffic control at special events, neighborhood watch, and other duties. Each volunteer must complete a field training program. Applicants must be 18 years of age, reside within Grays Harbor County, be able to volunteer for at least 12 hours per month, have a valid Washington driver’s license, and no criminal history. To apply, contact Lt. Elroy Papke and fill out an application. Applications should be returned to the Elma Police Department, 124 Third St. N., Elma. Call 360-470-0014, or email police@cityofelma.com for details.

Mercy Housing HOMEwork club is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing for low-income families, seniors and people with special needs. In Olympia, Mercy Housing runs Evergreen Vista Apartments at 1209 Fern St. SW, where it offers a Homework Club where school-age children can be supervised after school and get help with their homework. Since good nutrition is important to learning, Evergreen Vista tries to give the children a healthy snack every afternoon during Homework Club, but it needs volunteers willing to purchase, donate and deliver healthy snacks for the children once a month. Snacks can include fresh fruits, raw vegetables with ranch dip, low-fat yogurt and cheese, graham crackers, whole-wheat crackers, unsalted nuts, and more. To volunteer or get more information, call Fia at 360-352-1315.

Boots to shoes foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by two Washington businessmen to show their appreciation to military service members. Volunteer mentors attend a free mentoring workshop, then are paired with a veteran whom they meet with twice a month. Mentors provide insight into the civilian workforce and discuss career goals and job search strategies. Go to bootstoshoes.org.

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, multihousing/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 pricej@co.thurston.wa.us for details.

Senior Services for South Sound a nonprofit organization serving the over-55 populations of Thurston and Mason counties, needs volunteers in the following areas: Meals on Wheels drivers in Lacey and Olympia, customer service workers in its Trips & Tours Department, activities assistants in the Lacey and Olympia STARS (adult respite care) Room, and substitute volunteers for the Olympia Center Coffee Shoppe and Reception Office. Volunteer positions are one day a week for two to four hours. Senior Services also needs one or two volunteers to host the Olympia Senior Center Big Band Dance, which is 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays. The position includes free admission to the dance; duties run 1:30-4:30 p.m. and allow plenty of time to dance. For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Joyce at 360-586-6181, ext. 103, or complete a volunteer application online at southsoundseniors.org.

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 west Olympia clinic at 3030 Limited Lane, call 360-704-7574 or go online to seamarchc.org to learn more.

Sound Learning needs volunteers to help with daily operations of the adult learning agency. Tasks include filing, copying, and answering phones. There also is an ongoing need for tutors and help with special events. Opportunities also include creative projects such as designing window displays. For information, call Tracy Moore at 360-426-9733 or email tmoore@soundlearning.co.

THE CRISIS CLINIC OF THURSTON AND MASON COUNTIES 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 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 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.

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 United Way of Thurston County needs volunteers to help the campaign team with presentation materials and follow-up thank-you notes, and volunteers with administrative skills to be part of its Community Impact team; Reading Buddies needs volunteers with at least an hour a week to work with struggling student readers; Cindy’s Closet needs helpers to sort and organize clothing donations to a new Youth Clothing Bank; Senior Services of South Sound needs drivers to get seniors to appointments, errands and Senior Center programs as well as to deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors; the Family Support Center needs hosts for its overnight shelter for homeless families; Sound Learning needs tutors for an adult education program; Catholic Community Services needs volunteers to help elderly and disabled people with household chores; Habitat for Humanity needs someone who was a professional in the finance field to serve on its Finance Committee. To sign up for one of these volunteer opportunities or to learn about more, call Jennifer Thompson at 360-943-2773, ext. 21, or visit 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 hall@northolympiafire.com.

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 residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities or adult family homes. Volunteers receive 41/2 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.

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.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays. For more information contact Lisa Anderson at andersolis@cwu.EDU.

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 wa7oly.net or send an email to the Emergency Coordinator at ke7ejj@arrl.net. 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: bigelowhousemuseum@gmail.com 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.

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.

the YWCA of Olympia needs volunteers to fill the following openings: office volunteers for four-hour shifts; and volunteers to stock the shelves of The Other Bank on Tuesdays. In addition, the YWCA always accepts donations of hygiene items such as shampoo and dish soap. Call Bree Lafreniere at 360-352-0593 to volunteer or donate.

GIRL SCOUTS OF WESTERN WASHINGTON has many girls in Thurston County interested in Girl Scouts but it needs adult volunteers, particularly to work with Brownie Girl Scouts in grades 2-3. Call 253-798-5015, or go to the website and complete a Volunteer Application: GirlScoutsWW.org Click “Volunteer” then “Apply Today.”

The Center for natural lands management needs volunteers for Tuesdays and the second Saturday of each month to gather at a South Puget Sound prairie preserve to do critical environmental restoration work. Activities range from burning brush piles and planting native wildflowers and grasses to native plant seed collection and cleaning. Call 360-570-0762 or email ssvolunteers@cnlm.org to volunteer.

Friends of Paul Grudis needs volunteers to purchase and deliver nutritious snacks for the homework club at Evergreen Vista. Also needed are donations of housewares, bedding, towels and kitchen wares. Several volunteers are needed each month. Call Lindsay at 360-352-1315.

Dispute Resolution Center needs volunteers to help people resolve their conflicts with friends, neighbors, families, co-workers, landlords or businesses. Learn how to be a neutral listener for four hours per week. Call 360-956-1155.

Kokua needs volunteers to “Be a Buddy” to an adult with disabilities. Volunteers are partnered with an individual with similar interests to go on outings or visit in the client’s home. Must be age 18 or older and pass a background check. Contact Randi Miller at 360-705-4665, ext. 120.

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