Volunteer opportunities for April 28

OlympianApril 28, 2014 

Volunteer opportunities

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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. Opportunities include serving as an adult education tutor, a children’s program volunteer, or a general volunteer to help with special projects or office administration. Call 360-426-9733, or go to soundlearning.com for an application.

the ywca of olympia needs volunteers to work four-hour shifts in the office 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.

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

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 who 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 to help with administrative duties, maintain its community garden, make educational displays, and do community outreach. Stop by the clinic at 3030 Limited Lane, Olympia, call 360-704-7574 or go 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.

RETIRED & SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (RSVP) places volunteers older than 55 in a variety of positions throughout Thurston, Mason and Lewis counties. Call Jennifer Thompson at 360-943-2773, ext. 21, email her at jthompson@unitedway-thurston.org., or go to unitedway-thurston.org and click on “RSVP.”

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 in 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 learn more and to receive an information packet, call Paul Tosch at 360-943-6018.

GIRL SCOUTS OF WESTERN WASHINGTON has many girls in Thurston County interested in Girl Scouts but it needs adult volunteers, particularly to work with Brownie Girl Scouts in grades 2-3. Call 253-798-5015, or go to the website and complete a Volunteer Application at GirlScoutsWW.org. Click “Volunteer” then “Apply Today.”

The Center for natural lands management needs volunteers for Tuesdays and the second Saturday of each month to gather at a South Puget Sound prairie preserve to do environmental restoration work. Activities range from burning brush piles and planting native wildflowers and grasses, to native plant seed collection and cleaning. Call 360-570-0762 or email ssvolunteers@cnlm.org to volunteer.

friends of paul grudis needs volunteers to purchase and deliver nutritious snacks for the homework club at Evergreen Vista. Also needed are donations of housewares, bedding, towels and kitchen wares. Several volunteers are needed each month. Call Lindsay at 360-352-1315.

kokua needs volunteers to Be a Buddy to an adult with disabilities. Volunteers are connected with someone with similar interests to go on outings or visit in the client’s home. Must be ages 18 or older and pass a background check. Contact Randi Miller at 360-705-4665, ext. 120.

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