MERCY HOUSING is a non-profit organization that provides affordable housing for low-income families, seniors, and people with special needs. In Olympia, Mercy Housing runs Evergreen Vista Apartments at 1209 Fern St. SW, where it offers a Homework Club where school-age children can be supervised after school and get help with their homework. Evergreen Vista needs volunteers to purchase, donate and deliver healthy snacks for the Homework Club once a month. For more information, call 360-352-1315.
THE FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER needs volunteers to help at Pear Blossom Place, its 24-hour family shelter in Olympia. It has a variety of shifts to fill, including evenings and weekends. Training will be provided, and children are welcome to volunteer alongside their parents. Its needs are expected to grow the weather grows colder. For more information, contact Katherine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DISPUTE RESOLUTION CENTER has occasional need for volunteers to help with bulk mailings for roughly two hours at a time. Duties include folding and applying address labels at mailing “parties” where snacks are provided. Call the center at 360-956-1155.
RETIRED AND SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (RSVP) needs volunteers 55 and older. Contact Jennifer Thompson at 360-943-2773, ext. 21, or email email@example.com.
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THE YWCA OF OLYMPIA needs volunteers to work in the office for four-hour shifts and 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 360-352-0593 to volunteer or donate.
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.
SENIOR SERVICES FOR SOUTH SOUND is a non-profit serving the 55-and-older population of Thurston and Mason counties. It needs volunteer drivers to get seniors to and from appointments. Volunteers can use their own vehicles, with mileage reimbursement, or one of the agency vehicles. Its STARS (adult respite care) Rooms in Lacey and Olympia need volunteers to help folks participate in activities. The Olympia nutrition site 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 fundraisers have openings for customer service on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Call Joyce, 360-586-6181, Ext. 103, for more information, or complete the volunteer application at www.southsoundseniors.org.
THE THURSTON COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE TEAM needs volunteers who want to help the community during disasters, and who enjoy or are interested in learning about ham radio. Volunteers can earn their Technician licenses as part of training. For more information, visit www.wa7oly.net, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 360-529-1738 and leave a message.
NORTHWEST LIONS EYEGLASS RECYCLING CENTER (www.lionsnwlerc.org) in Lacey is an all-volunteer nonprofit that supplies used eyeglasses to those who do medical missions for the needy throughout the world. Volunteers inspect and wash glasses, determine prescriptions, and prepare glasses for shipment. Teams work days and evenings. For more information, contact Don Schmidt at 360-292-3511 or Northwestlerc@gmail.com.