MERCY HOUSING is a non-profit organization that provides affordable housing communities for low income families, seniors, and people with special needs. In Olympia, Mercy Housing runs Evergreen Vista Apartments in west Olympia, at 1209 Fern St. Sw. One of the many programs offered is the Homework Club, where school age children can be supervised after school and get help with their homework. Since good nutrition is important to learning, the Resident Services Coordinator for Evergreen Vista tries to give the children a healthy snack every afternoon during Homwork Club. Mercy Housing has limited funds to provide for the Homework Club program, so Evergreen Vista is in need of volunteers to purchase, donate and deliver healthy snacks for the children. If you would be willing to purchase and deliver some healthy snacks once a month for the children, or would like more information, please call the Resident Services Coordinator, 360-352-1315.
THE FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER is looking for compassionate and energetic volunteers to help at Pear Blossom Place, our 24-hour family shelter in Olympia. We have a wide variety of shifts and needs to fill, including evenings and weekends. Training provided and children are welcome to volunteer alongside their parents. Our needs are expected to grow as the colder months approach, so join our amazing team now! For more information, contact Katherine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE STATE CAPITOL VISITOR SERVICES PROGRAM is currently recruiting volunteers to serve as tour guides and information specialists. If you enjoy providing visitors with a fun and educational experience in a historic setting, this volunteer position might be perfect for you. Volunteers provide guided tours and information to visitors, providing insights about state history, government and architecture. A weekly shift commitment of three hours is required. To learn more, call 360-902-8887, or email: email@example.com.
VOLUNTEER CONNECTION is an online virtual website that matches you with volunteer positions that match your interests. There are over 100 Thurston County non-profit agencies that post their needs and event on Volunteer Connection and update them often. Fill out a mini profile and click on positions you find interesting. Check out Volunteer Connection at www.unitedway-thurston.org/VOLUNTEER. If you have questions or need assistance, call Sara Kukkonen, United Way of Thurston County VISTA at 360-943-2773, ext. 22.
LOVING HEARTS needs hands is a crochet and knit group making items for charities, including babies, cancer patients undergoing chemo-therapy, and men and women in shelters. We need more people willing to knit and crochet. We meet from 12:30-2:30 p.m., on the third and fourth Mondays of each Monday, at Yards of Yarn, 1800 Olympic Highway S, Shelton. For additional information, or to donate yarn, call Hilda at 360-432-8295.
THE YWCA OF OLYMPIA needs volunteers to fill the following openings: office volunteers for four-hour shifts; and volunteers 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.
SENIOR SERVICES FOR SOUTH SOUND is a non-profit serving the 55+ population of Thurston and Mason Counties: We are in need of volunteer drivers for getting seniors to and from essential appointments. Volunteers can use your own vehicle, with mileage reimbursement, or one of the agency vehicles. You decide your schedule. Our STARS (adult respite care) Rooms in Lacey and Olympia are in need of activities assistants to help folks participate in as many activities as possible. The Olympia nutrition site needs volunteers from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, to help set-up, prepare, serve, and clean-up for the lunch meal. Our Retail fundraisers have openings for customer service on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Call Joyce, 360-586-6181, Ext. 103, for additional information, or complete the volunteer application on-line at www.southsoundseniors.org.
KOKUA needs volunteers to “Be a Buddy” to an adult with disabilities. Volunteers are partnered with an individual with similar interests to go on outings or visit in the client’s home. Must be age 18 or older and pass a background check. Contact Randi Miller at 360-705-4665, ext. 120.