Volunteer opportunities for Dec. 30

OlympianDecember 30, 2013 


Loving Hearts needs hands a crochet and knitting group that makes items for charities that serve babies, cancer patients undergoing chemo-therapy, and men and women in shelters, needs more volunteers. The group meets from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. the third and fourth Monday of the month at First Baptist Church, 428 Cota St. W, Shelton. For details, or to donate yarn, call Hilda at 360-432-8295.

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 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.

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; there is offers residents a Homework Club, where school-age children can be supervised after school and get help with their homework. Evergreen Vista needs volunteers to purchase, donate and deliver healthy snacks for Homework Club participants. Suggested snacks include fresh fruits, raw veggies with ranch dip, lowfat yogurt and cheese, graham crackers, whole wheat crackers, and unsalted nuts. To volunteer to purchase and deliver healthy snacks once a month, or get more information, call Fia at 360-352-1315.

Senior Services for South Sound a non-profit 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 2-4 hours. Senior Services also needs volunteers to host the Olympia Senior Center Big Band Dance on Wednesday afternoons. 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, contact Joyce, 360-586-6181, Ext. 103, or complete a volunteer application online at www.southsoundseniors.org.

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 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 volunteers to listen to the concerns and questions of residents in 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 Thurston County Amateur Radio Emergency Service team needs volunteers who want to help their neighbors and the community during disasters, and who enjoy or are interested in learning about ham radio. Volunteers can earn a technician license as part of the 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.

Northwest Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center needs volunteers to process used eyeglasses to be used in missions, locally and around the world. Duties include sorting and washing. Lensometer technicians are also needed to read lens prescriptions for labeling and bagging. Three-hour shifts are available. Call 360-923-2075, and leave a message.

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