Volunteer opportunities for Feb. 17

OlympianFebruary 17, 2014 

Volunteer Opportunities

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

The South Bay Fire Department needs volunteer receptionists to provide clerical support, answer telephones and act as customer service representatives for the district secretary, fire chief and staff. Volunteers work at the headquarters’ front desk and are the first contact with visitors. Shifts are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-5 p.m. Volunteers are paid a $20 stipend for each four-hour shift. Applications are at the main station at 3506 Shincke Road NE, Olympia, or at southbayfire.com. Call 360-491-5320 for more information. All volunteers are required to pass background checks.

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 log on to crisis-clinic.org. The Crisis Clinic also needs volunteers for its working board.

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

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 pricej@co.thurston.wa.us for details.

Senior Services for South Sound, a nonprofit serving the 55-plus population of Thurston and Mason counties, needs volunteer drivers to get seniors to and from essential appointments. Volunteers can use their own vehicles, with mileage reimbursement, or one of the agency vehicles. Senior Services also needs volunteer activities assistants for its STARS (adult respite care) Rooms in Lacey and Olympia. The Olympia nutrition site also needs volunteers from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to help set up, prepare, serve, and clean up the lunch meal. Its retail shops also have openings for customer service on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Call Joyce at 360-586-6181, ext. 103, for additional information, or complete the volunteer application online at southsoundseniors.org.

Sea Mar community health center olympia clinic needs volunteers to help with administrative duties, maintain its community garden, make displays to educate patients, and community outreach. Stop by the clinic at 3030 Limited Lane, call 360-704-7574 or go online to seamarchc.org to learn more.

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.

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