Volunteer opportunities for Dec. 2

OlympianDecember 2, 2013 

NISQUALLY SALMON WATCHER PROGRAM needs volunteers to help monitor streams within the Nisqually River watershed during salmon spawning season. Volunteers will be trained to identify salmon species so they can count spawning adult salmon twice a week. Training will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Nisqually Natural Resources conference room, 12501 Yelm Highway SE. Information collected may be used to help determine where to focus salmon recovery protection and restoration efforts. To register for the training or get directions, contact Don Perry at 360-438-8687, ext. 2143, or perry. don@nisqually-nsn.gov  .


SOUND LEARNING in Shelton provides alternative education opportunities for adults in both basic skills (reading, writing, math and GED prep) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Opportunities include serving as an adult education tutor, a children’s program volunteer, or a general volunteer to help with special projects and/or office administration. Call 360-426-9733, or go to soundlearning.co/ for an application.

THE YWCA OF OLYMPIA needs volunteers to work in the office for four-hour shifts and 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.

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, and care for the house and gardens. Visit www.bigelowhouse.org  , email bigelowhousemuseum@gmail.com   or call 360-753-1215 for details.

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 Nanci at 360-586-2888, ext. 103, or go to crisis-clinic.org. The Crisis Clinic also needs volunteers for its working board.

ELMA POLICE DEPARTMENT needs volunteers to help with vacation home checks, business checks, traffic control at special events, neighborhood watch, and other dusties. Each volunteer must complete a field training program. Applicants must be 18 years of age, residen 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 is a non-profit 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 residents a Homework Club, where schoolage children can be supervised after school and get help with homework. Evergreen Vista tries to give the children a healthy snack every afternoon during Homework Club, but it needs volunteers to purchase, donate and deliver healthy snacks. Snacks can include fresh fruits, raw veggies with ranch dip, low-fat yogurt and cheese, graham crackers, whole wheat crackers, unsalted nuts, and more. To volunteer to purchase and deliver snacks once a month, or for more information, call Fia at 360-352-1315.

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