Volunteer opportunities for March 31

OlympianApril 1, 2014 

Volunteer Opportunities

Family Support Center operates the largest homeless family shelter in Thurston County and needs volunteer overnight hosts to staff the shelter from 7 p.m.-7 a.m. nightly. Volunteers receive three hours of training with staff, always host with another volunteer and always have phone access to staff. 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 get 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 go to soundlearning.co/ for an application.

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 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, 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.

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.

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

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 volunteer ombudsmen to 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 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 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 their technician license as part of the training. For more information, go to 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 also are 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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