Volunteer opportunities for March 24

OlympianMarch 24, 2014 

Volunteer Opportunities

Family Support Center needs overnight hosts at its large shelter for homeless families in Thurston County. Overnight hosts work from 7 p.m.-7 a.m. nightly. Volunteers receive three hours of training with staff, always host with another volunteer, and have direct access to staff via phone. If you are interested, contact Natalie Moran at nataliem@fscss.org or 360-628-4585 for more information.

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. Application forms can be obtained at 3506 Shincke Road NE, Olympia, or at southbayfire.com. Call 360-491-5320 for further information. All volunteers are required to pass background checks.

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 visit soundlearning.com for an application.

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, 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.

Sea Mar community health center needs volunteers to help with administrative duties, maintain its community garden, make educational displays, and reach out to the community. Stop by the clinic at 3030 Limited Lane, Olympia, call 360-491-1399 or visit seamar.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.

RETIRED & SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (RSVP) places volunteers older than 55 in positions throughout Thurston, Mason and Lewis counties. Current opportunities include: Catholic Community Services needs volunteers to assist elderly and disabled people with light housework and simple projects. Senior Services of South Sound needs volunteers to lead trips and tours to area venues. Thurston County Public Schools need volunteers to be reading buddies to work one-on-one with a student or with a small group. Orientation is required. The YWCA needs volunteers to help middle school students master math concepts. The Family Support Center needs volunteers to organize donated clothing and other goods at its shelter. Kokua needs volunteer board members to provide strategic planning and leadership. Homes First needs volunteers to help with marketing events, information fairs and fundraisers. It also needs retired tradespeople such as plumbers, electricians and carpenters to help maintain housing for low-income families. The United Way of Thurston County needs volunteer office workers for simple short-term projects such as mailings, writing thank-you cards and assembling materials. Thurston County Public Health and Social Services needs volunteers to help newly discharged veterans maneuver services available to them. For more information about any of these opportunities, contact Jennifer Thompson at 360-943-2773, ext. 21, or jthompson@unitedway-thurston.org, or visit unitedway-thurston.org and click on ‘volunteer,’ then ‘RSVP.’

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